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End of year 2017 development update

Discussion in 'Asuswrt-Merlin' started by RMerlin, Dec 26, 2017.

  1. sfx2000

    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

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    Not always easy with the community - but at the same time - I recognize the group, and the leadership - it's hard work.

    It's an odd place right now with the GPL releases, and moving more code into blobs/closed source.

    The new platform is interesting as this is a big jump forward -
     
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  3. randomName

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    First of all, thank you for the work you've done :)

    Sad to see support go for my RT N66U
     
  4. Sniper-Jack

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    How about ASUS Blue Cave AC2600?
    The 1st Intel solution of WIFI in Home.
     
  5. RMerlin

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    Things have been a bit easier lately, as I've been having more active discussions with Asus in regards to obtaining missing GPL drops.

    Too bad Broadcom screwed it up... Asus has been doing a good job lately at working around those BCM screwups at least.

    Not gonna happen. I only support high-end Broadcom models.
     
  6. Sniper-Jack

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    Would you mind tell me that how can I get the GPL code of Blue Cave AC 2600 firmware ? It seems can't got from asus support website.
     
  7. RMerlin

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    Contact their tech support and request it.
     
  8. Sniper-Jack

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    Actually I contact their tech support. But They rejected my request on the ground that I might lose their warranty.
    What reason should I use to request GPL code?
     
  9. RMerlin

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    I guess it depends on the tech support agent you end up handling your request. Legally, they are bound to provide the GPL archive. You just need to hit a tech support agent bright enough to forward your query to the higher ups.

    You could also try contacting them through networking_support <at> asus <dot> com with your request.
     
  10. Sniper-Jack

    Sniper-Jack Occasional Visitor

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    Well, Thank you very much.
    Your reply is very helpful to me.
     
  11. randomName

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    RMerlin, do you foresee the next gen of Asus Routers to be moving to Quad core processors like on the GT-AC5300 Rapture? I am on an old RT N66U. I've never had any problems with it but I'm a little worried about future problems that won't get addressed. I use your firmware and am on the latest 380.69,

    Thanks
     
  12. RMerlin

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    The number of cores in these routers has very little importance, since most of the software running on it is single threaded, and there's not that many processes that runs in parallel and require a lot of CPU. Once you have a dual core, you've pretty much optimized it as best as you could at this time.

    Having better hardware acceleration of crypto, higher performance per CPU cycle and wireless-related improvements are the hardware areas that are more likely to receive improvements.
     
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  13. randomName

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    What's the best way to benchmark performance in CPU cycles?

    EDIT: What would be the best/fastest processor on an Asus Router? The RT-AC86U?

    EDIT2: not to confuse readers but my question above was in regards to dual core
     
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  14. RMerlin

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    For Broadcom, yes. I do not know how it compares with their Qualcomm-based models however.
     
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  15. brambil

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    Thanks for everything!
     
  16. frafall

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    Good work Merlin :)

    So, is only the RT-AC66U unsupported or both the RT-AC66U and the RT-AC66U_B1 which is (was?) RT-AC68U compatible?
     
  17. RMerlin

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    Just the RT-AC66U. RT-AC66U_B1 is just an RT-AC68U with a different physical format.
     
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  19. RMerlin

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    I have no reason to believe that the RT-AC5300 won't eventually get updated. Whether they will have AiMesh support implemented is another story, but I think they did mention it was being worked on, the three radio design causing additional issues they need to sort out.
     
  20. thexile

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    Thank you Merlin. Even though I had just recently retired my Asus routers (RT-AC68U and AC66U) to function as APs only (now using EdgeRouter Lite for routing), I deeply appreciate your hard work on this project over the years. I think I have been using your firmware since day 1 (N66U) ;) and I will continue to use it for my APs.

    Just donated 10 bucks to you. Cheers!
     
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  21. PashaWFB

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    New to the forum, but a long time user here.

    RMerlin - thank you for your continuous hard work on this project!

    I either missed it or it hasn't been mentioned, but what is your plan to support AiMesh?

    Thanks!

     
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