release candidate 2 released!

A small update: This second release candidate fixes two serious bugs which prevented the PPPoE and 3G/UMTS internet connection types from being useful for most people. Additionally, two small bugs were fixed as well, see the changelog for details.

Here’s the firmware files:

See the previous post for instructions on installing these images and what to do with any feedback you might have.

Have fun!

39 Responses to “ release candidate 2 released!”

  1. Wil Says:

    Works perfectly, Thanks a lot for all your effort!!!!

  2. TheUntouchable Says:

    Thank you :)

  3. Vivoras Says:

    Plugins work correctly? I use the minidlna and when I upgraded to RC1 stopped working …

    JazzyJ fixed it, but I do not want to fail again and have to do a downgrade…

  4. Matthijs Says:

    @Vivoras, no changes were made related to the plugins this time, so you should be safe!

  5. Vivoras Says:

    Ok. I updated and everything works perfectly.

    Thank you very much!

  6. Charudatt Says:

    The Transmission torrent client is not updating to version 2.71. Any special instruction

  7. root Says:

    At least basic networking stuff (wifi, lan) works, haven’t tried usb, 3G or torrents.

    Thanks for continuing development!

  8. Matthijs Says:

    @Charudatt, to update the Transmission client, you need to reinstall it. First, stop Transmission and uninstall it by removing the files in the FoneraApps directory on you USB stick/disk. Then, install Transmission again as normal, through the webinterface.

  9. Barbon Says:

    Printer plugin crash random on this new firmware make the fon stop to work….

  10. Zolag Says:

    I installed RC2 and I wanted to test the 3G option, but my mobile operator (Pepephone,Spain) is not listed. Is there a easy way to add it and is it possible to add it in future releases? Thanks!

  11. Charudatt Says:

    @Matthijs – No , I have no clue of which version of the torrent is running. It could have been a little more simpler if you could show some Version details of the Transmission , been run on the console. After trying to upgrade the way you said, it shows me some torrent. files in the apps directory.

    Can anyone confirm if the torrent is getting updated.
    Thanks for the help

  12. Zolag Says:

    @Charudatt I also updated and I have now version 2.71 (13538)

  13. Charudatt Says:

    @Zolag- thanks , I tried it twice and it did not work for me. Maybe I am a bit unlucky.Not sure, if the directory should show 3 files with torrent. in the file name. Wonder where this came from.

  14. Zolag Says:

    @Charudatt Where you look is not the place to check. To check the version of transmission you have to open the Transmission WebUI. Then you select the settings menu and in the about you find the version info.

  15. Matthijs Says:

    @Zolag, you can select the “Custom configuration” option and then manually enter the APN, username and password. A quick google suggests an APN of “gprsmov.pepephone.com” and leaving the username and password empty (note that these are rarely a personal username/password, usually there is just one working set per provider). Could you try this and report back if this works, then I’ll add it for the final release.

    @Zolag, thanks for point Charudatt in the right direction!

    @Charudatt, the you see in the filename is the version of the Fonera firmware, not the Transmission version.

  16. Charudatt Says:

    @Matthijs/Zolag- Thanks for the info, got what I was looking for and yes, its updated. Sorry for any inconvenience.

    Any luck with integrating Download manager with Chrome ? I guess , thre’s a plug-in for Firefox.

  17. FM Says:

    I’m trying to set a NAS as a fonera USB disk (it is NOT connected to the physical USB port).

    I mounted it at /tmp/mounts/Disc-A1 and it works ok. However Fonera Web GUI says “There are currently no discs attached.”

    Is there any way to “fool” fonera to think that my NAS is a USB disk?


  18. Zolag Says:

    @Matthijs – I tried to use the 3G option, but it didn’t work. At the moment I plug in the USB modem, I can not reach the Fonera anymore via the browser. Also a restart doesn’t help. I have to remark two things. 1. I have never tested the USB modem (Huawei E1750) before with the Fonera. 2. I use the Fonera in WiFi Bridge mode. I can imagine that the second point would cause the conflict I face.

  19. anonymous Says:


    before updating to the new firmware I wanted to make an factory reset with the 20091008_FON2303_2.3.0.0_Restore.bin via tftp, but did it by mistake with the latest official version 20100824_FON2303_2.3.6.1_r1730.img which was in the same directory. Now I cannot overwrite the firmware img file with the restore firmware bin file via tftp – i get a timeout message immediately.

    I also cannot access the fonera with its standard ip adress, I can only ping it when I connect it to my pc via lan cable and give my network adapter a permanent ip adress.

    What can I do, is my Fonera2n irreversible bricked now or is there a way to bring it back to life?

  20. Matthijs Says:

    @Charudatt, there are currently no plans for a download manager for Chrome (development on the Firefox extension is also down to maintainance only at the moment). Since the plugin architectures are completely different (AFAIK), it would have to be reimplemented from scratch. If anyone wants to contribute such an extension, we would be happy to support that, of course.

    @FM, the WebUI and all applications look at the “mountd” state (in /var/state/mountd) to find out which disks are present. It’s probably easiest to insert an USB stick into your Fonera and then look at that file to see what values should be present. Note that the state gets thrown away when the Fonera reboots, so you’ll have to edit that file when mounting the share (the uci command can be used for this, e.g., “uci -P /var/state set mountd.samba_share.part1name=Disc-A1″. Note that the “samba_share” part here is just an arbitrary section name, you can use anything you want there).

    IIRC, the /var/state/mountd file is treated as an overlay over /etc/config/mountd file, so it might also be possible to put the stuff you need in there so it looks like the disk is always mounted. Don’t forget to set mountd.mountd.count in either case.

    Since this question is quite off-topic for this blog post, I want to ask you to post any further followup questions on the development mailing list, which is more appropriate for advanced questions like these.

    @Zolag, The Fonera will switch out of bridge mode when you plugin the 3G modem. This is because the Fonera can only between bridge interfaces and the 3G connection is not an ethernet interface (also, it only supplies a single public IP address, does not offer DHCP, etc.).

    This means that if you plug in your Fonera, you should still be able to connect through your Fonera through its LAN ports or private wifi signal, through the configured LAN address ( by default) or the “fonera” special hostname. This of course only works if you use DHCP on your PC, if you configured a static IP address within your bridge network, this will break (though you could configure the Fonera’s LAN section in the same way as the bridged section, since the WAN port is disabled in 3G mode).

    @Anonymous, I’m not really sure what happened there. I think that the TFTP restore should not accept a normal image, the restore image is signed in a special way so that the bootloader accepts it. Also, even if the firmware flash was somehow messed up, the bootloader (which sits in a different partition) should still be unaffected. Since it’s the bootloader does the TFTP recovery process, that’s hard to break (unless you mess up a commandline flash over SSH using the wrong mtd partition, but I don’t think you did that).

    Just to confirm, you followed the “press button on power on” procedure described here, and it doesn’t work for you? https://fon.zendesk.com/entries/21439902-firmware-restore Perhaps you are trying the WAN port instead of a LAN port?

  21. anonymous Says:


    I followed the decribed procedure in the link again, this time with another ip and now I could write the restore image file. I think the reason therefor that now it worked, is that this time I had the router longer time without current before the procedure, so that a real hardware reset is done thereby.
    By the way, it IS possible to write normal firmwares with tftp.

  22. Matthijs Says:

    @anonymous, good to hear it’s working again for you. Weird that you need to switch the router off for a longer period, I usually unplug it and directly replug it (but I use the plug at the Fonera, not the plug in the power socket, perhaps that makes a difference due to some power being stored in the adapter for some time or something like that).

    As for writing normal images using the restore procedure, I never tried that, so I guess I was mistaken then. Thanks!

  23. Berndt Says:

    The last version works ok but there is one thing…
    I have a usb disk 2Tb and I cant get any transfering error what so ever belive me I tried copy lots of files to and from the fonera from windows BUT if I activate torrent transfer all hell break lose, error, timeout, disconnect and so on, and this is with only on torrent file and if I disable torrent all is OK again.
    I dont care if the file transfer to and from windows get slower but why all this errors?

  24. Charudatt Says:

    Picassa uploader does not seem to be working, gives an error , but shows as done, and tweets too.

    Did anyone observe this ?


  25. Matthijs Says:

    @Berndt, I’m not entirely understanding what you are saying. First you say you cannot get any transfering error, but then you say that you get errors with Transmission enabled. What kinds of errors are you seeing (perhaps you could provide a screenshot?

    @Charudatt, what kind of error do you get? I just tried the Picasa application and it uploaded a png image without problems. Perhaps you could try re-entering your Picasa authentication details on the Fonera?

  26. Charudatt Says:

    @Matthijs – I tried entering my credentials but did not work. The Fonera Dashboard shows uploading, at the very end of the progress bar shows an error , creates a folder called DONE and creates some files done_picasa, I also get a tweet, saying that I have successfully uploaded it (becos , I have enabled it) , but nothing gets uploaded.

    BTW I am uploading jpg files about 250Kb in size

  27. Matthijs Says:

    @Charudatt, I’ve created Ticket #1236 for this issue. Let’s continue discussion there.

  28. Charudatt Says:

    @Matthijs – Thank you.

  29. Ton Says:

    Will there be any changes in this rc2?

    Thanks, and best wishes to you all

  30. Matthijs Says:

    @Ton, I don’t think I understand your question. The changes that are in the rc2 release are described in the changelog linked from the post above?

  31. Ton Says:

    Without changes, the new release can be published.

  32. Matthijs Says:

    There have been some more bugfixes after RC2, see the SVN log. Also, FON’s QA department still needs to do some testing of this RC before we can proceed with the final release.

  33. HereIsTom Says:

    When I update to this version, will it change my Settings?
    And will there be an official firmware update?
    Thank you!

  34. Matthijs Says:

    @HereIsTom, if you use the .tgz file and upload it through the WebGUI, it should preserve almost all of your settings (except for installed applications and Transmission settings).

    I’m currently reviewing all open tickets on the trac to see if we missed anything important, a final release shouldn’t be too far away (though I might consider still doing an RC3 release, since there have been a few changes since RC2 already again).

  35. HereIsTom Says:

    Thank you for the answer!
    I have a lot of ports open for e.a. the playstation and fixed ip’s, that will not be changed?

  36. Matthijs Says:

    Nope, those should be preserved. It might be useful to also make a settings backup if you have a lot of complicated settings, just in case the upgrade fails in some way (but it shouldn’t be needed when the upgrade completes normally).

  37. Matthijs Says:

    For future reference: I just tried flashing in a regular .img file through the 2.0n TFTP recovery procedure, which really does not work (on the serial port, uboot complains “Check sume err: sum=0000701a”)

  38. Sleutels Says:

    Running RC2
    In am trying to set up DDNS for my fon (2n) and its DHCP allocated address from my ISP.

    In the DDNS menu i have enabled, and put dnsomatic as service, where i have an account.
    My domain: .opendns.com
    Ip address: let Ddns provider detect it.
    Username and password are from my dnsomatic/opendns account.

    I have allowed a couple of application access from the firewall menu.

    Looked and read about setting up ddns on the internet, but cannot get it to work.
    Any help is appreciated.

  39. Matthijs Says:

    @Sleutels, The firewall menu shouldn’t influence DDNS operation, since the formere only influences incoming connections, while DDNS traffic is only outgoing. You will need to open up ports/services in the firewall to actually use your DDNS name, of course.

    How did you test if the DDNS is working? Did you ping your ddns hostname and see the wrong IP is returned? You could try to use the “Use Fonera internet IP” option, to see if the DNS is updated correctly then. Note that this is only a solution if your Fonera is directly connected to your modem and gets a public address (e.g., not in the 10.x.x.x, 192.168.x.x or 172.x.x.x), but even if you get an internal address, this could be useful for debugging (it could be that dns-o-matic doesn’t support IP autodection, not all providers do that unfortunately).

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