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Latest Merlin vs latest fork by John, specifically for WiFi performance on AC68U?

Discussion in 'Asuswrt-Merlin' started by binarydad, Sep 20, 2017.

  1. binarydad

    binarydad Regular Contributor

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    Apologies if this comparison is elsewhere but I can't seem to find it.

    I recently purchased a AC68U rev C to replace my N66U and wanted to know the differences in wireless performance between the two latest firmwares. I understand John's fork uses an older version of the wifi drivers, but wanted to hear in detail the real-world differences. Thanks.

    EDIT: noted wrong revision number/letter
     
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  2. jrmwvu04

    jrmwvu04 Senior Member

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    About that...

    But joking aside, If you have a rev 3 you’re looking at a similar driver either way as I understand it. I like the fork because it’s more customizable and I don’t particularly use the newer features in the current Merlin builds. My advice would be to try them both and see which you like.
     
  3. dlandiss

    dlandiss Senior Member

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    It is my understanding that the only model affected by this is the RT-N66U. John?
     
  4. john9527

    john9527 Part of the Furniture

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    The wireless driver is directly tied to the SDK for the particular router. I recently added support for the newer AC68 rev C1,E1 to my fork which required a new SDK that also supports the newer rev processors. (This SDK is also shared with the AC56.) This means the wireless drivers were also updated (my fork is currently using AC68 wireless drivers equal to those in Merlin 380.66). The other models supported by my fork, N16, N66 and AC66, continue to use the older wireless drivers, vintage 2014. It's the N66 in particular where some users see better performance on the older drivers.
     
  5. dlandiss

    dlandiss Senior Member

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    Thank you, John. My impression from other threads on the topic was that only the N66 enjoyed improved radio performance from the older driver.
     

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