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Opened 8 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

#4735 new enhancement

Make Luci firmware upgrade tool more beginner friendly

Reported by: sysrq@… Owned by: jow
Priority: normal Milestone: Features Paradise
Component: luci Version: Kamikaze trunk
Keywords: luci webfrontend firmware upgrade Cc:

Description

The 8.09 Kamikaze firmware includes a nice and easy to use firmware upgrade tool. Unfortunately new users to openWRT does not know that the upgrade tool needs a TRX, and not a BIN firmware image.

A new user also does not know the difference between a TRX and BIN firmware image. We know the difference:
BIN=TRX+Header
But a new user does not.

Also the download server of openwrt downloads.openwrt.org is not optimal for a new user. For example the firmware for http://downloads.openwrt.org/kamikaze/8.09/brcm-2.4/

Most of the files are .bin files. There is just one .trx file. The probability that a new user will choose a .bin instead of the .trx file is very big.

So there is a problem:
new users will choose a .bin firmware image (with a very high probality)
AND
they will this .bin firmware to flash their router.

So my suggestion:
Add two additional sentences to the website of the firmware upgrade tool. Maybe something like that:
"The Luci firmware upgrade tool need a .trx file, not a .bin file. Please download the .trx which is apropriate for your device. You can download a firmware on downloads.openwrt.org"

This simple sentences will help new users a lot.

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Change History (4)

comment:1 Changed 8 years ago by anonymous

Hi, this is not completely right. In case of x86 platform, you will need the *.image...
best regards, wrt_fan

comment:2 Changed 7 years ago by spudz76

  • Component changed from base system to luci
  • Owner changed from developers to jow
  • Version set to Kamikaze trunk

[patchteam] Reassigning and classifying.

comment:3 Changed 7 years ago by jow

This cannot be solved until OpenWrt implements some common sysupgrade image name across all arches.

comment:4 Changed 3 years ago by anonymous

Until the underlying problem (common image name) is solved, better documentation as the OP suggests, is still an improvement over the status quo.

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