Archive for December, 2013

Paco Jr: small bugfix release

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

While we keep working on revamed 3G support for the next feature release, we also found some small but important bugs or regressions. To make sure you have the most stable firmware possible, we’ve collected the most important bugfixes and put them in the Paco Jr. release.

What changed?
Here’s the (exhaustive) list of changes:

  • Prevent a brute-force attack on the private wifi signal when WPS is enabled.
  • Make the “Media” share work again.
  • Make file sharing on 2.0g work with Windows Vista and up without having to change the LMCompatibilityLevel registry setting.
  • Update the Twitter to the most recent Twitter API.

Overall, we recommend all users to install this update.

So, how do I upgrade?

Download the web upgrade tarball below, navigate to your Fonera’s dashboard through “Settings” and then “System” and upload the tarball there (under “Firmware update”). Note that you should not unpack the file you download (and make sure your browser doesn’t automatically unzip the file either, it should remain a .tgz file).

Note: On 2.0g, the firmware update might fail due to insufficient memory. If you upload the firmware through the webinterface, but that page keeps loading indefinitely (and you do not get the updating countdown), you’re probably seeing this issue as well. As a workaround, you can disable windows file sharing (“Settings” -> “Fileserver” -> “Windows Network Shares”) and/or the public Fonspot (“Settings” -> “FONSpot”) to free up some memory. This should allow the 2.0g to successfully unpack the firmware and start flashing it.

In the coming weeks, we will also offer this firmware upgrade directly from the dashboard, making the upgrade even easier, but this procedure needs a bit of testing before we enable it.

This firmware is available for the following hardware. Be sure to pick the version for your hardware. If you pick the wrong one, the firmware update will silently bail out and no upgrade will happen (no error will appear either).

The above links point to the end user’s versions of the firmware. For different versions, like the developer’s version (which allows SSH access and custom plugins) and the .img version (which can be installed through SSH), you can look in the PacoJr directory on the download server.

If the upgrade somehow fails and you need to recover, the FAQ section has recovery instructions.

Have fun!