diary at Telent Netowrks

Nix wrought#

Tue, 03 Sep 2019 22:00:29 +0000

Time from unboxing new GL.iNet GL-MT300N-V2 to an ssh-able NixWRT installation: 30 minutes. Though admittedly this does not include the actual firmware build time itself as I did that bit yesterday when I ordered the box.

I lost the CPU for my backup server somewhere when we moved - I still have the disk, just not the bit that makes it go. Probably it's in a box I haven't unpacked yet, but anyway. Having generated much new "content" over the past few days - I've now scanned something over 500 pieces of paper into my paperless archive - it becomes somewhat more pressing to get the automated backup service running again.

  1. make the image
  2. find some scissors, open the box
  3. plug the device LAN port into my laptop and configure it to use a different RFC1918 address than the one it came with (which conflicts with the LAN here)
  4. upload the firmware.bin using the gl.inet web router admin page
  5. wait
  6. why is it not showing up on the LAN?
  7. wait
  8. ah yes, because it's still plugged into my laptop. Try plugging it into a LAN switch instead
  9. odds bodikins, I can ssh into it!

So, 30 minutes, would have been quicker if I weren't an idiot at step 6. To say I am mildly stoked this went so smoothly would be an understatement.

There are a couple of niggles: I need to rebuild the image because I forgot to update the name of the syslog host and I think I have probably also forgotten to put a real password on the rsync service. But both those are (or should be) simple fices.