Re: Anyone heard of the Asus RT-N16? I think I have a rocker! BCM4718 128M

Please check: https://forum.openwrt.org/viewtopic.php?pid=105695#p105695 for the current status of the kernel.

Re: Anyone heard of the Asus RT-N16? I think I have a rocker! BCM4718 128M

Has anyone tried the new backfire/10.03 firmware on this guy?

I just ordered one from newegg for my office. I'd sure like to run openwrt on it, but will go with dd if I can't confirm that I won't brick the thing.

Seems like 10.03 should fix a lot of the issues reported in this thread??? Or not?

Any updates appreciated.

78 (edited by armchair 2010-04-08 21:33:02)

Re: Anyone heard of the Asus RT-N16? I think I have a rocker! BCM4718 128M

AFAIK, no working OpenWrt for Asus RT-N16. Teddy Bear's beta Tomato is working well; better than DD-WRT from what I've read. I would recommend Tomato at least until OpenWrt is working.

Here's a link you may find interesting to read while you're waiting on your order: http://www.linksysinfo.org/forums/showthread.php?t=63587

Start at post one and can read about the current version fixes at the link: current version. I can say that it is better than the original Asus f/w and has been improving. There's plenty of evolving conversation and fixes going on in that thread.

I was able to flash Tomato from Asus Recovery Utility (pre-installed from Asus disk provided with Asus router) by turning off firewall and and holding restore button while applying power and holding until power LED started flashing. I didn't have to flsh DD-WRT first like some had suggested. All these details can be found referenced in first post of thread. There is also a flash upgrade within Tomato for future upgrades after the initial flash to Tomato. The only thing I had an issue understanding was the directions to do a "thorough NVRAM erase after flash"; it's not a 30-30-30 reset but a utility built in and it's located under Administration/Configuration/Restore Default Configuration (third item in drop-down menu). And performing this will wipe out configuration so a backup of configuration is recommended and it was successfully restored after my last flash to beta 10.


Just some info that may be useful for anyone wanting to try Tomato in the interim of a working OpenWrt.

Re: Anyone heard of the Asus RT-N16? I think I have a rocker! BCM4718 128M

I still waitting for RT-N16 openwrt working.
I have two Asus RT-N16 devices....... sad

80 (edited by armchair 2010-04-18 05:26:36)

Re: Anyone heard of the Asus RT-N16? I think I have a rocker! BCM4718 128M

I know that many are waiting for OpenWrt for this router. I am too but I've tried some alternatives and this router is getting better with the beta f/w out there. Here's a Tomato with Toastman's Qos Class labels and other add-ons descibed below available at firmware.mooo.com @ this link: http://firmware.mooo.com/Toastman%20Builds/MIPS32R2%20Kernel%202.6%20(RT-N16%20etc)%20Builds/

There are also Toastman Qos threads posted here:  http://www.linksysinfo.org/forums/showthread.php?t=60304



***************************************(From firmware.mooo.com/Toastman Builds/Readme)
Based on Tomato USBmod by Fedor with Victek RAF features and compiled by Toastman:
- CPU Info & Overclock | Previous WAN IP
- IP/MAC Bandwidth Limiter | ARP Binding
- Access Concentrator ID | Additional Themes

Whenever I have a new compile with labelled classes, I will put it here.

Watch this space!


13 March 2010 - 1.27.7412 based on Fedor 1.27.9044 beta 07
            with most RAF features by Victek - Toastman
            QOS class labels and 200 user support
            Wireless driver 5.10.140.0

****************************************


29 March 2010 - 1.27.7414 - as above but latest code from git.

            Reverts wireless driver to more stable
            version 5.10.56.46

            THIS IS ALSO A BETA - Until a stable version
            is posted.

****************************************

16 April 2010 - 1.27.7416 - as above but current code from git.


****************************************


There's also a USB Optware thread by Lost Animal here: http://www.linksysinfo.org/forums/showthread.php?t=63993

I haven't tried the Optware but I copied some of Toastman's Qos Classifications "latest and best so far" and tweaked them to include my known devices and ports and browsing connection speeds picked up. I have Ooma VOIP, Sprint Airwave, PC and a few multimedia devices requiring Internet access. toastman's best Qos classifications do not include or suggest VOIP but VOIP MAC ID's or IP's can be moved to the top of priorities for support.

Re: Anyone heard of the Asus RT-N16? I think I have a rocker! BCM4718 128M

The biggest problem right now as I understand it is the same one we've always had with Broadcom devices: since they never release the source for their devices, you're always tied to whatever kernel they manually built the binaries for in the first place (unless you can find open source alternatives).

In this case although the RT-N16 now ships with stock firmware based on 2.6.x kernel (finally we can get out of the 2.4 days!), the binaries are built against 2.6.22 which is what stock firmwares are based on. Tomato and DD-WRT can get away using these drivers because their kernels for BCM are still sitting close to this version; on OpenWRT though we're up to 2.6.32 (as of my latest SVN 21238 checkout); there are major changes between .22 and .32 that affect all kinds of things and probably make the prebuilt binaries completely disastrous and incompatible.

So in terms of drivers for both wireless and wired networking... at this point it's either try to roll everything back to a compatible kernel (eeee not fun), try to get updated binaries from Broadcom (good luck), or find/wait for open source alternatives (no idea how the b43 people are doing on the wireless side of things, but the BCM4329 isn't listed on any of their info so I'm guessing no support yet).

As a side note I did notice that the Broadcom site states the BCM4329 is a combination 802.11n, Bluetooth and FM TX/RX chip... so if we do manage to get drivers going, that would open some pretty interesting opportunities...

Re: Anyone heard of the Asus RT-N16? I think I have a rocker! BCM4718 128M

Hello,

http://android.git.kernel.org/?p=platfo … ce6ec10e3c

is an open source broadcom driver from the android projekt, this could be used for  wifi and bluetooth and  fm.
What du you think about!?

frosch6669

Re: Anyone heard of the Asus RT-N16? I think I have a rocker! BCM4718 128M

frosch6669 wrote:

http://android.git.kernel.org/?p=platfo … ce6ec10e3c

is an open source broadcom driver from the android projekt, this could be used for  wifi and bluetooth and  fm.
What du you think about!?

I came across that the other day as well; from all the follows up though of people talking about it it seems the driver is written specifically for some kind of Broadcomm embedded "Card" that is manufacturered for cell/mobile devices rather than just the chipset itself as apparently the "Card" includes it's own CPU and firmware to interact with the chipset, providing the equivalent of a low-level API that the driver then interacts with. My understanding (and I could be wrong about all this of course!) is that devices like the Asus have no such card and implement the chip directly; thus they require a very different driver setup from the one provided above...

Re: Anyone heard of the Asus RT-N16? I think I have a rocker! BCM4718 128M

I'm planning on buying the asus RT-N16. does this router have two serial ports or one? it looks like it has three extra jumper spots next to the first serial port.

Re: Anyone heard of the Asus RT-N16? I think I have a rocker! BCM4718 128M

Hey,

in http://wiki.openwrt.org/inbox/asusrt-n16 reports that this device is not working, but is in kamikaze... and about the new backfire 10.3 ?
Anyone reports that works ? if not what is not working ?

VS

Re: Anyone heard of the Asus RT-N16? I think I have a rocker! BCM4718 128M

http://www.osnews.com/story/23786/BREAKING_BROADCOM_OPEN_SOURCES_WIRELESS_DRIVERS
http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news … -linux.ars
http://linux.slashdot.org/story/10/09/09/1925214/Broadcom-Releases-Source-Code-For-Drivers
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=ODU4Mg
http://lwn.net/Articles/404248/

Broadcom open sourced their wireless N drivers. Perhaps now it will be possible to get this working with OpenWRT.

Re: Anyone heard of the Asus RT-N16? I think I have a rocker! BCM4718 128M

bcm4718 not supported yet

Re: Anyone heard of the Asus RT-N16? I think I have a rocker! BCM4718 128M

Anyone got it working on OpenWrt yet?
Really could use some fresh information if anyone has it.

Re: Anyone heard of the Asus RT-N16? I think I have a rocker! BCM4718 128M

Good evolutions: see: https://dev.openwrt.org/ticket/6580
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