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Which firmware for RT-N66R?

Discussion in 'Asuswrt-Merlin' started by Slickone, Oct 17, 2018.

  1. Slickone

    Slickone New Around Here

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    I'm having a hard time deciding which firmware I should upgrade to for my RT-N66R. Which one should I use? It still has the Asus 3.0.0.4.380_3831 firmware. I'm not a big tweaker, else I probably wouldn't need to ask.

    *latest Asus
    *Merlin legacy 380.70
    *john9527's latest fork (based on Merlin 374.43)
     
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  3. skeal

    skeal Part of the Furniture

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    @john9527 by far the better choice. 380.70 is a final release, never to be updated. John's fork is updated all the time. Asus stock f/w lacks features.
     
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    scjr Senior Member

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    I agree with @skeal. John’s fork is a good choice and there will be future updates.
     
  5. Slickone

    Slickone New Around Here

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    Thanks, guys. And the settings backup/restore will correctly transfer over settings to the new FW?
     
  6. ColinTaylor

    ColinTaylor Part of the Furniture

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    No. You'll have to manually set it up again. See the installation notes.
     
  7. Slickone

    Slickone New Around Here

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    To me, it's saying otherwise. Am I missing something?

    "you may use my NVRAM SAVE/RESTORE utility (check for the latest version) to transfer your user settings from your current firmware to this fork."
     
  8. ColinTaylor

    ColinTaylor Part of the Furniture

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    I think we're talking about different things. What I meant was that you can't use the NVRAM Save and Restore options in the router's web interface (Administration - Restore/Save/Upload Setting).

    After installing John's firmware you need to perform a factory reset. After that you can either manually type in your settings again or use a separate utility that John has written to transfer your settings from your old firmware. If you use John's utility then obviously you have to use it to make the initial backup before installing the new firmware.
     
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