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RouterTech firmware for Telkom Mega 105WR

Quite some time ago I wrote two posts on the Telkom Mega 105WR router, which you can read here and here. After the second post, I ended up purchasing a Netgear router, which has worked like a charm since the day it arrived. The Mega ended up being put back in its box and packed away for a year and a half.

This past week, I retrieved the Mega from its shelf to attempt something interesting: flash an alternate firmware onto the device. Telkom/2C Telecoms never released another firmware for the device, and since the router was no longer under any warranty, it made sense to experiment on it.

I can’t remember how I originally heard about the RouterTech 3rd party firmware, but I thought I’d give it a shot this week. I downloaded the Router Upgrade Check program and confirmed that the Mega could be flashed with the new firmware. The Mega’s internals are identical to a wide range of routers that were built on Texas Instruments’ AR7 platform.

After registering on the RouterTech site, I downloaded the firmware and followed the instructions. The flash itself took about 7-8 minutes, though it’s a bit tough to tell when the process is done as the router changes from a 10.0.0.x IP to after the flash. The best way to check if it’s done is to see if your network card has gotten a new 192.168.1.x IP address.

Once logged in, the firmware felt pretty familiar. It’s similar in layout to the Mega’s original firmware, but there appears to be a lot more features. The web GUI is a bit bright with its orange colour scheme, but apart from that it works as expected. After the flash, the LED lights on the router were not working properly, but if you change the setting to the BeWan 700 LED configuration, the LED lights work correctly.

I plugged the router into the ADSL line and created a connection. That also worked without issue. WiFi also works with no problems so far.

The only way I could truly test the device to see if the RouterTech firmware has fixed the problems I had with the Mega would be to let it run for a week or two continuously to test stability. Either way, it’s nice to know that I have a spare router now, in case something goes wrong.

My thanks go out to everyone who made the firmware possible. It’s always nice to be able to resurrect a seemingly dead piece of equipment and make it useful again.

  1. jinkira
    April 9, 2012 at 20:49

    Hi any chance of posting a tutorial on the upgrade (if at all possible now)
    as I still have my Telkom Mega 105 and right now its starting to give problems
    so I was hoping that maybe the flashing could resolve some if not all the problems

  2. jinkira
    April 10, 2012 at 17:36

    cant wait to hear your update on this I am still running this device and after all these years the problems are starting

  3. Cliff
    December 8, 2013 at 13:19

    Jink.. have u still got ur cd for ur router?

    • astraltraveller
      January 4, 2014 at 14:43

      The Telkom Mega 105 CD? Yeah I still have the CD, for what it’s worth. Not much of use on there, but I have it anyway.

  4. July 3, 2014 at 06:27

    If anyone wants to know how to do the Routertech.org firmware installation on the Telkom Mega 105WR, I’ve posted a guide here: http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php/628303-Telkom-Mega-105WR-Routertech-org-Firmware-Guide

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