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AA3JC
GL.iNET GL-E750 Help!

I need some directions on flashing this unit.  I searched on Aredn and could only find general info on other GL-iNet hardware.  I downloaded the system firmware, but when I try to download the factory 1st flash firmware, it takes me to a blank page!  Not sure if that was done on purpose as it is not needed, but after trying to upgrade the node via the upgrade tab using the system upgrade file, in the web based interface, it does complete the upload, the display changes to "upgrading" but gets stuck there and never goes any further for over an hour.  At this point if you try to connect via 192.168.1.1 you still cannot access the Aredn page. Even using a static ip on my laptop.
I also tried to install using Uboot by holding down the reset button and starting the node which does get me into the Uboot menu.  Again, it accepts the Aredn system firmware, gets to 100% but again just sits there with no change on the display after an hour, and trying to pull an IP via the node, gets me nowhere after waiting an hour. Using a static IP of 192.168.1.1 will sometimes allow the nick to find a network but again no status page.
I have no problem re-flashing the GL-iNet firmware to restore it back to factory using UBoot (no web interface as it seems to be neither factory or Arden at this point) and it does work with the original factory firmware.

Arden claims to support this hardware, but I need some help getting there.  There is no explanation as to why you cannot download the 1st flash factory firmware even though it gives you a link for both the FACTORY and the SYSTEM files. On the main download page and searching for "E750 gets me to the correct 3.23.4.0 firmware but when you right click on the  "Factory" link, the link is for "aredn-3.23.4.0-ath79-nand-glinet_gl-e750-squashfs-factory.img" but its nowhere to be found on the site or archives.  I can find 2 previous "SYSTEM" versions but no "FACTORY" files.

PLEASE HELP!!

K6CCC
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The 192.168.1.1 address will

The 192.168.1.1 address will only happen after first boot with AREDN firmware.  After your first configuration, it will assign an address for it's "permanent" IP range.  A couple ways to connect to the node after that initial configuration.  You can determine the correct IP address by opening a command prompt on your PC and type ipconfig [enter].  That will give the IP addresses for you PC.  You should see one (if there are more than one) that has a 10.x y z address.  One of the line will be the gateway address.  That will be the IP of the node.  If you still see a 192.168.1.x address, disconnect the LAN cable for 10 seconds, and plug it back in.  Wait another 10 seconds at try the ipconfig command again.  You can also connect via a node name (may have to add .local.mesh to the end).
 

WU2S
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Use the SYSUPGRADE firmware

Per the instructions in our documentation: After the GL-iNet device is first booted and configured, navigate to the Upgrade section and click Local Upgrade to select the AREDN® sysupgrade.bin file you downloaded for your device."

The GL-iNet devices come loaded with a version of OpenWRT from the factory, so a simple sysupgrade is all that is needed.

AA3JC
Done all of the recomendations!

K6CC & WU2S, Thanks for the help!  The problems are that after either using the Uboot or the web interface method, the TP-E750 does not either give out an IP nor if I set my computer to a static IP of 192.168.1.100 or 192.168.8.100 and try my browser to 192.168.1.1 there is no connection.  This is after waiting for more than an hour after clicking on upgrade!
The AREDN® sysupgrade.bin file is what I downloaded, (the only file you can download for this device) does not work as the tenitive new node never does the upgrade.  In my experience with flashing new nodes, it has never gone over 20-25 minutes at the worse.  This node has repeatedly sat for more than an hour each method I attempted.  I even removed the T-Mobile sim card and re-attempted the AREDN® sysupgrade.bin file with no joy. 

I had noticed that in the "Supported Hardware List" on Aredn, that it says the following:  

Mudi GL-E750 2 ath79 nand gl-e750 128MB unknown released

The Stability colum sort of says that they may have flashed it but never tested it???

 

nc8q
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download the factory 1st flash firmware, it takes me to a blank
nc8q
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Again, it accepts the Aredn system firmware,

Exactly, which "Aredn system firmware"?
aredn-3.23.4.0-ath79-nand-glinet_gl-e750-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin?

You, likely, must have an existing GL-Inet firmware or existing AREDN firmware already running on the device
to 'sysupgrade' to AREDN firmware.
Try reinstalling GL-iNet factory firmware from Uboot procedure.

My best guess.

73, Chuck



 

nc8q
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Again, it accepts the Aredn system firmware, gets to 100% but ag

Be sure to uncheck the Keep Settings checkbox, since GL.iNet settings are incompatible with AREDN® firmware.

nc8q
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cannot download the 1st flash factory firmware even though it gi

I think this is a web editor web page error.
None of the other GL-iNet devices have a 'factory' file.
:-|

73, Chuck


 

AA3JC
Again, it accepts the Aredn system firmware,

Chuck,
Here are the 2 files I was going to use directly from Aredn downloader:
FACTORY:  http://downloads.arednmesh.org/releases/3/23/3.23.4.0/targets/ath79/nand...
SYSUPGRADE:  http://downloads.arednmesh.org/releases/3/23/3.23.4.0/targets/ath79/nand...

The "FACTORY" link took me to a dead page, and no file.
The "SYSUPGRADE" link gave me the file above.
First, I booted the E750 out of the box into its factory admin interface.  Entered a new password, and proceeded to the "UPGRADE" tab.  Clicked on the local tab, selected the only file I was able to download from Aredn, the "SYSUPGRADE" file. The browser changed to a upload page and showed the progress of the upgrade.  Once it got to 100% the display stopped, I noticed on the E750 the display show "SYSTEM UPGRADING".  The display / browser never changed for over an hour.  I opened a new browser window and tried to access the new Aredn "NOCALL" page, but nothing.  Then set a static IP of '192.168.1.100' but again no success.  This was after an hour of waiting for the upgrade to finish. 
Next, I did a reset on the E750, shut it off, and then held the reset button in, and pressed and held the "ON" button.  This got me into GL-iNET UBOOT window.  Again, I selected the "SYSUPGRADE" file I downloaded earlier, and again, it showed the progress of the upgrade.  Once it got to 100% I left it sit for over an hour with no indication of anything going on in the E750.  After the hour, attempted to access 192.168.1.1 with both a DHCP setting and a static IP on my Windows 11 Laptop, but again, was not able to access the "NOCALL" browser page.  

Now interesting point, each time I attempted the Aredn firmware, the E750 appeared to be "bricked" as I could not access the "NOCALL" page on 192.168.1.1, nor the original GL-iNET page at 192.168.8.1.  I was able to shut it off, hold the reset button and the "ON" button at the same time and get into the UBOOT method (as per GL-iNET) and flash it back to GL-iNET firmware without any issues.

Any other suggestions or Ideas?
 

nc8q
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GL-iNet First Install Process

https://docs.arednmesh.org/en/latest/arednGettingStarted/installing_firmware.html#gl-inet-first-install-process
...

Attention

Be sure to uncheck the Keep Settings checkbox, since GL.iNet settings are incompatible with AREDN® firmware.
...
 

AA3JC
GL-E750 First Install Process

Chuck,

Very aware of the "Keep Setting" box and each time I ran the flash, I made sure to uncheck the box.  Sorry, I didn't include that in my write ups.

Joe

AA3JC
ABLE TO SEE THE "NOCALL" SCREEN, BUT.........

Chuck,

Was able to finally flash the E750 with the Aredn “sysupgrade” file.  Seems the original one I downloaded was probably corrupt. I downloaded a second copy and that one allowed me to at least get to the “NOCALL” screen! {screenshot attached}
Now the fun starts:
1.  On the “NOCALL” screen at the very top in highlight, it says: “!!!! UNSUPPORTED DEVICE !!!!” IN BRIGHT FLORESCENT ORANGE.
2.  If you click on the box with the “UNSUPPORTED DEVICE” I get node data that I have attached a copy of.
3.  From here I click on “Setup” and I get a new page with “BAD GATEWAY”

I have attached the screenshots of each page including the status page when I click on "UNSUPPORTED DEVICE"

Any idea what is going on and how to fix it?

Joe

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