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Edimax EW-7478AC

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The Edimax is an AC1200 Wall-Wart access point. It has 1 Gigabit Ethernet port and 2 external antennas. It is now also sold under the name Edimax Gemini RE11 as a pair of range extenders and as RE11S as as a single range extender. The firmware for the EW-7478AP can be flashed also onto these devices, see the installation instructions below. The device is also compatible with the EW-7476RPC, which has internal instead of the external antennas.

Generic Router

Supported Versions

Hardware Highlights

ModelVersionSoCCPU MHzFlash MBRAM MBWLAN HardwareWLAN2.4WLAN5.0100M portsGbit portsModemUSB
EW-7478ACMediaTek MT7620A580864MediaTek MT7620A, MediaTek MT7612ENb/g/na/n/ac-1--

Installation

Install OpenWrt (generic explanation)

Download the sysupgrade.bin file. Depending on the branding, you need to edit a magic number at the beginning of the binary file with a hex-editor (e.g. hexer on Linux). The original Edimax model has RN70 starting at file position 0x0c. If you want to flash the OpenWrt firmware for the first time on a rebranded model, you need to edit this magic number to match the magic number you can find at the beginning of the orignal vendor's firmware upgrade file. For the Edimax Gemini RE11 and RE11S modles, the magic number is RN74.

Flash Layout

Address Layout:

0x0 Bootloader: u-boot
0x3000 Flash Hardware settings: u-boot-env
0x4000 Flash Default Settings: factory
0x5000 cimage
0x7000 Linux image flash offset start
0x80000 End of 8192KB flash

OEM easy installation

FIXME The instructions below are for Broadcom devices and only serve as an example.
Remove / modify them if they do not apply to this particular device!

This section deals with

  • How you install OpenWrt from a device freshly opened
  • The steps required such as reset to factory defaults if the device has already been configured

Note: Reset router to factory defaults if it has been previously configured.

  • Browse to http://192.168.1.1/Upgrade.asp
  • Upload .bin file to router
  • Wait for it to reboot
  • Telnet to 192.168.1.1 and set a root password, or browse to http://192.168.1.1 if LuCI is installed.

OEM installation using the TFTP method

Specific values needed for tftp

There are no specific values needed for this device, the U-Boot bootloader allows you to set the device's own IP address and the address of the tftp server. It also allows you to enter the name of the image to transfer.

Upgrading OpenWrt

generic.sysupgrade

FIXME These are generic instructions. Update with your router's specifics.

LuCI Web Upgrade Process

  • Browse to http://192.168.1.1/cgi-bin/luci/mini/system/upgrade/ LuCI Upgrade URL
  • Upload image file for sysupgrade to LuCI
  • Wait for reboot

Terminal Upgrade Process

If you don't have a GUI (LuCI) available, you can alternatively upgrade via the command line. There are two command line methods for upgrading:

  • sysupgrade
  • mtd

Note: It is important that you put the firmware image into the ramdisk (/tmp) before you start flashing.

sysupgrade

  • Login as root via SSH on 192.168.1.1, then enter the following commands:
cd /tmp
wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/trunk/XXX/xxx.abc
sysupgrade /tmp/xxx.abc

mtd

If sysupgrade does not support this router, use mtd.

  • Login as root via SSH on 192.168.1.1, then enter the following commands:
cd /tmp
wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/trunk/XXX/xxx.abc
mtd write /tmp/xxx.abc linux && reboot

Debricking

Failsafe mode

Basic configuration

Basic configuration After flashing, proceed with this.
Set up your Internet connection, configure wireless, configure USB port, etc.

Specific Configuration

Network interfaces

The default network configuration is:

Interface Name Description Default configuration
br-lan LAN & WiFi 192.168.1.1/24
vlan0 (eth0) LAN ports None
wlan0 WiFi (5GHz) Disabled
wlan1 WiFi (2.4GHz) Disabled

Switch Ports (for VLANs)

As there is only 1 Ethernet port, there is nothing you can configure on the switch.

Buttons

hardware.button on howto use and configure the hardware button(s). Here, we merely name the buttons, so we can use them in the above Howto.

The Edimax EW-7478AC has the following buttons:

BUTTON Event
WPS reset
Switch WiFi Off, 50%, 100% Not configured

Hardware

Info

General
Brand Edimax
Model EW-7478AC
Versions
Device Type Range Extender
Availability Discontinued
Comments - general
OpenWrt Support
Supported Since Commit https://git.openwrt.org/?p=openwrt/openwrt.git;a=commit;h=88f7a29f99fb8209f6d7100d0cc0f7af6dba89cf
Supported Since Release
Supported Current Release snapshot
Unsupported
Hardware
Instruction set
Sub Instruction Set
Bootloader U-Boot
Target ramips
System-On-Chip
CPU MHz 580
Flash MB 8
RAM MB 64
Network
Ethernet 100M ports -
Ethernet Gbit ports 1
Switch ¿
Modem -
VLAN ¿
Comments - network ports
Wireless
WLAN 2.4GHz b/g/n
WLAN 5.0GHz a/n/ac
WLAN Hardware MediaTek MT7620A, MediaTek MT7612EN
Detachable Antennas 2
Comments - WLAN
Interfaces
USB ports -
SATA ports -
Serial Yes
JTAG ¿
Comments - USB & SATA ports
Misc
LED count 6
Button count 2
Power supply 100-240 VAC, 0.16 A, 50-60Hz
Links
Forum Topic URL
WikiDevi URL https://wikidevi.com/wiki/Edimax_EW-7478AC
OEM device homepage URL https://www.edimax.com/edimax/merchandise/merchandise_detail/data/edimax/global/wi-fi_range_extenders_ac1200/ew-7478ac/
Firmware OEM Stock URL https://www.edimax.com/edimax/download/download/data/edimax/global/download/for_home/wi-fi_range_extenders/wi-fi_range_extenders_ac1200/ew-7478ac
Firmware OpenWrt Install URL
Firmware OpenWrt Upgrade URL
Edit the underlying data View/Edit data

Photos

Front:
Insert photo of front of the casing

Back:
Insert photo of back of the casing

Backside label:
Insert photo of backside label

Opening the case

Note: This will void your warranty!

To open the case, remove the sticker at the back of the device with the default login setting. Remove the screw that was below the sticker. Pry open the lid from the backside of the device with a prying tool starting from one of the air outlets at the top or bottom of the device.

Main PCB:
Insert photo of PCB

Serial

port.serial general information about the serial port, serial port cable, etc.

How to connect to the Serial Port of this specific device:
Insert photo of PCB with markings for serial port

FIXME Replace EXAMPLE by real values.

Serial connection parameters
for Edimax EW-7478AC @@Version@@
EXAMPLE 115200, 8N1

JTAG

port.jtag general information about the JTAG port, JTAG cable, etc.

How to connect to the JTAG Port of this specific device:
Insert photo of PCB with markings for JTAG port

Bootlogs

OEM bootlog

COPY HERE THE BOOTLOG WITH THE ORIGINAL FIRMWARE


OpenWrt bootlog

COPY HERE THE BOOTLOG ONCE OPENWRT IS INSTALLED AND RUNNING


Notes

Space for additional notes, links to forum threads or other resources.

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toh/edimax/edimax_ew-7478ac.txt · Last modified: 2019/10/26 07:34 by tmomas