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How to get OpenWrt running on some new Mikrotik devices?

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 12:17 pm
by valent
Hi, I'm interesting in running OpenWrt on Mikrotik hadrware for some tests and comparisons.

Has anyone managet to get OpenWrt running on some of these Mikrotik devices: Mikrotik wAP, Mikrotik hAP AC Lite, Mikrotik hEX PoE Lite, Mikrotik mAP 2n, Mikrotik mAP lite, Mikrotik Omnitik 5HnD 5xPOE, Mikrotik SXT Lite2 or Mikrotik SXT 2 ?

Re: How to get OpenWrt running on some new Mikrotik devices?

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 3:26 pm
by czolo
You are thinking natively, not with meta router?

Re: How to get OpenWrt running on some new Mikrotik devices?

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:47 am
by valent
Yes, natively, getting OpenWrt to run directly on hardware not as virtual machine.

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:52 am
by jarda
It's mostly written on the openwrt webpage if it is possible. Just follow the instructions there and it should work. What advantage do you expect from that?

Re: How to get OpenWrt running on some new Mikrotik devices?

Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:43 am
by valent
How to test OpenWrt on Mikrotik SXT 2 device which doesn't have serial (uart) ? Has anybody tries this?

Re: How to get OpenWrt running on some new Mikrotik devices?

Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 2:03 am
by valent
I soldered pads to TX, RX and GND pads on the SXT board and connected it via usb to serial port to my laptop, but there is nothing on serial during the boot or when I enable netboot mode.

Is access to bootloader via serial port disabled on SXT devices?

Re: How to get OpenWrt running on some new Mikrotik devices?

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:43 pm
by haik01
Some serial to USB converters do not work properly. Get a real PC (even a 10 year old one will do), as long as it has a physical serial port. Even Windows 3.11 on the PC would do, heck, even DOS is fine.

You probably only need it once or twice, to set it up. After the OpenWRT loads, then the IP part comes into the picture, so you do not need the serial (and the old PC) any more.

Re: How to get OpenWrt running on some new Mikrotik devices?

Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:58 am
by valent
Serial port is disabled in Mikrotik SXT Lite2 bootloader, but once OpenWrt image is running serial port is enabled and I could use it as terminal console which is awesome!

There two guides helped a lot:
https://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/mikrotik/common
http://cirandas.net/brauliobo/blog/inst ... sxt-lite-5

I'll write up my experience in new blog post soon...

Re: How to get OpenWrt running on some new Mikrotik devices?

Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:30 am
by MtHoodlum
I'm also interested in running OpenWRT natively on the Mikrotik hAP AC Lite (RB952Ui-5ac2nD). Anyone had any success?