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Asuswrt-Merlin on Netgear R7000

Discussion in 'Other Firmware Projects' started by XVortex, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    This post about Asuswrt-Merlin (or XWRT or Cross-WRT) firmware for Netgear R7000 router.

    At this point I have a working version based on a Asuswrt-Merlin v380.62
    that does not requires to flash the custom CFE. Firmware is pretty stable.

    Download links:
    XWRT for Netgear R7000 v380.62 is here
    (previous versions are also available at this link)
    Official site, Changelog.

    The recommended procedure for initial flashing:
    1. Reset your router to factory defaults via the web interface.
    2. Flash the R7000_xxx.xx_x.chk file via the web interface.
    3. Do another factory reset via the new web interface.
    4. Configure everything else.

    Procedure for upgrade:
    1. Reboot your router via the web interface or power cycle.
    2. Flash the R7000_xxx.xx_x.trx file via the web interface.
    3. Check new options and configure everything else.

    Link to the "back to stock" firmware (v1.0.3.80_1.1.38) is here.
    Important: If You want to go away from XWRT back to tomato or dd-wrt you MUST first flash the "back to stock" firmware image, or you will brick your router.

    Instructions how to change router region: link
    Posts about why and how to flash the custom CFE (bootloader) // thanks @tigs

    r7000_merlin.png

    If You appreciate my work please [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2016 at 7:22 AM
  2. Edrikk

    Edrikk Network Guru Member

    This would be awesome!
    Please post your changes in GitHub. :)
     
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  3. Mr Neuclear

    Mr Neuclear New Member Member

    Looking forward to this!

    Thank you in advance for the time and effort you guys put into this. :D
     
  4. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    I agree, this would be a nice option. Cant wait to hear more about it as it develops.
     
  5. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    Current Asuswrt-Merlin is 378.52_alpha5. I'm waiting until at least beta1 then release.
    Patience, please.
     
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  6. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    XV, while we wait do you have any screen shots you care to share?
    :)
     
  7. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    This is simply AsusWRT GUI :)
    What do you want to see?
     
  8. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    Since its just the merlin "skin" over the R7000, does it have any impact on router performance?

    It might be interesting to see the "about/status" page. Showing the dual cores & cpu/mem speeds.
     
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  9. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

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  10. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    wow that's cool!

    For the process of going from firmware "X" (where "X" is stock/Tomato/ddwrt) to Asuswrt/Merlin on the R7000.
    Care to write up a process?
    Reversing it from Asuswrt/Merlin to "X"; is that process simple?
     
  11. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    There are two firmware files - chk and trx. chk is for upgrade from stock (initial), trx is for upgrade from dd-wrt or tomato.
    Reverting is also simple. Just flash special (back to stock) trx.
     
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  12. lancethepants

    lancethepants Network Guru Member

    The part that interests me you mentioned in another thread, is the cfe. Being able to flash an asus-like cfe that will give the R7000 better brick recovery, similar to that of the Asus router models.
     
  13. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    Yes, I've developed and flashed such CFE. I do not recommend this as a general solution, because this affects the compatibility with the factory firmware.
    Here is the link to archive with CFE and CFEEdit to edit all board_data parameters (mac, sn, wps password and module calibration constants).
     
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  14. pat123

    pat123 New Member Member

    hello

    where is the link to download firmware for R7000 ?
     
  15. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    It is not released yet.
     
  16. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    XVortex,
    forgive me for the ignorance I am about to show but please correct any of my assumptions about this project.
    #1
    R7000 running Asuswrt-Merlin.
    #2
    Under the hood, what OS are you running?
    #3
    The Asuswrt-Merlin is just the "skin" for management/interfacing with the router.

    I am curious how you came up with the idea.
    Once you get it released, I plan on kicking the tires.

    Do you have any hard #'s that show an improvement over stock, tomato or ddwrt?
    Maybe some iperf tests you care to share?

    I enjoyed running the merlin code on my RT-N66U until it gave up the ghost a couple months back.

    Thank you
     
  17. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    Definately want to try this as i've just move from an N66u running Merlin to an R7000 which does not support my BT IPTV. The N66U did support it on the R7000 would much of the merlin /Asus features port across?
     
  18. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    Asuswrt-Merlin v378.52 beta 1 has been tagged.
    I've compiled first public version for R7000. You can download from first post
    Please check this video instruction just assume Asuswrt instead of Tomato.
    Please do not forget to reset settings to defaults prior and after upgrade.
    Please report about your experience.
    Enjoy.
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2015
  19. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    Really want to try this but before I do what is the process for flashing back to stock as you mentioned there was a special "Just flash special (back to stock) trx." file for this or is it simply flash with the latest stock firmware to revert?

    Many Thanks
     
  20. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    There is Back to OFV trx
     
  21. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    I've flashed it and gone through resseting the NVRAM but I cannot enable the 5Ghz wireless as the UI keeps reporting that the "country code does not exist"

    checking the WL code gives me the following;

    admin@R7000-2FE0:/tmp/home# wl country
    #a (#a/0) <unknown>
     
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2015
  22. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    Please enter these commands in telnet/ssh:
    Code:
    nvram set pci/1/1/ccode=US
    nvram set pci/2/1/ccode=US
    nvram commit
    reboot
     
  23. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    Still exactly the same I'm afraid even after doing that;
    admin@R7000-2FE0:/tmp/home/root# nvram show | grep ccode
    size: 44538 bytes (20998 left)
    pci/2/1/ccode=US
    pci/1/1/ccode=US

    For some reason the wl1_country_code is always blank even after manually setting it;

    admin@R7000-2FE0:/tmp/home/root# nvram show | grep country
    size: 44676 bytes (20860 left)
    wl0_country_code=US
    wl0_country_rev=0
    wl_country_code=US
    wl1_country_rev=
    fb_country=
    wl_country_rev=
    wl1_country_code=
    modem_country=
    admin@R7000-2FE0:/tmp/home/root#
    admin@R7000-2FE0:/tmp/home/root# nvram set wl1_country_code=US
    admin@R7000-2FE0:/tmp/home/root# nvram commit
    admin@R7000-2FE0:/tmp/home/root# reboot

    After reboot;

    admin@R7000-2FE0:/tmp/home/root# nvram show | grep country
    size: 44551 bytes (20985 left)
    wl0_country_code=US
    wl0_country_rev=0
    wl_country_code=US
    wl1_country_rev=
    fb_country=
    wl_country_rev=0
    wl1_country_code=
    modem_country=


    I've now tried flashing back to stock and just flashing the Asuswrt chk file but unfortunately whilst the wireless indicator shows the 5Ghz radio is now working I'm still getting the country code error in the GUI and cannot see the 5Ghz SSID on any of my clients
     
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  24. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    ok. I need time to think.
    Could you send me complete nvram dump (nvram show > nvram.txt) just after update and reset nvram?
     
  25. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    Sorry dumb question whats the best way to send it?

    Shouldn't I be seeing 802.11a in this list?

    admin@R7000-2FE0:/# wl cap
    ap sta wet wet_tunnel mac_spoof led wme pio 802.11d 802.11h rm cqa mbss16 ampdu ampdu_tx ampdu_rx amsdurx amsdutx wmf radio_pwrsave bcm_dcs psta psr dwds traffic-mgmt traffic-mgmt-dwm vht-prop-rates no_txpwrcache stbc-tx stbc-rx-1ss pspretend
     
  26. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    Here in your posts, lower right is a button "upload a file". Just take out any password you have for your router admin.
     
  27. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    Here's the dump
     

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  28. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    Screen shot of the sysinfo page, temp on 2.4Ghz radio looks screwy is there some driver issue?

    BTW just wanted to say the rest of the firmware seems to be running great can finally get multicast streaming to work correctly for IPTV on this, couldn't do it on the stock firmware
     

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  29. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    Oh. I see some mess in wl variables. I'm working on the fix now.
     
  30. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    del
     
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  31. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    Sorry but still the same issue I'm afraid after running the script, attached is the new nvram dump
     

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  32. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    Sorry for delay. I'm sill finding a solution.
    I can not reproduce this issue on my router :-/
     
  33. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    jernau, now is a good time to try the revert file.
    If that works, then if your up to try again; re-install the new asuswrt & see if you get the same results.
    Maybe it was a one of a kind fluke.
     
  34. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    Could it be anything to do with the fact you are running a non standard CFE on your router ?
     
  35. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    I've already gone back to stock a number of times and still the same issue
     
  36. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    Perhaps you're right. But I can not find differences.
     
  37. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    del
     
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  38. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member


    Ok tried that and still no dice I'm afraid no 5Ghz wireless at all but everything else seems ok
     
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  39. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    Does 5ghz is broken on stock firmware now?
     
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  40. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    N
    no fine on stock
     
  41. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    Ok. I'll take a break now. I need to flash stock cfe and check it.
     
  42. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member

    Asuswrt retrieves the region directly from the CFE, not from nvram. If the region isn't readable in the CFE, then it won't be properly handled by the firmware.
     
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  43. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    So i guess it makes sense that the 5ghz radio wont operate on the stock netgear CFE as looking at a dump of if i cant see any region information contained in it, I'm assuming 2ghz isnt affected by this?
     
  44. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    So i guess it makes sense that the 5ghz radio wont operate on the stock netgear CFE as looking at a dump of if i cant see any region information contained in it, I'm assuming 2ghz isnt affected by this?
     
  45. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    I appreciate Merlin giving us the fact about the source of country for the 5ghz. It is unfortunate that it would require a CFE change to make this mode work.
    It really looks promising.

    I don't know anything about modding the CFE other than if your not careful you can brick your system.
    :)
     
  46. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member

    That functionality can be changed in the firmware source code, but that's something where I'll leave you on your own to figure out. For various reasons, I'd rather not get too involved in any of these off-Asus port efforts.
     
  47. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    Many thanks Merlin and appreciate you can't help too much :) Just wanted to say many thanks for the great firmware having used it myself on an N66u and beginning to regret purchasing the R7000 unless this firmware can be fully ported
     
  48. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    Ok I cheated ;) and flashed your customized CFE, XVortex (edited with my MAC etc) and 5Ghz is all working now
     
  49. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    Care to link instructions on the process specifics for the CFE?
     
  50. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    Flashing my custom R7000 CFE is a actually 'cheat'. It is better to figure out how to run asuswrt on stock bootloader.
    Heh. Anyway I'm glad to hear that is all ok. Remember that with new CFE you have two new abilities:
    1) reset nvram - press wps (right button) while powering up the router till power led start rapidly flashing.
    2) push reset button while powering up till power led start slowly flashing to enter emergency web recovery mode.
    Congratulations, now your cfe is brick-proof :) and enjoy Asuswrt-Merlin on R7000.
     
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  51. lancethepants

    lancethepants Network Guru Member

    Can you run tomato with the new CFE?
     
  52. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    Yes. I've successfully flashed Shibby tomato for R7000 then Kong dd-wrt without any issue.
    Just nvram reset (by wps button) was required.
    Both radios works.
     
  53. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    So are you working on the firmware source code so that the stock R7000 CFE can be used for the process of loading your custom?
     
  54. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    If I determine what makes 5GHz to stop I'll immediately fix it.
    While I do not recommend installing firmware on R7000 with stock CFE.
     
  55. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    XVortex, might I suggest that you update your initial post with any pertinent changes/information as this progresses?
    That would allow anyone coming along after the fact to quickly find relevant information without having to read through 3,4 or more pages of posts, replies etc...

    So at this point we know you have a working version based on a beta asusmerlin wrt AND you need a customized Asus CFE on the R7000 if you want the 5ghz radio to work also.

    Thanks
    Mike
     
  56. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    Just wanted to provide an update on my experience so far running XVortex's AsusWRT port on my R7000 (please note this is with a custom CFE flashed to allow the 5Ghz radio to function)

    The router has been up for 14 hours thus far with no crashes or odd behavior and throughput as I would expect. I have tested and found the following features to function correctly;

    • DNS Filtering based on client MAC
    • OpenVPN Client
    • Custom start-up scripts (installed under JFFS) - Allowing local LAN DNS entries and Custom DDNS scripts
    • SNMP
    • IPTV Multicast with BT Infinity (Must have for me and the reason I wanted to try this firmware which works perfectly and something you cannot do on the stock R7000 firmware)
    • NFS Exports
    • Samba FileShares with individual user permissions
    • Traffic Monitor
    I hope Xvortex can work out the issue with the 5Ghz radio on stock CFE as this firmware is Waaaay better than the netgear stock firmware !
     
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  57. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    I am no expert on this so I suspect my success in flashing a modded CFE was more luck than judgement as I couldn't find any explicit instructions. I would not recommend touching your CFE unless your know what you are doing or simply stupid like me :) as you will end up with a useless doorstop !

    The info below just outlines the way I did it it may be wrong and could well brick your router

    The rough outline is you need to get xVortex's custom CFE from the posts above alongside some additional flashing tools here

    Unzip and copy the files to your R7000 ideally you have a usb drive attached.

    You'll need terminal access to the router and bear in mind I had already flashed the AsusWRT firmware so this was much easier to achieve than stock, this process may not even work on stock

    Make a backup of your stock CFE and back it up off the router
    dd if=/dev/mtd0 of=stock-cfe.bin

    On a PC open xVortex's CFE zip file and run the CFEEDIT application and load the custom CFE.bin into it

    In advanced mode you need to edit the following variables so they match your individual router;
    et0macaddr=E4:F4:x:x:x:x
    pci/1/1/macaddr=E4:F4:x:x:x:x
    pci/2/1/macaddr=E4:F4:x:x:x:x

    Now save the modified CFE file, copy it to your router and flash it;
    ./mtd-write -i new-cfe.bin -d boot
    (mtd-write is in the zip file I linked I don't think mtd-write2 included in the firmware can write to boot)

    Reboot and clear NVRAM to factory defaults
     
  58. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    All tools necessary for CFE flashing along with the CFEEditor now in one file.
    See first post for details.
     
  59. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    Awesome, thank you guys!
    Definitely something to look at over the weekend.

    Though I do agree XVortex, if you can locate where in the code it is calling for the country code from the CFE & modify that to call it from the config it would get more users to give it a shot.

    I am assuming most folks wont want to risk messing with their CFE.
     
  60. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    I'm afraid that issue not in ccode. I have another two crossflashed to Asuswrt routers (one is Linksys EA6900 and second is Huawei WS880). Both are with custom Asus CFE and both without any country codes in cfe. Both works well. I guess that some incompatibility with closed source asus code (wl or wl.ko or wlconf) with foreign CFE. But this is just a guess.
     
  61. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    Rather than the ccodes I wondered whether the drivers were picking up the hardware MAC addresses for the radio PCI devices from CFE rather than NVRAM or possibly the rpcal5gbx stuff? Wonder if the stock Netgear firmware would run on this custom CFE ...... ?
     
  62. swaaye

    swaaye Network Guru Member

    This is a fascinating mod. This is running on the Netgear firmware? If so, that's really interesting. One thing I really like about the Netgear builds is the higher Samba performance compared to DDWRT and Tomato. I see around 60MB/s read from Samba on Netgear firmware.

    The main problem with Netgear for me is it doesn't have a torrent client so I can't fulfill my dreams of a mini torrent NAS router. lol. Is there any way to get Transmission running on this?
     
  63. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    yes. It could be added by optware.
     
  64. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    I believe it is stated in the 1st post that it is Merlin Asuswrt firmware, not Netgear firmware.

    Right now there is a limitation. If you keep your stock CFE (recommended) then you don't get 5ghz radio access.
    If you are adventurous or foolhardy & flash a modified CFE then you can have the 5ghz radio working also.
     
  65. swaaye

    swaaye Network Guru Member

    You'll have to excuse my ignorance. I don't know what the CFE is, nor exactly what it means that this is based on Asuswrt Merlin firmware. I got the vibe it was a sort of GUI replacement for the Netgear release. I assume that means it has little in common with the Netgear firmware kernel and system.
     
  66. GhaladReam

    GhaladReam Network Guru Member

    CFE is essentially the router's bootloader. It's what loads before the firmware when you boot the router. Upgrading it can be dangerous because if something happens you've got a 100% brick forever with no chance of recovery.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Firmware_Environment
     
  67. harrybuckman

    harrybuckman New Member Member

    This is an awesome project, I cannot wait to try the firmware. I missed the merlin firmware so much when I went to the R7000. XVortex keep up the great work!!
     
  68. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    del
     
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  69. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    Currently run Kong ddwrt 26650M.
    attempting... Upgrade via gui & factory reset during upgrade process...
    Rebooting...
    Lost connection... Connection not restored...
    I use TeamViewer remotely and upgrading ddwrt or switching between ddwrt/tomato, after the reboot it normally comes back online.
    It appears not to have come back online this time. Probably requires a physical power cycle.
     
  70. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    Better to flash asuswrt from stock fw (.chk file) or tomato.
    Previously make the reset to defaults.
    From dd-wrt a unpredictable consequences may occour.
     
  71. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    ok so I came home. The router had successfully flashed but I forgot that Asus wants you to go through the setup wizard. Doh!
    That's why I could not see it remotely.
    It seemed to hang up on connecting to the WAN (charter cable) but after exiting the setup wizard it came up fine.

    Now here is the next issue for me, during the wizard process I put in my unique user/password combo.
    Now it wont let me sign in via the gui.

    Any suggestions how to get into the router?
    :)
    ok, rebooted the router. used a default admin/no pass. That got me into the gui again. I will configure the router and see if 5ghz works.
     
  72. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    ok, reset the user/pass as I wanted.
    Configured 2.4 & 5ghz wifi.
    Started with the 2.4, hit apply. Then a little script popup box said Country code not found, please enter one. I typed in US in the empty field. It seemed to have taken it.. Configured the 5ghz & it is working.
    However my wifi speed tests are coming back roughly 1/2 of what I usually get stock/ddwrt/tomato.

    I will do more testing on that.
     
  73. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    Attached is a screen cap of the 5ghz page. Only 1 issue I see at the moment.
     

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  74. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    Did You reset to factory default settings into the asuswrt?
    Also please set the power levels on 2 and 5 ghz bands to 30% and recheck speeds.
     
  75. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    Hi XVortex. Let me re-state the steps I went through to get to "here".
    I am back at work so I cant test the radio power levels. Oh and speaking of Tx power levels; in most firmware there is a "default" value which means use the stock values. Do we have that type of setting in this firmware?
    ddwrt it is "71" & in tomato it is "0".

    Ok so I normally run Kong ddwrt. He really has the R7000 down pat at this point. The biggest thing missing is CEF or ddtb (ddwrt turbo).
    So in the ddwrt gui I went to upgrade. Chose the "reset to default" option then applied the upgrade.
    The router updates, resets the values to default & then reboots.

    Since this is merlin firmware the setup wizard wanted to run which is why I lost the remote connectivity initially. The LAN was active but the WAN was not.
    I started through the setup wiz. Got to the WAN portion and it would NOT believe it had gotten what it needed for that. I cancelled the wizard. During the wizard process I put in my unique user/password combo. After backing out of the wiz, it asked for the user/pass combo but would not take what I had input earlier.
    I rebooted the router manually. Luckily it was using the default admin/no password & I got back into the gui.
    Finished applying the basic settings manually & the WAN was indeed communicating. I used to have issues with the wiz on the RT-N66U back in the day with charter internet.

    Next I applied my settings to 2.4ghz. Then a popup window/script appeared saying there was no country code & please input one. I "guessed" & input US. It took and then I applied my settings to the 5ghz.

    I have several 5ghz clients (roku's, iphone & android) & 1 AC client.
    Ran 2 quick speed tests on the iphone. My internet is 100Mbps down. Usually I see all of that and more on any of my 5ghz wifi clients during tests.
    1st test on new firmware only gave me a 50Mbps ish result.
    2nd test (same client) gave me a steady climb from 50Mbps to 80Mbps ish.
    So the results were better but below what is normal.
    I didn't have time (on lunch to recover the router) to tweak anything such as power.
    I will play with it over the next couple of days.
     
  76. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    Ok. Thanks. My fw port has actually unlocked region ccode and channels (#a)
    Also default 100% tx power equals 500 mW total that is overkill in most cases.
    1%=5mW. So for 200 mW cap you need to set Tx power to 40%.
    for 100 mW - 20%.
     
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  77. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    XVortex, can I suggest a tweak?
    When the country code popup box/script comes up, can you give a list of country codes?
    Not everyone is going to know the CLI abbreviation for their country.
    :)
     
  78. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    XVortex,
    I am looking through the command line config. Trying to locate the specific line that enables upper or lower control channel. Since in the gui it is only showing the "Auto" as an option. In ddwrt the command is wl1_nctrlsb=ll (lower) or wl1_nctrlsb=uu (upper).

    What is the command line being used for the control channel by the 5ghz radio?
     
  79. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    A couple of more observations.
    #1 When I apply my unblock-us DNS entries manually in the gui & apply, it looks right but verifying it in the command line shows it to be still using the dhcp DNS from my carrier. I fixed that by manually applying the correct DNS entries & then "nvram commit". (via CLI)

    #2 When I used the site survey to find the least congested 2.4, I then applied said channel 1 & again the Country code not set script/popup appeared just like the last time (initial wifi configuration).
    Is this going to come up each time a 2.4 setting is changed?
     

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  80. myersw

    myersw Network Guru Member

    @slidermike,
    Dumb question.
    Am I correct that you can load XVortex's firmware on the R7000 with the Netgear CFE? Gets kinda confusing as I read this thread. Sounds like you were able to go from DD-WRT to this so I am assuming that the CFE does not need to be changed to get this AsusMerlin mod build to load and run. Correct?
    I watch your input on DD-WRT and have always liked how helpful you are.
    --bill
     
  81. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    Bill,
    correct.
    Sorry if I did not make it clearer. Originally you had to use a custom/modified CFE but XVortex did some trickery in the code and NOW you can run it with your stock CFE.
    I was running Kong 26650M & did a direct upgrade/reset to factory all through the gui.
    Then had to web in configure the router.
    It is working AND 5ghz too.

    XVortex needs to make sure he added/updated the firmware in his original post.
    This is the link for firmware that allows stock CFE & 5ghz to work together.
    https://mega.co.nz/#!E9FkXYbD!54MMmydx59YUZkm518g4f-bScfZ6fG8rANfMOysBSVw
    from his post about 5 above yours.
     
  82. myersw

    myersw Network Guru Member

    Slidermike, thanks for the quick response. I am currently on BS 26635 but that should work as well for upgrade as Kong. When wife not needing Internet I will give it a try. Always liked Merlin's builds on my RT66U. Went to Netgear because I read where USB3 performance was better on the R7000 because of better shielding.
    --bill
     
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2015
  83. myersw

    myersw Network Guru Member

    @XVortex,
    As I read the above quote it sounds like you are saying that once your CFE is loaded onto my R7000 I can then run regular Merlin builds. Am I correct. If so would you load the rt68ac firmware? I plan on starting by just loading your firmware without any CFE change and then if it looks good load your CFE.
    --bill
     
  84. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    Current firmare version (link at the first post) does not requires custom cfe but still has minor issue with cointry code selection. I'll try to fix it soon.

    No. Regular Merlin build does not compatible with R7000.
     
  85. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    Thank you XVortex. Looking forward to any enhancement/fix you can make.
    Currently the only real "issue" I have seen is the lack of ability to adjust the Extension channel off "auto".
    In ddwrt its called control channel so my verbage is based off what I am most familiar with.
    :)

    As a note, I just got done watching the NHL CenterIce streaming app. The Blues posted a victory over the Flames. Not a single issue streaming from the app or from Hulu+.

    I did some more basic wifi to WAN speed testing (iphone & speedtest app). The only time I got the full 100+Mbps down was when I was about 10-15' away from the router through 1 wall.
    The other semi-near locations where (ddwrt & tomato) I get those kinds of results only net me about 80Mbps on this firmware. Still good though. More testing & tweaking of settings is in order.

    XVortex, is there a Tx power value that allows the router to automatically adjust vs. setting a static Tx power value?
    As I mentioned before, tomato has "0" & ddwrt has "71" as the driver driven values.

    Thank you
    Mike
     
  86. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    This result is with my AC client. My cable internet is rated 100Mbps down & 5Mbps up. I usually get 110 down on speed tests both wired & wireless. It rocks the wifi!
     

    Attached Files:

  87. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    Link to most recent beta version has been update in the first post.
     
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  88. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    XVortex I'd be willing to test your new build on stock CFE but had a query regarding the backup I made of my original stock CFE before I installed your custom version. I created the backup by doing dd if=/dev/mtd0 of=stock-cfe.bin. My query is the resulting stock-cfe.bin file is 512k where as the modded stock I used via your post is 227k and I'm sure I read somewhere that the CFE should only be around 256k? Just wanted to check my stock CFE backup was good before I tried to flash back.
     
  89. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    CFE space is 512K. It's OK, to flash 512K file into boot.
    But is no necessary to flash stock CFE now because I've fix 5ghz issue.
    378.52 will be released today.
     
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  90. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    Great news and good work fella !! I'm assuming I could flash this over the top of 378.52 Beta1?
     
  91. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    Of course.
     
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  92. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    XVortex, mind sharing what you changed, added or improved?
    From the file name I see its still the same Merlin 378.52_beta1.

    Thank you
     
  93. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    Just minor bugfixes in initial nvram initialization (forced #a region, regrev etc).
     
  94. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    Anybody using this new firmware may find the NVRAM-SAVE utility useful which enables you to back up settings in the form of a script, I found it useful on my N66U so I could just recover certain settings after setting back to default.

    Script is available from here
     
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  95. jernau

    jernau Connected Client Member

    One issue I had with the #a region setting was that in the UK this results in my clients being unable to connect on 5Ghz if the settings used are Auto as the clients I have won't work across all the channels that the #a setting exposes
     
  96. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    It's just an initial (default) settings. You can change it as You wish afterwards.
    Anyway it is bad idea to leave channel in "Auto".
     
  97. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    Cannot download the tweaked beta1 file. Appears the hosting service is having issues.
    Will try again later.
     
  98. myersw

    myersw Network Guru Member

    Guess I got lucky as I downloaded the tweaked beta1 file about a half hour ago.

    @XVortex
    Downloaded your tweaked beta1 and installed on OEM CFE. Looks good so far. The wireless seemed a little messed up until I rebooted. Now everything is looking good.
    Glad to be back on Merlin firmware. Always liked it on my Asus rt66u and really missed it on my R7000. Now I have what I consider the best of both worlds, Netgear R7000 router and Merlin firmware.
    Thanks for your efforts.
    --bill
     
  99. slidermike

    slidermike Serious Server Member

    I just enabled the basic/pre-template QoS. I will see how it does for a day or so.
    Really don't need it but we are testing out features.
    :)

    Bill,
    glad you going for a test spin here too.
    It is the best stock gui IMO.
     
  100. XVortex

    XVortex Serious Server Member

    XWRT 378.52 final release was built and has been uploaded.
    You can download it here or from first post.
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2015
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