My linksys WRT54GC failed me after 4 good years and after much research and ponder, I finally got myself the Asus WL520GU wireless router for $85. It comes with a usb connector for printer server. The interface of original firmware( version 188.8.131.52) for this router is better than that in Linksys. I like the QoS function of this router. Best of all, the firmware can be flashed with more functionality!
After deliberating for a week, I finally decided to give it a go and flash the router with a open source firmware and risking breaking the brand new router. All is good. Now I have better functionality and Network Attached Storage(NAS) capability with the router. I have yet to test the ftp with the NAS. I do not have much use for this function yet but the ability to have this thrills me nonetheless. Somehow, I can feel the speedier connection on the new firmware already.
Below are the steps that I have taken to flash and upgrade my router.
- Set the router’s ip as 192.168.1.1
- Set static ip for your computer as 192.168.1.10, mask 255.255.255.0 and connect to the router via lan port 1
- Download the NEWD_mini_asus.trx and the NEWD_mini_usb_ftp.bin files from here
- Flash the firmware: Pull the power of the router while pushing the reset button. Release when the power button is flashing
- Use the Asus firmware restore tool and upload the NEWD_mini_asus.trx file
- After the flash is successful, log in to the router via telnet: root/admin
- Type the following commands to reset the user settings: erase nvram then reboot
- Open up the browser and surf to 192.168.1.1
- A password page will come up, just skip and go Administration tab, then choose Firmware upgrade
- Now upload the NEWD_mini_usb_ftp.bin file for the real thing.
- Wait for the upload to complete before returning to 192.168.1.1
- Save a new username and password. The new router is ready to fly
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