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Motorola WA840G Wireless Access Point / Router Information
found this little fellow at an area
Salvation Army store. I probably would have left it there, were it not
for the 29¢ price tag. (Power adapter not included. After all, you
can't have everything for 29¢.) It's capable of operating in two modes:
NAT router providing a wireless connection to interested clients (all
it can do, since there is only the one wired Ethernet port) OR as a
access point (to add wireless capability to an existing wired network).
that can't be made to run aftermarket firmware are usually of
very little interest to me. Here again, one can't expect everything for
29¢ and so it was that I didn't care much if this thing couldn't run
DD-WRT or other third party firmware. Maybe it'd be the one wireless
router whose stock firmware would buck the trend of being Absolutely
Instead of listening to opinionated rambling, you probably came here because you too have
found one of these and are wondering about support for it. If there is
support for the WA840G within DD-WRT, it's not been explicitly called
out anywhere (but see below).
Motorola through its various
machinations, divisions, and acquisitions has lost (almost, see below) all track of the WA840G.
The most likely successor company to Motorola's former networking
products division is Arris. Arris has nothing on this product. I figure
it has simply slipped through the cracks and been forgotten. Even
though I'm sure it was mass produced, I've never seen another.
Firmware 'n Such
What you will most assuredly want to
do is uprade to the last firmware release, 6.1.4. This is a MAJOR
upgrade. It adds serious capability improvements to the WA840G
hardware. You can do that right now, with the ZIP archive linked here.
In other download related news and stuff: I was initially excited to
report that the user's manual had (inexplicably) surfaced at Motorola's
website here in March 2016, until I realized that such is also included
in the previously linked firmware bundle. Oh well, I downloaded it
anyway and so I'm posting that here
as well. Maybe you'll find it useful, with my making the assumption
that said user's manual is for a previous release of firmware, and in
the case where you haven't done as you should and updated your own
WA840G's firmware already.
Also present within the ZIP file are
a configuration file converter tool, Release Notes and a User's Guide
for the hardware. It took me a long time to trace down this firmware,
and had it not been for the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, you'd
still be looking for it right now. The Internet Archive hasn't always
done well with archiving files that aren't HTML or pertitent to use
with HTML (images, style sheets, scripts, etc.). Yes,
this means that even if you would never donate to anything or anyone on
the Internet, you really should support the Internet Archive with a donation.
files are provided as a courtesy to owners of the Motorola WA840G
hardware. They do not apply to other devices. Updating the firmware on
any device entails risk, and you accept ALL the risks for the results
of your actions. I provide these files in good faith and the hope that
they will be useful, while disclaiming all liability for the results of
their use. If you can't accept that, don't use the files.
Copyright is a hairy subject and
while its meaning has been perverted over the years, I believe it
qualifies as "fair use" to provide these files to rightful owners of
the Motorola WA840G hardware. The rights to these files obviously still
remain with Motorola or its successor companies.
I hope to flesh this page out at some
point in the future with more details about the hardware, firmware and
other little bits that might be good to know. Until then, maybe you'll
find this page useful in its current, incomplete state.
In its latest firmware revision, the WA840's firmware bears one
interesting similarity to DD-WRT. When challenged for a user name and
password, cancel the request. Note the unique pinkish colored failure
screen, identical to that seen in DD-WRT. Did Motorola base the
WA840G's last firmware release on DD-WRT? I don't know, but it seems
Whether or not the WA840G can actually run DD-WRT is rather less clear. A WE800G that is said
to be identical hardware and a WR850G are supported by DD-WRT. I spent
some time diddling around with it, and while I didn't try very hard, I
didn't get it to pop by uploading even the special "initial flash"
build through the web interface. Forcing the firmware into place with
TFTP as the WA840G boots may prove more successful, or it might end up
in tears. There are differences in NVRAM layout between the Motorola
firmware and DD-WRT.
I don't know if any other third party router firmware projects support the WA840G.
As the WA840G keels over after a period of time even with the latest
firmware installed, perhaps I'll revisit this highly exciting subject.
There is, after all, only so much time that's worth spending on such
As further proof that you definitely don't get everything for 29¢, my
WA840G keeled over after a few years of fairly reliable service.
Perhaps that, and the obsolescence of 802.11g, would explain the lack
of WA840G units still around.
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