Asus WL-520GC dd-wrt firmware

The following article walks you through the steps of installing dd-wrt firmware onto an Asus WL-520GC. Asus WL-520GC can be purchased very cheap off TradeMe. 

We will be installing dd-wrt v24 micro which will unlock more features than provided by the standard firmware such as bridging.

We can then use the router as an alternative to the offical xbox 360 wireless adapter etc.

 

Video demonstrates;

  • downloading all files
  • what happens when you try to install dd-wrt on version 2.0.1.1
  • downgrading firmware
  • installing dd-wrt micro

IMPORTANT: Update at your own risk, you may cause damage to your equipment.

Watch the video below if you need clarification

First download dd-wrt.v24_micro_generic.bin from the dd-wrt website here

 

If your Asus firmware version is above 2.0.0.8 you will need to downgrade first. Get the 2.0.0.8 english firmware from here (Download using Global, watch out there’s 2 one is chinese)

 

Your current Asus firmware is shown under  System Setup – Firmware upgrade when you are logged into your router

 

 1. Downgrading (if you have 2.0.0.8 skip to step 2)

download the 2.0.08 firmware, you should end up with a zip file called FW_WL520gc_2008_EN.zip

extract the contents, it will contain a file called WL520gc_2.0.0.8_EN.trx. Rename this file to

 WL520gc_2.0.1.1_EN.trx

 

Login to your Asus router default Ip is 192.168.1.1 default username / password is admin / admin

Navigate to System Setup – Firmware Upgrade

Select browse and locate WL520gc_2.0.1.1_EN.trx

Click upload and wait approx 80 seconds for it to reboot automically

 

Once it has updated check your firmware version again, it should now read 2.0.0.8

 

2. Installing dd-wrt

You will get an error if you try to install dd-wrt when your Asus router is not on v2.0.0.8. If you do make sure you have done step 1

 

Login to your Asus router default Ip is 192.168.1.1 default username / password is admin / admin

Navigate to System Setup – Firmware Upgrade

Select browse and locate dd-wrt.v24_micro_generic.bin

 

Click upload and wait approx 60 seconds.. don’t click upload again

All going well you will see a screen like below

 

Now enter a username and password of your choice and select change (default username / password is root / admin)

 

Thats it !! if you plan to use it as an AP make sure you secure it with WPA or greater

 

If you plan to use it as a bridge to an existing AP then read Asus WL-520GC into bridge mode