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PowerCloud Systems CAP324

The PowerCloud System CAP324 (aka Enable Networks CAP324) was a cloud-controlled Atheros AR9344 based dual band wireless access point (AP). Since the cloud service is defunct they can only now be used courtesy of third-party firmware such as OpenWrt.

Supported Versions

Experimental Versions

Hardware Highlights

Installation

Flash Layout

Current Snapshots or 'no-cloud' images for 17.xx/18.xx

Layer0 raw flash, 16384 KiB
Layer1 mtd0
u-boot
256 KiB
mtd1
u-boot-env
64 KiB
mtd2
firmware
16000 KiB (= FlashSize-(256+64+64))
mtd6
art 64 KiB
Layer2 mtd3
kernel
about 1 MiB
mtd4
rootfs
Layer3 /dev/root
around 2 MiB
mtd5
rootfs_data
around 15.x MiB

OEM or regular (not no-cloud) images for 17.xx/18.xx

Layer0 raw flash, 16384 KiB
Layer1 mtd0
u-boot
256 KiB
mtd1
u-boot-env
64 KiB
mtd2
firmware
15296 KiB (= FlashSize-(256+64+640+64))
mtd6
certs 640 KiB
mtd7
art 64 KiB
Layer2 mtd3
kernel
about 1 MiB
mtd4
rootfs
Layer3 /dev/root
around 2 MiB
mtd5
rootfs_data
around 15 MiB

OEM easy installation

FIXME: Some versions of firmware did have a web interface from which one could flash to OpenWrt; detail flashing those.

OEM installation using the TFTP method

Specific values needed for tftp

FIXME Enter values for “FILL-IN” below

Bootloader tftp server IPv4 address FILL-IN
Bootloader MAC address (special) FILL-IN
Firmware tftp image Latest OpenWrt release (NOTE: Name must contain “tftp”)
TFTP transfer window FILL-IN seconds
TFTP window start approximately FILL-IN seconds after power on
TFTP client required IP address FILL-IN

Upgrading OpenWrt

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

For 17.xx/18.xx

The default network configuration is:

Interface Name Description Default configuration
br-lan LAN & WiFi DHCP
eth0 LAN parent for br-lan
wlan0 WiFi 5 GHz Disabled
wlan1 WiFi 2.4 GHz Disabled

Post-18.xx

FIXME: Add link to commit

The default network configuration is:

Interface Name Description Default configuration
br-lan LAN & WiFi 192.168.1.1
eth0 LAN parent for br-lan
wlan0 WiFi 5 GHz Disabled
wlan1 WiFi 2.4 GHz Disabled

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 PowerCloud Systems CAP324 has the following buttons:

BUTTON Event
Reset reset

Hardware

Info

General
Brand PowerCloud Systems
Model CAP324
Versions
Device Type WiFi AP
Availability Discontinued
Comments - general All LEDs are bi-color; colors can be controlled separately.
OpenWrt Support
Supported Since Revision
Supported Since Release 17.01.0
Supported Current Release 18.06.1
Unsupported
Hardware
Instruction set
Sub Instruction Set
bootloader U-Boot
Target ar71xx-ath79
System-On-Chip
CPU MHz ¿
Flash MB 16
RAM MB 128
Network
Ethernet 100M ports -
Ethernet Gbit ports 1
switch no
Modem -
VLAN Yes
Comments - network ports
Wireless
WLAN 2.4GHz b/g/n
WLAN 5.0GHz a/n
WLAN Hardware ¿
Detachable Antennas -
Comments - WLAN
Interfaces
USB ports -
SATA ports -
Serial Yes
JTAG No
Comments - USB & SATA ports
Misc
LED count 3
Button count 1
Power supply 12 VDC, 1.25 A, PoE
Links
Forum Topic URL
WikiDevi URL
OEM device homepage URL http://powercloudsystems.com/enable-cap324.php
Firmware OEM Stock URL http://¿
Firmware OpenWrt Install URL http://downloads.openwrt.org/releases/18.06.1/targets/ar71xx/generic/openwrt-18.06.1-ar71xx-generic-cap324-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin
Firmware OpenWrt Upgrade URL http://downloads.openwrt.org/releases/18.06.1/targets/ar71xx/generic/openwrt-18.06.1-ar71xx-generic-cap324-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin
Edit the underlying data View/Edit data

Photos

Top:

Bottom (label):

Opening the case

Note: This will void your warranty!

  1. Remove the four (4) screws from base.
  2. Remove top casing.
  3. To access serial you also need to remove the two (2) screws holding the circuit board to the base of the case.
  4. The serial header is on the bottom of the PCB.

Main 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:

Picture of serial header

FIXME: Add markings to photo to assist users.

FIXME: Add RX, TX, GND pinout.

Serial connection parameters
for PowerCloud Systems CAP324
115200, 8N1

Bootloader mods

Hardware mods

None so far.

Bootlogs

OEM bootlog

FIXME: Needs to be added by someone with original firmware

COPY HERE THE BOOTLOG WITH THE ORIGINAL FIRMWARE


OpenWrt bootlog

COPY HERE THE BOOTLOG ONCE OPENWRT IS INSTALLED AND RUNNING


Notes

No notes at this time.

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toh/powercloud_systems/powercloud_systems_cap324.txt · Last modified: 2018/12/09 04:35 by cshoredaniel