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Updating an Asus 4-in-1 WL330gE with DD-WRT OS

Posted by pete_c , 22 April 2010 · 3994 views

Purchased an Asus WL330gE portable wireless 4-in-1 router last week.  Its a great little traveling combo AP router as is.  

Updating the OS to DD-WRT will provide some more functionality to it.  I currently have 2 Linksys WRT54GL's and 2 wrt-hp-g54's upgraded with DD-WRT's most current OS versions.

DISCLAIMER:  Note that you can "brick" said device if methods of updating OS are not followed correctly.  (on sale with MIR it was around $23 plus shipping).

Specifications/ Overview out of the box via Asus product site are:

- Compact Pocket-size for Portability
The ASUS WL-330gE is compact and portable - weighing in at only 2.2 oz and being only 85 mm(L)* 60 mm(W)* 17 mm(H) in size. This petite size makes it easy to carry and implement under any situation and truly makes the ASUS WL-330gE shine. With such portability, it is able to provide wireless access to the Internet easily and without hassle.
- Numerous Functions
To utilize the WL-330gE under AP or Gateway mode, users just have to simply connect it to the Ethernet port on the modem or a LAN connection, and it is ready to go. This is crucial when a meeting room has only one Ethernet connection and there is a need for multiple connections to the Internet. What´s more, the WL-330gE can provide superior flexibility when building a wireless network by supporting NAT and DHCP servers to enable Internet sharing. This is especially useful when you are in an outside hotspot. With the WL-330gE´s "hotspot mode" under the Gateway mode, not only can your laptop access the Internet, your (or your friend´s) other WiFi devices like PDAs, PSPs or WiFi phones can access it as well with no extra cost.


Specifications
Network Standard IEEE802.11g, IEEE802.11b, IEEE802.11d, IEEE802.3, IEEE802.3u, IEEE802.1X, WPA, WMM, IPv4, IPv6
Interface 1 * RJ45 for 10/100 Base-T with auto cross-over function (MDI/MDI-X)
Antenna Internal*2 IFA antenna  
Operating Frequency 2.4 - 2.5 GHz
Operation Channel 11 for N. America, 14 Japan, 13 Europe (ETSI) 3 (non-overlapping)
Data Rate 802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps
802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps
Output Power 19dBm(FCC regulation) or 17dBm(CE regulation) in b/g mode with 1.5dB tolerance
LED Indicator Ethernet, Wireless (WiFi Association), PWR

Wireless Association:

•On: client associated (AP/Gateway/Bridge/Repeater mode), or associated to AP with strong signal (Client mode, RSSI >= -65 dBm)
•Flashing: (Client mode)
•< -89 dbm On:200ms, Off:1000ms ·
•>= -89 dbm < -83 dbm On:200ms, Off:800ms
•>= -83 dbm < -77 dbm On:200ms, Off:600ms
•>= -77 dbm < -71 dbm On:200ms, Off:400ms
•>= -71 dbm < -65 dbm On:200ms, Off:200ms
•Off: client not associated (AP/Gateway/Bridge/Repeater mode), or not associate to AP (Client mode)

Modulation OFDM, CCK, DQPSK, DBPSK
Range Indoor 130ft (40m), semi-open 330ft (100m)
Outdoor (LOS, Light of Sight) 1500ft (457m)
The range may vary by different environment
Management •Operation mode: AP, Client, URE, Gateway
•Guest SSID
•DHCP server, DHCP client
•DNS Proxy, Automatic IP, PPPoE, PPTP login client support, Static IP, Big Pond login client support
•Static Route, NTP support, UPnP, DDNS (DynDNS, ZoneEdit, TZO
•Save/restore configuration files
•Upgrades via web browser & Bootloader
•Firmware restoration
•WMM
•SSID Isolation: Support SSID hiding
•Firmware Restoration

Utilities •Device Discovery: Discover all ASUS AP/Gateway in network and help user to invoke Web Configuration page.
•Firmware Restoration: Restore firmware while system enters rescue mode.

Receiver Sensitivity •B MODE (-95dBm@1Mbps,-96dBm@2Mbps,[email protected],-92dBm@11Mbps)

•G MODE(-94dBm@6Mbps,-93dBm@9Mbps,-91dBm@12Mbps,-90dBm@18Mbps,-86dBm@24Mbps,-83dBm@36Mbps,-77dBm@48Mbps,-74dBm@54Mbps)

Security •Firewall:
•NAT and SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection)
•Virtual DMZ
•Filtering:
•Single Port and Port Range, URL based
•Logging:
•Syslog
•Encryption:
•64/128-bit WEP
•WPA-PSK TKIP/AES, WPA2-PSK TKIP/AES, WPA TKIP/AES, WPA2 TKIP/AES, WPA Enterprise, WPA2 Enterprise
•Authentication:
•MAC address Access Control, Radius with 802.1 (TLS, TTLS, PEAP)

Physical Specifications Dimensions:86 mm (L)* 62 mm (W)* 17 mm (H)
Weight:50g (Device Only)
Power Adapter AC Input: 100V~240V (50~60HZ);
DC Output: 5V with max. 1 A current
Certifications CE, FCC, ICE, MIC, C-Tick, NCC
Environmental Specification •Operating Temperature: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104ºF)
•Storage Temperature: -10° to 70° C (-14°F to 158°F)
•Operating Humidity: 10% to 90% RH (Non-condensing)
•Storage Humidity: 0% to 90% RH (Non-condensing)

Package Contents •ASUS Portable Wireless AP (WL-330gE)*1
•Universal power adapter and plug (5V/1A, 100V~240V)*1
•USB power cord*1
•RJ45 Cable*1
•Travel's bag*1
•Support CD (Manual, Utility, GPL)*1
•Quick Start Guide*1
•Hotspot Mode Instruction*1


Last night updated the WL330gE with a custom version of DD-WRT.  It works.  Here are the details with my comments.  Later will detail on how to utilize the router via DD-WRT with its various functions.

1 - Download the Asus Firmware utility installation restoration tool from attachments.  
2 - Download the attached custom DD-WRT firmware.  I've renamed the *.bin file to *.trx for use with the WL330gE Restoration tool.
3 - Install the Asus Firmware utility program.
4 - Statically set your computer to the address of 192.168.1.20/255.255.255.0.  
5 - Connect your computer ethernet cable to the WL-330gE ethernet port.
6 - unplug the power from the router.
5 - While hold down the reset button on the router plug the power back in and wait until the power light on the router does a slow blink.  This is the router indication that it is in recovery mode.
6 - while continuing to hold down the reset button open the Asus Firmware restoration program and specificallly open the attached firmware file.  
7 - Upload new DD-WRT firmware file to the router.
8 - It'll say its done when complete
9 - Restore DHCP on your computer
9 - Do a repair or disable/enable of your network interface.
10- Ping 192.168.1.1 - the response to this ping is indicatory that you have successfully updated your firmware to the custom mini DD-WRT firmware.
11 - go the the web interface of the DD-WRT application - http://192.168.1.1
12 - change your password.

There are a couple of "gotchas" that you need to be aware of.  Note that you can restore the orignal Asus Firmware at any time.

Once that the WL330gE is running DD-WRT you may see that you are unable to find the wireless network.  This is relating to having only one ethernet port.  The default settings cause the wireless interface to the the routers WAN port.  To fix:
1 - go to setup/networking/port setup and set WAN port assignment to "disabled".  Once applied you will see the wireless network
2 - set up your wireless network

If you want to use the ethernet port as a WAN port do the following:
1 - connect to wireless network and go to setup/networking/port setup.  Sent the WAN port assignment to "ETH0".  Once these settings are applied you can continue to configure your router via the wireless network.  The ethernet port is now the routers WAN port.

Next I will review the DD-WRT modes and use of of said router with page configurations.

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Will this allow me to use the WL330gE in Repeater mode for wireless devices while still using the ethernet port like an adapter?
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