, Notes on moving between Asus stock firmware and Merlin, 1. Now manually restart the router one more time by unplugging it from power, wait for a few seconds, then plugging it back in. Not that bad. But that’s about the only shortcoming of using Merlin, which doesn’t exist if you use Merlin throughout. Pre-configured NordVPN Asus routers are available through FlashRouters.This VPN allows torrenting and has blazing fast speeds for streaming and downloading. The flash process will start immediately. Still, it’s not a surprise that its official name is Asuswrt-Merlin, though some might call it MerlinWRT. Again, either way, the settings will remain. 16f03e19675a0a40d3b8b33ba25388f79d9179b11166939a240271adc58733a2 RT-AC86U_384.19_0_cferom_ubi.w Right off the bat, it seems the former, the Wi-Fi 6 version, is a clear replacement of the Wi-Fi 5 counterpart. They tend to be completely different from the stock firmware and, therefore, quite hard to handle. Who should buy the ASUS AC5300? First you will need to login to your Asus control panel. Here's a guest blog post by Matthew Burkett on configuring the Merlin router firmware for OpenVPN. That said, generally, Merlin has all the settings and features of the stock firmware and then some. It adds a TON of functionality, especially in terms of running a VPN client or server on your router. It’s a common acronym in Wi-Fi broadcasters.). I especially liked the fairly frequent updates as they often dealt with security issues. Long Version: This text is written in reference to Younis Abed Latifs answer. 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. The other feature that is a must is the VPN client which can route selective hosts via the VPN. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Like @ChuckD, I’ve been running it for a while and it has been flawless. Deze firmware … If I have to forgo a mobile app to get what I need I will have to, but these other 2 features are a must. Both firmware and operating systems manipulate the hardware to deliver specific results. Drivers; Networking; Asuswrt-Merlin Firmware 380.70.0 Asuswrt-Merlin is an alternative, custom version of the firmware Asus uses in all their recent routers. 16 devices are a lot, Brian. Tomato offers a mix of both." Hook up a USB drive and you have a credible little Linux box on your hands. You can do this by navigating a browser to its default IP address, which is often 192.168.50.1, or router.asus.com. Wireguard This is a good project but it’s unfinished and the reason why I … Overall, Merlin’s web interface looks and feels the same as does Asus’s stock firmware. This is a fantastic article! Merlin itself is also open-source software. 03419028ac14bf5cbd35646c66b096db98295c3273dada84876c8f9922215881 RT-AX88U_386.1_beta2_cferom_ubi.w, 0cae8e78a735bb584ef1248c455e88bb3725a76cbf7fc7402cd4a9db39f3a37a RT-N66U_380.70_0.trx Merlin firmware link for all supported routers. More frequent firmware updates, especially when it comes to addressing bugs. But if you want to call that an operating system, that’s fine with me, too. A more business oriented device is fine if it can do what I need. The AsusWrt-Merlin firmware was developed with the primary goal of boosting the original ASUS firmware, fix bugs and also add new improvements. Short version: I do not see any disadvantage at using MerlinWRT over the stock 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. After reading the forums it looks Like even with Merlin the ASUS routers cannot have more than 16 devices assigned to parental controls or be blockable at any one time. 15e89389a7668841e405bed7a36b232e65f7c81ec9f3d107aa56868fa9d32ae5 RT-AC56U_384.6_0.trx 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. f3aa6901da08076368230b848257cd268236eb0544fe141f01204b748ba4c33a RT-AC88U_386.1_beta2.trx But generally, devices with limited functions, like the Internet of Things (IoT) gadgets, use firmware. Tested routers: Asus RT-N16, Asus RT-N18U, Asus RT-N66U, Asus RT-AC66U, Asus RT-AC68U, Asus RT-AC87U, Asus RT-AC3200. Upgrade the firmware. I want to try NextDNS. NordVPN is our first pick for an Asus router VPN. Download the Merlin firmware for your router, AiMesh Review: Asus's Ongoing Journey to Excellent Wi-Fi Coverage. And, just like stock firmware, you can restore the settings of one router to another. AiMesh is an innovative feature that connects multiple compatible ASUS routers to create a whole-home WiFi network. 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. NOTE: This is now outdated and Matthew has emailed me to let me know he'll be doing a new write-up soon. 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. So, as you can see, not all Asus routers can run Merlin. Configuration of Asus Routers Running Merlin Firmware with OpenVPN. I’d call it Merlin for short. The other way around, though, only common settings between the two will remain. Still, I’ll update the post if I run into anything unusual. A dialog will pop up for you to navigate to the location on the computer that holds the firmware file. I have an Asus RT-AC87U with Merlin firmware.. Download locations: Main download site (hosted by SourceForge) Mirror 1 (hosted on Onedrive) Pre-beta test builds (occasionally available, hosted on Onedrive). AsusWRT by Merlin is one of the best options if you want a secure, user-friendly firmware with lots of features for use with a VPN. Click on the Upload button (see screenshot below). Ach, I’m probably screwed, my nodes are RP AC-1900 so not supported? 6c1a73fd28a008ee69b89408e731842b7de6a4bbbbcb0e7e1279c8cc1dcb8e59 RT-AX56U_386.1_beta2_cferom_pureubi.w Not automatically, Tom. You can upgrade the nodes first if they support Merlin, then the router. Give Merlin a try (google: asus merlin), otherwise have a look at tomato and dd-wrt. Asuswrt is the firmware developed by Asus for use on many of their routers, and was originally based on the Tomato firmware (which is very popular for NETGEAR routers also.) Instead, it only said that it provided Asuswrt’s code as an open-source under GPL, as mentioned above. Everyone will enjoy the better stability Merlin brings to an Asus router. The file you want is named after the router’s model and the firmware version. While Nextiva recommends the official ASUS-RT firmware directly received from ASUS, this article will cover similar settings for the Asuswrt-Merlin. Here’s the Merlin firmware link for all supported routers. (By the way, WRT stands for Wireless Receiver / Transmitter. Thanks. 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. Asus RT-N66U home router. 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. Appreciate the article and am looking to update my Asus RT-AX58U. ; N Only – it uses the old 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4) wireless standard. Please point me in the right direction. 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). AsusWRT Merlin router firmware is an improvement over the stock Asus firmware with many new features and bug fixes. Don’t unplug the router or the computer from the power! Seems like my best option is to use DNS-over-TLS, but NextDNS is only showing me a DNS address [id]``.dns.nextdns.io-- whereas the router wants address, TLS port, TLS hostname, and SPKI fingerprint. Specifically, you can flash a router from Asuswrt to Merlin, and all of its settings will remain the same. 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. During this time, make sure you leave the router and the web interface alone. However, he seems to have taken his answer offline. 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. In other words, Merlin is based on the stock firmware and, therefore, always becomes available, if at all, (long) after the release of a router. That’s true for almost any home router firmware, Tom. I could get by with a 32 device limit for parental controls, but this information is very hard to find. 10-07-2017, 01:04 AM #7 (10-06-2017, 03:04 AM) ccyboi Wrote: One firmware you have not said is Asuswrt-Merlin. Then again, that was during the days of Windows 95 and extraordinary instability, so anything could have been perceived as improvement. It is unclear to me how to update the node first as you indicated. 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. So firmware to a router is kind of like Windows 10 to a computer. 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? For example, the firmware of Synology routers or Netgear’s gaming ones are so advanced that folks call those operating systems. • ❄️ Happy Holidays! Now double click on the Merlin firmware file, or click on it then on Open. (You can probably skip this step, but in my experience, a manual restart is always helpful after a firmware change. And I second the support part! I just knew di… Main download site (hosted by SourceForge)Mirror 1 (hosted on Onedrive)Pre-beta test builds (occasionally available, hosted on Onedrive). Agreed, Chuck. It decides how (well) the router functions and dictates what you can do with it. Install AsusWRT-Merlin custom firmware to extend the functionality of your Asus wireless router. PfSense makes only non-Wi-Fi business routers I believe…. Great article as usual. Better VPN support, which, among other things, has the ability to route certain clients via VPN or globally. Asuswrt is the firmware developed by Asus for use on many of their routers, and was originally based on the Tomato firmware (which is very popular for NETGEAR routers also.) Another thing is all PC apps use MAC address, that’s not effective much, if at all. 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. In my testing, things are fine when you use Merlin in the main router. The Asus RT-AX88U (left) and RT-AC88U are excellent candidates for 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. You have nothing to lose. 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. In this case, though, depending on the routers involved, note that some settings might. 06ee6f6e4eed5ebc2c98fc1ffbfedb91b61ee621197fc92deed83cce4bdf8380 RT-AX58U_384.19_0_cferom_pureubi.w You’re almost there. DD-WRT offers features. IF it worked, one would have to upgrade nodes manually from then on? You’re probably right. 02cd168b3acb706f2c74712f072be8f09c6d31d581ec1da4b01905af1f028507 RT-AX86U_386.1_beta2_cferom_pureubi.w I don't really want that stuff, just a strong AC signal with Merlin. You first need to open this file (double click on it) and then get the actual firmware file out. The Asus RT-AX88U (left) looks almost identical to the RT-AC88U. Custom add-on for supported Asus routers with Merlin firmware that introduces Suricata as an alternative to the Asus built-in Trend Micro AI Protection. 95527b4509089d45433a040db190b4c9917b937b082701b4fa65a4290f63d27a RT-AC68U_386.1_beta2.trx There sure will be more in the future but, as to which, we have to wait and see. VPN Fusion from ASUS has worked well, and Merlin has it via Entware on its supported devices. I never ran any benchmarks to prove anything to myself and probably wouldn't have believed them if I did. 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. In my experience, the RT-AC88U and RT-AX88U are currently the best Merlin options since they have the most to offer. With 4 kids from 7 to 18 in the house, they have a lot of devices in the house to use to create distractions. The best Asus routers not only come with affordable price tags, however. After that, the router will restart itself, and the webpage will go back to the login page. Every piece of tech gadget or electronics has to have run on a piece of software. In fact, you can see it as an enhanced version of Asuswrt. But all the above will work similarly, in terms of settings and features. While Nextiva recommends the official ASUS-RT firmware directly received from ASUS, this article will cover similar settings for the Asuswrt-Merlin. Now you’re ready to perform the firmware migration in the next step. Also, the performance of a mixed system proved to be fast and reliable in my trial. Then, the Merlin group, led by Eric Sauvageau, changes the source code to create a better alternative. And there are some last gen phones, game systems and usb wifi adapters as well. Dong’s note: Putting third-party firmware on a router, among other things, can be tricky and even cause the router to die if you don’t do it right. Configuration. Asus' GT-AC5300 is a router designed with gamers expressly in mind, featuring a tri-band Wi-Fi system that provides dual 5GHz bands plus a single 2.4GHz band that offer combined maximum throughput of 5,334Mbps, with MU-MIMO and beamforming technology that ensures that your client devices can get maximum throughput at all times.. What separates the GT-AC5300 from the pack of other Asus … Asus’s stock firmware, called Asuswrt, is used in all Asus’s home routers released in the past decade. And advanced devices, such as smartphones, tablets, or computers, use an operating system (on top of a firmware layer). This step-by-step tutorial will teach you how to setup an OpenVPN tunnel with ASUSWRT-Merlin. For free. 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. I’m still not 100% sure what the new limits are for ASUS GT-AX1100. Popular open-source router firmware, such as DDWRT, can work on (select) routers from multiple networking vendors. The Asus Router mobile app (made by Asus) also works with a router running Merlin firmware. It’s geeky and closely related to a device’s physical components. Auto – for most ASUS routers/mesh systems, this is the best choice, as it tends to provide the best possible speed for your WiFi. 7feb8d0301edafdf956dd7fc3d5d9e2a3f9bfb7e958e3b2d868d70138945d9e2 RT-AC88U_384.19_0.trx The point is you need to remember where you put this firmware file. It’s best to avoid it for daily use. In my case, the location is the “Merlin” folder on the desktop, as mentioned above. Well done Dong! 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