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MissSherlock

join:2009-05-17
Ontario

What firmware need for an Asus RT-N66U?

Hi Folks,

Previous discussion about "what type of router to purchase".

»Re: What type of router to purchase?

Finally purchased the Asus RT-N66U. On sale at The Source.ca for $149.95.

Computer Specs

Asus CM-6870-CA-3AA - Windows 7 64-bit
Processor Type Intel Core i7-3770
Processor Speed 3.4 GHz
Processor Cores 4 with RAM 16 GB
Hard Drive Capacity 2 TB
Hard Drive Speed (Revolutions Per Minute) 7200 RPM
Optical Drive 12 x Blu-Ray Combo
Graphics Card nVidia GT630 - Graphics Video Memory 2 GB
Display Monitor - Asus VE248Q
Audio Sound Card ALC892 - Audio Output High Definition Audio
Ethernet Port 10/100/1000
Integrated WiFi 802.11b/g/n
Power Supply 300 W
Two external 2.0 USB drives.

Using Teksavvy Thomson 475/476 Modem - only one ethernet port on the back.

Also using a OpenVPN.

What type of firmware would be recommended for this router/OpenVPN, i.e. Shibby Tomato, DD-wrt Merlin or other?

A friend will be helping to flash the router.

Thanks,


Nitra

join:2011-09-15
Montreal

I use Merlin on all my Asus routers, I've never had an issue.
It's dead simple, just flash over what comes stock, no need to reset.

»www.mediafire.com/asuswrt-merlin/


camelot

join:2008-04-12
Whitby, ON
reply to MissSherlock

Definitely Merlin.

Comes with the ASUS provided firmware but some nice tweaks under the hood. I see no reason to run Tomato/DD-WRT.


Nitra

join:2011-09-15
Montreal

In fact, when this Linux ISO is finished downloading, I'm going to flash my AC66U again


Fraoch

join:2003-08-01
Cambridge, ON
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reply to MissSherlock

Merlin is fantastic because it's similar to the stock firmware with bugfixes and enhancements - it's not a radical departure with its own set of bugs. The stock firmware is based on OpenWRT anyway - I believe it's called ASUSWRT.

Do make sure to use either one of the .27x builds or a recent build with the SDK5 wireless driver - ASUS recently reduced the transmit power by 10 dB to comply with a legal challenge:

»forums.smallnetbuilder.com/showt···?t=13461
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GreenEnvy22

join:2011-08-04
St Catharines, ON
reply to MissSherlock

I just updated my RT-AC66u last night to the newest Merlin.
Merlin good



HiVolt
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reply to Fraoch

I was looking at the Merlin features, and one of them is Dual WAN... Has anyone tried this?
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Nitra

join:2011-09-15
Montreal

Yes, works well


InvalidError

join:2008-02-03
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reply to HiVolt

said by HiVolt:

I was looking at the Merlin features, and one of them is Dual WAN... Has anyone tried this?

The latest ASUS stock firmware has dual-WAN too.


HiVolt
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I was thinking of trying it out on an older RT-N16...
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El Quintron
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reply to MissSherlock

I'm a Tomato guy myself (mostly because I've been running it since my WRT54GL, back in 07) for those of you who've run both Merlin and Tomato is there a reason to run one over the other?

My reason for sticking with Tomato thus far is that I know where everything is, QoS, and I really like how easy it is to assign static leases to everything on my network.

I know Merlin has FastLan enabled out of the box so that's one reason I'm interested in Merlin, but I'm not sure about the rest.

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joeybee
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reply to MissSherlock

Another vote in for Merlin. Runs great and very stable.


bbiab

join:2004-05-26
reply to MissSherlock

Is this router much better than RT-N16 if you are just going to do 2.4 and not 5?



El Quintron
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said by bbiab:

Is this router much better than RT-N16 if you are just going to do 2.4 and not 5?

»RT-N66U or RT-N16
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bbiab

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Is the Merlin quite good for RT-N16 as well?



FiReSTaRT
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reply to MissSherlock

Why not run Shibby? Tomato-USB based, very powerful, simple and rock solid.


MissSherlock

join:2009-05-17
Ontario

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reply to MissSherlock

Hi All,

Thanks so much for all your recommendations. I'm a beginner when it comes to flashing firmware so your advice is greatly appreciated.

Are both Shibby Tomato and Merlin compatiable with the current version of OpenVPN and companies like PrivateInternetAccess or others?

At this time, I only require OpenVPN on my desktop computer.

Thanks,



El Quintron
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reply to bbiab

said by bbiab:

Is the Merlin quite good for RT-N16 as well?

I'm not sure, I thought TomatoUSB was excellent on the RT-N16 though...
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said by El Quintron:

I thought TomatoUSB was excellent on the RT-N16 though...

Just a note, that shibby is an updated build of TomatoUSB. I used to go with toastman's builds but not a big fan of his file hosting service and shibby's are also very nice.
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El Quintron
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said by FiReSTaRT:

Just a note, that shibby is an updated build of TomatoUSB. I used to go with toastman's builds but not a big fan of his file hosting service and shibby's are also very nice.

True dat, I forgot to add that I'm on Shibby as well. Good catch.

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HiVolt
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Does shibby's build have Dual WAN?
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El Quintron
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Not as of December of 2012:

»www.linksysinfo.org/index.php?th···y.60386/

Other more in the loop may be able to clarify better.
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MissSherlock

join:2009-05-17
Ontario
reply to MissSherlock

Hi All,

My new router is now connected.

I haven't flashed it with any alternate firmware until I figure out what my VPN requires.

The problem is that each VPN Company has different requirements and they don't always update them as well.

Best,



hagbard72

join:2000-10-02
Kingsville

Just bought one of these at Staples.ca during their Black Friday sale for $99. Is the consensus mostly in favour of Merlin? What extra features does it offer? My temptation is to stick with the stock Asus firmware as I've had lots of bad luck lately with routers.


jackie999

join:2008-08-13
Aurora, ON
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reply to MissSherlock

Running merlin here..it's been on the r66u since I bought it and haven't looked since to see if there are any upgrades. When I originally flashed there were improvements over stock..that was my reason for flashing it.
»www.lostrealm.ca/tower/node/79



El Quintron
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reply to hagbard72

Most Asus routers have 3rd party firmware availability out of the box and they provide a utility to flash said firmwares with. Just make sure you flash the right one. The flashing utility will also filter out most incompatible firmware, so that's an extra layer of security for you, if you need it
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hagbard72

join:2000-10-02
Kingsville

Good thing to know, if I actually ever receive it. Their site said it was "out for delivery" yesterday, nothing came. Contacted Staples, they said they put a trace on it and "call me back shortly", that was yesterday around 6.


spartan002
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Brampton, ON
reply to MissSherlock

merlin firmware is good.
»www.lostrealm.ca/tower/node/79



hagbard72

join:2000-10-02
Kingsville

I finally did get the router (a day late) and flashed it with the latest merlin firmware. All works fine except one major thing (for me anyway). The Parental Control does NOT work. I googled this and found it doesn't work for lots of others.



dillyhammer
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Scarborough, ON
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The access controls in Shibby are fabulous.

Mike