Need help with Meraki Flash utility

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Raynentye
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 4:19    Post subject: Need help with Meraki Flash utility Reply with quote
I have downloaded AP-51 EasyFlash, all of the DD-WRT components, but no instruction on how. I've found some instructions but they really don't seem to help me much. I'm a step by step kind of guy.

Here's the link for AP-51



Upon opening it, I have a place to put my Meraki-firmware.bin file, a place to put my kernal file, yet the Meraki doesn't seem to have one? Could someone confirm or deny this?
A box to check to create an Nvram Partition for DD-WRT, a box to check to uncompress load (do I not check this if I don't have a Kernal?), and an Interface drop down which is self explanatory.

Can anyone tell me the proper inputs to enter? Thank you.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 10:37    Post subject: Reply with quote
http://www.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/downloads/beta/MERAKI
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 20:46    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hi Sash. That link doesn't seem to work. But I think I know what you're getting at. If you're talking about the text file in the Meraki section, I don't get it. I need a little bit of help on that. Would the Flash Utility be the Redboot console? That doesn't seem to make sense. It would be greatly appreciated if you would elaborate. Thank you.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 23:42    Post subject: Reply with quote
ok
the correct link is http://www.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/downloads/beta/MERAKI/meraki_flashing.txt

i edited the description in a few points to make it more clear

    1.a get the latest meraki ddwrt version (root.fs and lzma_vmlinus)
    1.a
    setup your local network on your PC to 192.168.84.100
    1.b
    connect your meraki and your pc to a switch

    2.
    connect to at 192.168.84.1 at port 9000 using telnet (or putty) in the first few seconds after plugin power into the meraki mini
    Code:
     telnet 192.168.84.1 -p 9000 192.168.84.1


    3.
    enter the RedBoot console by pressing CTRL+C

    4.
    set up a tftp server. get one from sourceforge.net
    4.a
    copy root.fs and lzma_vmlinus to your tftp server directory

    5.
    configure the RedBoot bootloader IP and TFTP server settings using
    Code:
    ip_address -l [local ip address] -h [remote server address]


    6.
    flash the unit by entering the following commands step by step
    Code:

    RedBoot> fis init
    ..takes some time...
    RedBoot> load -r -v -b 0x80100000 root.fs

    RedBoot> fis create -b 0x80100000 -f 0xA8030000 -l 0x002C0000 -e 0x00000000 rootfs
    ..takes more time...
    RedBoot> load -r -v -b 0x80100000 lzma_vmlinus
    ..takes some time...
    RedBoot> fis create -r 0x80100000 -e 0x80100000 -l 0x000e0000 vmlinux.bin

    RedBoot> fis create -f 0xA83D0000 -l 0x00010000 -n nvram

    then type "fconfig" to configure the start script which must look like
    Code:

    fis load vmlinux.bin
    exec

    then u will have to apply 9 time or something.

    after you configured and saved the redboot config, type "reset" to reboot the unit
    the unit should now boot up and can be reached on the automaticly assigned ip on ethernet (your server or connected router must provide dhcp)
    beside this you may connect with wireless too at ssid "dd-wrt"
    additionally you can reach the meraki mini on the fallback ethernet ip 169.254.255.1

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 0:52    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thank you very much for helping me out.

When I enter:
RedBoot> fis create -b 0x80100000 -f 0xA8030000 -l 0x002C0000 -e 0x00000000 rootfs

The terminal doesn't seem to respond any longer. Should I wait a designated amoutn of time or is there an indication that I should continue the code? Or will it return to the RedBoot> prompt?

I've been using HyperTerminal but Putty seems to be much better! It actually responds to my key strokes. HyperTerminal doesn't.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 1:11    Post subject: Reply with quote
to the fact that the root.fs is a few mb the flashing will take some time.....minutes in fakt....depending on the speed of the flash. be patient.
putty is ok.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 1:20    Post subject: Reply with quote
Would it be easier to use a Serial TTL device?

Ok, but will there be any indication? The terminal seems to have timed out. Do I have to start all over again when the terminal times out?

Again, this is really a huge help! I cannot thank you enough! I know so little but am trying to learn as fast as possible.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 3:06    Post subject: Reply with quote
I go it! Thank you very much Sash! Thank you for all of your patience! Now all I have to do is set it up! This is awesome!

Sash, I really owe you big time!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:03    Post subject: Reply with quote
Raynentye wrote:
Would it be easier to use a Serial TTL device?

serial use makes not difference in the routine and speed!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 2:11    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thank you again Sash.

Well, that makes sense. What would I need the serial connection for? Would it be used to debrick? Or would you still use a JTAG for that?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 20:27    Post subject: Reply with quote
u can use it for debricking or for console stats while its booting so u can see if there were problems.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 21:58    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ok! Thank you!
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