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Old Build Upgrading to Newer Build v23

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by BassKozz, Jan 27, 2006.

  1. BassKozz

    BassKozz Network Guru Member

    I have a WRT54G v3.1...

    I am currently using DD-WRT v23 (12/09/05), because at the time it was the most stable version... I am now thinking of upgrading because I'd like to use some more advanced features (specifically DDNS & VPN) which I've heard are flaw'ed in the revision that I currently have (12/9/05 incase you missed it ;) )

    On to the questions:
    1. Which revision should i use ?
    12/25/05 seems to be the latest that I could find on dd-wrt.com
    Suggestions ?

    2. How should I go about upgrading ?
    Do I need to hard-reset or anything ?
    Can I backup & restore my current config settings ?
    Do I need to start w/ the "mini" package or can I go stright to the "std" package ?

    Thanks in advance for all the help :D ,
  2. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    You can skip mini if you already have DD-WRT.

    1. long-reset
    2. web upgrade
    3. long-reset
    4. :)
  3. BassKozz

    BassKozz Network Guru Member

    And by long reset you mean:
    disconnect the power...
    reconnect... install new build (webupgrade)...
    disconnect the power...
    reconnect, and I am good to go ?

    Please explain Long reset

    Will I have to backup & restore my configuration settings ?
    Which build should I go with 12/25/05 ?

  4. BassKozz

    BassKozz Network Guru Member

    :bounce: :BUMP: :bounce:
  5. AliM

    AliM Network Guru Member

    - long reset is >30s press reset button,
    - go with sp1 dated 27. jan. 06, (don't use 31.jan)
    - again long reset >30s.

    Do NOT use old backups.

    You can replace long reset with "mtd erase nvram;reboot" command.
  6. BassKozz

    BassKozz Network Guru Member

    So I can't backup my config settings with my current revision and restore w/ the new revision (jan27'06)???
    I have to manually re-enter the config settings ?

    Also where can I find the 1/27/06 revision... when I go to the downloads section of www.dd-wrt.com all I can get is the 12/25/05 revision ???
  7. AliM

    AliM Network Guru Member

    Yes, manually enter the config.
    The sp1 can be found in alfa-unstable-beta (or something) folder, but if you go with sp1 then read bugtracker first and changelog first, 27.jan. has problems with QoS maybe. But I like it.
    If you want to be sure, use 25.12., but it has bugs....
  8. __spc__

    __spc__ Network Guru Member

    Press the reset button on rear for AT LEAST 15 seconds.

    Allow router to reboot, and FLASH via the web GUI and a CAT5 cable. Once you have selected the BIN and pressed Continue, leave the FLASH to go for AT LEAST 5 mins; press nothing, touch nothing - walk away and have a coffee!

    Then press Continue/OK etc, allow the reboot, then once up again, repeat the 15 seconds on the reset button.

    THEN, you are good to go.

    I went with v23 (25/12/05) and I am happy with this - I wanted WDS acros stwo routers. I do not think back ups from different firmware versions works...

  9. AliM

    AliM Network Guru Member

    I think 15s is not enough, to be sure hold >30s.

    I always use the mtd erase nvram:reboot coz my router sits on the top of the high shelf....
  10. yocobs

    yocobs Network Guru Member

    am newbie in this but do you mean to type this command in the console under administartion in the ddrw firmware??
  11. AliM

    AliM Network Guru Member

    No, telnet in, user: root, pass is yourpass (or default admin)

    Then type

    mtd erase nvram;reboot

    press enter and router will erase nvram and reboot.
  12. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    I would recommend sticking with plain v23-final until SP1 is done.

    There's a reason SP1-beta is in the alpha-unstable tree. A number of bugs, plus some people bricked routers and had to go through recovery contortions. Don't flash stuff from the unstable tree unless you can accept risk of bricking and not whine about it.
  13. BassKozz

    BassKozz Network Guru Member

    Is it still best to stick with plain v23-final, or is it safe to use SP1 version ?
  14. dellsweig

    dellsweig Network Guru Member

    Vincentfox comment about alpha code is 100% correct. Be sure you have the ability to restore your device and remember there are no guarentees

    With that being said, the latest SP1 release works GREAT. Actually, for the past few weeks, the quality of the build has been production level. I fully recomend going with the SP1 builds

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