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  1. I would move this but there doesn't seem a function available to me for that... so as I have asked in an edit of another post, "Can an admin move this to the correct section please" so I don't have to start this post from scratch just because I found the "Questions channel" before I found a specific place to post about Packet Squirrel matters??
  2. Of the three PS I bought, 1 & 3 have upgraded, but 2 is still acting like a tiny brick. Formatting the USB from the device, worked, but never flashed the PS at reboot. Formatting the USB in a Linux system to ext4 never flashed the PS at boot. Formatting the USB in a Win7Pro laptop to NTFS, worked, but wasn't until the third time tried, that it flashed the PS at boot. All tests were performed with the single stick that worked to flash PS #3 initially. My assumption is that the PS simply isn't recognizing the file I was using for some odd reason, the first two times tried on NTFS formatted USB. Why? I can't be sure. Maybe someone else is.
  3. Packet Squirrel (current version) purchased within the last month, but with old firmware, version 3.1 The upgrade file I tried ... from the OpenWRT site, on a brand new, just out-the-wrapper, Packet Squirrel, using sysupgrade. No go. This link is sorted to Hak5 listed products: https://openwrt.org/toh/views/toh_fwdownload?dataflt[0]=supported+current+rel_%3D18.06.4&dataflt[Brand*~]=Hak5 Where I found this and assumed it was a sanctioned version: HAK5 Packet Squirrel 18.06.4 Atheros AR9331 ar71xx generic http://downloads.openwrt.org/releases/18.06.4/targets/ar71xx/generic/openwrt-18.06.4-ar71xx-generic-packet-squirrel-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin http://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/targets/ar71xx/generic/openwrt-ar71xx-generic-packet-squirrel-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin uname -a command on the one that finally upgraded using stock upgrade ROM from here returns: Linux squirrel 4.14.134 #0 Thu Oct 10 18:52:50 2019 mips GNU/Linux It was a good upgrade, but won't re-flash using Packet Squirrel Recovery Firmware from the Hak5 PS downloads page, so I can verify the process, and in turn then try to recover the first PS that won't start after I tried a manual flash from the command-line as I pointed out in the other post/topic I created last night. There seems to be an issue with the USB being recognized, and some posts suggest the workaround of using the new tool, reformat_usb. Using the native tool that creates an ext4 filesystem, reformat_usb, when rebooted in arming mode did not engage the system restore bin file in the USB. Flashing green to a point then some real fast flashes, and finally back to just the LED flashing blue, which seems to mean it has gone straight to a login without being flashed. I login, and find the same version again. Using my known good stick from the several hundred I have here in my lab, I will test each method and report back. Still the question really probably should have been, "Has anybody flashed the current PS hardware with a custom ROM not acquired by direct download from Hak5?" Such as the version available, and stated as being for the PS, from this link http://downloads.openwrt.org/releases/18.06.4/targets/ar71xx/generic/openwrt-18.06.4-ar71xx-generic-packet-squirrel-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin OR, a custom built OpenWRT image based upon Reference Board number from here: https://openwrt.org/docs/guide-user/additional-software/imagebuilder lead me to: https://openwrt.org/docs/guide-developer/imagebuilder_frontends which lead me to: http://imagebuilder.augsburg.freifunk.net/meshkit Looks like a great tool to build and configure, but not worth the time if it won't build installs for the Packet Squirrel.
  4. @Cap_Sig Thanks for your time and reply. Had I looked down further on the page when first I came to the forum, I would have seen that thread, but I first scoped on "Questions", and began to post, in haste... and I have since found the thread you mentioned. Can an admin move this post there? I will try the suggested method from the link you supplied, but have had some troubles with the USB being recognized even in the other two without using the internal USB format command suggested as a workaround in other threads related to the Packet Squirrel. I already tried the method suggested, but I may have been having issues with the USB formatting. The first five times failed on a simple upgrade to 3.2 I will test that one of the others I purchased will flash back to the recovery, then use that stick to attempt the suggested recovery on the PS with starting issues, then report back. Of the 3 that I bought, #3 flashed to the current upgrade available on the website, so seems reasonable to use that one. And... Thanks for the hint about how to edit. I have seen so many interfaces, that it still surprises me when sometimes I still don't know where to find a thing. How do I edit the other items that make up my profile, such as picture, description below my pic, and footer content? I realize that q is entirely out of scope, but it's something else I cannot seem to find. In fact, this time, the edit function wasn't yet available to me.
  5. You didn't answer even once I stated which hardware. I posted the above, then realized that there is no means (couldn't see what wasn't activated for me yet) to edit my post and add what device I was referring to, so I guess that's "my bad" from the start asking this question in the wrong place. Especially once I found that I only get 4 posts per day. I have been building Redhat since the original v6.0 and Mandrake same vintage, in fact got both disks in the mail the some time before Christmas in 1996, which isn't 24 years yet. Can you answer my question, or are we jousting here?
  6. I bought 3 packet squirrels to test with, thinking that I could use the OpenWRT Image Builder to build something custom instead of what comes in it, out of the box, so to speak. Tried the update. Didn't work when I followed the upgrade path detailed in the pages of online documentation. No go. Having tried the USB method, I then tried placing the bin file in /tmp and running the upgrade command directly. No go. So I tried a custom ROM bin file I created using the OpenWRT Image Builder, didn't flash from USB, so I tried the Manual Method, as I did with the stock upgrade bin file currently available for download to the public on the Hak5 downloads page. Just one day old when I downloaded it and I'm thinking this has surely got to work. No go, although it did proceed, as though the sysupgrade command command had been successful. Then the screen went black. The Packet Squirrel only flashes a couple of quick times then goes out, and never has it booted since. Can I get a dev team member to address this, please? No noobs allowed to reply. None of us actually have time for questions to our questions, that aren't a direct answer to the question at hand.
  7. Yes, or no. I have been building Linux systems since 1996, and I don't think my question was answered, directly. So I will make it plain vanilla. Can a custom bin file be installed in the same manner as the stock builds provided by the Hak5 Team? The Open WRT site has a ROM listed for the Packet Squirrel, and the detailed directions there also point to the use of the OpenWRT Image Builder. Can WE use them to build into the current Packet Squirrel??
  8. I tried using the default upgrade process for Packet Squirrel to attempt to install a custom ROM I built using the OpenWRT Image Builder because I found the Reference Board I believe is used by Packet Squirrel within the options to build to using that image builder. Now it won't start at all. A simple flash in the LED when I plug it in is all I get. Did I brick this device?
  9. I have considered creating a custom built ROM for this new Packet Squirrel using the OpenWRT Image Builder, because I want to use StrongSwan instead of OpenVPN. Is upgrading to a custom built image possible, or are we only able to use that which the Hak5 Team has created? If upgrading to custom ROM is possible, what install steps are different from the default upgrade process? Details of what I have tried are below in a follow-up post, now that the edit function is available.
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