Ubiquiti ToughSwitch TS-5-POE

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Advanced Gigabit PoE Managed Switch.

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Ubiquiti TS-5 POE


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This section deals with

  • How you install OpenWrt from a device freshly opened
  • The steps required such as reset to factory defaults if the device has already been configured

Note: Reset router to factory defaults if it has been previously configured.

  • Browse to
  • Upload .bin file to router
  • Wait for it to reboot
  • Telnet to and set a root password, or browse to if LuCI is installed.

Specific values needed for tftp

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Firmware tftp image Latest OpenWrt release (NOTE: Name must contain “tftp”)
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  • Browse to LuCI Upgrade URL
  • Upload image file for sysupgrade to LuCI
  • Wait for reboot

If you don't have a GUI (LuCI) available, you can alternatively upgrade via the command line. There are two command line methods for upgrading:

  • sysupgrade
  • mtd

Note: It is important that you put the firmware image into the ramdisk (/tmp) before you start flashing.


  • Login as root via SSH on, then enter the following commands:
cd /tmp
wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/trunk/XXX/xxx.abc
sysupgrade /tmp/xxx.abc


If sysupgrade does not support this router, use mtd.

  • Login as root via SSH on, then enter the following commands:
cd /tmp
wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/trunk/XXX/xxx.abc
mtd write /tmp/xxx.abc linux && reboot

Basic configuration After flashing, proceed with this.
Set up your Internet connection, configure wireless, configure USB port, etc.

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The default network configuration is:

Interface Name Description Default configuration
vlan0 (eth0.0) EXAMPLE LAN ports (1 to 4) EXAMPLE None
vlan1 (eth0.1) EXAMPLE WAN port EXAMPLE DHCP

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Numbers 0-3 are Ports 1-4 as labeled on the unit, number 4 is the Internet (WAN) on the unit, 5 is the internal connection to the router itself. Don't be fooled: Port 1 on the unit is number 3 when configuring VLANs. vlan0 = eth0.0, vlan1 = eth0.1 and so on.

Port Switch port
Internet (WAN) EXAMPLE 4

hardware.button on howto use and configure the hardware button(s). Here, we merely name the buttons, so we can use them in the above Howto.

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The Ubiquiti ToughSwitch TS-5-POE has the following buttons:

EXAMPLE Reset reset
EXAMPLE Secure Easy Setup ses
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Backside label:
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Note: This will void your warranty!

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Open Case:
Very carefully peel off the corners of the foam padding. You could use a sharp flat blade, or a thin flat metal stiff sheet. Be careful not to cut or damage the padding (optional) so you can put it back. Of course, you could just remove it all and replace later with other foam pad or rubber feet, or similar.

Find and remove 4 screws on each four corners.

The case top comes off, not the case bottom. Turn upright and shake a little to have gravity pull down on the case bottom and motherboard. Do not let it fall out. If it does not come out, use the same blade/metal sheet to pry it off a little until it releases.

Screws removed under corners

Case successfully opened

Main PCB:

port.serial general information about the serial port, serial port cable, etc.

The board has a populated pinhead J1 with a TTL (3.3V) level serial port as described:

2 RX
3 TX
Serial connection parameters for Ubiquiti ToughSwitch TS-5-POE 115200, 8N1

port.jtag general information about the JTAG port, JTAG cable, etc.

How to connect to the JTAG Port of this specific device:
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U-Boot (May 23 2012 - 13:31:49) Board: Ubiquiti Networks XM board (rev 2.4 e700) DRAM: 64 MB Flash: 8 MB Net: eth0, eth1 Hit any key to stop autoboot: 0 ## Booting image at 9f050000 ... Image Name: MIPS Ubiquiti Linux- Created: 2013-07-24 13:58:19 UTC Image Type: MIPS Linux Kernel Image (lzma compressed) Data Size: 1041384 Bytes = 1017 kB Load Address: 80002000 Entry Point: 80002000 Verifying Checksum ... OK Uncompressing Kernel Image ... OK Starting kernel ... Booting... ^@^M[ 0.000000] Linux version (buildd@builder) (gcc version 4.1.2) #1 Wed Jul 24 16:58:15 EEST 2013 [ 0.000000] flash_size passed from bootloader = 0 [ 0.000000] CPU revision is: 00019374 (MIPS 24Kc) [ 0.000000] Determined physical RAM map: [ 0.000000] memory: 04000000 @ 00000000 (usable) [ 0.000000] Initrd not found or empty - disabling initrd [ 0.000000] Zone PFN ranges: [ 0.000000] Normal 0x00000000 -> 0x00004000 [ 0.000000] Movable zone start PFN for each node [ 0.000000] early_node_map[1] active PFN ranges [ 0.000000] 0: 0x00000000 -> 0x00004000 [ 0.000000] Built 1 zonelists in Zone order, mobility grouping on. Total pages: 16256 [ 0.000000] Kernel command line: console=ttyS0,115200 root=31:03 rootfstype=squashfs init=/init mtdparts=ar7240-nor0:256k(u-boot),64k(u-boot-env),1024k(kernel),6528k(rootfs),256k(cfg),64k(EEPROM) [ 0.000000] PID hash table entries: 256 (order: -2, 1024 bytes) [ 0.000000] Dentry cache hash table entries: 8192 (order: 3, 32768 bytes) [ 0.000000] Inode-cache hash table entries: 4096 (order: 2, 16384 bytes) [ 0.000000] Primary instruction cache 64kB, VIPT, 4-way, linesize 32 bytes. [ 0.000000] Primary data cache 32kB, 4-way, VIPT, cache aliases, linesize 32 bytes [ 0.000000] Writing ErrCtl register=00000000 [ 0.000000] Readback ErrCtl register=00000000 [ 0.000000] Memory: 61828k/65536k available (2273k kernel code, 3636k reserved, 532k data, 136k init, 0k highmem) [ 0.000000] Hierarchical RCU implementation. [ 0.000000] NR_IRQS:128 [ 0.000000] plat_time_init: plat time init done [ 0.000000] Console: colour dummy device 80x25 [ 0.000000] Calibrating delay loop... 259.58 BogoMIPS (lpj=129792) [ 0.016000] Mount-cache hash table entries: 512 [ 0.019000] NET: Registered protocol family 16 [ 0.021000] ===== ar7240_platform_init: 0 [ 0.021000] ***** Warning *****: PCIe WLAN H/W not found !!! [ 0.029000] bio: create slab <bio-0> at 0 [ 0.030000] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbfs [ 0.031000] usbcore: registered new interface driver hub [ 0.031000] usbcore: registered new device driver usb [ 0.032000] Switching to clocksource MIPS [ 0.035000] NET: Registered protocol family 2 [ 0.035000] IP route cache hash table entries: 1024 (order: 0, 4096 bytes) [ 0.037000] TCP established hash table entries: 2048 (order: 2, 16384 bytes) [ 0.037000] TCP bind hash table entries: 2048 (order: 1, 8192 bytes) [ 0.037000] TCP: Hash tables configured (established 2048 bind 2048) [ 0.037000] TCP reno registered [ 0.038000] NET: Registered protocol family 1 [ 0.038000] AR7240 GPIOC major 0 [ 0.040000] squashfs: version 4.0 (2009/01/31) Phillip Lougher [ 0.040000] JFFS2 version 2.2 (NAND) (SUMMARY) (LZMA) (RTIME) (CMODE_PRIORITY) (c) 2001-2006 Red Hat, Inc. [ 0.041000] msgmni has been set to 120 [ 0.041000] io scheduler noop registered (default) [ 0.067000] Serial: 8250/16550 driver, 2 ports, IRQ sharing disabled [ 0.068000] serial8250.0: ttyS0 at MMIO 0xb8020000 (irq = 19) is a 16550A [ 0.344000] console [ttyS0] enabled [ 0.349000] 6 cmdlinepart partitions found on MTD device ar7240-nor0 [ 0.355000] Creating 6 MTD partitions on "ar7240-nor0": [ 0.361000] 0x000000000000-0x000000040000 : "u-boot" [ 0.367000] 0x000000040000-0x000000050000 : "u-boot-env" [ 0.374000] 0x000000050000-0x000000150000 : "kernel" [ 0.380000] 0x000000150000-0x0000007b0000 : "rootfs" [ 0.386000] mtd: partition "rootfs" set to be root filesystem [ 0.392000] 0x0000007b0000-0x0000007f0000 : "cfg" [ 0.398000] 0x0000007f0000-0x000000800000 : "EEPROM" [ 0.405000] usbmon: debugfs is not available [ 0.409000] ehci_hcd: USB 2.0 'Enhanced' Host Controller (EHCI) Driver [ 0.446000] Port Status c000004 [ 0.449000] ar7240-ehci ar7240-ehci.0: ATH EHCI [ 0.454000] ar7240-ehci ar7240-ehci.0: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1 [ 0.463000] ehci_reset Intialize USB CONTROLLER in host mode: 3 [ 0.470000] ehci_reset Port Status c000000 [ 0.474000] ar7240-ehci ar7240-ehci.0: irq 3, io mem 0x1b000000 [ 0.481000] ehci_reset Intialize USB CONTROLLER in host mode: 3 [ 0.488000] ehci_reset Port Status c000000 [ 0.498000] ar7240-ehci ar7240-ehci.0: USB 2.0 started, EHCI 1.00 [ 0.504000] usb usb1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice [ 0.510000] hub 1-0:1.0: USB hub found [ 0.514000] hub 1-0:1.0: 1 port detected [ 0.519000] ohci_hcd: USB 1.1 'Open' Host Controller (OHCI) Driver [ 0.526000] u32 classifier [ 0.529000] Performance counters on [ 0.532000] input device check on [ 0.536000] Actions configured [ 0.542000] TCP westwood registered [ 0.545000] NET: Registered protocol family 10 [ 0.554000] NET: Registered protocol family 17 [ 0.559000] Bridge firewalling registered [ 0.563000] 802.1Q VLAN Support v1.8 Ben Greear <greearb@candelatech.com> [ 0.570000] All bugs added by David S. Miller <davem@redhat.com> [ 0.576000] ar7240wdt_init: Registering WDT success [ 0.587000] VFS: Mounted root (squashfs filesystem) readonly on device 31:3. [ 0.595000] Freeing unused kernel memory: 136k freed [ 0.610000] Please be patient, while AirOS loads ... [ 1.727000] Algorithmics/MIPS FPU Emulator v1.5 ...mounts done ...filesystem init done ...base ok ...update ok ...symlinks ok ...httpd ok ...detect ok ...caldata ok ...running /sbin/init Please press Enter to activate this console. ^M TOUGHSwitch PoE login: ubnt Password: Jul 24 16:57:35 login[871]: root login on 'ttyS0'^M BusyBox v1.11.2 (2013-07-24 16:54:01 EEST) built-in shell (ash) Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands. SW.v1.3#


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