[MLB-WIRELESS] Alternative firmware for Realtek 8186 and Ralink 305x SoCs

Greg McLennan mclennan at internode.on.net
Fri Nov 18 12:05:35 EST 2011

I'v had success installing dd-wrt onto a rarlink 3052 based generic 
Chinese AP MIMO units( JCG-JIR-N615R model using initially ralink's 
default firmware at the time). My write up is located at :

Cheers : Greg


On 30/03/2011 11:08 AM, Jason Hecker wrote:
> On 28 March 2011 19:29, Tim Rogers <securistoremelbourne at gmail.com 
> <mailto:securistoremelbourne at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     On 28/03/2011 3:42 PM, Jason Hecker wrote:
>>     I have recently come across a Russian based site that supports
>>     alternative open source firmware for the venerable Realtek 8186
>>     chip and newer and very cheap Ralink 305x SoCs.  I have a Minitar
>>     MWGAP which I will try the 8186 firmware out on later this week
>>     as I am still using it in client mode for a PC but it's pretty
>>     unreliable (needs a power cycle veryday as it stops talking to
>>     the AP).  I have also tried the Ralink firmware on an OEM
>>     802.11bgn 2.4GHz AP/router with success.
>>     Either way both chips have current and working source code
>>     available for hacking as well as binary blobs to install.  Just
>>     use translate.google.com <http://translate.google.com> to
>>     understand the site.
>>     http://wive-ng.sourceforge.net/
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>     I would be very interested to hear the results. I think this
>     device has a lot of potential as it seems to have quite high
>     ouput. I have been mucking around with the MWGAP as well. I will
>     try this myself anyway. Thanks for the info.
> I have just installed the wive.bin file onto my MWGAP with success 
> using the web based firmware upgrade option.  I thought I had bricked 
> it as it doesn't respond to pings but sshing in to 
> brought it to life.  There is no web page, just ssh and a simple text 
> menu with vi based editing.  Now to work out what the fsck it all 
> means!  Finally, after all these years I have alternative firmware for 
> my old MWGAP!  Are you there Serialmonkey?
> So I can safely say that the RA3052 firmware and RTL8186 firmware from 
> the above site does indeed work!  I guess it's an alternative to using 
> dd-wrt - and there is source for both too.  Apparently for RA3052 
> devices dd-wrt doesn't use the hardware IP accelerator but the wive 
> formwire does.
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