RouterTech Firmware v2.8
Version: v2.8 (20081123)
Author: RouterTech Development Team (thechief)
Other contributor(s): mstombs
Testers: Various RT staff & forum members
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 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.
- 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. Fixes for pppoe connectivity issues with some ISPs.
2. New 4mb-flash firmware images for non-wireless Adam2 routers with 4mb flash.
3. Non-wireless firmwares have had their DSP drivers updated to 7.03.
4. Tinyproxy has been removed from firmwares for non-wireless routers with 2mb flash. The firmware images had become too big to fit in the mtd partitions.
5. This is the last firmware release for routers with 2mb flash.
6. Only single (combined) firmware images are now supplied. If your router requires separate images, then you have to convert your mtd partitions to use single image upgrades. The Router Repair Tool can assist you in this process.
7. New version of Busybox (1.12.2).
8. More support for QOS has been added to wireless firmwares and "4mb-flash" non-wireless firmwares. Hopefully QOS will work better now. This is still work-in-progress.
The links to our firmware require you to be registered and logged into the site to see and use them. This is to make sure we can provide you with support easily (in this forum) if you need it. When logged in they appear below this post.
BE SURE TO READ ALL THE DOCUMENTATION IN THE FIRMWARE DOWNLOADS BEFORE TRYING ANYTHING WITH THIS FIRMWARE. Otherwise, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.
As usual sourcecode, released under the GPL, is made available for budding developers. Download the packages from our fast dedicated source code server using the links below.