WRT54GL, meet Alice

When it comes to routers, there is one that is hacker’s favorite, the WRT54GL. But a slightly lesser known company, Pirelli with their “Alice Gate2 plus Wi-Fi”, seems to be a popular choice among our Italian friends.

[Esteban] has done everything from installing serial and parallel ports, to unlocking firmware while installing Debian. Our personal favorite is the creative wiring of an additional USB port, where he had to custom create a power circuit to run his webcam and external drive.

[Thanks Marco]

[Update: It would appear Roleo, Beghiaro, and Zibri did the actual grunt work at ilpuntotecnicoeadsl and Esteban simply wrote the guides. Thanks for your hard work and hacking skills guys!]


  1. googfan says:

    who doesn’t like usb?

    also, 1st

  2. sm10 says:

    It would be nice to have some more information, pictures, or videos of this :/

  3. Rizla++ says:

    We do have these routers here in Greece too, but the brand name is Pirelli, not perelli! ;)

  4. tantris says:

    looks like he’s not talking about installing a parallel port, but just a hookup for a parallel port jtag cable

  5. Zibri says:

    That’s plain wrong!

    This guy “esteban” didn’t do anything. He just wrote a GUIDE about thing accomplished by ROLEO, BEGHIARO and ME on an italian forum http://www.ilpuntotecnicoeadsl.com

    Please give CREDITS to the right people.
    I know you dont’ understand italian language.
    But this post is totally wrong.

  6. frollard says:

    @ Zibri

    Seconded! Check your sources! Journalism 101.

  7. Hacksaw says:

    Uh this is a BLOG…people don’t expect the sources to be checked thoroughly…want proof look at our president the majority of the country drank that kool aid and had they “checked the sources” of the “journalists” that mixed it they would have known the truth

  8. pod says:

    sure zibri always know how to be a nice guy

  9. Michiel says:

    Huh.., does Pirelli make routers?

  10. davi jordan says:

    The new fry’s routers look like they may have possibilities. There are other routers besides the linksys units that have been hardware and software hacked. My italian is a bit rusty and google does not do that good of job in translating the italian sites mentioned, though I muddled through them.

  11. octel says:

    your low-effort political trolling is getting tiresome

  12. D- says:

    SOB the comment section of Hackaday reached a new low; political commentary. Commentary not even closely related to our pastime here.

  13. Rat says:

    When did Pirelli start making tyres for the Information Highway?

  14. strider_mt2k says:


    Z-Rated, baby.

  15. c4r4b4s says:

    Or anything besides hair tonics and shaves?

  16. Olivier says:

    @Michiel: yeah, I thought they were only making cool calendars.

  17. deathventure says:

    I wish the WRT series had a power switch like I see on that router, I’ve been modding mine with power switches as I get them. It just makes sense.

  18. TRB says:

    I personally prefer a v2 WRT54GS over any WRT54GL.

  19. Sorry for my English ..

    I reported my experience on my tutorial of a hack of roleo, with some of my personal changes, and more.
    In my tutorial there are the thanks to puntotecnicoadsl.com and Roleo!

    Where is the problem???

  20. Michiel says:

    LOL.., calendars and great tires.
    Got myself some P Zero Nero’s… :)

    Ok.., and on topic again… :D

  21. [Update]
    I want to clarify some details about this hack.
    1. Beghiero and Zibri didn’t participate to this project.
    2. Roleo and me worked together to the second usb realization project.
    3. the “webcam on router” idea is only mine:

    However I don’t want to be simply “mentioned” as the author of this tutorial/guide, because I made effectively those hacks!!


  22. KnightRider says:

    I think hacking is FREEDOM at any level for any category of it.
    Esteban improved the hack started by roleo and ‘the others’ and then he added more features like the awesome webcam with a really good work and all of the “hacking style”…so be happy not angry for this ;D
    We are all a big family!

    Happy Hacking 2 all.


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