Asuswrt-Merlin on Netgear R7000

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

  1. MrDoh

    MrDoh Addicted to LI Member

    You can go to "Wireless" -> "Professional" and click "no" on "Enable radio" for both 2.4GHz. and 5GHz. bands.

    (Sorry, didn't see the previous reply until I posted this one).
     
  2. hyelton

    hyelton Reformed Router Member

    Is this worth it over stock firmware performance wise? I just want stable routing. My old R6300v2 on stock firmware all the sudden started causing slow page loading etc. But tomato made sites load snappier.

    WiFi is not a concern for me, its mostly just the actual performance, and reliability. Along with QoS actually working and limiting my upload slightly to keep from high ping.
     
  3. tigs

    tigs Network Guru Member

    there is also a hardware button if you wish to turn off both 2.4 and 5 GHZ altogether.
     
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  4. Frank2

    Frank2 Networkin' Nut Member

    Is it still possible to get 378.55 Hotfix 1?
     
  5. decompiled

    decompiled Reformed Router Member

    v378.55_2 is basically the same thing except the proprietary stuff is not available.
     
  6. Frank2

    Frank2 Networkin' Nut Member

    Yeah, I understand that. However, I still want to get 378.55 HF1
     
  7. cybrnook

    cybrnook Addicted to LI Member

    I would answer no, that's the reason XVortex re-made the 55 firmware (to hide the Trend-Micro engine).

    You are asking for the exact thing that is causing all the debate in this thread :)
     
  8. myersw

    myersw Network Guru Member

    LOL, have wondered a couple of times why wireless has stopped working only to find out I had hit this button by accident. :rolleyes:
    --bill
     
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  9. Frank2

    Frank2 Networkin' Nut Member

    Understand. I'm not the least bit interested in the trend micro engine. I use McAfee (free through my work) for all my protection needs
     
  10. cybrnook

    cybrnook Addicted to LI Member

    Then why not use the 55_2 in the OP? It includes the Hotfix1 change and has the Trend Micro piece removed. It's good to go!
     
  11. jebise

    jebise Reformed Router Member

    I just installed this FW on my second R7K and noticed some issues right away. This test router is behind my main R7K running ddwrt.

    QoS downstream is ignored. No matter what Mb I used or set different priorities they were all ignored and it got full download speeds. All the while upstream worked as expected.

    Parental Control filters do not work. I set global filter to Norton children but was still able to Google and search for adult content, I then added the filter to my computer mac and even then it didn't block adult content.

    Traffic monitor is wrong whenever I go see how much data is transferred I go from kb to 64gb within a minute. I disabled CTF and it's still the same.

    All of these test were completed from my computer hardwired to the second R7K using 192.168.3.1 as the dhcp could this be causing some of these issues?

    I would think not since the second R7K uses its own dhcp as to not conflict with my main network.
     
  12. D2787

    D2787 Reformed Router Member

    What would you say the performance differences are between R7000 stock oem firmware and this?
     
  13. avin7000

    avin7000 Network Newbie Member

    It doesn't work with me also :(
     
  14. avin7000

    avin7000 Network Newbie Member

    Guys I want to setup guest network and limit the download/upload speeds for this guest network. Is that possible?
     
  15. jebise

    jebise Reformed Router Member

    54_2 traffic monitor graph works properly but in 55_2 it's broken. QoS downstream broken on both.
     
  16. decompiled

    decompiled Reformed Router Member

    55_2 2.4ghz drops every once in a while. I can't find anything in the logs to explain it, but I do see in Merlin's forums older posts that describe a similar issue. I also do not have this issue on 54_2.
     
  17. Frank2

    Frank2 Networkin' Nut Member

    Which is why I have been asking for 378.55 Hotfix 1. It may have the same issue, but I would like to try it and test it.
     
  18. decompiled

    decompiled Reformed Router Member

    The only difference in the code between hf1 and _2 are the switch statement around UX display elements. I noticed the same issue with the original version of 378.55 and rolled back to 378.54_2. I tried full reset of router and reconfigure thinking that perhaps 2.4ghz dropping might have resolved for 55_2 but no luck.
     
  19. Frank2

    Frank2 Networkin' Nut Member

    So 378.54_2 works without any issues?
     
  20. myersw

    myersw Network Guru Member

    I find 54_2 more stable for me then 55_2. YMMV
    --bill
     
  21. DirkGently

    DirkGently New Member Member

    Just got a Nighthawk and put xwrt build R7000_378.55_2/ onto it. Great improvement over the Netgear stock firmware, to say the least! I'd actually hate this router if I was stuck with the Netgear software.

    It's working great, but I'm having an issue with iptables rules. I created a /jffs/scripts/nat-start script with all my nat rules, but I have some mangle rules as well that I need.

    It seems that any -tmangle rules run in nat-start are overwritten. If I run the script manually once the machine is up of course, no trouble.

    Putting the rules in services-start doesn't seem to get picked up either.

    Is there another hook in the startup I can use to get my filter rules loaded?

    I'm guessing most people aren't using custom mangle rules, so maybe this hasn't come up yet.

    The best would be if there was something like /etc/rc.local on unix systems; somewhere to shove stuff to run after the normal bootup process is complete. I thought services-start might be that, but it doesn't seem to work for me.
     
  22. oldthor

    oldthor Reformed Router Member

    I've had different results. I've been a long time Asus router owner and have been using Merlin's software for ages with excellent results. I bought a Netgear R7000 recently and loaded version 55_2 on it and got mixed results. The 5ghz band would just disappear and even when it did work I could never get it to transmit the SSID for some reason. Had a few other bugs such as LEDS not working so I went back to the Netgear firmware for now. I admit some of the issues may have been me not thoughly understanding the router yet so I'm going to read the forum carefully and give it another go later. I do appreciate all the hard work put into this effort and the interface is fantastic. So I hope I'm successful in the future.
     
  23. Makaveli

    Makaveli Networkin' Nut Member

    Using a R7000 also and on 378.55_2 I have the issue with wan light being off but other than that everything has been running great.

    I've also seen a few people say they prefer 54_2.

    Is there a list of the current issues with 55_2 posted anywhere?
     
  24. Daky

    Daky Network Guru Member

    I went back to 378.54_2 as well.

    Stable / Better Wi-Fi performance / No reboots , etc. (all issues i had with latest firmware).
     
  25. tigs

    tigs Network Guru Member

    55_2 has the boardnum fixed. The 54_2 did not.
     
  26. mito

    mito Network Guru Member

    Same to me, tested 378.55_2 with little luck, and returned to 54.2 that is stable since got it.
    Best Tx power of all releases and range, 5Ghz is a dream at chnl. 136.
     
  27. cybrnook

    cybrnook Addicted to LI Member

    Also running 54_2
     
  28. Makaveli

    Makaveli Networkin' Nut Member

    What kind of reboots are you talking about as in clients dropping from wifi or the whole router restarting?
     
  29. Daky

    Daky Network Guru Member

    clients dropping from wifi + router hangs, i need to unplug it / turn off - on to get it working.
     
  30. Frank2

    Frank2 Networkin' Nut Member

    So how come the same thing cant be done with 55_2? Why not take the best features of each FW and roll it into one great FW? I'm likely oversimplifying this, but I would think by copying the best code from each FW, it would work.
     
  31. Frank2

    Frank2 Networkin' Nut Member

    What's the impact of NOT having the boardnum fixed? What does the boardnum do? I know it's part of the CFE, but that's all I know about it.
     
  32. mito

    mito Network Guru Member

    Long story short.
    Besides firm development there are a lot of Corporation politics, seems crazy but yes. I am not telling names, but imagine a big company has a great firm for their own great boxes and comes a good 3rd party developer that makes their firm better with a lot of fans following him, then apears a new Dev guy with great knowings that uses their two firms with their private codes, and his great and invaluable work superdeveloping that firm and offers for free the firm, for the best competition router.
    What could be the results of that? The big Companiy makes some components not to load and the new Great Dev Guy has to break his brains to compensate that, so We mere mortals have a great firm from a big Corporation for our router, but little by little begin firmware problems, if not believed read a couple of pages pack :(
    BTW, i'm on 54-2
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2015
  33. tigs

    tigs Network Guru Member

    I don't know. That is why I am bring this question up again hoping someone can chime in. @XVortex once said it was a "serious flaw". But it appears to me this flaw only impacts post 54_2 builds. People did experience reboots before with various 55 builds. I have not had an issue, or i have not carefully examined it yet.
     
  34. myersw

    myersw Network Guru Member

    You can set the boardnum manually. Command is further up in this thread to do it.
    --bill
     
  35. r00ternewbie

    r00ternewbie Serious Server Member

    I've been running 378.55 (no hot fixes, factory CFE) now for 2 months. In that time I've had no reboots, stable wireless on 2.4 & 5GHz. Would be interested to know what impact 'wrong board number' could have.

    Sent from my A0001 using Tapatalk
     
  36. Makaveli

    Makaveli Networkin' Nut Member

    I've been on the firmware for about 3 weeks now and I haven't noticed a single hang of the router on my end.

    The only issue I've noticed is my Samsung Smart TV likes to pop in and out of the client list. At first I thought it was only happening when the TV is off but it will do it with the TV on, however network connection is never dropped the TV is online so its just the client list doing this.

    The TV is on a 4 port switch in the living room with a network cable running to router so its a hardwired connection.

    [​IMG]

    Also the device name for the Samsung is [TV]PN64E8000 is there a reason it won't show the full client name?? maybe it doesn't like the [TV] part in brackets? I've tried to rename the device name on the TV but only allows you to delete after the brackets.

    The andriod device in the list is actually an HP touchpad running 4.4 which has flaky wifi and this device will sometimes drop the connection but this was happening on my previous router so that Issue I believe is coming from the modified touchpad and not the R7000.

    Temps have been great and I really happy for all the hard work put in by Rmerlin for this firmware and vortex for the port.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2015
  37. myersw

    myersw Network Guru Member

  38. Frank2

    Frank2 Networkin' Nut Member

    Ok, looks like I'm leaning to 54_2. However, according to the changelog, the 55 series changed and/or fixed many of the things I use frequently e.g. DDNS, OpenVPN, SSL, network client list, on and on.
    I like the wireless stability of 54_2 but need the functionality of the 55 FW. Is 55 dropping wifi?
     
  39. Daky

    Daky Network Guru Member

    Good stuff, for some people it works properly, for some not, what the reason is? have no idea :) and with version i use at the moment i get almost everything i need.

    [​IMG]

    I am also thinking about pfsense + r7000 (this firmware) as AP.
     
  40. MrDoh

    MrDoh Addicted to LI Member

    For my Samsung smart TV, it originally wanted to use the name "localhost" *smile*, which neither my router or I liked much. So I gave it a static IP, and the name "SamsungTV". Now both the TV and I are happy. And "SamsungTV" appears wherever the TV appears as a client in the router GUI.

    I really don't like the client list functionality on my RT-AC68P with 55. I want a list that doesn't change while I'm looking at it. I don't care if clients are coming and going, I want to see the list of clients that are or have been using my network, not have clients disappearing or appearing if they do or don't use it for some short period of time. The appearance is great, really nice to be able to sort by interface, but I want my list to just sit there unless I tell it to update. So I feel that the appearance has improved, yet the usability for me has gone down. Maybe there's a mode setting that I'm not aware of, that's possible.

    But that's just me, I'm sure that there are people that enjoy seeing their client list bounce around *smile*.
     
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2015
  41. mito

    mito Network Guru Member

    54_2 isn't dropping at all since months, others could not test so long.
     
  42. Makaveli

    Makaveli Networkin' Nut Member

    Ok thanks.

    That is a nice overclock you have running there I haven't tried it yet no need when I decide to setup a VPN then I will give it a look.

    Since we are now getting into fall in canada my temps are pretty good I've seen some people have replaced the thermal paste to improve temps and even have laptop coolers plugged into the device so I may also looking in that if I decide to push the clock speeds up.

    After reading your post I decided to go back into the firmware and now I happen to catch the TV when it was visible lol and I was able to rename it. So thank you for that this is what I wanted it to look like.

    [​IMG]

    I also agree an additional tab may to the right of the interface one where it kept a static list of the connections would be nice.
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2015
  43. jebise

    jebise Reformed Router Member

    QoS bug is the only thing preventing me from jumping to this FW from DDWRT, is anyone else using QoS?
     
  44. Makaveli

    Makaveli Networkin' Nut Member

    I have QOS turned off what bug are you referring to?
     
  45. nlenle

    nlenle Networkin' Nut Member

    Think I found a bug.

    I installed AsusWRT-Merlin R7000_378.55_2 today, replacing my Shibby Tomato. I've tried twice to add more than one Authorized_Keys ssh-keys – and everytime there is more than one it goes into a boot loop.

    (I'm now back on tomato, so not able to test anything more)
     
  46. jebise

    jebise Reformed Router Member

    it's explained above regarding downstream setting for QoS
     
  47. decompiled

    decompiled Reformed Router Member

  48. Daky

    Daky Network Guru Member

  49. r7kr63

    r7kr63 Reformed Router Member

    Delete
     
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  50. r7kr63

    r7kr63 Reformed Router Member

    [​IMG]

    WIRED

    [​IMG]

    WIRELESS
     
  51. Makaveli

    Makaveli Networkin' Nut Member

    Deleted

    Reason on next post.
     
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  52. slidermike

    slidermike Addicted to LI Member

    Why are you guys posting speed test results in this thread about xvortex firmware?
    Create a new thread for that rather than clutter this one please.
    Adds nothing to the goal of the thread.
     
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  53. mito

    mito Network Guru Member

    Yeap.....
     
  54. decompiled

    decompiled Reformed Router Member

    I had QOS on with 90% on and getting an F grade for bufferbloat from that site. That's why I was curious what others on this firmware are getting. Thanks for those that posted. If you got a good bufferbloat grade, are you running QOS?
     
  55. Makaveli

    Makaveli Networkin' Nut Member

    Decompiled you need to create a new thread for this Slidermike is correct this is off topic for this thread.
     
  56. Magoo222

    Magoo222 New Member Member

    Just installed v378.55_2 all seems good, except no Wan Light :(
     
  57. MrDoh

    MrDoh Addicted to LI Member

    Just for the record, I tested this and got a "F" for bufferbloat on the DSL Reports speed test as my router is normally configured. Then turned on adaptive QoS, minimallly configured it, and got an "A" for bufferbloat. So QoS really does make a big difference in measured network latency, at least it does here. Saw a similar result with dd-wrt, "F" without QoS, "A" with it.
     
  58. Frank2

    Frank2 Networkin' Nut Member

    I can live with the WAN light off. One less light flickering in the night driving me crazy. Switching gears; I'd be interested to know if your 2.4ghz (or 5ghz) wireless drops on occasion. If not, I"m all in on 55_2
     
  59. hieppo

    hieppo Serious Server Member

    Hi,
    Anyway notice ram usage increases over time? I start with using about 90MB so about 146MB free and in about a week, I have about 90MB free? And it never ever gets cleared.

    Why does RAM increases but does not get free? I would assume a process that uses needs more RAM for a function but should release once it is done.

    BTW, on top of the standard firmware function I have running asterisk and mysqld.

    Is there some runaway process I do not know of? Why would RAM always increased and never go back down to when it was first started?

    If RAM can not be control, then I have to but s schedule to reboot the router every few weeks or so.
     
  60. Daky

    Daky Network Guru Member

    ssh to router and do: free -m

    admin@home:/tmp/home/root# free -m
    total used free shared buffers
    Mem: 255768 45608 210160 0 440
    -/+ buffers: 45168 210600
    Swap: 0 0 0

    what does ur shows? (in my case i see (approx) 210 mb free .. only 45 used ... )


    http://www.linuxatemyram.com/
     
  61. myersw

    myersw Network Guru Member

    Read the change log. You will find this is normal memory usage on arm routers. memory is cleared as needed unlike earlier firmware. Not something to be worried about.
    --bill
     
  62. hieppo

    hieppo Serious Server Member

    total used free shared buffers
    Mem: 255744 101408 154336 0 9620
    -/+ buffers: 91788 163956
    Swap: 524284 0 524284

    That is what I have set up.

    Bill,
    If that is the normal behaviour, then I won't worry too much with the RAM. I let it run for a bit longer and monitor if there is any erratic behaviour.

    BTW, another question, I got bored since the router is so damn stable, I decided to play around with the clock speed. My router was set to 800/667. Anyway, I have mine with a 120mm fan running off the 12V router PSU. My CPU temperature is steady at 47C. I have recently clock it at 1200/800 and CPU temperature has not budge. The temperature for both the WiFi antennae is steady at the temp before the overclocking.

    I was wondering what others experiences with overclocking, temperature and durability.

    Hiep
     
  63. Daky

    Daky Network Guru Member

    1400 MHz since i own this router.

    DD-WRT / Tomato / ASUSWRT.

    [​IMG]
     
  64. slidermike

    slidermike Addicted to LI Member

    1000/800 is stock r7000 speeds.
    Most of us have found the router to run stable and with very little heat increase at 1200/800 and some of us have had great success at 1400/800.
     
  65. MrDoh

    MrDoh Addicted to LI Member

    Also typical Linux behavior...stuff is put in memory and left cached there after it's used. It isn't overwritten until that memory space is actually needed, since having stuff in memory will save loading time next time it is used. Not the usual thing for UNIX, kind of looked odd when I first started using Linux, but you get used to it.
     
  66. DarkIllusion

    DarkIllusion New Member Member

    Are these abnormal temperatures?

    2.4 GHz:
    53°C - 5 GHz: 53°C - CPU: 65°C
     
  67. Frank2

    Frank2 Networkin' Nut Member

    How do you have your cooling fan set up i.e. inside/outside the router? Do you have any instructions/diagram/picture on how to hook up your fan to the PSU?
    Thanks
     
  68. myersw

    myersw Network Guru Member

    No these are not out of the normal. Here is what mine is right now. This is with Tomato but I get the same when running xvrt.
    CPU Temperature 65°C
    Wireless Temperature eth1: 2.4G - 51°C eth2: 5G - 56°C

    --bill
     
  69. hieppo

    hieppo Serious Server Member

    BTW, I am running xvrt on my Linksys EA6900 which is clock at standard 800/667.

    The temperature is really dependent on the location and how it is sitting. I tested in various places and different position when passively cooled and found it is not the best thing for these router to have it passively cool and in a enclose case or some sort. The best would be in an open area (preferably in the basement since it is the coolest part of the house) and have it position vertically.

    Saying that, my setup is pretty simple since my Linksys can not easily stand vertical on its own without rigging some sort of custom stand. Since the router was design to pull air from the bottom and dissipate the heat to the side, I hot glue the 120mm fan (with direction to blow air into the holes) onto the bottom of the router and have it sit horizontally upside down on two make shift stand. By having it upside down, there will be plenty of fresh cool air to suck into the router. The hot air is forced out through the side holes.

    The fan is a 12V/250mA which I just spliced the +ve/-ve to the AC/DC PSU wires. 250mA draw won't impact the power supplying the router.

    I feel a bit more at ease when my CPU temp is not over 65C. When experimenting where and how to place the router. I saw the temperature rose pass 80C. This is definitely not good for long term durability.

    The way I see it. The lower the operating temperature the lifespan of the device will be longer.

    Hiep
     
  70. Frank2

    Frank2 Networkin' Nut Member

    Anyone done the thermopaste replacement? Does it really make a difference?
     
  71. hieppo

    hieppo Serious Server Member

    Thermal paste and heatsink may help but I could not risk removing the case and damaging it. But I think passive cooling is not enough even with a heatsink. These routers don't have much room for airflow. It needs assistance. In my opinion, using a smaller cpu fan inside the case may be noisier than having a brushless 120mm external fan.
     
  72. Makaveli

    Makaveli Networkin' Nut Member

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  73. edusodanos

    edusodanos Serious Server Member

    cancel
     
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  74. jsmiddleton4

    jsmiddleton4 Network Guru Member

    I use a small laptop active cooler pad powered by USB2 port. Router sits on it almost perfectly in terms of size. Works well.
     
  75. Magoo222

    Magoo222 New Member Member

    Would you happen to have a link to the one you are using?
     
  76. henningdalgaard

    henningdalgaard New Member Member

    Hello Folks!

    I need your help as I am stuck here

    I have bought two identical routers, Netgear Nighthawk R7000 that I want to setup as main router with OpenVPN server and a portable client.

    I want to use the second (portable) router for traveling to use as an OpenVPN client, so that I can stream movies and such from my NAS. I have not gotten to the client yet as I am just testing the connection to the server from a laptop with openvpn software (on a different network)

    I am running Asus-wrt Merlin, latest firmware

    I followed the guide on howtogeek on openVPN on a tomato router as recommended on the github page for asus-wrt Merlin

    Unfortunatly I am unable to connect. At first I thought that it was because I forgot to open the port 1194 but I still get the same error. I am thinking it might still be a port problem because the program (portforwarding's own software) that I used to test the open port keeps saying that the port is not open. I also tried to disable the firewall but I still get the same error. Am I correct that I need to set "local ip" to the same ip as my routers main login page?

    I am attaching some screenshots from the router admin page as soon as I am allowed (I am a new user and need to wait one day apparantly. I hope you can help.
     
  77. hieppo

    hieppo Serious Server Member

    Hi,
    Made the same mistake earlier on myself. I had my OpenVPN server sitting on a linux box behind the router then I moved and put it on the router itself. I thought the port forwarding would be the same. But it is not.

    Since your OpenVPN server is sitting on the same machine as the router (and not sitting behind the router). You have to add the accept incoming port request at the router layer. You have to add this into your jffs/scripts to ensure you include into your iptables:

    iptables -I INPUT -p udp -m udp --dport 1194 -j ACCEPT

    Once you have that in place, then retest from your OpenVPN client.

    Try that out and see.
     
  78. jsmiddleton4

    jsmiddleton4 Network Guru Member

    "Would you happen to have a link to the one you are using?"

    I can find it but it'll be tomorrow.
     
  79. henningdalgaard

    henningdalgaard New Member Member

    Thank you very much - I give it a try
     
  80. avin7000

    avin7000 Network Newbie Member

    Guys I badly need QoS. I want to limit speed of a single device. What to do?
     
  81. decompiled

    decompiled Reformed Router Member

    Is adaptive QoS not working on 55_2?
     
  82. Makaveli

    Makaveli Networkin' Nut Member

    I was under the impression Adaptive QOS is only for the Asus Routers and The R7000 only has traditional QOS.
     
  83. ManiDhillon

    ManiDhillon Networkin' Nut Member

    Adaptive QOS is non-free(licensed by ASuS) feature thus Xvortex has removed it from 378.55_2 to avoid legal and copyright complications. This all was discussed thoroughly a few pages back.
     
  84. tigs

    tigs Network Guru Member

    When the thread gets longer, it is very hard to keep track of things. It would be nice to have a FAQ post at the very begining of the thread. BUT, some of us did not even read the first post before asking questions.
     
  85. DarkIllusion

    DarkIllusion New Member Member

  86. tigs

    tigs Network Guru Member

    I am getting a lot of this lately while accessing the router. Any clue or direction? I can not even access via the SSH or telnet. Other than this, I have all the lights on as expected and internet access as well. I am posting this while the router is in the state.

    I have erased NVRAM multiple times, reconfigured from scratch, reflashed back to stock and back.

    turning windows firewall did not work. Restarting the router will bring back the access.
     

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  87. decompiled

    decompiled Reformed Router Member

    @tigs What version are you running?
     
  88. tigs

    tigs Network Guru Member

    I am still on the 55 with hot fixes
     
  89. D2787

    D2787 Reformed Router Member

    Currently on 55_2 just installed it after debating for the past two weeks. The R7000 is honestly the router that I've used stock firmware the longest. With that being said, I can tell the difference in quickness already between the stock firmware and the default Netgear firmware. Going to run for a few days and see how it does and will report back. Seems to ever work better for gaming.
     
  90. Frank2

    Frank2 Networkin' Nut Member

    Do you mean you can see a difference between stock netgear and 55_2?
     
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  91. ManiDhillon

    ManiDhillon Networkin' Nut Member

    Have you tried using another browser? Can you post you LAN setting page after you revert to stock and put your custom settings?
     
  92. slidermike

    slidermike Addicted to LI Member

    If we take tigs statement at face value then it shounder not be a browser issue to to his reported inability to hit the box via telnet or ssh either.
    However I would consider checking any firewall settings/ start scripts that might be delayed start in the router.
     
  93. ManiDhillon

    ManiDhillon Networkin' Nut Member

    You are right Mike.
    @tigs Are you using any custom scripts?
    Better yet, erase nvram, then put you WAN settings and don't touch anything else. Then try if you can reproduce it, may be there is something wrong with your settings in LAN/DHCP.
     
  94. henningdalgaard

    henningdalgaard New Member Member

    Can anyone give me a step by step guide for dummies on how to do this? Sorry, I am a noob :)
     
  95. Frank2

    Frank2 Networkin' Nut Member

    Does anyone know (or have you heard) if Merlin is coming out with an update to 55_2? I know, "this is a question you should ask Merlin". Dear Merlin, if you happen to be on this forum, do you have plans for an update?
    Thanks
     
  96. decompiled

    decompiled Reformed Router Member

    @Frank2 I'm not going to speak for Merlin, but in a previous post he mentioned that he was aware of efforts on behalf of ASUS to stop allowing their code to work on non ASUS hardware. We are already seeing this happen in 55_2 with proprietary stuff being disabled. I'm guessing that more and more things will be unavailable to R7000 users in the future.
     
  97. tigs

    tigs Network Guru Member

    @slidermike Thanks and appreciated your taking the time.
    mike is right, It is not related to the browser. And I dont think it has anything to do with firewall, scripts etc (i dont have any scripts, router was configured completely through web UI), because all it took to regain access is to restart the router. no change needs to made to firewall or router setting. it just freezes.

    I am still experimenting. I am afraid it was the nvram messes or whatever. the normal procedure is unable to completely wipe out. I tried different ways of erasing nvram:
    1. serial at the cfe prompt ( i dont know it makes any sense. Instead of flash a FW, I just issued an "nvram erase" command"). it does the job visually.

    2, mtd device wipe under dd-wrt. (i did "mtd erase nvram")

    while in serial interface I noticed bad sectors:

    AND

    When I tried the "mtd erase nvram under dd-wrt (latest), there is an erro message, something like:

    Any idea?

    How to fix this?
    thanks
     
  98. slidermike

    slidermike Addicted to LI Member

    Kong has mentioned on a couple of occasions over on ddwrt forum that bad flash blocks are not uncommon.
    The more we flash, the more we wear the blocks out.

    I am unaware of anyway to repair a defective block of flash memory. I doubt there is one.
     
  99. tigs

    tigs Network Guru Member

    thanks Mike. Yes, he said not to worry about thee bad sectors. He also said he can fix it. I guess given the issues I have, I may have to pursue that. I will ask him if no one here knows about this.

    @XVortex

    Is there not an MTD utility in the asuswrt_merlin?
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2015
  100. D2787

    D2787 Reformed Router Member

    Absolutely. Totally different performance even just from the GUI loading perspective it's night and day. Before my router would hang in between switching the options to configure the R7000 this just loads right up, applies changes faster, internet pages load faster, it's a night and day difference and I haven't even overclocked lol.


    The router also reboots about 5 times faster then the netgear firmware lol
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2015
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