Does RT-AC65 support merlin?

helpme

New Around Here
The title says it all, i just purchased this router and im wondering if there is any way to flash this router with any other firmware. Thanks.

 

Tech9

Part of the Furniture
No.
 

Tech9

Part of the Furniture
This is a budget router based on MediaTek platform and is good for the price. It all depends on what do you want.
 

helpme

New Around Here
I mean yeah its not bad tbh, it works fine. I bought this thing because all the routers my isp gives us are trash. I guess it works fine for normal use.
 

Tech9

Part of the Furniture
Not sure what normal and abnormal use is. :)
 

bennor

Very Senior Member
The title says it all, i just purchased this router and im wondering if there is any way to flash this router with any other firmware. Thanks.

Merlin supported routers are listed on the Asus-Merlin website. The RT-AC65 is not supported by Asus-Merlin.
https://www.asuswrt-merlin.net/about

RMerlin, the developer of Asus-Merlin, answers the question of "will you support model XYZ?" in the following post:
https://www.snbforums.com/threads/faq-read-me-first-before-posting-a-question.47153/#post-609193

There are other firmware's based on Asus-Merlin that can be used on a few unsupported routers.
https://www.snbforums.com/threads/fork-dsl-testers-gnutons-alpha-beta-merlin-builds.71150/ (DSL-AC68U, DSL-AX82U, RT-AX82U)
https://www.snbforums.com/threads/merlin-for-tuf-ax5400-is-coming.77492/ (TUF-AX5400)
https://www.snbforums.com/threads/fork-asuswrt-merlin-374-lts-release-53d1.76814/

Other possible third party firmware versions for routers:
https://openwrt.org/toh/asus/rt-ac85p (RT-AC85P, RT-AC65P)
https://dd-wrt.com/support/router-database/ (does not appear to list RT-AC65)
https://tomato.groov.pl/?page_id=69 (Shibby Tomato does not appear to list RT-AC65)

Users of the RT-AC65 are likely going to be limited to the official Asus firmware for that model if no other third party firmware supports it.
 
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