I followed the instructions posted by mshneour on page 3 and successfully flashed my easy4n with ddwrt this weekend. Just posting as a thanks and to encourage anyone else on the fence about doing this to go!
So thanks to all on here giving such helpful info (including netmind for the tip on the cheap ca42 cable on ebay - got mine for $4 shipped).
Currently, all I'm seeing is random garbage under PuTTY.
That is because you are using a USB to RS-232 serial adapter.
The serial signal levels in the router are not RS-232 levels, they are 3.3V TTL. _________________ You don’t really own a device until you can open it up and tear it apart
Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 22:07 Post subject: Missing menu items
Hey everybody! Following all the great advice here I've gotten everything ready to upgrade to dd-wrt, but when I putty in, I only get option 1) Load system code to SDRAM via TFTP.
None of the other options are listed that you guys are getting, so when I press "2" it does nothing. I was running the latest firmware (188.8.131.52). I tried the all the other versions that are listed on Rosewills website (184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11, and 18.104.22.168) Any suggestions on what else I can try? Is there something I need to do to enable those choices?
I only get option 1) Load system code to SDRAM via TFTP.
My experience was Option 2 is actually there it simply doesn't display for some reason.
I had to reboot several times and press 2 repeatedly to finally get the prompt to upload firmware.
You may try putting a 4 port switch (or whatever) between your Windows ethernet port and the router LAN port. This prevents Windows from loosing connection on the Ethernet port. Seems to help when having problems getting Option 2 to come up.
Also be sure Windows Firewall is turned off during this time.
Be patient, read all the posts above and keep trying. It will work sooner or later.[/quote]
Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 23:56 Post subject: It was a dumb mistake
I had a bad solder job on the rx on the router, which let me see the text scroll by on my pc, but my keyboard input wasn't being sent to the router. After rechecking that, everything worked great. I just hit 2 even though I only had 1 option in the menu. Thanks again for all the documentation and the quick reply!!!
Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 15:14 Post subject: Trouble With Lan Ports?
Well, first and foremost, thanks for all of the useful information above, and for the fantastic images/video documenting exactly how to do this. I ran into a few hangups during installation, but eventually figured everything out and got DDWRT up and running on my EasyN4.
Now that I've got it up and running though, I seem to be having some trouble getting the LAN ports to work. For whatever reason, It seems I'm able to connect to the box via wireless (by connecting to the default ddwrt network), but when trying to connect via ethernet cable, I can't even get a ping response.
I'm very new to the software so I may have just missed something but has anyone else been experiencing this?
Edit I thought I should augment my post by saying that I've done most of the standard diagnostics, played with ip addresses, etc. Maybe a good question to ask is where I should look in the web gui settings to attempt to "manually" bind the LAN ports to the wifi network, if that's even possible?
Forgive my revival, but I feel it is relavant. I'm trying to do this to my easyn4, but I can't seem to find suggestions for a good header to use. Although I've looked around and searched the forum, I couldn't find any listed.
Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 23:54 Post subject: openvpn
Again, great postings guys. I've had this working for a few months now thanks to you guys. I'm curious if anyone has added openvpn to this router? I have a little time coming up, might give it a try but I figured no since reinventing the wheel if someone's already done it. Any thoughts?