We are proudly announcing the release of our new Chillifire firmware version, which gives access to a lot more functions and provides a lot more stability on a variety of new router models. As previously the firmware is based on OpenWRT, this time using release 10.03.1rc3 (r24009) and the trunk release r24010. So we retained our approach to distribute ChilliWRT as an optimised and preconfigured version of OpenWRT.
What new models do you support?
- Using the new OpenWrt versions as base for the new firmware we can now offer ChilliWRT on many new router models from
- D-Link: new DIR615 hw revision D, new DIR300 hw revision B, DIR600 and DIR825;
- Engenius: EOC 1650, EOC 2611P, EAP3660 and others;
- Linksys/Cisco: WRT150N, WRT160NL, WRT300, WRT350N, WRT400 and WRT610N;
- Mikrotik: 1xx, 4xx and 5xx series;
- TP-LINK: TL-WR741ND, TL-WR841N, TL-WR814ND, TL-WR901ND, TL-WR1043ND;
- Trendnet: TEW-632-BRP, TEW-652-BRP; and
- Ubiquity: Entire M-Series (Nano, Loco, Bullet, Pico, Rocket), and SL-SR71.
What new functions do you offer?
- Remote performance graphing as an option of CPU, Load, Processes, Memory and Wireless;
- Automatic determination on reboot of optimal Chillifire server to connect the router to;
- Improved tracking of hotspot users surfing behaviour on IP address level as required in some jurisdictions (EU Guideline enacted in France and Italy so far – aka. Pisano Law);
- Inclusion of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) traffic filter to prevent hotspot abuse;
- Inclusion of Firewall manipulation scripts;
- Improved stability of WDS Repeater heartbeats, and enabling of heartbeats for n-level WDS repeaters (i.e. repeaters connected via other repeaters);
- Fixed heartbeats for routers without wireless network (no WLAN, LAN only);
- SMTP redirection to local ISP SMTP server to allow sending of emails from clients like MS Outlook without configuration change;
- Completed de-branding of firmware to the eye of the hotspot user, particular of interest to partners; and
- Upgraded Coova-Chilli hotspot daemon to latest version 1.2.5.
Will the system upgrade itself?
Since the underlying revision of OpenWRT is changing an automatic update from 10.02.8 â€“ the latest release of the previous software version â€“ is not possible.
Should I upgrade my router(s) to the new version?
If you are not located in Europe, you should definitely upgrade to the new version to make sure you get the best performance due to the fastest connection to the nearest server. We now have servers in the US, in the UK and Australasia.
If you have repeaters, we definitely recommend and upgrade, so do we if you live in a country that imposes traffic tracking requirements on providers of internet access. Equally if you want to use the performance graphing for routers in marginal locations, an upgrade makes sense. If you are a partner an upgrade makes sense to protect your own brand experience from intrusion by the Chillifire brand.
AndÂ yes, if you are on aÂ firmwareÂ version other than 10.02.x, then it isÂ definitelyÂ time for you to upgrade.
What is next?
We are working on a firmware version for the popular Linux router from Netgear WNR3500L and WNR3500U, as well as the Linksys/Cisco E2100L.
We also want to extend the de-branding of the firmware to a rebranding to partner brands, with logos and colours pulled from the main account.
As always we are interested in your feedback and comments. As always, if you want us to have a look at your router and help you address a question or a configuration challenge, please make sure you leave your router switched on and connected to the internet. Please address any questions to our logging system on http://support.chillifire.net.
Thank you for your interest and patronage.