ASUS WL-500w

This device is NOT RECOMMENDED for future use with OpenWrt due to low flash/ram.
DO NOT BUY DEVICES WITH 4MB FLASH / 32MB RAM if you intend to flash an up-to-date and secure OpenWrt version (18.06 or later) onto it! See 4/32 warning for details.

1) This device does not have sufficient resources (flash and/or RAM) to provide secure and reliable operation.
This means that even setting a password or changing simple network settings might not be possible any more, rendering the device effectively useless. See OpenWrt on 4/32 devices what you can do now.

2) OpenWrt support for this device will end after 2019.
19.07 will be the last official build for 4/32 devices. After 19.07, no further OpenWrt images will be built for 4/32 devices. See OpenWrt on 4/32 devices what you can do now.

This device is supported in backfire 10.03 when using the brcm-2.4 branch and the proprietary wl-mimo broadcom wireless driver. It also works using the brcm47xx branch and the open source b43 driver.

Attitude Adjustment (12.09) with 802.11g support: First download the openwrt-brcm47xx-squashfs.trx image. If your router will be offline while you're configuring it (e.g. if the computer you're configuring from is not co-located with your source of internet) download the associated kmod-b43 and kmod-cfg80211 packages for offline installation. Flash the image using OpenWrt's web interface, tftp, or the Asus firmware update utility. If the router is connected to the internet, install the two mentioned packages through the router's web interface (System → Software); otherwise manually install packages by sending them to the router's “/tmp” folder using scp then ssh over and install them using “opkg install file.ipk”. Once the packages are shown as installed under the web interface (System → Software), reboot the router, and enable wireless networking via the web interface (Network → Wifi).

As of Attitude Adjustment 12.09, 802.11n is working. For installation, refer to the bcm47xx platform's page

ModelVersionSoCCPU MHzFlash MBRAM MBWLAN HardwareWLAN2.4WLAN5.0100M portsGbit portsModemUSB
WL-500WBroadcom BCM4704264832Broadcom BCM4321 (mini-PCI)b/g/n-5--2x 2.0
Architecture MIPS (little endian)
Vendor Broadcom
bootloader CFE
System-On-Chip Broadcom BCM4704
CPU Broadcom BCM3302 V0.6
CPU Speed 264 MHz
Flash size 8MB
Wireless Broadcom BCM4321
Ethernet Broadcom BCM5350, 4 x FastEthernet
Modem no
USB 2x 2.0
Serial Yes

A male-strip is on board to connect your TTL capable serial converter.
Serial port pinout:
PIN ?: VCC +3.3V
Use the following settings: 115200 8N1.

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  • Last modified: 2019/09/30 16:52
  • by tmomas