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Inexpensive Router that Works Well
on April 8, 2012
First, be sure to install the DD-WRT firmware (note that the "B1" hardware version, what you will likely receive, does NOT work with Tomato firmware as of Apr 8, 2011).
To install the DD-WRT firmware on this router, look up the router on the DD-WRT Supported Database [...]. On this router, there are two files that need to be installed:
Using your laptop/PC and assuming a Windows OS as well as DHCP, using your browser, go to 192.168.1.1 (username and password = "admin"). Go to Administration and upload the factory-to-ddwrt.trx file. Once that completes, wait about 5 minutes and unplug your router and plug it back in.
Using your browser again, once again visit 192.168.1.1. Change your username and password and click Save. Then, go to Administration and upload the asus-rt-n10plus-ddwrt-webflash.bin file. Once that completes, wait about 5 minutes and unplug your router and plug it back in.
You're done; just configure your router as you would any other router (visit DD-WRT's website for help if needed). Note, the firmware is quite comprehensive and can turn this little router into a thousand dollar device if desired. For most, the default settings plus wireless security is all you'll like need.
Remember, Tomato is currently unsupported on the "B1" version (the previous non-B1 version is supported). If you tend not to read material like me and try to install Tomato, you will brick your router as I did.
To unbrick your router:
1. Change the DHCP network setting to Static and set the IP Address to 192.168.1.15 (the "15" is critical, this is the IP Address this router is expecting on a firmware flash). Make sure your gateway is set to 192.168.1.1
2. While power is on your router and an ethernet cable is connected between your router and laptop/PC, depress the Reset button on the router using a paper clip. While holding the Reset button in, unplug the router - wait 10 seconds - plug it back in and continue to hold the Reset button for about another 10 seconds until the WPS light starts to blink (the router is now in recovery mode). Note, the router will not accept a ping at this point in case you're checking.
3. If using Windows, download TFTP2.exe from [...](or google and download from elsewhere). Note, if using Windows 7, you'll need to go Control Panel > Programs & Features > Turn Windows Features On (in LHS panel) and check "TFTP Client".
4. Run the downloaded TFTP2.exe program and set the Server = 192.168.1.1; leave Password blank; and use the factory-to-ddwrt.trx file to reflash your router.
5. Wait 5 minutes, unplug and replug your router.
6. Change your network settings back to DHCP (wait about 1 minute before going to the next step).
7. Using your browser again, once again visit 192.168.1.1. Change your username and password and click Save. Then, go to Administration and upload the asus-rt-n10plus-ddwrt-webflash.bin file. Once that completes, wait about 5 minutes and unplug your router and plug it back in. Your router should be working fine now.
Just a note: I previously was using a Linksys WRT54GS router with Tomato (rock solid). I bought this Asus wireless router for the purpose of extending the wireless range and for the gigabit file transfer speeds (I have a NAS on my network). One thing I noticed with this Asus router is that my web pages render faster than with the Linksys router which was a pleasant outcome.
For the price, not a bad little device. Like others have pointed out, it is cheaply made. But, for the money, the value is hard to beat. As for longevity, time will tell.