How to install X86_64 with USB stick into Protectli FW2B ?

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Richie79
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 19:45    Post subject: How to install X86_64 with USB stick into Protectli FW2B ? Reply with quote
Hi guys, I've just bought Protectli FW2B baremetal router and I would like to install DD-WRT X86_64 version into it via USB stick. I've been using DD-WRT before for couple of years e.g. in Linksys router, so I'm comfortable using it.

Is it possible to write the DD-WRT image file in bootable format into USB stick and then initiate the installation via USB in Protectli? Or is the only way to install X86_64 version by writing the image directly into Protectli's M2 SSD?

I tried to write the DD-WRT .image file into USB via Rufus, Etcher and Physdiskwrite in Windows and Etcher in Linux, but with no success: Etcher doesn't recognize the file format (.image), Rufus is able to write it, but unable to the write partition table (e.g. MBR) and Physdiskwrite fails to do anything. I guess the .image format is not an ISO file or similar to .img format. I'm going to try to use the dd utility in Linux next. Thanks!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 19:58    Post subject: Reply with quote
I couldn't find anything hardware specific, but. I'm absolutely positive that you STFW for this.

https://wiki.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/X86

https://wiki.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Index:FAQ

https://wiki.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/PC-Engines

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Richie79
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 20:36    Post subject: Reply with quote
kernel-panic69 wrote:
I couldn't find anything hardware specific, but. I'm absolutely positive that you STFW for this.

https://wiki.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/X86

https://wiki.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Index:FAQ

https://wiki.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/PC-Engines


Thanks @kernel-panic69. I appreciate your effort, but you guessed correctly: I've already browsed through those sites with no luck. Thanks anyway!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 21:45    Post subject: Reply with quote
Physdiskwrite. If you do a little digging, you will realize you can use it to write to USB drives.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 21:42    Post subject: SOLVED Reply with quote
I got it installed! I had to practice bit of out-of-the-box-thinking, but here's how I did it.

First I copied the DD-WRT x86_64 image into a USB stick.

Then with Balena Etcher I wrote what-ever-Linux-live-CD-distro (Ubuntu 20.4 in my case) into another USB stick and booted my Protectli router from that live CD USB stick.

While in Ubuntu I used "lshw -c disk" command to found out the logical path of my Protectli router's disk drive (M2 SSD). It was /dev/sda.

Then I navigated to the folder where the DD-WRT image file was located (the USB stick) and used the "dd" command to write the DD-WRT image directly into my Protectli router's disk drive: dd if=dd-wrt_x64_public_vga.image of=/dev/sda

After that I shutdown my router, removed both USB sticks and re-started my Protectli. Voilà! It worked fine and booted straight into DD-WRT console.
Next step is configuring it. Thanks for reading, I hope this helps someone else too! Very Happy
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