MAJOR UPDATE JANUARY 10, 2013: I installed the stock firmware today. The speed is incredible! DD-WRT firmware and my ISP’s speed test peaks at 100 Mbps. So far the stock firmware peaked at 229 Mbps. The limiting factor is probably my ISP. WiFi is also at least 4x faster. Bye for now DD-WRT… I will miss your features! Just kidding. I setup DD-WRT on a WRT54GL as an OpenVPN client. That is the feature I use which doesn’t come with stock firmware. Click here to go to the Asus RT-N16 product page.

I rewrote this to make it easy to follow. If you are having lots of problems – a 30/30/30 to clear the NVRAM may be necessary. Please comment if you have any recommendations. Thanks!

Setup:
=> Basic
-NTP client: enable
-time zone: (yours)
-server: pick a pool for your region here

Wireless:
=> Basic
-mode: AP
-network mode: N-only
-channel: 6 (Find the one with the least noise by doing a “site survey.”)
-width: 20 MHz
-sensitivity range (ACK timing): 0
-network configuration: bridge

=> Security
-mode: WPA2 personal
-algorithim: AES

=> Advanced
-CTS: disable
-frame burst: disable
-beacon: 100
-preamble: short
-shortslot override: short
-tx power: 17 (Here is a thread about this setting for this router.)
-WMM support: enable
-no-acknowledgement: disable

Administration:
=> Keep Alive
-schedule reboot: enable
-time: 05:00 everyday

After rebooting, make sure the settings were saved.