Routerstation Pro Backfire Nightlies!

That’s right boys and girls. I’ve started compiling RouterStation Pro OpenWRT nightly builds for all punks who like to live on the edge. From my testing these images are rather stable, and aren’t prone to consistent or serious issues. Since this changes nightly your mileage may vary.

Go get your nightly builds here.

Upgrading GuruPlug Kernels

I recently had more time to investigate my earlier problems with the GuruPlug.  The problem was discovered by some people on the plugcomputer.org forum.  The problem stock U-Boot is that is incorrectly reports the arcNumber.  The solution then, is to upgrade U-boot!

After a failed flashing attempt(don’t attempt to tftp flash u-boot.kwb from within U-Boot!) I needed to use JTAG combined with the included JTAG adapter.  To do this, make sure that the UART cable is unplugged, and the JTAG cable is plugged in(unplug/replug the USB adapter just to be safe). First grab the guruplug-installer package, then grab a known-good copy of U-Boot.

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RouterStation Pro OpenWRT upgrade

In an effort to upgrade my network from the aging–and failing WRT54G’s, I purchased a RouterStation Pro.  A RouterStation Pro is an embedded Linux board with some impressive hardware specs.  The part that appealed to me was the 3 Mini-PCI slots that allowed me to use wireless cards that had support in the Linux kernel.  There’s a large portion of 802.11N routers that are using Broadcom chipsets which are only supported by a proprietary blob(wl.ko).

The RouterStation Pro comes preloaded with a relatively old installation of OpenWRT Kamikaze.  Being a sucker for bleeding-edge software, I definitely wanted to check out code from the main Subversion repository to get it up-to-date as far as development goes.  Here’s how I did it.

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