EXPLORE OUR CUSTOMIZABLE COMPEX WRT Firmware
WiFi OS made Easy
CompexWRT is an Operating Systems designed for Compex brand of reliable and powerful embedded boards. It combines OpenWRT with the most advanced and updated Qualcomm Atheros wireless drivers. CompexWRT also includes a user-friendly LuCI web interface for configuring the router. OpenWRT is an extensible GNU/Linux distribution for embedded devices. It is built from the ground up to be a full-featured, easily modifiable operating system. It is powered by a Linux kernel that's more recent than most other distributions. The latest stable version of OpenWRT, 12.09 Attitude Adjustment, is used in CompexWRT. LuCI is a free, clean, extensible and easily maintainable web user interface for embedded devices. It has high performance, small installation size, fast runtimes, and good maintainability.
What is CompexWRT?
CompexWRT is the operating system used on Compex’s embedded boards. Based on OpenWRT platform paired with LuCI web interface embedded with QCA proprietary Wireless Drivers, it come with all the necessary networking features routing, firewall, wireless access point and many more. CompexWRT is an enterprise grade OS, featuring Mesh networking, native SNMP support, 802.11ac Wave 2 support and UI branding. It offer many level of customization. CompexWRT is the ultimate operating system to deploy WiFi far and wide.
QCA Wireless Drivers
CompexWRT use QCA proprietary Wireless Drivers, enjoy high throughput and stability on 802.11ac
CompexWRT is engineered from QSDK by Qualcomm Atheros, expect the latest and greatest in WiFi technology
Deploy extensive self-healing Mesh networks with CompexWRT with ease
Extensive Mesh Networking
CompexWRT support Mesh Networking, a premium feature available on enterprise grade equipment. Each Mesh AP is always actively searching for the quickest route to the Root AP.
Mass Management at a Click
CompexWRT support both SNMP v3 and SNMP v2, deployment and management can as easy as one click.
Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Drivers
CompexWRT integrate optimized QCA drivers for highest wireless throughput and bandwidth. Opensource wireless drivers do not fully optimize the bandwidth and power of the Qualcomm Atheros wireless components.
The Router Operating System done right.
Explore all the Features available on CompexWRT
|CompexWRT combines OpenWRT with the most advanced Qualcomm Atheros 10.2.x wireless drivers. CompexWRT also includes a user-friendly LuCI web interface for configuring the router. OpenWRT is an extensible GNU/Linux distribution for embedded devices. It is built from the ground up to be a full-featured, easily modifiable operating system. It is powered by a Linux kernel that's more recent than most other distributions. The latest stable version of OpenWRT, 12.09 Attitude Adjustment, is used in CompexWRT. LuCI is a free, clean, extensible and easily maintainable web user interface for embedded devices. It has high performance, small installation size, fast runtimes, and good maintainability.|
To change the language, please navigate to the System page, look for the System Properties section, click the Language and Style tab, and click the drop-down list for Language. You can change the language from English to another language
The CompexWRT software resides in the following models of routers:
- The WPJ342 Series
- The WPJ558 Series
- The WPJ344 Series
- The WP543 Series
- The WP546 Series
- The WPE72 Series.
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Linux, or Mac OS X.
Web Browser: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, or Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or above.
- On Windows and Linux PCs, the recommended browsers are Firefox, Chrome, and Opera.
- On Android phones/tablets, the recommended browsers are Firefox, Chrome, and Dolphin.
- On Apple iPhone/iPad, the recommended browsers are Safari, Chrome, and Dolphin.
To access the CompexWRT configuration interface, perform the following steps:
- Connect the local area network (LAN) port of the router to the network port of your computer using an Ethernet cable. Ethernet cables are also known as LAN cables or network cables. They connect devices such as computers, routers, and switches on wired networks.
- Next, take the power adapter that comes with the set and connect it to a power socket as well as the router. Turn on the power.
- Assign the Ethernet adapter on your computer with a static IP address on the 192.168.1.x network, e.g. 192.168.1.10 and with a subnet mask 255.255.255.0.
- Launch a web browser and enter the default IP address of the router, 192.168.1.1, into the address bar. The router's configuration web page should be presented.
The first page that you see is the login page. The words on the top left denote the firmware build version e.g. MimoAP v1.39_b140401.
The login page is presented upon requesting the router's IP address.
The default authorization details are: Username: admin Password: password
Advanced information: There is a 'root' user in the AP's Linux shell. It cannot be used to login to the AP's web page. You may wish to use the Access Point Controller (APc) to change the password of the 'root' user to a password of your choice. Following that, you can access the AP's Linux shell by using a serial cable or by SSH.
The PuTTY software can be used for either method. The Compex APc software is offered free of charge.
The router can operate in the following modes:
- Access Point / Master.
- Station / Client.
- Access Point WDS.
- Station WDS.
A wide area network (WAN) is a network that covers a broad area. The world's most popular WAN is the Internet. In a commonly used setup, the WAN port of an access point connects to a modem via an Ethernet cable. A modem can be a cable, digital subscriber line (DSL), or fiber optic modem. A modem translates the signal from the internet service provider (ISP) to Ethernet signals that the access point can understand. This allows the access point to have internet connection.
Other devices called stations connect wirelessly to this access point. These devices can be mobile phones, printers, IP cameras, laptops, or even other routers. The stations obtain internet connection from the access point.
An access point WDS and a station WDS together extend the wireless coverage, like a repeater. More information on the setup can be The Status Tab.
Buttons and Changes
The buttons are described here.
- Reset: Undo the changes.
- Save: Saves the changes. Currently please do not use this button.
- Save & Apply: Saves and applies the changes. Please use this button instead of the 'Save' button so that the changes would be applied immediately. It is recommended to click this button before moving to a different page.
- Logout: Logs out of the router's web page.
The Logout button is circled.
Note: At the top right corner of the router's configuration web page, there may be either of the following texts displayed.
- Changes: 0: Means that all changes on the configuration web page have been applied to the router.
- Unsaved Changes: Shows the number of changes that have not yet been Save & Apply.
The reset button is a physical hardware button on the board. Please refer to Reset Button.
The light emitting diodes (LEDs) on the board are described in LEDs on the Board.
The buzzer makes the following sounds:
- Power up: Beep once.
- End of Firmware Loading: Beep twice.
- Alignment: Beep according to signal thresholds defined. The alignment buzzer is described in Section Link Status (for Station Mode).
Subject to hardware configuration
A serial console makes it easy to flash the firmware and to debug potential problems. A serial adapter may be purchased from Compex. It plugs into a row of 4 pins on the board. More information can be found in the document 80-Y1005-2 CompexWRT Firmware Upgrade.
Modifying the CompexWRT Source Codes
With the proper tools, the CompexWRT source codes can be modified. The router functions and the configuration webpage can be redesigned. More information can be found in the document 80-Y1004-1_CompexWRT Build Instructions and FAQ.
For generic firmware from 2015-10-19 onwards, the user is able to modify the OEM information which includes the following:
- Logo Image
- Router Model
- SSID Name
Note: from 2015-11-20 onwards, users need to get activation key from Compex in order to activate this feature. If you are interested, pls write an email to us (fric at pfcom.info)
The steps are explained in the screenshots: