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ABANDONED: Look at the forks for newer code. I do not own any supported device anymore.

This tool can, so far, given a serial port connected to a device with brnboot/amazonboot, dump its flash into a file.

Homepage: https://github.com/rvalles/brntool

It has been tested with

About brnboot: http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/techref/bootloader/brnboot

Notes

The serial port in ARV4518PW SMC7904WBRA is hidden inside their case. If opened, there's a 5x2 header. Going horizontally from the marked pin, which is 1: 2.RX, 3.TX, 5.GND, 6.+3.3v. UART is at 115200bps.

Some devices might have a different pinout, but I have yet to encounter any such hardware.

To dump the whole flash of my AR4518PW into some file, I do: ./brntool.py --read=AR4518PW_whole.dump --addr=0xB0000000 --verbose --size=0x400000

If you specify - as the output filename in the --read option, the output will be sent to stdout. On a Windows platform you must call the script with the –u option in order to prevent the replacement of '\x0a' by '\x0d\x0a' in this case.

And then turn it on.

A successful flash block read will output the address and size of the block while a botched one (a byte or more gets lost in the serial port) will output '!' and retry. Even so, unless in a hurry, I'd recommend to at least dump twice and compare the dumps, just to be on the safe side.

See the "erase flash" menu on the menus brnboot provides through the serial port in order to figure out the flash layout in these devices. I cannot guarantee that none of the devices using brnboot will just start erasing the whole flash by just selecting the option, so act at your own risk.

Thanks to Jan-Philipp Litza for patches and confirming ARV7506PW11 works.

Thanks to einsiedlerkrebs for more testing and reminding me about Python 3.


Roc Vallès. <vallesroc @.aaa@ @gmail.com>

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