Asuswrt-Merlin 378.53 is now available

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theCrow

Occasional Visitor
I cant ping those 2 servers. Are they private ip addresses ?

They seem to be my ISP's DNS-addresses and they are probably limited to their network. I think those are correct addresses for general DNS queries but my problem is that Netflix and such should be directed to Overplay's DNS but for some reason it doesn't work anymore. It works fine if I set their addresses to my computer's DNS settings but I don't want all my traffic going through Overplay's servers.
 

WirelessWonk

Occasional Visitor
Anyone find the Adaptive QoS screen kinda wacky, not sure if it is just this release.

I have App Analysis turned on and when downloading heavily the gauges at the top mostly reflect the correct speed but the bars for the individual clients and apps show minimal or no activity. Also if I expand a client to view the apps the gauges at the top can go wacky showing many times real world speeds.

I am running a RT-AC68U.
 

DaveMishSr

Very Senior Member
They seem to be my ISP's DNS-addresses and they are probably limited to their network. I think those are correct addresses for general DNS queries but my problem is that Netflix and such should be directed to Overplay's DNS but for some reason it doesn't work anymore. It works fine if I set their addresses to my computer's DNS settings but I don't want all my traffic going through Overplay's servers.
Have you tried the DNS servers over at OpenDNS.org? The adult DNS server IP addresses are:

DNS 1: 208.67.222.222
DNS 2: 208.67.220.220

Or Google's public DNS servers?

DNS 1: 8.8.8.8
DNS 2: 8.8.4.4

Both work for me but OpenDNS gives me the best overall online experience. Don't forget you can use separate DNS servers for both your WAN and LAN connections. I use OpenDNS for my WAN connection. My LAN uses either Google's DNS servers or those of my ISP.

Good luck dude. :)
 

theCrow

Occasional Visitor
Have you tried the DNS servers over at OpenDNS.org? The adult DNS server IP addresses are:

DNS 1: 208.67.222.222
DNS 2: 208.67.220.220

Or Google's public DNS servers?

DNS 1: 8.8.8.8
DNS 2: 8.8.4.4

Both work for me but OpenDNS gives me the best overall online experience. Don't forget you can use separate DNS servers for both your WAN and LAN connections. I use OpenDNS for my WAN connection. My LAN uses either Google's DNS servers or those of my ISP.

Good luck dude. :)

I think you totally missed my point. The DNS-servers work perfectly. The problem is that I should be able to redirect connections to Netflix and BBC through Overplay.net's DNS server to avoid region restrictions. The setup has worked perfectly before the latest update so that connections to netflix.com and bbc.co.uk go through Overplay and allow me to view regionally restricted content and all other connections go through my ISP's DNS. After the update, the redirects for Netflix and BBC stopped working and I'm unable to view them.

EDIT:
I have run these command in order to add the redirects but for some reason, all the traffic still goes through my ISP's DNS:
echo "server=/overplay.net/209.107.219.3" >> /jffs/configs/dnsmasq.conf.add
echo "server=/overplay.net/64.145.73.2" >> /jffs/configs/dnsmasq.conf.add
echo "server=/netflix.com/209.107.219.3" >> /jffs/configs/dnsmasq.conf.add
echo "server=/netflix.com/64.145.73.2" >> /jffs/configs/dnsmasq.conf.add
echo "server=/bbc.co.uk/209.107.219.3" >> /jffs/configs/dnsmasq.conf.add
echo "server=/bbc.co.uk/64.145.73.2" >> /jffs/configs/dnsmasq.conf.add
 
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Sanchu

Occasional Visitor
I think you totally missed my point. The DNS-servers work perfectly. The problem is that I should be able to redirect connections to Netflix and BBC through Overplay.net's DNS server to avoid region restrictions. The setup has worked perfectly before the latest update so that connections to netflix.com and bbc.co.uk go through Overplay and allow me to view regionally restricted content and all other connections go through my ISP's DNS. After the update, the redirects for Netflix and BBC stopped working and I'm unable to view them.

EDIT:
I have run these command in order to add the redirects but for some reason, all the traffic still goes through my ISP's DNS:
echo "server=/overplay.net/209.107.219.3" >> /jffs/configs/dnsmasq.conf.add
echo "server=/overplay.net/64.145.73.2" >> /jffs/configs/dnsmasq.conf.add
echo "server=/netflix.com/209.107.219.3" >> /jffs/configs/dnsmasq.conf.add
echo "server=/netflix.com/64.145.73.2" >> /jffs/configs/dnsmasq.conf.add
echo "server=/bbc.co.uk/209.107.219.3" >> /jffs/configs/dnsmasq.conf.add
echo "server=/bbc.co.uk/64.145.73.2" >> /jffs/configs/dnsmasq.conf.add


After executing the above commands did you reboot the router ? i executed the above statements and rebooted the router. When i accessed netflix it asks for email verification . So i assume overplay is looking for verification.

Cam you run this command and paste the results here /etc/dnsmasq.conf
 

theCrow

Occasional Visitor
After executing the above commands did you reboot the router ? i executed the above statements and rebooted the router. When i accessed netflix it asks for email verification . So i assume overplay is looking for verification.

Cam you run this command and paste the results here /etc/dnsmasq.conf

I rebooted the router once more to be sure (I have rebooted earlier as well). Here's the content of that file:

user=nobody
bind-dynamic
interface=br0
interface=ppp1*
no-dhcp-interface=ppp1*
resolv-file=/tmp/resolv.conf
servers-file=/tmp/resolv.dnsmasq
no-poll
no-negcache
cache-size=1500
min-port=4096
dhcp-range=lan,192.168.11.100,192.168.11.254,255.255.255.0,86400s
dhcp-option=lan,3,192.168.11.1
dhcp-option=lan,252,"\n"
dhcp-authoritative
read-ethers
addn-hosts=/etc/hosts.dnsmasq
server=/overplay.net/209.107.219.3
server=/overplay.net/64.145.73.2
server=/netflix.com/209.107.219.3
server=/netflix.com/64.145.73.2
server=/bbc.co.uk/209.107.219.3
server=/bbc.co.uk/64.145.73.2
 

FlY

New Around Here
Hello,
i have a cable modem and i want use a ac68u as accesspoint.
Can i connect the modem with the wan port of the Asus,or is it better to the LAN1?
 

RussellInCincinnati

Senior Member
Hello,
i have a cable modem and i want use a ac68u as accesspoint.
Can i connect the modem with the wan port of the Asus,or is it better to the LAN1?
The normal choice is to plug your cable modem into the Asus "WAN port," assuming you are going into the Merlin setup screens and telling the router in the Administration/Operation Mode menu that it is to be an AP access point.
 
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dlandon

Regular Contributor
Anyone find the Adaptive QoS screen kinda wacky, not sure if it is just this release.

I have App Analysis turned on and when downloading heavily the gauges at the top mostly reflect the correct speed but the bars for the individual clients and apps show minimal or no activity. Also if I expand a client to view the apps the gauges at the top can go wacky showing many times real world speeds.

I am running a RT-AC68U.

I have the same problem on my AC3200 and I reported it to ASUS a couple of months back. They said they are working on it.
 

conquer22

Occasional Visitor
great firmware. Many thanks for all your great contribution. You are only reason why I'm back to Asus router.
 

junkun13

Occasional Visitor
I'm having problems with torrent speeds, after I reboot the modem it fixes the problem but after a few minutes It's slowing down again,
 

theCrow

Occasional Visitor
Check your system log when you restart dnsmasq, it will provide some feedback as to what happens with your custom configuration.

Could you check these if you can see what's wrong. Here's the system log after the dnsmasq restart:

May 16 13:27:47 rc_service: service 4189:notify_rc restart_dnsmasq
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[462]: exiting on receipt of SIGTERM
May 16 13:27:48 custom config: Appending content of /jffs/configs/dnsmasq.conf.add.
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: started, version 2.73rc1 cachesize 1500
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: warning: interface ppp1* does not currently exist
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: asynchronous logging enabled, queue limit is 5 messages
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq-dhcp[4194]: DHCP, IP range 192.168.11.100 -- 192.168.11.254, lease time 1d
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: using nameserver 64.145.73.2#53 for domain bbc.co.uk
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: using nameserver 209.107.219.3#53 for domain bbc.co.uk
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: using nameserver 64.145.73.2#53 for domain netflix.com
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: using nameserver 209.107.219.3#53 for domain netflix.com
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: using nameserver 64.145.73.2#53 for domain overplay.net
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: using nameserver 209.107.219.3#53 for domain overplay.net
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: read /etc/hosts - 5 addresses
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: read /etc/hosts.dnsmasq - 12 addresses
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq-dhcp[4194]: read /etc/ethers - 12 addresses
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: using nameserver 62.241.198.245#53 for domain local
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: using nameserver 62.241.198.246#53 for domain local
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: using nameserver 64.145.73.2#53 for domain bbc.co.uk
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: using nameserver 209.107.219.3#53 for domain bbc.co.uk
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: using nameserver 64.145.73.2#53 for domain netflix.com
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: using nameserver 209.107.219.3#53 for domain netflix.com
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: using nameserver 64.145.73.2#53 for domain overplay.net
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: using nameserver 209.107.219.3#53 for domain overplay.net
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: using nameserver 62.241.198.246#53
May 16 13:27:48 dnsmasq[4194]: using nameserver 62.241.198.245#53

And here's the content of /etc/dnsmasq.conf:
user=nobody
bind-dynamic
interface=br0
interface=ppp1*
no-dhcp-interface=ppp1*
resolv-file=/tmp/resolv.conf
servers-file=/tmp/resolv.dnsmasq
no-poll
no-negcache
cache-size=1500
min-port=4096
dhcp-range=lan,192.168.11.100,192.168.11.254,255.255.255.0,86400s
dhcp-option=lan,3,192.168.11.1
dhcp-option=lan,252,"\n"
dhcp-authoritative
read-ethers
addn-hosts=/etc/hosts.dnsmasq
server=/overplay.net/209.107.219.3
server=/overplay.net/64.145.73.2
server=/netflix.com/209.107.219.3
server=/netflix.com/64.145.73.2
server=/bbc.co.uk/209.107.219.3
server=/bbc.co.uk/64.145.73.2
 

RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
Could you check these if you can see what's wrong. Here's the system log after the dnsmasq restart:

This confirms that your customization do get added to dnsmasq. The next step would be to make sure your clients are using your router's IP for their DNS, otherwise they will completely bypass your dnsmasq configuration.

This really should be in a different thread, as this has nothing to do with the 378.53 release in itself.
 

theCrow

Occasional Visitor
This confirms that your customization do get added to dnsmasq. The next step would be to make sure your clients are using your router's IP for their DNS, otherwise they will completely bypass your dnsmasq configuration.

This really should be in a different thread, as this has nothing to do with the 378.53 release in itself.

Sorry about the inconvenience. I posted this here because the setup worked flawlessly on my laptop, desktop, Chromecast, phone and tablet before the update and it stopped working on every device after updating the firmware to 378.53.

EDIT: Setting Overplay's DNS settings to router's "DNS Server1" and "DNS Server2" fields works (as does setting them straight into laptops DNS settings) so there must be something wrong with how the redirects work and that something has come up with the update.
 
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RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
Sorry about the inconvenience. I posted this here because the setup worked flawlessly on my laptop, desktop, Chromecast, phone and tablet before the update and it stopped working on every device after updating the firmware to 378.53.

EDIT: Setting Overplay's DNS settings to router's "DNS Server1" and "DNS Server2" fields works (as does setting them straight into laptops DNS settings) so there must be something wrong with how the redirects work and that something has come up with the update.

Changing dnsmasq does not override the configuration your device use. So if your device (for instance a Chromecast) is hardcoded to always use 8.8.8.8, your dnsmasq change will have no effect at all. You will need to use DNSFilter to force those clients to use the router's IP as their DNS.
 

theCrow

Occasional Visitor
Changing dnsmasq does not override the configuration your device use. So if your device (for instance a Chromecast) is hardcoded to always use 8.8.8.8, your dnsmasq change will have no effect at all. You will need to use DNSFilter to force those clients to use the router's IP as their DNS.

I know the way ChromeCast's DNS settings work and I've had iptables rules to deal with it (where chromecast_ip is the static IP I've set for the ChromeCast):
echo "#!/bin/sh" >> /jffs/scripts/nat-start
echo "iptables -t nat -I PREROUTING 1 -s [chromecast_ip] -p udp --dport 53 -j DNAT --to 209.107.219.3" >> /jffs/scripts/nat-start
echo "iptables -t nat -I PREROUTING 2 -s [chromecast_ip] -p tcp --dport 53 -j DNAT --to 64.145.73.2" >> /jffs/scripts/nat-start
chmod a+rx /jffs/scripts/*

The problem isn't just with ChromeCast. Before the update I could use US Netflix and BBC channels on my Android phone and tablet, on my Win 8.1 laptop and on my Ubuntu desktop just fine. After the update it's not working on any of these devices. I'll try downgrading the firmware later today to see if that makes any difference.
 

chrisinsocalif

Occasional Visitor
Is there a way to access the media server on the router through OpenVPN? I would like to stream movies from the USB on my router when I am at another location. I cannot detect the home server while connected from another location. Would this be possible?
 

RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
Is there a way to access the media server on the router through OpenVPN? I would like to stream movies from the USB on my router when I am at another location. I cannot detect the home server while connected from another location. Would this be possible?

DLNA relies on broadcasts, which won't work over a tunnel, unless you setup a TAP, and totally bridge both networks (which will also have to be in the same IP subnet).

Personally, I'd say it's not worth the hassle for doing such a setup, as you'd also need to ensure that not everything gets broadcast on both sides (for instance, DHCP servers).
 

RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
I know the way ChromeCast's DNS settings work and I've had iptables rules to deal with it (where chromecast_ip is the static IP I've set for the ChromeCast):
echo "#!/bin/sh" >> /jffs/scripts/nat-start
echo "iptables -t nat -I PREROUTING 1 -s [chromecast_ip] -p udp --dport 53 -j DNAT --to 209.107.219.3" >> /jffs/scripts/nat-start
echo "iptables -t nat -I PREROUTING 2 -s [chromecast_ip] -p tcp --dport 53 -j DNAT --to 64.145.73.2" >> /jffs/scripts/nat-start
chmod a+rx /jffs/scripts/*

Use DNSFilter instead of manual rules to enforce specific nameservers.
 

theCrow

Occasional Visitor
Use DNSFilter instead of manual rules to enforce specific nameservers.

Will do. I tried older firmware versions and even a factory reset but couldn't get the dnsmasq settings to work at all. I guess I must be doing something wrong. Sorry about bugging you guys here and thanks to RMerlin for the great firmware!
 

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