Ubiquiti RouterStation

Install OpenWrt (generic explanation)

NOTE: The firmware image for the routerstation and the the one for the routerstation_pro are NOT COMPATIBLE.

  1. Under the most recent Attitude Adjustment repository, under ar71xx, find the image named “openwrt-ar71xx-ubnt-rs-squashfs-factory.bin” or “openwrt-ar71xx-ubnt-rs-jffs2-factory.bin”.
  2. Connect to the Routerstation's WAN port, the LAN ports will not work for loading the image.
  3. Boot the system in recovery mode by holding the reset switch until the RF LED lights up while powering on the device.
  4. Set your PC to a static address of
  5. Check connectivity by pinging to; there may be an issue with the automatic ethernet polarity negotiation not working properly; if that is the case try to connect through a reverse polarity cable.
  6. Upload the new firmware to the device through WAN port using TFTP on the default IP address,
    GNU/Linux: tftp -m binary -c put openwrt-ar71xx-ubnt-rs-squashfs-factory.bin
    Windows: tftp -i put openwrt-ar71xx-ubnt-rs-squashfs-factory.bin
  7. Connect to on the LAN port after router reboots.
    GNU/Linux: telnet

If you have already installed OpenWrt and like to reflash for e.g. upgrading to a new OpenWrt version you can upgrade using the mtd command line tool. It is important that you put the firmware image into the ramdisk (/tmp) before you start flashing.

LuCI Web Upgrade Process
  • Browse to LuCI Upgrade URL
  • Upload TRX file to LuCI
  • Wait for reboot
Terminal Upgrade Process
  • via tftp mode
  • put RouterStation into tftp mode by holding reset button when turning it on
  • tftp -m binary -c put openwrt-ar71xx-ubnt-rs-squashfs-factory.bin
  • run tftp command from same directory where you downloaded firmware
  • wait for 5 minutes and then you can reboot the router if it doesn't reboot automatically


  • Note that the RouterStation does not have a LED labeled DMZ, but instead LED labeled RF.
  • The RouterStation only has hardware button which is the reset button.
  • Unplug the router's power cord.
  • Connect the router's WAN port directly to your PC.
  • Configure your PC with a static IP address between and E. g. (gateway and DNS is not required).
  • Plug the power on and wait for the RF LED to light up.
  • While the RF LED is on immediately press Reset button few times.
  • If done right the RF LED will quickly flash 3 times every second.
  • You should be able to telnet to the router at now (no username and password)
Architecture MIPS
Vendor Atheros
Bootloader RedBoot
System-On-Chip Atheros MIPS 24Kc
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

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How to connect to JTAG interface, and how to reflash the device with JTAG tools

See port.jtag for more JTAG details.


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