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April 08, 2013, 12:43:22 AM
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I have a TP-Link 703n.  This is the router used in the Avalon ASIC device.

This router has a USB port, and I think it should be possible to boot openWRT from a USB-Flash.  I am not set up to de-brick my device, however.  In addition, I have never built openWRT.

I am hoping that someone has already done this.


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April 08, 2013, 12:54:09 AM
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You shouldn't have to build OpenWrt.  Check out the wiki: http://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/tl-wr703n

Also, here is a terrific, image-documented guide for flashing (and deciphering the Chinese interface): http://www.madox.net/blog/projects/tp-link-tl-wr703n/

I used the images from openwrt.org, not any listed on the madox.net site.

I have several of these, all v1.6.  You might need to pop open the case and look for some internal markings/stickers to verify the version number or check the build version listed in the Chinese firmware.

I can't provide any assistance related to the Avalons, and I'm surely not anything more than a casual user of OpenWrt, but I'll try to answer any more questions that you might have.
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April 08, 2013, 12:59:53 AM
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I'm sure you've already seen this but in case you haven't: http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/howto/generic.flashing

You might consider flashing over ethernet vs usb using the bootloader option. I haven't done this on the Avalon but IMO it is a superior method of flashing routers with less chance of bricking.

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April 08, 2013, 01:22:09 AM
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I'm sure you've already seen this but in case you haven't: http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/howto/generic.flashing

You might consider flashing over ethernet vs usb using the bootloader option. I haven't done this on the Avalon but IMO it is a superior method of flashing routers with less chance of bricking.

I wasn't going to flash from usb, I was going to use USB as secondary storage.

It is a v 1.7 device that says v 1.6 on the outside label.
It is running the latest Avalon OpenWRT + mods system.  It is just a test-bed / sandbox / backup.

The 32 Mb is mostly filled up.  I vaguely think if the filesystem is moved to a 16 GB USB-Flash, I will have more room to play.

I want to do some things that are not supported by Avalon, such as add IPv6 support.  Also, a 300 MHz MIPS processor with 16GB Flash-disk and 32 Mb RAM is an impressive little machine, even if it does cost pocket money and fit in the palm of the hand.



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April 08, 2013, 01:38:25 AM
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I wasn't going to flash from usb, I was going to use USB as secondary storage.
Is this what you're trying to do?

http://h-wrt.com/en/doc/flash

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