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Using Router in Dormitory - Cross Compiling MiniEAP for Asuswrt-Merlin

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Well, actually I don’t want too many people in my university know this, so I decided writing this blog in English and not to mention the name of my school clearly here. You can find the name in the blog, if it isn’t your school, hopefully, the part of cross compiling can help you.

I have two routers in my dormitory. During the last year, the software, called MiniEAP, ran on my Redmi router, and another router, manufactured by Netgear, allowed me to use 5GHz WLAN in 64 Channel, which is disabled in my Redmi router. It’s pretty annoying, not only because of those messy cables, but also because when I want to connect to my Netgear router via ssh, I have to plug in another network cable to connect. That’s why I finally decided to spend my Saturday to finish it. (COVID-19 sucks. I want to play maimai in game centre)

I decided to cross compile MiniEAP for my Netgear R6900, which is running Asuswrt-Merlin. To get started, you need Linux. I am using Debian sid, but you can use any distro you like. Anyway, it is still a better choice to check the wiki

I found a docker on the Internet, and someone used it on macOS, but I haven’t tried yet, so I will use Debian sid to introduce.



To build the environment, some packages need to be installed at first. In fact, you can find those packages everywhere on the Internet. Here is what I used:

sudo apt --no-install-recommends install autoconf automake bash bison bzip2 diffutils file flex g++ gawk gcc-multilib gettext gperf groff-base libncurses-dev libexpat1-dev libslang2 libssl-dev libtool libxml-parser-perl make patch perl pkg-config python sed shtool tar texinfo unzip zlib1g zlib1g-dev lib32z1-dev lib32stdc++6 automake1.11

Also add i386 arch to package dependencies (I guess no one use 32 bits or x86 here):

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libelf-dev:i386 libelf1:i386

Source Code

Maybe you have noticed that the repository had transferred to asuswrt-merlin.ng, and the old one had archived. However, it seems that it doesn’t include toolchains in asuswrt-merlin.ng. The toolchains is in another repository:

git clone https://github.com/RMerl/am-toolchains.git

And don’t forget MiniEAP:

git clone https://github.com/updateing/minieap.git

In my school, the patches are necessary. These patches are used by GZHU originally, but they are also available in my school:

git clone https://github.com/ysc3839/openwrt-minieap.git package/minieap

Applying Patches

In HOME we have two folders, minieap/ and openwrt-minieap/. Now cd to minieap/, then try these commands:

patch -p1 < ~/openwrt-minieap/patches/001-enable-gbconv.patch
patch -p1 < ~/openwrt-minieap/patches/002-remove-date-in-log-message.patch
patch -p1 < ~/openwrt-minieap/patches/003-disable-hdd-serial-query-and-show-warning.patch
patch -p1 < ~/openwrt-minieap/patches/004-fix-logging-buffer.patch
patch -p1 < ~/openwrt-minieap/patches/005-remove-pid-check-warn.patch


Actually I want to use an asterisk to get them done at once, but it threw me this… wtf


After patching, we need to create some symlinks. For my router, R6900, I just need to focus on BCM-SDK :

sudo ln -s ~/am-toolchains/brcm-arm-sdk/hndtools-arm-linux-2.6.36-uclibc-4.5.3 /opt/brcm-arm
echo "PATH=\$PATH:/opt/brcm-arm/bin" >> ~/.profile

With those commands, while compiling, probably you won’t success. Maybe you will got this after the ldd command:

$ ldd /opt/brcm-arm/libexec/gcc/arm-brcm-linux-uclibcgnueabi/4.5.3/cc1
      linux-gate.so.1 =>  (0xf77bf000)
      libmpc.so.2 => not found
      libmpfr.so.4 => not found
      libgmp.so.10 => not found
      libdl.so.2 => /lib/i386-linux-gnu/libdl.so.2 (0xf77aa000)
      libelf.so.1 => /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libelf.so.1 (0xf7792000)
      libc.so.6 => /lib/i386-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 (0xf75e3000)
      /lib/ld-linux.so.2 (0xf77c0000)

Some libraries are missing. So you need:

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=${LD_LIBRARY_PATH}:/opt/brcm-arm/lib:/usr/local/lib:/usr/lib

That’s all.

$ ldd /opt/brcm-arm/libexec/gcc/arm-brcm-linux-uclibcgnueabi/4.5.3/cc1
      linux-gate.so.1 (0xf7f98000)
      libmpc.so.2 => /opt/brcm-arm/lib/libmpc.so.2 (0xf7f7f000)
      libmpfr.so.4 => /opt/brcm-arm/lib/libmpfr.so.4 (0xf7f30000)
      libgmp.so.10 => /opt/brcm-arm/lib/libgmp.so.10 (0xf7ed3000)
      libdl.so.2 => /lib/i386-linux-gnu/libdl.so.2 (0xf7ead000)
      libelf.so.1 => /lib/i386-linux-gnu/libelf.so.1 (0xf7e8f000)
      libc.so.6 => /lib/i386-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 (0xf7ca6000)
      libm.so.6 => /lib/i386-linux-gnu/libm.so.6 (0xf7ba2000)
      /lib/ld-linux.so.2 (0xf7f9a000)
      libz.so.1 => /lib/i386-linux-gnu/libz.so.1 (0xf7b85000)

Cross Compiling

I would like to deal with it one file by one file.


config.mk is used for compiling just like its filename. I would like a simple and violent method, just directly add this on the last of the file:

CC := ~/am-toolchains/brcm-arm-sdk/hndtools-arm-linux-2.6.36-uclibc-4.5.3/bin/arm-uclibc-linux-2.6.36-gcc

As I failed for many times, even I know I shouldn’t do like this, but I am a little bit annoyed at last. Plz adjust the paths for your own environment if necessary.

Also remove the “#” if front of PLUGIN_MODULES += ifaddrs, as we need to use it later.

After all, the config.mk without comments looks like this:

  packet_plugin_printer \

PLUGIN_MODULES += if_impl_sockraw

ENABLE_DEBUG  := false
ENABLE_ICONV  := false
STATIC_BUILD  := false



CC := ~/am-toolchains/brcm-arm-sdk/hndtools-arm-linux-2.6.36-uclibc-4.5.3/bin/arm-uclibc-linux-2.6.36-gcc


If you run make directly, you will get an error about -Wpedantic, which isn’t supported by the version of gcc. Just replace it with -std=gnu99:


(You can find the tip use option -std=c99 or -std=gnu99 to compile your code if you just remove -Wpedantic, but it seems that using -std=c99 will cause some syntax errors.)


Then if you start compiling, you will get this sh*t:

util/net_util.o: In function `obtain_iface_mac':
net_util.c:(.text+0xa8): undefined reference to `getifaddrs'
net_util.c:(.text+0x180): undefined reference to `freeifaddrs'
util/net_util.o: In function `obtain_iface_ip_mask':
net_util.c:(.text+0x1b0): undefined reference to `getifaddrs'
net_util.c:(.text+0x36c): undefined reference to `freeifaddrs'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status

It doesn’t find those functions that the platform doesn’t provide, so we need to add those files ourselves. That’s why I add PLUGIN_MODULES += ifaddrs in config.mk before, as it enables us to use those files.

Don’t worry, we still have mighty GitHub. Many file can be found in GitHub. I used this ifaddrs.c and this ifaddrs.h. I know little about C or C++, so I can’t give too much advice. Add ifaddrs.h in includes/ and add ifaddrs.c in util/ifaddrs/. Don’t forget to edit config.mk if you didn’t do it before.

After all things are done, enter make and start compiling. Compiling MiniEAP is pretty fast. You can type file minieap to check if everything is fine.



Using scp or any other method to upload the file to your router. Type ./minieap you will get a message asking you to login. With -w , you can save the configuration to /etc/minieap.conf. Don’t forget to move your files (one is your minieap program and another is the /etc/minieap.conf) to /jffs, or the files will disappear after rebooting.

There’re some problems:

Auto Reboot

To use crontab in Arsuswrt-Merlin is a complex thing, as everything not in /jffs will be delete. However, we have this in wiki. Just refer it.

Auto Reauth

According to this issue, you need to delete no-auto-reauth to enable auto reauth. It is simple but I still can’t reauth, but it is worth trying.

My solution is ping. Here is my script:

while true
	ping -q -c 3 cn.bing.com >> /dev/null
	if [ $? -eq 0 ]
		echo "[`date`]Everything is fine."
		echo "[`date`]Failed. Restarting minieap." >> /var/log/watchdog.log

It means if the router cannot ping cn.bing.com successfully, it will write a log in /var/log/watchdog.log and restart MiniEAP. In fact I don’t want any outputs, as my MiniEAP disconnects every 20 seconds…


In User scripts, we have wan-script, add this three lines in the script:

cp /jffs/minieap/minieap.conf /etc/

Adjust the paths for your own environment if necessary.

wan-script contains the scripts that will run after WAN interface came up, in new version of Asuswrt-Merlin, it have been replaced by wan-start. The first line means copy new minieap.conf to /etc, as everything has gone after rebooting. Then it restarts MiniEAP. Finally, the watchdog.sh will run to keep auth.

Now enjoy your Campus Internet. Everything is fine.