Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 16:39 Post subject: Rosewill RNX-N300RT
I've recently purchased the Rosewill RNX-N300RT thinking it would be a great little router (@25$ shipped!). The description said it could do Wireless Bridging (Reason I bought it) and it only does WDS.
I would like to know if it would be possible to port dd-wrt to it.
There are two ways of doing this, either starting the boot loaders tftp client via serial console command and then sending over the dd-wrt firmware from your computer to the router and then write it to flash.
The other way is that I make you a special web gui flash file but you must still have the serial console hardware.
The file won't brick the router but it may be that ethernet ports are configured differently in the rebranded router and you lose ethernet connectivity to it.
If that happens then you need to be able to flash back the Rosewill firmware and you can only do that with tftp via the boot loader so the serial console is essential.
If the file works without problem then you can store away the serial interface and other users can load dd-wrt without needing a serial interface.
Now the big question is, is it worth it to me. I'm sure the community here would appreciate the effort. What I'm trying to do with the router is a Client Bridge and judging by what I'm reading, the Atheros chipsets don't play nice when it all comes down to it.
I guess I should bite the bullet and try it. Worst comes to worst, I have to get a 3$ cable and restore the router and give it to someone that'll put it to good use.
Would you be able to make that web flash file so I can try it first? If that screws it up, then I'll get that cable and whip out my soldering iron... many thanks!
You're going to have to wait for that lol! I flashed OpenWRT on it and bricked it flashing back to dd-wrt. I ordered a cable in today and it should be here in about 2 weeks. Hopefully I can get the serial console up and flash dd-wrt back to it.
EDIT: I did flash it to the TP Link firmware before going to OpenWRT and it worked great.
Nice! Thanks guys! Now... If I can only get the serial console working, I'll be able to debrick this thing.
I know the bootloader is good since I see the "Autoboot in 1 sec" message, but without the cable soldered to the board, I can't get a stable enough connection to try to flash. And without knowing if the console works alright, I don't want to solder to the board... ishhhh.
I have successfully debricked the router. I can say that the pinout is the same for the Rosewill and the TL-WR841ND. No bridged resistors or Vcc to Tx resistors needed. The output was a little bit garbled but I managed by being really careful about what I typed.