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I almost needed to buy a new router...

01/11/12

  11:24:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 1720 words  
Categories: Stuff, Software, Networking, Cox HSI

I almost needed to buy a new router...

Link: http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028ACYEK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=la34thdr34chs-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0028ACYEK

So, I looked at what it would be to build my own from sources. I started by looking at the "Development Page" - http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Development, setup a build environment on orac and checked out current code. Took hours, and then seemed to hange. And, then occurred to me that I should probably have gotten it out at the same rev level that I'm running. To avoid making my own iptables that requires whatever's newer in the current rev.

That took a while too. So, I left it and got distracted by other projects.

Soon decided that building the entire thing from scratch wasn't an option with what's available in the public svn repository. There's stuff missing, Atheros specific stuff from what I've gathered from forum posts. So, I tried to build my own iptables and scp that to one of my routers and play with.

It seems to work fine, so I looked at the firmware_mod_kit -- http://code.google.com/p/firmware-mod-kit/

The regular extract wouldn't work, but the 'extract-ng.sh' did. So, I dropped my iptables into place and ran build-ng.sh. It complained that thew image was bigger than the original, and wouldn't let me have it. Found little explanation, but gathered that while a bit bigger it might still work (or might not). And, some vague reference on make the squashfs smaller? There didn't seem to be any options on how it decided to create it in the first place. I managed to get my new iptables built stripped, that still wasn't enough. So, I decided to force the script and try it the new image.

BRICK! >:XX

So, how do I recover....there's supposed to be a reset switch, but I don't think I ever did see it. Okay...there it is hidden away on it. Nope that didn't work. So, off to figure out how to do tftp recovery.

Seems the only way to go is use Draytek tools and XP? Well, I don't have that. And, no easy way to put something like that together. So, I stick with trying to tftp recover using one of my Ubuntu laptops. Namely I go with wlkc (my bedroom laptop).

I'm trying it directly connected to the router..but the router's interface is going up and down...which is resetting the interface and arp tables, so that's causing problems. And, nothing seems to be working. Eventually, I decide to call it a night. I dig out the old WRT54GS, since its the one that still worked before I upgraded (it was the WRT54GS for DSL that had failed). Don't have all the pieces for pseudo QoS anymore that way, but figure I'll sort things out later if I have to. Just want to get back on line for now. Worry about using Amazon Prime to order a new router in the morning.

:zzz:

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