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servicetech
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:43    Post subject: Reply with quote
Alozaros wrote:
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the word ROUTER always has a bad relation with the word "CHEAP"... Razz


"CHEAP" and "ROUTER" for me is related to low CPU power, FLASH, RAM, missing USB(3) , reduced LAN ports, non detachable antenna, slow WLAN, bad Modem on Cable/DSL modemrouters,
that's quite equal on 4+ years old hardware...
I don't use samba / USB on a router, I prefer a dedicated NAS with WOL
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 4:26    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks for the recommendations.
I have a 841n v10 with 34311 and a 842 v2 with your suggestion 40750.
Both are in client/router/access point mode.
The 841 have a better wifi coverage and reception with the same settings, position, country, wifi channel, tx power. it is not my idea, the difference it is big and i tried a lot of firmwares.

I want to ask why in Qos in 842 there is no "Queueing Discipline" field. I can only choose HTB or HSFQ.is it normal?

in 841 even with low memory i use qos to give priority in an ip(voip) and is working well.

i tried a lot of latest firmware in 841 but the problem they mention in other topics for losing the wifi every 20 minutes it was there.
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 12:12    Post subject: Reply with quote
drdedus wrote:
Thanks for the recommendations.
I have a 841n v10 with 34311 and a 842 v2 with your suggestion 40750.
Both are in client/router/access point mode.
The 841 have a better wifi coverage and reception with the same settings, position, country, wifi channel, tx power. it is not my idea, the difference it is big and i tried a lot of firmwares.

I want to ask why in Qos in 842 there is no "Queueing Discipline" field. I can only choose HTB or HSFQ.is it normal?

in 841 even with low memory i use qos to give priority in an ip(voip) and is working well.

i tried a lot of latest firmware in 841 but the problem they mention in other topics for losing the wifi every 20 minutes it was there.


Newer builds use updated kernels or added options, BS removed some less used functions on low end hardware, without it the binary grow beyond the 4M flash space. BS modified the QOS across a lot of r40xxx to r41xxx builds, assume developers never tested it on low end single core devices...

I think you need to stay with the (old) build that is working or change the hardware to some recommended from members for dd-wrt - QOS usage.

The recommendation for build r40750 is for
TP-Link TL-WR841ND v11
with updated chipset (CPU / WLAN)

TP-Link TL-WR841ND v9 and v10 look identical to me except the v10 has a little more CPU clock.
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 17:21    Post subject: Reply with quote
The reason why I recommended 37961 somewhat across the board for TL-WR* 4MB devices in the other thread is it is post commits that fix certain issues on these devices and a known overall working build from looking through several threads on here. There may be newer builds that work okay, but that is from a ton of reading trying to pick apart the monstrosity messes people have made of "device threads".
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 16:17    Post subject: Reply with quote
kernel-panic69 wrote:
The reason why I recommended 37961 somewhat across the board for TL-WR* 4MB devices in the other thread is it is post commits that fix certain issues on these devices and a known overall working build from looking through several threads on here....


Thanks ! Updated the listing
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 22:09    Post subject: Reply with quote
Alozaros wrote:
hmm can i define "better"...
better GUI access, https support as well some new fixes...you can have a look on SVN if you follow it......

How’d you get HTTPS working on your 740? Was pretty sure no OpenSSL on 4mb devices...

I have a 740N v4 and I’ve been upgrading to the latest builds without any issues, for whatever a single data point is worth. Like another poster said, this is a new lease on life for a device I was going to recycle otherwise (had gotten quite unstable with TP-Link firmware)
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 9:35    Post subject: Reply with quote
wrtf wrote:

How’d you get HTTPS working on your 740? Was pretty sure no OpenSSL on 4mb devices...
...


https support on the GUI is broken on my 4M flash device for a long time, but SSH is working ...

Edit : https GUI webpage did not work on r39xxx and above I have tested up to a few r41xxx builds, and I can't remember a r38xxx I have tested was working with https GUI. If someone knows the last 4M build with working https on the GUI let us know


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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 10:21    Post subject: Reply with quote
wrtf wrote:
Alozaros wrote:
hmm can i define "better"...
better GUI access, https support as well some new fixes...you can have a look on SVN if you follow it......

How’d you get HTTPS working on your 740? Was pretty sure no OpenSSL on 4mb devices...

I have a 740N v4 and I’ve been upgrading to the latest builds without any issues, for whatever a single data point is worth. Like another poster said, this is a new lease on life for a device I was going to recycle otherwise (had gotten quite unstable with TP-Link firmware)


BS was doing some changes recently, but didn't make it i guess, haven't seen https on 740 to work....
the only option to secure it it to lock down GUI via iptables rules and have SSh with key log in only than, you can turn on GUI via iptables rule and log in via GUI...if so...

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Atheros
TP-Link WR740Nv1 -----DD-WRT 45993 BS AP,NAT
TP-Link WR740Nv4 -----DD-WRT 44251 BS WAP/Switch
TP-Link WR1043NDv2 ---DD-WRT 46316 BS AP,NAT,AP Isolation,Ad-Block,Firewall,Local DNS,Forced DNS,DoT,VPN,VLAN
TP-Link WR1043NDv2 ---DD-WRT 46166 BS AP,NAT,AD/Block,Firewall,Local DNS,Forced DNS,DoT,VPN,VLAN
TP-Link WR1043NDv2 ---Gargoyle OS 1.12.0 AP,NAT,QoS,Quotas
Qualcomm/IPQ8065
Netgear R7800 -----DD-WRT 46259 BS AP,NAT,AD-Block,AP&Net Isolation,VLAN's,Firewall,Local DNS,DoT
Broadcom
Netgear R7000 -----DD-WRT 46259 BS AP,Wi-Fi OFF,NAT,AD-Block,Firewall,Local DNS,Forced DNS,VLAN's,DoT,VPN
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Stubby for DNS over TLS I DNSCrypt v2 by mac913
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:51    Post subject: Reply with quote
FYI,
TP-Link TL-WDR3600 v1
DD-WRT v3.0-r43099 std (05/09/20)

work fine, dual band working, CPU load never up more than 0.60
my longest continuous poweron = 16 days, cannot keep it more than that, cause by our occasionally black-out / no electricity in my area.

Require FULL RESET and DO NOT Restore the setting from backup (i tried restore and end up router sporadic restart and error occurs).

hope it help, sorry for my english
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:26    Post subject: Reply with quote
Alozaros wrote:

as far as WR940NDv3-v6/WR941NDv6 i don't know how the development goes this days, but my encounter with a friend WR940 series was equal to stay away from those...


I now have in my inventory a TL-WR940Nv3 running 43516. I've ran it through some hoops without tweaking anything under the hood and it's fairly stable. 43516 is the first to have some much-awaited webUI stability fixes.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 20:51    Post subject: Reply with quote
kernel-panic69 wrote:

I now have in my inventory a TL-WR940Nv3 running 43516. I've ran it through some hoops without tweaking anything under the hood and it's fairly stable. 43516 is the first to have some much-awaited webUI stability fixes.


Thank you for this update. Same device as WR941NDv6 except the non detachable antennas. Don`t see any "must have" in the build, except the WPA3 support. (not usable to me no WPA3 client hardware).
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 20:54    Post subject: Reply with quote
HasLo wrote:
FYI,
TP-Link TL-WDR3600 v1
DD-WRT v3.0-r43099 std (05/09/20)

work fine, dual band working, CPU load never up more than 0.60
my longest continuous poweron = 16 days, cannot keep it more than that, cause by our occasionally black-out / no electricity in my area.

Require FULL RESET and DO NOT Restore the setting from backup (i tried restore and end up router sporadic restart and error occurs).

hope it help, sorry for my english


Thank you. Added your response.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 22:01    Post subject: Reply with quote
I also now have a recently flashed TL-WR-1043NDv2.1 on 43718. It seems it doesn't require the switch workaround startup commands at all, but I still have to investigate vlan detached network functionality. There may be perhaps deeper issues with the driver "patch" to fix port isolation.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 16:14    Post subject: Reply with quote
For TP-Link TL-MR3420v1 users please beware start from r42681 and up (r43800 latest that I try) I got bootlop Rolling Eyes .
latest beta r42617 was okay boot normal Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 18:22    Post subject: Reply with quote
Why are you not reporting this? Can we get a serial log? I thought this was resolved.

EDIT: Now I remember, you are using a modified bootloader. And NEVER submitted serial log output.

https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=323809

You need to get a serial adapter and provide debug information. Your reports are useless without debug information.

https://openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/tl-mr3420

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