Paco is finally here, loaded with fixes, new features and improvements! Just in time to have some holiday time to play with this new firmware.
Comparing this release with the previous stable, 126.96.36.199, here’s a summary of the most important changes:
- 2.0g now supports bridge mode (but not wifi-bridge mode, due to technical limitations).
- The “Orange page” with the “Your internet is misconfigured” message was removed. It caused more problems than it solved, due to onlined incorrectly detecting a broken connection when it was still working.
- Various networking and wifi fixes and improvements that can make the network more stable and a bit faster in some circumstances.
- Wifi scans can now be performed from the web interface.
- Status display in the dashboard is improved.
- Large USB disks (>2TiB) are now supported.
- Multiple Dynamic DNS providers are supported now.
- Various software and drivers have been updated.
- OpenVPN was made a lot more configurable.
There are dozens and dozens of smaller changes, which are listed in detail in the changelog.
So, how do I upgrade?
The easy way:
- This method works if you’re currently running firmware 188.8.131.52 (Flipper) or 2.3.6.x (Gari).
- Go to the “Applications” page in your Fonera’s webinterface.
- You should see the firmware upgrade listed.
- Click the “plus” icon to install the firmware. It might take a few minutes for the page to load, it should show a countdown as soon as the actual upgrade started.
The manual way:
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.
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 Paco directory on the download server.
Are there any known problems with this version?
Yes, this release is still not perfect, but we’re getting closer at every step. In any case, here’s two things that used to work, but are now broken in this release. If you depend on them, you might want to reconsider the upgrade:
- The music plugin is no longer available on the Fonera 2.0g, due to its limited available flash memory. The firmware has grown a bit since Flipper, so now there is no longer enough free space to install the music plugin.
- The “Media” file share stopped working. In this release, a small security / stability fix was applied, which had the unintended side-effect of breaking the “Media” share. The shares for the individual partitions still work as expected. See ticket #1243 for details.
Special thanks go out to all of our users who have been testing the testing releases and have been providing excellent feedback and even contributed back some code and improvements!
Update 2013.03.13: The firmware can now be upgraded through the webinterface, the Wake-on-LAN plugin can now be installed through the webinterface and some known bugs were documented in this post.