Posted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 3:50 Post subject: Asus RT-N11
Is there any chance that a DD-WRT port could be provided for the Asus RT-N11? I'm having trouble configuring the device and am starting to think that it's because their firmware is shite.
I'll include my email to them incase somebody here could make some suggestions:
I'm trying to create a wireless bridge to join 2 networks using WDS on 2 RT-N11s (http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=12&l2=43&l3=0&l4=0&model=2349&modelmenu=1). Below is a sketch showing what I'm trying to do.
No matter what I do, I can't get connectivity (in the same room) between the 2 RT-N11s - not even with an ethernet cable (actually I got this working with an Ethernet cable with both devices set to "Acess Point" mode, but even then the network time messages weren't getting through to the 2nd router's status page, so there's obviously other problems there). The manual is no use because it barely mentions WDS or bridging (although it does include a WDS icon on the box).
I've tried different modes on the bridging page, added the other device's MAC address. I've tried WPA, WEP and no/Open security. I've disabled the firewall. Still, nothing works - I really don't understand why it's so hard to get a wireless bridge working between 2 devices of the same type.
Here are some questions I need answered:
1) Should 253 and 252 be "Home Gateway", "Router" or "Access Point"? The documentation is very vague on the difference and impact of this decision. (There's a bit of text on the device's "System Setup/Operation Mode" page, but it's all giberish)
2) Which devices (254,253,252) need to have Dynamic routing set up?
3) Do I need to do something in WPS?
4) What does WAN mean when you've got routers chained together using ethernet and WDS, from 252's perspective are 253 and 254 in the LAN or WAN?
5) Should the WAN connection type for 252 and 253 be "Automatic IP", "Static IP" or PPPoE (254 uses PPPoE to connect to ADSL internet)
6) Should the WAN subnet mask be 255.255.255.0, 255.255.255.255 or 255.255.255.224 or something else?
7) Does the hostname of 252 and 253 need to contain a dot, with the last (or first?) the same as that of 254?
If DHCP server is enabled on 252, should Default Gateway be 0.0.0.0 (the default) or 192.168.1.254? (or perhaps 253 for 252?)
9) Do I need to add anything to the static route list? If so, please provide details.
----------------------- network sketch ----------------------
Billion 7402VGP ADSL modem & router
hostname: home.gateway (default, Billion insist that it contains a dot)
DHCP Server, configured with MAC addresses of RT-N11s: 253, 252
DHCP address range: 2-31
Also has other computers connected to primary LAN
(probably won't have any wireless devices connected to it, currently has no ethernet devices either, except 7402VGP - so probably "WDS only")
If DHCP is enabled, would probably support 192.168.1.32-63
| Wireless N bridge
(This acts as an access point/ethernet router for devices on remote LAN)
If DHCP is enabled, would support 192.168.1.128-191 - probably needs to be a DHCP server in case the wireless bridge goes down)
| Wireless g/n, ethernet
remote LAN devices
1) 253 and 252 should be set as access points. 254 is already DHCP-serving, so disable DHCP on 253 and 252.
2) 254 is the DHCP-server
3) WPS is auto-setup b/w AP and clients. In your case, you want to use WDS, which involves configuring MACs manually (in the WDS bridge pages), so don't touch anything that says WPS.
4) WAN does not matter when setup as access point.
5-9) Not applicable
This router suspiciously looks like a WL520GU, except for the missing usb port and addition of wireless N and a second antenna (and a tad chubbier). I'm not game enough to open mine up to check the chips.
Nalbion, since you own two of these, can you open one up and check? :)
Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 22:56 Post subject: Incorrect MAC address
After running "arp -a" on the command line, it seems that the MAC address printed on the stickers underneath the routers are off by 1. When I changed the MAC addresses on the bridge page it all came good, so I won't need to install DD-WRT (wouldn't have made much difference if I was still using the wrong MAC address anyway).
Sorry roborat, I'm not game to open them up either as I'd never hear the end of it if the bridge went down.
Yep, i only posted the pics for reference. I bought this router because i could't found any pics and is very cheap. I discover that is a piece of crap. Losses connection very often, slowdown the entire router and only 1T2R, and has a incompatible chipset (amrisc 20010).
I will try to use console port and see what is running, because i can't find any source donwload, but i don't like this router and advise that software is really bad.