Tenda AC18 Help and Guide


DevWEDC

Network Noob
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Hello, i have bought this Tenda AC18 from AliExpress with ASUS Merlin Firmware 380.65_X7.4,

I am writing this thread, asking help, because i am lose and dont know how to install/download this firmware on/for my device, and need some guide and tips about this and to get the best performance + range on both band too.

thank you.
 

DevWEDC

Network Noob
Member
Hello, i have bought this Tenda AC18 from AliExpress with ASUS Merlin Firmware 380.65_X7.4,

I am writing this thread, asking help, because i am lose and dont know how to install/download this firmware on/for my device, and need some guide and tips about this and to get the best performance + range on both band too.

thank you.
talking about FreshTomato, dont know how to install/download this firmware on/for my device.
 

Joe A

Networkin' Nut
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I have never done this myself on a TendaAC18 however...

Make sure you have the right image e.g.
download, extract the .trx and upload using Merlin's upgrade function via the GUI. It should work.
I'm pretty sure the upgrade function won't work from Merlin. This is what worked on my AC18:

1. Download Fresh tomato for Tenda AC18

2. Connect your laptop using network cable to the AC18 LAN port two.

3. fix your IP address to 192.168.0.10 netmask 255.255.255.0

4. On your laptop ping 192.168.0.1 -t continuously

5. insert a paper clip into reset hole, hold on to it, and power on AC18

6. once there is a response from the ping, release the paper clip

7. on your computer, bring up firefox and access 192.168.0.1

8. From the firefox browser upload the firmware

9. A message will be shown on the firefox browser when it is completed. *Wait 12 minutes* after webpage shows complete.

10. Power off the AC18 and repeat step 4, 5, 6, 7

11. This time, select restore default nvram values

12. Once it is done, AC18 will reboot again and it is ready for use.

13. Change your laptop's IP address to DHCP.

14. This time, the IP address of the router is changed to 192.168.1.1 and you can start the set up using firefox

I'verun several experimental firmware changes on my AC18 (even a botched DD-WRT attempt) and these instructions always get me back although, as they say, your mileage may vary.
 
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DevWEDC

Network Noob
Member
I'm pretty sure the upgrade function won't work from Merlin. This is what worked on my AC18:

1. Download Fresh tomato for Tenda AC18

2. Connect your laptop using network cable to the AC18 LAN port two.

3. fix your IP address to 192.168.0.10 netmask 255.255.255.0

4. On your laptop ping 192.168.0.1 -t continuously

5. insert a paper clip into reset hole, hold on to it, and power on AC18

6. once there is a response from the ping, release the pin

7. on your computer, bring up firefox and access 192.168.0.1

8. From the firefox browser upload the firmware

9. A message will be shown on the firefox browser when it is completed. *Wait 12 minutes* after webpage shows complete.

10. Power off the AC18 and repeat step 4, 5, 6, 7

11. This time, select restore default nvram values

12. Once it is done, AC18 will reboot again and it is ready for use.

13. Change your laptop's IP address to DHCP.

14. This time, the IP address of the router is changed to 192.168.1.1 and you can start the set up using firefox

I'verun several experimental firmware changes on my AC18 (even a botched DD-WRT attempt) and these instructions always get me back although, as they say, your mileage may vary.
the 5ghz work fine with freshtomato?, because my services is 200 / 20, and use the AC and QoS.
 

Joe A

Networkin' Nut
Member
Tomato hasn't quite figured out how to get the 5 Ghz radio working correctly on Tenda AC18 and AC15
 
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