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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:46    Post subject: WRT3200ACM DD-WRT v3.0-r35034 CenturyLink Fiber Reply with quote
REF: https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=300259
https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=318386

An old thread but… help? I have a Linksys flashed with WRT 3200ACM DD-WRT v3.0-r35034 std (02/17/1Cool. Have a Centurylink account, 100mb circuit. Their OAN modem and then their Zyxel 3000Z router.

Have attempted to create the PPPoE connection with the Linksys but no joy. There is obviously more to it given the above thread. As in more tweaking than just issuing the ID and password for the PPPoE account that connects to their OAN modem.

Can anyone point to a more recent ‘how to’ for these components? Would much appreciate. Irks me to either rent their router when I far prefer to insert the Linksys into the mix. Am a neophyte in this but have been able to do some really cool things with DD-WRT. Exceedingly superior community for starters.

I have a Buffalo 600 flashed with DD-WRT that I can tweak as well, to practice a configuration on if need be.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:25    Post subject: Reply with quote
You may wish to consider upgrading. I split your post off the thread you posted to and added reference(s).

https://download1.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/downloads/betas/2020/06-25-2020-r43516/linksys-wrt3200acm/

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:29    Post subject: Reply with quote
kernel-panic69 wrote:
You may wish to consider upgrading. I split your post off the thread you posted to and added reference(s).

https://download1.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/downloads/betas/2020/06-25-2020-r43516/linksys-wrt3200acm/


Thank you for the guidance and course correction. Are you recommending upgrading as it would get that much close to handling a connection to Centurylink's PPOE?

Am always nervous about upgrading leading to bricking a router. But it would be worth the go if it did get closer to the goal.

Thankx very much for your advice.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:35    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'm just wondering if there is an issue with PPPoE in your current build that has since been fixed. You can check the build thread for 43516, I don't recall any bricks. It could be that there may be some other trickery required, but I don't use PPPoE here. Hopefully, someone with that provider can shed some light on the situation. I moved your post because Broadcom and Marvell do not use the same command-line voodoo for anything referenced in those threads... and perhaps someone here can offer more guidance than I can.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:41    Post subject: Reply with quote
kernel-panic69 wrote:
I'm just wondering if there is an issue with PPPoE in your current build that has since been fixed. You can check the build thread for 43516, I don't recall any bricks. It could be that there may be some other trickery required, but I don't use PPPoE here. Hopefully, someone with that provider can shed some light on the situation. I moved your post because Broadcom and Marvell do not use the same command-line voodoo for anything referenced in those threads... and perhaps someone here can offer more guidance than I can.


Tx. I now understand about the missplaced original post.

And yes... hopefully someone may see this and shed more light on Centurylink and PPOE connections.

And yes, will upgrade. I mean, it almost always works, yes? I will cringe of I just tempted the DD-WRT gods.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 19:26    Post subject: Reply with quote
drhiii wrote:
And yes, will upgrade. I mean, it almost always works, yes? I will cringe of I just tempted the DD-WRT gods.

tx

Your router model has dual firmware partitions, and if something goes horribly wrong in the upgrade, it's generally simple to go back to the original build. Reports of people bricking these Linksys/Marvell two-partition routers have been really, really rare.

For insurance, here are a few fairly standard reminders, except for the ALTERNATIVE notes, which contain a bit of my personal experience:
  • Back up your configuration first. (There's only one nvram config memory where all the GUI settings are stored.)

  • Before upgrading, review the Cliff Notes sticky at the top of the Marvell forum. Pay attention to the material on knowing and controlling what partition you are writing, just so that multiple attempts don't overwrite your original build.

  • Before upgrading, review the new-build thread in that forum for the build you plan to use.

  • When an upgrade skips many, many builds (say a year or more), most people advise doing a reset (of the GUI/nvram settings) after upgrading and then carefully re-entering the settings. Some people do this re-entering of settings on every upgrade, even when no long time jump is involved, but I've not found it necessary myself.

  • ALTERNATIVE: Some people will use multiple upgrades in sequence to avoid huge jumps that would require resetting and re-entering everything. Yes, it's hard to know which intermediate steps to use. There are a few dangerous ones. There was a period in the 2nd half of 2019 when some builds were too large for partition 2 but fit OK in partition 1 (on my routers anyway... not sure about yours). Build 40134 and earlier ones and build 40890 and later ones all fit both partitions. People have trouble with 40559, which the Router Database apparently suggests. Builds 40167 and especially 40863 bricked routers. Builds I used here without major issues (some required modest bug workarounds for specific features): 36698 37736 38159 39144 40009 41954 42926.

  • Snap photos of the GUI pages before upgrading. Copying off any text windows beforehand can help also.

  • After upgrading, go through every page of the GUI looking for anomalies. I've had settings mysteriously change or spurious text mysteriously appear in formerly empty text boxes.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 19:58    Post subject: Reply with quote
Brilliant. Thank you for the 'primer'. I have flashed many a DD-WRTs but it is always a sinking feeling when one bricks. Rarely happens. And only once have I not been able to recover. Having other DD-WRT routers here helps as I am just trying to get PPOE to work with Centurylink and use the existing equipment, mine.

Will come at this this eve or tmrw, or shortly, and post the success or recovery experience.

Again, DD-WRT is one of the few places where the community is positive. Speaks to talent and skills for starters.

And for grins, late last eve I thought I would take a look at existing iptables and brought the network down for about 30 secs. The missus was like, not again. We'd lost CL link for 5 days due to a lightning strike close by. This time the strike was me.


SurprisedItWorks wrote:
drhiii wrote:
And yes, will upgrade. I mean, it almost always works, yes? I will cringe of I just tempted the DD-WRT gods.

tx

Your router model has dual firmware partitions, and if something goes horribly wrong in the upgrade, it's generally simple to go back to the original build. Reports of people bricking these Linksys/Marvell two-partition routers have been really, really rare.

For insurance, here are a few fairly standard reminders, except for the ALTERNATIVE notes, which contain a bit of my personal experience:
  • Back up your configuration first. (There's only one nvram config memory where all the GUI settings are stored.)

  • Before upgrading, review the Cliff Notes sticky at the top of the Marvell forum. Pay attention to the material on knowing and controlling what partition you are writing, just so that multiple attempts don't overwrite your original build.

  • Before upgrading, review the new-build thread in that forum for the build you plan to use.

  • When an upgrade skips many, many builds (say a year or more), most people advise doing a reset (of the GUI/nvram settings) after upgrading and then carefully re-entering the settings. Some people do this re-entering of settings on every upgrade, even when no long time jump is involved, but I've not found it necessary myself.

  • ALTERNATIVE: Some people will use multiple upgrades in sequence to avoid huge jumps that would require resetting and re-entering everything. Yes, it's hard to know which intermediate steps to use. There are a few dangerous ones. There was a period in the 2nd half of 2019 when some builds were too large for partition 2 but fit OK in partition 1 (on my routers anyway... not sure about yours). Build 40134 and earlier ones and build 40890 and later ones all fit both partitions. People have trouble with 40559, which the Router Database apparently suggests. Builds 40167 and especially 40863 bricked routers. Builds I used here without major issues (some required modest bug workarounds for specific features): 36698 37736 38159 39144 40009 41954 42926.

  • Snap photos of the GUI pages before upgrading. Copying off any text windows beforehand can help also.

  • After upgrading, go through every page of the GUI looking for anomalies. I've had settings mysteriously change or spurious text mysteriously appear in formerly empty text boxes.
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