Multi-Functional Gigabit Wireless N Router
with USB storage, printer and media server
WARNING: It is recommended to use ASUS Firmware restoration tool for ASUS routers initial flash (use *.TRX file)
NOTE: Do Not flash micro this router.
NOTE: Requires K2.6, Do not flash anything else.
NOTE: During configuration or flashing a device, the only things that should be hooked to the device is the computer and power.
Makes a great main router (gateway), will also work as a client, client bridge, repeater, repeater bridge.
Serial Num. = A1lAA FCC ID = MSQRTN16 CPU Type = Broadcom BCM4718A1KFBG (BCM4716A chip rev 1 pkg 10) MIPS Rev = R2 CPU Speed = 533MHz (Factory clocked to 480MHz) Bus = 8bit Flash Type = Parallel or SPI Flash Chip = Macronix MX29GL256E Flash Size = 32MB Max Firmware Size = ? RAM Size = 128MB RAM Chip = (2x 64MB - Samsung K4N511163QZ-HC25 or 2x 64MB Samsung K4T51163QG-HCE6) nvram = 32kb Switch = Broadcom BCM53115SKFBG Port-based vlan = Yes 802.1q vlan = Yes Ethernet Port Count = 1-10/100/1000-WAN 4-10/100/1000-LAN Wired Standard = IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab boot wait = On bootloader = CFE Flash Card Socket/Type = No SD/MMC Mod Support = No MiniPCI slots = No PoE = No Power = 12v 1.25a Color of LEDs = Blue Size = 216 x 161.9 x 40.5 mm USB = 2 USB 2.0 Serial Port = Yes JTAG Port = Yes Supported by TJTAG/Version = Yes/3.02 Supported by dd-wrt as of = v24 sp2 - build 13297 Supported by TomatoUSB as of = ? dd-wrt K2.4 Support = No dd-wrt K2.6 Support = Yes TomatoUSB K2.4 Support = No TomatoUSB K2.6 Support = Yes Debwrt
Wireless Radio = Broadcom BCM2050 WLAN DSP processor = Broadcom (BCM4718A SoC) Antenna Connector Type = 3 x RP-SMA External Removable Wireless Standard = IEEE 802.11b/d/g/n/h WiFi Operating Frequency = 2.4GHz ~ 2.5GHz 802.11n Draft = up to 300Mbps 802.11g = 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps 802.11b = 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps Radio cor_rev = wl0=17 Radio Capabilities = ap sta wet led wme pio 802.11d 802.11h rm cqa mbss16 afterburner ampdu amsdurx amsdutx acktiming rxchain_p wrsave radio_pwrsave
Links of Interest
- dd-wrt RT-N16 & Dual WAN
- 100 pages of RT-N16 post Condensed
- rt73usb + aircrack1.0
- 15407 & Higher USB drive mounting
- USB to Serial TTL Mod
- My RT-N16 if data
- Asus RT-N16 now supported
- Wireless-N Configuration
- Asus RT-N16 - OpenWRT Wiki
- Testing Wireless-N Throughput Testing
- Is it possible to turn off the LEDs for RT-N16 with DD-WRT?
- (Success) ASUS RT-N16 + p910nd USB Printing
- RT-N16 & Dual WAN
- Asus RT-N16 Load Equalization/Load Balance Help
- DD-WRT Kong Mod USB/FTP/miniDLNA/Samba3 for all broadcom 47xx units with =>8MB Flash (WNR3500L, Asus RT-N16, Linksys WRT610N V2) build 15000
- Asus RT-N16 DebWrt (Debian on OpenWrt base) Wiki Page
- Download the firmware located here: dd-wrt.v24-14929_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_RT-N16.trx
- Do a factory reset in the Asus GUI. Let the router reboot. Disconnect all cables (WAN, USB, etc.) and plug the Ethernet cable from your PC into the LAN1 port on the router.
- Using Internet Explorer (IMPORTANT), Flash the downloaded firmware file through the router's GUI at http://192.168.1.1/. This process takes about 60 seconds. Asus factory default username/password is admin/admin.
- ALTERNATE - I was unable to get the initial firmware flashed on a stock router containing the latest RN-16 firmware. Alternatively you can use the ASUS Firmware Restoration Utility (included on router CD or downloadable from ) to flash the initial firmware. Install the application, load up the initial firmware, then unplug the router, and replug it in with the black RESTORE button depressed. The power light should now be blinking slowly, meaning the router is in restore mode and ready for the new firmware. Upload and wait for router reset. This was the only method that allowed me overwrite stock firmware. Follow remainder of instructions normally. -ApatheticNow
- After the reboot from flashing, wait for the device to show the password change screen for DD-WRT. Enter root as the user and anything for the password as you will do the user/pass procedure again after the final flash.
- Do a Factory Reset to clear the NVRAM. This is located under Administration -> Factory Defaults in the DD-WRT Web-GUI, or open up a telnet session to your router and type erase nvram followed by the command reboot (This is the preferred method). You will be presented with the password change screen again after this step is complete.
- Download and flash the full featured Firmware dd-wrt.v24-14929_NEWD-2_K2.6_big.bin under Administration -> Firmware Upgrade.
- NOTE : in the Firmware Upgrade Tab where it says "After flashing, reset to" choose "Reset to Default settings".
- NOTE : For the final flash (Upgrade), it is wise to walk away for ~5 minutes while the Mega Firmware is flashing. This ensures all NVRAM variables are successfully loaded by the Kernel before the user configures.
- Check for recommended builds.
- Enjoy DD-WRT on the RT-N16!
- Think about donating to DD-WRT.
- Use a wired connection only. (disable wireless to be in the safe side)
- Make sure you disable firewall in Windows.
- Disable the virus guard.
- Download and install Asus Firmware Restoration Utility. (Can be downloaded Here)
- Download and extract the K26-MIPSR2 Tomato USB Firmware. Extras or VPN version is up to you. With this router you might as well just go with the VPN version. (Get them Here)
- Connect your computer's using network cable to one of the LAN ports of the Asus router. Manually set your computer IP address (in the TCP/IP properties of the LAN connection) to 192.168.1.2, network mask 255.255.255.0.
- Plug in the router while holding the reset button on the back of the router. Keep the reset button pressed until Power LED starts blinking slowly. This puts the router in recovery mode, which is necessary to flash using the Asus Firmware Restoration utility. If you try using the restoration utility and the router is not in recovery mode or is not connected it will say, "No wireless device in recovery mode is found".
- Run Firmware Restoration Utility which you installed in step 1. In Firmware Restoration browse for the firmware image you extracted in step 2 and click Upload. (Note: It's likely that the Asus Utility will hang due to the fact that it attempts to verify the successful flash but it won't be able to because the firmware is not Asus firmware. Mine hung at 33% and timed out. Everything still worked out fine though.)
- After the upload is complete open your browser, go to the router by typing 192.168.1.1, when prompted for a username and password enter "admin" for both. Go to Administration > Configuration > Restore Default Configuration, select "Erase all data in NVRAM memory (thorough)" and click OK. To insure that the processor has time to complete addressing all NVRAM variables it's best to wait about 5 minutes before making any changes.
You are now ready to start using your Asus router with Tomato.
- Don't forget to change the password from the default one. (Administration > Admin Access > Password)
- Wireless is enabled by default with no security enabled. Be sure to update this before people start jumping on your network. (Basic > Network > Wireless)
- Download the firmware
- Do a factory reset in the GUI. Let the router reboot.
- Flash the downloaded firmware file through the router's GUI at http://192.168.1.1/
- After flashed, wait for the device to show the password change screen for DD-WRT.
- Do a Factory Reset to clear the NVRAM.
- Download the latest ASUS firmware from asus's site.
- Rename the asus file from .trx to .bin
- go into the DD-WRT firmware upgrade page, set it to reset defaults, and select the ASUS firmware you renamed.
- After the flash finishes, and you see the ASUS GUI, do a Factory Reset to clear the NVRAM.
- Try to enjoy ASUS's firmware, and keep missing DD-WRT. (you can just flash back to dd-wrt if you ever want)
This router does have a recovery mode if ever needed for flashing, and to access it, press the reset button, then plug in power, and tftp the firmware you want to flash. Dont forget to do a Factory Reset in the GUI before and after every flash to make sure you dont have any nvram problems or conflicts.
Special thanks to Eko for making this possible!
nTRST 1o o2 GND TDI 3o o4 GND TDO 5o o6 GND TMS 7o o8 GND TCK 9o o10 GND nSRST 11o o12 N/C
Using Universal JTAG Adapter
white 1o o2 black red 3o o4 GND blue 5o o6 GND green 7o o8 GND yelow 9o o10 GND orange 11o o12 N/C
- /byte_mode switch required
- Backup CFE x2 (Compare the files, they must match exactly or there is something wrong with your JTAG setup)
- Erase Wholeflash x2
- Flash CFE
- Unplug Power
- Unplug JTAG Cable
- Set Rig ip static 192.168.1.10
- Plug network cable from rig to port 1
- Get TFTP ready, server ip - 192.168.1.1, Password - blank, file - dd-wrt.v24-13527_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_RT-N16.trx
- Plug in power
- As soon as windows says "connected" hit upgrade. May have to use a network hub to make sure windows is always connected.
- Hard Reset 30\30\30
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Hyper terminal Setup in Windows XP
In Windows XP, Click Start Button - All Programs - Accessories - Communication - HyperTerminal Enter a name for the connection, Click ok Choose com port you adapter is plugged into, Click ok Set: Bits per second = 115200 Data Bits = 8 Parity = none Stop bits = 1 Flow control = none Click ok Click File - Save As, and select a place to save it to so you don't have to enter the settings again.
Putty Setup in Windows XP
After installing putty, run it Serial line = The COM port your using for serial (ie. COM3) Speed = 115200 Click on Serial under Connection Serial line to connect to = same as above (Serial line) Speed (baud) = 115200 Data bits = 8 Stop bits = 1 Parity = None Flow control = None Click Session Enter a name for your connection under saved sessions Click Save Click Open
Modified redhawk0 instructions
- Connect Serial cable
- Start one of the programs from above
- Get TFTP ready with file selected
- Use dd-wrt.v24-13527_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_RT-N16.trx
- Connect power to the router
- start a rapid fire Cntl-C as you plug the router to power
- type "nvram erase" w/o quotes, hit enter
- type "flash -noheader : flash1.trx" w/o quotes, this starts the tftp daemon, hit enter
- but have tftp.exe ready
- Click go or start on TFTP
- give it 5 minutes after it finishes
- then power cycle....Hard reset or 30/30/30...then config
- when it stops spitting out txt....hit the enter key...you should get a login prompt...at that point, power cycle it, hard reset...then config
- you'll see it boot up
Per fggs, Reference: Routers that will and won't support VLAN
Confirmed working on an Asus RT-N16 using 14929 K2.6 NEWD-2, I had to add the commands..
insmod switch-core insmod switch-robo
and save as startup, after which
Showed up, also as jumran mentioned, the webgui works thereafter the ins~ commands are saved to startup.
Edit: almost forgot...
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Build 15407 and later
The devs of dd-wrt have removed the loading of file system drivers from the startup of the firmware. They are now loaded on demand with automount. Well, this presents a problem for those of us with USB HDD that automount doesn't detect. In order to load the file system drivers at startup you need to add the following to save startup in the commands tab.
For K2.6 builds only that have the modules already in place
insmod /lib/modules/18.104.22.168/kernel/fs/mbcache.ko insmod /lib/modules/22.214.171.124/kernel/fs/ext2/ext2.ko insmod /lib/modules/126.96.36.199/kernel/fs/jbd/jbd.ko insmod /lib/modules/188.8.131.52/kernel/fs/ext3/ext3.ko
This loads the ext2 and ext3 file system drivers.
The mtd flash partitions
The factory firmware and the dd-wrt firmware use different partition schemes.
ASUS has 4 partitions:
0x00000000-0x00040000 : "boot" 0x00040000-0x01fe0000 : "linux" 0x001dff88-0x01fe0000 : "rootfs" 0x01fe0000-0x02000000 : "nvram"
dd-wrt has 5 :
0x00000000-0x00040000 : "cfe" 0x00040000-0x01fe0000 : "linux" 0x00187000-0x00720000 : "rootfs" mtd: partition "rootfs" doesn't start on an erase block boundary – force read-only 0x01fe0000-0x02000000 : "nvram" 0x00720000-0x01fe0000 : "ddwrt"
likely the "linux" partition is not dd-wrt at all, but a remnant of the ASUS fw, as rootfs overlaps with it. in either case, the asus "boot" is binary identical to dd-wrt "cfe"
what does a functioning OpenWRT partition scheme look like?
nvram show | grep vlan.ports vlan0ports=1 2 3 4 5* <-- Eko says it causes no problems vlan1ports=4 3 2 1 8* <-- natted LAN vlan2ports=0 8 <-- WAN
For newer 802.11n routers the variable vlan1ports equals to the natted LAN side while, vlan2ports refers to the WAN side. Was told by Eko not to worry about vlan0ports, that it didn't cause any problems.
By factory default the cpu is clocked at 480Mhz and the Ram at 240Mhz. Overclocking at CPU 532Mhz / Ram 266MHz can be achieved with these commands:
nvram set clkfreq=532,266 nvram commit reboot
Note: some users have had overheating issues, so adding a fan may be a good idea if you want to try the overclocking.
Note: other instability issues may also arise from overclocking. Overclocking is NOT a good idea.
Note: See also Overclocking BCM 47xx CPU's for more info.
UPnP fix with swap on
If using SVN13450 (Eko Big) which still has swap enable option, you can manually enable UPnP with these commands in your start-up script:
nvram set wan0_primary=1 nvram commit
Current Known Issues and Bugs:
- UPNP is currently not working for the RT-N16, so for now leave the feature disabled unless you want a full CPU Load. Fixed with SVN trac Changeset #13527
- Access Restriction with MAC-Filter doesn't work on Asus RT-N16. trac Ticket #1319(as of 12/18/09)
- On this router reset button will only bring you to recovery mode. If you wish to restore defaults, use wps button while plugging power in. Post By Eko
My current USBHDD, dd-wrt's automount doesn't mount. In TomatoUSB it automounts fine. I have a HDD comming for another USBHDD enclosure. It's a Antec MX-1, we'll see how that one fairs.
Currently have 2x Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB.
It detected and automounted the drive, but only the first partition. Seems way to complicated to get the other partitions mounted.
Using My compiled TomatoUSB build 54 seems everything works so far. It also has a superior wireless signal.
Things I've tried thus far: (RT-N16)
- Firmware itself - Works
- Wireless radio - Works
- USB support - Works
- File sharing - Works
- Media Server - Works
- My custom firewall - Works
- Automatic script execution - Works
- Swap - Works
- Custom Theme/Skin for GUI - Works
My TomatoUSB Builds
NOTE: This firmware is provided as-is without any warranty. We will NOT be responsible for any damages that may occur due to the use of this firmware. USE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK!
I Have compiled a build for the RT-N16 that has an Asus Theme built-in.