Release [Fork] Asuswrt-Merlin 374 LTS release 52E7

john9527

Part of the Furniture
A small update release to end the year..... Everyone have a safe, Happy Holiday season!

LATEST RELEASE: Update-52E7
19-December-2021
Merlin fork 374.43_52E7j9527
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Update-52E7 Highlights
  • Updated NETTLE to 3.7.3
  • UPdated CURL to 7.79.1
  • Disabled IPv6 QoS support on the MIPS based routers which was found to not be working
    Another forum member is investigating IPv6/kernel/iptables updates so this support may return in a future release following a beta.
  • FIXED: iptables list output for MIPS incorrect formatting of timestart/timestop rules
  • FIXED: Added missing files to the GITHUB repository (Thanks @st_ty_)
    For those wishing to build their own version of the LTS Fork.
  • FIXED: HTTP not found errors accessing javascript files with options (Thanks @KMO, @Jack Yaz)
    This affected ADDONS such as ntpMerlin.

Full ChangeLog: Changelog.txt in the download directory

Downloads:
https://1drv.ms/f/s!Ainhp1nBLzMJrEayV5NOiKa8zDA3
Folder 'Public-Release/Update-52E7'

Overview / Supported Routers / Installation:
or
LTS_OVERVIEW.pdf in the download directory

Previous release threads:
https://www.snbforums.com/threads/fork-asuswrt-merlin-374-lts-release-52e3.75496/
https://www.snbforums.com/threads/fork-asuswrt-merlin-374-lts-release-51e3.74513/
https://www.snbforums.com/threads/fork-asuswrt-merlin-374-lts-release-50e8.73798/
https://www.snbforums.com/threads/fork-asuswrt-merlin-374-lts-release-49E4.72269/
https://www.snbforums.com/threads/fork-asuswrt-merlin-374-lts-release-48e7.71000/
https://www.snbforums.com/threads/f...ease-47eb-rt-ac68u-v3-lets-encrypt-cli.70777/
https://www.snbforums.com/threads/fork-asuswrt-merlin-374-lts-release-46e9-dnspooq.69896/
https://www.snbforums.com/threads/fork-asuswrt-merlin-374-lts-release-46e8-superseded.68757/
https://www.snbforums.com/threads/fork-asuswrt-merlin-374-lts-release-45ec.67509

SHA256
(Default Build - All supported routers)
5124a59de12d6c01edbe9c8c6ea7f3560f494cf56be0965bc1d4c15159bced8f RT-N16_374.43_52E7j9527.trx
582632ccd45612cdc896a0e72cf2e65bf761e2dc7a2d1743ecf3395227818c5f RT-AC66U_374.43_52E7j9527.trx
c4744efe382a4aec3c54d9ad3c288a085a909a0b77038b7a76f23323e0637a21 RT-N66U_374.43_52E7j9527.trx
69deb8e7c43b0c0bcdae1af2928764ace94282fdbebe0a4fcb8cbf36e012d1a4 RT-AC68U_374.43_52E7j9527.trx
5aec077eddddd97ab33931e9c64ac9cb932ae15403fe3d2a6537e7aa82bea0d1 RT-AC56U_374.43_52E7j9527.trx
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
Thank you for your generous contributions @john9527.

Warm wishes and Happy Holidays to you and your family too.
 

john9527

Part of the Furniture
DNSMASQ downlevel build 52D8

For anyone experiencing what may seem to be 'strange' DHCP/DNS issues, I have placed a 52D8 build in the Development-Beta folder. This build only rolls back dnsmasq/getdns/stubby to the previous releases.
Some things that have been reported on the latest dnsmasq in 52E7 include
- spin loops during a DHCP update
- loss of DHCP lease status
- address statements in the dnsmasq config no longer work (affects URL Filter)
 
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thrn_rt87

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john9527

Any idea why router(rt-n66u) doesnt get ipv6 (native) from ont? If i connect directly to the ont port since ont is set in bridge mode i get ipv6 too but behind router i'm only getting ipv4.
 

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john9527

Part of the Furniture
Any idea why router(rt-n66u) doesnt get ipv6 (native) from ont? If i connect directly to the ont port since ont is set in bridge mode i get ipv6 too but behind router i'm only getting ipv4.
Are there any messages in the syslog relating to IPv6?
 

john9527

Part of the Furniture
I attached syslog.
It looks like you changed the syslog loglevel......are the two loglevel settings under Administration > System set to the defaults?

But this is at least one problem....

Jan 21 13:47:20 rdnssd[423]: Child process hung up unexpectedly, aborting

Please append a screenshot of your IPv6 settings. Also, are you using any special DNS settings like DoT?

EDIT: Also, looks like you are running the 53D1 beta, so let's move the discussion over to that thread.
 
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g1l1t1

New Around Here
Questions have been asked before about Invalid Firmware Upload and similar errors, but I'm getting enough search hits that finding the information I need isn't easy.

I just downloaded (from https://1drv.ms/f/s!Ainhp1nBLzMJrEayV5NOiKa8zDA3) and tried to install 52E7 on my AC66U (MIPS) that is currently running Merlin 380.66_4 and received that well-known error message. I omit the full text here for brevity, unless someone really wants to read it again.

What is the right course of action:
  • Install the last Asus factory firmware that supports my device, and try the firmware upload again.
  • Install an older version of the Merlin firmware, and try again.
  • Something else entirely?
It is unfortunate that I must resort to repeating what might be a frequently asked question (even if not addressed on a well-known list of such) and adding yet more complication to future searches for the answer. But short of spending a lot of time sifting through search results, there's nothing else that one can do. (Google is probably of more use for such a search than is the snbforums search engine, but still returns a lot of chaff.)
 

ColinTaylor

Part of the Furniture
Questions have been asked before about Invalid Firmware Upload and similar errors, but I'm getting enough search hits that finding the information I need isn't easy.

I just downloaded (from https://1drv.ms/f/s!Ainhp1nBLzMJrEayV5NOiKa8zDA3) and tried to install 52E7 on my AC66U (MIPS) that is currently running Merlin 380.66_4 and received that well-known error message. I omit the full text here for brevity, unless someone really wants to read it again.

What is the right course of action:
  • Install the last Asus factory firmware that supports my device, and try the firmware upload again.
  • Install an older version of the Merlin firmware, and try again.
  • Something else entirely?
It is unfortunate that I must resort to repeating what might be a frequently asked question (even if not addressed on a well-known list of such) and adding yet more complication to future searches for the answer. But short of spending a lot of time sifting through search results, there's nothing else that one can do. (Google is probably of more use for such a search than is the snbforums search engine, but still returns a lot of chaff.)
See the Installation Notes.
• For supported routers currently running ASUS firmware 380.3000 or above, or Merlin 380.60 or above, you cannot load this fork using the built in firmware update web interface. You must use the ASUS Firmware Restoration Tool from the ASUS support website or the built in CFE Mini-Web Server to install this fork firmware. You must always perform a factory default reset following the firmware update when moving from ASUS OEM or Merlin firmware above level 374 regardless if you updated via the web interface or Restoration Tool.
 

Nano_Cell

Occasional Visitor
Just wanted to drop my thanks in to you, John.

I've just put this on my AC66U for the first time to see what it's like and so far it seems really nice. Feels like this is a better choice than the latest ASUS releases.

I installed it from the CFE Mini-Web Server and it uploaded in about 10 seconds and rebooted within a minute or 2 which was nice. Did a factory reset as suggested and I'll see how things go :)
 

Jerom7

Occasional Visitor
I updated my RT-N66U (Asus Restoration Tool) and it worked fined in Client mode.

However after I did a reset using the reset button: it's now "freezing" on the Wifi AP list when trying to use the Client mode again...

Is there a better way to reset it or a known issue with the reset button ? ("clear nvram" for instance / best practices...)

Thanks4all & cheers,
J.
 

ColinTaylor

Part of the Furniture
I updated my RT-N66U (Asus Restoration Tool) and it worked fined in Client mode.

However after I did a reset using the reset button: it's now "freezing" on the Wifi AP list when trying to use the Client mode again...

Is there a better way to reset it or a known issue with the reset button ? ("clear nvram" for instance / best practices...)

Thanks4all & cheers,
J.
I don't believe any Asus routers have a "Client Mode". What do you really mean?
 

Jerom7

Occasional Visitor
"Media Bridge" mode indeed, sorry.
Using only the Wifi connection as a receiver (with a plugged ethernet device) and not really as a "router"/wifi Access Point...

Well I may doing something wrong, it's just a thought about past experience (in case some had the same?) and how I could do it better! :p ;)
 

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