Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:42 Post subject: WRT1900AC V2 - how to switch to DDWRT partition
I've been scouring the forum for 3 hours trying to find this answer. Obviously, I'm not looking in the right place or using the right search terms.
I followed the instructions to install DDWRT on my router and do get a "successfully installed" message the end. But when the router reboots it's right back at the Linksys GUI,not DDWRT. Any forum threads I've seen so far didn't help me figure out how to switch to the other partition, presumabley where DDWRT installed to.
I've tried turning off/on the router 3 times, like one thread said to boot to the other partition, no luck.
Tried putty to get in to use the set command but putty won't connect.
If it helps someone, I've attached a sysinfo.cfg that I managed to extract from the router. Is there some place in there that tells me that DDWRT is actually installed on the other partition?
If you're doing the factory to dd-wrt, you have to use an older version. try the 1st build from this year. That's been the successful factory to ddwrt i've used. once you have that on the router you can flash it to whatever current build.
Late last night I was able to get it installed. I'm not sure why it worked, honestly my eyes were half closed but what I recall is that I reset the router back to factory, loaded KONG's bin, rebooted and loaded r40134 (which I read is a stable version).
I think I tried loading DDWRT images at least 30 different ways, but however subtlety different this way was made the difference. If I wasn't so tired I might have remembered the difference. Regardless, it works and I'll take it.
You using the KONG build was basically doing the same thing I mentioned of using an older build to go from the stock linksys to ddwrt. KONG hasn't released a new build for the WRT AC in well over a year and is not supporting the WRT AC routers any longer.
Basically my understanding is there is an issue with the size of the factory to ddwrt bin files in current builds. It is too big and the linksys firmware will not accept it. So using an older build that is smaller will successfully flash, then you upgrade to a current build.
actually before the KONG build, I did try an older ddwrt from Jan 2018 I believe because it was 30k and that didn't work. I had tried the KONG build before without success so I think it had something to do with actually loading the DDWRT from a clean factory reset instead of configuring the router first (after reset) and trying to load it then. Not sure, it was late and I'd tried so many things.