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Barlos
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:32    Post subject: Asus RT-N10U inside + DD-WRT Reply with quote
Router Model: Asus RT-N10U
It is an entry level wireless router. I bought it for less than 35$US. It is Broadcom based cpu and has 8MB rom and 32MB RAM. If you are interested it, please look down.
Asus official RT-N10U product url: http://www.asus.com/Networks/Wireless_Routers/RTN10U/

package: box, RT-N10U unit, adapter, network cable, utility & doc CD , quick start guide , warranty paper.

Hardware basic spect.:
Wireless working frequency: 2.4GHz
board verison: REV 1.0 / A
Asus Rom version: 1.0.1.3c, date 2011.09.15
CPU: Broadcom BCM5357 300MHz
ROM: 8mb, Winbond model: W25Q64BVSIG
RAM: DDR-SDRAM 32MB, ESMT
Capactor: by brand, Acon, total of 6, not Japanese brand.
LAN : 10/100MB
USB port 2.0 * 1
Antenna: 5dBi, changeable.
Power: input 100~240V 0.5A, output 12V 1A
manufacture year: 2011
Made in: China

RAM detailed spect:
RAM : ESMT model: M13S2561616A- 5T, 16M*16, 200MHz packaging: 66L-TSOPI

Broadcom BCM5357 product introduciton:
http://zh-tw.broadcom.com/products/Wireless-LAN/802.11-Wireless-LAN-Solutions/BCM5357

quote form Broadcom:
Quote:

Broadcom's BCM5357 is a Single-chip 2.4G entry-level IEEE 802.11n retail router solution. This wireless LAN (WLAN) router system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution has enhanced features, industry-leading performance and best-in-class power consumption. With this new Intensi-fi® XLR SoC solution, Wi-Fi® system OEMs can leverage unparalleled silicon integration to reduce the overall cost while still maintaining adequate multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) performance for streaming HD video throughout the home. Broadcom has optimized this new 802.11n router solution with its Accelerange™ technology for enhanced throughput and range performance along with advanced features that minimize power consumption for 'green' functionality modes.
Features:
1: Integrated IEEE 802.11n radio, media access controller (MAC), baseband, CPU, memory controller and 5-port Fast Ethernet switch
2: Integrated 2.4 GHz power amplifier that has been proved in the field on shipping production platforms
3: USB 2.0 host port for storage and print server applications
4: Application and service support through NAND Flash and I2S
5: PCM interface support utilizing Broadcom's proven VoIP software stack


I have successfully flash RT-N10U with DD-wrt as following:
dd-wrt - v24 preSP2[beta] Build16994:
dd-wrt firmware name: dd-wrt.v24-16994_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_RT-N10U.trx
firmware release date: 2011/05/26
download location: Pleases search dd-wrt's router database with "n10u"

Tomato by Shibby - build5x-087V-EN:
firmware name: : tomato-K26USB-1.28.RT-N5x-MIPSR2-087V-BT-VPN.trx
firmware date: 2012/03/13

I was able to flash DD-WRT directly form original Asus's firmware's webgui.

Personal thoughts:
Asus RT-N10U should be the successor of WL-520gU. It is low price, with 802.11n 150Mbps, double the ROM and RAM size (520gU is 4MB ROM & 16MB RAM). The antenn is 5dBi, much longer and fatter than N16.

Due to BCM5357 is single chip SoC contain all the functions with 300MHz process speed, it could face performance suffering if many people and services are running simultaneously.

Strong points:
1: cheap. I bought it for less than 35$US
2: It has 8MB rom and 32MB RAM. Able to flash 8MB or less 3rd party firmware to expand its ability, such as VPN, BT, QoS, USB & NAS, & VLAN, etc.
3: one USB 2.0 port.
4: Asus original firmware provides 4 set of SSID, to simulate 4 routers.
5: Asus's firmware restoration is easy to use.
6: It has power button at the back.

Drawback:
Because the price is cheap, I won't complain too much. If I really have to complain something, then I would say the CPU's heatsink is small, and glued on the chip, which is hard to tear it off and change to a bigger one. Secand, LAN is not giga port. :p

Let's go stright to the well flashed N10U with DD-WRT's system info and board photos. Photos are 800 pixels.

dd-wrt v24 preSP2[beta] system picture.


dd-wrt: cat /proc/cpuinfo
Code:

DD-WRT v24-sp2 mini (c) 2011 NewMedia-NET GmbH
Release: 05/08/11 (SVN revision: 16994)
BusyBox v1.13.4 (2011-05-08 00:44:11 CEST) built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.
root@DD-WRT:~# cat /proc/cpuinfo
system type             : Broadcom BCM5357 chip rev 1
processor               : 0
cpu model               : MIPS 74K V4.9
BogoMIPS                : 149.50
wait instruction        : no
microsecond timers      : yes
tlb_entries             : 64
extra interrupt vector  : no
hardware watchpoint     : yes
ASEs implemented        : mips16 dsp
shadow register sets    : 1
VCED exceptions         : not available
VCEI exceptions         : not available

dcache hits             : 2147483648
dcache misses           : 4292811551
icache hits             : 2147483648
icache misses           : 3860319024
instructions            : 2147483648


Board, CPU's heatsink is about the same size as the chip. It is glued to the chip, not use tape. Board has 4 pins, it should for the console use.


Model numbers printed on the PCM.


windbond 8MB flash
http://www.winbond.com.tw/hq/enu/ProductAndSales/ProductLines/FlashMemory/SerialFlash/W25Q64BV.htm


ESMT 32MB ram, the SMDs are very close. If you want to change the ram by unsoldering and soldering, the SMDs most likely will come down when unsoldering the RAM.
http://www.esmt.com.tw/english/products_de.asp?CLASS_L1=7&CLASS_L2=56&CLASS_L3=67&CLASS_L4=0#67
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:15    Post subject: Reply with quote
Nice report. I wonder if this is a good candidate for OTRW?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 21:35    Post subject: Reply with quote
This router is also working with dd-wrt kong mod.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 14:48    Post subject: Reply with quote
@n0t: Please provide a link to the Kong firmware that is working with the model. Can you confirm OTRW is working on this?
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 15:08    Post subject: Reply with quote
I confirm that OTRW is working on RT-N10U. I use 18000 big build.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 21:58    Post subject: Reply with quote
I am wondering if a EXT2 formatted flash drive will work with this model and what kernel is used with OTRW:

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 15:07    Post subject: Reply with quote
Quote:
root@DD-WRT:~# uname -r
2.6.24.111
root@DD-WRT:~# mount
rootfs on / type rootfs (rw)
/dev/root on / type squashfs (ro)
none on /dev type devfs (rw)
proc on /proc type proc (rw)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw)
ramfs on /tmp type ramfs (rw)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw)
devpts on /proc/bus/usb type usbfs (rw)
/dev/discs/disc0/part1 on /opt type ext2 (rw,noatime)
root@DD-WRT:~#
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 17:33    Post subject: Reply with quote
Does any firmware for this support JFFS2
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 14:49    Post subject: Re: Asus RT-N10U inside + DD-WRT Reply with quote
I have 2 Asus RT-N10U recently. For very cheap price 30E/each, I got nice router with 32M RAM and 8M Flash (so it is support big builds of DDWRT, including USB/NAS and OpenVPN at same time).

Tried builds:

16994 (initial) 19342 and 19519 without any major issues. In all cases, just 20MHz channel worked to me toward linux Intel client, just 65 Mbit/s channel reported.

Not able to use 135Mbit/s at all. But it is not real problem for me, as I want to use just 20MHz channel anyway.

Real troughput witch 65Mbit channel is betseen 50-52 Mbit/s with one client, which is more than 2 times better than with old b/g solution.

My routers are a bit never series (Black - B1 revision) but have same HW inside like old one. Just different look.





I agree with Barlos, that for that price, it is excellent machine.

If you have a tip how to set up 135/150Mbit correctly, and have it tested, just let me know.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 14:51    Post subject: Re: Asus RT-N10U inside + DD-WRT Reply with quote
BTW this is link to build I'm currently using:

ftp://dd-wrt.com/others/eko/BrainSlayer-V24-preSP2/2012/06-08-12-r19342/broadcom_K26/dd-wrt.v24-19342_NEWD-2_K2.6_big.bin
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 14:52    Post subject: Reply with quote
yousaf465 wrote:
Does any firmware for this support JFFS2


My (big) build is supporting JFFS2, but I did not test it.
panosla
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:10    Post subject: Reply with quote
Is the following version supported by RT-N10U? ftp://dd-wrt.com/others/eko/BrainSlayer-V24-preSP2/2012/07-20-12-r19519/broadcom_K26/dd-wrt.v24-19519_NEWD-2_K2.6_big.bin
Benik3
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 15:02    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hello.
I have some question about this router before buy.

1.) I want use it like print server with my Canon MP550. Will everything work OK? I need it fully working (printing, scanning...)

2.) What is max power output? My friend who also has this router told me, that he can set up to 250mW. Is it right?

3.) I suppose that the newest version of FW dd-wrt.v24-20675_NEWD-2_K2.6_mega.bin should work. Or do you recommend another one?

Thank you Smile
Benik3
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 20:14    Post subject: Reply with quote
I bought also one router.
It's also the black version B1, but RAM is EtronTech em6aa160tsa-5G which I found as only 16MB :/

Will it be problem?
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 12:32    Post subject: 64Mb mod failed Reply with quote
I tried to upgrade its memory to 64Mb, I did set sdram_init from 0x0419 to 0x0c19/0x0c29/0x0113 along with (or without) manual_boot_nv=1, but it was always reporting 32Mb.

What is odd is that after setting sdram_ncdl to 0x0000, it does not get recalculated after reboot, remaining 0, therefore I believe it doesn't use these nvram settings.

I did manage to (stable) 'clkfreq' overclock it to:
354,177,88 / 373,186,93 / 400,200,100 but it gets quite hot even after radiator replacement. I would recommend 354,177,88 with stock radiator to have it running for years.



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