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cybrnook

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Almost 250 views and no response :confused: I guess that means it just works and nobody has anything to add :p.

If there are any areas that were written unclear, please let me know.
 
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mito

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Congrats great job and tutorial, i am on r7000 and Xvortex since first released and now .55-2 and runs just fine.
Thaksfully to Merlin & Xvortex.
 

peyton

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I am also on R7000 with xvortex so i did not reply. Congrats btw for the tutorial. Does the CFE fields are the same as in your tutorial ?
 

cybrnook

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(secretly, I also am on the R7000 running XVortex/RMerlin 54_2 ;) ) I made this guide while setting up a router for my brother in law who still lives at home with his parents. I had them on a TP-Link Archer C7 v2. However, we started to have an issue where he would call me (or text) me every other day when the router would lock up. 2.4 would drop completely, and the link to WAN would die. Hard lined, you could still connect to the router, and a reboot would solve the issue, until it came back within 48 hours. Since they have an ATT virtual cell antenna, land line magic jack phone, and all smart phones and computers on it, when it went down it always became a big issue. Especially since my in-laws are a bit older. Any hiccup in technology becomes an ordeal, especially when the phone goes down. Plus, I feel bad for him having to absorb the flak every time something happened.

So I wanted to get him on something affordable, but also stable. For $50 - 75 (which the EA6900 can be found for, since it gets poor reviews on stock firmware) I thought this would be a great router for them. Especially once I got it flashed over to an RT-AC68U/R7000 (since they are all on the same platform).

He is going on over a week of 24x7 up time :) Problem solved, and worlds better wifi range to boot.
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For the most part yes they are the same "main" fields. However my logic is as follows (when using XVortex's 1.0.2.1 provided CFE for your target):

On Target (NEW METHOD):
et0macaddr=et0macaddr (from source)
0:macaddr=et0macaddr
1:macaddr=et0macaddr+1
secret_code=(your private secret_code from source)
 
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RobertYamazaki

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hello, i need some help with some things.....

i have installed the asus merlin without the updated bootloader, and now i can't return to stock or ddwrt to upgrade the bootloader.

i have the access to ssh but the command mtd is not available on the firmware.

i'm using the ea6900_378.55_2

thanks in advance
 

cybrnook

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Just as an fyi, doing anything on this router outside of stock firmware while still using the stock cfe is just asking for trouble. Your nvram variables are likely already a mess. You would be doing yourself a favor to erase your nvram after upgrading cfe's.


Follow Jernau's instructions close to the bottom to see how to flash under asus merlin (make sure to use the ea6900 cfe above and not the r7000 in his post):

http://www.linksysinfo.org/index.php?threads/asuswrt-merlin-on-netgear-r7000.71108/#post-259279

Pay special attention to:

"./mtd-write -i new-cfe.bin -d boot
(mtd-write is in the zip file I linked I don't think mtd-write2 included in the firmware can write to boot)"
 
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Jeroen Houben

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Thank you very much! You saved my router. It dropped out every day until now!!! I can not understand they sell them like this

Just 2 adjustments/remarks:
Link to XVortex EA6900 CFE and CFEdit Tool
-> this link does not give the editor (after searching for 20 min I found it somewhere else)

After you have hit upload, it will appear as though the interface has frozen. That’s fine, just BE PATIENT. If all goes well, will take maybe 10 – 15 seconds and then you will see
-> This took me like 2 min in chrome

But is is working now. Otherwise I had to bring this router back!
 

cybrnook

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Aye yai yai you're right. The link was missing the tool. I changed the link to a zip file now that contains the edit tool and the cfe.

For my testing I was using Internet Exploder, took about 15 seconds. Perhaps the web server is temperamental to browsers?

Either way, glad it worked out for you, thanks.
 

cloudcpu

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Stupid question I will be having Directv installed Wednesday 10/14 I expected to have the new WRT-1900acs in my hands but alas the ship date is now OCT 14th Pickup October 15th. So I was wondering if I could just use the Brain-Slayer DD-WRT image as an improvement over the existing factory image build from linksys/cisco/belkin. I can absolutely follow this guide (I am technical) just seems like a cadre of steps if I am getting a new router a day later anyway. I just want better speed for the Directv tech so he does not blame my "router" for any setup issues he runs into when configuring the Genie Wireless I am getting good coverage with my spectrum analysis utilizing a RE1000 to cover the rest of my house albeit wave speed test is around 30MB but it is consistent throughout the home. Or do you believe that I will not see any improvement or lack of stability by using the Brain Slayer build vs the factory image build from Cisco/Linksys?

For the record I will definitely flash this router for my daughter to use when she moves out for many of the reasons you state for yourself but I don't want to brick my only working router without a backup as I have already given away 4 "old" routers that have already been flashed with Tomato or Open WRT and even a DD-WRT bridge. :)

Thanks in advance for your response! Great guide by the way I may write a script to automate this process as per this extensive guide if/when I do I will be sure to upload it to make this easier for people in the future. (of course they still need to dl the tools but you can only bring them to the water) :)

Also my Ea6900 does not have a "power switch" so I assume you mean unplug understanding that this manual is designed for a few different platforms.
 

cybrnook

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If it's working fine for you now, I don't think dd-wrt would yield you any benefit from a general use stand point. Performance wise, I personally, always had worse performance on dd-wrt when compared to other open source firmware.

With that said, if you do want to try open source firmware (XVORTEX being the recommended), I would recommend you go all in. You need to flash the custom bootloader if you want to run anything other than stock. That is my recommendations.

And yes, you could unplug as well ( no 30 30 30 though, I never recommend that). The basic reason I ask to power off and back on is for you to cleanly get into the recovery Web server that comes with the custom cfe. You need to be coming from a powered off state while holding the reset button.

Good luck either way, wrt1900ac v2 is supposed to be nice with openwrt.
 

apvmtan

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Thank you OP for the guide. My main router right now is the Asus RT-N56U with Padavan firmware and my spare is a ea6900 (got it cheap). For sure will follow your guide in the near future. Thanks again for the hard work.
 

apvmtan

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0:macaddr=et0macaddr+1
1:macaddr=et0macaddr+2

One question is if my mac address ends with 00 does the above mean

0: mac address +1 which means last number is now 01
1: mac address +2 which means last number is now 02

Also the last part, do I wait till it reboot and turn it off and do the nvram reset?
 
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cybrnook

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If your et0macaddr ends with :00 then you should be safe with 0: being :01, and 1: being :02. As long as they are different you should be fine. The firmware will calculate 0: and 1: anyways on boot, but still, better to make them correct in the CFE.

the NVRAM reset I am recommending to do directly after you successfully flash the new XVortex firmware. As an alternative, you can wait for the new firmware to boot (then go through the entire setup) then from the admin page you can reset the router. But I find it easier to just hold the WPS button while powering on the router. Once the lights start flashing, you can let go and NVRAM will reset, then reboot.

and my spare is a EA6900
And I think it's time to make the EA6900 your main router. It's so much better than the RT-N56U. My brother in law used to have one, we also ran padavan. But the internal antennas really kill the range on that unit.
 

mrdigital

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Cybrnook, I got to the last step of the guide. When I tried flashing the Vortex firmware from the Asus CFE mini server, it indicates that the firmware image is invalid. However, I was able to flash the DD-WRT firmware without any problem. Any idea of what's wrong?
 

mrdigital

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Thanks for your response, Cybrnook. I was thinking about that. So I just need to flash the .trx file and it should work?
 

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