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Tomato builds for ASUS RT-AC66U

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by electrocaine, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. electrocaine

    electrocaine Serious Server Member

    Hello everyone,

    I have been using tomato builds from different contributors for a long while now. Firstly I want to thank everyone involved in these projects from the bottom of my heart because i believe they really take our hardware to the next level.

    As you can understand I love tomato builds and i feel a very severe lack of enthusiasm when it comes to my new router the Asus RT-AC66U since it doesn't yet have a proper build. I believe that it has quite good hardware specs and can become a powerhouse.

    Now as you can guess I want to help in anyway to get this ball rolling. If it means to donate/contribute for some devs to buy the hardware I'm here to help. So please let me/us the community know if you are interested in starting this thing going or not and if so how we can help.

    Kind Regards
     
  2. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    well i already have working Tomato on AC66U but i have problems with wireless configuration (new 80MHz Channel Width). I don`t have time to fix it :/ I had to leave this project for now, because i have another job to do.
     
  3. electrocaine

    electrocaine Serious Server Member

    Well, if you have other things to do, you have other things to do. I wont complain about that. Too bad though you working on this project would be sweet. Oh well, maybe some other time when you feel like it and can manage you can help out eh?

    Sooo, any other devs need some incentive to get going on this?
     
  4. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

    Please Shibby hold your life, girlfriend, wife, children, work, fun, school and do the right thing: keep working on Tomato for free.

    Thank you,
    The community

    :)
     
  5. Timusius

    Timusius Serious Server Member

    Q.Q :)

    My new Asus RT-AC66U is sitting right here on the table, but the firmware is crappy and don't support VLANs, and all the other nice Tomato stuff.

    I ordered it because a quick Google search revealed that tomato would run on it... but now I realize that all the pages I found just 3 days ago all point to N66U... not AC66U. Now I don't know if I should return it, or just keep it and hope for the best.

    Shibby, Toastman (and/or everyone else who knows how to build all these parts of Tomato together)... pretty please with sugar on top...make a AC66U version ;-)

    I will cry myself to sleep every night until it happens :)
     
  6. mito

    mito LI Guru Member

    Shibby has some work done on it but he is too busy by now, keep that router, once the firmware get developed will be the best one.
     
  7. Knowbody

    Knowbody Serious Server Member

    Now, I know development is kind of stalled, but I'm just curious if any of the current builds are in a working state?
     
  8. marcus13

    marcus13 Serious Server Member

    Another month of my AC66U being used as a dumb (but very fast) access point while Tomato Shibby runs on my ancient N16 to actually do all the smarts on the network. :(

    So if Shibby has abandoned the AC66U, has anyone else tried to get it working? I couldn't get it to boot (even with degraded wireless), just seems to be in a boot loop. Maybe I'll have to go back to the dark side, DDWRT might even have a working build according to the forums.
     
  9. FrancoisC

    FrancoisC Network Guru Member

    Shibby said in another thread he had a semi working build for it, but was having problems with something about the 80 Mhz thing of wireless AC.

    Can't wait to try it myself too!
     
  10. transcend

    transcend Reformed Router Member

    Same here. I'm using the merlin build and although the speeds are terrific, it lacks the features and the interface I've come to know and love from tomato. Brainslayer's apr-15 version is usable, but the performance hit is huge. I estimate asuswrt's N 5ghz band speed to be over 300 percent faster. But God, I abhor that interface, let alone the crappy featureset.

    So yea, I too hope Shibby can overcome the bugs that are keeping his build from release sooner than later.
     
  11. Timusius

    Timusius Serious Server Member

    I could easily live without the 80Mhz if this router could just run Tomato.

    I need VLANs, and Merlins build does not support that.
     
  12. Malitiacurt

    Malitiacurt Networkin' Nut Member

    DDWRT has a working firmware for it. It's not tomato but it does have the extra features the stock firmware doesn't, including VLANs.
     
  13. kyrios

    kyrios Serious Server Member

    kickstarter, maybe?
     
  14. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member

    The issue isn't about money, but most likely about time, which is a finite resource for us devs, and sadly cannot be donated. Unless someone else with the technical know-how is willing to also get involved.
     
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  15. Campigenus

    Campigenus Serious Server Member

    The issue is ALWAYS money.

    If I am busy making $$ to feed my family, I don't have time to work on a hobby project. So, if said hobby project could provide some of the $$ I need in order to keep a roof over my family's head, I could focus more on it. (I am not a Tomato dev, but I have found myself in the above described position more than once.)
     
  16. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    Unless the money is large enough for someone to quit their day job, the likelihood is that the developer will still keep working on it in his off hours.
     
  17. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I try to avoid replying to this type of post, but I can't resist it sometimes. Anyone who thinks that developers will get madly excited over the donations should understand that the sum total is hardly enough to pay the electricity bill for the PC. All devs know that, we aren't interested in the money per se. We do get a glowing feeling from knowing that some 0.01% of the 500,000 people out there who downloaded it took the time to say "thanks".
     
  18. Victek

    Victek Network Guru Member

    About RT-AC66U, somebody (two persons till now) said me to delivery one unit or the equivalent money to buy a router local and ran Tomato, I said yes. No news.

    Others wrote me to include other routers and I said yes after checking documentation and compatibility and I did for other models also.

    So, what do you expect to send the unit or donate in order to buy the router to port Tomato?

    Do it instead of opening the same thread (four times I read the same history) in this forum...

    Thanks to all people donated to Tomato RAF ;)
     
  19. mito

    mito LI Guru Member

    Thank you Toast! Thank you Vicente! Thank you Shibby! Thank you Eko and Thank you Brainslayer! I've tried your firms and all of them are great and thank you to the rest of the other devs that worked or are working out there for us. Also my thanks to Simon for beeing there too:D
     
  20. transcend

    transcend Reformed Router Member

    Well, I'd just like to take this opportunity to say thanks to all the devs that have made our routers into super-routers.
    Merlin, your work on asuswrt is unparalleled and your build is both rock stable and feature rich. I'm not a fan of the interface, but thankfully you've enabled ssh(d) and thanks to your awesome work, I can configure the services just the way I want them. dnsmasq, miniupnpd, iptables, cron, it all works and I've set them up just the way I need them. SOOOO much better than stock, but give those stock devs some credit for somehow allowing such amazing throughput.
    Brainslayer and dd-wrt gang, thanks for making such a solid and so very widely supported firmware. I bow in humble gratitude.
    And to the tomato gang, my favorite firmware, for updating, tweaking, and pushing the limits on what our routers can do. Shibby, Toastman, Victek, you guys rock.

    I hope I didn't sound ungrateful in my original post. You've all brought love to my routers that I would otherwise, most certainly, not have.

    Tweaking, configuring, enabling, disabling, researching the settings and features you've made possible is what brings that love there and I sincerely thank you for it.
     
  21. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    Tomato with 2.4GHz works well on RT-AC66U!!. Now i`m trying launch 5GHz radio.
     
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  22. mito

    mito LI Guru Member

    Wow shibby! you are going to make me spend more money buying also an AC66u, great:D!
     
  23. lavir

    lavir Networkin' Nut Member

    This is very good news!
    Thank you Shibby that you continue to work on the tomato for AC66u!
     
  24. marcus13

    marcus13 Serious Server Member

    Fantastic news. Thanks for your efforts Shibby!
     
  25. rZnth4r

    rZnth4r Serious Server Member

    Great news Shibby!

    Sent from my GT-N7100 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
     
  26. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    I will release v110 for AC66u (2.4GHz only) if you want.
     
  27. FrancoisC

    FrancoisC Network Guru Member

    Please do :)
     
  28. rZnth4r

    rZnth4r Serious Server Member

    Yes! please. :-D

    Sent from my GT-N7100 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
     
  29. David_JRG

    David_JRG Reformed Router Member


    Yes, please. Thank you :)
     
  30. darkknight93

    darkknight93 Networkin' Nut Member

    edit: Aaaaand this post was completely the wrong thread, sorry!
     
  31. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

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  32. dufoq3

    dufoq3 Networkin' Nut Member

    thanks!!
     
  33. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    Some info:
    - you can install this firmware via Asus Firmware Restoration
    - after install you have to ERASE NVRAM
    - if you want return to AsusWRT, just upgrade firmware via Tomato GUI
     
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  34. dufoq3

    dufoq3 Networkin' Nut Member

    is it possible to install every new tomato firmware with Asus Firmware Restoration?
     
  35. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    yes it does, but why? If you have already installed tomato, you can just update via gui.
     
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  36. dufoq3

    dufoq3 Networkin' Nut Member

    I know, but I think NEW routers with default firmware
     
  37. Austin M. Matherne

    Austin M. Matherne Reformed Router Member

    Thank you, Shibby!

    I've been waiting to get the AC66U until it had support from tomato.
     
  38. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    all asus routers, yes you do. But i think it may not works with other routers like Linksys or Netgear.
     
  39. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

  40. David_JRG

    David_JRG Reformed Router Member

    Just flashed my RT-AC66U with Shibby's ... so far so good. I'll post later after i'm finished setting everything up.
     
  41. David_JRG

    David_JRG Reformed Router Member

    Tomato all setup on my RT-AC66U ... finally got my bandwidth limiter back :)
    BTW ... great job with built-in transmission bittorrent client!!!

    No issues with 2.4GHz so far ... I've got no 5GHz devices (yet) so everything's good.
     
  42. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Nice work, shibby!
     
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  43. rZnth4r

    rZnth4r Serious Server Member

    Sweet

    Sent from my GT-N7100 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
     
  44. Werner

    Werner Serious Server Member

    I was still not sure what to buy: The RT-N66U or the new RT-AC66U. But I guess I am sure now.
    Just to check: Shibby: Are you sure you will also get the 5GHz band running? Or is it still a guess?
     
  45. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    i'm not sure but i'm really trying.
     
  46. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    And we thank you for trying.
     
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  47. greenythebeast

    greenythebeast LI Guru Member

    Does the new 110 build for RT-N66 include the new 5.110.27.20012 driver or is that just in the 109 beta firmware?
     
  48. kthaddock

    kthaddock Network Guru Member

    No it's 5.100.138.20 driver
     
  49. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    i will make test 110-NEWDRIVER soon.
     
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  50. kthaddock

    kthaddock Network Guru Member

  51. mito

    mito LI Guru Member

    agree!! new driver please!
    don't forget us! as happened to the great WRT54GL that still runs for 50Mbps
     
  52. transcend

    transcend Reformed Router Member

    I just installed the beta version on my ac66u tonight and am posting from a connection served by it now. everything seems to be working fine except of course, as mentioned, no 5 ghz band.

    I had a hard time flashing it because for some reason or other I couldn't get asus's rescue mode utility to work and the asus (merlin-wrt) firmware I had wouldn't accept shibby's firmware. I ended up flashing to the april version of dd-wrt for the ac66u in order to flash shibby's.

    I won't be able to keep this firmware on for long, since i need/use the 5 ghz band often. However, if you need another beta tester, I'd be happy to do whatever I can. I love your (the) interface and feature set more than any other firmware. Don't know what asus's firmware team have done to make their performance so fast (it absolutely crushes dd-wrt) but I look forward to the day tomato get there.

    Thanks so much for your time and effort Shibby. It really is much appreciated, from all over the world.
     
  53. David_JRG

    David_JRG Reformed Router Member


    I too had issues with the rescue mode utility, but as far as I remember running it with administrative privileges solved them.
     
  54. electrocaine

    electrocaine Serious Server Member

    After seeing the current development on AC66U, i felt it was time to honor my promise to support anyone who contributes to this project by donating some money to shibby.

    thanks for all your hard work man. I personally appriciate it and bet some other people out there are too!

    donation confirmation number 5M236480KD2517015
     
  55. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    i launched 5Ghz radio :) 20/40Mhz for now but IMO it's a big progress :)

    best regards
     
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  56. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member

    Do you mean 5Ghz 20/40Mhz bandwidth is working fine, just the new AC isn't working yet? If so that's great work indeed, well done. That alone would be enough to make me buy this router....
     
  57. mito

    mito LI Guru Member

    shibby, yes indeed! i am so confortable with RT-N16! ill have to buy an AC :D !
     
  58. rainlake

    rainlake Reformed Router Member

    shibby, great!!!! hope you can release soon.
     
  59. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    go to tomato.groov.pl and read ;)
    Best Regards!
     
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  60. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    AC uses 80Mhz, so having 20/40 in 5Ghz would limit you to N. Which is basically what shibby's post says, albeit with information on how to get it running in 20/40 mode.

    Good job shibby!
     
  61. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    ... to delete ...
     
  62. Pesceman3

    Pesceman3 Reformed Router Member

  63. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member

  64. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

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  65. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member

    Can you then set the country afterwards with the normal drop-down menu? Rather than EU I prefer to set as Singapore to get maximum transmit power...
     
  66. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    no you can`t. It must be EU! With other country 5GHz will not works. I don`t know why, but it must be.
     
  67. phuque99

    phuque99 LI Guru Member


    What country regulatory database do you use to determine the transmit power, because I've never seen "EU" in the current Linux database and Singapore is definitely not the country with the maximum tx power allowance.
     
  68. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member

    Hmm, I thought it was but could be wrong. Which is then?
     
  69. phuque99

    phuque99 LI Guru Member

    I know that Linux uses the following database

    https://kernel.googlesource.com/pub...6506fa3d6a7ddcd2c92db226e17d0f9f2ef44d/db.txt

    You can see that for US, the maximum power for the 2.4Ghz range is 27 dBm, and 5Ghz is about 20 dBm except in the higher range. Countries like Bolivia allows 30 dBm for both frequencies.

    I'm not sure what reference database Shibby uses in the firmware because there is no "EU" in the list.
     
  70. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    In Asus GPL is also forced EU. It simply MUST be set as EU to working 5GHz radio.
     
  71. Cumulonimbus

    Cumulonimbus Networkin' Nut Member

    That is bad.

    I use at moment two Linksys E4200 (EU-Version) as client WLAN bridge set als Location US MINOR OUTLAING with Toastmans Tomato. With this Setting i can setup all higher Channles abobe CH 48, from 36 up to 161. Reason: Some other 5GHZ WLANs in my neigbourships. :-(

    Any chance to get set up channeles obove 48? Like 52 to 161 :)
     
  72. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member


    Where did you see that? Cause everything is set to US on my end without any issue. The nvram values should be set by what's in the CFE.
     
  73. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member

    From rc/sysdeps/init-broadcom.c:

    Code:
                           if (nvram_get("regulation_domain_5G")) {
                                    nvram_set("wl1_country_code", nvram_get("regulation_domain_5G"));
                                    nvram_set("pci/2/1/ccode", nvram_get("regulation_domain_5G"));
    
    And my router nvram:

    Code:
    admin@Stargate:/tmp/home/root# nvram get regulation_domain_5G
    US
    
     
  74. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    RMerlin, ok, you have right. Asus does not force EU, but.

    With EU channels are detected correct:
    After change to US, channels are not detected on Tomato:
    why? I don`t know. The most important is IMO it is working :)
     
  75. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    AC mode is supported!! Big thanks for Zhiqiang Wang.

    80mhz.png
     
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  76. kthaddock

    kthaddock Network Guru Member

    That is realy god news :rolleyes:
     
  77. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member


    Make sure you use the wl command from SDK 6.x for the RT-AC66U, the old one from SDK 5.100 might not be 100% compatible.

    Code:
    admin@Stargate:/tmp/home/root# wl -i eth2 country
    US (US/12) UNITED STATES
    admin@Stargate:/tmp/home/root# wl -i eth2 channels
    36 40 44 48 149 153 157 161 165
    
    You will need to ensure that your router can work in the correct country code, otherwise people will have issue if their network adapter supports different channels than what their router supports.
     
  78. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    i made some speed tests using RT-AC66U and PCE-AC66 on 5GHz (80Mhz) freq. Results:

    Latest OFW:
    DL from NAS to PC -> 36MB/s
    UL from PC to NAS -> 5.6MB/s

    Latest Brainslayer DDWRT (22118):
    DL from NAS to PC -> 14MB/s
    UL from PC to NAS -> 17MB/s

    My Tomato v112 + AC mode support (unreleased yet):
    DL from NAS to PC -> 34MB/s
    UL from PC to NAS -> 24MB/s

    Best Regards :)
     
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  79. Huang

    Huang Reformed Router Member

    Woooo..,It so great, I'm looking forward to it.
     
  80. gijs73

    gijs73 LI Guru Member

    Are those speeds with QoS enabled?
     
  81. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    Only if you're silly enough to stick your NAS on your WAN port.

    They're WLAN-to-LAN measurements. QoS doesn't affect LAN to LAN or WLAN to LAN or WLAN to WLAN traffic.
     
  82. GreyFox

    GreyFox Reformed Router Member

    Hey Shibby, do you have a Stealth mode (Disabling all LEDs) in your build?
    In Asus wrt Merlin this feature is very helpfull if you are sleeping in same
    room as the router.
     
  83. GreyFox

    GreyFox Reformed Router Member

    And i also noticed, the dd wrt firmware is slower than Normally or Merlin. Have it full power with Tomato? Or is there the slow down connection issue too?
     
  84. marcus13

    marcus13 Serious Server Member

    Awesome :)
     
  85. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    Yes, it does, but not from GUI. Just enter "stealthMode" to command line (ssh, telnet or tools -> system) and read :)

    full power? You mean Hardware FastNAT support? No, tomato doesn`t support fastNAT well WAN speed is limited to 100-120Mbps. But IMO it`s not a issue. If on OFW/Merlin mod you will enable (for example) QoS, then WAN speed will also limited to 100Mbps :)

    without, of course.
     
  86. GreyFox

    GreyFox Reformed Router Member

    And this... FastNAT possible to integrate in a Tomato firmware? Or there is no point of douing that? Because my provider have plans to make a 400 Mbit connection. So without FastNAT i will have only 100-120Mbps right?
     
  87. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member

    Correct, and you will also have the same speed on any Broadcom-based router if you enable QoS, IPTraffic, and a few additional settings, no matter what firmware you run.
     
  88. DanTheManu2y

    DanTheManu2y Serious Server Member

    I'm thinking about getting this router, are these builds stable for daily use?
     
  89. GreyFox

    GreyFox Reformed Router Member

    I have no problem with this router. But first time dd wrt flashing was strange: after flashing (successfully) my router didnt react on 192.168.1.1 i thinked my router bricked, but after about 2 hours he start working from itself again...

    Little time after i flashed it with Merlin firmware, no issues so far...
     
  90. marcus13

    marcus13 Serious Server Member

    I've swapped out my N66U for my AC66U and it's perfectly stable. Just waiting for the next build now :)
    Shibby is a champion!
     
  91. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    no problems. Fast and stable :)
     
  92. kthaddock

    kthaddock Network Guru Member

    @Shibby

    Just for your info.
    Waiting för sourcecode
     
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  93. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

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  94. kthaddock

    kthaddock Network Guru Member

    Yes nice ! Now I know which version I should buy !!
    Now Asus have fixed 5.100 and 5Ghz problem on RT-N66U. We have to wait until source code relese.
     
  95. haarp

    haarp LI Guru Member

    -- never mind. after the third nvram reset it seems to work now.
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2013
  96. sparks305

    sparks305 Reformed Router Member

    I don't know if I'm the only person having this problem, but I tried flashing your new tomato build you released today (through changing the extension from .trx to .bin and upgrading via ddwrt), it completed fine. However, I am unable to login to the router. I've tried: username: admin password:
    username: admin password: admin
    username: root password:
    What is the username and password?


    UPDATED: I figured it out from http://w*w.mandladventures.com/2008/12/03/how-to-change-your-wrt54gl-firmware-from-dd-wrt-to-tomato/ I didn't realize you had to do something special with the password beforehand through telnet before flashing if you were coming from DDWRT. If you end up skipping that step and run into the same encounter just perform a hard reset as the thread above mentions. Everything seems to be working as of now, I will perform some test and report back. Thanks for your work Shibby!
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2013
  97. dtyxx

    dtyxx Serious Server Member

    Hi Shibby. Thanks for all your awesome work! I've just tried your latest build (currently running stock firmware) and I get an error saying "Firmware upgrade unsuccessfully. It may result from incorrect image or error transmission. Please check the version of firmware and try again."

    Do you have any ideas?
     
  98. DanTheManu2y

    DanTheManu2y Serious Server Member

    I had the same problem but I was able to flash it using the ASUS recovery
     
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  99. sparks305

    sparks305 Reformed Router Member

    Great work!
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2013
  100. DanTheManu2y

    DanTheManu2y Serious Server Member

    All I had to do to get 5ghz working is reboot after the first install... that enabled the options in the web interface

    But one question I have about tomato... where do you enable JFFS?
     

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