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How are people's experiences with the Asus RT-N12 flashed with Tomato?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Gaius, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. Gaius

    Gaius Networkin' Nut Member

    I'm on the verge of buying the RT-N16 but I'm also looking at buying the N12 for a friend with a small apartment. It seems cheap enough to gift out easily, but I'm wondering if it's reliable enough to be considered worth buying.
  2. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    That's something I've wondered. Just that reading the various 3rd party firmware forums, there seem to be an uncommon number of complaints about this router being a bit ... errr .... I dunno the right word here - "uncooperative/unstable/difficult/flakey/crap" have all been used by various owners. Certainly I've got fed up of answering PM's about them.
  3. mraneri

    mraneri LI Guru Member

    I had no problem with one. Bought for my parents. Immediately wiped it and installed one of toastman's builds.
    Seems pretty stable. If it reboots, it generally lasts more than 7 days. Parents haven't complained at all. I'm using toastman's stable firmware on another router with only an occasional reboot (maybe once per month, or less frequently than that.)

    However, if Toastman's concerned you may wish to look elsewhere anyway.

    Good luck.
  4. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Well, that's reassuring. Like I said, it was only an impression I got... maybe the people who bought the cheaper routers are less "savvy" - it may mean nothing at all.

    EDIT - but this post blows that away... and there are more like it.


    It may be just a matter of restricting numbers of connections by reducing conntrack timeout values, or setting a lower number of connections for the maximum (so the router can graqcefully handle it instead of rebooting with a kernel panic). Perhaps more information will emerge and we will see a pattern forming.
  5. Gaius

    Gaius Networkin' Nut Member

    Yes, I've noticed this too, but the threads I've googled seem pretty old so I'm wondering if recent versions of Tomato have worked all the kinks out with this router.
  6. Gaius

    Gaius Networkin' Nut Member

    This is probably true as well.
  7. virgil

    virgil Network Guru Member

    If you are able to get the newer version of hardware, you may have better chances at success.

    Older RT-N12 (FCC ID#: MSQ-RTN12)
    Broadcom BCM4716@300


    Newer RT-N12/B (FCC ID#: MSQ-RTN12B)
    Broadcom BCM5357@300

    All I can add is that my RT-N12 router still locks up from time to time.
  8. Hogwild

    Hogwild Networkin' Nut Member

    I just picked up an RT-N12 here, so if there are any quick test,
    (or long tests that don't require too much effort), I can try to do
    them for you.

    (FCCID# MSQ-RT-N12)
    -Box has bold, white text on a black background. I don't know what else
    to say to identify the version/mfg. date. If you can point it out, I'll try
    to check.

    I believe it's fairly new stock, as the retailer said he had to order it in from distributor
    just a couple of days ago. It is definitely different box than the ones I see in
    web photos.

    I am prolly going to flash it with TomatoUSB MIPSR2 K26 NoUSB .

  9. mraneri

    mraneri LI Guru Member

    The one I got for my parents is reported as "Broadcom BCM47162 chip rev 0 pkg 2" by Tomato. It's up 37 days at the moment. Quite stable.
    I flashed theirs with: Tomato Firmware v1.28.7475 MIPSR2-Toastman-RT K26 Std
    This is one of Toastman's NOUSB builds. There are more recent builds, but for my parents, no need to upgrade them.
  10. Gaius

    Gaius Networkin' Nut Member

    Too bad parents rarely torrent. I'd like to see more people stress testing the RT-N12.
  11. mraneri

    mraneri LI Guru Member

    Yeah. My parents don't tax it at all. However with 300MHz and 32MB of RAM, it should have plenty of Power for torrenting assuming there isn't something wrong with the hardware...
  12. leeb

    leeb LI Guru Member

    I bought a RT-N12 (not the "B" version) a couple months ago, and it was unreliable. It locked up often, or the wireless just quit working a few times. It stayed up between 3-14 days. I tried both Toastman (tomato-K26-1.28.7483MIPSR2-Toastman-RT-Std.trx), and TomatoUSB 1.28 (tomato-K26-1.28.9054MIPSR2-beta-Std.trx) from the TomatoUSB site download area.

    There were reliability problems on the RT-N12 with both. I don't do any bit torrents, and I always cleared NVRAM thorough after updates, etc.

    A month ago I got fed up, and bought a RT-16N. I installed Victek (tomato-K26USB-1.28.9006MIPSR2_RAF-VPN-NOCAT.trx), and its been up 29 days without a single hiccup. What a difference!

    BTW, though the Victek's build is obviously very stable, I think it was the RT-N16 itself that brought the increased reliability, compared with the RT-N12.
  13. virgil

    virgil Network Guru Member

    Thanks leeb.

    It's safe to say that my experiences with my first RT-N12 were exactly the same: It locked up often, or the wireless just quit working a few times. If this happens even with normal user traffic (just regular browsing) If you haven't returned it yet, I would recommend getting it replaced only with one of the new B versions once it becomes available.
  14. Low-WRT

    Low-WRT LI Guru Member


    Sometimes it would go 2 weeks...sometimes it would go two days...
    I got tired of having to unplug it at seemingly random times. (I bought it over the RT-N16 b/c I didn't need the usb ports.)
    Very few torrents...just a few wired and wireless clients..hardly ever more than two people browsing at the same time...very low stress environment.
    I bought a RT-N16 last weekend...uptime of 4 days so far(I keep tweaking it;))

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