Tony's ramblings on Open Source Software, Life and Photography


Configuration of Asus Routers Running Merlin Firmware

Here's a guest blog post by Matthew Burkett on configuring the Merlin router firmware for OpenVPN.

Initial Setup
So starting from the point of opening the box or using the reset button, when you first power on the device you will need to enter the basic information. Secure username and password for the router login, wireless SSID (Name) and password for both 2.4 and 5 Ghz channels, and your internet connection info if it was not automatically detected by the router. At this point you should have a fast useable router with great wireless coverage, if you are a standard user congratulations your done. Get on face book and tell your friends, if you are like me however you have only just started.

Merlin firmware installation


Dont Use Your iPod With Your EEE PC

I'm sure you'll find this if you Google around, but we learned the hard way.

One of the first things my daughter did with her EEE PC was to connect her iPod Touch to it. Oops. The iPod touch went wacko and had to have a hard reset and be restored. Leave it to Apple to make a product that could be trashed simply by plugging it in.


First Impression Eee laptop

I have to say despite my reservations I'm pretty darn impressed with the Asus Eee Linux laptop.

So far I only have two complaints. #1) The wireless was a pain in the butt to get working right, and I believe doing an "apt-get dist-upgrade" while wired to the Internet was the step that finally allowed it to work. #2) The keyboard sucks. Really. And I don't mean its size. Quite often you'll get a nice tactile feel back from a key only to notice that nothing happened on the computer. Very frustrating.

However Skype fired right up and did video conferencing to my Ubuntu laptop with no trouble at all. OpenOffice was great. I printed to my networked HP color laserjet with no trouble at all. Youtube videos played very smoothly.

The "laptop" if you can call it that was very responsive. The oversimplified Asus interface isn't all that bad, and once you realize as a power user that there are ways around it I didn't mind it at all.

I might just need to buy a couple more of these!