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Very recently I purchased this ASUS router. Compared to my Cisco Linksys WRTSL54GS it has the advantage of two USB 2.0 sockets. And I fear that my soldering pins onto the Linksys board broke some serial connections. At least I must state that the serial connection is quite unreliable meanwhile. So, next try.

I will dedicate this device to my friends from DB0MHB and give them digital access to their systems over the internet.

1 Resources

2 Basic installation procedure

Installing OpenWRT on it is really easy. Take a pen and hold down the restore button. Then unplug and reconnect power. Keep reset pressed until the power diode starts blinking. This is the time to start the flashing process:

> binary
> trace
> put openwrt-brcm47xx-2.6-squashfs.trx

In my example, the image must reside in your current working directory. Then wait six minutes. Then powercycle the router. telnet to and you're in. There's no passwd.

Then you can hack the little box to your needs.

3 Compiling OpenWRT images

Have a look here: OpenWRT. I have documented a lot of stuff on the generation of an image there.

If you also have such a 500gP (with Broadcom WIFI), you can use my configuration file instead of defining your configuration yourself (by make menuconfig). Here it is... copy it into the openwrt/trunk directory and rename it into ".config".

4 Hacking the Hardware

Here are some nice ideas:

Obviously the VIA USB controller has two more USB connections. It is really worth while to make use of these... I purchased an extra USB flash stick to contain my programs and to provide easier updates.

5 Building a new case

I have built a new case with epoxy-boards (PCBs).


6 (x) net on OpenWRT

Go there:

and even better:

7 Using the ASUS WL-500gP as a RIG controller

Since these are subprojects, I have st up separate pages: