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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Telstra Elite MF60 firmware update and unlock guide

I thought I'd update the firmware, but there wasn't any available from Telstra or the manufacturer. After some googling I found an excellent guide on how to de-brand the device with a new firmware :D (see Bankie's blog).
Sadly his method didn't seem to work for the Telstra elite model, or for me anyway and the Firmware installer would not let me skip the device version check error.

So I debugged the MF60 Firmware installer and made a patch that will skip the error and let you install the Firmware to any MF60 branded device, no matter what version it is. (Just make sure you definitely have an MF60 before applying the firmware, and use at your own risk! once you update your firmware, you can't go back!)
Once I figured out how to patch the version check routine, the firmware installed perfectly fine.

Now no more disconnection problems for me! :)

As a bonus, it now sends and receives SMS via the new web interface. It also allows up to 10 simultaneous connections and I can also connect to it as a 802.11n device (up to 65mbps)

I have also discovered how to patch the firmware installer to make the device completely unlocked. Just make sure you set the correct APN details in the web interface after you update and unlock.

I've had a few emails already regarding their device not connecting to their network provider after they have unlocked the device. So far they have all been related to not setting the APN details correctly after upgrading the firmware. Please check with your provider for the APN details and set them accordingly in the device settings.

Here's my guide to updating the firmware on the device!

  1. Download the following files
  2. Install the windows MF60 drivers.

  3. Plug in the device and it should pick up new drivers and install them.

Note: This didn't work out too well for me to begin with, so I also installed dc-unlocker which once it detected the modem it installed the drivers correctly.
You don't need to buy any credit for it. you just need to open the app, select ZTE modem and click the scan button.if it doesn't detect the device, reboot and try again. if it detects the device it will give you a brief summary of it, and you can just close the app because the device drivers have been installed correctly .

  4. Remove the sim card and plug back into computer

  5. Run the MF60 Firmware installer, do not close!

Note: if you try to press the update button now, you will get the error "The version is not matching! Please check the software version!"

  6.While the installer is still open, run and apply my version checker & unlock patch.

  7. Press the update button on the installer and wait patiently :)

  8. Highly recommended if you unlocked the device:

Find the file "Channel1.nvm" which was created by the installer (it's in the directory the installer was run) and MAKE A COPY OF IT! You will need it to restore your IMEI and WiFi MAC address with NV-Restore

Once the firmware is installed the device now has a NEW default SSID and password which is NOT the same as what is written down on the telstra card that comes with the box. Don't worry, let the device boot completely. now just press the WPS button on the side of the device twice quickly, it will show you the device SSID and password on the led display! (I don't remember that feature in the telstra firmware)
if you selected to Unlock the device in the patch, your SSID will be uFi_999999 and password is :12345678

http://192.168.0.1/ is still the default web interface address
password: admin

Note: for some reason firefox can't apply settings the in new web interface, it displays them fine, but won't apply them. You can use chrome or internet explorer to set my wifi name and other settings. once they're set, you're good to go.

Good luck!

Thanks To Bankie's blog
any questions email me at hexecute@gmail.com
any feedback, comment below
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