Newbie here, I tried Chaos Charmer 15.05 last fall but had little to no success and reverted back to the OEM firmware. Couldn't log on to internut, but was able to poke around and mess a little with the LuCI interface.
Last night I decided to go back to the OpenWrt well and attempted Chaos Calmer 15.05.1
Managed the firmware flash uneventfully. Tried to log on via 192.168.1.1 but no joy. So powered down the cable modem and Linksys WRT1900AC V1 router and rebooted. Still no joy on the log on. Got annoyed, and hit the red reset button for about 30 sec and booted up the router again.
Finally, success and logged on to change password and do the very basic newbie setup with password, timecode, region code, security initialization on WiFi radios with password. Also got the printer setup. Did a little wifi analysis to avoid channel crowding on the 2.4Ghz frequency and was the only kid on the block with 5Ghz channels, so I have no competition in my neighbourhood for now.
Did a backup and flashed up to Kaloz build to kernel version : 3.18.36, reconfigured and it runs like a finely tuned top.
But it appears we have a number of third party builds, which I'm willing to give a whirl. Which 3rd party build is the most stable for a relative newcomer...?
I read through the descriptions and it would appear that the davidc502
Customized Development [DD] Build (Released September 5th, 2016)
Based on kernel version 4.4.19 claims to be the most stable offering both LEDE and OpenWRT versions. Which of the two is the most Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) version for a relative newbie?
Also, if I make a backup config file on the 3.18.36 kernel will those settings work on the 4.4.19 kernel or is that a manual setup again?