WARNING: It is recommended to use ASUS Firmware restoration tool for ASUS routers initial flash (use *.TRX file) NOTE:During configuration or flashing a device, the only that should be hooked to the device is the computer and power.
The easiest, most reliable method to flash to 3rd party firmware is to use ASUS Firmware Restoration tool that comes on the CD bundled with the product. There is no firmware size limit requiring you to flash dd-wrt mini first; you can go ahead and flash dd-wrt mega right from the start.
When flashing from 3rd party firmware to other 3rd party firmware, just use the firmware upgrade utility in the web GUI. This applies to 3rd party firmwares that include a web GUI, as not all of them do so.
The ASUS Firmware Restoration Utility comes with the CD-ROM included with the device and by default installs to
WinXP / Vista 32-bit C:\Program Files\ASUS\WL-500gP V2 Wireless Router Utilities\Rescue.exe
Vista 64-bit C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\WL-500gP V2 Wireless Router Utilities\Rescue.exe
Very easy process to flash a WL-500gP v2 out of the box straight to dd-wrt.
You will need 2 Files for this procedure.
This will be used in the initial flash ftp://ftp.dd-wrt.com/others/eko/V24_TNG/svn13491-snow/NEWD/dd-wrt.v24-13491_NEWD_mini_asus.trx
This will be used in the 2nd flash for upgrade, which will add USB support ftp://ftp.dd-wrt.com/others/eko/V24_TNG/svn14853/dd-wrt.v24-14853_NEWD_big.bin
This is an optional program for Windows.
Those that do not know command line TFTP well enough should use this. ftp://ftp.dd-wrt.com/others/tornado/Windows-TFTP/tftp.exe
1) Power up router for atleast 2 minutes.
2) Once router is fully powered up, unplug the power.
3) Set the computer to a static IP 192.168.1.6 then plug in lan cable into port 1
4) Press and hold the restore button (the black button, not the red EzSetup button)
5) Plug power back in with restore button held for 30 seconds then release.
6) This will put the router in TFTP mode with the power led blinking. Set the tftp.exe Server to 192.168.1.1 and leave password blank then select the dd-wrt.v24-13491_NEWD_mini_asus.trx
7) Use tftp.exe to then flash the 13491 NEWD mini, after success wait 5 minutes, then unplug power
8) Plug power in and go to http://192.168.1.1 set a user/password
9) Once in go to Administration > Firmware Upgrade and select the dd-wrt.v24-14853_NEWD_big.bin
10) When file has been selected, set "After flashing, reset to" Default settings then Upgrade.
11) Wait till upgrade is complete and webgui is once again shown. Then set a user/password.
12) Once you have set a user/password make no other settings and close the web browser.
13) Telnet should be enabled by default, so telnet in at 192.168.1.1 with User:root Password:Whatever_You_set_it_to_in_the_webgui
14) When you get to the command prompt issue 2 commands
15) This will hard reset your router, wait 2-3 minutes then re-access webgui at 192.168.1.1
16) Set whatever settings you like and enjoy dd-wrt.
Also to remember to unset you static ip after flashing, if you intend on using DHCP
Set your computer to a static IP of 192.168.1.7. (or to whatever subnet the router is on) Disable all firewalls and security. Disable wireless on your computer and only have the router connected to the flashing computer by the ethernet cable between the two.
Hard reset or 30/30/30 (If the router supports it, if not, reset to defults in the GUI) prior to flashing. Wait. Check for password page on re-login and change password.
Flash firmware. You can use the webgui except if you have a belkin router. (For belkin use tftp.exe to flash)
Wait...at least three minutes. Lights should return to normal. See important2, below. Failing to wait is how most people brick their routers.
Do a power cycle of the router. (Unplug the cord, count to 30 and plug it back in.)
Wait for the lights to return to normal usually about 2 minutes.
Hard reset or 30/30/30 again (If the router supports it, if not, reset to defults in the GUI). Wait. Check for the password page and re-login to change the password. Then you can reconfigure your settings manually.
Once configured set your computer back to autoIP and autoDNS.
Important1: This Hard reset or 30/30/30 works fine for Asus router, but you do have to power cycle after the reset.
Important2: After you flash the firmware, and before you do the hard reset, the router will be building some nvram settings. YOU MUST WAIT FOR THIS TO FINISH PRIOR TO DOING ANYTHING WITH THE ROUTER INCLUDING A HARD RESET. Usually, you can tell when this process is completed by the WAN light coming on, but it does take several minutes. Go have a beer. There are starting to be more and more people who BRICK their routers by not waiting until the nvram is rebuilt, PRIOR to doing a hard reset. YOU NEED TO WAIT!
In Windows XP, Click Start Button - All Programs - Accessories -
Communication - HyperTerminal
Enter a name for the connection, Click ok
Choose com port you adapter is plugged into, Click ok
Bits per second = 115200
Data Bits = 8
Parity = none
Stop bits = 1
Flow control = none
Click File - Save As, and select a place to save it to so you
don't have to enter the settings again.
After installing putty, run it
Serial line = The COM port your using for serial (ie. COM3)
Speed = 115200
Click on Serial under Connection
Serial line to connect to = same as above (Serial line)
Speed (baud) = 115200
Data bits = 8
Stop bits = 1
Parity = None
Flow control = None
Enter a name for your connection under saved sessions
The USB port is where you can connect an external USB hard drive or flash drive. Which can do a multitude of things. You can use in as a NAS, storage for a FTP server, use Optware to run external programs like torrent software, samba for sharing files to your network, share a USB printer with your network... The list of possibilities is long, it just takes a little research.
ProFTPd is included in most the newer builds of dd-wrt. Check the features chart to be sure.
A ftp server, file sharing, and a media sever is included in TomatoUSB if your device is compatable.
PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 1:43 am Post subject: Reply with quote
This is a problem with these routers: If I set right value, so led turns off when radio is off, the router will crash 80% of time in client mode.
Better to have stable router then one tiny led cosmetic problem.