So I bought a 6416 with the intention of running it as a tor router.
I started it up. Connected on 192.168.8.1 fine. Set an initial password and went straight to flash it with the tor 1.3 firmware. This went fine although I had the “keep settings” box checked.
Upon restarting I connected back at 192.168.8.1 and the same passwords worked. The SSID was the same. No openwrt/tor SSIDs were broadcast. I could see where the SSIDs were set in Domino so tried to set them but upon clicking save I just got blank fields. Rebooting the router didn’t change this behaviour.
So I did a factory reset. Now I can no longer connect to the lan on 192.168.8.1 as expected but 192.168.1.1 doesn’t work either when set manually. Asking for an IP to be auto allocated gives me 172.16.2.177 with a gateway of 172.16.2.1. Pinging this gateway gives me a destination host unreachable error and http/telnet/ssh time out. So I can no longer connect via lan at all. If I check the broadcast SSIDs I now get openwrt/tor available… but I never set any passwords for these and they are protected (tried all the passwords I attempted to set earlier with no luck)!
So at this point I am unable to connect to the router at all. The only way back is a web failsafe reflash.
If I flash pretty much any version other than the tor firmwares I get the expected behavior and am able to connect to the web interface again. I can get everything to work fine.
If I flash to any tor firmware I get the same old unresponsive brick: Lan autoallocated IP of 172.16.2.177, gateway 172.16.2.1 unable to connect on 192.168.8.1 or 192.168.1.1 when I enter manual network settings. No response to ping. openwrt/tor SSIDs being broadcast with some unknown network key I never set.
I can get into the tor firmware by first flashing with 2.22. Entering some default settings, then flashing a tor firmware. But then I’m left without working openwrt/tor networks being broadcast again. If I do a factory reset I’m back to square one with an unconnectable brick (broadcasting openwrt/tor SSIDs on an unknown networkpass) that needs a web failsafe reflash.
There may well be something obvious that I’m missing but after a frustrating 2 hours where I’ve reflashed the thing at least 10 times it’s now almost 3am and I’m giving up.
Does anyone have any clever suggestions?