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The RouterStation Pro is an Atheros AR7161 MIPS.v2-based board. Geared towards networking applications, it has all of the usual features as well as three type IIIA mini-PCI slots and an on-board 3-port 10/100/1000 Ethernet switch, in addition to the 10/100/1000 Ethernet WAN port which supports Power-over-Ethernet.

Architecture: MIPS.v2, BigEndian
Vendor: Atheros
Bootloader: RedBoot
System-On-Chip: Atheros MIPS 24K
CPU Speed: 680 Mhz
Flash size: 16 MiB
Wireless: 3x 32-bit Mini-PCI slots (None included)
Switch: Ethernet Phy switch, ADMTEK "Infineon" ADM6996FC
Ethernet ports: 3x 10/100 BASE-TX (Cat. 5, RJ-45) Ethernet Interface with PoE on WAN
USB: Yes v2.0
Serial: Yes

Boot Process

The RouterStation uses RedBoot as its boot loader. In the default configuration (shipping as of December 2008), a basic Linux kernel and BusyBox userspace is loaded from flash. The RedBoot boot sequence can be interrupted and a kernel loaded via TFTP instead.

RedBoot uses the WAN port for its network interface.

Once the system is booted, login with username/password ubnt to access the shell.

memory layout

Board: Ubiquiti RouterStation PRO
 Arch: ar7100pro
  RAM: 0x80000000-0x88000000, [0x8003bf00-0x87fe1000] available
Flash: 0xbf000000-0xc0000000, in 256 blocks of 0x00010000 bytes each



load -r -b 0x80040000 -h gentoo-ubiquiti

linux kernel

expected lzma compressed kernel ( -d means decompress )

RedBoot> cache off
RedBoot> fis load -d -e kernel
RedBoot> go

i am integrating to mips-v2 ar71xx, a lot of patches to be committed




an idea to install openWrt

Setup instructions

You will need the following:

  • A serial cable - female to female (or female to male + gender changer). The cable must be straight through, *not* a null modem cable.
  • USB flash drive or hard disk that is able to be powered from the board's USB port.
  • tftp server installed on your workstation.


The following instructions assume that /dev/sdb corresponds to the USB disk when it is plugged into your workstation. If this is not the case in your setup, please be careful to substitute the correct device name in all commands where appropriate.

   Build an image using "routerstationpro" as the MACHINE. For example, you can build core-image-minimal.
   Partition the USB drive so that primary partition 1 is type Linux (83). Minimum size depends on your root image size - core-image-minimal probably only needs 8-16MB, while other images will need more.# fdisk /dev/sdb
   Command (m for help): pDisk /dev/sdb: 4011 MB, 4011491328 bytes
   124 heads, 62 sectors/track, 1019 cylinders, total 7834944 sectors
   Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
   Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
   I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
   Disk identifier: 0x0009e87dDevice Boot Start End Blocks Id System
   /dev/sdb1 62 1952751 976345 83 Linux
   Format partition 1 on the USB as ext3# mke2fs -j /dev/sdb1
   Mount partition 1 and then extract the contents of tmp/deploy/images/core-image-XXXX.tar.bz2 into it (preserving permissions).# mount /dev/sdb1 /media/sdb1
   # cd /media/sdb1
   # tar -xvjpf tmp/deploy/images/core-image-XXXX.tar.bz2
   Unmount the USB drive and then plug it into the board's USB port
   Connect the board's serial port to your workstation and then start up your favourite serial terminal so that you will be able to interact with the serial console. If you don't have a favourite, picocom is suggested:$ picocom /dev/ttyUSB0 -b 115200
   Connect the network into eth0 (the one that is NOT the 3 port switch). If you are using power-over-ethernet then the board will power up at this point.
   Start up the board, watch the serial console. Hit Ctrl+C to abort the autostart if the board is configured that way (it is by default). The bootloader's fconfig command can be used to disable autostart and configure the IP settings if you need to change them (default IP is
   Make the kernel (tmp/deploy/images/vmlinux-routerstationpro.bin) available on the tftp server.
   If you are going to write the kernel to flash, remove the current kernel and rootfs flash partitions. You can list the partitions using the following bootloader command:RedBoot> fis list
   You can delete the existing kernel and rootfs with these commands:RedBoot> fis delete kernel
   RedBoot> fis delete rootfs

Booting a Kernel Directly

Load the kernel using the following bootloader command:

RedBoot> load -m tftp kernel-ubiquiti.bin

You should see a message on it being successfully loaded.

Execute the kernel:

RedBoot> exec -c "console=ttyS0,115200 root=/dev/sda1 rw rootdelay=2 board=UBNT-RSPRO"

NOTE: Specifying the command line with -c is important as linux-yocto does not provide a default command line.

NOTE: you MUST declare board=UBNT-RSPRO, case the kernel needs this information to enable specific hw initialization, if you do not provide board=UBNT-RSPRO the kernel will consider "generic" profile (no usb, no ethernet, etc)

Writing a Kernel to Flash

Go to your tftp server and gzip the kernel you want in flash. It should halve the size.

Load the kernel using the following bootloader command:

RedBoot> load -r -b 0x80600000 -m tftp -h kernel-ubiquiti.bin.gz

This command should output something similar to the following:Raw file loaded 0x80600000-0x8087c537, assumed entry at 0x80600000

Calculate the length by subtracting the first number from the second number and then rounding the result up to the nearest 0x1000.

Using the length calculated above, create a flash partition for the kernel

RedBoot> fis create -b 0x80600000 -l 0x240000 kernel

NOTE: Change 0x240000 to your rounded length and change "kernel" to whatever you want to name your kernel

Booting a Kernel from Flash

To boot the flashed kernel perform the following steps.

At the bootloader prompt, load the kernel

RedBoot> fis load -d -e kernel

NOTE: Change the name "kernel" above if you chose something different earlier. Also, -e means 'elf' and -d means 'decompress'.

Execute the kernel using the exec command as above.

Automating the Boot Process

After writing the kernel to flash and testing the load and exec commands manually, you can automate the boot process with a boot script.

RedBoot> fconfig

NOTE: Answer the questions not specified here as they pertain to your environment.

Run script at boot: trueBoot script:

    .. fis load -d -e kernel
    .. exec
    Enter script, terminate with empty line>> fis load -d -e kernel
>> exec -c "console=ttyS0,115200 root=/dev/sda1 rw rootdelay=2 board=UBNT-RSPRO"

Answer the remaining questions and write the changes to flash:

Update RedBoot non-volatile configuration - continue (y/n)? y
... Erase from 0xbfff0000-0xc0000000: .
... Program from 0x87ff0000-0x88000000 at 0xbfff0000: .
Power cycle the board.

other os

openwrt (linux)


freebsd/mips ???