[NOT SUPPORTED] DD-WRT on Mikrotik RB260GSP?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2024 18:48    Post subject: [NOT SUPPORTED] DD-WRT on Mikrotik RB260GSP? Reply with quote
Hey dear all! Hopefully, some of you have some experience with this, because I'm very... noob to this.
Here's what I try to do:
I'm trying to install DD-WRT on a Mikrotik RB260GSP, that's based on a CSS106 chip. Software version of SwitchOS is 2.16.

I think I well researched my problem on the dd-wrt website, wiki and forum and nothing came of it.

After referencing both the Router database and the list of compatible routers (and also trying to make sense of the many FAQs, one of which told me explicitly NOT to use the Router Database??? - why have it, then?) I downloaded several images from this page:

https://dd-wrt.com/support/router-database/?model=RB2xx_-
(Link might not work for some reason...)

After flashing the Router, the normal Mikrotik webinterface shows.... not the DD-WRT interface...

All that changes is the version: from 2.16 to 2.7p! Downgrading back to the original 2.16 works like a charm, but none of the images I've tried have worked...

I can't find any documentation on this, neither on the dd-wrt forums, wiki or on Mikrotiks forums... this model seems to be rather exotic...?

One thing I am guessing is that, as the CSS106 chip of this router is x86 compatible, maybe one of the x86 images could work? maybe?

I would very much appreciate any help or advice you can give.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2024 19:21    Post subject: Reply with quote
The router has a 50Mhz RISC processor (Taifatech TF470)
It has nothing in common with the supported x86 router boards.

RB200/RB230
https://aukro.cz/mikrotik-routerboard-rb230-6994554470

And the supported boards have a slot for a CompactFlash card and the x86 version of DD-WRT must be written directly to this card and is not installed via the web interface.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2024 0:49    Post subject: Reply with quote
Not even enough flash space to flash a micro image. A little bit of research would've avoided a lot of hassle.

https://wikidevi.wi-cat.ru/MikroTik_RB260GSP

router database wrote:
Code:
Mikrotik RB2xx - (requires activation)
Router details              Additional information
Chipset   Geode SC1100      writing image via physdiskwrite to cf

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2024 2:29    Post subject: Reply with quote
kernel-panic69 wrote:
Not even enough flash space to flash a micro image. A little bit of research would've avoided a lot of hassle.

Not even enough even for MS-DOS. In the words of Bill Gates "640K ought to be enough for anybody." Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2024 3:33    Post subject: Reply with quote
640K and a CGM (Crappy Green Monitor).
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2024 3:41    Post subject: Reply with quote
Oh GAWD! Yep, those too. lol One of the reasons I chose to go with the Amiga way back then. Low res, but at least it had 4096 colors in HAM mode. (16 colors in HiRes) Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2024 19:45    Post subject: Reply with quote
kernel-panic69 wrote:
Not even enough flash space to flash a micro image. A little bit of research would've avoided a lot of hassle.


Well, thank you very much for a very clear case of Hindsight 20/20 - to both you and all the honorable experts who answered here!! Idea

It's quite obvious now - I just, for some reason, based my purchase on the simple fact, that the Mikrotik RB2xxx devices are listed in both the List for compatible devices AND the Router Download page...

The now very obvious fact of lacking memory has eluded both me and a (otherwise very tech-savvy!) friend of mine. We both feel a bit stupid now. Well. Back to Amazon it goes...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2024 21:15    Post subject: Reply with quote
I don't need Wifi, so the Mikrotik routers seem to be a nice pick!
What do you think about this one here:
Mikrotik RB750Gr3
or even the Mikrotik RB760iGS?? It seems to tick all the boxes...
  • 880 MHz Dual Core
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 16 MB of Flash - although this seems to be very close to a No Go?? Question
  • Card slot - for SD though
For a reason i cannot yet see, the listed compatible Mikrotik routers do not include the company's RB7xxx line - but the ones listed as compatible (RB600, RB800 & RB1000) are all discontinued!!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2024 0:40    Post subject: Reply with quote
Nobody has donated any other Mikrotik products other than the ones currently supported, most likely...
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2024 19:48    Post subject: Reply with quote
kernel-panic69 wrote:
Nobody has donated any other Mikrotik products other than the ones currently supported, most likely...


Oh... ok, I just was made aware, that all testing on potential new, compatible devices is donation based! Oh dear...

Right now, I sadly don't have the funds to provide something like a test device to the community.
But, for the sake of the argument, bear with me for a second:

the Mikrotik "hEX S" (RB760iGS) is rocking a MediaTek MT7621A CPU, 16MB of Flash and 256MB of RAM, same as at about 15 other supported devices! And quite a few of the D-Link devices also have 16MB/256MB of memory.

Question So, shouldn't it be at least theoretically be possible to install DD-WRT on it? Question
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2024 19:53    Post subject: Reply with quote
I think you would be far ahead to just look for a micro x86-64 PC that you can customize. I would not use anything that required a Compact Flash card these days. Old and slow!
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- Linksys EA8500: WDS Station x2 - r56941
- Netgear R6400v2: WAP/VAP 2.4ghz only w/VLANs over single trunk port. r56820
- Netgear R7800 (WDS-AP, WAP/VAP) - r56820: Features in use: multiple VLANs over single trunk port
- Linksys MR7350: Testing r56941
- Linksys Velop WHW03v1 x2: OpenWRT w/GRETAP tunnel for VLANs on VAPs
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2024 0:28    Post subject: Reply with quote
DerHope wrote:
the Mikrotik "hEX S" (RB760iGS) is rocking a MediaTek MT7621A CPU, 16MB of Flash and 256MB of RAM, same as at about 15 other supported devices! And quite a few of the D-Link devices also have 16MB/256MB of memory.

Question So, shouldn't it be at least theoretically be possible to install DD-WRT on it? Question

Theoretically possible, but I wouldn't attempt any hacky method to install DD-WRT. Officially supported firmware image port is the ideal way to go. Unofficial support methods tend to end badly if the device bricks. I still have a couple of devices in inventory that I still need to resurrect from the unofficial support grave.

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