Topic: Adding OpenWrt support for Asus EA-N66
Just set up an EA-N66 at home; it’s a selectable 802.11abgn 3T3R + 1Gb Ethernet device with decent antennae and a fast SoC/CPU.
It seems like a great candidate for OpenWrt support:
Single Gigabit Ethernet interface (RTL8211E) - no switch chip init needed
TTL serial connector pins provided and labelled
Telnet console access to root user busybox
GPL sources available
I opened it up and photographed the PCBs; so here’s some information to kick off work to get OpenWrt on this device:
EA-N66 OpenWrt wiki page with hardware information
EA-N66 support Trac ticket to track as a feature
EA-N66 serial console output for OpenWrt RT-N56U build (partial boot)
I have the device and some tools available (USB TTL serial dongle, OS X terminal, Debian VM), and would love to help in any way possible, short of donating one unit (they’re expensive, more expensive than most 802.11abgn routers).
The Asus firmware isn’t as bad as the NewEgg reviews paint it - it’s just that the EA-N66 runs DHCP+DNS and intercepts Ethernet traffic in AP/repeater mode if it can’t get an upstream network, which can be quite disconcerting.