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    Thoughts on Merlin for my RT-AC66U_B1 as a fix for my wireless problems

    About a hour ago the router died (3 weeks old). Even a wired connection wouldn't work. Returned it via the UPS store method. Will order another AC66U_B1 today unless there's a better cost-effective solution. Wired back haul isn't viable as this is in a separate adjacent building with...
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    Thoughts on Merlin for my RT-AC66U_B1 as a fix for my wireless problems

    I have a new RT-AC66U_B1 with the latest ASUS firmware 3.0.0.4.385_20632. I'm running it in repeater mode but I'm having strange problems with some wireless devices. The connect function on my Toshiba/Midea A/C unit is intermittent. The Blink sync module was intermittent and now it won't...
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    Will RT-AC66U B1 work as an extender with the same SSID?

    I want to replace the last of the ancient technology that I have in my network - WRT54GL with DD-WRT used as a wireless extender. It looks like the RT-AC66U B1 (AC1750) can be used for this. I also want to keep the same SSID as I've done with other networks. The download manual is out of date...
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    Weird wireless problem - Merlin 384.17 - RT-AC86U

    Comcast connection is my owned ARRIS SBG6905AC2 backed by the RT-AC86U and a RT-ACRH13 for IOT devices. Both have current firmware. The AC86U network has TVs, PCs, MAC, Ipad, Android tablet, Iphone and Pixel 3a. Both 2.4 and 5 Ghz use the same SSID/password. The TVs bypass the VPN due to the...
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    NMAP for open ports on RT-ACHR13

    I hit post too soon. Please ignore.
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    NMAP for open ports on RT-ACHR13

    Now that we have migrated to high speed internet with an Arris cable modem thought I would use the new NMAP to check one of the two ASUS routers that are cabled to the Arris from the inside. This one is my ASUS AC1300 (RT-ACHR13) running 3.0.0.4.380.8457 current firmware - it's used for an...
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    RT-AC86U - apparently need a start-up delay on power up

    Updated to 384.12. My customer owned Arris takes about 2 1/4 minutes to boot. The WAN LED is red at first but after only about 5 minutes it now turns to white and I can surf the net. One interesting finding - even when it was red I could ping 8.8.8.8 but a web browser was a no go. Have more...
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    RT-AC86U - apparently need a start-up delay on power up

    Have a RT-AC86U running 384.11 (will do 384.12 as soon as everything else is stabilized). With a Verizon DSL modem when we had one of the many power outages here in SW Florida that would eventually drain the UPS after power was restored everything would come back up without a problem. Moved to...
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    Recommended cable modem/router for new Comcast Xfinity service

    We're finally getting high speed internet on our street after years of waiting - Comcast contractor has the outside plant installed. I already have 2 newer ASUS routers with my current DSL. One has the cameras, Raspberry Pi boxes and some other stuff. The second router runs Merlin and is our...
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    Best moderate priced router for Merlin, streaming and limited wireless

    That's about $170 USD and the current pricing here is $175 so I'm just going to order it by tomorrow.
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    Best moderate priced router for Merlin, streaming and limited wireless

    Thanks for the comments. I'm going with the RT-AC86U (AC2900) for my main Merlin VPN router to NordVPN unless someone says that's a silly choice. I will say that ASUS has so many routers (I just counted 27 with a where to buy tab) as opposed to someone like Cisco it's difficult to analyze all...
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    Best moderate priced router for Merlin, streaming and limited wireless

    Thanks for the input. I see the RT-AC66U (doesn't list B1) is a supported router on the NordVPN list but it's about the same cost as the RT-AC3200. But the RT-AC66U_B1 is the about half the price. Given our dreary internet speeds just have to try to get the most out of what we have. I hate...
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    Best moderate priced router for Merlin, streaming and limited wireless

    My home network covers both a separate garage with my "computer room" and the house. Most of our devices are wired and a powerline network is used to connect the two. We use wired streaming TV and with the new VPN need to be able to split the traffic by IP - hence Merlin. Our wireless needs...
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    RT-AC3200 - can I selective route (split) traffic on the VPN client so Apple TV will always work?

    Thanks - not sure why support can't just tell me that. From what I see Merlin is the solution. Agree? Is the RT-AC3200 a good choice (we have low internet connection speed)?
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    RT-AC3200 - can I selective route (split) traffic on the VPN client so Apple TV will always work?

    I'm trying to make my network more secure by upgrading from my stable but very, very old Linksys routers running DD-WRT. Have a number of Windows workstations, MAC mini, Raspberry Pi based security cameras and network printers. The rub is the Apple TVs both a 4th generation and a 4K. I can...
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