RouterTech Firmware v2.96
Version: v2.96 (20110502)
Author: RouterTech Development Team (thechief)
Other contributor(s): mstombs
Testers: Various RT staff & forum members
Category: Router Firmware
A list of compatible routers is available in our knowledge base. Please check this before even contemplating an upgrade and remember you should always ask in our forum if unsure. Also see the section below on backing up and compatibility.
Disclaimer & Warning
1. Flashing custom firmwares onto a router is not for novices, as the process may well "brick" the router.
2. You must not flash this firmware onto your router unless you are very familiar with the PC-Tool (or similar) and are competent in using it to un-brick a router.
3. Please take this warning very seriously. If you are not adept at recovering bricked routers, and if you are not familiar with the PC-Tool, then do not install this firmware!
4. Do not even consider installing this firmware without first reading all the documentation supplied with the firmware. If you fail to observe this, then you are entirely on your own.
5. Do not even consider installing this firmware without first running the Router Upgrade Checker (RUC) and following whatever counsel it gives. If you fail to observe this, then you are entirely on your own.
6. Do not even consider installing this firmware unless you have first backed up your router's bootloader environment (i.e., /proc/ticfg/env) to your hard disk. If you fail to observe this, then you are entirely on your own.
Backing up & Compatibility
For ease we recommend you run the Router Upgrade Checker - this will backup your environment, LED config, current config, default config, generate a recovery script for the bootloader environment, and tell you if your router is suitable for this firmware.
Before upgrading you must backup your router config as detailed above and reset to factory defaults.
Please remember to run the Router Upgrade Check BEFORE you upgrade!
If you choose to upgrade via the router's web interface, then you MUST observe the following
- First reset the router to factory defaults before trying to install this firmware.
- When upgrading via the web interface, (particularly for the 1350A wireless firmware) you must wait for at least 7 minutes for the new firmware to establish itself. Do not do anything to the router for at least 7 minutes from the moment the upgrade process starts, and do not interrupt the upgrade process.
- Once your router has been upgraded and be seen to be working you must reset to factory defaults again
The Router Upgrade Checker as described in the backup and compatibility section above can backup your LED config - if you use the Router Upgrade Checker then you can double-check the output by looking in the check*.txt file for data after the "/etc /led.conf" line.
Comprehensive Documentation and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
While full documentation is included with every release of our firmware we have also made it available as a separate download below so you can take time to read it before even needing to download a firmware. The router upgrade and firmware FAQs are also hosted online HERE. We recommend you do this as it will give you a chance to properly familiarise yourself with the process and get every angle covered etc.
PC-Tool and repairing / unbricking
Please see this forum topic
Assuming your router is compatible, you just need to download the release that matches your router - if you have wireless and the Adam2 bootloader then you would download "Standard Wireless (Adam2 bootloader)".
1. Busybox has been upgraded to v1.18.4.
2. User-configurable udp "SIP_EXPIRES" timeout for standard firmwares (wireless and non-wireless) only.
You can set "/proc/sys/net/ipv4/netfilter/ip_conntrack_udp_sip_expires" to the desired value (default=3600 [seconds]).
Example: "echo 7200 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/netfilter/ip_conntrack_udp_sip_expires" will set the timeout value to 7,200 (seconds).
NOTE: this feature is not available in the 1350A wireless firmwares.
3. New 1-port firmware for the one-port 1350A wireless routers.
4. New facility for executing commands each time a WAN connection is made - by "RT_connect_x" entries in the environment ("x") stands for a number or some other distinguishing letter/number.
Example: setenv 'RT_connect_1 /nvram/refresh_web.sh' (this will run "/nvram/refresh_web.sh" (assuming that such a script exists) every time a WAN connection/reconnection is made).
5. Bug fixes to pptpd.
6. New scripts: "pptpdstart.sh" and "pptpd_stop.sh" - to start and stop the pptpd server respectively. The second script takes no parameters. Supply "--help" to "pptpdstart.sh" to see the syntax. See also the "pptpd_user_dir" environment variable, below.
7. New environment variable: "pptpd" - set to 1 to run pptpdstart.sh automatically when the router boots up.
8. New environment variable: "pptpd_user_dir" - points to the location of user configuration files for pptpd. The default is /nvram/pptpd/ (i.e., on your minix partition, if any). Use this variable to override the default - otherwise, you will need to run pptpdstart.sh manually, and to pass it the "--pptpd_user_dir" switch pointing to the relevant directory. Everything in this directory will be copied to the /var/tmp/ directory by pptpdstart.sh before starting the pptpd service. So you can have your own custom options.pptpd and pptpd.conf files there. If so, they will override the defaults supplied with the firmware. Your chap-secrets file MUST be in this directory.
9. The idle timeout for utelnetd (for telnet connections) is now configurable - by a "timeout" variable in "/var/tmp/utelnetd.conf" (default = 600 [seconds])
You can write the conf file manually;
Example: "echo timeout=3600 > /var/tmp/utelnetd.conf" will set the timeout to 1 hour. Set "timeout=0" for an indefinite timeout.
Or you can store the value in the "utelnetd_timeout" environment variable, in which case the firmware will create the conf file with the right value each time the router boots up
Example: "setenv utelnetd_timeout 7200"
10. The idle timeout for dropbear (for ssh connections) is now configurable - by a "timeout" variable in "/var/tmp/dropbear.conf" (default = 120 [seconds])
You can write the conf file manually;
Example: "echo timeout=600 > /var/tmp/dropbear.conf" will set the timeout to 10 minutes. Set "timeout=0" for an indefinite timeout.
Or you can store the value in the "dropbear_timeout" environment variable, in which case the firmware will create the conf file with the right value each time the router boots up
Example: "setenv dropbear_timeout 0"
11. New environment variable: "utelnetd_timeout" - to specify the idle timeout (in seconds) for telnet connections. Set to 0 (zero) for an indefinite timeout.
12. New environment variable: "dropbear_timeout" - to specify the idle timeout (in seconds) for ssh connections. Set to 0 (zero) for an indefinite timeout.
13. Got rid of the "ip_nat_mangle_udp_packet: undersized packet" error messages.
14. New script: "pppoe_bug_fix.sh" - to facilitate the fixing of pppoe problems that arise out of an invalid DSL MAC address in the router's environment.
15. The "Restart" button in the "System" menu has been removed. There was no point in having two ways of rebooting the router in the web admin. Use "Tools->Reboot Router" instead.
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BE SURE TO READ ALL THE DOCUMENTATION IN THE FIRMWARE DOWNLOADS BEFORE TRYING ANYTHING WITH THIS FIRMWARE. Otherwise, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.