Upgrade OpenWrt Router to the latest firmware

It is almost one year since I start to use OpenWrt router OS.  I have two installations in our house.  One is on my Buffalo  WZR-HP-G300NH2 router. The other one is a Virtual Machine or VM of my Dell R710 Blade Server.

They are both version v19.07.4. I checked the official OpenWrt website and looked at the latest version.

Buffalo  WZR-HP-G300NH2

The latest version is v19.07.8. So it is just a small version upgrade from 19.07.4. Quite a small difference between them.

Enter the model number into the hardware table and located the download link.

https://openwrt.org/toh/views/toh_fwdownload?dataflt%5BModel*%7E%5D=WZR-HP-G300NH2

The updated firmware is openwrt-19.07.8-ar71xx-generic-wzr-hp-g300nh2-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin,  4033KB.

The upgrade is very simple.  Follow the official guide here.

Before doing the upgrade, I backup all the stuff first.

  1. Log in to the web interface and in the System → Backup/Flash Firmware menu, go to the “Flash new firmware image” section.
  2. Click the “Flash image” button and click “Browse…” button on the popup layer, select the firmware Image downloaded above. Click “Upload” to upload it.
  3. After the upload completes, Check the SHA256 hash to make sure the file is good to go.
  4. Keep the “Keep settings” checkbox, Click “Proceed”. This starts the “System – Flashing …” along with a spinning wheel and “Waiting for changes to be applied…”

It took me a few minutes to finish the upgrade.

After that, I log in to the web interface again and check the version.

Soft Router of VM

It is a VM, on my Dell 710 server.

First step. I upgrade it from 19.07.4 to the latest 19.07.8.  Then, upgrade to 21.02.0.

You can download the files from the official download page.

  • https://downloads.openwrt.org/releases/19.07.8/targets/x86/64/
  • https://downloads.openwrt.org/releases/21.02.0/targets/x86/64/

The v21.02.0 download page.

When I first install the soft router, I used a combined squashfs image. So I use the same format file.

There are a lot of changes from v19 to v21. Some setup has problem to upgrade to v21.02.

Let me list the main changes on V21.02.0

  • WPA3 support
  • TLS and HTTPS support
  • Initial DSA support
  • Minimum hardware requirements: 8MB flash, 64MB RAM
  • New network configuration syntax and board.json change
  • New hardware targets: realtek, bcm4908, rockchip
  • Dropped hardware targets: ar71xx
  • ASLR activated
  • Kernel with container support
  • SELinux support
  • Core components update

After upgrade to 21.02, when I click some admin config page, the system prompts me some changes and some updates.

 

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