Need help installing dd-wrt for a ZTE MIFI

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drvnprgrmr
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 11:14    Post subject: Need help installing dd-wrt for a ZTE MIFI Reply with quote
Sorry in advance if this post is ill-formatted. I don't use forums too often and I'm not sure I'm much of a good writer.
I'm also sorry if this post is in the wrong place. Please correct me wherever I'm wrong. Thanks

Hi! I'm new to this whole custom firmware for embedded devices thing. I have some experience with linux and programming in general though, and I recently learned that there was actually an os running routers. I am using a ZTE MIFI.

My goal is to monitor the bandwidth usage in detail of all devices connected to the mifi and store logs of them. I'm willing to use an sdcard for storing the logs. My original train of thought was to see if I could modify the original firmware and add a new "view/tab" that contains the info I seek probably using an API of some sort and programming logic.

After doing some searches online, I'm not sure I found a single article talking about custom firmware's for MIFI's (they are like small portable routers). I want to ask if my task is at all possible and if so the route I need to take to be successful; how to backup the current firmware; how to unbrick in the case it happens (...and it just might) and all other things I need to know.

Thanks in advance!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 12:46    Post subject: Reply with quote
not supported
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2022 17:05    Post subject: Reply with quote
hebeda wrote:
not supported


Is that really all there is?
What of the suggestion I made of editing the source code?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2022 17:39    Post subject: Reply with quote
There does not seem to be any hardware information on this device, you have provided nothing, and normally, device support requires a hardware donation and waiting until the lead developer is in the mood to work on it. Porting a device requires specific information...
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2022 23:13    Post subject: Reply with quote
This is the device homepage: https://ztedevices.com/en-sa/zte-mf927u/

This is a link to some source code of zte products:
https://opensource.ztedevices.com/


Other than these, I don't know how to get more info about the device.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2022 2:13    Post subject: Reply with quote
Crack it open and take hi-resolution pics?

Apparently, the ZTE site does not offer an all-inclusive development source code tree archive.

This is why there is a reason that a hardware donation is the preferred method of support request and why not many of these type of devices have been added to the supported devices list.

Also to note, that if this is a RealTek SoC device, it will never see support:

https://wiki.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Known_incompatible_devices

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2022 12:37    Post subject: Reply with quote
Sorry the pictures aren't ready yet. I succeeded in opening up the device but my phone can't seem to capture the tiny text written on the chips.

Should I send the pictures that way or maybe I can send the pictures; label them; and write what's written on the chips.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2022 20:51    Post subject: Reply with quote
Zoom function of camera on phone or magnifying glass may be of help? Posting them in the forum will suffice.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2022 5:37    Post subject: Reply with quote
drvnprgrmr wrote:

What of the suggestion I made of editing the source code?


In order to do that you first need to have the complete source code for MF927u, something I don't think you have or will ever get because it is ZTE proprietary code and afaik it is not even available under NDA.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2022 21:39    Post subject: Reply with quote
Sorry for the late response.

The first picture is attached to this post (FYI it is not super clear) :

What's written on them
I
ZXIC
ZX234296
248 OR

II
HS8443-I9
F08JKLM
M072030

III
HS816-31
I38JTHM
M234006

IV
ZXIC (That's the only thing I could make out but it's similar to I)

V
All I could make out was an image that looked like a crab.
After a bit of research I think it's a chip from RealTek[img][/img][img][/img]



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drvnprgrmr
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2022 21:43    Post subject: Reply with quote
I
ZXIC
729752073
TCN55.00
2124
SJA4DDD

II
GigaDevice
FP2127
5F1GQ4RB9IG
HHQ478

PS: I might be wrong on some of the digits/letters (they were very tiny)



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