Talk:Running Debian on ASUS WL-500G deluxe
NOTE! CURRENTLY, WITH 22.214.171.124 KERNEL WIRELESS DOESN'T WORK for BOARDS WITH BROADCOM DEVICES (that is, it doesn't work on WL-500g Deluxe and Premium)! (it should work with 2.6.25.x kernels though).
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Enabling wireless on boards where it works:
1. You need to install the wireless-tools package on the router.
2. Then, put the following modules in /etc/modules:
I was using wep, so I needed the first module and it wasn't loading automatically.
3. The bcm43xx driver requires firmware. You can get it from here: http://boredklink.googlepages.com/wl_apsta.o .
4. Once you download it, you need to extract the firmware with the bcm43xx-fwcutter tool. There is a debian package here: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/bcm43xx-fwcutter. You extract the firmware like this:
bcm43xx-fwcutter -w outputdir wl_apsta.o
where outputdir can be any directory that you want the firmware to be extracted into.
5. Next create the directory /lib/firmware on the router. Then copy over all the firmware in outputdir to /lib/firmware on the router like this:
scp outputdir/* root@router:/lib/firmware
6. Next, install hotplug on the router. udev should work also, but I couldn't get it to work right.
7. You need to set your wireless configuration in /etc/network/interfaces, the interface is eth2, for example, something like this:
auto eth2 iface eth2 inet static address 192.168.x.x netmask 255.255.255.0 gateway 192.168.x.x wireless-essid networkname wireless-key 00000000000000000
8. You should be able to load the modules bcm43xx and ieee80211_crypt_wep manually, then bring up the interface by:
If that doesn't work, rebooting should.
Can this method be used to install Debian on the WL-HDD?
Of getting wireless to work, or Debian? Broadcom wireless doesn't currently work, but Debian should.
I am a little confused, so sorry for bringing this up again: wireless doesn't work on the Deluxe version but on the premium? I ask because both of them have Broadcom wireless.
Another question: when using Debian, do I have access to nvram (and if not: do I need it to enable full RAM etc.)?
No, wireless doesn't work on deluxe and premium.
You have access to nvram partition, but 2.6 kernel doesn't use it - so you don't have to care.
This is pretty confusing - at top it says wireless doesn't work on the wl-500g premium followed by instructions labeled as how to get wireless working on the wl-500g premium. So which is it?
- It DOESN'T work. The instructions there are generic for configuring wireless under Linux, in case someone has another board. I updated the paragraph to be more precise.
Did anybody have a look at http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43 ? (I will, when I get around to it, if nobody tells me that it did not help ;))
- See this thread: http://forum.openwrt.org/viewtopic.php?id=15443 - some claim that wireless works, some that it doesn't... You may check for yourself and report back to the mailing list.
Please, see http://forum.openwrt.org/viewtopic.php?pid=70510#p70510 and patch - http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.embedded.openwrt.devel/1598/focus=1665 . It works fine with wi-fi on 500gp v1
 Download Site broken?
The server www1.wpkg.org is not reachable. Is there an alternative site to download the trx's and images from?
- Thanks, should be fixed now.
- The "server" is really ASUS WL-500gP router running Debian. It has a dynamic IP address and uses DynDNS to update its domain name <-> IP matching. Every couple of months it fails though - please email me in such case: tch -at- wpkg org.