Jul 072014

The TP-Link WR703N Expander is an open source hardware extension to the TP-Link WR703N. It was created by Kean Electronics (http://www.kean.com.au/) and can be purchased from Seeed Studio (http://www.seeedstudio.com/).  I won’t go into the details of what the Expander includes and what you can do with it.  This article details how I created my own enclosure for the Expander since I don’t have a 3D printer and I didn’t want to purchase the enclosure from one of the 3D printer fabrication sites.

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Jun 202013

From the site:

“Each BSides is a community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members.  The goal is to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the traditional confines of space and time.  It creates opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. It is where conversations for the next-big-thing are happening. “

Presenter: James Edge – Mainstream Security
Title: Show and Tell: Super MiniPwner
Abstract: The TP-Link WR703N is a low cost wireless access point that has replaced the venerable Linksys WRT54G as the most popular device to crack open and tinker with.  Many project tutorials have sprung up on how to hack this device from a hardware and software perspective.  One such project is the “minipwner”  coined by Kevin Bong with his site www.minipwner.com.  This talk builds off of that concept by trying to upgrade and implement as many features as possible while still keeping the original case.  Why the original case?  Because I said so.  We double the RAM and flash storage, add a usb hub, usb sdcard reader storage, usb to Ethernet port, serial port over usb, and finally we have integration with the Teensy so you can run keyboard commands remotely over WiFi.  I call this device the very original name of super-minipwner.

Slides from the presentation are here.

Conference videos, courtesy of Adrian “Irongeek” Crenshaw (www.irongeek.com), are here.

Direct link to my talk here.

Jun 192013

The TP_IN and TP_OUT connections on the TP-LINK WR703N are pretty touchy. One wrong tug on the soldered wire and the pad will rip off. Just a guess but I think they are held on by silly putty. So what do you do when you rip the pads off? I know the device is sub $25 but who wants to wait another month for a new one? Never fear as you can move down the line to C55 and C57. In my opinion this is actually an easier place connect the wires.

So…what if you just love tinkering with the device and you accidentally rip the pad on C55 off?
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