Download Vilfo's operating system using the link in the email your received after purchasing.
Burn an ISO image with Vilfo firmware to the USB drive. We recommend balenaEtcher for that. Make sure to have a USB stick with a size at least 1 GB, as the image itself is around 700 MB.
Connect a keyboard and a monitor to your hardware. Insert the USB stick and turn on the hardware. Click F11 to change the boot source and select your USB stick. F11 may not work for your hardware, but all routers have an option to access the boot source order.
If F11 doesn't work, and you don't know the right button, try to access the BIOS with DEL, F2 or alike (depends on your hardware's manufacturer) and change the boot order to start booting from the stick first. Then save and exit.
When booting from the USB stick, you will see a greeting screen with two options: "Run Linux" and "Run Linux debug".
Select Run Linux.
On the next prompt with the blue background, select the option Setup Vilfo and click Next.
Choose the destination disk for the Vilfo installation. Normally, there is only one option at this step. Click Next.
Now you need to assign Ethernet interfaces according to their working modes: WAN, LAN, or no mode. The quantity of interfaces should correlate to the number of Ethernet ports that your hardware has.
As an example, if there are two interfaces in the list: enp3s0 and enp5s0. You select the first one and click Next. After that, four new options appear: "Blink card", "Set as WAN", "Set as LAN", and "Do not use".
"Blink card" can be used as a tool to help identify which interface corresponds to which Ethernet port. However, it only works in case your hardware's network card supports this feature.
In our example, enp3s0 should be selected as WAN. Select the option Set as WAN and click OK. In the updated list of interfaces, you'll now see that the enp3s0 interface has a "WAN" working mode. Then, select the interface enp5s0, click Next, choose Set as LAN, and click OK.
You have now assigned working modes to both interfaces, so select Done and then click on Next.
At this step, the Vilfo Setup Wizard asks if you want to install Vilfo. If you're ready to install, click Yes. Take a cup of coffee and give Vilfo some minutes to install the firmware. If you want to change something, click "No".
The last step asks you to remove the USB stick and click Yes to boot Vilfo. After that, you may need to change the boot order back if it was changed at the step.
Connect a cable between your computer and the designated LAN port on your newly installed hardware, and proceed with initial configuration.
If you have any issues, please reach out to our support. We're happy to help.