WRT54GL Hotspot Router Tips
Thanks for choosing HotSpotPA for your Internet WiFi hotspot!
The following information is intended for operators of HotSpotPA WiFi hotspot equipment.
If you are a hotspot customer,
please contact your local hotspot operator for assistance with setting up your computer or WiFi device.
The standard Linksys firmware in the WRT54GL router is replaced with a modified version
of OpenWRT firmware.
See HotSpotPA's WRT54GL firmware installation page
for more information.
Customer login, password and payment information is not stored in the router.
Each router must have a unique VPN keypair installed.
If you use the same keypair on two or more routers,
none of the routers will be able to communicate with the HotSpotPA servers to process logins and payments.
The unique VPN keypairs are already installed if you purchased your WRT54GL routers pre-configured from HotSpotPA.
If you plan to install your own firmware, please contact HotSpotPA to obtain a VPN keypair for each of your routers.
The default LAN IP address is 10.1.1.1.
To access the router’s web-based Administration Console,
connect your computer's Ethernet port to the router's LAN port 1,
into your browser’s address bar.
The default Administration Console ID and password are
The Administration Console can only be logged into via LAN port 1 or via proxy from the HotSpotPA web site.
It cannot be logged into from LAN ports 2-3-4, from the WAN interface, or from the wireless interface.
LAN port 1 functions as a normal unrestricted (free) LAN port,
is protected via an internal firewall from the hotspot interfaces,
and is protected via NAT from the WAN interface.
LAN ports 2-3-4 are hotspot ports.
Any computers plugged into these ports will be controlled by the HotSpotPA system
in the same manner as a WiFi-connected computer.
Firmware updates should only be attempted via LAN port 1.
DO NOT attempt to update firmware using HotSpotPA's VPN proxy via the "Console" link on the "HotSpots" page
as this may turn your router into a brick.
When first powered on, the router’s “Cisco Systems” indicator will start blinking.
When the router has successfully contacted a HotSpotPA authentication server the blinking will stop.
Typically the “Cisco Systems” indicator will stop blinking about 2 minutes after the router is powered on.
If the indicator continues to blink the router will not function correctly.
Continuous blinking may indicate that the router cannot access the Internet,
for example because it is not acquiring a DHCP address from the router or modem it is plugged into,
or because a static WAN IP address has been incorrectly set.