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RouterBOARD Bootloader upgrade

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RouterBOARD bootloader can also be upgraded. There are multiple ways to do it.

From within RouterOS

1. At first, check if you have a routerboard package installed:

[admin@mikrotik] > system package print 
Flags: X - disabled 
 #   NAME                                  VERSION                                  SCHEDULED              
 0   system                                3.25                                                            
 1   hotspot                               3.25                                                            
 2 X routing-test                          3.25                                                            
 3   advanced-tools                        3.25                                                            
 4   wireless                              3.25                                                            
 5   routerboard                           3.25                                                            
 6   dhcp                                  3.25                                                            
 7   ipv6                                  3.25                                                            
 8   routeros-mipsbe                       3.25                                                            
 9   routing                               3.25                                                            

2. Check your RouterBoard Bootloader version. If newer Bootloader version is available you should see that you can upgrade it to a newer version (2.20). New Bootloader versions are included in RouterOS updates, so you need to update your RouterOS version to have the latest Bootloader upgrades available in this menu:

 [admin@MikroTik] > system routerboard pr
       routerboard: yes
             model: "RB433"
     serial-number: "0B8301D92D6C"
  current-firmware: "2.13"
  upgrade-firmware: "2.20"
 [admin@MikroTik] >

3. You can upgrade the Bootloader, using the upgrade command:

 [admin@MikroTik] > system routerboard upgrade
 Do you really want to upgrade firmware? [y/n]   
Choose y and the software will upgrade BIOS, don't restart the router manually - it will be done automatically! When router has rebooted, check the new BIOS version:
 [admin@MikroTik] > system routerboard pr
       routerboard: yes
             model: "RB433"
     serial-number: "0B8301D92D6C"
  current-firmware: "2.13"
  upgrade-firmware: "2.20"
 [admin@MikroTik] >

You can also manually upload the Bootloader upgrade with FTP and issue the same command as described above. This is useful if you are not using the latest RouterOS version, but wish to upgrade the Bootloader. The Bootloader files are available on the RouterBOARD webpage

From within the Bootloader configuration menu

If RouterOS cannot be booted, or is not used at all, you can upgrade via the Xmodem protocol. Connect to the router with a serial cable, and use a program that supports the Xmodem file protofol. In this case it's Hyperterminal (built into Windows up until Vista). All that is needed, is to download the latest Bootloader version for this specific device model from www.routerboard.com and upload it with this dialog box:

Xmodem.png

See also