UPC Wi-Free with Linksys WRT54G

By dose | November 23, 2018
Under: Uncategorized

Recently I had the idea that I could use an old WRT54G als a Gateway to UPC Wi-Free. The reason was that the Owner was a customer of UPC and that he had a second site where he sporadically also wanted to use Internet on his old PC. So to save money, why pay for a second Internet line if you can have UPC Wi-Free for free?
Speed of WRT-54G is enough, so this is a cheap solution for Internet access.
I found out that it is not possible to use EAP in Client Mode on dd-wrt firmware, but OpenWRT should be possible.
I verified that and it worked fine. For further reference, here are the steps:

1) Install OpenWRT on the WRT54G
2) Logon to OpenWRT WebGUI
3) In the System-> Software tab, find the “wpad-mini” at the end – click remove
4) At the top of the page, click update lists (the router must have Internet access via the wan port temporarily)
5) In Filter, enter wpad, and install the package.
6) Go to the Network tab -> Wifi
7) Click Scan
8) Select the network to which you want to connect (UPC Wi-Free)
9) On the next page click Submit
10) On the next page in Interface Configuration select Wireless Security
11) Choose WPA2-EAP and enter: Cipher auto, EAP-PEAP method, MSCHAPv2, UPC username, UPC password
12) Save & Apply, Maybe reboot

Tadaa, now you have a cheap wireless Client for you home network and reused the old WRT54G router.

4 comments | Add One


  1. Michael Kostka - 02/1/2020 at 09:37

    Hello, can you help me ?
    I have an WRT54GL and i already installed Openwrt.
    I tried to remove wpad-mini but it says this package is not installed, so i installed wpad.

    After installing wpad i tried to connect to upc Wi-Free but i have no EAP-PEAM Option and i dont know why.

    I would be verry happy if you can help me

    thank you

  2. Pal - 03/27/2021 at 09:23

    WRT54GL with OpenWrt Backfire 10.03.1 installed.

    wpad & wpa-supplement installed.

    I got as step 9. I also do not see the WPA2-EAP options. 🙁

    Any, hint/advice would be greatly appreciated.

  3. dose - 03/27/2021 at 10:20

    Maybe better report to the OpenWRT forums, if you think that you found a bug in OpenWRT.

  4. Pal - 03/30/2021 at 00:23

    Hi dose,
    many thanks for coming back to responding. Just to double check do you know if teh above stated configuration is still working i.e. before I report a potential bug?

    Would it be possible to provide the /etc/config/wireless, network etc config files?

    Many thanks,



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