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).


Avoid build 22118 Wireless is broken
OpenSSL Heartbleed fix is only added in changeset 23882.
The WiFi 'Krack' issue was fixed for Broadcom in r33678, so use build 33772 or later.
Noted Aug 2020: All K2.6 builds after 43136 are likely broken.

[edit] Reports about useful builds

Note: do NOT use build 40559 - 40559 is broken for most routers, despite being the recommended build for many routers in the Router Database. Search forum "New build" to get the latest updated info about builds (noted Aug 2020).

[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 pre-K26 builds. (Read more here: Recommended Firmwares). You can also try K3X builds on this router but make sure the build is less than 8 000 000 bytes.

Find builds here: Where do I download firmware

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 and has RT-N10U in the name)
  • Restore Factory Default settings (Clear NVRAM)
  • "Upgrade" to your final version of DD-WRT (filename ends in .bin or .trx, this is where you can upgrade from a K26 build to K3X)
  • Restore Factory Default settings (Clear NVRAM)

[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