To accomplish a firmware upgrade you will need the following software elements (it is assumed that you are using a standard
PC running Windows 9x or similar):
1. The latest firmware file for upload. Contact Solwise direct or your dealer for this file. DO NOT GO TO THE ASUS
SITE FOR THIS. Solwise have their own, special firmware for UK use. You cannot get this from the Asus site.
2. A terminal programme such as Windows HyperTerminal.
3. A BOOTP server programme such as Weird Solutions' BOOTP Server95: see
4. A TFTP server programme such as Cisco TFTP Server: see
5. You must have TCP/IP installed on your PC and ensure that your PC is setup on the same IP segment as your router.
e.g. if your router is 192.168.1.1 with mask 255.255.255.0 then your PC must also have an address starting
You will also need a 9-pin to 9-pin serial lead. Your dealer should be able to supply you with a suitable cable.
5.1.1. Setup BOOTP
Then select Boot file on the 'Available options' list and click on '>>' to transfer this to the 'Configured options' then click on
the 'Boot file' entry to highlight it and then on Edit to change it's Value:
Enter the name of your firmware file e.g. uk-solwise.hex. Don't include any drive or directory in the name. Then click on OK.
Then select IP Boot file on the 'Available options' list and click on '>>' to transfer this to the 'Configured options' then click
on the 'IP file' entry to highlight it and then on Edit to change it's Value:
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With the router switched off connect it to the com
port of your PC and run HyperTerminal (or similar)
as per the instructions given in the full user guide but
don't switch your router on yet.
Next run BOOTP and goto the
Service/Properties/Clients setup screen:
On this setup screen select <no template> then click
on New to enter a new hardware address:
Enter the 12 digit MAC address of your router as
given on the underside of the router case. The click