Asuswrt-Merlin on Netgear R7000

Discussion in 'Other Firmware Projects' started by XVortex, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. Nick St

    Nick St New Member Member

    Not sure if I did this correctly or not. Used the "back to stock" firmware, the newer one and got it up to 380.65. Factory defaulted it, then tried the most recent netgear firmware .chk. Still getting the invalid message. Is there something simple I'm overlooking?
  2. slidermike

    slidermike Addicted to LI Member

    I'm not sure what steps your taking but it is just as simple as the OP directions.
    Link to the "back to stock" firmware (v1.0.3.80_1.1.38) is here.
    More recent version (v1.0.9.26_10.2.31) for NG build is here.

    Once you get "back to stock" (from the above) installed on the router, then install the factory firmware as normal.
  3. Nick St

    Nick St New Member Member

    At this point I have the NG build installed, shows as firmware 380.65. However, if I try to upload firmware from Netgear, I get a message about "Invalid firmware upload." So as of right now I'm stuck, and I wasn't sure if maybe it's a version thing? I'm trying to upload "R7000-V1.0.9.28_10.2.32.chk."
  4. hellraiser

    hellraiser New Member Member


    I am on latest stock firmware.when i try to Flash the R7000_xxx.xx_x.chk file via the web interface. i get this error

    "This firmware file is incorrect! Please get the firmware file again and make sure it is the correct firmware for this product."

    Please help me friends. Thanks
  5. CPB111

    CPB111 Reformed Router Member

    Ive got these listed...

    Asus Devices:
    RT-AC66U (new)
    RT-N10 (new)
    RT-N10E (new)
    RT-N10U (new)
    RT-N56U (new)
    RT-N66U (new)

    So maybe we have a problem.
  6. ringlord

    ringlord New Member Member

    Up until v380.70 you are still on 'legacy' branch.
    NG builds starts at v384.x
    So first go back to stock (Link to the "back to stock" firmware (v1.0.3.80_1.1.38)
    Then flash Netgear FW
  7. Makaveli

    Makaveli Networkin' Nut Member

    No we don't because none of those on the list is the RT-AC68U which the R7000 shares the same hardware with.

    Which Slidermike already mentioned above.
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  8. tapasr_56d18fd83b51b

    tapasr_56d18fd83b51b Network Newbie Member

    You have to use the R7000_xxx.xx_x.trx file.
  9. hellraiser

    hellraiser New Member Member

    i tried .trx file too... got same error message.
  10. Makaveli

    Makaveli Networkin' Nut Member

    If you have any USB drives attached to the router pull them out also.

    And the trx file should only be used when you are already on Vortex and upgrading to a newer version.

    If you are on Stock Netgear then the chk file is the correct one as per the instructions on the first page.
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  11. David1

    David1 Connected Client Member

    I wouldnt completely rule out the vpnfilter malware on our routers just yet, maybe not on the list yet
    not alot of information is provided about the malware

    apparently the asus android app (old) had a bug in it which enables the remote management which you should check if its disabled
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  12. slidermike

    slidermike Addicted to LI Member

    +1 to the usb drive Makaveli mentioned. That is a known issue with Asus firmware. Eats into the memory.
    Also, Merlin suggests rebooting after removing any usb drives connected to the router. To recover the memory.
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  13. Makaveli

    Makaveli Networkin' Nut Member

    I agree its not 100% but until we see something listed for the AC68U not quite red alert just yet.

    For now we are still in amber!

    And that Bug i've known about for almost 2 years now. And it was never an issue for me because I always said no at the prompt. The only remote management that I allow is from a VPN connection.
  14. hellraiser

    hellraiser New Member Member

    I received email from my internet provider that my router R7000 is infected with vpnfilter malware.

    after that i reset my router, changed default password and remote management was already disabled.

    that's why i am trying to install asuswrt-merlin firmware. i dont want to get infected again.
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  15. imafish

    imafish Serious Server Member

    Is there a big difference between 384.5 beta 1 and the final version?
  16. philipc

    philipc Network Newbie Member

    Have been using 384.5 for weeks, this version is excellent! 5GHz is very stable, for instance.
  17. El Barto

    El Barto New Member Member

    384.5 has no QOS ?
  18. olegy

    olegy Networkin' Nut Member

    Hello there, just wanted to ask for a suggestion. Currently running Shibby Tomato and since it is no longer supported or updated, I've tried to switch to Xwrt Vortex. Everything runs perfectly with an exception of one thing.
    There is an Xtreamer express media player on my network, which is a hybrid device running on Android and has a OpenWrt Chaos Calmer 15.05 server built in as well. So, after the switch, Xtreamer express cannot see any samba shares on my network in the browse. All windows computers can see each other. Xtreamer express can see DLNA severs, but not Samba shares. If I switch back to Shibby - the browse mode comes back.

    I hope, I just need to change something in config, I just don't know what to change.
  19. slidermike

    slidermike Addicted to LI Member

    Im just going to guess but based on your description I would conclude the media player is possibly using an older ver of Samba.
    If it were me, I would search the internet and the media players forums for anyone running the player successfully with Samba on a newer firmware than Tomato like dd-wrt or AsusMerlin. Though Merlin firmware uses the same kernel as Asus stock which I believe isn't as new as dd-wrt.
  20. Stimpy88

    Stimpy88 Connected Client Member

    If you have just updated to the latest version of Windows 10, then that has broken SNB v1.0, and could be your problem.
  21. Makaveli

    Makaveli Networkin' Nut Member

    so SNB 1.0 is broken in build 1803?
  22. sturmi

    sturmi Reformed Router Member

    No, It's not broken - it is now disabled by default. You have to enable it via Windows Features and restart.
  23. Stimpy88

    Stimpy88 Connected Client Member

    Users running Windows 10 version 1803 may receive an error "An invalid argument was supplied" when accessing files or running programs from a shared folder using the SMBv1 protocol.

    Enable SMBv2 or SMBv3 on both the SMB server and the SMB client, as described in KB2696547.

    Microsoft is working on a resolution that will be available later in June.

    Further reading...
  24. slidermike

    slidermike Addicted to LI Member

    Its appreciated that the windows & SMB was brought up but the OP said when he changes the router firmware (not his PC) is when the older client device has issues accessing the shares. When he reverts back to Tomato the client device share access works again.
    Based on that, it should not have anything to do with Windows 10.
  25. Felipe_Motta

    Felipe_Motta Network Newbie Member

    I've got the same problem.
    I've been thinking of flashing the legacy XVortex firmware before flashing the New Generation firmware, but I'm not comfortable trying it with this message.
    I'm running the latest Netgear stock firmware V1.0.9.32_10.2.34.
    Anyone can tell us what to do?

    Thanks in advance!
  26. Felipe_Motta

    Felipe_Motta Network Newbie Member

    I could no longer wait. I was really stressed out with Netgear stock firmware. I finally managed to install the last version of XVortex.
    Apparently, although the tutorial says to flash directly the last version of XVortex when coming from stock, you MUST flash the last XVortex legacy firmware before going to New Generation. At least, it worked for me pretty well.
    For new users, the first flash of XVortex lasts forever and freaked me out. Therefore, relax and do not touch it. Just wait.
    Then everything will go just fine.
    Till now, it looks a great firmware.
  27. Giorgio3

    Giorgio3 New Member Member

    Hello, I am using Xwrt-vortex 384.4 on my R7000. I would like to enable traffic monitoring, but I can't find it anywhere. The Asus manual shows more options in the main menu than I see.
    Under "General" I only have:
    • Network map
    • Guest network
    • USB application
    • Tools
    In the Asus RT-AC88U user guide the options are (page 38):
    • Network map
    • Guest network
    • AiProtection
    • Adaptive QoS
    • USB application
    • AiCloud 2.0
    The traffic monitoring is supposed to be under Adaptive QoS (as shown on page 41).

    Does Xwrt-Vortex have traffic monitoring? If so, where can I find it?
  28. Ubimoo

    Ubimoo Reformed Router Member

    "Enable BWDPI" under "Tools - Other Settings" and then reboot
  29. Giorgio3

    Giorgio3 New Member Member

    Thanks. BWDPI: I never would have found that myself.
  30. Makaveli

    Makaveli Networkin' Nut Member

    Use the search function in the forum its pretty handy.
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  31. Giorgio3

    Giorgio3 New Member Member

    You made the wrong assumption. I did use it. WIth the search terms "monitor" and "traffic monitor" I just did not find it.
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  32. Kramttocs

    Kramttocs New Member Member

    For Dual WAN is it still accurate that ONLY the usb modems listed from the link within the router on the Apps page work? Was looking at the FreedomPop usb bolt as a backup but it's not listed and I wasn't sure if that list was the only ones that work or the only ones tested.
  33. gxcare

    gxcare Network Newbie Member

    I don't know if it has still been reported, but after being disconnected from the WAN due to network problems I guess, it is the second time I observe that the WAN led (the second from left) goes off, then orange but then again off when reconnected. Toggling the WAN off and then on from the switch in the GUI does not show this issue and the led goes back to white.
    I am using 384.5.
  34. mpgrimes

    mpgrimes New Member Member

    Last edited: Jun 19, 2018 at 4:03 AM
  35. Makaveli

    Makaveli Networkin' Nut Member

    I've seen this issue.

    Right now I'm at like 34 days up time and the Wan Light is currently off.
  36. KingP1n

    KingP1n Network Newbie Member

    Is QOS statistics page working for you guys on 384.5? I tried numerous time to go back to stock 380.70 and
    QOS stats graphs show without any problem. However, as soon as I install the latest asus 384.5 the qos stats don't work anymore. It doesn't show the graphs and all the numbers reflect 0.00...any ideas?
    System log shows:
    Jun 19 14:06:24 rc_service: rc 8718:notify_rc restart_wrs
    Jun 19 14:06:44 kernel: ERR[parse_qos_conf:932] Can't set new QoS conf while QoS is started!
    Jun 19 14:06:44 kernel: ERR[ioctl_iqos_op_config:3592] parse qos_conf error!!
    Jun 19 14:06:44 kernel: ioctl_iqos_op_config() fail!
    Jun 19 14:06:44 kernel: ERR[qos_start:3344] QoS is already started!
    Jun 19 14:06:44 kernel: ioctl_iqos_op_switch(1) fail!

    I did complete reset after installing the stock asus fw (380.70) and again after installing the asus-merlin fw 384.5...I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong???
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2018 at 7:11 PM
  37. slidermike

    slidermike Addicted to LI Member

    factory reset the router?
    Verify any acceleration is disabled (CFE+FA)?
    Have you tried traditional QoS and/or Adaptive QoS?
    Searched the SNB forums for Asus users posting about QoS/NG and statistics?
  38. KingP1n

    KingP1n Network Newbie Member

    Yes, I reseted the router.

    Net acceleration was set to 'Auto', I turned it off and I'm using adaptive qos same issue. However when I switched to traditional qos the qos stats page works.

    Does it have to do with adaptive qos?

    Also, you can't have both qos enabled and net acceleration to 'Auto' at the same time correct?
  39. slidermike

    slidermike Addicted to LI Member

    I am going to assume you can set acceleration to auto and use QoS but you can test that to verify.
    If QoS is running then your router will most likely NOT be doing any acceleration because it has to inspect each packet for potential QoS marking.

    I don't run the firmware nor run the R7000 as a router. It is an AP in my network.

    The adaptive QoS is a part of the proprietary Trend Micro closed source stuff.
    As such the Asus stat graphs probably cant "see" what the Adaptive QoS is doing to report it.
    Traditional QoS was just recently "fixed" in Asus firmware after years of being broken.
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  40. KingP1n

    KingP1n Network Newbie Member

    Thanks slidermike, yes stas page doesn't work with adaptive qos. I'm trying to run FreshJR scripts and I believe they're working properly, and like you said, the Asus stat graphs probably cant "see" what the Adaptive qos is doing but I'm hoping its working as it should. Thanks for the assist.

    Maybe xvortex can provide some additional info as far as adaptive qos? Like I said, when I install the legacy stock asus FW, adaptive qos and the qos stats page works perfectly. Once I installed the latest fw it stops working....
  41. juanjekla

    juanjekla Reformed Router Member

    I have the same problem as you but doing what you say keeps coming to me that the firmware is invalid. Is there any other way to do it?
  42. juched

    juched Reformed Router Member

    As I was told the R7000 does not work with adaptive QoS/TrendMicro protection/etc.

    Are you sure adaptive QoS is working for you?

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  43. Felipe_Motta

    Felipe_Motta Network Newbie Member

    I think it is not a problem with the XVortex firmware, but some change Netgear did in its latest version of stock firmware which is not recognizing this new XVortex firmware as compatible one.
    Unfortunately, I can't tell you if there is another way to flash it.
  44. Felipe_Motta

    Felipe_Motta Network Newbie Member

    Issues I've found so far. (

    1 - (Ai Protection) Time scheduling parental control is not working properly. I tried to block internet traffic of a PS4 (cable), a PS3 (Wifi) and two smartphones, but the router blocks traffic even during allowed periods (intermittently).

    2 - (Ai Protection) Web & Apps Filters is not blocking unwanted websites (Adult Category) and blocking others which are not set to be blocked (Ex: Some MP3 downloads in Google Drive).

    3 - Wan port LED remains off (2nd LED) after you unplug the wan cable and plug it back (However, internet works normally).

    4 - (USB Application) When setting FTP permissions for other users in web interface, the router sets them correctly, but when you come back to see the permissions, they seems to be not set. (Click first on the USB device and after on the user to check the permissions). In Samba section, it's working properly.

    5 - Adaptive QoS and QoS Statistics seems not to work properly. Qos Statistics tab always shows all application classes at zero bytes transferred. Adaptive QoS seems to throttle some connections by mistake. (Ex: Pictures at Instagram and Whatsapp sometimes take too long to be downloaded compared with the 4G smartphone connection. At least, this is my impression).

    6 - In "Tools" Ethernet ports option shows VLAN 1 assigned to ports 1 and 2, even though I've assigned to them VLAN 10. For Port 3 and 4, it correctly shows VLAN 20 assigned as I've set. (Only aesthetic. The VLANs are working fine)

    Despite these issues, I still thing this firmware very good option compared with Netgear's one.

    Does anyone know where we can officially report these errors to help the developer improve the firmware?

    In case I find a new issue, I'll report.

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  45. slidermike

    slidermike Addicted to LI Member

    You can post here anything you see but xVortex only enables the porting of the firmware from Asus only routers to those he supports. He isn't actually fixing any bugs or broken features.
    So if its broke, it will likely remain broken until Merlin or Asus fixes an issue on the firmware, then xVortex will port it.
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  46. Stimpy88

    Stimpy88 Connected Client Member

    And don't forget the full reboot for every single minor change you make. And WiFi settings suddenly changing, and WiFi settings reverting to factory settings of you play with the settings too much...

    These bugs have been in the firmware for years now.
  47. rarepupper

    rarepupper Network Newbie Member

    Running Merlin 380.70 on R7000.
    I understand this firmware doesn't allow blocking sites on a per-time basis, like Tomato does.
    (aka: Block Facebook from 6:00pm to 10:00pm).

    So, wonder if running a Cron job to block certain sites at certain times would have the same effect?
    If that's the case, are there any guides on how to do it?

    Thanks in advance!
  48. Felipe_Motta

    Felipe_Motta Network Newbie Member


    I'm having serious problems with USB HD attached to USB 3.0 port. Every time I reboot the router, it corrupts some MP3 files at random. I've lost many songs during these days.
    Also, SMB speed transfer is absurdly slow. Often, it hits 0 bytes/s and stops.

    It's serious, so I'm backing to stock.
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