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ASUS WL-500b

Not recommended for future use with OpenWrt due to low flash/ram.
Limitations in extensibility and stability of operation are to be expected.
See 432_warning for details.

This is an 802.11b version of Asus WL-500g. It has got the same board inside, only miniPCI wireless card is different.

Available versions

Version/Model S/N OpenWrt Version Supported Model Specific Notes
v? 46IGE16103 Kamikaze 8.09.2 , Backfire 10.03.1
v1 upto 48IGE17770 (?) Whiterussian 0.9 WiFi miniPCI Broadcom WL-120b (BCM4301)
v2 48IGE17771 and above ? WiFi miniPCI Ralink WL-127 (Ralink RT2400)


Wireless interface worked only in White Russian 0.9 and older for me (and only in AP mode or client mode with WEP encryption). If you want to use this device in client mode with WPA encryption, you may replace your wireless card with something better (WL-120g, Atheros CM9, etc.).

Experience with 46IGE16103

Working versions:

  • Kamikaze 8.09.2 (r18961) - brcm2.4
  • Backfire 10.03.1 - brcm2.4, brcm47xx(not recommended, see below)

Small bits:

  • SSH is refused for 60 seconds after ping is available. You have to be patient.
  • USB soundcard works on all versions.

Backfire 10.03.1 brcm47xx issues

  • Everything is slower. Reply to ping after power-on is 63 seconds (for brcm2.4 it is 30 seconds). SSH connection takes 5-6 seconds instead of 1-3 seconds.
  • Installing packages hangs sometimes.

Root on external USB storage

Reason for having root on external drive is that you want to install more packages than fit into 1.5mb of internal memory.

To check if root is mounted from external disk, check it for space: df -h /overlay or df -h /jffs. Do not install some of important usb packages like 'kmod-usb-core' when root is on external usb. That will probably disconnect the usb with root. So reboot without usb, install packages on internal root and copy updated root to usb root afterwards.

toh/asus/wl500b.txt · Last modified: 2019/02/12 22:06 by tmomas