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RT-AX88U Merlin support?

Discussion in 'Asuswrt-Merlin' started by hjohan13, Oct 9, 2018.

  1. hjohan13

    hjohan13 Regular Contributor

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    Will this router ever be supported by MrMerlin?
     
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  3. RMerlin

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    Too early to tell as there's no source code available to evaluate it.
     
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  4. unclebuk

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    How about the consensus on the CPU at this time; should it/could it equal or best the abilities of the AC86U in handling OpenVPN encryption mgmt and thru-put speed??

    Also, at the projected selling price point in Singapore, $500 sing. dollars, is it worth upgrading from AC86U.... I paid approx 300 sing dollars for the AC86U which I thought was a reasonable price over in this part of the planet.

    Anyone want to offer their opinions?
     
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  5. RMerlin

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    It's a quad core BCM4908. It won't make any speed difference over the RT-AC86U since OpenVPN is a single-threaded application.

    There are no reason to upgrade from an RT-AC86U. There won't be any 802.11ax client for probably about a year.
     
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  6. hjohan13

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    Thanks. Our cat broke our RT-AC5300 the other day….. Guess that an RT-AC86U is the best choice at current….
     
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  7. princi

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    Thanks for confirmation, RMerlin. I expected as much.

    It’s a pity though. Since Singapore will be the first country in the world to get it.

    Supposed to be available late October.
     
  8. Chris K.

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    Got two of them in yesterday. Using one as my main router and the other as a bridge in another building. I'm getting 2-3 times the speed I was getting with 2 GT-AC5300's. Not assuming this means anything for possible firmware support but, doesn't look like theres any of the proprietary stuff the GT has:
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  9. Chris K.

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    Forgive my ignorance but is that different from downloading the firmware from Asus site? If not, the initial firmware is available to download.
     
  10. RMerlin

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    I cannot develop software based on an already compiled firmware. I need the source code to be able to compile my own firmware.
     
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  11. Grisu

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    tell us more and please post some pictures where GUI is different or enhanced to known 86U :D
     
  12. Vexira

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    im just waiting till the gpl is out and merlin gives his verdict, so I can give my router to my rellies after they get a modem and an ata, and get one of these, personally don't care about ax im more interested in the new kernel & cpu and the amount of lan ports also the possibility of cake, that a user got working on the 86u.
     
  13. RMerlin

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    Webui is almost identical to the RT-AC86U, except for the 802.11ax related settings.
     
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  14. Grisu

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    Thats exactly what I supposed.
    But would be nice to see which 5G channels are supported and which are usable for 160/80/40/20 MHz bandwith, depending on region.
     
  15. Skeptical.me

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    What did the Cat do to brake your router? I'm curious.


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  16. Grisu

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    usually throwing it down the shelf - you never had a cat :p
     
  17. Skeptical.me

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    Damn, it would break my heart if my ASUS RT-AC86U was broken by our Cat.


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  18. Skeptical.me

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    Yeah, had a few Cats and Dogs, but they aren't allowed anywhere near my gear in my man room lol (sort of sounds like a dodgy name for my computer room )


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  19. RMerlin

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    DFS channels are now supported in the US.

    Since the list of channels will vary between region, it's kinda pointless to post a list, as it would obviously be specific to the region of the poster.
     
  20. Grisu

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    That does not mean that it is supported on this router by Asus!
    Otherwise they could be set on RT-AC68U or RT-AC86U too ...
    Or why for EU ch. 120-128 are closed and in that case not usable for 160MHz (would need 100-128)!
    Sorry, for me these would be very interesting and relevant findings.
     
  21. RMerlin

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    Yes it does, that's what I'm telling you: Asus added DFS channel support in the US to the RT-AX88U.

    Adding DFS channels requires putting the router through revalidation by the FCC, which can be an expensive process. It's not just a matter of supporting it at the firmware/driver level, certifications must also be acquired.
     
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