INSTANT HOTSPOT Installation Guide

How to Setup Your Own Hotspot with CoovaAP

  •   Important note:

    This solution requires a Hotspot Operator Account at You can create an Operator Account here. If you would like to see what features you will be able to use with our solutions, click here. If you already have an Operator Account, then read on...

Resources for Installing with CoovaAP/CoovaChilli

Registration link:

CoovaAP firmware image: CoovaAP Firmware

STEP A - Replacing the original firmware to CoovaAP

In the first step, you'll have to replace the firmware on your new router.

Note: STEP A is suitable for those who have LinkSys WRT54GL. If you have a different router, go tothe Other versions and devices section.

1. Download the CoovaAP firmware and save it to your computer.

3. Connect your PC to the switch port of your router. (do not connect it to the internet wan port, you have to connect the internet to the wan port)

4. Open a browser and type (login: admin, passwd: admin)

5. Go to Administration > Firmware upgrade.

5. Browse to the firmware image that you previously saved to your computer, then press upgrade. UPGRADE MUST NOT BE INTERRUPTED so please don't turn off the power or press the reset button.

After 3-4 minutes "Upgrade successful" will come up. Please wait for this message it is very important. Do not go further until you can see the message.

6. Wait aprx. 30 sec and try to open . If you cannot connect, then reboot your computer then try again.

You must have to set a new username / password for the router's admin interface.

Now you have a new firmware in your router, now you need to load your hotspot settings.

STEP B - Run the Setup Command to Setup Your Hotspot

For STEP B you will need to have an internet connection through the router.

To verify this, connect to the router and try to browse the internet. If it doesn't work then go to your router's admin page again (, with the username/password you have changed at the end of the first step). If it won't load unplug your network cable for 2 sec or try to reboot your router by unplugging the power cord.

STEP B won't work if your router is not connected to the internet correctly..

If everything looks fine, then you can proceed...


    A. If your router is connected to an internal network via another router then maybe you need to modify the IP address (as seen on the internal LAN) of the router . By default it is set to .If both router use the same IP then the communication won't work. In this case go to Network > LAN and change the IP address to (leave the rest unchanged). Important: you won't be able to connect to the router until you renew/release DHCP on your computer because the router will have a different IP address. If you don't know how to do this, just REBOOT YOUR COMPUTER and connect to the router again.

    B. If your router is connected directly to your adsl modem instead of an internal network (another router) then you have to go to Network > WAN and choose PPPoE and you have to fill out your ADSL username and password.


1. Now you will have to run a special command on your router. This is unique for every operator and can be found in the Control Center.

Log in to the Control Center with your Operator Username and password (this is the username and password that you've choosen at the registration). Go to Manage > Locations and choose the location where you'd like to install your HotSpot. Then find the "ROUTER SETUP COMMAND" section at the bottom , SELECT CoovaAP, click on the 'Highlight Text' button to select all the text in the text area, then copy it to the clipboard. (Press CTRL+C or APPLE+C or select the copy command from the browser's EDIT menu)

2. Now you have to SSH to your router. You can do this by using an SSH Client, like Putty. Start a session and use the following information:

Host name: ''
Connection type: 'SSH'

Then press 'Open'.

Type 'yes' to allow the fingerprint. Username is 'root', the password is the on you've changed before.

If you've logged in successfully, copy your special command (that you've copied from the's Control Center) from the clipboard (press the right mouse button or press SHIFT+INSERT).

The router will now download your special settings from our server and will configure itself.

If you've done everything right, you should see the following:

ssh -l root
The authenticity of host ' (' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is ac:9b:30:51:e7:b3:38:e7:49:13:49:b3:b9:c9:ad:85.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Warning: Permanently added '' (RSA) to the list of known hosts.
root@'s password:

BusyBox v1.00 (2007.05.31-20:09+0000) Built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

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OpenWRT-based system


CoovaAP Firmware - version 1.0 beta.7d - Copyright (c) 2007 -

based on WHITE RUSSIAN (0.9+)
root@CoovaAP:/# wget -O /tmp/{USERNAME}\&location={LOCATION_ID}\&version=coova;
chmod 755 /tmp/; /tmp/;
Connecting to[]:80 100%
4559 00:00 ETA
Connecting to[]:80
up.html 100%
0 --:-- ETA
root@CoovaAP:/# Connection to closed by remote host.
Connection to closed.

Now you have to wait about 5 minutes for the router to self-setup, configuration and reboot.

Important: you won't be able to connect to the router until you reboot your computer because the router will have a different IP address (if you changed the IP previously you don't have to reboot).

If everything was OK, your HotSpot startup page has to come up if you enter a web page in your browser. If it doesn't, don't panic, let's just wait an other 5 minutes.

Also, you can check your e-mail address, the system is sending automatic e-mail to the e-mail address you have provided at the registration upon successful installation.

In case of successful upgrade the admin page of your router will be available at:

You are done. Now you can operate your router as a HotSpot and you can watch your transactions on your admin page.


You can visit the Control Center where you can manage your HotSpot locations, view transaction's details, change prices, etc.

Click here to download the User Guide for Operators

Click here to go to the main log in screen (on the top left)

Should you have any more questions or problems, you can visit our Troubleshooting page or the CoovaAP page for help. If you still have questions, you can read our Knowledgebase or contact Customer Service.

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