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    Using Asus firmware on a Belkin 7230 router

    Hello,

    I was attempting to use the v1.7.5.9 CR2 firmware release on a 7230-4 router I have. I uploaded the firmware via TFTP and all went well. I was able to access the web administration pages and telnet in, plus the WLAN seems to work fine as well. The only problem seemed to be with the WAN side. The web admin said it couldn't get a DHCP lease, anyone know what might be the problem? Included is some information I took:

    Jan 1 00:00:14 syslog.notice klogd: klogd started: BusyBox v1.00-pre7 (2004.06.18-18:50+0000)
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: CPU revision is: 00024000
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: Loading BCM4710 MMU routines.
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: Primary instruction cache 8kb, linesize 16 bytes (2 ways)
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: Primary data cache 4kb, linesize 16 bytes (2 ways)
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: Linux version 2.4.20 (root@omnibook) (gcc version 3.0 20010422 (prerelease) with bcm4710a0 modifications) #24 Mon May 3 20:52:46 MSD 2004
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: Determined physical RAM map:
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: memory: 01000000 @ 00000000 (usable)
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: On node 0 totalpages: 4096
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: zone(0): 4096 pages.
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: zone(1): 0 pages.
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: zone(2): 0 pages.
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: Kernel command line: root=/dev/mtdblock2 noinitrd init=/linuxrc
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: CPU: BCM4710 rev 0 at 125 MHz
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: Calibrating delay loop... 82.94 BogoMIPS
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: Mount-cache hash table entries: 512 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: Buffer-cache hash table entries: 1024 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: Page-cache hash table entries: 4096 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: Checking for 'wait' instruction... unavailable.
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: PCI: Fixing up bus 0
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: PCI: Fixing up bridge
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: PCI: Fixing up bus 1
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: Initializing RT netlink socket
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: Starting kswapd
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.notice klogd: NTFS driver v1.1.22 [Flags: R/O]
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: pty: 256 Unix98 ptys configured
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.notice klogd: Amd/Fujitsu Extended Query Table v1.1 at 0x0040
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.notice klogd: number of CFI chips: 1
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.notice klogd: Flash device: 0x400000 at 0x1fc00000
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.notice klogd: Physically mapped flash: squashfs filesystem found at block 949
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.notice klogd: Creating 5 MTD partitions on "Physically mapped flash":
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.notice klogd: 0x00000000-0x00040000 : "pmon"
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.notice klogd: 0x00040000-0x003e0000 : "linux"
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.notice klogd: 0x000ed760-0x003e0000 : "rootfs"
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.notice klogd: 0x003f0000-0x00400000 : "nvram"
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.notice klogd: 0x003e0000-0x003f0000 : "config"
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: ip_conntrack version 2.1 (128 buckets, 1024 max) - 344 bytes per conntrack
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: ip_conntrack_pptp version 1.9 loaded
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: ip_nat_pptp version 1.5 loaded
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: ip_tables: (C) 2000-2002 Netfilter core team
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: ipt_time loading
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: FAT: bogus logical sector size 51200
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: FAT: bogus logical sector size 51200
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.err klogd: NTFS: Unable to set blocksize 512.
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: VFS: Mounted root (squashfs filesystem) readonly.
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: Warning: unable to open an initial console.
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: Algorithmics/MIPS FPU Emulator v1.5
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: eth0: Broadcom BCM47xx 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Controller 3.50.21.10
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: eth1: Broadcom BCM47xx 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Controller 3.50.21.10
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: PCI: Enabling device 01:01.0 (0004 -> 0006)
    Jan 1 00:00:14 user.warn klogd: eth2: Broadcom BCM43XX 802.11 Wireless Controller 3.50.21.10 (Compiled in . at 20:53:00 on Jan 21 2004)
    Jan 1 00:00:19 user.notice dhcp client: deconfig: lease is lost
    Jan 1 00:00:25 user.warn klogd: lp driver: get device ID
    Jan 1 00:00:25 user.warn klogd: neg fail
    Jan 1 00:00:27 user.warn klogd: lp driver: get device ID
    Jan 1 00:00:27 user.warn klogd: neg fail
    Jan 1 00:00:27 user.warn klogd: neg fail
    Jan 1 00:00:28 user.notice dhcp client: leasefail: lease is lost
    Jan 1 00:00:29 user.warn klogd: Register User Space Key Handler : 560 0
    Jan 1 00:00:32 user.warn klogd: Send signal to : 560
    Jan 1 00:00:32 user.warn klogd: Register User Space Key Handler : 560 560
    Jan 1 00:00:33 user.warn klogd: lp driver: get device ID
    Jan 1 00:00:33 user.warn klogd: neg fail
    Jan 1 00:00:33 user.warn klogd: neg fail
    Jan 1 00:00:39 user.warn klogd: lp driver: get device ID
    Jan 1 00:00:39 user.warn klogd: neg fail
    Jan 1 00:00:39 user.warn klogd: neg fail
    Jan 1 00:00:45 user.warn klogd: lp driver: get device ID
    Jan 1 00:00:45 user.warn klogd: neg fail
    Jan 1 00:00:45 user.warn klogd: neg fail
    Jan 1 00:00:51 user.warn klogd: lp driver: get device ID
    Jan 1 00:00:51 user.warn klogd: neg fail
    Jan 1 00:00:52 user.warn klogd: neg fail
    Jan 1 00:00:58 user.warn klogd: lp driver: get device ID
    Jan 1 00:00:58 user.warn klogd: neg fail
    Jan 1 00:00:58 user.warn klogd: neg fail
    Jan 1 00:01:04 user.warn klogd: lp driver: get device ID
    Jan 1 00:01:04 user.warn klogd: neg fail
    Jan 1 00:01:04 user.warn klogd: neg fail
    Jan 1 00:01:08 user.notice dhcp client: leasefail: lease is lost
    Jan 1 00:01:10 user.warn klogd: lp driver: get device ID
    Jan 1 00:01:10 user.warn klogd: neg fail
    Jan 1 00:01:10 user.warn klogd: neg fail
    Jan 1 00:01:16 user.warn klogd: lp driver: get device ID
    Jan 1 00:01:16 user.warn klogd: neg fail
    Jan 1 00:01:16 user.warn klogd: neg fail

    --

    br0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:90:96:00:00:00
    inet addr:192.168.2.1 Bcast:192.168.2.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
    UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:647 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:1021 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:41469 (40.4 KiB) TX bytes:862940 (842.7 KiB)

    eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:90:96:00:00:00
    UP BROADCAST RUNNING PROMISC MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:647 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:1021 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
    RX bytes:53115 (51.8 KiB) TX bytes:862940 (842.7 KiB)
    Interrupt:3 Base address:0x2000

    eth1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:90:96:00:00:01
    UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:5 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:6 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
    RX bytes:698 (698.0 B) TX bytes:3540 (3.4 KiB)
    Interrupt:4 Base address:0x8000

    eth2 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:90:96:00:00:00
    UP BROADCAST RUNNING PROMISC MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:34 errors:703 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
    RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:13220 (12.9 KiB)
    Interrupt:6 Base address:0x2000

    lo Link encap:Local Loopback
    inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
    UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
    RX packets:55 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:55 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:12150 (11.8 KiB) TX bytes:12150 (11.8 KiB)

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    (also I have an Ethereal trace of the bootup activity which I can send if anyone wants it, it shows the Belkin requesting a DHCP lease, getting one and acknowledging it)

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    Don't know what happened exactly, but seems reset button is wired differently, so wl500g firmware it thinks it's pressed. This can cause reset to default and loosing dhcp settings:
    Code:
    Jan 1 00:00:29 user.warn klogd: Register User Space Key Handler : 560 0
    Jan 1 00:00:32 user.warn klogd: Send signal to : 560
    Jan 1 00:00:32 user.warn klogd: Register User Space Key Handler : 560 560

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    Is there any way to disable the reset button? I tried deleting the insmod line for splink_led in rc.led but that wasn't too successful, the router booted, stayed up for about 10 seconds (I could access the web admin in that time) and then reset (watchdog?)

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    yes, try to remove both splink_led & rc.watchdog

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    Well, I disabled the watchdog as well as removed splink_led from being loaded and it stayed up. But still no luck getting the WAN to work, it definitely is working to some extent because I can see the DHCP packets getting sent back and forth but it never seems to keep the lease (lots of "dhcp client: deconfig: lease is lost" in the logs still.)

    Another thing I tried was setting a manual IP address with no more luck...

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    Another finding - your MAC addresses 00:90:96:00:00:00 and 00:90:96:00:00:01 looks strange for me. Have you tried using different MAC using, i.e. entering your PC MAC to the "MAC Address" field in IP Config | Miscellaneous?
    Also, have you tried static IP address?

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    This is quite strange. I flashed the Asus firmware again today (the one with splink_led and the watchdog disabled) and DHCP on the WAN worked perfectly and the router seems to work fine...

    The Belkin router looks quite promising anyway, it has the USB pins wired out to a connector pad which I hope I can get working.

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    Do you have an internal foto for this router? Especially for USB pads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oleg
    Do you have an internal foto for this router? Especially for USB pads.
    Oleg, please see:
    https://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/oet/f...ive_or_pdf=pdf

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    Hm... This seems to me like another revision, with no -4 i think. This one is not compatible with wl500g (it does use single et port and vlans via admtek switch)... This one is just like wrt54g...

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    Yes, you're right, that is a different revision. I looked inside my Belkin router for the first time and it for a start doesn't have the USB connector pads (which I assumed were there from the FCC document)

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    If you've a chance please make a hi-res picture of the internals, especially around the bcm4702 cpu. Hopefully, I will then try to point you to the parts which is related to USB circuitry.

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    compiled firmware for belkin?

    is it possible for someone to post a compiled custom version 1.7.5.9.5 with splink_led and the watchdog disabled?

    I would like to try this on the belkin f5d72304 (with mini-pci card).
    I don't know how to go about compiling something.
    1.7.5.9.5 works on the belkin. however, I'm not able to set it to client mode.
    everytime it reboots, it does a reset to defaults.

    or can someone post a step by step on how to do this and I'll try it myself.

    thanks
    Last edited by tny; 27-09-2004 at 20:20.

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    Thumbs up Belkin Router

    Did anyone ever get the belkin firmware compiled with the two files removed that kept it thinking the reset was pressed? I just purchased the F5D7230-4 router from staples and would like to try the chupa firmware.

    Thanks!

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    Please be sure, to set boot_wait to on, otherwise you could make your router unusable! Also, does it has anything for firmware restoration? If the answer is no, it's better to leave it as is...

    Try 1.8.1.7-3, it will probably work out of the box (but reset to defaults will not work).
    It's probably also possible to compile "native" firmware for your device, but this requires gathering several details regarding reset button and power led mapping.
    Last edited by Oleg; 19-11-2004 at 20:45.

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