RouterBOARD Bootloader upgrade

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

From within RouterOS

If you have a RouterBoard, upgrade the BIOS firmware

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

[admin@MikroTik] > system package print
# NAME               VERSION    BUILD-TIME            UNINSTALL
0 routeros-rb500     2.9.8     nov/15/2005 12:37:04   no
1 system             2.9.8     nov/15/2005 12:29:08   no
2 advanced-tools     2.9.8     nov/15/2005 12:29:18   no
3 ntp                2.9.8     nov/15/2005 12:35:50   no
4 hotspot            2.9.8     nov/15/2005 12:30:39   no
5 routing            2.9.8     nov/15/2005 12:30:24   no
6 dhcp               2.9.8     nov/15/2005 12:29:47   no
7 security           2.9.8     nov/15/2005 12:29:44   no
8 ppp                2.9.8     nov/15/2005 12:30:19   no
9 wireless           2.9.8     nov/15/2005 12:32:26   no
10 routerboard       2.9.8     nov/15/2005 12:36:07   no
[admin@MikroTik] >

2. Check your RouterBoard BIOS version. If newer BIOS firmware version is available you should see that you can upgrade it to a newer version (1.5):

[admin@MikroTik] > system routerboard pr
      routerboard: yes
            model: "532A"
    serial-number: "0B8301D92D6C"
 current-firmware: "1.4"
 upgrade-firmware: "1.5"
[admin@MikroTik] >

3. You can upgrade the BIOS version, 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: "532A"
    serial-number: "0B8301D92D6C"
 current-firmware: "1.5"
 upgrade-firmware: "1.5"
[admin@MikroTik] >

If RouterOS is not upgraded

You can also manually upload the FWF Bootloader upgrade via FTP and issue the same command as described above. The Bootloader files are available on

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 MS Windows up until Vista). All that is needed, is to download the latest Bootloader version for this specific device model from and upload it with this dialog box:


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