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Saturday, 29 Jan 2005

I programmed a "Newspaper" (http://blogx.co.uk/NewsPaper.asp) this basically takes the last 3 non password protected entries and displays them in a typical newspaper format

Comments are welcome on this service... I can't really see anyone printing out my blog to read the last 3 entries daily, but maybe to some other BlogX users this could be a godsend? particularly in a corporate enviroment...

User comments are welcome
Ok I admit it, my blog has recently got alarmingly boring.

What with Palm WiFi now fully operational, while PalmBlogX Programming has not yet been completed and entries not having been posted for a while due to A Level exams my blog has lacked character, any entries I did make were quickly drafted up technical entries explaining "nerd stuff" (as close friends christen it)

So what do I propose to do about it? For a start i'm trying to fill up the calendar with memories of any fun activities I did do, any interesting discussions and any good achievements.. This should bring back a bit of character, the exams are over and I am set to have the best years of my life so why does my blog lack the same exciting features?

Today (while Hannah is at Flicks' party which I did not get invited to *cough cough* Wink) I shall finish off the programming of PalmBlogX which will let me post entries on a PalmOS compatible computer from anywhere in the house (Pure blog excitement)
I put this entry off a few days (I wanted to fully check this did not damage my AP in any way first) but I recently bought an eBuyer 22mbps WiFi access point (Brand : Origo) and read from one of the comments that it could be hacked to use the D-Link firmware, sporting enhanced security (there is a vulnerability with the Eusso ROM it came with in which a broadcast UDP packet gives out its WEP keys and admin password in plain text).

What access points are hackable?
This will/should work on any APs based on the GL2422AP chipset, for a full list of brands that are confirmed as using the same ROM and chipset see here. They even have a link to the German copy of the hack here.

Why would you hack a perfectly good router?
Reading the eBuyer user comments told me that the D-Link 900+ AP has a built in repeater mode and other fantastic features which unusually are much better than LinkSys' firmware.

Why else might you upgrade? Well, the D-Link ROM provides extra features like
  • Full 22mbit support between other DWL's or reflashed wap11's!
  • Repeater mode
  • DCHP server (with DNS support)
  • Scan mode for finding other AP's when AP is used in client mode
  • Auto fill in MAC addresses to filter from log files (more logging possibilities)
  • More filtering possibilities
  • More security (setup program asks for a password and SSID broadcast can be switched off)
  • A lot more support, help and information available


Quick quick tell me how!
Well you cannot just give it the latest D-Link ROM because it checks the manufacturer number and checksum. So, you will need a specially hacked ROM from any of the links below, or by contacting me). Once your AP is running D-Link code, it will obey whatever new firmware you send to it.

Here are the confirmed steps to turn your Eusso ROM based GL2422AP -> D-Link 900+ AP:

  1. Download the necessary files from either of the sites listed below (I got mine from the German site but if you would like my "Special ZIP" full of the various utilities and JUST the Eusso ROM leave a comment asking for it Smile)
  2. Open up the web configuration for your AP (the Origo's default IP is 192.168.1.1 Username : admin, Password : admin) and go to "update firmware" and select: YOUROEM-to-DWL900ap+_nml.bin (in this case the EUSSO rom, Eusso-to-DWL900ap+_nml.bin)
  3. Upload the patched ROM file (the default Eusso ROM checks to see if it's the same manufacturer, hence needing a patched file)
  4. Reboot your AP by Switching it off and unplugging the power cord and re-inserting it.. Restart the AP with a hardware reset (the reset button on the back.)
  5. Open up the "D-Link Access point Utility", It should now detect a DWL 900ap+ with unknown Firmware. (press "refresh" a couple of times if necessary)
  6. Select the firmware update that it asks to update. Wait until the green blinking light stops and press "refresh" so your AP will be detected again
  7. For some reason you are supposed to use TFTP to upload rom.img to your AP at this stage. rom.img is the ROM Global Sun Tech puts in every D-Link before it ships. The ROM included in the ZIP should be the most recent one. Upload rom.img to the address you gave to your AP (the default D-link Address is 192.168.0.50). Put the TFTP client In binary mode.
  8. Set up your AP just as you would normally (Default IP : 192.168.0.50, Username : admin Password : (Blank) Smile). Personally I went on to go and download the latest D-Link firmware and install that (your AP thinks it is a D-link and there is no way D-link can tell it otherwise. There's nothing new you need to do now in order to update it)


Troubleshooting
If your Router flips out, do NOT panic, your router should have a built in hardwired BACKUP ROM, this will allow you to immediately specify the (Eusso I think) ROM and it will restore it, to place your AP into recovery mode stab it in the back twice really quickly (or hold the reset button while powering it up).. Then visit the routers default IP address in your browser..This is as far as I know a way to go back to your old ROM if you need to (aka Unhack)

Update : A week later after having a loving, well cherished and well behaved Access Point, eBuyer have placed this note up on the products' homepage...

 eBuyer 22Mbps WI-FI 802.11b+ Wireless Access Point
(QuickFind: 48430) -
Sorry, this product is currently unavailable / discontinued.


Fear not my friends, there are more shops in the world other than eBuyer and if you visit the German link at the top, you might be able to get hold of a different make based on the same chipset (hence still having almost identical hardware and being open to hacking).



Original Reference : http://www.seattlewireless.net/index.cgi/Wap11Ver22Hack (An incredibly messy page, which is why I've written my entry)

Keywords : WAP11 hack, Origo, Eusso, Trendnet, Access Point, DLink, D-Link
Took a look at SimpleGeek.com today and noticed the incredible stock photos available at :
http://www.sxc.hu

well worth taking a look for beauties like this :


You don't have to be a photographer to enjoy photos like this