Brand new to Asuswrt-Merlin. How to get started?

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Dan567

New Around Here
I am brand new to SNB, Asuswrt-Merlin and ASUS. If I am doing anything to violate the rules of the forum please let me know.

I am a retired CAD Engineer with Linux experience but I am new to loading alternate firmware on routers.

I have spent a few hours reading through these forums but I have a couple of dumb questions about where to get started.

My first ASUS router (RT-AX88U) is arriving tomorrow. I plan to use Asuswrt-Merlin so that I can use NextDNS from my router. Am I better off setting up and using the router with it's normal firmware for a while to get used to it before I install Asuswrt-Merlin?

I have found the websites/posts listed below but any other suggestions or links on where to get started would be appreciated.


Thanks
Dan
 

Jeffrey Young

Senior Member
Welcome to the show @Dan567

One of the best spots to get started and start learning about how all the various scripts knit together is to start here;


In particular, you need to read up on how to set up your router to allow you to SSH into it.

 

GSpock

Senior Member
Am I better off setting up and using the router with it's normal firmware for a while to get used to it before I install Asuswrt-Merlin?
If you intent to go to Merlin, I recommend to install it from day 1. This is what I did with my former 87U and brand new AX86. Once you used to Merlin, you do not want to go backwards ...
Rgds,
GS
 

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