airMAX - How do I upgrade the firmware from the CLI/SSH?


Readers will learn in this article how to upgrade the firmware on airMAX devices via the CLI/SSH.

Note: Ubiquiti always suggests upgrading via the web interface whenever possible.


  1. Download the correct firmware for the airMAX radio and rename it to: fwupdate.bin
  2. Copy the fwupdate.bin  file to /tmp/ (usng WinSCP or SCP)
  3. Now issue the upgrade command:
    /sbin/fwupdate -m


  4. The unit will now upgrade and reboot. Do not interrupt this process!

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