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    Question Cooling overclocked WL-500g

    is there a way to overclock our asus router using 'nvram clkfreq'?

    if yes, what are the possible values?

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    wl500g deluxe could not be overclocked, wl500g is overclockable, but it's become unstable.

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    Nop

    This older type of Broadcom´s CPU Core does not support this, look at overclocking the wrt54g V1 boards in the web for reasons if you like.
    (Hum, same time posting . 500g IS capable of this? Unstability or not, i thought it was not. Interresting).

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    If you want at your own risk:

    nvram set clkfreq=200
    nvram commit
    reboot
    Freq. 240 is max. for me, but note; with a heatsink on chip
    and not to much warm place!
    Don't fix if ain't broken. USE BIGGER HAMMER!

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    Overclocking is one thing, but does it help too?

    Standard WL-500g rates 88 bogomips, what about a WL-500g@240?
    Is the USB transferrate getting better with a CPU at a hight clock?

    I want numbers

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    Yes and No:

    About USB transfer don't know, I don't use it.
    If there is a single client or two on the net, there's no reason
    to overclock.
    If there is fifteen clients on wlan (my case) and four AP's it
    helps dramaticly.
    Don't fix if ain't broken. USE BIGGER HAMMER!

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    i've overclocked my wl500 up to 130 mhz without problems. there is a little overlcok but samba work better then first, i think that i will not go up with overlclock on wl500g...but if i know hot to open the wl500g case probably i could isntall an heatsink with fan...HOW OPEN THE WL500G BOX? I haven't seen anybody "viti" (i don't know how to translate the italian word "vite" to an english word)...can you help me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franz_as_tux
    i've overclocked my wl500 up to 130 mhz without problems. there is a little overlcok but samba work better then first, i think that i will not go up with overlclock on wl500g...but if i know hot to open the wl500g case probably i could isntall an heatsink with fan...HOW OPEN THE WL500G BOX? I haven't seen anybody "viti" (i don't know how to translate the italian word "vite" to an english word)...can you help me?
    There have been others who opened their wl-500g before (e.g. the guys who screwed the bootloader up ).

    Funny word: screwing, because that means viti in Italian You can use Babelfish to translate...

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    Quote Originally Posted by oleg
    wl500g deluxe could not be overclocked, wl500g is overclockable, but it's become unstable.
    Oleg, could you explain why wl500gx isn't overclockable ?


    I have this on my wl500gx :
    [admin@asus root]$ nvram get clkfreq
    200
    Is it normal since it should be 475Mhz ??? Or the multiplicator is 2.375 (i think there is too much numbers behind the comma, i'm waiting a 2.5 or 2.3 not a 2.375) ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by tophinus
    Oleg, could you explain why wl500gx isn't overclockable ?
    The cpu does not support this. At least it loos like this.

    Is it normal since it should be 475Mhz ???
    475? Wow. 200 Mhz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oleg
    475? Wow. 200 Mhz
    Yes, i make a big mistake It's my notebook which have a 475mhz

    Quote Originally Posted by Oleg
    The cpu does not support this.
    What do you mean by the cpu doesn't support it ? If i tried :
    nvram set clkfreq=201
    nvram commit
    reboot
    It will be still 200mhz ? Or will it crash my wl500gx because this feature is not allowed ???

    Quote Originally Posted by Oleg
    At least it loos like this.
    Sorry but my english is a bit poor ... What do you mean by "loos" ????

    Thanks for your response Oleg (and for your work too)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tophinus
    It will be still 200mhz ? Or will it crash my wl500gx because this feature is not allowed ???
    Well, nothing would happen on the deluxe. BTW, not all frequencies are supported, so I do not recommend playing with this, as invalid setting would prevent wl500g from booting and you will need to recover it using some tricks...

    Sorry but my english is a bit poor ... What do you mean by "loos" ????
    Typo: loos == looks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Styno
    There have been others who opened their wl-500g before (e.g. the guys who screwed the bootloader up ).

    Funny word: screwing, because that means viti in Italian You can use Babelfish to translate...
    screwing also has another meaning (something crude) in English!
    As for opening up the box, its easy just take off the 4 rubber feet and undo the screws underneath. NB one screw is under a warranty sticker.

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    I just tried nvram
    nvram set clkfreq=200
    nvram commit
    reboot

    but dmesg still tells me that it's at 125mhz and 80+ bogomips, what am I doing wrong?
    nvram get clkfreq gives me 200

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    I tried to benchmark speed, but I found no benchmark. Instead I gziped a 6mb file, took me 1 minute with 200 or 125 setting.

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