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CUSTOM/FORK RMERLIN FIRMWARE

Discussion in 'ASUS Wireless' started by hggomes, Dec 21, 2014.

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  1. hggomes

    hggomes Very Senior Member

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    For the ones interested *unlocked* FW files with 55 updated *ancient* source code packages to latest versions (lots of CVE fixes), pppoe-server included, custom MOTD and some other small fixes.


    CURRENT VERSION:
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    *3.0.0.4_378.50.5_HGG-FINAL* (STABLE) - CHANGELOG


    Updated Packages:

    bonnie coreutils curl cyassl diskdev_cmds dnsmasq dosfstools dropbear e2fsprogs ebtables ecmh flac flex gdb GeoIP iperf ipset iputils libexif libogg libpcap libupnp libvorbis libxml2 lighttpd (CVEs only) lsof lzo matrixssl mDNSResponder neon net-snmp netstat-nat ntfs-3g openlldp openpam openssl openvpn pcre pppoe-server pptp-client pptpd radvd sdparm sqlite strace tcpdump udhcpd udpxy vlan vsftpd (fix syslog warning msgs) wget wireless_tools xl2tpd xzutils zebra zlib


    *unlocked* means you don't need to edit/flash CFE to have all channels and power levels available on the routers, these FW by itself allows you to.


    => *FIRMWARES NOT AVAILABLE ANYMORE - README* <=


    RT-N16:
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    FIRMWARE 378.50
    SHA256 CHECKSUM 378.50



    RT-N18U:
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    FIRMWARE 378.50)
    SHA256 CHECKSUM 378.50



    RT-N66U:
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    FIRMWARE 378.50
    SHA256 CHECKSUM 378.50



    RT-AC66U:
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    FIRMWARE 378.50
    SHA256 CHECKSUM 378.50



    RT-AC56S:
    ======

    FIRMWARE 378.50
    SHA256 CHECKSUM 378.50



    RT-AC56U:
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    FIRMWARE 378.50
    SHA256 CHECKSUM 378.50



    RT-AC68U/P:
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    FIRMWARE 378.50 - Bootloader/CFE will be updated to v1.0.2.0 to increase rootfs to 64MB
    SHA256 CHECKSUM 378.50



    RT-AC87U:
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    FIRMWARE 378.50
    SHA256 CHECKSUM 378.50



    RT-AC3200:
    ========

    FIRMWARE 378.50
    SHA256 CHECKSUM 378.50



    *UPDATE*

    This FW will increase 10-24dbm/rssi wireless signal strength over stock/other FWs, depending on router model.


    IMPORTANT NOTE:

    After flashing the FW you need to CLEAN NVRAM and RESET TO DEFAULTS, you can change after your needed NVRAM SETTINGS, they will not be reverted anymore to the original CFE values.


    http://forums.smallnetbuilder.com/showpost.php?p=156250&postcount=30


    NOTE: PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THE POWER LIMITS ALLOWED ON YOUR COUNTRY, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS RESPECT YOUR COUNTRY SPECIFIC RULES REGARDING POWER LEVELS.


    MY COUNTRY MAXIMUM ALLOWED POWER LEVEL IS 100MW AND THE ORIGINAL FW WAS CONFIGURED TO 80MW ONLY, I COULD NOW SET IT TO 100MW.


    SALUUT! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2015
  2. john9527

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    github link?
     
  3. Kal-EL

    Kal-EL Very Senior Member

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    Can you give more information are these another fork version of merlins firmware and what does unlocked mean ?
     
  4. Nullity

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    Echoing the others, can we have more information?

    MD5 or SHA checksums would be appreciated as well. :)
     
  5. hggomes

    hggomes Very Senior Member

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    Unlock means you don't need to edit CFE to have all channels and power levels on the routers.

    I didn't create any git for now but i will soon, unfortunatelly i'm missing time on these season.

    If anyone wants to give it a try, please be my guest.

    Updated Packages:

    bonnie coreutils curl cyassl diskdev_cmds dnsmasq dosfstools e2fsprogs ebtables ecmh flac flex gdb GeoIP iperf ipset iputils libexif libogg libpcap libupnp libvorbis libxml2 lighttpd (CVEs only) lsof lzo matrixssl mDNSResponder neon net-snmp netstat-nat ntfs-3g openlldp openpam openssl pcre pppoe-server pptp-client pptpd radvd sdparm sqlite strace tcpdump udhcpd udpxy vlan wget wireless_tools xl2tpd zebra zlib
     
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  6. Kal-EL

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    So if i understand this is Melins latest build unlocked so the region and power can be changed with out the need to edit the boot loader. I know there was a thread about region and power for the 68U but what code would need to be run for the N66U to increase power?
     
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    hggomes Very Senior Member

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  8. cyborgpunte

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    Thanks, tried earlier on RT-AC68U 1.0.2.0EU, a little bit confusing.
    But managed get it working I think, at least according to nvram.
    but all of the sudden 5G dissapeared "in the air"

    GUI:Wireless - General and Wireless - Professional both =OK
    But
    Tools - System Information
    Temperatures 2.4 GHz: 48°C - 5 GHz: disabled - CPU: 72°C

    My test was when this thread was unreachable so back to Merlin_376.49
     
  9. RMerlin

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    Quite a few of these updated packages aren't even used by the firmware, such as gdb or ntfs-3g, and a few others are linked to closed source components (openssl is linked against AiCloud and asuswebstorage, sqlite is linked against bwdpi, etc...) so they should not be blindly upgraded. radvd is no longer used by the firmware either.
     
  10. hggomes

    hggomes Very Senior Member

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    We already discussed this in the past, i tested at the time when i first update those packages and all of those services worked just fine.

    Unless there's complains about them i will revert those 2 packages.

    Yes i know radvd and the others are not used anymore, but i have updated those packages long time ago when they were used, and i keep them in place.
     
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  11. L&LD

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    hggomes,

    First, thank you for your contributions to these forums. Great to see all these options on our Asus routers.


    What I would like is an executive summary on the first post that gives a high level overview of the intent or purpose of these firmware options.

    I appreciate that the power will be 'unlocked', but after that, what specific differences from either the stock firmware or the RMerlin versions should one expect?

    Thank you for any feedback on this.
     
  12. hggomes

    hggomes Very Senior Member

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    Hi, i think you missed my previous post:

    http://forums.smallnetbuilder.com/showpost.php?p=155458&postcount=5

    My FWs changes are "only" those 50 package updates, power & channel unlocking and a custom MOTD, nothing more.

     
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    finally now i can use the full wireless strength for 5 Ghz. Is there a failsafe if something breaks?
     
  15. System Error Message

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    Ive tried the firmware but couldnt find the PPPOE server. Some pages require loading twice sometimes. Other than that it works.
     
  16. hggomes

    hggomes Very Senior Member

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    Yes, your Mikrotik routers :)

    pppoe-server can be used only via command line (ssh) not via webui.

    Clean your browser cache or try another browser, if you search on this forum you will find more people "complaining" about the same "issue" on ASUS Stock FW, RMerlin, Forks and others. It has nothing to do with the firmware itself, but with browser.
     
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2014
  17. bilboSNB

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    What is the procedure to change the power output with the N66U and this fw?
     
  18. hggomes

    hggomes Very Senior Member

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    Flash it and clean your nvram and reset to defaults, then see the output of those:

    nvram show | grep ccode
    nvram show | grep reg
    nvram show | grep country
    nvram show | grep power
     
  19. System Error Message

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    I have never encountered the browser problem before. I managed to set it up in router mode but have it to act as an AP so that i can use the services it has like AIcloud but i think it should add aerofs to the list too. I dont think there is a bridge mode for WAN.

    One thing asus routers cant do that mikrotiks can is be part of multiple networks at the same time (1 interface, multiple ips).

    Other than that your custom fork of merlin firmware works without any problems so far running at 1.4Ghz
     
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  20. hggomes

    hggomes Very Senior Member

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    Great to know, tks for the feedback.

    You can do it, but not on ASUS firmware.
     
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