[Release] Asuswrt-Merlin 384.16 (and 384.13_6) are now available

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Ian NZ

New Around Here
Installed 384.16 the other day (upgrading from 384.15), on both my primary router (86U) and my AP (68U). The upgrade went fine on both devices. And for 2 days, all was fine. This morning, I noted that while in portion of house near the 86U, my phone (Galaxy S20) was not connected to WiFi. I tried connecting to my 5Ghz network - would not connect. Walked to back of house (near 68U), phone connected just fine. Tried same thing with my wife's phone (iPhone) and same basic results. Phone would attempt to connect, sometimes reported an authentication error (haven't changed password for a very long time) and sometimes not. I tried connecting on the 2.4Ghz network, and that worked fine with both phones. Rebooted the router, and problem went away. But this is something that hasn't happened before.

I noticed the same thing so I change from the 20/40/80/160 option to strait 80Mhz for the bandwidth that sorted my iPhone out here.
 

Jon555

Occasional Visitor
Thank you Merlin!!

Question for anyone who may know - is it still a good idea to have the 2.4 and 5 networks SSIDs/names be different? Or is that an old-school thing that’s not needed anymore? My router: AC-3100
 

ika

Regular Contributor
Thank you Merlin!!

Question for anyone who may know - is it still a good idea to have the 2.4 and 5 networks SSIDs/names be different? Or is that an old-school thing that’s not needed anymore? My router: AC-3100
I would say it's not needed anymore unless you have some very old (and incompatible) devices, but you need different SSIDs for two (or more) routers if they are not in an aimesh relationship.
 
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Grisu

Part of the Furniture
And for those better use a 2.4 guest-wifi with maybe special settings only for this older clients.
 
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Blokie

New Around Here
Once you set QoS check in game online to see results, don't check on dslreports, if you are in UK check fast.com at least you will be connected to local servers.

I've run tests using fast.com, results as follows (from the same device, wired connection, no other meaningful network activity). Same behaviour as per dslreports, whereby with Adaptive the latency goes through the roof:

DL UL Unloaded Loaded Max Limit Value
Stock with no QOS 39 10 16 18
Traditional QoS (fq_codel 125%/125%) 37 9.3 16 17 50/16.25
Adaptive QoS (fq_codel 125%/125%) 36 11 16 174 50/16.25
Adaptive QoS (fq_codel 100%/100%) 41 11 16 174 40/13
Adaptive QoS (fq_codel 95%/95%) 40 11 16 177 38/12.35
 

nzwayne

Regular Contributor
Thank you Merlin!!

Question for anyone who may know - is it still a good idea to have the 2.4 and 5 networks SSIDs/names be different? Or is that an old-school thing that’s not needed anymore? My router: AC-3100
I use one SSID now for 29 clients in the house, with two older legacy 2.4GHz devices (Epson printers) + five 2.4GHz Roost temp/water/humidity monitors. I did need to tweak settings on the Smart Connect panels to make them operational. https://www.snbforums.com/threads/s...e-tuning-for-epson-837-printer-scanner.62571/
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
How can you test to see if my router is toast? After updating and doing a fresh reset, my AC88U is losing wifi connections and the guest network just stops working after a few minutes. It worked great up until I hard reset. Even downgrading to version .14 and .15, the guest network no longer works. I tried resetting different ways and only setting up only a wifi name and password. I am using smart connect. Is there a detailed log I can send someone? Thanks.

Don't use smart connect. :)

The link(s) below may help, as will using the defaults suggested in the M&M Config that has worked reliably since the beginning of time (at least as a start). :)

https://www.snbforums.com/threads/ax88-packet-loss.62891/#post-563326

https://www.snbforums.com/members/l-ld.24423/#info
 

Butterfly Bones

Very Senior Member
I assume 20457 will be in in next release ? Or is it already in this new release ?

There are some interesting changes

- Improved connection stability.
- Optimized CPU utilization.

- Fixed firmware upgrade bugs.
The changelog is linked in post #1. ;)
 

Butterfly Bones

Very Senior Member
Fogot about that, my bad.

I assume in next merlin release this new updates from official firmware will be implemented.
It depends on if those changes are in the GPL (source code) that RMerlin uses to compile his firmware. As he has stated many times, it take weeks to months for GPL releases.
 

Kal1975

Occasional Visitor
What router model?
I have an RT-AC3100.

So, I successfully added my static DHCP entries now. I think the only issue is that sorting by Client Name has that JavaScript error.

The entries are showing up now in the dropdown. I'm thinking the reason they weren't showing up is due to some problem with one or more of the client names as I've updated/changed them. I like how the dropdown shows the online devices and has a link to show the offline devices right there in the dropdown.
 

RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
Question for anyone who may know - is it still a good idea to have the 2.4 and 5 networks SSIDs/names be different?

A matter of personal preference. Personally I do, for the following reasons:

1) I want to ensure that my "fast" devices stay on the 5 GHz band no matter what, with only slower devices (currently just my Roomba) on the 2.4 GHz band
2) I don't trust every device manufacturers to make the right decision in choosing which band to connect to

I like how the dropdown shows the online devices and has a link to show the offline devices right there in the dropdown.

It's all Asus's code.
 

RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
I will be closing this thread in the coming days. If you have a general question, I recommend creating a separate thread.
 

rryl

New Around Here
Just an FYI for those using Safari and getting an issue on the AIprotection or the Network Map pages where a translucent Trend Micro User Agreement pop up blocks the screen without any agree/disagree buttons. Just use a different web browser and the user agreement will show correctly. When going back to Safari, those pages can be used.

Updated from version 384.6 with diversion on an RT-AC68P. Unplugged USB drive, updated, rebooted, then plugged USB back in. Everything appears to be working fine except for the issue mentioned above.

Merlin-Thanks for the hard work as this has kept me from throwing out the router these past couple of years!
 

det721

Part of the Furniture
all my devices are connected to 5ghz, can I disable the 2.4 radio as a best practice ? (power, performance, etc)

Yes by all means. Been running with 2.4 GHz disabled for years.
 

chrisinsocalif

Occasional Visitor
Don't use smart connect. :)

The link(s) below may help, as will using the defaults suggested in the M&M Config that has worked reliably since the beginning of time (at least as a start). :)

https://www.snbforums.com/threads/ax88-packet-loss.62891/#post-563326

https://www.snbforums.com/members/l-ld.24423/#info

I bought another AC88U, once I only set up my main wireless network and then a guest network the problem started again. It's not isolated to my one router but seems to be a problem with the firmware(Asus in general, no fault to Merlin). Seems releases .14-.16 all have the same problem when using Smart Connect and a guest network. I downgraded all the way to .13 and the problem went away. Even the Asus builds exhibited the problem. I will be returning the second AC88U router since its not an isolated issue to my one router. IS there a way I can log/debug the issue so I can report it to Asus?
 
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Deleted member 51572

Guest
What can cause this?

Asus left debugging log enabled been talked about for awhile now. Nothing to sweat over ignore it.

So does anyone know how to permanently disable debug logging for these wireless events? A tsunami of WLCEVENTD events from the 86U router are clogging up my Syslog Watcher, making the router logs pretty much useless and unreadable, because there are hundreds of these wireless events being logged over a 24hr period; every STA disassociation, reassociation, authentication, deauthentication + wifi channel changes, et al are logged. Information overload, it's quite ridiculous, really.
 

Vexira

Part of the Furniture
I've run tests using fast.com, results as follows (from the same device, wired connection, no other meaningful network activity). Same behaviour as per dslreports, whereby with Adaptive the latency goes through the roof:

DL UL Unloaded Loaded Max Limit Value
Stock with no QOS 39 10 16 18
Traditional QoS (fq_codel 125%/125%) 37 9.3 16 17 50/16.25
Adaptive QoS (fq_codel 125%/125%) 36 11 16 174 50/16.25
Adaptive QoS (fq_codel 100%/100%) 41 11 16 174 40/13
Adaptive QoS (fq_codel 95%/95%) 40 11 16 177 38/12.35
Are you using the fresh jr QoS script with adaptive?
 

Butterfly Bones

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