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RT-AC5300 vs GT-AC5300

Discussion in 'Asuswrt-Merlin' started by cvkef, Aug 21, 2018.

  1. cvkef

    cvkef New Around Here

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    Hi,

    I was going to buy the RT-AC5300 but then I found out there is the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300.
    Their main differences are:

    RT-AC5300
    • 128MB Flash
    • 512MB RAM
    • VPN Client / Server
    • 1 x USB 3.0 + 1 x USB 2.0
    • 4 x LAN
    GT-AC5300
    • 802.3ad link aggregation
    • VPN ???
    • 256MB Flash
    • 1GB RAM
    • 2 x USB 3.0
    • 8 x LAN
    I'm considering the GT-AC5300 mostly for the double RAM and the 802.3ad support (future-proof, overkill).
    BUT, I can see that while there is Asuswrt-Merlin support for RT-AC5300, there is no support for the GT-AC5300.

    1. Will the firmware of RT-AC5300 may work for the GT-AC5300 too?
    2. Are there any plans to bring support for this model too?

    I don't care to lose either any of the gaming features nor the ugly UI / gaming lingo.

    Thank you :)
     
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  3. JDB

    JDB Very Senior Member

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    The RT supports link aggregation too

    No, Merlin will never support the GT, it’s too different (please see the hundreds of threads asking the same question).

    Short answer, GT is not worth it. RT is plenty powerful enough and has the huge advantage of supporting Merlin


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  4. skeal

    skeal Very Senior Member

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    The 86U is worth looking at as well.;)
     
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  5. elorimer

    elorimer Senior Member

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    If you are careful the Ac5300 is $240 at Newegg today.
     
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  6. cvkef

    cvkef New Around Here

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    Yeap, the deal breaking feature for me is the Merlin support! I already have the DSL-AC68U and I hate it I can't try the Merlin firmware.
    Thanks again and sorry for reposting! (no results in search though)
     
  7. cvkef

    cvkef New Around Here

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    Yes it is. But I'm going for the tri-band. I know, a bit overkill :)
     
  8. cvkef

    cvkef New Around Here

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    That's nice! But, I can't get it from there. I'm waiting for a price drop in the greek market too though.
     
  9. psychopomp1

    psychopomp1 Senior Member

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    The GT actually has 1gb ram, not 512mb. Add the 64 bit 1.8ghz quadcore processor and it blows most routers out of the water for specs. However the stock fw appears to be buggy as hell. If vpn isn’t important go for a Linksys EA9500V2 which has the same hardware as the GT but without the bugs.
     
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  10. JDB

    JDB Very Senior Member

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    Not overkill! I have an 88U running Merlin (Wi-fi disabled) and a pair of RT-AC5300’s as AiMesh AP/Node. Makes for great Wi-fi all around the house and all 5Ghz coverage.
    I might add a 68U in the conservatory as that’s the only spot with less signal due to technically being outside.
    I have Powerline/Ethernet backbone connecting them all.


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  11. Marin

    Marin Regular Contributor

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    Well you may need to think twice on which router to go with if you plan on using a VPN. Speeds you get on an RT-AC5300 cannot be compared with those of GT based on my experience. GT is a lot faster for me than the RT version. Using the the 86U will also give you very good speeds as well (same as GT based on my experience) but you are limited to using only two bands. On the other hand, one of the major downsides of GT, as mentioned above, is lack of Merlin FW. There is a dedicated ROG GT-AC5300 owners thread in the forums that has plenty of information which will help you decide.
     
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  12. Marin

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  13. cvkef

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    Ops! Wrong paste. Fixed.
    And yes, I started considering that choice just for the specs. And I was hoping for an merlin release as the stock fw and UI are awful.
     
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