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Downloading bluebox Is rather easy, but it requires a few steps. I've listed below what you will need to do.
|!||If you don't want to be bothered with flashing your own unit, you can buy a whole kit ready to go!|
|Download the latest full-version quickstart document.|
|Step 1. Get a router.|
Bluebox should run on most any router that supports OpenWRT. That said, I only have experience with, and can only support the Linksys WRT54G(S/L) v1-4 series of routers. If you do try another router, please share your findings in the forum.
I suggest the WRT54GL because it is specifically designed to support the underlying operating system so you won't have to mess around with figuring out what hardware revision you have. Amazon.com has the best prices I've found on the WRT54GL - especially considering you get free shipping!
If you want to use a WRT54G or GS , you will need to find any older revision than the current model in stores . This is because the v5 & v6 versions found in stores do not have enough memory to run a fully functional OpenWRT install.
in doubt which is best? Use the Linksys WRT54GL!
|Step 2. Download OpenWRT.|
Download the proper version of OpenWRT WhiteRussian RC5* for your router.
If you are experimenting and using another router you
can browse the RC5 files for other routers
If you aren't sure which is right for your router, check this forum thread or ask.
|Step 3. Connect the router to your PC and to the Internet.|
|Plug unit in as directed by Linksys so that you have access with a PC and the unit is connected to the Internet.|
|*NOTE - If the device responsible for connecting your bluebox router for the the Internet portion of the download is using the 192.168.1.x subnet you will need to change the bluebox router to a different subnet. For more info see this thread.|
|Step 4. Flash OpenWRT firmware to the router.|
|Flash your unit with OpenWRT. Be sure to read the instructions on the OpenWRT website first so you avoid common mistakes. After the flash, the router will decompress the image and install the firmware. It then reboots and sets up the file system. The process is automatic. After the file system is completely set up, the DMZ LED on the front of the unit will go out.|
|IMPORTANT: OCASIONALLY OPENWRT DOESN'T REBOOT AUTOMATICALLY. DON'T POWER OFF THE ROUTER DURING OR FOR 3 MINUTES AFTER THE FLASH. IF THE UNIT HAS NOT AUTOMATICALLY REBOOTED BY THIS TIME, YOU MAY SAFELY POWER OFF AND ON AGAIN TO INITIATE REBOOT.|
|Step 5. Telnet into the router.|
From a command prompt, telnet into the router. If you have not used telnet before, detailed instructions can be found here.
You will know when you have connected to the router shell prompt when you see an OpenWRT welcome message and a prompt like this:
NOTE: If you decide to log into the OpenWRT web-based interface now, you will disable telnet and enable SSH. This is not a big deal, but this will require that you download an SSH client like PuTTY to connect to the box.
|Step 6. Download bluebox scripts into the router.|
Issue the following three commands, pressing enter at the end of each line. These commands will download and execute the bluebox installation on your router:
|Step 7. Enjoy!|
The install will run and you need answer only one question at the end. After that, your router is automatically running bluebox. Enjoy!
|IMPORTANT: YOUR BLUEBOX WILL REBOOT AT 192.168.108.1 AFTER INSTALL.
Depending on your setup, this may require a manual release and renew of your IP address settings.