Hi, I think to use this router as a wifi radio should be possible, and without extroot. I'm using a diferent router but with almost the same hardware and it works quite fine.
The problem here is the flash and RAM size, they are too small capacity. I've built Openwrt Backfire for this router without lot of the default stuff:
- without sshd (dropbear)
- without luci
- without dnsmask (dhcp server)
- without iptables, no firewall
- without other minor stuff
- with OHCI and EHCI modules
- with support for mounting storage drives (vfat or ext2)
- support for telnet logging with password
- with alsa and alsalib (libasound), mpd already configured with alsa
- with amixer
- with mpc
- with other minor stuff (playlist, etc).
It should fit in a 4 MiB flash chip.
I've included all the required packages to play internet radios. To configure you must set manually an IP in your computer in the range 192.168.1.x
then telnet 192.168.1.1 and configure Openwrt with the text editor vi
This can be called a "dumb" wifi-radio. Some stuff is already preconfigured. The wifi interface is prepared to act as a wifi client, you only need to edit /etc/config/wireless, and put your wep key and AP name you connect to. The wifi interface is separated from lan (192.168.1.1). Of course you can configure however you want, but remember you don't have iptables, as a result of this no complex network configurations are allowed.
Ok this is just for testing. Some feedback is welcome, post your dmesg, cpu usage, or any issues you have. I don't own this router so I don't know if this custom firmware will work.
The above firmware maybe compatible with other bcm6348 routers.
Wow, thank you very much Danitool for trying this!!!
I have been searching for this for a while. I bought 4 Asus WL-HDD routers when a local store was clearing them out. I have been running Oleg firmware on one for almost 3 years. The unit is quite slow in today's standard, but I don't use it as my main router, I basically use it for BT stuff.
A few days ago, I happened to see a clip on YouTube on how to make Wifi Radio, I thought I could give these WL-HDDs new livies again, so I unwraped another one, and started to explore...
Unfortunately the firmware from mightyohm doesn't work, also the one called "wrtradio0.3" didn't work either. I have tried to put Backfire brcm47xx or brcm-2.4 on it, both are running fine. Especially the Backfire brcm-2.4, following the wiki, I got everything running smoothly. For those having WL-HDD and want to run Backfire, I highly recommend the brcm-2.4 build.
But the issue is, after loading the Backfire, there ares not a lot of space left on the device (only 4M of rom), so I can't install mpd. WL-HDD has only one USB 1.1 port, so I can't use it for additional storage. I also don't want to install an internal 2.5" IDE HDD (which is possible with WL-HDD), because of the noise and the fact that the Wifi Radio will be used by everyone in my family, except me, no one will be bothered to shut it down properly, so the internal HDD will be so corrupted before I know it.
Last night, I found the firmware you posted, and I gave it a try today on my WL-HDD with Asus Restoration Tool. At first, the tool doesn't like the .BIN file type, so I tried to be smart, rename it to .TRX file which is the type for WL-HDD, but the tool still doesn't like it, gave me some weird error message.
I am planning to install the lastest Ubuntu and try to compile Backfire and mpd/mpc myself, but it will take a while before it can be realized. Meanwhile, I am wondering if you can help by complie your image again for WL-HDD? I can help the community by testing it.
Thank You In Advanced! (this is really long, isn't it?)