WRT1900 ACS V1 - Frustrated, Fed Up and Back on Stock

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wadeshuler
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:02    Post subject: 1900ACS v1 is junk Reply with quote
I have the 1900 ACS v2. From what I learned, the v1 is a complete piece of junk! If I were to buy a new one right now, the Linksys - WRT32X AC3200 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Gaming Router with Killer Prioritization Engine

Originally I purchased the 1900 ACS v1 from Walmart not thinking, and it was the v1. Our iPhones would constantly lose connection. The wifi signal icon was full and fine, but the internet would just die on it. It also would be spotty on my MacBook. Basically anything WiFi.

I quickly did some digging (way back then) and discovered that I should have looked for the v2 model. I returned it to Walmart, and bought a v2 from BestBuy. I have owned it since.

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I do agree with the quality of the DDWRT firmware releases, at least from an ACS v2 perspective. They are pretty bad.

I am still on Firmware: DD-WRT v3.0-r35898 std (05/07/1Cool. Every few months I look to see what update is out, the reviews on it, and determine if I want to muck with this stupid thing again. Though it has been 4-6 since I even looked now...

I was on a much older version, and everyone that came out forever it seemed, was junk on the 1900acs v2. I think it was like a year before a stable build for us came around. Then the same thing again, junk builds for a while..

I think I am going to wait until tomorrow and make my mind up which version I want.

I may have to just pick one out of a hat and cross my fingers.. These builds are landmines anymore.. I might also go back to stock if Linksys has a recent update. I don't like being super out of date due to security reasons, you just never know and I don't want to rock a vulnerable build for a year or more lol.

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ddkt
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:44    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'm not convinced that the hardware is the problem. I do agree that the software for the radios is junk and Linksys is at fault for choosing Marvell.

I picked up a Netgear R7800 as there are many more open source firmware choices. I'll just use this 1900 as a repeater. I'm anxious to try Kong's DD-WRT builds on the Netgear.
ellick
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 17:14    Post subject: Reply with quote
ddkt wrote:
I'm not convinced that the hardware is the problem. I do agree that the software for the radios is junk and Linksys is at fault for choosing Marvell.

I picked up a Netgear R7800 as there are many more open source firmware choices. I'll just use this 1900 as a repeater. I'm anxious to try Kong's DD-WRT builds on the Netgear.


Were you still having problems with the radios even after switching to openwrt? I haven't had problems with them though with an older build of dd-wrt I couldn't get the 5ghz radio to work at all.

I was looking at the netgear r7800 when I bought this WRT1900acs router. The price was just too high for me even for used ones on ebay.
ddkt
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:49    Post subject: Reply with quote
ellick wrote:
ddkt wrote:
I'm not convinced that the hardware is the problem. I do agree that the software for the radios is junk and Linksys is at fault for choosing Marvell.

I picked up a Netgear R7800 as there are many more open source firmware choices. I'll just use this 1900 as a repeater. I'm anxious to try Kong's DD-WRT builds on the Netgear.


Were you still having problems with the radios even after switching to openwrt? I haven't had problems with them though with an older build of dd-wrt I couldn't get the 5ghz radio to work at all.

I was looking at the netgear r7800 when I bought this WRT1900acs router. The price was just too high for me even for used ones on ebay.


I was having trouble with slow speeds on the 5GHz radio even after switching to OpenWRT. It worked great for a few days, then slowed to a crawl. A reboot didn't fix it. I've had none of these problems with the stock FW.

I picked up the R7800 on Amazon Prime Day. Not cheap but I hope much less problematic.
SurprisedItWorks
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 14:37    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'm baffled by this thread. I have dd-wrt on six WRT1900ACSv2 routers and have had no problems other than intermittent minor (easily fixed with a fan) heat-related problems on two of them. I've never had radios drop out or become weirdly slow.

On 5 GHz I use AC/N-Mixed and have many times seen forum comments to the effect that N-only has issues.

I've run releases 36698, 37736, 38159, 39144, 40009 with no real problems.

So is all the trouble and Marvell hate basically about the earlier and later models? Did I just get lucky when I got started with the WRT1900ACSv2? Or are we really to believe that somehow I had good results in a sea of bad in spite of so many routers and releases?

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Six of the Linksys WRT1900ACSv2 on r38159 and r40009.
On various: VLANs, client-mode travel router, two DNSCrypt servers (incl Quad9), multiple VAPs, USB/NAS, OpenVPN client/PBR (random NordVPN server).

VLANs on the WRT1900ACSv2 and other two-CPU Linksys/Marvell routers:
https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=317199

DNSCrypt for Quad9 DNS and/or multiple servers and/or missing DNSCrypt enable button: Sun Jan 06, 2019 post at
https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=318094

Restarting OpenVPN from the CLI or script or SES button:
https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=1172761
ddkt
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 20:46    Post subject: Reply with quote
Maybe I'm just unlucky. A scan of the thread titles in this forum makes me think maybe not.

Mine is a V1, and some have said that the V2 is much improved. It's great that you're happy with your hardware and DD-WRT. I wasn't. This R7800 has been problem free, fast and has better coverage. Highly recommended.
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