Router Borked - Help Needed

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Occasional Visitor
After many many successful firmware updates on my RT-AC68U I've ran into my first major problem. After updating to 386.3 I was given a prompt on my browser to manually reboot the router and so I did. This was strange to me as it's the first time I've ever seen such a thing. Now the router keeps rebooting every minute or so and I'm unable to access its webpage. I've tried Rescue Mode quite a few times but the Firmware Restoration software keeps saying, "The wireless router is not in rescue mode." The router is in rescue mode as the power light is slowly blinking. I've also reset NVRAM. I'm at a loss so any help is greatly appreciated.


Occasional Visitor
Well I was able to enter into CFE and flash the firmware. I'm getting set up now so hopefully I won't run into any more issues.


New Around Here
Can I ask if you MAC addresses changed during the update? My wired MAC and 2.4 ghz now have identical MAC addresses but that seems odd to me. I don't know what my 2.4 was before the update.


Very Senior Member
My wired MAC and 2.4 ghz now have identical MAC addresses

Confirming the same MAC for LAN and 2.4GHz, AC86U running stock Asuswrt 386_44470.



Asuswrt-Merlin dev
LAN and 2.4GHz MACs have always been identical, all the way back to 2012 when I got my first Asus router.

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