Release Asuswrt-Merlin 386.1 is now available

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aspen63

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AC5300, dirty update. Blocks out some devices on wi-fi after several hours. Have to revert back to 384, I'm afraid.
 

bbunge

Part of the Furniture
I am. Looks stable, no issues, however running it only for 3 days.

I am having a problem with Guest network not working properly but I think, it is a general Asus firmware problem...
I initially did an upgrade from 384.19. It worked right out of the box but I lost connection to the web gui a few hours later. Doing SSH to the router and restarting the HTTPD did not work. So, I did a Factory Default Reset and configured manually. Seems to be working OK. 2.4 GHZ does not see as strong as before. Rebooted yesterday and the Ecobee t'stat did not reconnect. Have had FlexQOS on and off and their beta with fq_codel which I removed.
Your issue with Guest WIFI may not be an issue but the way Guest Network 1 on both bands works. Under Guest Network 1 the 2.4 GHZ IP range is 192.168.101.0/24 and the 5 GHZ is 192.168.102.0/24 This is to enable guest across nodes and it does work very well in stock Asus firmware.
 

zackattack784

Regular Contributor
Anybody having issues where iPhones just hang and you eventually get a “Safari could not open the page because the server stopped responding” message? Has only happened since 386.1. I’ve tried resetting network settings on the phones and I’ve done a full reset on both my router and node (AX88U and AX58U). When it happens it doesn’t matter what website I try I get the same message.

Seems to happen randomly but often enough to be very annoying. Nothing in the logs when it happens.
For anyone with the same problem, it seems it was caused by Aimesh. I had always run my AX58U as an AP but decided to try out Aimesh 2.0. Switched it back to an AP and problem went away. Weird considering everybody else seems to have good results with Aimesh.
 

roboots21

Regular Contributor
AC5300, dirty update. Blocks out some devices on wi-fi after several hours. Have to revert back to 384, I'm afraid.

Before you roll back, perhaps a reset is in order. If you're having unexplained issues (which this sounds like), a full reset will likely remedy.
 

Makaveli

Very Senior Member
I'm preparing to upgrade my router from 384.19 to 386.1 and I would like to know if I'm good to go for a nice and smooth and successful upgrade..
Model: RT-AC1900P
Current temps are: 2.4 GHz: 49°C - 5 GHz: 53°C - CPU: 77°C

Memory
Total 249.68 MB
Free 117.48 MB
Buffers 1.08 MB
Cache 11.98 MB
Swap 0.00 / 2048.00 MB
Internal Storage
NVRAM usage 52638 / 65536 bytes
JFFS 4.16 / 62.75 MB

Installed packages (made sure everything was up to date):

amtm 3.1.8 FW
Diversion v4.1.12
Skynet v7.2.3
scMerlin v2.1.0
Entware

Steps I've taken:
Save setting (left the box unchecked to share config for debugging)
Saved a backup of the JFFS partition.

My current ISP plan is 40 Mbps / 10 Mbps but I am getting 44 Mbps / 11 Mbps. I see some folks are saying that they are seeing a speed increase. Since I'm capped at 40/10 could I see much of an improvement?
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This is all within the margin of error in any speed test. Some cable providers also over provision the connection. When I was on a 250/20 Cable package because my Cable ISP had speed boost on the connection I would see 330/20 on speedtest and downloads. But other than that don't expect speeds to be over what caps are set in your cable modem profile by the ISP.
 

Suzib6sw

Regular Contributor
For anyone with the same problem, it seems it was caused by Aimesh. I had always run my AX58U as an AP but decided to try out Aimesh 2.0. Switched it back to an AP and problem went away. Weird considering everybody else seems to have good results with Aimesh.
I have great results with AImesh on Rt-AX58U main and 2 RT-AX58U nodes BUT all the iphones and Samsung note 10+ are set now to phone mac (Samsung) and have Private Mac address (Iphones) turned off.
 
C

Citius

Guest
Excellent work once again from the Maestro. I was really hoping the released version would "cure" the only "error" message which my 2 RT-AX86U's have carried since beta5 ... when I returned from stock firmware.

Code:
Jan 31 15:40:09 kernel: potentially unexpected fatal signal 11.
Jan 31 15:40:09 kernel: CPU: 1 PID: 3555 Comm: dcd Tainted: P           O    4.1.52 #2
Jan 31 15:40:09 kernel: Hardware name: Broadcom-v8A (DT)
Jan 31 15:40:09 kernel: task: ffffffc02e6c0100 ti: ffffffc02ae44000 task.ti: ffffffc02ae44000
Jan 31 15:40:09 kernel: PC is at 0xf6e4b39c
Jan 31 15:40:09 kernel: LR is at 0x1dd58
Jan 31 15:40:09 kernel: pc : [<00000000f6e4b39c>] lr : [<000000000001dd58>] pstate: 600f0010
Jan 31 15:40:09 kernel: sp : 00000000ffc13478
Jan 31 15:40:09 kernel: x12: 00000000000a2050
Jan 31 15:40:09 kernel: x11: 00000000f60ff024 x10: 00000000000a23c4
Jan 31 15:40:09 kernel: x9 : 00000000f60ff8c0 x8 : 00000000000a287c
Jan 31 15:40:09 kernel: x7 : 00000000f60ff8f8 x6 : 00000000000a2876
Jan 31 15:40:09 kernel: x5 : 0000000000000000 x4 : 00000000f60ff8a4
Jan 31 15:40:09 kernel: x3 : 0000000000000000 x2 : 00000000ffc13454
Jan 31 15:40:09 kernel: x1 : 000000000007d652 x0 : 0000000000000000

It may well just be "noise" and doesn't seem to have any detrimental affect ... just offends my OCD ;)!
If any of the experts out there know how to fix ... do let me know. {ThumbsUp}
Hi,
I know i don't have all the answers here but i can replicate this error easily and for me it has nothing to do with the Ai stuff. i have turned it all off since i started getting this issues very frequently.
For me it's the minute i install ovpn Client and reboot the Router.
The message says "fatal signal 11" and then it goes down and most of the time up again.
The VPN Client tunnels name is TUN 11. So the fatal signal 11 is (at least in my case) my VPN. Maybe some setting that is wrong. And i'm just guessing but it might have to do with Yazfi or at least how i use it.
Are you using VPN client? Are you using YazFi?

Yesterday it totally crashed on me so i had to troubleshoot a long time before i could get my router working again. and i wasn't going to just reset everything and begin again. I wanted to solve it.
My clients could use internet and could Resolve DNS but the router could not and all the scripts stopped working.
When i tried to update or reinstall them they couldn't connect to repository or just said "you have no internet"
So looking at logs and searching online, finaly i found it was related to ovpn, so i shut my VPN off and things got a little better.
Rebooted and it got worse again, could ping 8.8.8.8 from router but not www.google.com. then realized i had set the VPN Client to auto when boot. So i killed it.
I had turned off IPV6 both in the router and in the config for the ovpn client. My ISP did not like this for some reason.
So off with the VPN and on with IPV6, still some issues. Remembered that i set the VPN to follow DNS Exclusive, so i deleted Yazfi since it seemed to overwright a lot of settings in the system.
Removed Guest network totally and rebooted. Now i could use Scripts again and reinstalled Diversion and then Skynet.
But when searching for all the different problems there was many answers too, It's your Thumdrive, reset Router and insert a new one, or it's Ai Protection, turn it off and also QOS, and almost always, Reset.
I understand that this solves many peoples problems and it's faster than troubleshooting for several hours.
I then ran the Router a while without VPN or Guest network. It worked fine.

I've been using Merlins Firmware since 2016 and never got in to Scripts and stuff like that. I only used it with VPN Express to get different OVPN Client settings.
Now i recently bought a RT-AX86U and the first thing i did was to look for the SNB Merlin page for guidance and installed The 386.1 Beta Stage 1 to it and also dusted off my old AC68U and Sprinkled some Merlin glitter over that one to.
I Managed to set them up with AiMesh With a Backhaul port and everything worked fine. I heard a lot of people having problems, but following L&LDs guide it was an easy setup.
So then i started too look at Scripts and also realized that AiMesh in a small apartement was unneccesary so i removed the Mesh and resetted them booth again and put the AC68U in the closet again.
Now with the RT-AX86U i needed to get a stable good setup. It has been running very good untill:

Now i've done a factory reset and following L&LDs guides to totaly wipe it i started again on Beta 5 and then Dirty upgraded to the Release. Installed Diversion full with pixel serv, Skynet 2 GB Swap, Yazfi, spdMerlin, scMerlin.
I got a new ISP with VPn from Wireguard but by downloading the ovpn files from their VPN service Integrity VPN i got it working just fine with that.
I need to use this router booth for my work and for my home, and my kids.
So i wanted to separate Work on a guest network not on the same IP-Range at all. so i gave it a 10.xxx.xx.x adress following some guide with Yazfi. And i only have one choice for the VPN and it's Sweden or USA, and i don't want to run my stuff over USA, Phones get wrong firmware OTA and stuff like that. And my work can not run over USA. So i setup my home to use VPN by "Policy rules strict" and added all my clients to that. then i setup Yazfi to not use VPN.
Maybe i'm doing this wrong but it works. My work laptop gets another net and is on "Isolated AP" so no risk of mixing work with privacy.
Clients get VPN connection and seems to work fine.
But again i get this Fatal Signal 11 and dcd tainted.
If i turn of the VPN and also Yazfi and the guest network it runs fine.
Could the issue be with VPN?
 

XIII

Very Senior Member
You mean manually copying/pasting each name?

That’s a pain in my case because many devices in my Network Map are not online 24/7. I would need to turn them all on to be able to change their name.
I decided to restore (only) custom_clientlist from my NVRAM backup.

Solved!
 

FlyByWire

Regular Contributor
Hi there!

Updated from Merlin 384.9 to 386.1 today. Have two RT-AC86U in Network. One as Router, one as Access point. The AP updates fine. Could reconnect with same login. The Router updated as well, but I can not log in anymore. Name/Password are not working. Tried reboot, nothing. SSH is on, can't really remember pw there, but I guess it's correct and login not possible as well?!!

Anybody an idea without hard reset?



Thanks and regards,

FlyByWire
 

DanNuke86

Regular Contributor
I've never seen so many questions asked about things that have been asked & answered a hundred times before. Maybe the Upgrade Notes should include a link to the 60 page Beta thread (here: https://www.snbforums.com/threads/asuswrt-merlin-386-1-beta-stage-2-is-now-available.69116/ )and be made required reading before one is allowed to download the firmware. Makes your head spin...just
I've never seen so many questions asked about things that have been asked & answered a hundred times before. Maybe the Upgrade Notes should include a link to the 60 page Beta thread (here: https://www.snbforums.com/threads/asuswrt-merlin-386-1-beta-stage-2-is-now-available.69116/ )and be made required reading before one is allowed to download the firmware. Makes your head spin...just wow...
Was this in response to my message/questions? Seeing as you posted this immediately after mine..?
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
@FlyByWire how long have you waited since flashing the router? It can take 60 minutes to 15 hours for the router GUI to become available again due to internal work it is doing and what you have plugged into it.

Best suggestion: be patient. I believe the network should still be working normally for you in the meantime.
 

RHF

Occasional Visitor
Just dirty-upgraded RT-AC5300 from 384.19 to 386.1. All good, apart from having to wait up to 90 minutes or so after each reboot (!) for the UI. Examining the problem, I discovered that nt_center process was at 100% for a very long time. Finally it finishes, but after reboot it takes another 90 minutes. The fix was simple. I found a 260Mb /jffs/.sys/nc/nt_center.db which was being actively written to. After researching on this forum (i.e., here), I simply deleted the contents of /jffs/.sys/nc - and viola, no more waiting for UI after reboot. I hope someone finds it useful.

I have however noticed a different weird behaviour. @RMerlin not sure how interesting it is to you, but I've tagged you in case it is.

I have 1Gbps/50Mbps connection. When I use my laptop with an Ethernet cable connected to the RT-AC5300 router directly, I get close to 1Gbps speed. When I use the new 386.1 Ookla Speedtest or even spdMerlin Ookla Speedtest running on the router itself, I get approximately half the speed, and very consistent between the tests running on the router itself. Every test uses the same fixed Speedtest server. Yet, the Internet speed measured from the laptop connected to RT-AC5300 over LAN is close to 1Gbps, while Internet speed measured from RT-AC5300 itself is more like 480-500Mbps. Did anyone else experience that?

My only suspicion right now is that running Ookla Speedtest on the router itself uses its CPU too much, meaning that the remaining CPU cycles on the two cores are not sufficient to process traffic at the full 1Gbps. I've further noticed that installing and enabling Skynet further reduces the speed by 50% - but that's a separate matter that I can at least understand.

I'm experiencing a similar behavior with the speedtests. I have a symmetrical 300 / 300 Mbps connection. When I run speedtest.net from my laptop connected to the router via Ethernet cable I get the full bandwidth. When I run the test from the Ookla Speedtest or spdMerlin, I get about half the bandwidth. Running 836.1 on an RT-AC68U.

However, I have a different suspicion. The speedtests on the router (both spdMerlin and Adaptive QoS) take less time than the one on speedtest.net. My guess is the downloaded / uploaded data is smaller on the router and that doesn't allow the test to accelerate up to full download / upload speed.
 

dave14305

Part of the Furniture
However, I have a different suspicion. The speedtests on the router (both spdMerlin and Adaptive QoS) take less time than the one on speedtest.net. My guess is the downloaded / uploaded data is smaller on the router and that doesn't allow the test to accelerate up to full download / upload speed.
See the third bullet in post #1. It is a CPU limitation of the AC68U.
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
@RHF, how did you get a hold of the 836.1 firmware already? Are you a time-traveler? :D

Kudos to RMerlin for supporting the RT-AC68U so far into the future, too! :)
 

aex.perez

Regular Contributor
Why Asus Instant Guard and IPSEC Server cant work?

At my iphone said "The VPN server did not respond".

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Is it because of Skynet or any other script?
Works fine with Skynet, that's how I have it setup.

One thing I was playing around with that broke it, was using the DDNS host name, and domain (*.asuscomm.com) in the LAN section under hostname and domain. That caused the DDNS name to resolve to the local/private IP instead of the Public ISP IP. Tried to be too efficient but after trying for 20min I realized what I had done, backed it out and it began working again.
 

FlyByWire

Regular Contributor
@FlyByWire how long have you waited since flashing the router? It can take 60 minutes to 15 hours for the router GUI to become available again due to internal work it is doing and what you have plugged into it.

Best suggestion: be patient. I believe the network should still be working normally for you in the meantime.
Dammed, yes, I read that, but I thought if the gui is up, it's working. So Due to my two reboots might it still work again, or have I crashed the update??

Strange, the other RT-AC86U came back immediately....
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
No, you haven't crashed the update. Just be patient.

That doesn't mean that other issues aren't present that may necessitate a full reset though. Fingers crossed for you that it won't be needed. :)
 
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