Flashing TP-Link TL-WR703N v1.7 to OpenWrt (9)


    March 12th, 2015 | Tags: , , , | Posted in Guides, Tech

    The TP-Link TL-WR703N is an affordable 3G-capable travel router that is able to provide wireless access for your devices while you are in hotel (with wired LAN) or on the move (using a supported USB 3G dongle). I got a couple of these for less than US$17 each. This little gem supports 3rd party firmwares like OpenWrt and dd-wrt.

    Flashing the TL-WR703N to OpenWrt is easy for the version 1.6 hardware as you can simply perform a firmware upgrade (to OpenWrt) through the TP-Link’s Web administration page.

    However, it is no longer possible with the TL-WR703N with version 1.7 hardware on firmware 3.17.1 Build 140120 Rel.56593n. Firstly, the U-Boot was changed for TL-WR703N v1.7. Secondly, the official firmware no longer allows firmware firmware to OpenWrt via the TP-Link’s Web administration page. Attempts to do usually result in bricking the TL-WR703N and the only way to recover is to re-flash it via its serial interface.

    The proper way to flash the TL-WR703N v1.7 is to leverage an exploit on the parental controls page (credits to BUGBLUE). It would allow you to run privileged commands on the TL-WR703N v1.7 to:

    1. Transfer both the kernel and rootfs image of OpenWrt firmware
    2. Flash the kernel partition
    3. Flash the rootfs partition

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    OnePlus One – Never Settle (0)


    February 14th, 2015 | Tags: , , , | Posted in Guides, Life, Reviews, Tech

    A lovely phone with great specifications.  It is running CyanogenMod without all the bloatware!

    A lovely phone with great specifications. It is running CyanogenMod without all the bloatware!

    The OnePlus One (A0001) is an affordable smartphone with great technical specifications and a customisable Android OS! I chanced upon this phone while looking for a worthy replacement for my wife’s ageing Samsung Galaxy S3. I bought the OnePlus One Sandstone Black 64GB edition.

    I am not going to review this phone in detail though. Just probably going to share some pictures and links to root the OnePlus One Sandstone Black 64GB.

     

    The Operating System (OS)

    The OnePlus One uses the CyanogenMod Android OS. CyanogenMod ROM is known to be stable and often a great replacement of the stock ROM/OS that comes with Android smartphones from manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, Motorola.

     

    The top-notch Specifications

    For US$349 (non-contract), the specifications of the OnePlus One is really top-notch.

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    D-Link DIR-890L AC3200 ULTRA Tri-Band Gigabit WiFi Router (4)


    February 7th, 2015 | Tags: , , , | Posted in Reviews, Tech

    The "monster" DIR-890L AC3200 Wireless router. On the surface, you see 6 high-gain antennas. Underneath the cover houses powerful amplifiers, dual-core processor, 3 dedicated radios, Smart Beam and Smart Connect technology.

    The “monster” DIR-890L AC3200 Wireless router. On the surface, you see 6 high-gain antennas. Underneath the cover houses powerful amplifiers, dual-core processor, 3 dedicated radios, Smart Beam and Smart Connect technology.

    Review At A Glance
    Product D-Link DIR-890L AC3200 ULTRA WiFi Router [product link]
    Summary The AC3200 DIR-890L is part of D-Link ULTRA Performance Series of WiFi routers. It sports wireless speeds up to 3200Mbps and features Smart Connect and AC Smart Beam that would improve both the wireless reach and speed for your devices.
    Pros + Fast dual-core 1 GHz processor
    + Smart Connect intelligently connects each wireless device to the best available band
    + AC Smart Beam (beam forming) to direct wireless signal to your wireless devices
    + DD-WRT support in the near future
    Cons – Non-replaceable antennas
    SRP  To be announced. Availability in 1H 2015

     

    D-Link debuted their ULTRA Performance Series WiFi routers and adapters at CES 2015 –  AC5300 DIR-895L, AC3200 DIR-890L and AC3100 DIR-885L. These routers are built with speed, coverage and processing power needed to satisfy most bandwidth demanding scenarios. In this review, we will be looking at the D-Link DIR-890L AC3200 ULTRA Tri-Band Gigabit WiFi Router.

     

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    Anker 60W 6-Port Family-Sized Desktop USB Charger (0)


    January 20th, 2015 | Tags: , | Posted in Reviews

    Anker 60W 6-Port Family-Sized USB Charger with PowerIQ Technology

    Anker 60W 6-Port Family-Sized USB Charger with PowerIQ Technology

    Review At A Glance
    Product Anker 60W 6-Port Family-Sized Desktop Charger [product link]
    Summary Anker 60W 6 Smart Port USB charger featuring quick-charge technology to make your smart life easier. A great compact USB charger to bring along for your travels.
    Pros + Smart port that intelligently delivers the required power to your smart devices
    + Industry-high 60W charger
    + Compact and cable-chaos free
    + Compatible with all phones, tablets and other USB-charged devices
    SRP US$49.99

     

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    Baby Ariel is on national TV (0)


    January 18th, 2015 | Tags: | Posted in Life

    Baby Ariel’s few seconds of appearance on the national TV for being one of the Jubilee Baby.

    TomatoUSB – Wireless Interface Toggler Script (0)


    January 18th, 2015 | Tags: , , | Posted in Guides, Tech

    Recently, I found the need to toggle the status of my virtual wireless network. For example, turning on the guest wireless network when visitors are around and turning it off when they leave the place. The regular method is to go to the web admin page and disable the entire interface but this is a little clumsy. I don’t really like to leave my guest alone while I tap away on the computer.

    And so I scripted something and made use of the SES/WPS/AOSS button to toggle the intended wireless interface.

    The script below runs perfectly on my ASUS RT-AC66U with Tomato (Shibby). It should work with any routers that supports TomatoUSB firmware. Just put it under Administration -> Buttons/LED.

     


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