Finally awaiting my RT-N66U

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by JTD121, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. JTD121

    JTD121 Addicted to LI Member

    Been a looooong time comin', but I finally ordered myself a new router to replace the venerable 54GL.

    Now, a question; should I upgrade to the latest official firmware, one of the Tomato builds (thinking Toastman), or just the latest Asuswrt-Merlin?

    I do like the additional features, mixed in from both DD-WRT and Tomato, so there's that. Plus the Entware, on a ridiculously more capable router sounds like a great addition.

    Any caveats I should be aware of?
  2. Jedis

    Jedis LI Guru Member

    I just got my RT-N66U, too, but am not sure which version to load on it. Toastman's list is hard to decode. The versions.txt is cryptic and doesn't mention the RT-N66U, though it is listed on the directory list. Seems like I should use the E4200 version, but I'm not entirely sure....

    What did you go with?
  3. Daky

    Daky Network Guru Member

    I would recommend latest Victek's beta.

    Works perfect.
  4. JTD121

    JTD121 Addicted to LI Member

    Well, it's finally up. Come to find out, the two laptops I have that claim N compatibility are only using 2.4GHz N, well, that's fine. Only thing I know for sure supports 5GHz N is the 360 Slim, which is connected via wire anyway...

    I used Victek's stable release for the RT-N66U. Running nice and smooth, right now. Copying settings over from old router to the new, but the Internet access works well enough. Any tweaking guides for a newbie to the super-router game?

    Also, IPv6, I have it enabled on the router, though I don't see it pulling an IPv6 address from the Comcast modem....It's providing v6 addresses from the router, do I need to do anything else? Probably gonna have to read up (again) on all the IPv6 goodness (and badness).

    This is hardware version B1, can I still stick an SD card on the internal SD slot?
  5. JTD121

    JTD121 Addicted to LI Member

    Alright, after most of the day with it, I have found the router can't do the dual-band thing. Tried changing settings, and decided to turn off the 5GHz band. So far no more hiccups.

    Oh, and made it 20MHz only, not sure if that coincided with the near-instant stability, but I made both changes about the same time :-(

    Is running both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands iffy with Tomato?
  6. Malitiacurt

    Malitiacurt Networkin' Nut Member

    I don't think so with the 66U. Dual band should work great. Did you name your 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz SSID's the same?

    I didn't keep up with the updates but apparently there's a difference between the wifi driver on SDK 5 and 6. I'm not sure which is better stablity-wise but apparently 6 decreases the range on official asus firmware (according to reports on the smallnetbuilder asus wireless forums).

    Also, are you talking about the internal wifi adapter or an external adapter for your Xbox 360 slim? Cause the internal one does not support 5Ghz.
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  7. JTD121

    JTD121 Addicted to LI Member

    Hm...thought I read somewhere that it did. But again, it doesn't really matter, since the 360 is connected via Ethernet.

    I named them similarly, just appended 2.4G and 5G for the different frequencies. Although in Tomato it informs me the 'Interference Level' is Severe for the 2.4GHz band. I am the only one on my channel, 6, in the area, so I am not sure what to make of that. But other than shutting the 5GHz off, I haven't changed anything, and it's much more stable for us now.
  8. FattysGoneWild

    FattysGoneWild LI Guru Member

    Something is wrong then. 5GHz should be working just fine. Disabling it is not a fix and you could possibly have a bad router? As for 5GHz support with the 360. No go. It only supports 2.4GHz. Now the new Xbox One supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Did you clear NVRAM (thorough) with in the gui after the flash? That is extremely important to do before configuring. You will run into issues if you did not do it. This could be one of them.
  9. JTD121

    JTD121 Addicted to LI Member

    I followed the instructions to flash Victeks build for the 66U, and then flashed it again within Tomato with the 'Clear NVRAM' checked....Should I do this again?
  10. er fudd

    er fudd Serious Server Member

    flash with shibbys or advanced tomato and set it to 40mhz. look at this video for the comparisons:
  11. JTD121

    JTD121 Addicted to LI Member

    Toastmans' builds aren't suitable for the N66U? I'll look for the latest Shibby builds, though!
  12. JTD121

    JTD121 Addicted to LI Member

    Okay, I found this Advanced Tomato, and it's very well-done and updated!
  13. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

  14. JTD121

    JTD121 Addicted to LI Member

    Alright, things seem to be running a tad smoother now. Any tuning advice? Or is the standard thread still mostly valid?

    Also, DNScrypt-proxy, I just enabled it with the defaults. The homepage lists a number of servers to use with DNSCrypt, is there someplace I can change this? Is the default just fine? Will see how everything works by just enabling and using it, though!

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2014
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