How to migrate from PandoraBox to OpenWrt on Xiaomi Mi WiFi Mini

I have the Xiaomi Mi WiFi Mini running the pandora box OpenWrt/PandoraBox 14.09 r1696 / LuCI (0.12+git-4d0a20b) which is very old and i notice that on this site, we have a newer version for that device: version: 19.07.2

The pandora box has very old packages and i need to update a bunch but not sure how to make the transistion, can some one give me a hand with steps.


Since you are running already Pandora, I believe it doesn't need any more tricks described in the page and you can try to flash the official OpenWrt.

so just flash it?

the instructions says:

mtd -r write OS1

OS1 is no longer an option as i already flash it:

#cat /proc/mtd
dev: size erasesize name
mtd0: 00030000 00010000 "u-boot"
mtd1: 00010000 00010000 "u-boot-env"
mtd2: 00010000 00010000 "Factory"
mtd3: 01000000 00010000 "fullflash"
mtd4: 00f80000 00010000 "firmware"
mtd5: 001180ea 00010000 "kernel"
mtd6: 00e47f16 00010000 "rootfs"
mtd7: 00400000 00010000 "rootfs_data"
mtd8: 00020000 00010000 "panic_oops"
mtd9: 00010000 00010000 "culiang-crash"
mtd10: 00010000 00010000 "culiang-reserved"
mtd11: 00010000 00010000 "culiang-Bdata"

This step is when you are flashing from stock to Pandora/OpenWrt.
You are already running Pandora, so you don't need to follow again the same procedure.

so what would be the command to install the firmware?
Do you know any way o back up, incase i messed up?

i also have enable the overlay , which uses my external HDD to run everything there to gain more space would that affect? should i disable that before?

Just use the updater from the web interface or sysupgrade. I didn't do anything special regarding extroot overlay when I was upgrading. Make sure you don't keep any settings from the Pandora.
There is serial console on the device in case something goes wrong as well as procedure to go back to stock firmware.

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thanks ill try that

Everything worked as expected, thanks for your replies.
The Extroot is not part of the default image so i had to follow this steps:

In case someone else endup here.
Now my router has 60GB Ext4 of space and 940GB NTFS of storege.

So happy i am no longer with outdated packages.


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