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WZR-HP-G300NH, OpenWRT & Huawei E160E


Finally, the latest release of OpenWRT 10.03 (codenamed BackFire) is out and it supports the WZR-HP-G300NH. Didn't take long until your truly take a plunge and flash his router with this latest firmware. Actually, the firmware supported the router since it's development release but since I'm not really into testing beta stuff, I've been patiently waiting for it to be available.. officially that it.

What the first thing I tried to do .. ? You guess it right, if you've followed my blog before .. trying to get APRS4R running on it but excitement overcomes the most basic thing I should do .. yes, RTFM .. APRS4R doesn't have support for other than mipsel and x86. So, what should I do with this mega router (64MB RAM with over 65% left after all the basic stuff loaded and over 32MB flash with over 90% empty)? One thing for sure, from my last week experience, where screamyx was so damn slow due to some international link was brought down for maintenance .. yes, a backup 3G broadband and I want this to be available without tinkering with my network setup everytime this thing happens. So, after thinking for few days .. and saw somebody wanted to let go his 3G USB dongle (Huawei E160E) for RM120, didn't think that long and my wallet had flattened a bit..

What do I need to get this E160E running? Tried it many times, loading kmod-usb-ohci and kmod-usb-uhci alongside the requirement to get USB working on Linux but no go.. just to realise that this router has USB2 .. so .. added kmod-usb2 got it going.. the E160E was recognised only after I added the following line into /etc/modules.d/60-usb-serial:


usbserial vendor=0x12d1 product=0x1003 maxSize=4096

What else needed, as per the documentation, comgt is required too, this has script to do the call-out for the 3G.

And for anyone wanted to do the same thing, the following guide is really helpful (at least for me and many others) in getting things going:

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