i flashed kong 38570 and all the channels were there
i did a gui reset
then flashed kong 39345 and the lower channels appeared to disappear
then i did a nvram erase
after setting it back up the all channels were back
i set up 80 width upper upper channel 48
then flashed to the current build
at first it appears all the channels are available
after a reboot the lower and upper channel are available
once you get the channels i wouldn't nvram erase again
i did the following:
1. flash stock
2. flash 39345
3. nvram erase
4. all channels will be available
5. flash 43813, no reset, all channels available
6. power cycle, only 2 channels available
7. restored old nvram backup (after brcm_unlock which had 5 channels only), all channels are available (6 channels).
8. power cycle, 6 channels still available
@novasbc: If you are using class A or B subnets, use the proper subnet mask and desired start IP address. There have been changes to the configuration and that's probably why it's not working. Just a thought.
@Abboo: Did you ensure your network settings were correct after upgrading?
@tinkeruntilitworks: Good to hear, and sorry for all the grief. I don't always remember everything, and I guess I expect people to have read a lot of the same threads and posts I have, perhaps. No worries, all good!
I have not changed the way I upgrade. It is the same for all builds I have tested. When I revert to the older build I made no changes and it worked and still working. Something with the current two builds not working with my Netgear R8000; I cannot surf the net.
Router/Version: Asus RT-AC68U
File/Kernel: asus_rt-ac68u-firmware.trx (r43813)
Previous/Reset: Merlin 384.18 / YES
Mode/Status: 2.4Ghz AP / 5Ghz Client
Issues/Errors: No issues so far. Up 2 hours.
**Also just updated another RT-AC68U being used as a Client Bridge and my trusty Linksys WRT54GL. No issues to speak of. _________________ ASUS RT-AC68U (R/AP) Merlin 384.19
ASUS RT-AC68U r44236 AP/Bridge
ASUS RT-AC68U FT 2020.5 Bridge
WRT54GL 1.1 r44236-std (old faithful)
Linksys E1200v2 r43266 (sleeping)
Joined: 16 Mar 2019 Posts: 139 Location: Szczecin, Poland EU
Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 16:10 Post subject: New Build 07-15-2020-r43813
Router/Version: Netgear WNR3500L v2
Kernel: Linux 4.4.230 #2602 Wed Jul 15 14:17:35 +04 2020 mips
Mode: Internet gateway and WIFI AP
Uptime: almost 28h
Device is updated via ssh. Generally router working good. I see two small problems:
1) I can't to put own configuration to setup -> switch config tab. After make own configuration and click save and apply settings options I have default configuration again. This problem is exist for a long time.
2) Administration -> Commands tab have a problem. When I change configuration and click save firewall options the configuration isn't refresh and I must totally reboot device for correctly firewall configuration.
Generally router is usable and operate good.
i was curious if the nvram erase command still caused issues in the latest build. it does. the lower channels are gone. i must have accidentally deleted the kong builds to recover the channels. the only mirror i know of seems to be gone. http://ddwrt-kong.clonevince.fr/ . are there any other mirrors? i have not been able to recover the channels with any bs builds i've tried. seems weird that going back to stock and flashing the current build doesn't resolve the issue
From the svn BS said he wasn't going to fix it since this issue is "country" related settings implemented by the chipset vendor. It may be difficult to fix every country-setting related issue for every router since they are all different and there are hidden nvram settings for each.
Your best bet is to try the known nvram tinker fixes that are around, and that you have figured out for yourself. Personally I had a similar issue with my DIR-890L and I had to fix it with a nvram change to a particular setting to even show the country-related settings. Flashing to stock or other versions of firmware doesn't change anything, but tweaking that one setting fixed the issue.
on the r7000p there are clearly more bugs than country codes. he is just using that as an excuse to not even look into the issue. with my roku remote dying in days it seems its more than the lower channels not being available as well
after recovering the channels from the kong build the lower channels remain after a gui reset and pin reset. they are clearly supposed to be there
after an nvram erase on bs you have to do an extra reboot to even be able to select the one available channel
In the end most of us aren't paying anything for the firmware, so we don't have too much right to demand bug fixes when he has given his reasons.
I suppose with the R7000P it affects you because of router region settings, but not "his" model over in Europe. Kong did things a bit differently but I understand that it may not be feasible to test 10 different country models for each model of router for each build release. Kong's version probably changes certain nvram settings on install.
If you think there are other issues unrelated to country settings, try opening another ticket in the svn.