Asus RT-N10U

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[edit] Preliminary

As of (June 30, 2012) the DD-WRT Router database says CPU BCM5356, 16Mb RAM and 4Mb flash, but it is BCM5357, 32Mb RAM and 8Mb Flash. For one, all ASUS original firmwares are >4Mb Flash

For basic routing, at basic speeds (<50-80Mbps internet connections), this is an inexpensive, stable and good router choice, to use with DD-WRT (and other 3. party firmwares).

For basic routing purposes, I have been using this router for months and months (build 19342 - mini) without glitches. --Alvin 2014/aug/29
Since build 22118 Wireless has been broken, so 21676 is latest working build for this router. --Alvin 2014/aug/29
Unfortunately OpenSSL Heartbleed fix is only added in changeset 23882.

[edit] Hardware

  • 32Mb RAM
  • 8Mb FlashRAM
  • CPU BCM5357 @ 300MHz
  • External 5 dBi antenna, changeable
  • 802.11b, g & n (max 150Mbps wireless speed on 40MHz channel bandwidth)
  • WiFi frequency: 2.4GHz
  • Powersupply - DC Output : 12 V with max. 1 A current
  • Buttons: WPS Button, Reset Button, Power Button
  • 1x USB 2.0
  • 4x LAN, 1x WAN

[edit] Installation Instructions

Please note: The RT-N10U does REQUIRE the K26 Firmware builds as Broadcom has not released drivers for the non-K26 builds. (Read more here: Recommended Firmwares). So the NEWD firmwares were actually specifically designed for this generation of Broadcom based routers.

Details of the DD-WRT firmware build variations are found here

[edit] Principle steps

  • Restore Factory Default settings (Clear NVRAM)
  • Install the INITIAL ASUS RT-N10U version of DD-WRT (file name ends in .trx)
  • Restore Factory Default settings (Clear NVRAM)
  • "Upgrade" to your final version of DD-WRT (filename ends in .bin)
  • Restore Factory Default settings (Clear NVRAM)
Note: OpenSSL Heartbleed issue seems to have been resolved with changeset 23882 / release 23919 --Alvin, 29 August 2014

[edit] How its done via Web interface

  • Open a browser to http://192.168.1.1
  • Restore Factory Default settings (Clear NVRAM) via web menu: Advanced settings -> Administration -> Restore/Save/Upload Setting -> button Restore
  • Upload the .trx file via the web menu: Advanced settings -> Administration -> Firmware upgrade
  • Wait for the router to re-boot on its own. For however long it takes. It typically takes between 3 to 15 minutes to complete this process.
  • When the router is re-booted on it own, open a browser to http://192.168.1.1
  • set root for user name, and select any password
  • Restore Factory Default settings (Clear NVRAM) via DD-WRT web menu: Administration -> Factory Defaults -> yes -> Apply settings
  • You are now running the mini version of DD-WRT. If that is good enough for your purposes, then you are done. If you however want to use a newer and/or different version
  • you may now use the web interface to upload/upgrade to any DD-WRT firmware that can run on the RT-N10U, like:
  • Upload the file via the web menu: Advanced settings -> Administration -> Firmware upgrade
  • Restore Factory Default settings (Clear NVRAM) via DD-WRT web menu: Administration -> Factory Defaults -> yes -> Apply settings
  • You are done. Enjoy using DD-WRT

[edit] How its done via Recovery Mode

ToDo.

For now, get inspiration from the RT-N16 and RT-N66U recovery descriptions, as it is basically the same procedure for all the Asus RT-Nx routers.


[edit] Clear NVRAM on this unit

Also known as a "Hard Reset" or "Restore to Factory Default settings" - on most Asus units (and on this unit particularly) you need to use the WPS button, when turning on the unit, to do a hard reset.

  • Turn off power to the router.
  • Push-and-hold the WPS nutton
  • Turn on power - while still pushing the WPS button
  • After power on, keep the WPS buton pushed for some seconds (I prefer 10 seconds)
  • Release the WPS button, and the unit will reboot with default/"factory" settings


[edit] Upgrade to newer DD-WRT

  • Restore Factory Default settings (Clear NVRAM)
  • use the DD-WRT web gui: Administration -> Firmware upgrade
  • Restore Factory Default settings (Clear NVRAM)

[edit] Links and Notes

[edit] Issues