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Asus RT-AC56U worth reviving?

Discussion in 'Asuswrt-Merlin' started by speedlever, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. speedlever

    speedlever Regular Contributor

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    I have an old AC56U I retired several years ago and replaced with a Ubiquiti system. It was running a version of Merlin... 380.62. (edited to correct the version)

    I have a daughter that just moved into an apartment and needs a decent router. Would it be worth reviving the AC56U and putting the latest Merlin (384.6) on it? Or is it too old to be securely useful?
     
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  2. skeal

    skeal Part of the Furniture

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    Sorry, no longer supported I think by Asus as well, you could look at the Asus download page.
     
  3. skeal

    skeal Part of the Furniture

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    That doesn't prevent you from using another type of firmware, possibly tomato or dd wrt possibly google is your friend.
     
  4. Gar

    Gar Senior Member

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    I still use mine with other f/w and it works fine. Not as good as my 1900 but completely usable.
     
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    L&LD, skeal and Gar like this.
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    elorimer Very Senior Member

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    My 56u is gangsta cool.
     
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    Swistheater Very Senior Member

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    ya mine is fab-tastic. It was ahead of its time.
     
  8. Swistheater

    Swistheater Very Senior Member

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    Asus has released updates with security fixes only, it is on older firmware branch though and the time it would take to maintain it would be too specific for merlin to bother implementing (though it would be "possible"). it is too specific, and there are too little of security updates that have been done to be considered "worth" the time.
     
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    Swistheater Very Senior Member

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    Johns fork would be great to run on it as it still actively supports providing it with security backports.
     
  10. speedlever

    speedlever Regular Contributor

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    Hmm. I'm not familiar with John's fork. I'll have to check into that.

    I just put 384.6 on it. But no problem to change that!
     
  11. skeal

    skeal Part of the Furniture

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    John's fork is your best option. Stable as a rock with awesome features.
     
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    What would be the negative of leaving 384.6 on it?
     
  14. oso2276

    oso2276 Regular Contributor

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    384.6 has patches up to 25-July-2018
    John's fork has patches up to 17-April-2019

    In this regard, John's fork might include bug fixes and more current libraries.

    Check the release notes for both and take your pick

    Enviado desde mi moto g(8) plus mediante Tapatalk
     
  15. Selim Üzümcü

    Selim Üzümcü New Around Here

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    actually there was an important update released from Asus in 2019/11/05

    Version 3.0.0.4.382.516412019/11/0537.55 MBytes

    ASUS RT-AC56U Firmware version 3.0.0.4.382.51641
    Fixed a DDoS vulnerability

    can't we get an updated merlin release including this?
     
  16. speedlever

    speedlever Regular Contributor

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    I see.

    I just went to the Asus site for the AC56U and found Asus released FW 3.0.0.1.382.51641 on 2019/11/05. I assume that is Nov 5, 2019 and not May 11, 2019. In either case, that would be a later release than either Merlin or John's Fork. Correct?

    [​IMG]
     
  17. speedlever

    speedlever Regular Contributor

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    I see you posted this as I was working on my post about the same topic.

    Perhaps I need to install the Asus version since it's the most recent.
     
  18. speedlever

    speedlever Regular Contributor

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    Quick question about the AC56U. It is dual band, but in setup, it offers separate SSIDs for the dual bands. Does the AC56U not offer the ability to automatically switch between bands? IE, as you approach your house, you connect to the longer ranging 2G band, but once inside and in a strong enough 5G signal, automatically switch to the 5G band?
     
  19. easyriider

    easyriider Occasional Visitor

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    I also had a AC56U but am now happy with a AC86U.

    You can try to load the AC68U firmware on the AC56U. This two routers were introduced at the same moment and have almost the same hardware. So it is strange that the AC56U is already discontinued while the AC68U is still receiving updates until now.

    https://www.snbforums.com/threads/aimesh-on-rt-ac56u.55732/
     
  20. SomeWhereOverTheRainBow

    SomeWhereOverTheRainBow Senior Member

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    This is taking something useful and potentially turning it into a paper weight
     
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