51 (edited by tokai 2017-02-16 17:52:39)

Re: Linksys WRT1200AC v2 / WRT1900ACS v2 support

Would someone be so kind and share a checksum (sha256, or md5 works for me too) for kaloz' "Mildly Customized Chaos Calmer [CC] Build (Released October 13, 2016) Based on kernel version 3.18.36" image? There is sadly no checksum listed for this image on the wiki page. I just want to make sure that I don't try to flash a potentially broken file. Thanks!


Follow-up Question: It looks like the kaloz image is the only image for my shiny new WRT1200AC v2. I don't really care for WiFi atm., would the standard stable image for "V1 (caiman)" do the job too? And perhaps even be the better choice  in this situation?

Re: Linksys WRT1200AC v2 / WRT1900ACS v2 support

tokai,

if you don't need wireless 15.05.1 is fine and depending on your needs it might be the best choice as it's widely supported by 3rd parties and has a complete binary package repository. If you run into an issue feel free to ask here.

wrt1900acs v1 - shelby

Re: Linksys WRT1200AC v2 / WRT1900ACS v2 support

sera wrote:

if you don't need wireless 15.05.1 is fine and depending on your needs it might be the best choice as it's widely supported by 3rd parties and has a complete binary package repository. If you run into an issue feel free to ask here.

I'll go for the stable version then. My needs are rather simple for now. I just want to get my network back working (all cables) and then slowly experiment with the additional offering OpenWRT offers (the default firmware looked shiny, but made a bad impression to me for a bunch of reasons.)

Thanks for quick reply and offer for help (I'll probably will need it at some point. smile )

Time to flash the beast…

Re: Linksys WRT1200AC v2 / WRT1900ACS v2 support

Hi gents,

my 1900ACS (v2) baby just arrived today. Was a little bit disappointed in the beginning with the 5ghz signal strength ->  I am using a H960 pro plus android tv box, tried to get more mb/s via 5ghz compared to my old router (TP-Link Archer C2 AC750 stock firmware). But well, 5ghz just does not get through walls, right? smile

Anyway, I am still sitting with the original firmware, and it`s a pitty to keep a WRT device... with other then an opensource firmware. I know that 1900ACS is supported out of the box with openWRT (chaos) but I read here that it`s best to jump to Kaloz (better/new wi-fi drivers) and this is what I am gonna do.

My question is, can I/should I expect better wi-fi bandwith (5ghz) and signal with the OpenWRT? Of course, there ain`t no magic, right? Also ... when I flash it, it will be flashed on the 2nd partition of my router right? So when I just want to go back to OEM, just flash OEM back from Kaloz and then reload my settings for OEM.

I read also about Kong (DD-WRT) release, but I guess ... this is no better then Kaloz, so I am going ahead and flashing Kaloz guys. Hope will get better wi-fi too.

wrt1900acs v2 - kaloz

Re: Linksys WRT1200AC v2 / WRT1900ACS v2 support

velqn,

the closed source and open source driver perform roughly the same from what I read. All open source firmwares use the same driver. The question is just whether the driver is recent enough or not.

You can go back to OEM as you described. The configuration should have been preserved as Linksys uses the "syscfg" partition for that purpose. OpenWrt doesn't use that partition at all. Still always better to have a backup around.

wrt1900acs v1 - shelby

56 (edited by velqn 2017-02-16 22:14:28)

Re: Linksys WRT1200AC v2 / WRT1900ACS v2 support

Hello Sera,

thanks for your input. Yep, this is what I get based on tests. Flashed open wrt kaloz mod of CC. Well what can I say, just for having dozens of packages/apps is great enough.

I am though using my NAS as sshd (for tunelling) and for torrenting transmission, but still there are tons of other stuff the router can do now.

What are your favourite ipk`s? Or the ones best working for WRT1900AC/S?

Btw - I read now -> Free space: 100% (20.73 MB)  - is this as much as I can get to install 3rd party apps?

Yep, seems like this... well, still will be enough.

wrt1900acs v2 - kaloz

Re: Linksys WRT1200AC v2 / WRT1900ACS v2 support

velqn,

If the remaining space isn't enough check the wiki for setting up an extroot which would allow you to install everything there is.

What packages you install depends on what you want to do with your device. Our use cases surely differ so what packages we need to meet our needs should as well. So I can't sensibly recommend any packages like this.

wrt1900acs v1 - shelby

Re: Linksys WRT1200AC v2 / WRT1900ACS v2 support

Thanks Sera!

Another thing came up. I was powering off and on the router (testing some power adapters cause the router is from the UK, and I need EU) so... surprise when the router booted... it was back to the OEM linksys firmware with all my settings, damn it, openWRT gone.

I guess something might have collapsed when I did power it on/off via the hardware button. Or because i tried to shut it down with a command kill -USR1 1 sad

Not sure what killed it... is there a way to bring it back or have I to flash it again?!

wrt1900acs v2 - kaloz

Re: Linksys WRT1200AC v2 / WRT1900ACS v2 support

velqn wrote:

Thanks Sera!

Another thing came up. I was powering off and on the router (testing some power adapters cause the router is from the UK, and I need EU) so... surprise when the router booted... it was back to the OEM linksys firmware with all my settings, damn it, openWRT gone.

I guess something might have collapsed when I did power it on/off via the hardware button. Or because i tried to shut it down with a command kill -USR1 1 sad

Not sure what killed it... is there a way to bring it back or have I to flash it again?!

Power on and off the router 3 times in a row right when the Ethernet LED starts to flash. This should cause the router to load the alternate location firmware.

These routers have two firmware locations which is a good thing in some cases.

Re: Linksys WRT1200AC v2 / WRT1900ACS v2 support

Jesus, thanks for that!

I knew that you could have both firmware... but was not sure how to switch between them. Cause, let`s say, I go somewhere, switch back to original, then my wife can do some management via the linksys app for iOS/Android.

I go back, switch on the real thing. Is there a way to do this via CLI?

wrt1900acs v2 - kaloz

Re: Linksys WRT1200AC v2 / WRT1900ACS v2 support

what are the new features on v2?

62 (edited by Villeneuve 2017-02-17 18:36:14)

Re: Linksys WRT1200AC v2 / WRT1900ACS v2 support

@velqn, here

@jayaalathara, just FCC stuff for the masses, nothing of interest

No, really, call me newtown.
Oh, what quackery is this, that ruffles feathers so.
I'm not here, but then, you're not all there.
c7v2|c5v1 & WRTxx00ACx Images: Stuff

63 (edited by velqn 2017-02-19 21:13:03)

Re: Linksys WRT1200AC v2 / WRT1900ACS v2 support

Thank you, so no biggies.

I have been playing with OpenWRT to try set it up best suited for my needs. Noticed today I do not have mount points tab in Luci, no etc/fstab either, could be the case. I hooked up an USB drive for testing. What am I missing?

update: used block detect > /etc/config/fstab and now all fine.

smile

wrt1900acs v2 - kaloz

Re: Linksys WRT1200AC v2 / WRT1900ACS v2 support

Hello gents,

now I am stuck in another issue: Cannot mount (FAT32) USB stick. I have all the 3 NLS modules installed:

kmod-nls-base - 3.18.36-1
kmod-nls-cp1250 - 3.18.36-1
kmod-nls-cp437 - 3.18.36-1

But:

root@OpenWrt:/home/velqn# dmesg | tail -n 1
[ 3493.925620] FAT-fs (sda1): IO charset iso8859-1 not found

But when I try to install this particular NLS, I got this:

opkg install kmod-nls-iso8859-1
Installing kmod-nls-iso8859-1 (3.18.23-1) to root...
Downloading
* satisfy_dependencies_for: Cannot satisfy the following dependencies for kmod-nls-iso8859-1:
*      kernel (= 3.18.23-1-81be0e40bf30c51dba2c46c84dd50f29) *
* opkg_install_cmd: Cannot install package kmod-nls-iso8859-1.

It seems that the newer kernel and probaly NLS base should have it already pre-included, but I only assume that.

I am not able to find kmod-nls-iso8859-1 for 3.18.36 which I run. (kaloz build). Any ideas, what am I missing?


root@OpenWrt:/home/velqn# mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt/usb
mount: mounting /dev/sda1 on /mnt/usb failed: Invalid argument


uname -a
Linux OpenWrt 3.18.36 #8 SMP Thu Oct 13 11:43:34 CEST 2016 armv7l GNU/Linux

wrt1900acs v2 - kaloz

Re: Linksys WRT1200AC v2 / WRT1900ACS v2 support

velqn wrote:

Installing kmod-nls-iso8859-1 (3.18.23-1) to root...
Downloading
* satisfy_dependencies_for: Cannot satisfy the following dependencies for kmod-nls-iso8859-1:
*      kernel (= 3.18.23-1-81be0e40bf30c51dba2c46c84dd50f29) *

I am not able to find kmod-nls-iso8859-1 for 3.18.36 which I run. (kaloz build). Any ideas, what am I missing?

You are trying to install old kernel modules from the release repo to a newer private build.
That is not supported. There is strict kernel version/options checksum for the dependency.

But NLS tables should be so simple that you can possibly succeed by overriding the dependency check.

  opkg install --force-depends kmod-nls-iso8859-1

There is a slight risk that the router bricks, but with NLS tables the risk is likely not that big.

66 (edited by velqn 2017-02-20 10:34:19)

Re: Linksys WRT1200AC v2 / WRT1900ACS v2 support

Thanks hnyman,

that`s also what I thought... since I am running kaloz modded CC. So it means if I want to get USB FAT mounting I need to force the nls iso8859 mod install, is there no other way?

If no - I will try, thank you.

Update: tried it, it`s getting even more interesting:

root@OpenWrt:/mnt/usb# opkg list-installed kmod-nls*
kmod-nls-base - 3.18.36-1
kmod-nls-cp1250 - 3.18.36-1
kmod-nls-cp437 - 3.18.36-1
kmod-nls-iso8859-1 - 3.18.23-1 - IT IS INSTALLED but

root@OpenWrt:/mnt/usb# mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt/usb
mount: mounting /dev/sda1 on /mnt/usb failed: Invalid argument

root@OpenWrt:/mnt/usb# dmesg | tail -n 1
[ 5189.591027] FAT-fs (sda1): IO charset iso8859-1

Daamn, strange.

wrt1900acs v2 - kaloz

Re: Linksys WRT1200AC v2 / WRT1900ACS v2 support

Still no idea, tried all, all the time:

root@OpenWrt:/mnt/usb# dmesg | tail -n 1
[ 5189.591027] FAT-fs (sda1): IO charset iso8859-1

Start to think that kaloz CC version does not properly support iso8859 NLS and thus no mounting for vfat is possible.

wrt1900acs v2 - kaloz

Re: Linksys WRT1200AC v2 / WRT1900ACS v2 support

So far I'm quite happy with my new WRT1200AC v2. It is rock stable so far and after I flashed it I didn't even rebooted it once since then (just restarted some services as necessary.)

root@sapphire:~# uptime
 19:01:16 up 3 days, 23:49,  load average: 0.02, 0.02, 0.04

There's still a bunch of smaller issues to solve, of course. I got a whole to-do list. smile  Most of the annoying ones seem to be related to IPv6, e.g. the internal NTP time server only seems to listen/serve IPv6 and all my IPv4-only systems can't make use of it. Also ssh'ing to the router has some huge connection delay during the DNS resolving stage (either I must use the IP or specify 'AddressFamily inet' for the host in my ~/.ssh/config to workaround this). Some of those issues are probably aggravated by my spectacular lack of knowledge about anything IPv6 related and the way OS X handles it. I'll get there some day, hopefully. big_smile

Anyway...
just a short question. At the moment I run the device w/o the antennas attached, since I don't need wireless networking for now. Can this cause any kind of problems (extra interference or something) since there are now just those connector stumbles at the back of the device? Not that there seems to be a lot of shielding in this device anyway.