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Tenda N60 - trying to make it work

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by youngjedi, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. youngjedi

    youngjedi Reformed Router Member

    This router has all the right parts to work great with Tomato and it's available for cheap on Newegg. I've been using a Belkin unit with similar hardware with Tomato and I love it but this one is useless with the original firmware. So I've finally opened mine. I'd really like to help making Tomato work on it but I'm a mid-level tweaker at best. I can try to get you guys more information if needed and I'm also ready to try flashing it - I don't care that much if I end up bricking it, it's already collecting dust as it is now - I just need assistance and knowledge from you.

    Here's a link to my pics of the PCB: http://db.tt/S7juS6R1

    The chips say:
    -Broadcom BCM47186BCKFBG HG1224-R20 (the big one)
    -Broadcom BCM531269KMM-G (middle of board, hard to read)
    -Broadcom BCM43236KMLG (smaller square one)
    -NANYA NT5TU32M16DG-AC

    Useful references:
    http://www.techinfodepot.info/wiki/Tenda_N60
    http://wikidevi.com/wiki/Tenda_N60
    http://tomatousb.org/forum/t-613568
     
  2. tvlz

    tvlz Addicted to LI Member

    More info needed
    nvram show & dmesg output (use putty), if you could also get a copy of the cfe (if possible) that would be great.
     
  3. sanmeenov

    sanmeenov Reformed Router Member

    Hi youngjedi, can you put tomato in to Tenda N60 ?
    I have one Tenda N60 and desire to make an improvement to device same as you also.
     
  4. Vchat20

    Vchat20 Reformed Router Member

    So I was gifted one of these routers for Xmas as an upgrade to my ancient WRT54G v2. I have always used third party firmwares either DD-WRT or Tomato depending on hardware, firmware options, and stability.

    Sadly up to this point the N60 seems to have nothing available. Reading the few threads including this one and doesn't seem to be much progress. I did do a tiny bit of investigation on my own and want to know if I am hitting the right track.

    The nvram output has been posted for the N60 here: http://wikidevi.com/wiki/Tenda_N60/nvram
    Checking the boardtype against other sources, the boardtype, boardnum, and even boardrev numbers match a line in this source: http://wl500g.googlecode.com/svn-history/r3790/trunk/shared/utils.c which identifies the Asus RT-N15U which does have Tomato support.

    Given all three variables match is it possible we are looking at a direct clone that the RT-N15u firmwares should work or is there additional work involed here? I am not a full fledged developer but am able to do some investigative footwork like this and understand some developer mindset so it makes me very curious. ESPECIALLY if it opens up this router for third party firmware usage.

    Thanks!
     
  5. tvlz

    tvlz Addicted to LI Member

    It already has support, but only in a chinese mod by BWQ (bwq518), if you could get him to post the patches, I'm sure they will get added to the other Tomato mods.
     
  6. Elfew

    Elfew Addicted to LI Member

    Without sources no support by other devs... bwq has to publish sources!
     
  7. Vchat20

    Vchat20 Reformed Router Member

    Bummer. Thanks for that info though. Makes it even worse though knowing us N60 owners (if few and far between) are THIS close to proper support. Given the relevant posts in the other thread are very recent, I am hoping for a positive outcome on this. Will keep tabs on it. Thanks again. :)
     
  8. Vchat20

    Vchat20 Reformed Router Member

    Well I decided just on a seat-of-my-pants whim (and assumption that at the very least this thing can do a TFTP flash like every other broadcom router out there) to flash one of bwq's builds.

    Other than switch ports being way off (physical LAN4 is WAN, and physical LAN3, 2, 1, and WAN are reported as LAN1-4 respectively. Toggling 'invert port numbers' in the firmware doesn't seem to effect WAN assignment but reverses 'assigned' LAN ports) everything seems to work. And surprisingly is all English out of the gate. I guessed from the other thread it might have been locked to Chinese. Was also afraid stuff like Aria, GAE, and other stuff listed was in here but haven't seen any signs of it yet and no significant memory consumption to signify anything off (Will need to get telnet and/or SSH access and do a deeper look).

    Going to leave this for now and play around over time unless something goes really awry. If anyone wants any info out of it that I could grab, just let me know!

    Btw, TomatoAnon should show me now as the sole US N60 in the list. :)
     
  9. asammar

    asammar Network Guru Member

    I was doing a forum search on this router and found out that bwq published his source in here:
    http://www.linksysinfo.org/index.php?posts/238881/

    Does that mean we could see this router supported by Vic/Shibby/Toastman soon? That would be awesome!

    A very big Happy Holidays & thank you to all the devs (and everybody in this forum) :)
     
  10. asammar

    asammar Network Guru Member

    Given what @Vchat20 posted above about the boardtype, boardnum, and boardrev numbers, is it safe to use any RT-N15U compatible build on this router or is there more to it than just these 3 variables?

    Thank you.
     
  11. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    Tenda N6 and N60 are now supported by my mod (v116).

    Feedback welcome.
     
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  12. asammar

    asammar Network Guru Member

    AWESOME! Thank you very much Shibby.
    Which file should I use please?
     
  13. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

  14. ierwin

    ierwin Serious Server Member

  15. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    can you show me bootlog?
     
  16. ierwin

    ierwin Serious Server Member

    do you mean system log in status-logs?
    (sorry for my improving english
     
  17. ierwin

    ierwin Serious Server Member

    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown syslog.info syslogd started: BusyBox v1.21.1
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.notice kernel: klogd started: BusyBox v1.21.1 (2014-01-18 19:51:48 CET)
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.notice kernel: Linux version 2.6.22.19 (root@tomato) (gcc version 4.2.4) #41 Sat Jan 18 20:04:54 CET 2014
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: CPU revision is: 00019749
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: wombo_reset set to gpio 22
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: Determined physical RAM map:
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: memory: 04000000 @ 00000000 (usable)
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.debug kernel: Entering add_active_range(0, 0, 16384) 0 entries of 256 used
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: Zone PFN ranges:
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: Normal 0 -> 16384
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: HighMem 16384 -> 16384
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: early_node_map[1] active PFN ranges
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: 0: 0 -> 16384
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.debug kernel: On node 0 totalpages: 16384
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.debug kernel: Normal zone: 0 pages used for memmap
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.debug kernel: Normal zone: 0 pages reserved
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.debug kernel: Normal zone: 16384 pages, LIFO batch:3
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.debug kernel: HighMem zone: 0 pages used for memmap
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: Built 1 zonelists. Total pages: 16384
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.notice kernel: Kernel command line: root=/dev/mtdblock2 noinitrd console=ttyS0,115200
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: Primary instruction cache 32kB, physically tagged, 4-way, linesize 32 bytes.
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: Primary data cache 32kB, 4-way, linesize 32 bytes.
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: Synthesized TLB refill handler (20 instructions).
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: Synthesized TLB load handler fastpath (32 instructions).
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: Synthesized TLB store handler fastpath (32 instructions).
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: Synthesized TLB modify handler fastpath (31 instructions).
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: PID hash table entries: 512 (order: 9, 2048 bytes)
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: CPU: BCM5357 rev 2 pkg 8 at 530 MHz
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: Using 265.000 MHz high precision timer.
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: console [ttyS0] enabled
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: Dentry cache hash table entries: 8192 (order: 3, 32768 bytes)
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: Inode-cache hash table entries: 4096 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: Memory: 61244k/65536k available (33k kernel code, 4232k reserved, 2786k data, 128k init, 0k highmem)
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.debug kernel: Calibrating delay loop... 264.60 BogoMIPS (lpj=1323008)
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: Mount-cache hash table entries: 512
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: NET: Registered protocol family 16
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: PCI: no core
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: PCI: no core
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: PCI: Fixing up bus 0
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: NET: Registered protocol family 2
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: Time: MIPS clocksource has been installed.
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: IP route cache hash table entries: 1024 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: TCP established hash table entries: 2048 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: TCP bind hash table entries: 2048 (order: 1, 8192 bytes)
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: TCP: Hash tables configured (established 2048 bind 2048)
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: TCP reno registered
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: squashfs: version 3.0 (2006/03/15) Phillip Lougher
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: io scheduler noop registered (default)
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: HDLC line discipline: version $Revision: 4.8 $, maxframe=4096
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: N_HDLC line discipline registered.
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: Serial: 8250/16550 driver $Revision: 1.90 $ 2 ports, IRQ sharing disabled
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: serial8250: ttyS0 at MMIO 0xb8000300 (irq = 8) is a 16550A
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: PPP generic driver version 2.4.2
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: MPPE/MPPC encryption/compression module registered
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: NET: Registered protocol family 24
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: PPPoL2TP kernel driver, V0.18.3
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: PPTP driver version 0.8.5
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.err kernel: pflash: found no supported devices
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: Found an ST compatible serial flash with 128 64KB blocks; total size 8MB
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.notice kernel: Creating 5 MTD partitions on "sflash":
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.notice kernel: 0x00000000-0x00020000 : "pmon"
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.notice kernel: 0x00020000-0x007f0000 : "linux"
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.notice kernel: 0x0010c800-0x007b0000 : "rootfs"
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.notice kernel: 0x007b0000-0x007f0000 : "jffs2"
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.notice kernel: 0x007f0000-0x00800000 : "nvram"
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: _nvram_init: allocat header: 2151055360, size= 32768
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: u32 classifier
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: OLD policer on
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: Netfilter messages via NETLINK v0.30.
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: nf_conntrack version 0.5.0 (512 buckets, 4096 max)
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: ip_tables: (C) 2000-2006 Netfilter Core Team
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: ipt_account 0.1.21 : Piotr Gasidlo <quaker@barbara.eu.org>, http://www.barbara.eu.org/~quaker/ipt_account/
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: net/ipv4/netfilter/tomato_ct.c [Jan 18 2014 20:04:53]
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: NET: Registered protocol family 1
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: NET: Registered protocol family 10
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: ip6_tables: (C) 2000-2006 Netfilter Core Team
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: NET: Registered protocol family 17
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: 802.1Q VLAN Support v1.8 Ben Greear <greearb@candelatech.com>
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: All bugs added by David S. Miller <davem@redhat.com>
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: VFS: Mounted root (squashfs filesystem) readonly.
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.info kernel: Freeing unused kernel memory: 128k freed
    Jan 1 01:00:49 unknown user.warn kernel: Warning: unable to open an initial console.
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.warn kernel: emf: module license 'Proprietary' taints kernel.
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.debug kernel: PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:00:02.0 to 64
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.warn kernel: eth0: Broadcom BCM47XX 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet Controller 5.110.27.20012
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.warn kernel: wl_module_init: passivemode set to 0x1
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.debug kernel: PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:00:01.0 to 64
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.warn kernel: eth1: Broadcom BCM4329 802.11 Wireless Controller 5.110.27.20012
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.warn kernel: Algorithmics/MIPS FPU Emulator v1.5
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: usbcore: registered new interface driver usbfs
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: usbcore: registered new interface driver hub
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: usbcore: registered new device driver usb
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.notice kernel: SCSI subsystem initialized
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: usbcore: registered new interface driver usb-storage
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: USB Mass Storage support registered.
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: ehci_hcd: USB 2.0 'Enhanced' Host Controller (EHCI) Driver
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.debug kernel: PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:00:04.1 to 64
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: ehci_hcd 0000:00:04.1: EHCI Host Controller
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: ehci_hcd 0000:00:04.1: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: ehci_hcd 0000:00:04.1: EHCI Fastpath: New EHCI driver starting
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: ehci_hcd 0000:00:04.1: irq 5, io mem 0x18004000
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: ehci_hcd 0000:00:04.1: USB 0.0 started, EHCI 1.00
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: usb usb1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: hub 1-0:1.0: USB hub found
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: hub 1-0:1.0: 2 ports detected
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.debug hotplug[358]: Attached USB device 1-0:1.0 [INTERFACE=9/0/0 PRODUCT=1d6b/2/206]
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: usb 1-2: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 2
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: usb 1-2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.debug hotplug[397]: Attached USB device 1-2:1.0 [INTERFACE=255/2/255 PRODUCT=a5c/bd17/1]
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.debug kernel: vlan1: add 33:33:00:00:00:01 mcast address to master interface
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.debug kernel: vlan1: add 01:00:5e:00:00:01 mcast address to master interface
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: vlan1: dev_set_allmulti(master, 1)
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: vlan1: dev_set_promiscuity(master, 1)
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: device eth0 entered promiscuous mode
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.info kernel: device vlan1 entered promiscuous mode
    Jan 1 01:00:51 unknown user.info kernel: device eth1 entered promiscuous mode
    Jan 1 01:00:51 unknown user.info kernel: br0: port 2(eth1) entering forwarding state
    Jan 1 01:00:51 unknown user.info kernel: br0: port 1(vlan1) entering forwarding state
    Jan 1 01:00:51 unknown user.warn kernel: vlan2: Setting MAC address to c8 3a 35 xx xx xx.
    Jan 1 01:00:51 unknown user.debug kernel: vlan2: add 33:33:00:00:00:01 mcast address to master interface
    Jan 1 01:00:51 unknown user.debug kernel: vlan2: add 01:00:5e:00:00:01 mcast address to master interface
    Jan 1 01:00:51 unknown user.info kernel: IMQ starting with 2 devices...
    Jan 1 01:00:51 unknown user.info kernel: IMQ driver loaded successfully.
    Jan 1 01:00:51 unknown user.info kernel: Hooking IMQ after NAT on PREROUTING.
    Jan 1 01:00:51 unknown user.info kernel: Hooking IMQ before NAT on POSTROUTING.
    Jan 1 01:00:52 unknown authpriv.warn dropbear[483]: Failed loading /etc/dropbear/dropbear_ecdsa_host_key
    Jan 1 01:00:52 unknown daemon.info dnsmasq[495]: started, version 2.69test3 cachesize 1500
    Jan 1 01:00:52 unknown daemon.info dnsmasq[495]: compile time options: IPv6 GNU-getopt no-RTC no-DBus no-i18n no-IDN DHCP DHCPv6 no-Lua TFTP no-conntrack ipset Tomato-helper auth
    Jan 1 01:00:52 unknown daemon.info dnsmasq[495]: asynchronous logging enabled, queue limit is 5 messages
    Jan 1 01:00:52 unknown daemon.info dnsmasq-dhcp[495]: DHCP, IP range 192.168.1.2 -- 192.168.1.51, lease time 1d
    Jan 1 01:00:52 unknown daemon.warn dnsmasq[495]: failed to access /etc/resolv.dnsmasq: No such file or directory
    Jan 1 01:00:52 unknown daemon.info dnsmasq[495]: read /etc/hosts - 2 addresses
    Jan 1 01:00:52 unknown daemon.info dnsmasq[495]: read /etc/dnsmasq/hosts/hosts - 3 addresses
    Jan 1 01:00:52 unknown daemon.info dnsmasq-dhcp[495]: read /etc/dnsmasq/dhcp/dhcp-hosts
    Jan 1 01:00:52 unknown authpriv.info dropbear[486]: Running in background
    Jan 1 01:00:53 unknown user.debug init[1]: starting rstats.
    Jan 1 01:00:53 unknown user.debug init[1]: starting cstats.
    Jan 1 01:00:53 unknown user.info init[1]: Tenda N6: Tomato 1.28.0000 MIPSR2-116 K26 USB VPN


    i edited my MAC... and dhcp info comes next
     
  18. Vchat20

    Vchat20 Reformed Router Member

    I -think-, and I may be wrong, but the 5Ghz radio on this device is on the USB bus. Should be this line of the above log:
    Code:
    Jan 1 01:00:50 unknown user.debug hotplug[397]: Attached USB device 1-2:1.0 [INTERFACE=255/2/255 PRODUCT=a5c/bd17/1]
    It should be mentioned (merely for code comparison) that bwq's version has 5Ghz working. Albeit it tends to be a bit flaky on the 5Ghz side if I start pushing a lot of throughput and requires a little 'kick in the pants' in the form of a reboot.
     
  19. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

  20. ierwin

    ierwin Serious Server Member

  21. Vchat20

    Vchat20 Reformed Router Member

    I will also give it a stab and give as much feedback as possible when the new image is posted. Been using bwq's 'wares so far and other than a few speed bumps of my own making, it has been fairly solid. But would definitely like to switch over to a shibby build on it. :)
     
  22. jeonny

    jeonny Serious Server Member

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  23. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

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  24. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    Propably yes but this is not enough information about wifi chipset, flash size etc.
     
  25. ierwin

    ierwin Serious Server Member

    with n6, 5g works, but i get poor connection rate with a nexus 4 (max 54mbps sometimes worse)
    i will make further test later. have to get to work :)
     
  26. ierwin

    ierwin Serious Server Member

    found in a bbs in china

    soc:bcm4706
    wifi:bcm4331
    giga switch:bcm53125

    no teardown, i cannot confirm this is right or not.
    since a low price device like n6 have 8m+64m, i guess n80 property not least than this...
     
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  27. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    ok, should be easy.

    If you by it i need some info from nvram (via telnet/ssh if is available or via serial) like:
    nvram show | grep vlan
    nvram show | grep board

    and bootlog will be useful.

    Aboult N6 and wifi: did you test speed between router and PC/Notebook?
     
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  28. ierwin

    ierwin Serious Server Member

    i am sorry i do not have a tenda n80, just find info for you :)

    and on n6, i have no other device which support 5g wifi except nexus 4... in fact i find nexus 4 likely get poor connection rate with every bcm-base router's wifi, i have a linksys wrt160g v3 and a asus rt-n12 b1 all running your mod and they work with nexus 4 both poor connection rate. and n6 with factory image acts same.

    in my home:
    nexus 4 <-> bcm-base wifi <-> pc, using smb (windows sharing) only ~600kbyte/s even with 5ghz strong signal and low interference.
    nexus 4 <-> atheros-base wifi <-> pc, using smb, >1.2mbyte/s using 2.4g with some other interferences.

    perhaps there's some capacity problems between two devices.

    and also there's always some problems on ipv6 and my nexus 4, that's another story. later i will post another thread to tell you what's wrong. thanks.
     
  29. ierwin

    ierwin Serious Server Member

    get a tenda w1800r, it is not expensive (in china 499 rmb, 1usd=6.2rmb approx.) but i don't know if they sell this model in your country
    shibby's mod is already support that router, ac1300@5g+450@2.4g
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2014
  30. ierwin

    ierwin Serious Server Member

    make a few test on tenda n6 with the new image which 5g works:

    1: boot up very slow. plug in power, only power led and plugged lan ports' led on, then wait about 20 sec, lan and wan led on and off (except plugged lan ports'), sys led on and off, then 2.4g and 5g led on/blick, then httpd on. i use wired network connect to the router, use dhcp, keep pressing f5 until web ui up, it shows up time 1m20s in web gui, i remember my linksys wrt160n v3 and asus rt-n12 b1 boot up in less than 40s

    2: i use a small tool which make flood attack at the router, ~10s n6 down, auto reboot. wrt160n v3 can suffer that kind of attack (it became extreme slow but still alive, when the attack stop, it responses as usual just like nothing happened)
     
  31. Vchat20

    Vchat20 Reformed Router Member

    I will concur with the slow boot part.

    I should add that I had some odd issues today. Up to now I just did an in place upgrade leaving the NVRAM untouched from bwq's build. It worked just fine so I left it until I got around to doing a reset.

    Went in this morning and did a thorough NVRAM clear. Number one is VLAN settings were fubar'd somehow. ports 1-4 were marked WAN and the WAN port was unmarked. This had the unfortunate side effect of not letting me in as effectively all wired ports were 'WAN'. Thankfully wireless was marked LAN so that let me in to fix the issue.

    Also both before and after the NVRAM clear I noticed I do not have a choice to select the channel size (20/40Mhz upper/lower). That option seems to be missing.
     
  32. ierwin

    ierwin Serious Server Member

    on tenda n6 with shibby's mod, vlan is correct, in web gui it display thatt lan 4 is wan and wan port is lan, but that's correct in physical.
    i clean nvram and slow bootup still there.
    20/40mhz selection is good on my router.
     
  33. egoods

    egoods Reformed Router Member

    Shibby, you are my hero! I've been scouring the internet for hours trying to find open source firmware for this thing. I picked the N60 up today for under $40 hoping to use it as a 5Ghz AP (thanks to an over-saturated spectrum in my area 2.4ghz is pretty much useless) on the cheap. It "worked" but not at all like I wanted. Then I finally stumbled on this thread, and hallelujah a solution has been found!

    By the way, anyone who's looking to pick one of these up, if you have a Microcenter near by they probably have 10+ of these with an open-box discount, the one by me had 12 when I got mine... the manager told me more people return these then keep them. Hell, if there's interest I'll talk to the manager about buying them out of there open-box inventory at a discount... I feel like this good be a really budget friendly feature rich router. Now, to just figure out how to keep the darn thing cool (I'm thinking a fan-mod similar to what I've seen on WRT54G routers in the past).

    Anyway, thanks again!
     
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  34. egoods

    egoods Reformed Router Member

    An update after a day of using it. Still working great, have had no issues so far. I did have a question though, would it be possible to enable an "N" only feature on 5Ghz? I don't and will never use 802.11a in the future so I'd really prefer to keep it strictly N.
     
  35. alexsim2004

    alexsim2004 Reformed Router Member

    Unfortunately I've managed to somehow brick my N60 when applying this firmware. Router power LED comes on, then after a few seconds all the lights flash and reset to beginning again. No response from telnet on LAN, and WLAN doesnt start either.

    Is there a possibility of restoring? JTAG maybe?

    Thanks
     
  36. ierwin

    ierwin Serious Server Member

    you may need to wait 2 minutes, my n6 with shibby's mod needs more than 100 seconds before httpd works.
     
  37. ghoffman

    ghoffman Addicted to LI Member

    referring to early posts in this thread: is the tenda n60 a direct hardware clone of the asus rt-n15u?
    if so, i'd like to try to burn the asus cfe on this clone, since asus cfe's have a more reliable recovry mode for those of us engaged in the quest for perfect firmware (and who on this board is not?)
     
  38. stolle

    stolle Reformed Router Member

    im having the same issue how did you go about fixing it? thanks!
     
  39. alexsim2004

    alexsim2004 Reformed Router Member

    FYI: I managed to unbrick my Tenda N60 by using Serial Console, hopefully this will be useful for anyone else who bricks their N60:

    [​IMG]

    Using USB-UART adapter, I connected the pins as follows:
    UART GND PIN > Tenda GND
    UART RX PIN > Tenda TX Pin (Labelled TP3 on board)
    UART TX PIN > Tenda RX Pin (Labelled TP4 on board)

    Baud: 115200
    Open a serial session with Putty/Hyperterminal or similar.

    When booting, press Ctrl + C very quickly, and you get to the 'CFE >' prompt.

    Then I connected an ethernet cable from my PC to one of the N60 LAN ports, and set my PC as static IP 192.168.1.2, Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1.

    Then when you visit 192.168.1.1 in your browser, you get the Broadcom CFE firmware upload page, then it was just a case of uploading the correct firmware image and rebooting.


    Edit: I've now worked out how to solve the mixed up VLAN problem (can access web UI on Wifi, but not on LAN) can be solved as follows (must connect via Wifi to access the Web UI):

    - Go to Advanced > VLAN
    - Click on VLAN 1 (Ports 1, 2, 3, 4 should be checked)
    - Under 'Bridge' column, Change VLAN 1 from WAN to: LAN (br0)
    - Click OK

    - Click on VLAN 2 (WAN Port: Yes - should be checked)
    - Under 'Bridge' column, Change VLAN 2 from LAN (br0) to: WAN
    - Click OK
    - Click Save

    Correct config image:
    [​IMG]
     
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  40. stolle

    stolle Reformed Router Member

    alexsim2004, thank you, this solved my issues.
     
  41. als-als

    als-als Reformed Router Member

    i've managed to brick it too, but much funnier. after flashing latest shibby20 fw i found that i can't get to the web UI by lan, only by wifi. then i cleared the nvram and found that wan has become lan1, so I couldn't get Internet access. i tried to restore factory fw (taken from official site, US_N60BRV1_N60_V2.0.4.3_EN.BIN). it flashed successfully, but now router dhcp doesn't work, but when i manually sets my ip to 192.168.1.2 i can get to the webui, but login/password didn't match any defaults :D
    any ideas (except serial console)?
     
  42. YaBall

    YaBall Network Newbie Member

    Could You describe where are those test points, please? Could you make a photo?
     
  43. als-als

    als-als Reformed Router Member

    [​IMG]
     
  44. ntamas26

    ntamas26 Networkin' Nut Member

    Last edited: Mar 29, 2014
  45. Elfew

    Elfew Addicted to LI Member

    Ok, i bought tenda n80 today for testing. It was quite cheap - about 60dolars, it is almost for free. Ok, quality? It is china toy. My rt16n was better. Fw is unstable, plastic body is not good manufactured. Wifi signal is not best, but ok. This router is only for common users who need cheap router without good wifi. I will return it tommorow
     
  46. Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian

    Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian Serious Server Member

    It's 60 $ and it has almost the same specs as Asus RT-N66U but with only 16 Flash and 128 Ram.
    The plastic is flimsy? Are you serious? It could be wrapped in a plastic bag for all I care... It's not designed to be a A+ grade product, it works, it looks good, with Tomato it could be a showstopper at a great price!

    I thought Tomato was a alternative firmware that could do just that, improve user experience by providing a good, open source, stable firmware!
    I don't own the router, but I find very disturbing that very good hardware is being dismissed (no only here, in this thread) because it's not a known brand or cutting edge technology that no one has the equipment to use just yet!

    If you have real world tests to share, or any data that could back you up, then I would understand, no problem, but let me guess you like your routers black?

    Tenda N60 (N600 DB) is also a very good piece of hardware that could also be very stable with a little under clocking to 480Mhz or an additional cooler, as I understand it gets a little hot. I don't know anything else about how the routers are designed, because I don't own them, but the reviews from newegg say just that: good product, flimsy firmware! I can say that about my own router, so...

    P.S.: I edited this message several times, because I was so mad at your post from Shibby's thread, where you dismissed the N80 because it's hardware was very old?! Hope I didn't offended you in any way... :)
     
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  47. ntamas26

    ntamas26 Networkin' Nut Member

    Currently I have an Asus RT-N16 router with Tomato.
    It's a very good and stable router, I use it with FTP/home webserver/samba/nas/torrent function without any problem. Only the 5-7MB/sec usb speed is a bit slow.
    For me the new Asus RT-N66U and the AC versions are overshoot regarding the price and the offered features.

    I looked for a Broadcom based router with approx. the following spec.:
    -128MB ram, 600MHz CPU, min. 16MB flash, 2,4/5GHz BGN wifi, usb port, faster USB speeds than RT-N16, good price
    I couldn't find any offering in this category except this Tenda N80.

    What do you mean regarding "Fw is unstable"?
    -Tomato is unstable on that Broadcom/Tenda hardware?
    -the factory Tenda firmware is unstable? (I never used any kind of factory firmware in the past years, I immediately upgraded to Tomato.)

    -Asus RT-N16 also not the best regarding wireless performance, but it was more than enough for me.
     
  48. Elfew

    Elfew Addicted to LI Member

    OK, so read this before you write anything:

    I have rt16n and ac56u at home. I tried n80 tenda router-it is not a good router. Cheap parts, mainboard, electronic parts... just check pictures with open n60 or n80. You should pay more for better hardware. Tomato is only a firmware (software), you cannot flash it and hope that it make the hardware better :D Dont be silly. This router is not good, cheap plastic body, cheap parts, low performance. The router was a little bit hot after a while under usage. I do not recommend it. And remember - tomato is only a software, it can bring more features, stability but it cannot fix hardware issues... ende
     
  49. ntamas26

    ntamas26 Networkin' Nut Member

    You haven't answered the question (regarding the instable firmware) whether you have actually tried Tomato on this router.

    This is the inside of an Asus RT-N16:
    http://prohardver.hu/dl/cnt/2011-06/74149/pic/asus_rt_n16_inside_b.jpg

    About the hardware, let's check what we can see on the pictures:
    -Broadcom CPU/Router System on Chip
    -Broadcom Switch chip
    -Broadcom Wireless Radio(s)
    These hardware parts are from Broadcom, fully independent from the router manufacturer.

    -Memory from external manufacturers like Nanya, Samsung
    -Flash chip from external manufacturers
    These hardware parts are from external manufacturers, fully independent from the router manufacturer.

    What kind of added value coming from the manufacturer of the router?
    -Mainboard
    -Heatsink, quality of the cooling
    -Selection of the capacitors (we can see a solid state capacitor on the Tenda, while normal capacitors used on the RTN16)
    -soldering quality , fitting of the chips, parts, connectors
    -FET, power supply components etc.
    -firmware from the manufacturer
    -support
    -warranty (Tenda 5 years; Asus 3 years)

    The difference is not as much between two brands as you can see.
    I think a cheaper manufacturer could make good quality routers without any problem, but also bad quality is a possiblity with poor quality parts.

    We will see what will be the conclusion about this hardware.
     
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  50. Elfew

    Elfew Addicted to LI Member

    I have rt-16n for 3 years... it is only for VOIP :) I dont wanna throw it away :)

    check ac56u -> now you know why it has this price tag :)

    Buy whatever you want, but then do not cry :) I am not rich to buy cheap things :)
     
  51. ntamas26

    ntamas26 Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks for the recommendation I will check that too.
    But I also waiting for more feedback about the Tenda N80.
    Does this ARM AC56U have any kind of Tomato support, I couldn't find it on shibby's webpage?
     
  52. Elfew

    Elfew Addicted to LI Member

    Of course it has - check Victek topic. Shibby will support it soon. It is sae like ac68. And it has dual core, really good cover with wifi and the speed is amazing!
     
  53. Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian

    Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian Serious Server Member

    Ntamas26, I'm sure that when the ARM race will be over Shibby will take a look at this.
     
  54. ntamas26

    ntamas26 Networkin' Nut Member

    I checked some reviews, speed looks very promising, I hope that Tomato support will be as good as it for the RT-N16.
     
  55. Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian

    Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian Serious Server Member

    @Elfew : This is already off topic, but let me understand, You are actually recommending a router that has worse wireless N speeds, at double the price? That is a first! :O
    3x3 N clients are way more common than AC clients, keep that in mind, it will be true for at least one or two more years!

    Agreed it's ARM 2x800Mhz and has better USB speeds (14MBps on MIPS to 18-20MBps ARM), and AC 867 mbps but in real life you won't get better speeds than 3x3 N.

    At this moment in time Tomato for ARM support is... let's just say... shaky... maybe in 2 to 3 months... maybe will be usable in real life... but until then just a nice tech demo. As I say, you are too poor to buy good products limited to crappy firmware!

    Why not wait for the first wave of AC to end, then buy a TP-Link or a Tenda or, even better, a by then cheap Linksys EA6900 (the same as AC68U) as it didn't got so much raving reviews so it should drop in price quite fast?!

    But, if you can afford it ... why not...?! Buy a Nighthawk if you are at it... it's only 4 times the price and it blows the ASUS out of the water regarding USB speeds! Oh, I've got it.. The new WRT 1900AC promises to kick both their asses with 2x1200Mhz CPU... that is for sure a BEST BUY!
     
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  56. Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian

    Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian Serious Server Member

  57. b0ssman

    b0ssman Network Newbie Member

    It looks like I managed to brick my N60 as well...

    I got it today, quickly flash newer official firmwares but almost immediately I was put off by them (no special characters in the wifi passphrase..?!?). Being a Tomato fan since.. many years.. I've decided to give it a try.
    First I loaded Shibby's TendaN60 "testing" build: booted up fine, but no 5G radio was available. After quick look in the Tomato Anon stats I've noticed "Hyzoom" builds with "5G" in the name ;) being used by N60 users. I grabbed the most recent one, namely tomato-K26USB-1.28.116-MIPSR2-20140331.Hyzoom.RT_N5x-8M-VPN-IPv6-Max-5G.trx and loaded it up.

    And here come troubles: after flashing it, I can't access the router anymore, neither via cable nor via wireless, dhcp does not work, the router does not ask for an address (on its WAN port) either. It does not seem to be dead-dead, as it still enables the 2.4g wifi (the name of the network and its password has not been altered), reacts on cables being connected to the switch, blinks LEDs resonably etc. But I can't access the gui, ping it etc - contact lost.
    Of course I tried typical 192.168.0|1|2.1 adresses, but none of them seems to work (any other I should try?).

    I tried pressing the reset button for various amount of time and in various combinations (press then power on, long press when powered off, long press when powered on etc.) - nothing seems to result in resetting the nvram, as the wifi name is still intact and I'm able to connect to it.

    Any idea how to unbrick this little guy?

    Thanks in advance,
    A.
     
  58. Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian

    Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian Serious Server Member

    You set your IP static on your computer on the same class with the router right?
    If it's not working I'm afraid serial console is the way to go, as it seems 30 30 30 reset procedure is not working?
    Any serial connection will work I use a DIY solution for the serial port, that I used to mod my xbox drive and cost mere pennies.
    400px-Xbox_360_lite-on_rs232_build.jpg
    or you could try:
    400px-Xbox_360_lite-on_rs232_simple.jpg
     
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  59. alexsim2004

    alexsim2004 Reformed Router Member

  60. b0ssman

    b0ssman Network Newbie Member

    Up and running again, thanks to alexsim2004's info about the recovery process. For anyone else going through this process: don't be surprised when you see metal shields once you open the case, test points are still there, you just need to get to them :) Luckily, theses shields are not soldered to the board (except 1-2 points), so it is not hard to remove it (the larger one).
    As for GND pin, I used the 4th pin of the memory chip that is located close to the test points - for me it was the easiest and closest point to use.
    This is how it looks in my case:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9VCBc_KCzMrXzhhdVdnSERTT1E
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9VCBc_KCzMrb2pnbGQzZWJSbFk

    I think you're right. Now when I think of what went wrong and why I bricked the router, the only thing that explains the issue is that I did not (I know, I know..) erase the nvram after flashing Tomato (Shibby's) for the first time. I'm pretty sure something got messed up, probably the nvram was full or close to full, hence some of configuration fileds were not available. Once I got to the CFE> prompt and cleared the nvram (I did not re-flash the firmware), the router started to work as if nothing happened.

    After that I flashed another N60 with Shibby's firmware, but this time by the book, with the nvram cleared - this time 5G radio started right away.

    Now both routers are flying, flashed with Advanced Tomato. I must say I'm really surprised what this cheap, little box is capable of (it cost me less than Chromecast I've bought recently.. :))

    Oh, one more thing: does the port status info work reliably to you? I haven't spent too much time on this, but it seems that it sometimes showed 10Mbit/half, when the connection was actually 1000M/full (or at least that's what the other end said)...

    Thanks,
    A.
     
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  61. rhester72

    rhester72 Network Guru Member

    Is what I've read about wifi<>upstream bandwidth being limited to 30Mbps by the chipset correct? That (and heat) seems to be the only Achilles heel on this hardware.

    Rodney
     
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  62. b0ssman

    b0ssman Network Newbie Member

    Just tried it: downloading via SMB between a Windows laptop with built-in 2x2 a/b/g/n Intel card and a Windows PC, wired 1Gb. It looks like there is indeed some kind of a limitation, but it's definitely not 30Mbps, rather close to 100Mbps - I managed to keep the transfer slighlty above the 10MB/s mark.

    What's the issue with heat you're referring to? I've got mine for 2 days, it replaced the older router and it is kept in a closet/cabinet, but when I touch it, it is well... warm. Not hot or scary in any way. It is only slightly warmer than the PAP2t Voip gateway that sits next to it...

    A.
     
  63. rhester72

    rhester72 Network Guru Member

    Mine gets *quite* hot on the bottom - hot enough to be very uncomfortable to hold.

    Rodney
     
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  64. rhester72

    rhester72 Network Guru Member

    Shibby,

    Are there any further builds for the N60/600 coming, possibly to address the LAN reported link speed/VLAN issues and/or an update for OpenSSL? Overall, it's a capable little device for the money, especially as a dual band AP. Compatibility with the Tomato test build seems quite high.

    Rodney
     
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  65. tvlz

    tvlz Addicted to LI Member

    The LAN reported link speed issue is a known problem with robocfg not reporting correctly & I sent Shibby a patch to fix the vlans.
     
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  66. Lasantha

    Lasantha Network Newbie Member

  67. Er ma

    Er ma Network Newbie Member

    Today I managed to flash Shibby 117 on my new N60.
    I had several issues before finally having everything working (likely related to not having done a "thorough NVRAM erase" => under Admin, Configuration).
    From what I can tell you will not loose anything ... regarding the stability I'll comment in the new days.
    Thanks Shibby, great job.
     
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  68. alexsim2004

    alexsim2004 Reformed Router Member

    I couldn't find the Tenda 117 firmware at first until I realised I was looking in the wrong directory! - Shibby 117 Firmware for Tenda N60 can be found in the following folder:

    http://tomato.groov.pl/download/K26RT-N/build5x-117-EN/Tenda/

    All looks good after flashing and didn't have to erase NVRAM coming from Shibby 116
     
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  69. shiazo

    shiazo Network Newbie Member

    nice
     
  70. shiazo

    shiazo Network Newbie Member

    I am new at this. Can you point me to where I can get some good tutorial information on how to upgrade my Tenda N60? Are there any youtube video out-there?
     
  71. shiazo

    shiazo Network Newbie Member

    After bricking my Tenda N60 Router. I did not have an USB-UART adapter and Simple RS-232 interface. I found a site walked me through the steps to unbricked my router without those gadgets.

    The link is as follows:

    http://www.rfactory.org/OpenWRT/unbrick.html

    I continued to follow alexsim2004


    Edit: I've now worked out how to solve the mixed up VLAN problem (can access web UI on Wifi, but not on LAN) can be solved as follows (must connect via Wifi to access the Web UI):

    - Go to Advanced > VLAN
    - Click on VLAN 1 (Ports 1, 2, 3, 4 should be checked)
    - Under 'Bridge' column, Change VLAN 1 from WAN to: LAN (br0)
    - Click OK

    - Click on VLAN 2 (WAN Port: Yes - should be checked)
    - Under 'Bridge' column, Change VLAN 2 from LAN (br0) to: WAN
    - Click OK
    - Click Save

    Correct config image:
    [​IMG]

    Now I am able to see the GUI via LAN.

    Hope this helps anyone with similar issues.


    *****

    A few hours later. It looked like WAN is not obtaining an IP from the modem, despite many release and renew and unplugging both the modem and router from the power. So, if anyone has any idea I welcome them.

    Thank you.
     
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  72. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    i`ve got N60 on my desk. Will fix support soon.

    @shiazo can you show me result of:
    nvram show | grep board

    i want to compare with my Tenda`s router.
     
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  73. shiazo

    shiazo Network Newbie Member

    I will re-flash it again. I had to go back to my original firmware. since I couldn't get it to work.
     
  74. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    i sent you PM with fixed image. Please let me know is this works for you correct.
     
  75. shiazo

    shiazo Network Newbie Member

    ok,
     
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  76. shiazo

    shiazo Network Newbie Member

    The configurations are the same as above. The DHCP is still 0.0.0.0 .
     
  77. shiazo

    shiazo Network Newbie Member

    Ok, I am able to see the web interface. The DHCP is working now. I had to power cycle the modem for 2 minutes.

    Thank you @shibby20 for all of your help.
     
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  78. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    well ok. Tenda N60 will be fully supported in v121 :)
     
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  79. shiazo

    shiazo Network Newbie Member

    Ok, Good to hear.
     
  80. Vchat20

    Vchat20 Reformed Router Member

    One question I have to ask is with Shibby's builds has anyone ran into issues of the 5ghz radio absolutely refusing to pass any network traffic (albeit still visible and able to connect to it) after some moderate but sustained transfers over it?

    I'm still running bwq's firmware for now. This router has been demoted to just a dumb switch/AP since moving to a full x86 based router some time ago. But I have to watch myself doing any significant transfers over 5Ghz unattended and 2.4 is a no-go with a horribly clobbered spectrum here. It gets bad enough that watching Youtube on my phone just basic 720p 2.4 will buffer but switch to 5 and it is solid.

    Just curious if Shibby's builds have this issue as well from others experience? I'd love to switch immediately if that little bug is out of the equation.

    I have a sinking feeling though that being on the USB bus could also be part of the issue.
     
  81. tvlz

    tvlz Addicted to LI Member

    I wonder how/if there is a way to give the 5Ghz usb radio more cpu priority?
     
  82. Vchat20

    Vchat20 Reformed Router Member

    Not that I am aware of. Closest thing I know of with linux in general is iotop and ionice and being able to up the priority of IO per a given process same as nice/renice with CPU priority. But that wouldn't help a whole interface.
     
  83. Image This

    Image This Reformed Router Member

    Excuse me as well for the OT but doesn't the N900 standard only support a Channel Width of 20mHz in the 5.8GHZ frequency and AC1X00 routers like the AC56U are using a higher channel width (40-80mHz) and giving a far better throughput at ranges in the 5.8GHZ frequency especially with obstacles inbetween them?

    I've read an detailed explanation about that topic today somwhere but right now can't seem to find it again as it was hidden in another article, otherwise I'd link it here, so I'm not sure if it 's correct. Also my AC56U hasn't arrived to make a fair comparission against the N66U 'S throughput and reliability yet.
     
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  84. Byronious

    Byronious Network Newbie Member

    I recently purchased one of these and flashed it to the latest version of Shibby Tomato. For the first day it was working fine. Now the wireless is acting up, signal is great but there is no speed. In the same room an internet speed test yields less than 1Mbps. Yesterday it tested around 40Mbps. I tried defaulting clearing nvram and then reconfiguring but it has not improved. Any ideas?

    EDIT: I'd like to note the results are the same using 2.4 and 5. Trying different combinations of them on or off and different channels hasn't made a difference.

    EDIT 2: Nevermind, it appears to be an issue with Comcast, surprise surprise.
     
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  85. Trent Hoverman

    Trent Hoverman Network Newbie Member

    Hey @shibby20

    I installed tomato-K26USB-1.28.RT-N5x-MIPSR2-124-TendaN60.trx on my N60 and I don't see any options for VPN Tunneling on the left side. Is there a different firmware I should use for VPN?

    Appreciate your help and love your firmware. Been using it for over a year on my Asus AC66U.
     
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  86. ierwin

    ierwin Serious Server Member

    I guess the reason is that the N60 has only 8mb flash and it's too small to add VPN tunneling feature in it.
     
  87. Trent Hoverman

    Trent Hoverman Network Newbie Member

    Right, that is true. In the comments above shibby mentions the n60 should have vpn though. There is only one version to download on the site though, which doesn't appear to have vpn. I did try the bwq version, and he has vpn in his version, but it is an older build. 121. I would prefer to stick with a shibby build.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  88. astrolabos

    astrolabos Connected Client Member

    Hi. I am new here. Nice to find you.
    I was searching the internet regarding issues with Tenda N60 and stop responding usually after 2 days of use. My perception is that the router is overheating and that's why the router is unresponsive.
    I read something here regarding underclocking the cpu in order to prevent overheating. Can someone guide me how I can underclock the Tenda's N60 cpu, or a workaround for preventing it from stop working?
    Thanks in advance
     
  89. ierwin

    ierwin Serious Server Member

    BG77K9C({{GPR3}B3A4KJ)4.png
    rock-solid like asus
     
  90. astrolabos

    astrolabos Connected Client Member

    Teach me:p
     
  91. TendaN60

    TendaN60 Network Newbie Member

    I just bought Tenda N60 and installed Tomato, everything looks excellent, but I bought it because I wanted to use it for OpenVPN so I was very disappointed to find out that this one has no VPN support. Is there reason for it? There are routers with 8MB flash and VPN support. And I don't need USB support and for other routers there are more versions of firmware. Is there place where I can find out? I will return router to store if it don't have VPN support...
     
  92. AndreDVJ

    AndreDVJ Addicted to LI Member

    Can you compile the firmware by yourself to take out features you don't need?

    I was compiling firmware for this out of curiousity and I got a 7.07MB firmware. I compiled the Advanced Tomato "variant" with OpenVPN, Tinc, DNSCrypt, etc.

    Code:
    
    *********************** Tue Jan 27 18:38:18 BRST 2015 ************************
    1.28.0000 MIPSR2-2.5-124 K26 USB TendaN60
    Creating little endian 3.0 filesystem on /home/andre/advancedtomato2/release/src-rt/router/mipsel-uclibc/target.image, block size 65536.
    
    Little endian filesystem, data block size 65536, compressed data, compressed metadata, compressed fragments
    Filesystem size 6291.21 Kbytes (6.14 Mbytes)
    31.26% of uncompressed filesystem size (20122.74 Kbytes)
    Inode table size 6971 bytes (6.81 Kbytes)
    24.61% of uncompressed inode table size (28330 bytes)
    Directory table size 8007 bytes (7.82 Kbytes)
    55.65% of uncompressed directory table size (14388 bytes)
    No duplicate files removed
    Number of inodes 876
    Number of files 648
    Number of fragments 77
    Number of symbolic links  171
    Number of device nodes 0
    Number of fifo nodes 0
    Number of socket nodes 0
    Number of directories 57
    Number of uids 1
    root (0)
    Number of gids 0
    
    Creating TRX: image/tomato-K26USB-1.28.AT-RT-Nx-MIPSR2-2.5-124-TendaN60.trx
    
    TRX Image:
    Total Size .... : 7413760 (7240.0 KB) (7.1 MB)
      Images ...... : 7411684 (0x007117e4)
      Padding ..... : 2048
    Avail. for jffs :
      4MB, 128K CFE : 0 EBs + 0
      4MB, 256K CFE : 0 EBs + 0
      8MB, 256K CFE : 9 EBs + 57344
      Note : Netgear routers have 6 EBs less available!
    CRC-32 ........ : B321B166
    128K Blocks ... : 57 (0x00000039)
      64K Blocks ... : 114 (0x00000072)
    Offsets:
      0: 0x0000001C  lzma-loader/loader.gz
      1: 0x00000AD8  /home/andre/advancedtomato2/release/src-rt/linux/linux-2.6/arch/mips/brcm-board
      2: 0x000EC800  router/mipsel-uclibc/target.image
    If you want this, and have a USB-TTL cable laying around (I cannot test), I can upload the image somewhere.
     
  93. ierwin

    ierwin Serious Server Member

    Tenda N60 (and N6) has a USB 5G wireless. So if you compile a non-USB firmware, you will lose 5G.
    I personally think that there's more people need USB support than people need VPN support, and since Tenda N60 is not a very popular router (I can see only 113 N60 active in shibby's database http://anon.groov.pl/index.php?model=Tenda+N60 ), I can understand that shibby can't afford much time on it.
    If you do not need 5G and usb, you may simply buy a Tenda N6, it's cheaper and nothing different except no 5Ghz/USB/Gigabit support. (There's no reason that N60 has a gigabit WAN since BCM47162 just don't have such performance for >100mbps WAN to LAN)

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    Edit:
    You may compile a firmware which only contains core USB support, but no printer/FTP/file & media sharing support, and there should be enough space for adding VPN support. (Just like Tenda N6's firmware, it contains USB core support to enable 5G wireless, but no other USB functions since it has no USB port. And it's firmware contains VPN support.)
     
  94. TendaN60

    TendaN60 Network Newbie Member

    Thanks for replies, why would I need USB-TTL cable? In case update goes wrong? I don't have it, I have never compiled router firmware before and I don't know what configuration is needed for specific router. If it works for N6 shouldn't it work for N60, since it basically linux and they have same architecture?

    I have 120Mbps internet connection, so I need just little something over 100Mbps. And I would rather have VPN than 5G. I also already found at least 3 people looking for VPN firmware on other forums.
     
  95. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    Don`t compile tomato with openvpn for Tenda N60! Tenda have only 32KB of nvram and this is not enought to store all openvpn`s variables! Image (flash) size is not a problem here but too small nvram for dual-band router! This is the reason why i don`t include openvpn feature to the image.
     
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  96. astrolabos

    astrolabos Connected Client Member

    If you remember, few days ago, I said that my N60 hangs after a day of usage or two. I changed Transmit Power from Wireless Settings at Advnaced menu to zero, and after that my N60 is not heating as much as it used to and I have no hangs. Just a FYI if someone runs into the same issue
     
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  97. AndreDVJ

    AndreDVJ Addicted to LI Member

    So for 32K you need to choose either 5Ghz or OpenVPN?

    Well, since 32K NVRAM is a constraint, you can't have all features you want at once.

    You may get a USB stick and grab OpenVPN from Entware.

    Otherwise, I would recommend you install Debian Wheezy on a VM, and compile firmware by yourself.
     
  98. TendaN60

    TendaN60 Network Newbie Member

    Thanks for answers, I think I figured it out. I also have Linksys WRT-320N at another place for which I should be able to use firmware with VPN support http://tomato.groov.pl/download/K26...2000-NVRAM60K-1.28.RT-MIPSR2-124-IPv6-VPN.bin (or max version, I can't find what Max version contains).

    And I'm going to replace it with Tenda, because I don't need VPN support on router there, since I'm already running it on Rasperry Pi.

    I also tried setting Transmit Power to 0 and I think it really is slightly better.
     
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  99. ierwin

    ierwin Serious Server Member

    N60 has no JFFS2 support, and is this related to 32k nvram or there's not enough space for it?
     
  100. crash

    crash Network Newbie Member

    I'm expecting similar problem.
    And what is your uptime now?
     

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