Fun with routers part one
Out Of The Box
The router connected right up to my computer and I looked around at the built in administration screens. It looked like they put a lot of work into the user interface but it looked a little flashy for me, and plus it was a little choppy. It seemed perfectly functional, but it was very "flickery". So, I decided to flash it with DD-WRT.
Flashing the firmware of your router is not for the faint of heart. If you make a mistake then you could end up "bricking" the router, meaning that it is no longer a router, and its only value is as a big chunk of plastic. You want to do your homework and make sure you are flashing the right version for your model router.
Here's the DD-WRT Wiki for this router:
DD-WRT Wiki For Asus RT-N16 Router
I downloaded the "mega" install and tried step one in the Wiki, which was to use the browser to flash the firmware. This didn't work. I followed the instructions to put the router into "recovery mode" it kept telling me that the firmware update failed.
So, I downloaded the Asus utility for my router and tried that. It was still complaining that the device was not in "rescue mode." I'd unplug the router, hold the reset button down, and plug it back in. The router gives no indication that it's in recovery mode, so I was having a really hard time.
Since I had to replace that router, I have had about half a dozen routers and I've hated them all. It looks like I am good now, though. Hopefully I will retire this router only when it's just too old, and not because I despise it. Time will tell...
If all goes well, there will not be a "Fun With Routers III."