Flash from ExpressVPN to DD-WRT?

Post new topic   Reply to topic    DD-WRT Forum Index -> Marvell MVEBU based Hardware (WRT1900AC etc.)
Author Message
o2bad455
DD-WRT User


Joined: 08 Oct 2015
Posts: 229

PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2022 3:34    Post subject: Flash from ExpressVPN to DD-WRT? Reply with quote
A Linksys WRT3200ACM has two different versions of ExpressVPN firmware in its two boot partitions. Although years apart, both versions of the ExpressVPN firmware seem to be different customizations of the same DD-WRT r42366 small. But the very limited ExpressVPN GUI expects an IMG firmware file rather than a BIN firmware file for update, which seems more like stock Linksys than DD-WRT. Should we attempt to flash pure DD-WRT from there?

We also can't figure out how to get the DD-WRT GUI to show... Did ExpressVPN remove it?

We've enabled SSH and can open a Putty session, so we can at least bypass the ExpressVPN GUI. But which DD-WRT firmware image should we try to flash, Factory-to-DD-WRT or the normal DD-WRT (both BIN files)?

Or should we instead be asking ExpressVPN if it's safe to revert back to stock Linksys firmware (an IMG file) from their GUI, so we can then proceed to the latest DD-WRT build?

Code:

ExpressVPN version 3.6.1.9779

login as: root
Pre-authentication banner message from server:
| DD-WRT v3.0-r42366 small (c) 2020 NewMedia-NET GmbH
| Release: 02/04/22
| Board: Linksys WRT3200ACM
End of banner message from server
root@192.168.132.1's password:
==========================================================

     ___  ___     _      _____  ______       ____  ___
    / _ \/ _ \___| | /| / / _ \/_  __/ _  __|_  / / _ \
   / // / // /___/ |/ |/ / , _/ / /   | |/ //_ <_/ // /
  /____/____/    |__/|__/_/|_| /_/    |___/____(_)___/

                       DD-WRT v3.0
                   http://www.dd-wrt.com

_________________
My DD-WRT Routers:
Linksys WRT3200ACM - Marvell
Linksys WRT1900ACS - Marvell
Netgear R9000 - Atheros
Netgear R7000 - Broadcom
PC x86-64 VM - Atheros
Sponsor
kernel-panic69
DD-WRT Guru


Joined: 08 May 2018
Posts: 13161
Location: Texas, USA

PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2022 7:26    Post subject: Reply with quote
I was looking for any hints of anyone who has flashed a Marvell via CLI to get the right steps down as it is not in the sticky, but I would think you could CLI flash from their firmware instead of having to revert to stock or gamble with the factory-to-ddwrt.bin file. Don't know why ExpressVPN wants to lock out returning to DD-WRT proper other than to keep you stuck on their firmware.

WRT3200acm flash from expressvpn to DD-WRT

_________________
"Life is but a fleeting moment, a vapor that vanishes quickly; All is vanity"
Contribute To DD-WRT
Pogo - A minimal level of ability is expected and needed...
At some point, people just get plain tired of this place.
Because they are tired of bottom-feeders and the same old hat.

----------------------
Linux User #377467 counter.li.org / linuxcounter.net
o2bad455
DD-WRT User


Joined: 08 Oct 2015
Posts: 229

PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2022 13:59    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks KP! CLI flash direct to full DD-WRT sounds reasonable under the circumstances. I'll probably try the following from the latest ExpressVPN SSH CLI and post up if I have any issues or corrections:

Code:

cd /tmp

ubootenv get boot_part

curl https://download1.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/downloads/betas/2022/08-03-2022-r49626/linksys-wrt3200acm/ddwrt-linksys-wrt3200acm-webflash.bin -o webflash-ACM.bin

write webflash-ACM.bin linux &

reboot

_________________
My DD-WRT Routers:
Linksys WRT3200ACM - Marvell
Linksys WRT1900ACS - Marvell
Netgear R9000 - Atheros
Netgear R7000 - Broadcom
PC x86-64 VM - Atheros
Display posts from previous:    Page 1 of 1
Post new topic   Reply to topic    DD-WRT Forum Index -> Marvell MVEBU based Hardware (WRT1900AC etc.) All times are GMT

Navigation

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You cannot download files in this forum