RouterTech Firmware v2.7 Release (20081005)

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RouterTech Firmware v2.7 Release (20081005)

Post by Neo » Mon Oct 06, 2008 1:55 pm

NOTE: this firmware has been superseded by a newer version. You can get the latest version HERE

RouterTech Firmware v2.7

Version: v2.7 (20081005)
Author: RouterTech Development Team (thechief)
Other contributor(s): mstombs
Testers: Various RT staff & forum members

Compatible Routers
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
  1. First reset the router to factory defaults before trying to install this firmware.
  2. When upgrading via the web interface, (particularly for the ROHS 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.
  3. Once your router has been upgraded and be seen to be working you must reset to factory defaults again
Note: Before installing this firmware, you must, among other things (see the docs in the zip file for those other things) back up a copy of your router's current "/etc /led.conf" file. We only have a few LED configuration files, and the chances are that we do not have one suitable for your own router. If you do not keep a copy of the original contents of that file, then we have no way of knowing how your LEDs should be configured, and the LEDs will always be wrong. This will not affect the router's normal operation - but you the LEDs will not be reporting the correct operations.

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. New "RT Configurations" menu (under the "Tools" menu). This provides the means of configuring some RouterTech features from the web interface. If you are upgrading from a previous version of the RouterTech firmware, then the first thing that you must do is to visit the new "RT Configurations" menu, to configure the RouterTech extras.
  2. New version of darkstat, which includes a pppoe fix, and information on when each host was last accessed. It also has a new "--no-dns" switch, which is more memory efficient, but does not display some stats. It should probably be always used on routers with 8mb RAM. On low memory routers, you can also limit the size of the darkstat log entries ("--hosts-max" and "--hosts-keep").
  3. The darkstat status page on the webui should hopefully be able to figure out the right IP address (instead of hard coded, and the information is now displayed by opening a new browser window.
  4. "" now takes an optional 3rd parameter - "auto_minix". This automatically creates a minix filesystem on the newly created mtd partition, reboots the router, and sets the router to mount that partition automatically on each bootup. This only works if the new mtd partition is one of these sizes: 64kb, 128kb, 192kb, 256kb, 384kb, 512kb, 640kb, or 768kb (expressed in bytes).
  5. Separate AnnexA and AnnexB images for the ROHS wireless firmware. This allows us to add more choices of dsp and tiatm drivers.
  6. USB and Cron are now disabled by default, and have to be enabled. See the "RT Configurations" page. Some features (e.g., memchk, cron_la, and checksync) require cron to be active. If any of them is selected fromthe "RT Configurations" page, cron will be enabled automatically.
  7. New version of Busybox.
  8. Fixes for some DNS problems with one ISP.
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