lucky? unless i can figure out a way to get the old firmware installed, my router is ruined.
i wouldn't have done it had i known this was going to happen.. i'm sure i'm not the only person who's lost a router because they flashed it with an image labeled as 'stable' only to find out part of it doesn't work.
while i've installed openwrt on several other routers/wifi ap's and configured some rules and whatnot, i'm still new to it. and when it says 'here's the link to the stable version of openwrt for your particular hardware', and next to it is a link for daily snapshots.. the stable link tells me that it'll work.. maybe it doesn't have the latest drivers and there are a few issues to work out, but it'll work. some of the devices on the list, despite being stable builds, still at least give a forewarning that a feature, such as usb recognition or the leds don't work.. but one would think the radios of a wifi router would work at least somewhat ok if it's being labeled as 'stable'..
so i'm stuck at the moment.. because even the asus firmware recovery utility doesn't seem to work.
today i downloaded the latest firmware from asus's website, again.. i figured 'what the hell..' and i logged in through luci, and attempted the firmware upgrade through the gui. it sat there spinning for a while. i looked at the lights and they were all illuminated (unlike with the openwrt firmware, where only 2 were illuminated).
so i tried opening the usual 192.168.1.1, but nothing.. again, i figured 'what the hell...' and i powered it off.
i powered it back on, tried again, but nothing.. so i tried 192.168.1.2, which is the address i had assigned to it in its previous life (hoping i would be brought to the default luci page) and the asus firmware came up!!
this is where it gets really weird.. i tried the admin password i had set for it, and it worked.. i went in to look around, and ALLLLLLL the settings were still there! so, despite being over written by openwrt (and openwrt claimed all the storage on the flash), it never wiped it out completely and when i was able to get the asus firmware installed, all the settings were still there!!
i re-flashed it again with the latest firmware just to make sure all was written to the flash correctly..
strange.. oh well.. i've got my asus wifi back.. that's all that matters
maybe there is a dual boot image in the router, in case the router crash for some reason it can still boot on the second Flash image. Maybe Openwrt was flashed on the 2nd flash memory so the 1st one with your settings was never overwritten.