noob question: can i use a switch as primary router, and....?

azuza

New Around Here
Noob question: Can I use a switch flashed with Merlin firmware and use it as a primary router (ie, a router without antennae)?

Such that all devices on a 3rd party mesh get their internet connection that goes through an Asus switch that itself is connected to the modem.
 

eibgrad

Part of the Furniture
You can NOT load Merlin firmware on to an arbitrary switch or router. It will only work on supported ASUS routers, specifically those mentioned in the Merlin website.
 

ColinTaylor

Part of the Furniture
Merlin firmware only runs on specific Asus routers. It doesn't run on switches.
 

Tech9

Part of the Furniture
Jay Leno has a Merlin powered car.

 

azuza

New Around Here
Merlin firmware only runs on specific Asus routers. It doesn't run on switches.
Thanks. I meant on an Asus switch.

But the fact is, Merlin works on routers only, and no other Asus products.

Thanks for the swift response.

Now I just have to figure out my game plan for a Merlin-Asus based setup.
 

degrub

Very Senior Member
you can always turn the radios off. Then you have only the LAN/WAN ports and the routing function.
 

ColinTaylor

Part of the Furniture
you can always turn the radios off. Then you have only the LAN/WAN ports and the routing function.
He's asking about a switch, not a wireless router.
 

degrub

Very Senior Member
Understand. Since OP was wanting router functionality and to run Merlin, it would work though, at least if using the reliable 4 port models.
 

follower

Very Senior Member
Noob question: Can I use a switch flashed with Merlin firmware and use it as a primary router (ie, a router without antennae)?

Such that all devices on a 3rd party mesh get their internet connection that goes through an Asus switch that itself is connected to the modem.
Yes you can.
Exchange the router shell to the switch shell.
 

azuza

New Around Here
If I remember correctly, 20+ years ago routers were not always known for being wireless or having antennae.
 

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