Release ASUS RT-AC87U Firmware 3.0.0.4.382.52545 - 2021/05/18

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RainGater96

Regular Contributor
A new version (3.0.0.4.382.52545) has been posted for RT-AC87U and it looks like ASUS didn't abandon this device yet. :)

Flashed it on top of the beta (9.0.0.4.382.52503) and it's all good. Thanks ASUS for still supporting this awesome router!

 

lightmaster

New Around Here
Almost 7 year old model still gets not only security update but also some bug fixes. This is one of the reasons I love Asus and their routers.
 

RainGater96

Regular Contributor
Almost 7 year old model still gets not only security update but also some bug fixes. This is one of the reasons I love Asus and their routers.
Well, you don't change routers every two years... Do you?

So, I would expect the OEM to support it for several years.

OTOH, if you flash DD-WRT, the support is forever or until Brain Slayer pulls the plug. :)
 

steven168

Occasional Visitor
will this Release ASUS RT-AC87U Firmware 3.0.0.4.382.52545 - 2021/05/18 better than rt-ac87u_384.13_10?

 

RainGater96

Regular Contributor
will this Release ASUS RT-AC87U Firmware 3.0.0.4.382.52545 - 2021/05/18 better than rt-ac87u_384.13_10?
For me, I need the latest security patches + all the fixes and it's a no brainer to flash it. After flashing, I reset the settings as I was on beta before. It's working well - no issues till date.

Btw, Merlin stopped updating since last year and it's probably missing lots of security patches + other fixes that ASUS keeps pushing it. If I were you, I would flash the latest official version in a heart beat. But, hey, that's me. :)
 

elbubi

Regular Contributor
Hi!
Another proud owner of still working 87U here.
I'm trying to decide whether to return to asus firmware after 5 years of using only Merlin (384.13.10 atvm).
Which features/enhancements would I be losing? Back in time, Merlin was YEARS ahead of stock fw, but I really don't know if Asus has catched up over time.
I do not use VPN, but I do use JFFS scripts, DNSFilter, UPnP server, Samba Share, Downloadmaster, CloudDisk.
Thanks in advance!
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
Stock firmware is stuck in the 1950s... But it may have some important security updates today.
 

elbubi

Regular Contributor
Thanks L&LD.
Guess nothings changed over time then.
The ONLY reason I would revert to stock fw is for that security updates, otherwise I'll never consider it, Merlin is just superb.
I just can make up my mind wheter is worthy or not to lose Merlin goodies in behalf of that, and it's even harder to decide not knowing exactly which goodies I'll be losing (read that Asus borrowed many of Merlin's features over time)
Regards!
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
Here are a few that Asus borrowed.

Features | Asuswrt-Merlin

Some features first debuted in Asuswrt-Merlin and were eventually implemented in the official firmware:​

  • HTTPS configuration interface
  • Persistent JFFS partition
  • LED control - put your router in Stealth Mode by turning off all LEDs
  • Turning WPS button into a radio on/off toggle
  • Clicking on the MAC address of an unidentified client will do a lookup in the OUI database.
  • WakeOnLan web interface (with pre-configured targets)
  • Display active/tracked network connections
  • VPN Status page
  • DualWAN and Repeater mode (while it was still under development by Asus)
  • Basic OpenVPN (client and server) support
  • Configurable IPv6 firewall
  • Improved compatibility with 3TB+ and Advanced Format HDDs
  • SSH access
  • Disk spindown after user-configurable inactivity timeout
  • Updated Samba version (3.6), with SMB2.0 support
  • TLS 1.3 support for some services (OpenSSL 1.1.1)
  • Modern DDNS client (In-a-Dyn), with https support
  • Full cone NAT support (on some models)
  • User-provided SSL certificate
  • Display the Ethernet port states
  • TLS support for the FTP server
  • Allow or disable WAN access to the FTP server
  • User-defined options for WAN DHCP requests (required by some ISPs)
 

elbubi

Regular Contributor
Thanks again.
Eventually, if I decide to try it, I will backup merlin settings, install asus, see how it goes along, and if a miss any feature or enhancemente, go back to Merlin.
Really don't won't to leave Merlin, but knowing of these unaddressed security issues is a mind itch.
Can't afford a new router either, prices are astronomical in my country (argentina). ie: an ax86u costs as much as 5 months minimum salary (20 times more than usa in comparison, where it costs 1/4 of monthly minimum wage)
Regards!
 

Bluediablito

New Around Here
Hello all. Just moved to a new place and had to use Verizon all in one system. The tech said to turn on repeater mode on my ac87u. After searching for days I released that this model does not have repeater mode. I was wondering if marlin firmware has a repeater mode for ac87u? If so what version. Sorry for any inconvenience.
 

elbubi

Regular Contributor
@Bluediablito
Afaik, you can't use it as repeater on Merlin neither.
Access point needs a wired conection to primary router.
Media bridge only works with another 87u, and only for wired devices.

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Regards!
 

mromero

Senior Member
A new version (3.0.0.4.382.52545) has been posted for RT-AC87U and it looks like ASUS didn't abandon this device yet. :)

Flashed it on top of the beta (9.0.0.4.382.52503) and it's all good. Thanks ASUS for still supporting this awesome router!

Version 3.0.0.4.382.52545
2021/05/18 39.09 MBytes

ASUS RT-AC87U Firmware version 3.0.0.4.382.52545
1.Fixed the FragAttack vulnerability.
2.Fixed DoS vulnerability. Thanks for Tsinghua University NISL's contribution.
3.Improved system stability.
4.Fixed GUI bugs.
 

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