In my case, the location is the “Merlin” folder on the desktop, as mentioned above. Also, the performance of a mixed system proved to be fast and reliable in my trial. It adds a TON of functionality, especially in terms of running a VPN client or server on your router. Note: setup and results are based on ASUS RT-AC68 running firmware released 03/06/2015 and a RT-AC66 on firmware released 03/06/2015. Asus’s stock firmware, called Asuswrt, is used in all Asus’s home routers released in the past decade. But Asus added a check to its latest 3.0.0384 series firmware to … e5fb32decc08855087ac40d0d1b63df75e4eb6d812404e6270e0bd0b4e6e479e RT-AX88U_384.19_0_cferom_ubi.w, 90c203d35ddc6ab4e454ccdad11118981822e843e7b28c1fc1092d9673444991 RT-AC3100_386.1_beta2.trx Give Merlin a try (google: asus merlin), otherwise have a look at tomato and dd-wrt. Here’s the Merlin firmware link for all supported routers. By default, the networking vendor ships their routers its firmware already installed. From a connected computer, log in to the Asus router’s web interface. Can anyone give any recommendations from this list of Merlin supported routers: Asuswrt-Merlin officially supports the following router models: RT-AC66U_B1 (same firmware as the RT-AC68U) RT-AC56U I bought a RT-AX92u under that impression but I was mistaken the limits are still 16. (They do accept support via donation.). Every piece of tech gadget or electronics has to have run on a piece of software. Specifically, a representative told me: “[…] as long as the router does not break/fail during the firmware change process, we will still provide the warranty for the hardware. Seems like my best option is to use DNS-over-TLS, but NextDNS is only showing me a DNS address [id]`` whereas the router wants address, TLS port, TLS hostname, and SPKI fingerprint. It decides how (well) the router functions and dictates what you can do with it. On the other hand, an operating system has higher, safer, and more refined access to the hardware. suricata asuswrt-merlin merlin-firmware Updated Oct 11, 2020 In other words, for a particular router, Merlin firmware encompasses its stock firmware. RMerl provides the source code on github so you know there is nothing shady going on. 10-07-2017, 01:04 AM #7 (10-06-2017, 03:04 AM) ccyboi Wrote: One firmware you have not said is Asuswrt-Merlin. The Asus RT-AX88U (left) looks almost identical to the RT-AC88U. More flexible DNS — you can set the DNS server for individual clients or globally. The flash process will start immediately. As a number of connected devices has grown at home and also multimedia consumption going up I finally had to do something to boost the performance of my Asus RT-N66U.It’s a good box that is able to carry out also some not-so-home-user-scenarios and it can perform well but with out-of-box firmware it is like a good guy with bad suit. It’s easy enough. I ran Merlin on my AC68U for five years or so in a household environment and was very pleased with how it did. I used to drink the alternative firmware Kool-Aid. Firmware is like a mini operating system. That said, generally, Merlin has all the settings and features of the stock firmware and then some. If money grows on trees and you’re willing to pay an extra $100 for a modest improvement over the already-awesome AC88U, then this router may be worth a look. Consider yourself warned. Be sure to throw Eric some change too, he’s a dedicated volunteer! How to put Merlin on your Asus router The good news is flashing your router from Asuswrt to Merlin is the same as upgrading the stock firmware manually. You can restore a router using a setting backup file of either firmware. Asus didn’t give me any opinion on Merlin. 03419028ac14bf5cbd35646c66b096db98295c3273dada84876c8f9922215881 RT-AX88U_386.1_beta2_cferom_ubi.w, 0cae8e78a735bb584ef1248c455e88bb3725a76cbf7fc7402cd4a9db39f3a37a RT-N66U_380.70_0.trx You’re probably right. f78d95ae1e56e9cb80d94451948e91fa9868a8afda993bdd4d2ea3a6b6710b77 RT-AC66U_380.70_0.trx It can also run the ASUS-WRT Merlin upgraded firmware. Recently I ran across an addon that let’s your run scheduled speed tests (so you can see how slow your cable provider really is…) and includes a nice little UI ( Who should buy the ASUS AC5300? After 'some' back and forth, I found Tomato to be the best in my case. 6c1a73fd28a008ee69b89408e731842b7de6a4bbbbcb0e7e1279c8cc1dcb8e59 RT-AX56U_386.1_beta2_cferom_pureubi.w Pre-configured NordVPN Asus routers are available through FlashRouters.This VPN allows torrenting and has blazing fast speeds for streaming and downloading. b90880c32d5db48f32720bc10f3dab0940c4508ebd32c80ce187f8bd55cf2d83 RT-AC86U_386.1_beta2_cferom_ubi.w You have nothing to lose. Asus RT-N66U home router. Note: setup and results are based on ASUS RT-AC68 running firmware released 03/06/2015 and a RT-AC66 on firmware released 03/06/2015. The best Asus routers not only come with affordable price tags, however. But there is a lot more opinions on that than choices, obviously I have the ASUS RT-AC88U with Merlin, have no complaints, does what it’s supposed to, stable, and yeah the ASUS app is really cool! It's best to always first update your router stock firmware via Administration-Firmware upgrade and try connecting as explained in this tutorial. A dialog will pop up for you to navigate to the location on the computer that holds the firmware file. a7e59d7eb636efe5773a2c1139bb02e3c4a601de73f7b7d0fb729a6797ef9f0f RT-AC5300_386.1_beta2.trx For example, the firmware of Synology routers or Netgear’s gaming ones are so advanced that folks call those operating systems. That’s called “stock firmware” and in most cases, you can’t change it. Upgrade the firmware. Lots of control, feature and automate options via. It’s user-friendly and about giving users what they want instead of dealing with hardware components’ basic functions. Nextiva is not able to assist with flashing router firmware. You want to download the latest Release version, though you can also try the Beta if you want to be adventurous. Appreciate the article and am looking to update my Asus RT-AX58U. I have an Asus RT-AC87U with Merlin firmware.. 95527b4509089d45433a040db190b4c9917b937b082701b4fa65a4290f63d27a RT-AC68U_386.1_beta2.trx You can move a router between these two firmware options at any time. If you can appreciate even just one of the many benefits this alternative firmware has to offer, such as the vastly more advanced VPN feature, it’s tough to go back. I thought I read that the new generation would support 64 devices in parental controls but now I can’t find that information again. fbb2542b7e5a074ec73cbe2537e87d47d0c1afa47c58646da763fb98c318c2bd RT-AX58U_386.1_beta2_cferom_pureubi.w Auto – for most ASUS routers/mesh systems, this is the best choice, as it tends to provide the best possible speed for your WiFi. If you have a supported Asus router that doesn’t work as well as you’d like, putting Merlin on it will, well, magically make it a lot better. I especially liked the fairly frequent updates as they often dealt with security issues. 06ee6f6e4eed5ebc2c98fc1ffbfedb91b61ee621197fc92deed83cce4bdf8380 RT-AX58U_384.19_0_cferom_pureubi.w Here's a guest blog post by Matthew Burkett on configuring the Merlin router firmware for OpenVPN. For free. It’s best to avoid it for daily use. Asus does right by the GPL and publishes its source code and build files, so a kind developer named Eric Sauvageau downloads it, updates it, adds a small number of enhancements, and provides it for free. If, for some reason, you want to switch back to Asuswrt, repeat the steps above, using the router’s stock firmware. Configuration. While some features do get added, this is not the main focus of this project. Specifaly, firmware has low-level — more direct and crude — access to the hardware. Tested routers: Asus RT-N16, Asus RT-N18U, Asus RT-N66U, Asus RT-AC66U, Asus RT-AC68U, Asus RT-AC87U, Asus RT-AC3200. Thanks for replying. You might not even notice that you’re using Merlin. AsusWRT by Merlin is a third-party open source firmware that builds on and improves the AsusWRT firmware. Asuswrt Merlin es un firmware alternativo basado en el oficial de ASUS, con una interfaz muy parecida, pero con más opciones.También es conocido por mucha gente simplemente como Asus Merlin. I need a great router with a mobile app, vpn client capabilities, and support for many more devices in parental controls that can be blocked by a schedule and by a command or switch. During this time, make sure you leave the router and the web interface alone. It is a good choice only for the 2.4 GHz band, and only when you have old network devices that cannot use newer wireless standards. So, as you can see, not all Asus routers can run Merlin. Now double click on the Merlin firmware file, or click on it then on Open. Asus gebruikt voor zijn nieuwere routers, zoals de RT-AC87 en RT-AC5300, van Tomato afgeleide firmware met de naam Asuswrt. To your point on firmware vs. OS, one note is that Merlin allows you to use Entware which includes 2500+ linux packages easily installable via a package manager (okpg). There’s a wonderful aftermarket firmware for Asus wireless routers called Asus WRT-Merlin. When I used Asuswrt in the main router and Merlin in a node, it was impossible to update the node’s firmware successfully. Yeap, I’m aware of Entware but just didn’t want to be overwhelmingly geeky and get into a territory that’s very hard to explain in layman’s terms. But that’s about the only shortcoming of using Merlin, which doesn’t exist if you use Merlin throughout. Thursday, December 17th, 2020 • Stay safe, everyone! Another thing is all PC apps use MAC address, that’s not effective much, if at all. Ach, I’m probably screwed, my nodes are RP AC-1900 so not supported? In fact, I know many who only buy an Asus router after Merlin is available for it — and I don’t blame them. 0188e0cc2535bdd7c70f6c757cd979412f2905afb7d31e67dfeacd5f2547b849 RT-AC5300_384.19_0.trx The Asus RT-AX88U (left) and RT-AC88U are excellent candidates for Merlin firmware. You do that via the router unit’s Interface, Stuart. That means: Note, though, that you generally want to use AiMesh with the same firmware (Asuswrt or Merlin). The goal of this project is to fix issues and bring some minor functionality adjustments to the original Asus firmware. but they have a mobile app. 15e89389a7668841e405bed7a36b232e65f7c81ec9f3d107aa56868fa9d32ae5 RT-AC56U_384.6_0.trx ASUS RT-AC68U and Merlin Firmware. It is a best practice for an experienced IT professional that is comfortable with Linux to flash the latest router firmware if needed. If money grows on trees and you’re willing to pay an extra $100 for a modest improvement over the already-awesome AC88U, then this router may be worth a look. After that, the router will restart itself, and the webpage will go back to the login page. Nextiva is not able to assist with flashing router firmware. It’s a flexible and scalable solution that enables you to mix different ASUS router models, so when it’s time to upgrade your network, there’s no need to get rid of your existing hardware. I want to try NextDNS. Now you’re ready to perform the firmware migration in the next step. 88158a807cb5d6a23e783a496c7122c29887c7828c00244765a2b22a46e2df96 RT-AC3200_384.13_10.trx. It’s also very similar to Asus’s stock firmware. It’s geeky and closely related to a device’s physical components. By installing the Asus Merlin Firmware your router will retain even the current settings, so there is no worry that you will need to re-configure your router after the update. The 3rd party software is not tested by ASUS, so we do not provide the warranty for the 3rd party software.“. Main download site (hosted by SourceForge)Mirror 1 (hosted on Onedrive)Pre-beta test builds (occasionally available, hosted on Onedrive). Click below to send a "Thank you" gift through Paypal: Follow me on Twitter for development news: The source code and documentation is hosted on: © 2020 Asuswrt-Merlin, All rights reserved. But all the above will work similarly, in terms of settings and features. Right off the bat, it seems the former, the Wi-Fi 6 version, is a clear replacement of the Wi-Fi 5 counterpart. So firmware to a router is kind of like Windows 10 to a computer. But they differ in nuances. While Nextiva recommends the official ASUS-RT firmware directly received from ASUS, this article will cover similar settings for the Asuswrt-Merlin. Important: This process will take a few minutes. The other way around, though, only common settings between the two will remain. In this case, though, depending on the routers involved, note that some settings might. Click on the Upload button (see screenshot below). You can do this by navigating a browser to its default IP address, which is often, or In my testing, things are fine when you use Merlin in the main router. Based on the Asuswrt firmware developed by Asus, it brings tweaks, new features and other improvements to the original firmware, while retaining its performance and ease of use. Log in to the interface again, and you’ll now see the Merlin logo on the top left corner of the web page. The Asus Router mobile app (made by Asus) also works with a router running Merlin firmware. This is a fantastic article! On a computer, the motherboard itself uses firmware, called BIOS, that decides what kind of computer it is and which operating system — Windows, Linux, or macOS, for example — you can install on it and how. Not much of a hassle to get it work, Tom. The Asus routers are a fantastic choice for any user looking to get more power and convenience out … For manual configuration, NordVPN provides tutorials for both AsusWRT (Asus’ native firmware) and Asuswrt-Merlin (a custom firmware). 0550259060fe63386b577a4caa8641f0c7f82e9f0d832263551e5f1be5a790ea GT-AC2900_386.1_beta2_cferom_ubi.w Asus still has no official firmware version out to fix the Kracked vulnerability on this particular model, and Merlin won’t run properly on it either. , Notes on moving between Asus stock firmware and Merlin, 1. (By the way, WRT stands for Wireless Receiver / Transmitter. Agreed, Chuck. Most drivers only care about the latter and have no interest in the former, which, among other things, will make their hands dirty. It opens up a lot of possibilities. I’d have to reset the node, put the new firmware on it in the router mode, and then re-added it back to the mesh. Try it. A crude analogy: Firmware is like the wiring and switches under the hood of a car, while the operating system consists of the driving wheel, control buttons, and other shiny things inside the cabin. #aimesh #asus #meshThis How-To guide will show you how-to install the Asus Merlin Fimware on a compatible Asus router. What’s most important, for the most part, Merlin is as easy-to-use as Asuswrt. VPN Fusion from ASUS has worked well, and Merlin has it via Entware on its supported devices. ASUSWRT-Merlin is a custom (free) firmware built exclusively for ASUS/ASUSWRT routers. And it can be flashed into Asuswrt Merlin firmware, one of best mod firmwares for Asus routers. Hoy os voy a hablar del firmware Asuswrt Merlin, uno de los mejores firmwares que existen en la actualidad para exprimir al máximo un router de la marca ASUS.. Qué es Asuswrt Merlin? In addition, the lot of new features have been added or enhanced. And yes, you just need to update the node manually as I mentioned OR revert the router to Asuswrt, update the node, then put Merlin on it again. The other feature that is a must is the VPN client which can route selective hosts via the VPN. How do I flash the node when I cannot login into it directly? In my experience, the RT-AC88U and RT-AX88U are currently the best Merlin options since they have the most to offer. Best Portable Drives of 2020: It’s Backup Time! Now manually restart the router one more time by unplugging it from power, wait for a few seconds, then plugging it back in. It wasn’t clear to me if the nodes will automatically update along with the router or if there are other steps although the article seemed to indicate it works with the nodes. How much of a hassle is it, or does it even work, to run Merlin on the router and ASUSWRT on the nodes? Wireguard This is a good project but it’s unfinished and the reason why I … The point is you need to remember where you put this firmware file. You’re almost there. To be honest, I can’t test more than ten at a time. Any direction you may have is really appreciated. Asus builds its Asuswrt using Linux via the GNU Project and shares its source code via GNU’s General Public License (GPL). 02cd168b3acb706f2c74712f072be8f09c6d31d581ec1da4b01905af1f028507 RT-AX86U_386.1_beta2_cferom_pureubi.w 2da041ee462e28f060371141215df9f39a28b539f6145043e882383563698ed1 RT-AC3100_384.19_0.trx My first experience with alternative firmware was running MRBios on my old Gateway 2000 P5-120 just because it was there. There sure will be more in the future but, as to which, we have to wait and see. You may be able to upgrade the firmware to a newer/better version once in a while, but for the most part, the router’s features remain the same for the rest of its life. Asus routers - "mesh" stuff, automatic band switching, etc. Here’s the complete list of Merlin’s features, but the shortlist of benefits includes: Generally, Asuswrt and Asuswrt-Merlin are very friendly toward each other. DD-WRT offers features. As opposed to the Android system on my phone…. 7feb8d0301edafdf956dd7fc3d5d9e2a3f9bfb7e958e3b2d868d70138945d9e2 RT-AC88U_384.19_0.trx Better VPN support, which, among other things, has the ability to route certain clients via VPN or globally. Long Version: This text is written in reference to Younis Abed Latifs answer. The following are the steps on an RT-AC88U, which are the same when you use any other Merlin-enabled router. IF it worked, one would have to upgrade nodes manually from then on? I’m still not 100% sure what the new limits are for ASUS GT-AX1100. By installing the Asus Merlin Firmware your router will retain even the current settings, so there is no worry that you will need to re-configure your router after the update. More importantly, they deliver impressive performance and even blazing-fast speeds for gamers. Then again, that was during the days of Windows 95 and extraordinary instability, so anything could have been perceived as improvement. While some features do get added, this is not the main focus of this project. Well done Dong! On the other hand, Merlin is the third-party firmware available only to certain Asus routers. Initial Setup Everyone will enjoy the better stability Merlin brings to an Asus router. Merlin firmware link for all supported routers. In short, there’s no risk in using Merlin as long as you don’t mess up the firmware migration process or expect tech support from Asus. Popular open-source router firmware, such as DDWRT, can work on (select) routers from multiple networking vendors. With some routers, you can put a third-party firmware on it. Literally, all you have to do is download the firmware and load it on the router via its web user interface, just like the firmware update process of any standard router. Please point me in the right direction. RE: Whats the Best Custom Firmware for Asus RT-N66U ??? You’ll be asked for the username (“admin” by default) and password, which is the one you created when you first set up the router. Merlin itself is also open-source software. PfSense makes only non-Wi-Fi business routers I believe…. Download the Merlin firmware for your router, AiMesh Review: Asus's Ongoing Journey to Excellent Wi-Fi Coverage. The ASUS RT-AC68P is the world’s fastest dual-band AC router delivering up to 1900Mbps data rate for wireless performance three times faster than 802.11n. 5 Best VPNs for Asus Routers in 2020: Protecting all your ... ASUS Routers Receive New Custom Firmware - Download AsusWrt ... 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