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  1. #16
    I have 500g premium and I can confirm that there is no firmware or sources on the supplied CD.

    And the 1.9.6.2 is the biggest piece of crap I've ever seen... it is full of bugs and it crashes when saving settings...

  2. #17
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    Thanks guys. ASUS is violating GPL as usual...

    Yet another question - is there anyone, who has tried benchmarking this box? Does it handle 100 Mb/s when routing? Does USB performs fast?

  3. #18
    I have no idea how to test routing speed, but I did test speed of hard drive connected to the USB. And it is about 3MB/s when uploading to the disk and about 2.5MB/s when downloading from the disk. Quite slow.

    But there is another problem. I tried uploading some big files (700MB) from local computer to the USB hard drive, and it timeouts before starting transfer. The bigest files that can be transfered from windows PC to the router is 75MB. On the other hand 700MB file can be uploaded from Mac OS X... Is this Windows or router problem? I tried to do it on two windows machines and even through WiFi but big files are no go in any case from windows.

    Oh and the supplied firmware is awful... there is an update on asus site, but only in traditional chinese... wich is useless.

  4. #19
    Hi,

    I tested the speed of the WL-500gP and I think it's pretty good. I transferred data with ~10 MB/s over the wire and with ~3.5 MB/s over wifi (the protocol used for testing was NFS).

    I'm quite happy with my new aquisition and since I won't mess with the firmware for a couple of days, Oleg if you need something in particular from an "untouched" piece of hardware tell me. My firmware is 1.9.6.2 and the hardware version is "WL500gH-01-00-00-00".

    As florin_m previously stated, only a part of the memory is "active", the output from "free" is:

    Code:
                  total         used         free       shared      buffers
      Mem:        14308        12880         1428            0         2500
     Swap:            0            0            0
    Total:        14308        12880         1428
    I don't uderstand, why did ASUS bother to ship the router with 32MB if they are using only 16MB ?

    The CD indeed doesn't contain any firmware or sources, a complete listing follows:

    Code:
    11563392    2 dr-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         2048 Mar 25 19:12 /media/cdrom
    11563520    2 dr-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         2048 Mar 25 19:12 /media/cdrom/AREADER
    11563648    2 dr-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         2048 Mar 25 19:12 /media/cdrom/AREADER/5.0
    11563650 8614 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root      8820072 Mar 25 19:09 /media/cdrom/AREADER/5.0/ar500enu.exe
    11563776    2 dr-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         2048 Mar 25 19:12 /media/cdrom/AREADER/7.0
    11563778    5 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         4107 Mar 25 19:09 /media/cdrom/AREADER/7.0/0x0409.ini
    11563779    2 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         1730 Mar 25 19:09 /media/cdrom/AREADER/7.0/Abcpy.ini
    11563781 2665 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root      2728960 Mar 25 19:09 /media/cdrom/AREADER/7.0/Adobe\ Reader\ 7.0.msi
    11563784 28635 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root     29321655 Mar 25 19:09 /media/cdrom/AREADER/7.0/Data1.cab
    11563785  256 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root       262144 Mar 25 19:09 /media/cdrom/AREADER/7.0/Rdr70.itw
    11563787    2 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         1168 Mar 25 19:09 /media/cdrom/AREADER/7.0/Setup.ini
    11563789 1780 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root      1822520 Mar 25 19:09 /media/cdrom/AREADER/7.0/instmsiw.exe
    11563791  220 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root       225280 Mar 25 19:09 /media/cdrom/AREADER/7.0/setup.exe
    11563395    1 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root           25 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/AUTORUN.INF
    11563904    2 dr-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         2048 Mar 25 19:12 /media/cdrom/Doc
    11563906 61169 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root     62636663 Mar 25 19:09 /media/cdrom/Doc/A-500gPManuals.exe
    11563908 43332 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root     44371191 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Doc/A-WL500gP_router_quick.pdf
    11563911 99414 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root     101798924 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Doc/U-500gPManuals.exe
    11563913 81403 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root     83356117 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Doc/U-WL500gP_router_quick.pdf
    11563916 23550 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root     24114923 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Doc/WL500gP_router_manual.pdf
    11563398    2 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         1417 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Setup.chs
    11563400    2 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         1649 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Setup.cht
    11563402    3 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         2104 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Setup.csy
    11563404    3 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         2229 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Setup.deu
    11563405    3 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         2180 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Setup.eng
    11563407    3 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         2189 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Setup.esp
    11563409  954 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root       976896 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Setup.exe
    11563411    3 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         2175 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Setup.fra
    11563412    2 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         2042 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Setup.ita
    11563414    2 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         1966 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Setup.jpn
    11563416    2 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         1748 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Setup.kor
    11563418    3 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         2075 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Setup.nld
    11563419    3 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         2273 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Setup.plk
    11563421    3 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         2075 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Setup.ptg
    11563423    3 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         2101 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Setup.rus
    11563425    2 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         1964 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Setup.trk
    11564032    2 dr-xr-xr-x   1 root     root         2048 Mar 25 19:12 /media/cdrom/Utility
    11564034  449 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root       459544 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Utility/ENGINE32.CAB
    11564036  279 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root       285054 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Utility/Setup.bmp
    11564037 1523 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root      1558545 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Utility/data1.cab
    11564039   38 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root        38193 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Utility/data1.hdr
    11564041 5955 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root      6097807 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Utility/data2.cab
    11564043    1 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root          492 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Utility/layout.bin
    11564044  115 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root       116880 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Utility/setup.exe
    11564046  427 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root       436623 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Utility/setup.ibt
    11564048    1 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root          707 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Utility/setup.ini
    11564050  191 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root       194835 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Utility/setup.inx
    11564051  239 -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root       243858 Mar 25 19:10 /media/cdrom/Utility/setup.skin

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    You mean WAN to LAN transfer, right?

  6. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by Oleg
    You mean WAN to LAN transfer, right?
    Ah, now that you mentioned it, I think I tested with both source and destination being in the LAN. I'm not sure because I did a lot of changes in my setup and I don't remember exactly when I ran the tests. It is possible that I actually ended up testing the switch instead of the router ...

    Tomorrow I'll setup my network in such a way to force the packets to be routed between LAN and WAN. Afterwards I'll post my results here.

    In the meantime you can consider my previous statements as "switching tests" not "routing tests". Anyways, I'm pretty happy with the WL-500gP since the speed I got using the switch is almost the same as using a crossover cable.

  7. #22

    Thumbs up Routing performance

    Hi,
    the routing performance is great:

    [tomek@xenon ~]$ wget -O /dev/null http://192.168.1.5/gpl2.zip
    --22:05:03-- http://192.168.1.5/gpl2.zip
    => `/dev/null'
    Connecting to 192.168.1.5:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 558,054,874 [application/zip]

    100%[================================================== ==============================>] 558,054,874 10.38M/s ETA 00:00

    22:06:02 (9.01 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [558,054,874/558,054,874]

    the test was with enabled firewall and Logged packets set to both
    traffic from LAN to WAN

    Tomek

  8. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by TribesMan
    Oh and the supplied firmware is awful... there is an update on asus site, but only in traditional chinese... wich is useless.
    I noticed that the above mentioned firmware releasse description on the site changed to
    WL-500gP English/Traditional Chinese Firmware Version , version 1.9.6.8
    Now it says 'English', too. But: release slot and date (22/5) is the same, filename is the same (ends with TW) and filedate is old (15/5). Anyone dare try it?

  9. #24
    This is fishy. My friend tried the 1.9.6.8 a while ago and he said that it is unstable. But he didn't say anything if it is english or chinese. I'ill ask him and i'll let you know.

  10. #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcyborg
    In the meantime you can consider my previous statements as "switching tests" not "routing tests". Anyways, I'm pretty happy with the WL-500gP since the speed I got using the switch is almost the same as using a crossover cable.
    Well, switching speed is the same for all models, as they use the same switch core...

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcyborg
    As florin_m previously stated, only a part of the memory is "active", the output from "free" is:

    Code:
                  total         used         free       shared      buffers
      Mem:        14308        12880         1428            0         2500
     Swap:            0            0            0
    Total:        14308        12880         1428
    How did you connect to the router?

    Via Telnet I could not connect to it.
    WL-500gP => 1.9.2.7-7g (2007-04-06)
    Running: thttpd, php 5.1, vsftp, rrdtool

    http://onlinefussballmanager.de/userbar/0/53647.png

  12. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by britnet
    How did you connect to the router?

    Via Telnet I could not connect to it.
    Using the "hidden admin page" I issued some commands. The original ASUS firmware does not contain a telnet server.

  13. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by grongl
    I noticed that the above mentioned firmware releasse description on the site changed to

    Now it says 'English', too. But: release slot and date (22/5) is the same, filename is the same (ends with TW) and filedate is old (15/5). Anyone dare try it?
    Hah, asked the technical support about it. There's their answer:

    Dear Customer, The firmware is dual language, you can install it to your module. I believe it's no problem. And the date is not important. Please note the version number.
    Now I'm really tempted to risk of having to learn Traditional Chinese in order to keep using it.

  14. #29

    1.9.6.8

    Firmware upgrade successful. Download Master still can't connect. Funny, in the firware relase notes they say 'Please use new utility to test Download Master (more up-to-date than version 1.1.0.7)', but the latest utility release 1.6.5.0 contains the very same version...

    They have also removed the Radio Power box in the Wireless/Advanced settings page.

  15. #30
    Quote Originally Posted by grongl
    They have also removed the Radio Power box in the Wireless/Advanced settings page.
    This sucks. I upgraded too and the signal is very weak, tx rate 5 Mbps. With the original firmware I had a pretty decent signal.

    After giving the command wl txpwr1 :
    TxPower is 127 qdbm, 31.75 dbm, 1496 mW Override is Off

    After the command wl txpwr 40
    TxPower is 64 qdbm, 16.00 dbm, 40 mW Override is Off

    After a restart
    TxPower is 127 qdbm, 31.75 dbm, 1496 mW Override is Off

    So, nothing changed. It's outperformed by my old Netgear WGR614 (same settings : WPA-PSK, same location) witch had tx 48 Mbps 24/7.

    Code:
                  total         used         free       shared      buffers
      Mem:        30516        13140        17376            0         2460
     Swap:            0            0            0
    Total:        30516        13140        17376
    Last edited by VenoM; 02-06-2006 at 11:37.

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