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Some strange things happened yesterday evening. I was trying to move back to Merlin firmware from the latest official firmware. I connected my laptop to the router with an ethernet cable, uploaded the latest Merlin firmware, reset the router using the button on the router and then waited for the initial setup screen to appear, but it didn’t. So, I typed in 192.168.50.1 into my browser and to my surprise, the normal user and password fields appeared on my screen, but my user name and password were rejected (which I expected to happen after a reset). I repeated the reset and the same thing occurred again. I was in a bit of a panic as to what to do next, so I thought I would try the ASUS discovery utility, but since mobile tethering would not work for some unknown reason, I had to get up in my loft and retrieve my ISP’s router to get me back online and when I eventually found and downloaded the ASUS app, it wouldn’t install (it got so far and then just stalled). Getting ever more frustrated, I rebooted my laptop and tried again. This time, it did install, but it didn’t find the ASUS router when I was connected via the ethernet cable. So, I unplugged the cable and then I noticed that there was an open Wi-Fi access called ASUS_90 or something similar. It was something I had seen before, so I decided to try connecting to it and I was able to do that. I then ran the ASUS discovery app and to my relief, the initial setup wizard for my router came on screen and I was able to continue as normal. I have no idea what happened as I’ve never had any problem before with being able to set up my router after a full reset. Does anyone have any ideas as to what might have happened?