A New Project: OpenWRT on an ASUS WL-520GU

July 7, 2009 | My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

asus-wl520guPeople who read this blog might have noticed that I have a love of devices that have firmware that can be subverted for other purposes. I have a Canon SD1100 that runs the CHDK firmware. I have a couple of Linksys WRT54G routers. I have an old NSLU2 that I haven’t goofed around with in a while. I experimented with an old Linksys VOIP adapter. I’m kind of a nut.

During the Makers Faire, I noted this cool project, which converted an ASUS WL-520GU into a Wifi Internet Radio. I thought it was particularly interesting because the router hardware was cheap (only $35 after rebate from newegg.com) and because it included a USB port, meaning that it could conceivably be hooked to other interesting devices (the mightyohm project uses it to control a sound card).

How could I resist? I bought one!

And then, I created a custom distribution of OpenWRT. And, if you follow the next link, you’ll get served a webpage which is served on the router.

A webpage served from the ASUS WL-520GU

More developments coming soon.