Asus AC68 – “internet disconnected” recent Merlin firmware upgrade

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  • #5741
    Boss19
    Participant

    Thanks for the welcome @UK Sentinal.

    Sorry, I didn’t want to bog down this topic with unnecessary info when my agenda was to get into contact with @Grisu.

    My issue pertains to Asus AC68 that recently showed “internet disconnected” after recent Merlin firmware upgrade (3.14).  The internet itself is working fine, it’s just showing disconnected.

    Pursuant to details from another forum, it seems like the router is set to “manufacture mode” (ie. ATEMODE=1) when it should be in “production mode” (ie. ATEMODE=0), thus the cause for the erroneous WAN status.

    It’s my understanding there are 2 commands that will rectify this issue so after scouring the web, I have yet to find such minimalist approach that will resolve the problem.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    #5746
    UK Sentinel
    Moderator

    No Problem and thank you for the consideration, hopefully @Grisu will see this thread and I will drop him a PM, just to make sure ;-)

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

    #5749
    Grisu
    Participant

    try SSH to router and enter these commands:

    nvram set asuscfeATEMODE=0
    nvram set asuscfecommit=1

    Then reboot and factory reset to see if it’s ok.

     

    PS: First answer with some more possibilities (OC and region-free) with lot of text got error message?!?

    text lost and in red showing:

    ERROR: Are you sure you wanted to do that?

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 2 weeks ago by Grisu.
    #5752
    Boss19
    Participant

    @GRISU!!!

    Thanks for the prompt follow-up and @UK Sentinal for forwarding the PM

    The router is a US modded TM-1900. Everything has been smooth until the Merlin 3.14 firmware update which is when the “internet disconnect” problem manifested itself

    The router is off-site remote so I probably won’t have an opportunity to try the commands for a couple weeks when I’m on-site again.  I can SSH into it remotely but seeing that you recommend a full reset, and in case of a disaster scenario, I’d rather make changes locally… with a backup router in hand, just in case ;)

    Also, just to follow your “PS”… were those the prompts that showed up when performing the commands? (ie warnings)?

    Finally, just copy and pasting from other commands… is it possible to run it all in one command with the “&&”:

    nvram set asuscfeATEMODE=0 && nvram set asuscfecommit=1

     

    #5753
    UK Sentinel
    Moderator

    Glad @Grisu was able to help, so you have an ASUS TM-AC1900 which in theory is not supported by ASUSWRT-Merlin, but  the details given by @Grisu helps

    https://www.snbforums.com/threads/the-tm-ac1900-is-not-supported.48056/

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 2 weeks ago by UK Sentinel.

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

    #5762
    Grisu
    Participant

    Never mention TM.. in snb and we dont ask!

    You dont have to reboot or factory, but then you wouldnt know if it works or not.

    Only reboot and/or factory will load defaults from cfe and then you’ll see if is 0 or still 1.

    Yes, you may combine commands with && for single line. Dont know more you have to read in Linux/Unix world what it means exactly, there are other possibilities too like ‘;’ AFAIK, one will wait for previous to be completed others somehow different, really I dont know, but ‘&&’ will work.

     

    My PS is for @UK-Sentinel and has been the output of this forum here, I wrote really much text with some more tweaks.

    After enter they were gone and I got this error message.

    Nothing to do with the router!

     

    Some more for region free (only use channels allowed in your country) in single line

    nvram set asuscfe0:ccode=#a;nvram set asuscfe1:ccode=#a;nvram set asuscfe0:regrev=0;nvram set asuscfe1:regrev=0;nvram set asuscfecommit=1

    nvram set asuscfe0:ccode=#a
    nvram set asuscfe1:ccode=#a
    nvram set asuscfe0:regrev=0
    nvram set asuscfe1:regrev=0
    nvram set asuscfecommit=1

    OC to 1000MHz or 1200MHz CPU and 666 or 800 RAM

    nvram set asuscfeclkfreq=1000,666 && nvram set asuscfecommit=1

    nvram set asuscfeclkfreq=1200,800 && nvram set asuscfecommit=1

    1000 is quite safe, 1200 will work on most routers while 1400 will brick most 68U

    Before OC in cfe you have to test in NVRAM, so you can reset and load working values from cfe.

    Once they are too high in cfe you need a new router! Advantage to do in cfe, they will stay forever and dont revert back every some hours.

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 2 weeks ago by Grisu.
    #5765
    UK Sentinel
    Moderator

    @Grisu – Did the ‘Nothing to do with the router!’ message appear after you tried to submit post – is that what you mean ?

    Thanks ?

     

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 2 weeks ago by UK Sentinel.

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

    #5770
    Grisu
    Participant

    yes exactly

    Edit: Thanks for feedback, I will look into problem (UK Sentinel)

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 2 weeks ago by UK Sentinel. Reason: Added Admin Note:
    #5773
    Boss19
    Participant

    TM… doesn’t it stand for Totally My router… and can do with it what I want ;)

    So just to update… I decided to take the plunge and run the commands remotely.

    ATEMODE=0  and the “internet disconnect” bug is no longer there.

    Thanks again for your assistance…. tracking you down was worth it!

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 2 weeks ago by Boss19.
    #5777
    UK Sentinel
    Moderator

    Ditto regarding router (as long a no licensing laws are Broken), just hope the commands remain after a reboot

    May need to add at end of commands “nvram commit” to ensure commands remain after reboot.

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 2 weeks ago by UK Sentinel.

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

    #5788
    Grisu
    Participant

    No, with cfe-commands you need ‘nvram set asuscfecommit=1’ as “write to cfe instruction”.

    Glad it worked for you – thats why I am not welcome in snb fanboy forum

    And they never accept critism on their terrible buggy firmwares and TrendMicro stuff, thats my point to warn new members.

    Oh, TM means TrendMicro

    Please post possible resolution over there for others, not the commands – you could refer to here with a google search and proper search string like internet disonnected uktechhub.

    If I write this it will be deleted before I even could press send button.

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by Grisu.
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