Free the Meraki MR24 w/ LEDE Project

Free the Meraki MR24 w/ LEDE Project

The LEDE Project (“Linux Embedded Development Environment”) is a Linux operating system based on OpenWrt.

I have used OpenWrt in the past and had not heard of the LEDE Project until I was researching the ability to reflash Meraki gear. I picked up a couple Meraki MR24s for cheap on ebay after finding out they were supported. The hardware is a 3×3 MIMO 802.11n access point which supports up to 900 Mbps. If you are not familiar with Meraki, it is cloud based gear that is managed from the cloud and requires users to purchase a yearly license.

A GitHub user named riptidewave93 posted code and a flashing guide to liberate the Meraki and convert it to a standard access point. His work was merged into the LEDE Project, but has not made it into OpenWRT yet.

His flashing process is pretty straight forward, but doesn’t cover the UART pins which can be found here:

To open the case you need a T6 Torx bit and I used a knife to pry the metal case past the plastic.

On the other side I hooked up my USB to Serial adapter and booted into LEDE.

Some of the information was all over the place which is why I consolidated it here. The AP has been working great and it is worth the cost if you are looking for an enterprise level Wireless-N device.

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