Archive for the 'Firmware Release' Category RC2 for Fonera 20n

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Ho, Ho, Ho, …..

its been nearly 3 months since the last update, but it was worth waiting.
Just intime for xmas, Santa has sent us a new update called Rudolph (



Santa gave Rudolph a lot of presents for us. The main ones are :
– adds new wifi driver (fixes 11n only, iphone, powersave,…)
– adds openvpn server
– adds upnp mediaAV in DEV-only image
– adds wifi-wan mode
– adds bridge mode
– adds wps support
– fixes cache problems that cause errors after 24 hours
– fixes ntp server pool, we now use openwrt pool
– qos was not enabled even if selected in webui due to a typo
– fixes column header in torrent app
– open torrent port and allow client to register as active on tracker
– disabe snr graph on fon_status page as it was not working as expected
– fixes wpa validation 8-63 chars with special chars are no supported
– small fix to SimpleForm template
– fixes “onsucess” logic of firewall app
– allow anonymous login for ftp (and make it configurable on webui
– onlined now only checks the fon server
– typo in italian translation, openvpn, qos pages
– fixes coova for NEC cell phones
– disable tcp_ecn in sysctl
– adds port allocation logic of switch when in bridge mode
– fixes lucid when ip changes
– fixes lan netmask
– fixes mac override for wan port
– fixes large file download in fonbrowser

This is RC2, a few translations are still missing but if everything goes well, we will release final next week.

Enjoy !!

Developer image:

Flipper is your friend!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Hi all freaks!

We’ve got a new animal in our very own personal zoo: Flipper! < -- Check it, it's fun!

And here is the last pic you took of it:

Flipper the Dolphin
As you can see it’s a Dolphin (yeah, I know you guessed by the name, smartass!) and is here to help you and play with you. Flipper does already include all the features we want in the Fonera 2.0 (for now :D). Here is the list of the new features compared to old good Platero:

  • Facebook Uploader: wanna share the pics of the weekend with all your mates? Put them in a pendrive, “facebook” folder and plug it in the Fonera 2.0. Everybody will see you drunk! (No, no, calm down. All the pics and videos are always uploaded in PRIVATE mode :D)
  • Flickr Uploader and Picasa Uploader were already added in the Release Candidates.
  • Install new versions from the Applications menu! From now on, a single click will separate your Fonera 2.0 from the next firmware… no need to visit anymore :( But please, come back or we will be sad!
  • Nintendo DS works.
  • Freed space for more plugins! We now have 1,5MB instead of 1,19MB :)
  • Samba and FONBackup have a separated firewall option.
  • Fixed IE visualization of the Wizard (yes, IE users, now it works… dunno why we fixed it though, lol).
  • Fixed Torrent crashing problem with files that have many seeds.
  • Torrent downloader now lets you chose the port and will be automatically opened on the firewall.
  • The partitions on multi-partition disks can be now labeled as well.
  • Polish has been added (thanks Łukasz!).
  • You can now assign static DHCP leases and domain names inside your local network.
  • 3G connectivity reworked: a long list of providers is preloaded so you need not to configure any value.
  • And many more things… if you’re interested, check previous posts. I’m not writing all we did again :D

Bugs: yeah… as always. We will fix them, please report them!

Once again, and after having released the HW to the public, thanks to all involved! Martin, Jordi, John, Pablo, Javi, Steven, Alex etc etc etc etc etc etc etc (yeah, lots of people :D)


Platero… the silvery donkey is here, bringing his bags full of goodies…

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Let us introduce you to Platero, fon-ng version This will be the firmware our users will get when they buy a Fonera 2.0.

Platero the Donkey

Platero is a donkey. It has taken long time to come, but it finally arrived and his side-bags are full of new features. First of all, and before anyone starts asking about it: TORRENT DOWNLOAD IS HERE. Yes, yes! and this is not all… This is the nice list:

  • Installation wizard. Some questions will be asked the first time you connect to the fonera 2.0 and type “fonera” on your browser.
  • Youtube Uploader. Take a pen drive, put all your videos in a folder named “youtube” and plug it to the fonera. Your videos will be automatically uploaded to your YouTube account! This is a real 2.0 router.
  • Torrent downloader. Get some torrent files, upload them to the fonera and this will download them for you. You can turn your computer off and go to bed. Platero will do the work :)
  • MegaUpload and RapidShare downloads. Yes, we never announced this. How does it sound? Configure your RS or MU account, copy a big lot of MU or RS links from the Internet and paste them on the fonera interface. The fonera will download the. But wait… you don’t want to download stuff while you surf? no worries, tell Platero to download things at a certain time frame, while you sleep for instance!
  • 3G provider list. Have a 3G USB dongle and don’t know your configuration settings? No worries, tell the fonera your country and your 3G provider… Platero knows the rest (except for your PIN, of course :P)
  • Need help? check our videos. Every page in the fonera GUI now has a help button. It will take you to a video where our lovely colleague Martina will tell you how to use that page. Ain’t it sweet? More videos and improvements are coming!
  • More to come… we’re already developing new features (improved interface), new applications (VPN, advanced networking, Picasa uploader, iStremer for iTunes…), fixing bugs, etc.

Please, all our niceand beloved Betatesters… Install Platero and let us know how you like it. It’s a lovely sweet donkey.

Poor Platero is not perfect though. We noticed some NDS games don’t work properly with it. Well… we will fix it, don’t worry gamers!

And finally, the big question… When will we sell Foneras 2.0 for everybody? Hmmm I won’t give you a date, just in case the Foneras are stolen (once, in the very begging, a boat with our linksyses was burned in the far ocean…), but let’s say it will be in the beginning of April :P

So, you all that have been watching this creature evolve and grow… go tell your friends to stay tuned to buy it!

I know I always thank a lot of people. I don’t want this to sound repetitive but this is a special release. The Fonera 2.0 has come to life after long discussions, arguments, fights, work, decisions, changes… Thanks to all that helped at FON:

  • Martin and Alex for believing in the project and let us work our way
  • Martina, Inouk, Luis, Javi, Pablo, Cyrus, Rico, Iban etc for their key work on certain fields.
  • John Crispin… he is the real guy behind the fon-ng firmware. No need to explain anything else.

I want to finish the post with a nice sentence by John… “Thanks for letting me build the best firmware in the market” – Now, it’s on your hands, enjoy it!


P.S.: The firmwares :P

The ugly earthy Mr. Caterpillar mutated into a beautyful and joyful flying butterfly

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

This is the beautiful story of a firmware that was slow, dumb, unfriendly and weak, like a Caterpillar… and one day, after months of metamorphosis from the very inside… It became a powerful, lightweight and flexible firmware, ready to discover and astonish the world with it’s beautiful wings!

This is the release of Mr. Caterpillar (version, the firmware that finally is mature enough to be considered as a final user product.

Mr. Caterpillar

We have made some nice additions and some changes on the available plugins. Here you have the list:

  • The plugins can be installed directly from the console! Yes, you don’t need to go anywhere else… every new plugin will be put in the repository and the fonera will show you all available plugins. It will also let you know if one of the installed plugins has a new version available. In the future… maybe plugin ranking/popularity? We’ll see…
  • We merged the FONBackup and FTP tabs. They are basically the same since the backup is done using FTP. The PC application (available for Windows, Linux and Mac) is getting very nice features, we might release another beta soon… Muuuuuch faster! Btw, try it on the cable instead of WiFi you get up to 2MB/s transfer! That’s not bad!
  • Printer and Webcam plugins have been removed!!! WHY? will some ask… well, they take space (not much, OK) and they are not usable for everybody. You need it? Why don’t you try the new plugin installation system? They are already there for you! Install the one you need. The way it works hasn’t changed at all :D
  • A nice link in the left-bottom box, on the Version number will show you the version and animal of your Fonera. Handy to know what you have installed without being an expert ;)
  • Catalàs, benvinguts!!! We’ve added new languages: find the interface in Catalan and Simplified Chinese. More to come! We don’t want to leave anyone apart.

So please, everybody install it and let us know if you like it.find below, the firmware for developers, the firmware for non-developers (no ssh so don’t use it if you need it – we will soon enable to ‘switch to developer mode’ with a single click), the failsafe firmware and the FONbackup application – it is a new release… much faster and reliable. Try it!

  • Caterpillar DEVELOPERS FON file (web interface Tantor or later): download.
  • Caterpillar DEVELOPERS image: download. MD5Sum: 8526415082a2fe0cebc8a73d73e26edd
  • Caterpillar END USER FON file (web interface Tantor or later): download. (please don’t use this if you want ssh enabled)
  • Caterpillar END USER image: download. MD5Sum: 8d9620d274ad8f35a073c6c5d868a5f8 (please don’t use this if you want ssh enabled)
  • Fonera 2.0 failsafe (versionless): download. MD5Sum: d29e07bdcb6df04209cafafce8f3bc5f
  • FONBackup 0.2 (only for use with Mr. Caterpillar): download.

Once again, thanks to all the collaborators (translators: chihchun, victor and albert, bmpeter, merlin, Michelangelo, blogic, inouk…) and specially to the firmware team, which we’re very proud of!!

OktoPussy-2 is here: nice bugfixes and the very first AP that does meshing with OLPC!

Friday, January 30th, 2009

OktoPussy is making making good use of it’s name. Here it comes as OktoPussy-2 ‘reloaded’

In no time it has changed to adapt to the environment. This is the new stuff it brings for you:

  • Samba works on WAN! Oh yes…  You can finally connect the hard drive of your Fonera 2.0 from your home network! Some people were dying to have this
  • More and more languages! Can you speak Traditional Chinese, Dutch? Then the OktoPussy-2 is for you!
  • Hey! How about this? we like Windows too! (well, we don’t, but need to pretend). NTFS issues have been fixed so far. If you still experience trouble, go buy a new hard drive! :D
  • We have added a nice timer for when you reflash the fonera and get rid of OktoPussy-2 to get the next animal. OktoPussy-2 will say goodbye like a real gentleman. No need to wonder if the flashing is over or not, it will let you know!

Guys… we’re getting closer and closer to the final release. We’re stable, we have closed most bugs. We only have a few features more to add to the base firmware. Get ready for the opening to the world!

What wil be the animal for the first production release?!? Give us some suggestions if you want ;) we won’t listen anyway hahahaha

As a special present, we have 1 more thing for you. Well, some of you. The OLPC plugin: this makes the fonera be the first AP to allow OLPC devices to connect to it!! Oh yes! All OLPC owners should get a F2, the Marvell WiFi dongle and connect it to the  F2!! Will F2 become the main Internet access for millions of children over the World?
The files:

  • Image – md5sum
  • Fon package – use only with Tantor or OktoPussy
  • ddns plugin – with new languages (need to uninstall the previous version if installed)
  • OLPC plugin
  • FONBackup – The backup tool for your F2. Use it in combination with a hard drive and backup all you want. Win, Mac, Linux

Beware, OktoPussy inside

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

So here we are… later than expected but happy enough to present: OktoPussy, the new fon-ng firmware release for the Fonera 2.0

And so what?  Well dudes, we’ve got some nice tools for you. First of all, we are finally releasing a few plugins. Most of the work in this month’s been to clean up the system to accept the plugins, make some of them (we are releasing 2 today but we have 2 more in the oven), fix a few bugs you discovered in poor old Tantor and adding new features.

Here we go with the presentation, welcome our new rockstar! OktoPussy!


OktoPussy represents the extendability of our firmware. It’s many arms resemble the plugins you will be able to install in it. It can use many arms at the same time, doing different tasks! It’s multimedia ;) (remember when this word was being use for the very first times for PCs? Now it’s come to the routers!)

The new features and fixes are the following:

  • Improved look and feel: added a few new buttons and icons
  • New status page. We still want to integrate more information and format it in a nicer way… but now you can see some traffic stats on the different interfaces. Tell us if you love the graphics like we do!
  • Added and fixed access to some services from the WAN interface: ftp now works and the webcam can also be accessed from the outside. Samba is the pending issue though, sorry windows lovers…
  • New languages! Hungarian is there (thanks bmpeter) and well… any others would also be there but we need you guys to translate! Here you can find what to translate…
  • We fixed the whitelisting system. Sorry, some of you reported you couldn’t sell passes from your devices. Too bad… but over!
  • There’s a button to reboot the device and one to reset it to factory defaults ;)
  • Added the option to enable/disable replying to pings on the WAN side.
  • Some internal working as I said… if you’re interested on what, check the svn logs.

And well, the first to arms of OktoPussy (official ones) are DDNS (DynDNS support) and, surprise, a FONBackup tool!

This Backup tool is still in development so, please, don’t use it as your main backup tool (although reliable, it’s still not as fast as we want it and you may end up jumping off a cliff… hehe). But it has very good points we want you guys to test:

  • First of all: it is SO EASY. No installation, no configuration (almost). Just open it, pick the Hard Drive or partition of the disk attached to the Fonera (if more than one) and the folder of your laptop you want to back up. THERE YOU GO! That’s it!
  • It is multiplatform. Of course! We’d never do Micro$oft only software. Use it in Windows, Mac and Linux! It’s Java ;)
  • It’s incremental: you change something and only that will be sent to the backup, not the whole directory.

The application uses HTTP to transfer the files, but we will change to FTP for the next release. This will boost the transfer speed from the current 450KB/s up to 1MB/s which is far better than the Time Capsule of Apple (estimated at 600MB/s on 802.11g transfers). Additionaly, we are working on improving the 2 slowest parts, the time lost between different files and the time to calculate the changes (Yes, it’s incremental backup!)

Please, test it and let us now if you find it useful and what would you change to improve it. We are always to listen in the IRC channel #fonosfera (, the mailing list  or here in the blog.

So, as promised, here you’ve got the links for everything we mentioned above. Ciao!


  • Bare image – md5sum 907b240308420b09b94812e1974f2ae0 (Valid for all versions using ssh or redboot, please check and for instructions)
  • Signed image – This is the binary ready to be flashed using the web interface of Tantor (not working with older versions, sorry)


  • DynDNS plugin – it’s been signed by FON to ensure authenticity
  • FONBackup 0.1 – it’s NOT a plugin. It communicates with the Fonera2.0 OktoPussy without installing plugins to it :P

Once again, thanks to all the team, specially Blogic as always, and Cyrus, Albert and Victor too for their nice last minute intervention with FONBackup!

The fon-ng Firmware  Team

Tantor, a nice Xmas present, isn’t it? – Fonera 2.0 Official Firmware Release!

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

That’s the name of the first official stable release for the Fonera 2.0: Tantor the Elefont. Why, because Tantor is a rock solid firmware; like an elephant, taking steps with no obstacle that will stop it.

Tantor the Elefont

We’ve added nice features, fixed most of the known bugs (not all, sorry) and set it ready to accept the nice coming plugins. We will take a short break for Xmas, we deserve it, believe me, and then will come back with great surprises. Because Tantor is our Santa present but in Spain, we also celebrate the coming of the Three Wise Men the 6th of December, so expect new nice things by then.

Back to Tantor the Elefont. This is what we added:

  • New interface for developers! Yes, we changed the look and feel a bit. Guys, you’re developers, not normal users, you need some distinction, don’t you? Check the new colours, ain’t them cool? And what’s that new image in the top left corner? Just for developers ;)
  • Translations and Automatic Language Detection. A small change that helps a lot! Our firmware comes out of the box with Spanish, English, French, German, Italian and… Basque! LOL!! Sorry, I needed a small wink to my mother language ;) Want to see it in other languages? Download the translation files from the svn and do the work! We will soon list what files need translation on the fonosfera wiki.
  • Sell passes, videos etc. Older versions (this was fixed in RC1) had problems with the whitelisting of some domains and not everything was working on the public side. Thanks for your reports!
  • New services added to the firewall for WAN access: you can now add ssh and web access from WAN. Now, forward the correct port of your broadband router to your fonera 2.0 and you can have full access to it from the Internet!
  • ssh access enabled by default: this is only for developers as well. You guys can’t complain!
  • Full integration with The fonera 2.0 can now be considered a fully functional fonera! You can manage your SSID, passwrod etc from Only the bandwidth limitation is not working but will be fixed very soon, don’t panic! Anyway, why limit how much you share? ;D
  • We made tons of bugfixes as well, but why bother you listing them? You can check them on if you are interested.

Trantor is not perfect, sure not. We have some bugs open:

  • *Ssh in Developer mode only works after rebooting* (I’m sure many will ask about this)
  • Setting the bandwidth limitation  from is not working yet (this is a server problem, not Trantor’s ;D)
  • Then Wi-Fi Wan mode work just fine but, when you’re connecting the Fonera 2.0 to another Fonera 2.0, you need to reboot after saving the changes. Not big deal, huh? How many of you have 2 Foneras 2.0? ;)
  • Samba access from WAN is not working. We couldn’t find why… too busy with other stuff. If you know why, let us know, if not, we will fix it soon! Promised!
  • Undetected bugs! (Ehr… yes, we have some, for sure, hehehe)
  • USB 1.1 devices still don’t work when connected directly to the Fonera 2.0 (not only that remember that plugin a USB 1.1 device or a full speed USB 2.0 device will block the USB port and you will need to reboot it). REMEMBER to use a USB 2.0 HUB between these devices and the Fonera 2.0, sorry. Well… we all want to plug more than one device on it so, why sorry? hehehe.

And what does this release mean?
So, this is it. Our new baby: solid, stable and usable. It’s the first release of a surely different generation of foneras. We already have open projects to support Bluetooth dongles (with even Internet connectivity through Bluetooth), home automation modules, jamendo (the Creative Commons music station), advanced firewall controls, Vuze (the superstar of the plugins… you’re gonna love this!), a youTube video uploader (we’re making an impressive interface for this too) etc.

Enjoy your Christmas present, have a nice time with your families (not too much hacking these days, OK? :P) and start well the new year. This is gonna be the fon-ng year!!!!

The FON fonosfera Team: John, Felix, Imre, Pablo, Javier, Inouk and Iurgi

Links to the files:

  • Bare image: valid for ALL versions (recommended for all, mandatory for beta releases) – md5sum  4b92fe23f57e869c26741e4c35250766
  • .fon image: ONLY for 2.1.0 and 2.0.0 versions (old web interface) – md5sum 6b8ea77b6bed64073c619ba53830bb6c -> IMPORTANT it will not give any feedback, just be patient, allow at least 30min!
  • .tgz image: ONLY for rc1 and rc2 – md5sum 5933826db9e6ced266dfd45d091f9bba -> IMPORTANT it will not give any feedback, just be patient, allow at least 30min!
  • The source tarball, the Redboot image and the failsafe image will come in a few days. Please, let us take a small rest ;) You can check the sources on the svn server, they’re public!

Here we go: Alfred Duck took off but we can ‘trac’ him ;-)

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Version: – RC1

Codename: Alfred

Description: Alfred is the first release candidate (RC1) of the stable release of the fonera 2.0. It has all the basic functionalities one should expect from the fonera 2.0 (printing, UMTS, WiFi-WAN – testing -, firewall, etc.). It’s been made with stability and reliability in mind, thought as the basis for installing plugins, but not having any of them yet.



Binary: – md5sum d3b09324b0456f4ce2f774a655f89c50
Source: – md5sum cf9609bd0c5d75a2f5892f281c0c5fc6
Alfred is a vanilla firmware, we have not added many features compared to old Sylvester. We have done a lot of debugging (thanks to all the folks at the #fonosfera channel and the mailing list!!!) and have made lots of underlying changes that even though not being visible as features, they  can be felt in a day to day basis:

  • UMTS support improved: more stable, more usable, not buggy anymore. Give it a try!
  • WiFi-WAN: yes, this is the way we call the ‘repeater mode’. It should work with any AP on the market. Don’t connect it to the public signal of a fonera though, there would be 2 FON captive portals in a row ;) – some tests have shown that it’s not 100% stable under high load
  • Switched from httpd to the brand new “lucittpd”! Our new http server is lighter, faster and nicer (of course!). It’s been done in C and lua. It supports multi-threading and http eTags. This makes it much faster. You can feel it when you’ve been using it for a while. The web interface is not the fastest in the world, but it’s fast enough and more powerful than any UI of a router, isn’t it?
  • The webcam application is muuuuuuuuch nicer now: it’s real time streaming! plus you can zoom in, zoom out, change the size, etc. When nobody is watching it, it goes into a low load mode. Needed a surveillance webcam? Enjoy it! ;)
  • You can now open service for WAN (remote) access. ftp and printer server are ready for it. Now want to open http or ssh? Try to do it yourself and learn how easy to implement it is!
  • And more stuff!

And so, now what? Well, now we need you guys to test it, give us your impression, your feedback, your bug reports… but how?? Using Trac and svn! Yes, we finally opened read access to the fonosfera trac+svn system.

Trac is in:

Svn is in:
As we foretold you, some development communities will have write access to it as soon as they get in contact with us, some individuals as well. For the rest, you are totally eligible to get write access granted, but first, give us the reasons ;)

Anonymous users can open tickets to report bugs, request features etc. Registered users will be able to manage and assign them. We hope this will be the tipping point of the project. Now on, this is officially a development community project!

Welcome to the fonosfera!

The FON firmware team

Sylvester is out!

Monday, November 10th, 2008


This is it, our little kitten. Sylvester, the firmware for la Fonera 2.0, fon-ng beta2 is out! Here you have its picture ;)


And what is this little cat bringing us?

  • Improved structure: for a better plugin integration and programming
  • Completely new web interface (both visually and logically!)
  • Many bugfixes: including the well known 1Mbps WAN limitation. It’s now faster thant he fonera+
  • I nice bed… it’s a cat, its bed is all tidy. We will show you the buildroot in a few days now. The code is coming today as well
  • Ehr… I think I’m repeating what I already said

Want some pictures? Here we go… but I warn you, after seeing them you will not be able to resist buying one. We’re getting closer and closer to the final release. And more plugins are coming so soon:

The Dashboard

 This is the Dashboard

The new interface is based on the concept of a Dashboard. We wanted to remove any similarities with traditional router management consoles. They’re ugly, not stylish, difficult and not useful at all. This Dashboard is not final, but you can get the concept. There’s a summary area, which is secondary to the 2 main frames: the “Action icons” which have 3 fixed buttons (“Services” for samba, ftp etc, “Plugins” to manage your plugins and “Settings” to change the router configuration) and the icons for each plugin that is installed in the future so they are easy to access. The second frame is the devices/events frame. It will let the user know which supported devices are currently connected and configured in the Fonera 2.0. It is quite 2.0-ish…seamless autoupdates etc.

File Browser

This is the File Browser

The File Browser is again a beta application. But it now detects different MIME-Types and tells the browser what to do when clicking on them. The look and feel is much nicer and soon will include other interesting information, such as the file size, creation data etc.

The links to the firmware are here, don’t panic:

  • Image – md5sum:  264a9303b38db5073da845e8fbdc4b9e
  • .fon package – md5sum: 41a0927c0c8f641b59f996ce873be336
  • Source tarball is here – md5sum: 1fe36db183dd3e826bd5691d89b55c4f

Well, this should be enough for you guys to start willing to have one… Or are you one of these guys waiting for the BitTorrent plugin? Hmmm who knows… maybe soon… ;)

The Firmware Team