Linux compatible router as access point

I have four computers connected to my Internet service modem via a wired router. It works. Now I want to disconnect one and use that output port to feed to a wireless router so it serves as an access point for occasional guests who can’t use a wire connection. I bought an Asus router and followed the instructions for the A.P. setup. I ran into trouble and could not use the diagnostic software which only works with Windows. The instructions strongly suggested I should upgrade the firmware. After that finished the router would not start and several factory resets did not change a thing.

Does anyone know of an (inexpensive) router that comes with Linux diagnostic software?

Thanks in advance.

How about a installation of your own Linux based router?
http://www.tecmint.com/setup-linux-as-router/

Forget this “diagnostic” software and access the router via the web interface.

AK


Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
(R.J. Hanlon)

That’s how I bricked it. Using the web interface.

That would be fine except I don’t have a wireless card on any of my boxes.

Am Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:46:01 GMT
schrieb ionmich <ionmich@no-mx.forums.microfocus.com>:
>
> That’s how I bricked it. Using the web interface.
>
>

Then you made a mistake and most likely bricking via extra software will be as
easy/difficult as bricking it via web interface.

I set up dozens of routers from different vendors and NONE of them really
required extra software although SOME of them offered such a software (which in
all cases was Windows only).

If you think about it, extra software for access if there IS a standard
interface (web, ssh, telnet, whatever) can not be anything more than a gadget.

Any changes to the configuration or software (=firmware) are done ON the
router, the interface is only there to transfer this data.
What sense would it make to somehow “strip down” the standard interface
(viayour Web Browser, a piece of software everybody has) in favor of some extra
software which needs extra installation and -in most cases- also uses http to
access the router?

I would say, absolutely none, so you should not ask/look for a router with
“extra software for also Linux” but for any router which does NOT offer such a
thing.

Most of these routers even RUN Linux, if you want some device playing well with
Linux, then search for WRT-capable devices (openWRT or DD-WRT).

AK


Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
(R.J. Hanlon)

On Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:06:01 +0000, ionmich wrote:

> I have four computers connected to my Internet service modem via a wired
> router. It works. Now I want to disconnect one and use that output port
> to feed to a wireless router so it serves as an access point for
> occasional guests who can’t use a wire connection. I bought an Asus
> router and followed the instructions for the A.P. setup. I ran into
> trouble and could not use the diagnostic software which only works with
> Windows. The instructions strongly suggested I should upgrade the
> firmware. After that finished the router would not start and several
> factory resets did not change a thing.
>
> Does anyone know of an (inexpensive) router that comes with Linux
> diagnostic software?
>
> Thanks in advance.

Grab something like a WNDR3800 and install OpenWRT or DD-WRT on it.

As long as its reachable, you can (worst case) ssh to it to edit the
config. No special “diagnostic software” required.

Jim

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Thank you. I’ll look for something similar.

On Mon, 08 Aug 2016 16:56:02 +0000, ionmich wrote:

> hendersj;2788300 Wrote:
>> On Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:06:01 +0000, ionmich wrote:
>>
>>
>> > Does anyone know of an (inexpensive) router that comes with Linux
>> > diagnostic software?
>> >
>> > Thanks in advance.
>>
>> Grab something like a WNDR3800 and install OpenWRT or DD-WRT on it.
>>
>> As long as its reachable, you can (worst case) ssh to it to edit the
>> config. No special “diagnostic software” required.
>>
>> Jim –
>> Jim Henderson openSUSE Forums Administrator Forum Use Terms &
>> Conditions at http://tinyurl.com/openSUSE-T-C
>
> Thank you. I’ll look for something similar.

You bet. FWIW, OpenWRT and DD-WRT run on lots of different hardware -
the WNDR3800 is what I currently use (it has sufficient memory and
storage for a fairly complex router config). But you can even use an old
PC or a RPi to run it as well (but note that speeds will be somewhat
limited with the RPi, as the networking all connects through the USB bus).

Jim

Jim Henderson
openSUSE Forums Administrator
Forum Use Terms & Conditions at http://tinyurl.com/openSUSE-T-C

Typically,
I’ve found that there are usually Linux equivalents to anything that comes standard in Windows.

But, it’s sometimes useful to keep around (or borrow) a Windows machine if you just want to run that software.

What is this Asus model, and is there a link to online documentation that describes this diagnostic software?

TSU

I use an Arris DG860 modem/router combo. Awhile back, my Internet provider…cable company…contacted me and told me that my firmware was really out of date and affecting my connection. While talking to the tech, he went in and looked at the firmware version from his side…and offered to update it to the current for me. He told me I’d see the lights flashing for a bit…then the it would reboot and would be good to go. He did and when finished, it did help my connection, so far as speed goes.

Model - RT-AC51U-AC750

Sorry, I don’t have a link. The software came on a CD and the executables were asusfwctrl.exe, Discovery.exe, and Rescue.exe. I assumed that Rescue.exe would have returned it to factory defaults. As I mentioned the reset procedure (paper clip in tiny hole) did not work. I have not used Windows since Windows95, and avoid using other people’s computers. Please note that is all in the past as I no longer have the unit.

I bought an Asus RT-N12. Simpler and cheaper than the previous choice. No CD this time. Aimed my browser at 192.168.1.1 and followed the instructions. It was working perfectly in under five minutes.

Thanks for everyone’s advice.