All Asus WL-500xx series routers

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It is extremely important to follow the guidelines for your specific router. Please see Installation for more information. Remember to read the Peacock Announcementfor important basic information on Broadcom Routers.

A major clean-up of the Asus Install section was needed (and done) in the fall of 2009 - see Asus WL500-- old descriptions for the old but working guides. Valuable information from the old guides should be generalised, summarised and added to the Install list below, in an manner that would keep the Initial Install page looking good.

[edit] All Asus WL-500xx series routers

  • For all Asus WL-500xx series routers there are a number of ways to do the initial flash.
  • The TFTP method using the two Asus specific clean-up files is the "works every time-almost" way.
  • Other methods like using the Asus Recovery tool (recommended). or even using the web-GUI (not recommended) have also been reported to work for some, for the initial dd-wrt flash. So your mileage may vary.
  • Pick the one that is easier and works for you - You have now been notified of the method that is guaranteed to work!
  • The firmware files for the Asus WL-500xx series initial flash and the main builds are found here: mini-asus.trx for the initial flashing. This is the 14929 build that is the Broadcom forum recommended build at this time. Read the peacock announcement http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=51486 to determine if this build is still the recommended build for broadcom devices, how to upgrade properly and how to test if you need to use VINT or can use NEWD builds for upgrading. (The router database links to VINT, but the router database is often wrong and should not be followed)
  • Here is a thread on recovery. See the linked thread in the second post as well: http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=48003

[edit] Clock Timing Bug

See this thread about a clock timing bug that affects many of these models. Check that you are affected by the bug before applying the fix.

[edit] The TFTP recommended Asus way for all WL-500xx routers

NOTE: This method should only be used when you're not a windows user or do not have Administrative privileges in Vista or Windows 7 . The better method is using the provided Asus Firmware recovery Utility that came with the router. You may also obtain it from Asus' website See below this entry for instructions.