Trying to understand the naming convention of beta releases

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lms78
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 16:25    Post subject: Trying to understand the naming convention of beta releases Reply with quote
Hi,

I am new to using DD-WRT but am planning on buying a Linksys E1200 to try and install it on.

I have read the installation page, the peacock thread and the Linksys E1200 v2 wiki page.

The latter says that I should install a specific version to which it provides a link for the initial flash from the OEM firmware and then that I should "Download an nv64k Upgrade build: K3X is recommended"

I'm not too sure what that means.

Having done various other searching around the subject, I found a youtube video that suggested I use:

dd-wrt.v24-19519_NEWD-2_k3.x_mega-nv64k.bin

But in the comments, somebody said it is out of date and to "learn the file structure and follow it on the main website to get to the right up to date one." But I don't know what that means.

I have also seen a suggestion on this forum to use:

ftp://ftp.dd-wrt.com/betas/2016/04-25-2016-r29519/broadcom_K3X/dd-wrt.v24-29519_NEWD-2_K3.x_mega-nv64k.bin

But that is from nearly 2 years ago, so I'm not sure if that is still correct.

Please could somebody point me towards the correct version, and ideally explain how I should have been able to work this out (so that I can know if/when future updated versions are available).

Thanks in advance

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 16:43    Post subject: Reply with quote
I presume you meant a v2 if you are talking about K3.x builds?

https://wiki.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Linksys_E1200

https://wiki.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Linksys_E1200v2

https://download1.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/downloads/betas/2020/

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 16:50    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks for such a quick response!

I was meaning a v2 as you assumed.

I had read the wiki page you quote and had also found the beta downloads page, but if I go to the latest one, there is no link for a linksys E1200.

Do I have to manually go back through each release to see if there is one for linksys E1200? I started that process, but couldn't see one.

Sorry if I'm being really stupid!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 18:02    Post subject: Reply with quote
The files you need will be under the broadcom_K26/ or broadcom_K3X/ folders. The wikis could stand to be a little more specific, perhaps.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 19:08    Post subject: Reply with quote
Excellent, thank you so much!

So, I can use dd-wrt.v24-44406_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini-e1200v2.bin for the initial flash rather than the version I referred to above?

And then dd-wrt.v24-44406_NEWD-2_K2.6_mega-nv64k.bin for the upgrade?

Going forward, how often would you recommend upgrading? I appreciate, the more often the better, but it looks like updates come literally every week.

Thanks again for your help, much appreciated.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:27    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hopefully, that will not have caveats. I don't have this router to know for certain about initial flash images being broken or not, but if you can upgrade to K3.x, that would be ideal. There is several posts I have made about my recommended install to current release upgrade path for Broadcom MIPS, just search my posts.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2020 18:44    Post subject: Reply with quote
Sorry, last question I promise....

As you pointed out, in my previous post I should have quoted a k3.x build.

I have now gone to what I believe to be the right location but I am unsure between two files:

Do I go for the one that sounds specific to the router:

dd-wrt.v24-44406_NEWD-2_K3.x_mega-e1200v2.bin

or the one with nv64k in the name:

dd-wrt.v24-44406_NEWD-2_K3.x_mega-nv64k.bin

as the E1200 wiki page says "WARNING: only use nv64k builds. Don't confuse this with other Linksys E-Series units use nv60k builds"

Sorry for so many questions, but I'm all but ready to go. Without your help I don't think I'd have had the confidence, so thank you again.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2020 18:53    Post subject: Reply with quote
Use the one with your routers name in it.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:06    Post subject: Reply with quote
any xxxxNEWD-2_K3.x_mega-nv64k.bin is also good to install on the E1200v2 if you already have DD-WRT on it
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