just done testing these 2 and they all feel the same, but i'm back to the 17990 right now because i know it worked.
I am able to use Repeater Mode with this RT-N12/B1
However, the Virtual Interfaces wl0.1 is a bit flaky.
Sometimes it'll connect, sometimes it won't. It doesn't matter whether the Virtual SSID have encryption/password or not, i've tried running it unencrypted and still can't connect. If the repeater can't connect to it's target SSID, i am unable to connect my desktop to the Virtual Interface. (guess it's too busy trying to reconnect to the target)
Most of the time applying new settings would still require a reboot.
after I reset default settings + flash new firmware + reset default settings,
the dd-wrt ssid would pop up,
i think that's the setting, to have dd-wrt wireless on AP mode with no encryption
problem is.... when i try to connect, it'll ask for a WEP password.
i think that's some data that didnt get cleaned out before i flashed it. Somehow the nvram doesn't seem to want to clear itself.
--anyone tested a better stable build for the RT-n12/b1 to work as a repeater?
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Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 23:48 Post subject: Help choosing the right firmware for ASUS RT-N12B
Short time lurker, first time poster here. I've spent hours combing over the DD-WRT forum and wiki to figure out what firmware to load on my new ASUS RT-N12B router, and here is what I've found so far:
with caveat "Special Image for Initial Flashing"! Also, the peacock thread says not to trust the router database.
Wiki page for RT-N12B:
however, there is no mention of the "B" model, so I'm not sure if it is compatible or not. The peacock thread also recommends this build.
Someone suggested 17990m. The peacock thread also mentions this build if you have a "newer router", but I have no idea what "newer" is relative to and if it applies to the RT-N12B.
So, I could really use some help here. I'm going to use it in normal Router/AP mode - not as a repeater), but I really need stability since I will be sending this down to my daughter at college where I can't help much after shipping it. I would also like to use openvpn if possible (I'm running dd-wrt.v24-15230_NEWD_openvpn_jffs_small.bin on my ASUS WL-520GU). Is there an openvpn build that will work on this router, such as openvpn_small builds?
Oh, and I'm also a little confused by the .trx vs .bin files. Are .trx files only if upgrading from the ASUS original firmware and I can then use .bin files from the DD-WRT interface once it is there - e.g. one that doesn't have RT-N12B1 in the file name?
I'm new to this too. I read everything and decided to install the 17990 firmware on my rt-n12b1, specifically:
My understanding is that the initial firmware needs to have the .trx extension, but subsequent firmwares just need the .bin extension once dd-wrt in installed.
The firmware update went very smoothly and fixed the problems that the Asus firmware was giving me, so I am pleased overall. I'm just using it as a plain router and gateway for internet use and file sharing. So far it seems stable, we'll see how it performs over the next week or so before I consider any changes.
Figuring out just what to do is somewhat of a tangled web, but to me, in the end, it has been worth it.