Fonera ram upgrade

[buggs187] thought of this when he saw the dual antenna lafonera mod. [Goldserv] picked up a SODIMM off ebay with the right chips and used a SMD removal kit to swap out the 16MB SMD memory chip. After some software patching, he managed to get the full 32MB recognized.


  1. Ben says:

    This is pretty cool. I just flashed the dd-wrt firmware to my own la fonera router. Just one question, what is the benefit of doing this besides the geeky bragging rights?

  2. Spyingwind says:

    Nice GoldServe! I’ve got two here at my house.(both bricked ;p)
    More space, more packages.

  3. ex-parrot says:

    This is impressive. I’ve lad luck in the past with removing ICs like this using a hotplate. I didn’t check to see if the ICs were still good afterwards, though.

    I’ve thought about doing something like this to make higher density RAM SIMMs for laptops (some of which are very hard to get now…) but dismissed it as unlikely to work.

  4. jme says:

    what is the advantage of this hack? what is the memory used for?

  5. Jozer says:

    Whats the point of adding more RAM to a La Fonera? I already run DD-WRT v24 on this thing and it still has free RAM left over. Plus, the real performance limitation for these things is the glacially slow flash memory chips. I swear to god they are using tidal forces as the clock for that flash memory.

  6. bird603568 says:

    well since i never got the email for my post last night ill redo it.
    this is one of the sweetest hacks ive seen here in a long time. and im wounder if you can add even more ram or do the to a wrt54g

  7. strider_mt2k says:

    That some nice solder work too.

  8. GS says:

    Thanks for the comments. I run proxy, irssi, screen, and samba so I can use all the ram I can get my hands on. Maybe when the MMC card mod is done, we can boot off of that for quick access =p

  9. Chris Davis says:

    That’s great! I grabbed one of the Fon routers on a free promo and free shipping and flashed it with the dd-wrt firmware. Anyone know how to add SD/MMC support? I would love to add that to such a portable device!

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  11. Frogz says:

    is it still possible to get these free?
    i want 1 :(

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