TP-Link TL-WR703N

Introduction

The TP-Link TL-WR703N is a low cost, commercially available wireless router that supports OpenWRT and thus is extremely ‘hackable’.

It is marketed as a travel router so it is extremely compact, and for ~$20 shipped to most places it represents great value for hacking and learning.

A bunch of us at the Sydney hackerspace have purchased “non insignificant” quantities of these routers for all sorts of fun.  I have committed to providing limited support in providing pre-built OpenWRT images suitable for hacking and writing up some instructions and short HOWTOs.

Specifications

(From OpenWRT Wiki)

  • Atheros AR7240 CPU (400Mhz)
  • Atheros AR9331 Chipset (integrated wireless)
  • 802.11 b/g/n 150Mbps (130Mbps real)
  • wireless power output 20dBm – 100mW
  • 4 MB flash memory
  • 32 MB RAM
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Powered via micro-USB socket
  • Tiny form factor: 5.7cm x 5.7cm

Firmware Images

Three (3) standard pre-built images are available

  1. Standard (Download 2013-02-23)

    • This is the standard ‘hacker’ image with a suite of goodies built in
      • Luci – for easy configuration and setting
      • USB Video support
        • mjpg-streamer for webcam streaming
      • USB Serial support
        • belkin, ch431, cp210x, ftdi, option, pl2303, ti-usb
        • ser2net for easy serial to Ethernet conversion
        • stty for configuring serial
      • Lua for simple scripting
        • lualibusb
        • luasocket
      • USB ACM Support for 3G modems and other devices (New in 2012-10-04+ : usb_modeswitch)
      • USB Storage and network filesystems
        • ext4, nfs, ntfs, vfat
        • block-mount for mounting extroot pivot overlays (i.e. adding USB storage for installing programs)
    • Old Downloads that may not work with newer devices : 2012-06-25 / 2012-10-04
  2. USBIP (Download 2013-02-23)

    • Default installation + Luci + USBIP Server + A few Luci apps like ntpc and upnp
    • Untested and not recommended for beginners! [OK tested a little bit… works with Up! Printer and a Microsoft webcam]
    • Old Downloads that may not work with newer devices : 2012-10-04 – kernel images from repositories will not work with these older versions.
  3. Base (Download 2013-02-23)

    • Default installation + Luci
    • Basic install allows you to login and customize your router
    • Significantly more (~1MB) available space compared to the Standard version
    • Old Downloads that may not work with newer devices : 2012-06-25 / 2012-10-04 – kernel images from repositories will not work with these older versions.

Installation & Setup

There are differences from a factory installation and a upgrade from an existing OpenWRT install.  Follow the appropriate instructions below.

Factory Install

Due to the router being targeted for sale within China only, the web interface will be in Chinese.  Follow the instructions and use the status bar of the browser (showing URL of the links) to guide you.

  1. Power on the router via USB cable
  2. Connect wired Ethernet connection to PC
  3. Access http://192.168.1.1/ using your browser
  4. Login to access the web interface, the default user:password is admin:admin
  5. On the left navigation bar – select “系统工具” (System Tools)
  6. Then select “软件升级” (Software Upgrade)
  7. In the main frame – select “浏览…” (Browse…)
  8. Browse and select the “openwrt-ar71xx-generic-tl-wr703n-v1-squashfs-factory.bin” file from one of the pre-built image packages.
  9. Then click “升 级”. (Upgrade)
  10. Press “OK” on the confirmation.
  11. Wait for the software to load (patiently).
  12. The router should reboot into OpenWRT, press login without a password entered.
  13. Go to password configuration and set up a password if required.

OpenWRT Upgrade

Upgrading from OpenWRT should be simple

  1. Power on the router via USB cable
  2. Connect wired Ethernet connection to PC
  3. Access http://192.168.1.1/ using your browser
  4. Login to access the web interface (Luci)
  5. Select the “System” tab at the top
  6. Then select “Backup / Flash Firmware”
  7. Check or Uncheck “Keep Settings” as you desire
  8. Click “Choose File” and select the “openwrt-ar71xx-generic-tl-wr703n-v1-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin” file from one of the pre-built image packages.
  9. Follow the prompts…missing the last step here…
Madox/John will add a separate sub-page for recovery/unbricking, because those are for naughty boys and girls…

Add-ons and Accessories

  1. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:25257 – Generic 3D printed replacement case for the router.
  2. http://ww.kean.com.au/oshw/WR703N/ -Kean’s IO expander board for the router.  Featuring USB Hub & FTDI dual serial/GPIO/JTAG.
  3. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:25389 – 3D printed case for the router + Kean’s Expander board.

Project Ideas, Examples & Guides

To be updated

  1. Wireless Webcam
  2. Helicopter controller replacement
  3. Wireless/Internet connectivity for your projects
  4. Light Painting for Long Exposure Photography
  5. WiFi Remote Control Toy

249 thoughts on “TP-Link TL-WR703N”

  1. Dear Madox,
    I just purchased a TL-WR703N from China. It came yesterday and I checked it and it is revision 1.7. It came with the original chinese GUI. I would like to use your Base image (default installation and Luci) and I have a few questions:
    1. Do I need to use telnet or ssh after upgrading Base image ? I’m not very familiar with telnet and I preffer not to use it.
    2. After I install this, will I have the possibility to upgrade it later with a newer bin file from Openwrt ?
    3. Upgrading later with a newer image (bin file) will give me more options, like USB storage support ? At this moment I don’t want USB storage or anything fancy, I only want to use it as an access point.
    Thank you in advance.

    1. 1)No, you don’t need to if you don’t want. Which is why I always include LuCi 😉
      2)Yes you can always change images relatively easily.
      3)Or you can connect the WiFi to the internet and download the various packages and options.
      I recommend the standard image if you don’t need all the additional space of the base one or don’t plan to install your own packages.

      1. Thank you for your fast reply, Madox. I was able to upload your standard image, this weekend, and my router, now with an english interface, works great. I’m sure that there are some many ways to use this little toy, but my plans for the future is to use it mostly as an access point. Now, if I have a tablet and go to a hotel or somewhere else where I only have ethernet access, my plan is to connect my tablet to the internet using the TL-WR703N. The hotel should have already a router in place and maybe a switch, for internet access for every room, so in this case I should disable DHCP in my TL-WR703N, right ? Is there anything else I should do ? I suppose that the hotel local address is 192.168.1.1. In this case, can I give my 703N a local address of 10.10.10.10 ? What if the hotel’s local IP is 192.168.0.1 ? Can I use the same 10.10.10.10, to prevent any network conflicts ? Thank you again for your great work and for the BIN file with Luci included. It made my life easier.

  2. Please explain about your openWRT configuration used on this project – ap or sta, for example? Could you post your /etc/config files?

    I have success configuring the TL-WR703N as a client e/w serial support and Ethernet to the eth0 port with the idea of interfacing with an Arduino or ARM, either via serial or Ethernet. However, while I have connectivity in lan->Tnternet direction I cannot get connectivity in the Internet->lan direction. For testing I have a laptop in the TL-WR703N’s eth0. I can browse the web through the TL-WR703N in sta mode but from the Internet or my my other PCs I cannot ping or connect to the laptopn through the TL-WR703N.

  3. hi,
    Last week I purchased TL-WR703N from Hong Kong with preinstalled dd-wrt, English version. Only one what I need is support of usbnet and cdc_ether.
    I tried http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=667228, but cannot find suitable .ko modules for linux kernel
    (uname -a output: “Linux DD-WRT 3.2.11-svn18737 #1356 Thu Mar 15 09:20:07 CET 2012 mips GNU/Linux” ).
    I doubt that insmod works at all for this version.

    Is there any clear way to get WR703N support usbnet?
    What recommendations would you make for me?
    Thank You

    1. I am pretty sure my repos(used with my images) or the stock OpenWrt images and repos have usbnet packages. Can’t help with ddwrt sorry.

  4. hi

    I have an router WR703N but don’t have memory for install LUCI. How can i started with the standard firmware via telnet?

    thanks in advance

    From Barcelona.

  5. Dear Madox,
    I read on the internet that is possible to attach a USB sound card and speakers to this router and play radio stations from all over the world. Can you please tell me if the standard image has the USB audio support included, or I need to install it myself ? I just placed an order for a cheap USB audio card from China and I should get it next week.
    By the way, I used your instructions for webcam streaming and it works great with a Logitech 910.
    Thanks in advance.

  6. Hello,

    I have a wr703n version 1.7.
    I installed the standard version of openwrt to create a piratebox where USB is needed. I follow the whole process and when installing the piratebox, openwrt told me dependencies missing for losetup and kmod-loop.
    When I try to install these two packages, openwrt told me “unknown packages” ?
    Should I install another version of the standard or what ?
    Otherwise if I insert the key and I do a DMES, I have the key that is recognized.
    Thank you very much.

    Christophe

    1. Hi Christophe,
      Sorry I don’t compile all packages so it is possible my repository don’t have what you need, perhaps you can use the stock OpenWRT packages if you’re building something custom.

  7. Hi Madox,
    Could you give any idea on how to drive ftdi gpio pins at Kean’s expander board under openwrt?
    Thanks.

    1. Hi Dimonix – which language will you be using? In my ‘BltBitBlade’ example I use Python to use the MPSSE on the FTDI. Using the GPIO should be a simple modification of that with different command codes (I don’t know why but 0x81/0x82/0x83 is in my head). Let me know if you need more pointers.

  8. Hi Madox,
    I thought I can use kernel sysfs, like for other GPIO expanders (f.e. pcf8574):
    echo 65 > /sys/class/gpio/export
    echo in > /sys/class/gpio/gpio65/direction
    cat /sys/devices/virtual/gpio/gpio65/value
    But seems, that FTDI driver doesn’t support this method.

    I will use php, so I will have to find similar library, like “vpelletier / python-libusb1”.
    Thanks, anyway 🙂

    1. Why use PHP on the poor little router? I should have code somewhere for a short (<30line?) Lua script that can operate the GPIO... let me dig that up...

  9. thank you, very helpful at all, let alone I do not understand the language china 🙂 by “hack” I could easily configure to wirelless in my office. greetings.

  10. Hey there, Madox.
    Great work with these images. With them I was able to get up and running in all of five, six minutes. D’you know how to get a USB 3G modem working with this thing? When I plugged it in, the kernel messages registered the presence of the Mass-storage component only; even though above it says usb-modeswitch is installed (wasn’t listed in the installed packages though). Any idea how to work around that?
    Also, what if I wanted to replace the currently-flashed standard image with the base image? I’m guessing I’d use the sysupgrade base image as opposed to the factory base image right?
    Once again, great job mate!!

  11. Hi

    Thanks for these images — I was able to get the standard image up and running to act as a wireless webcam server. However, the image is often corrupted, and I once I enable UVCvideo tracing, I get a lot of

    [ 912.260000] uvcvideo: frame 4364 stats: 50/1380/1593 packets, 1/30/1593 pts (early initial), 1592/1593 scr, last pts/stc/sof 776199335/785610508/435
    [ 912.280000] uvcvideo: USB isochronous frame lost (-18).
    [ 912.280000] uvcvideo: USB isochronous frame lost (-18).
    [ 912.460000] uvcvideo: Frame complete (EOF found).
    [ 912.460000] uvcvideo: frame 4365 stats: 50/1377/1593 packets, 1/30/1593 pts (early initial), 1592/1593 scr, last pts/stc/sof 785793609/795204102/635

    messages in the log. I was wondering if anybody has seen these errors and what to do about them.

    There is an interesting thread at https://github.com/raspberrypi/linux/issues/238 which is similar, but with a different error code.

    Is the kernel used in these images stock or are there patches applied to it? If the latter, do you have a git repo for it?

    Thanks

    Philip

    1. Hi Philip, recommend you try another webcam with JPG capability instead of using YUV full frames. The kernels are OpenWRT stock.

  12. I have managed to get the Standard Image link from above loaded into the Chinese version of this device and with that Luci and from the PC I have SSH and WCP working. After getting the firmware loaded, changing the password, I then plugged in my new ZTE MF683 and the ZTE began to blink but I am not sure what to do from there. I found these instructions, http://wiki.villagetelco.org/index.php?title=Using_a_3G_USB_Modem_with_the_TL_WR703n. From what I am seeing the WR703n with this firmware is working as an access point, and with only one LAN connector and not much knowledge of OpenWRT I don’t even know how to give this router access to a live connection feed to where I can attempt to download some of the suggested OPKG applications. I also don’t know how to display all the OPKG applications that came installed in this build.

    From the info in the link above on villagetelco, it is suggested to display this location: # cat /proc/bus/usb/devices
    however, there is no such file on my device. I only see folders /proc/bus/input and /proc/bus/output with the ZTE inserted.
    Can anyone help? Thanks!

  13. Hi, I have followed your instructions succesfully, thanks !
    Previously I was able to setup my TP-Link to Bridge mode, this allowed me to config the 703 to connect to my wifi, and provide internet to my Arduino ethernet shield.

    How can I do this with Openwrt? Cant seem to find where to enter my wifi password for the 703 to make the connection.

    This is what I would like to accomplish…

    HomeRouterWifi——-(wifi)——>TPLink703——-(rj45)———>EthernetShield+ArduinoUno

    Can it be done with the UI? or must it be setup by writting the commands? I guess if the chinese version has the UI, so will the Openwrt.

    Thanks a lot!

    1. From the top of my head should be roughly under Network->Wifi->Scan.

      Why do you bother with the Ethernet Shield? Why not directly connect the wr703n to the Arduino via USB serial?

  14. The reason of using a Ethernet Shield is cause I want to have the arduino sketch be unaware of how internet is getting to it.
    By using an ethernet shield I can then do any of this:
    – plug a RJ45 cable to the main router
    – plug a rj45 cable to a TPlink703 for projects which are not close to main router or need to be wireless.
    – plug a rj45 cable to a tplink703 and use a usb 3G on it to provide internet.
    etc

    Please let me know if you know how to do the Bridge Setup,
    thanks a lot !

  15. Madox, I downloaded and installed your standard version, so that I could install misterhouse for home automation on an external usb drive. I was thinking I could also move some packages in your standard install on to the external flash drive, LuCI, for example. I usually work off the ssh command line, but at times referring to the LuCI interface is helpful. Are there any others you could think of? I know the criteria for deciding is vague, but threw the question anyway.

    1. I now upload the ImageBuilder for you to roll your own images, or you can start off with the ‘Base’ image and install up from that. I find LuCI very useful for beginners and it is almost impossible to help others if there is no LuCI installed… it does take up a lot of space though…

      1. Thanks for your response. Since I have the task of adding a bunch of perl packages for misterhouse, do you think it is better to start off with the openwrt wiki image or one of your images.

  16. Sorry, my bad, just realized you said somewhere the standard version is made with the assumption no other packages will be installed

  17. if i flash my router and install the standard version will i be able to use my 3g modem?? if so how and will i be able to use it like a regular modem and send wifi from the internet on my computer??

  18. Day 1:
    got the wr703n (chinese) and flashed it, following your sterling guide……managed to get to the Operwrt login page……….working wonderfully…….i had an english Gui and was over the moon.
    Day 2:
    being an overnight expert i decided to flash the unit with firmware from the wr702n english version…………..click………ppppppphhhhhhhttttttttt…..ping!!!! POWERCUT !
    Day 3:
    Still got my head in my hands, wifi will connect to the router but browser wont access login page. If i cant access the Gui i don’t know where to go from here.

    Can anybody please help??
    I’m quite tech savvy but not attempted anything like this before…Its bricked i know but thought it may be reversable….. if i fiddle anymore without some help it may have to be permanently put on my coffee table and used as a coaster.

    1. Why did you flash a wr702n image? What image, factory or OpenWrt?

      Did you try the reset? If not there’s always the serial console 🙂

      //Sorry can’t help much 😛

        1. The WR702N is the cheap USB-less sibling, it only has 2MB flash do not supported by OpenWRT… So not sure what image you put on, either the stock image or a ddwrt or similar?

          The MR3020 is the closest English relative to the WR703N. Good luck with the recovery 🙂 (baby just hit Zzz, nap time for me so didn’t read your link sorry!)

  19. I flashed your Madox USBIP 36503_2013-05-01 image,everyting is working, i can connect it to my wifi and get internet access over lan. computer—->lan—>703—>wifi to internet router.

    which i want to make is connect my 703 to my home router, then from another laptop connect to my router and get usbip working through my 703.

    I do connect both of them to the router wirelessly no problem there but…..

    I cannot connect or ping my 703 eventhough i know its static ip.

    is this smth connected to my router or 703 or your firmware.

    how can i set up a sharing system like that.

    printer—>703 usb port—->router<—-USBIP(for printer connection)<—–LapTop(win8 by the way)

    1. I think you’ve just got incorrect settings. Did you check that your firewall zone for your WiFi is set to LAN? That was in my instructions and a common trap for most people. Connect your PC back to the Ethernet port of the WR703N to get access and fix that setting.

  20. Dear Madox,

    I thank you for the USBIP firmware image you have provided : this one is working really well on my own WR703N (I can share my webcam, flash drives and … my USB missile launcher !). The only issue is that I can only share all the connected devices for now : I try to connect to this USBIP-sharing-box using some Linux computers (Ubuntu 13.04 x64 and x32 running on my “main” laptop and an old eeePC used for testing purpose only, Debian 6 on my Seagate FreeAgent). So far, I can only connect to the 703N and I share the connected devices on my old eeePC …

    Could we maybe work together to solve this issue ? I found many errors (protocol version that are not the same, errors in me dmesg output, cannot remember more yet …) and could share them to you in order to fix that issues and use that wonderful 703N all around my house !

    Many thanks in advance,
    Best resards,
    Jean

    1. Hi Jean, I’m having some trouble understanding your problem. Does it work on your Linux laptops or not? Which ones work and which ones don’t?

      1. Dear Madox,

        Sorry to be a bit confused in my description … I have installed your latest USBIP firmware on my own WR703N, this one is working fine. I have a Seagate FreeAgent device running Debian Linux 6. When I try to connect from this device to the WR703N, I receive an error related to the bus speed. This errors seems to be related to my kernel module, I have to work on it … When I try to connect from an Ubuntu 13.04 laptop running in 64bits mode, the device seems to connect, but the “lsusb” command doesn’t show the remote USB devcice : on the WR703N, there is an error displayed that tells that the version from the client and the server doesn’t match. The only way to connect is to use an old eeePC running Lubuntu 13.04 in 32 bits mode.

        Did you try to conect to your WR703N from something else than Windows ? Does that work for you, or did you need to change some settings either on the server or the client side ?

        Many thanks in advance,
        Best Regards,
        Jean

        1. I’ve not had a problem with connecting my Ubuntu 10.04 64bit, I don’t have a machine with a later Ubuntu to test it with unfortunately.

  21. Hello Madox,

    Thank you for making the images available. I have a WT703N that I would like to use as a standard 3G router. I have installed your standard image. The wifi part seems to work fine, but I cannot get the 3G modem to work. I have a Vodafone K3772 modem. My understanding is that 3G modem support is available in the standard image. Can you help me in the right direction to get this to work?

    Many thanks,
    Wout

  22. Dear Madox,
    i have a tp link router, i have made a home network, currently i have 10 computers connected to the router through a switch, 6 of them are connected, using automatic ip congifuration, but 4 of them are showing limited or no conectivity, i guess they are not getting the ip address automatically from the router, what should i do ?? if i manually configure my computer i will show the connectivity but i am unable to browse the websites or you can say that there is not connection…

    1. Hi, sorry I can’t provide generic tech support for routers. Newer routers have a max clients limitation, on my Billion 7800NL it is customizable up to a max of 16 which is quite annoying…

  23. Hi Madox,

    Thanks for the work on this router. I am planning to buy this when I will be visiting China.

    For my case, I need to use these modes: Access Point, repeater, hotspot or wifi sharing. By flashing your image, will these modes work properly?

    Thanks!

  24. I have a problem
    I flashed this firmware “TL-MR3020 OpenWRT USBIP Image 2013-05-01”
    router works, the device can be seen on the router for 1-1.
    but the program on the computer can not connect to the USBIP server on the router.

    >usbip -D -a 192.168.1.1 1-1
    usbip dbg: usbip_network.c: 223 (tcp_connect ) trying 192.168.1.1 port 3240
    usbip dbg: usbip_network.c: 249 (tcp_connect ) 192.168.1.10:3240, no destination to connect to

      1. yes, did as instructed.
        I can connect via SSH to the router, so I think there is no problem with access.
        how to check the work usbip on the router?
        usbip have logs?

  25. Hi, I have a 703n and would like to use it as part of a “terminal window” as such. I have an embedded micro (PIC) that uses serial at 57600 to communicate via a command line interface. ie SEND an AT and get back an “Ok”. I want to use the 703n + USBSerial converter FT232 etc to be able to send and receive commands via a web browser (like hyperterminal but within a web page). Any idea’s or comments. Regards Darren

    1. Nope no comments 🙂 Should work pretty easily, let us know how it goes 🙂
      Tempted to do the same on some things now though I’m not sure I’ll bother with the web interface – actually why bother with the web interface if you can just say use telnet/netcat to do the job?

  26. Guys, i am in serious trouble, seems my router is dead.

    as i have installed openwrt. and i thought it was the way to use the english interface, but the luci interface was working fine, from there i thought its not the tp link english version, its kind of complex, i am not a root user, i just need to used it for 3g router, then i upgraded with english version there the router is not responding. is there any way to bring the routher back atleast to open wrt.

    a crying friend of yours.
    Ali

  27. Great site. I have hit a road block and need help. I am trying to use TL WR 703n as an open hotspot. I want users to be redirected to a external splash page sitting on the internet and once they accept terms and conditions, they should be connected to the unrestricted internet.

    I have OpenWRT and DD-WRT both working on TL WR 703n. I have tried nocatsplash and nodogsplash but failed. My cable modem is connected at LAN/WAN port. Wireless will be my hotspot interface.

    Would appreciate any help I can get.

  28. Any suggestions on how to flash this firmware from ddwrt v24? It has a firmware upgrade menu but after attempting to flash it just launches ddwrt again.

  29. With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any problems of plagorism
    or copyright infringement? My site has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my permission. Do you know any ways to help stop content from being stolen? I’d
    truly appreciate it.

  30. Hi, Madox.

    I just upgrade the firmware, I have an 3g usb. its connected and its green the lcd, but I don’t have internet access. How can I configure in luci?

    regards

  31. Great image!

    Is there any chance that you’ll upload the .config and a short tutorial on how you created the standard image? I want to add usb sound support so I can use the device to stream my webcam and use the device as an internet radio player at the same time. I tried building my own openwrt image with 12.9, but that version has a tearing issue with the webcam video, and the newer trunk version might brick my device if I am to trust the wiki pages describing openwrt on the TL-WR703N.

  32. can this router wr703 with the openwrt take on the bluebox scripts as does the linksys wrt54gl does and do bluebox?

  33. Hi

    I installed standar version. I will like to know if its possible to install a basic version, and how to do it from luci.

    Regards

  34. Hi,

    Would you recommend using this latest Standard image openwrt_TLWR703_standard_2013-05-01.7z instead of the one linked in the articles? I have already installed openwrt on my 1.7 wr703n, so I should be using squashfs-sysupgrade.bin file within either of the 7z file, right?

    Also, openwrt_TLWR703_3g_2013-05-01.7z is just the openwrt with 3g support, right? So the standard image should have 3G + more modules?

  35. I have flashed TL-MR3020 on TL-WR703N. It works perfect. Now i need to try OpenWRT. But when i try to flash your firmware (openwrt_tl-wr703n_standard_2013-02-23_squash-factory) it says…

    Error code: 18005
    Upgrade unsuccessfully because the version of the upgraded file was incorrect. Please check the file name.

    What should i do ?

  36. Hi Madox, thanks for your work.

    I have successfully flashed a few wr703n with the OpwnWrt image in the past.

    Now I flashed a new one with your base image and I lost connectivity. Telnet, ssh and http://192.168.1.1 won’t work. If I plug the wr703n to the main router I can see that it is working because a wireless network named OpenWrt shows up when I scan wifi. Problem is that if I try to connect it’ll ask me for the passphrase, and I don’t know what is it, can you please let me know the correct passphrase?

    Once I can connect I’ll be able to see the ip and probably will be able to ssh it, maybe I will be able to reflash as well.

    Thanks in advance.

  37. Hi, I have seen that a lot of people have bought routers from TP Link, D Link with chinese interface, and spent a lot of time to deal with the interface, and I have an idea to make a html version copy of the interface with chinese to english translation, and people will not need to take risk of make the router a brick but simply use chinese interface, so are you interested in doing that? I am a native chinese speaker studying in us college and I am familiar with router configuration and I would like to do something to help, if you are interested plz contect me hjt486@163.com

  38. I have made upgrade to your image from previous openwrt beacuse I was thinkig to have preinstaled all of the staff in your base image.
    After upgrade i cant connect wia luci.
    I can connect to shell and when try to start uhhtpd
    with:
    /etc/init.d/uhttpd start
    I get this repsonse
    Failed to load ustream-ssl library: File not found
    Could there be e problem that I left the configuration fules to be preserved when upgrading to your image thru luci?
    Any help apreciated?

  39. Hi,
    I have a wr703n v1.6 (FW build 130318 from original Chinese). I’m new to all of this and have been reading a lot to try to understand.
    I had managed to flash openwrt AA(12.09) and it seemed to be working fine. Thought I would try your Standard image 2013-02-23 as I wanted to stream a webcam. I have now managed to ‘brick’ my wr703n, it seems to boot-up OK, but I get nothng on ethernet, and it doen’t seem to broadcasting any wi-fi. I’ve tried failsafe mode (fast LED flashing) but still nothing on ethernet.
    Does anyone have any ideas before I get out my old soldering iron, magnifying glass and buy some kit for a serial console?
    If I ever get it back which image should I be using with a wr703n v1.6?
    Thanks for any help

  40. Hi Madox,
    I am new to linux. However I managed to install your image dated Oct 2012 when I first got my 703N. It is working perfect as a client and AP. Recently I managed to extroot using 4gb flash drive. Later I attached a 4 port USB hub and attached the 4gb flash drive, a printer, a usb DAC and also a hard disc drive. I managed to install MPD by following instructions out there in the internet and succeeded to output to the usb DAC to my earphone. I also managed successfully to install the printer software.
    Regarding the MPD, I copy one wav file to the 4gb flash for testing purpose. All my wav files are in the usb hdd, how do I go about accessing the hard disk drive?
    By the way when I lsusb, all the attached items were available.

  41. Hi Madox / Guys!
    Firstly, fantastic write-up and project ideas! Great site!

    I now have Ser2Net up and running, but when using telnet (from Win8) to the TCP port, the enter key seems to send two carriage returns unless I press CTRL + Enter then it operates as expected.

    Trace file shows the issue by adding a reverse colour “M” at the end, whereas CTRL + Enter does not.

    test (‘test’ then ‘ctrl + enter’)
    testM (‘test’ then ‘enter’)

    Issue occurs using RAW or Telnet. ATEN USB-to-Serial adapter detected as PL2303 driver connecting to Cisco IOS Switch.

    Anyone else having this problem?

      1. Thanks Madox,
        Putty works fine. Is there any way to modify Ser2Net to compensate for Windows Telnet sending the CR/LF?

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