This will be a long post, but bear with me because I'm starting to believe in witchcraft
I've purchased a brand new linksys EA8500 and have been trying to get it working with OpenWRT in the last few days, but without full success.
Initially I had an issue with the OpenWRT FW flashing. Solved.
Then, a problem with soft reboots. Problem identified but not solved.
In the last days, one of the first things I did (successfully) was to attach a SSD disk to the USB3 port and with it I was even able to boot from it, although having some errors in the logs that don't seem to be a problem. With several troubleshooting actions to understand the erratic reboot behaviour, I did a few reflashes, but now I can't get any way of making the router to recognize the SSD again.
I have two different SSDs (Sandisk 120GB and Crucial 275GB) and two different USB3-to-SATA adapters (orico and white-branded) and I've tested all the combinations without success. I've tried both the USB3 and USB2 ports in the router.
Also, if I connect any of these disks/adapters to a linux machine, they are all recognized and automatically mounted.
If I connect an USB3 stick to the router, this is recognized and I can mount it normally, so I guess I should have all of the packages/drives for it, right?
All the reflashes were with the "keep configurations" box unchecked.
Whenever I plug the SSD, I just get confirmation about it on a "USB level":
[ 9331.789817] usb 2-1: new SuperSpeed USB device number 3 using xhci-hcd root@OpenWrt:~# ls /dev/sd* ls: /dev/sd*: No such file or directory
If I insert a USB pendrive, I get information at filesystem level:
[ 9495.626104] usb 2-1: new SuperSpeed USB device number 5 using xhci-hcd [ 9495.659155] usb-storage 2-1:1.0: USB Mass Storage device detected [ 9495.660127] scsi host1: usb-storage 2-1:1.0 [ 9496.721834] scsi 1:0:0:0: Direct-Access TOSHIBA TransMemory-Mx PMAP PQ: 0 ANSI: 6 [ 9496.723159] sd 1:0:0:0: [sda] 121858560 512-byte logical blocks: (62.4 GB/58.1 GiB) [ 9496.729478] sd 1:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off [ 9496.736512] sd 1:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 45 00 00 00 [ 9496.736878] sd 1:0:0:0: [sda] Write cache: disabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA [ 9497.185555] sda: sda1 [ 9497.188474] sd 1:0:0:0: [sda] Attached SCSI removable disk root@OpenWrt:~# ls /dev/sd* /dev/sda /dev/sda1