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Installation Guide

WARNING: If you make a mistake installing this software, it is possible to permanently disable your router, effectively turning it into a brightly colored brick. Bricked routers aren't very useful – you can use one to beat someone about the head or as modern art, but that's about it. You can pretty much eliminate this risk by following the directions given here so please read them first before attempting to install Gargoyle.

Gargoyle is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. The author(s) of Gargoyle assume ZERO liability for any damage caused by this software.

There are basically two ways to install the Gargoyle firmware onto your router:

  1. Download and install one of the Gargoyle images onto your router and then get started by browsing and enter the default “password”.
  2. Install OpenWrt Kamikaze and then install Gargoyle as a set of packages on top of it. Gargoyle is now based on Backfire and theoretically installing as a set of packages should work, but it possible it may not.

Gargoyle images are available for many routers, and installation instructions are available for several models:

Gargoyle Requirements

Gargoyle will likely run on many other routers supported by OpenWRT but you will need to research more carefully.

Gargoyle should run on any router that uses a mips architecture, has either a Broadcom or Atheros based wireless card, and has at least 4MB of flash. You may try installing the gargoyle images (AT YOUR OWN RISK) for these routers, or, more wisely, you may try installing OpenWrt broadcom-2.4 images or atheros-2.6 images on these routers, and if you get this working, install the Gargoyle packages on top of it. Consult the OpenWrt Table of Hardware to determine whether your router is compatible with OpenWrt and whether it is likely to be compatible with Gargoyle based on the criteria listed above.

Be VERY careful of the 4MB flash memory requirement. Most newer WRT54G models have only 2MB, making installation of Gargoyle/OpenWrt impossible

Connecting to a Gargoyle Image

If you install a Gargoyle image then the initial connection procedure is a little different than for OpenWrt.

  1. browse to and enter the default “password”.
  2. ssh root@ with the default “password”.

OpenWrt defaults to having no root password and telnet is available. Telnet is not available on Gargoyle installed from an image.

Migrating from DD-WRT

Attempts to load a Gargoyle image directly from the DD-WRT GUI have been unsuccessful. However, downloads are available to revert from DD-WRT to Stock Factory firmware, and from there a Gargoyle image may be loaded.

More Information

If you find the documentation here insufficient there are several other resources on installing OpenWrt you may find helpful. In fact, much of the information provided here was derived from these sites:

install_guide.txt · Last modified: 2015/07/31 20:08 by nworbnhoj
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