Firmware Recommendations

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General Information

The following is a list of recommended hardware. Please note the symbol system used below.

  • ?? – unknown state. Device was maybe reported, but not in detail. Or it is to new to have enough informations.
  • N/A – not available
  • work – known as working, tested & multiple feedback received.
  • should work – should be working, because it follows the same architecture as one device known as working.
  • X – won't work, because it is too new and has no OpenWRT support or hardware is to weak.

As a general rule, you should always try to use a stable image. Trunk images should only be used as a last resort. The custom images contain all needed kernel-packages to get USB access without installing additional packages from the internet. That is quite useful, if you mess something up. Trunk images are testing images on the latest development level. They often contain changes and may not work. Currently, the trunk images are not supported by the PirateBox framework. Find out the reason why.

If you have to use a trunk image, choose a custom image if the version of the custom image (see below) is bigger or equal than the image number in the OpenWRT-Wiki page, like  -->  OpenWrt Version Supported: r36722
 Custom imagebuild version:  r38430
 **should work**

About our custom images

Our custom PirateBox images currently use the AA 12.091) release from OpenWRT. PirateBox Forum member “FriedZombie” has backported the device support from trunk into the AttitudeAdjustment code-base to increase hardware compatibility for additional OpenWrt devices. You can find his github repository here:


Hardware Version Custom image stable OpenWRT release OpenWRT link
Asus WL-500g Premium 2) ?? N/A
Asus WL-500g Deluxe 3) ?? N/A
Buffalo WZR-HP-AG 300h v1 N/A AA 12.094)
Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH ?? N/A AA 12.09
D-Link DIR-825 ?? N/A ??
GL-CONNECT GL-iNet 5) v1.0 works BB 14.07
GL-CONNECT GL-iNet AR-150(-ext) v1.0 works ???
Linksys WRT160NL ?? N/A AA 12.09
TP-Link TL-MR10U v1.0 should work BB 14.07
TP-Link TL-MR13U v1.0 should work BB 14.07
TP-Link TL-MR3020 < = 1.9 works AA 12.09
TP-Link TL-MR3220 ?? N/A
TP-Link TL-MR3040 v1 1.0 works AA 12.09
TP-Link TL-MR3040 v2 ⇐ 2.4 works BB 14.07
TP-Link TL-W703N < = 1.6 should work AA 12.09
TP-Link TL-W703N > 1.6 should work AA 12.09
TP-Link TL-W703N = 1.7 DOES NOT WORK AA 12.09
TP-Link TL-W710N >= 1.1 should work AA 12.09
TP-Link TL-W710N EU >= 2.0 DOES NOT WORK AA 12.09
TP-Link TL-WR842ND < 2.0 works AA 12.09
TP-Link TL-WR842ND 2.0 works BB 14.07
TP-Link TL-WR1043ND < 2.0 should work AA 12.09
TP-Link TL-WR1043ND 2.1 should work BB 14.07
TP-Link TL-WR1043ND 3.0 DOES NOT WORK trunk
TP-Link TL-WR2543ND any should work AA 12.09

Download locations

Custom-Image download folder:

Custom-Image with automatic installtion download folder:

unmodified OpenWRT-Image download folder:

1) , 4) Attitude Adjustment
2) Asus WL-500g: possible issues, USB 1.1 only, requires kmod-usb-ohci before installing piratebox ipk
3) Asus WL-600g: possible issues, random kernel crashes on 10.03.1-rc4, might be defective hardware
5) only 16MB version