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[For Alcatel SpeedTouch Home Ethernet models
On this page I briefly explain how to find the
current version number of your Alactel SpeedTouch Home modem, and
how to upgrade your modem.
Note: after you applied the Alcatel
Hack, the upgrade of firmware still works just fine...
Note: To find firmware for your
modem, you can either download some here
or visit New
Zeland DSL Information.
Note: Upgrading firmware is not
with out riscs! You can render your modem useless! Read the disclaimer!
What version I'm I using now?
OK, go to the web-interface of your Alcatel modem. Since
most users use 10.0.0.138 as the IP-adres of their modem, enter
this address in the "Address" or "URL"
field of your favorite webbrowser.
The Web-interface will now appear.
In the lower-left corner, you will see a button called
"Upgrade". Click it. Now the firmware versions will be
In this example, the modem is currently using firmware
GSV7AA3.281 (in short: firmware 281). This is the ACTIVE
There is also a PASSIVE version (261 in
this example) which is not used but there to easily revert to the previous
version. This can be done by clicking the "Switch over"
button (don't even think about doing this!).
Which version do I need?
Well, as a rule of thumb, I start looking at the ACTIVE
software version. In this example GSV7AA3.281.
To get a new version, the new version should start
with GSV7AA3 as well. Your modem can have a very different character
The last 3 digits indicate the version. I'm just assuming
(!) that GSV7AA3 is a firmware version tailored for either a specific
operator or a specific modem hardware type (POTS or ISDN). I cannot confirm
For as far as I know - the GSV7AA3 is used for
ISDN Ethernet modems used by MXStream. The GV8BAA3 series
are used for POTS/Analog modems used by MXStream.
How do I upgrade?
First of all you will need the firmware file. At Weethet,
you can download POTS 261,
ISDN 261, POTS
281 or IDSN 281. Alternatively
you can take a look at the large collection of firmwares at New
Zealand DSL Information. If the file is Zipped, the unzip it first
so you can access the firmware file.
Step 1: Remove the Passive firmware
This is done by clicking the "Remove passive"
Step 2: Select the new firmware
Click the "Browse" button and locate
the firmware file (for example GSV7AA3.281), once found click the
"Open" button of the file dialog.
Step 3: Start the upload
Click the "Upload" button and do not
interfere - the modem will tell you when the upload is done by showing
the newly uploaded firmware as the PASSIVE software.
Step 4: Activate the new firmware
Now click the "Switch over" button.
A reboot warning now appears, don't click anything, just wait ... until
some of the leds on the modem popup showing green leds (see What
do the leds mean? for details).
Usually the webinterface recovers by itself, but just
every now and then it doesn't. You might need to refresh the page to see
And that's it ...
Note: as of version 281 the modem
gives you a warning "WARNING : No password specified"
- which is not a problem, it refers to the missing password for accessing
the modem using a Telnet session.