Yes, I have pushed the reset button with a paperclip, screwdriver, other metal object, and held it as I plugged the power back in... I waited for the ACT light in the back to begin blinking and then stop blinking. Once it stopped, according to the directions, it is supposed to find the NetInstall server.To trigger Netinstall mode, you must push the small reset button when device is turned off, then plug in the power cable while keeping the button pushed, wait for 20 seconds and release. Only then it will find the Netinstall server.
Yes, Normis, as noted in my two posts above, the PC is directly connected to the RB951. It is connected to ethernet port 1 (and I also tested with other ports). It is tested with the firewall allowing ALL traffic to that connection. Additionally, there is NO antivirus running on that box. I've also tested with 3 different versions of NetInstall.exeDid you plug the Ethernet from PC to 951 directly? Did you plug it into the first ethernet port of the 951? Did you disable any antivirus/firewall programs on your PC?
It's less off topic than you think, glucz.This is slightly off topic.... however I do agree that it is sometimes nearly impossible to put these devices into netinstall mode. I had an incomplete upgrade on a 751 and took me several hours to get it working. I tried with switch, direct connection, cross cable, straight cable, pushing button before power, after power, for 20 second, for 30 seconds and after at least 50 tries it worked. The point is that some extra help like a fancy flashing pattern (running lights over the ports etc..) would really help a lot of people.
Hi Normis,Push the button not before powering, but some half-second after powering. Keep the button 20 sec, then release. See if it works then. Use only v6rc7 files (netinstall and NPK)
It does not appear to exit NetInstall mode, even if I hold the button down for 5+ seconds after it shows up in the NetInstall window. Not sure what would happen with a longer hold, but I've got enough troubles to worry about figuring that particular thing out.Sometimes it may help to watch an actual clock with seconds indicator rather than counting. Humans are notoriously bad timepieces. Our time sense is subjective and variable. We get impatient...
Does anyone know if the router will exit netinstall mode if you hold the button too long?
Thanks for the suggestion, but what ultimately got it back and operational for me is this:Once you netinstall it switch to port 2-5 then use winbox(via the mac) to configure it. When you set the IP via netinstall it sets that IP on port 1 which normally has all of the services firewalled.
The v6 config (created under v6.0rc6) was restored just fine under rc7. Everything is back up and running. I'll test the effectiveness/stability of the wireless over the next few days.Now to restore my most recent config and see what grief that causes. (Yes, I do have a v6 config)
Thanks for your feedback, Normis.v5.22 doesn't support partitions. You should install v6.0rc7, then go to partitions menu, repartition it back to one partition, then proceed to install v5.22 if you want.
Some other observations:
1) Ether1 is firewalled by default (ie. after reinstall) so use 2-5 after netinstall is complete
2) if DHCP doesn't work and you don't know the IP, use the Winbox discovery button to see the MAC address and connect to that (again on ports 2-5)
3) Partitioning is supported only in v6.0rc7 and newer
4) Netinstall only reinstalls the active partition, it doesn't restore your router to original one partition