Using USB as Ethernet ASUS GT-AX11000 Router?

thecolin85

New Around Here
Hey all! Hope people will see and comment on this thread. Not sure how active this forum is vs maybe another networking-only type forum is, but here goes!

I have the ASUS ROG GT-AX11000 router and it's worked fine for the last 1yr+. I have a 1200mbps down & 40mbps up internet plan from Xfinity. I spent way too much time and energy of my life trying to get those speeds to my desktop PC through the GT-AX11000. I now finally receive the hardware limitations of the device and how I'll never be able to achieve those speeds without more than just the one single 2.5g port on my ASUS router. Meaning, I can plug the ethernet (CAT8) from the modem's 2.5g port into the 2.5g port on the AX11000 just fine, but then all other ports henceforth are capped at 1g. I'm actually considering selling this router as it's mostly useless to me in that regard - I can't access the full speeds I'm paying for, so it's a waste. I've been eyeing the "lower" model new AX6000 as I've heard great things AND it has more than one 2.5g port. I'm 99% sure that'll allow me to get what I pay for. Alas, I want to try one last thing... the USB port!

In fact, ASUS makes this USB-to-Ethernet adapter: https://www.asus.com/Networking-IoT-Servers/Wired-Networking/Wired-Adapters/USB-C2500/







I might be the only person in the world to be curious about this or try it, but what if I keep that same config I just laid out, except instead of using one of the 1g capped ethernet ports on the router to my desktop PC's 2.5g ethernet onboard port, I try using the USB 3.0 port on the AX11000 as an OUT and then plug the USB-Ethernet adapter there, THEN run that ethernet cable to my 2.5 Realtek onboard port on my ASUS Crosshair VIII motherboard?

It's a lot cheaper than a new router (i.e. AX6000), so I might give it a whirl just to see. But curious if anyone's tried it or thinks it technically could be achievable or if there's some limitation or inability I'm overlooking...

I should add I'm running the latest Merlin firmware etc on my router, and there does appear to be a configuration that allows for the USB port to be used as an ethernet in some fashion? See pics.

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Tech9

Part of the Furniture
I might be the only person in the world to be curious about this

No.

 
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Deleted member 82765

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you could try the following to buy this device it is somewhat expensive TL-PA7017 KIT in amazon you will get 2 small devices well normal and in there you take it out and plug one of those into the network and together with the ethernet cable that it brings you in the box put it in the yellow one I say ethernet yellow one time I do this you have two ways on the other end I say other side you can plug in the second device that comes in the same box with its ethernet cable whether it is a PC or a router by the way if you want to put a router you must plug in router 2 in blue ethernet and then go to your computer in the 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 section I don't know if it has changed to modify the internal network parameters of the 2nd router and there it looks for LAN TO LAN or LAN TO WAN I don't know as it is and put static ip from there put the ip as if another device was connected to your internet if your pc was previously connected to this ip 192.168.1.10 - 255.255.255.0 - 192.168.1.1 because in the 2nd router you must enter 192.168.1.70 - two 55.255.255.0 - 192.168.1.1 and automatically you should get internet and it doesn't matter if your electricity goes out you will have internet again... I hope I have helped you
 
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Deleted member 82765

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Hey all! Hope people will see and comment on this thread. Not sure how active this forum is vs maybe another networking-only type forum is, but here goes!

I have the ASUS ROG GT-AX11000 router and it's worked fine for the last 1yr+. I have a 1200mbps down & 40mbps up internet plan from Xfinity. I spent way too much time and energy of my life trying to get those speeds to my desktop PC through the GT-AX11000. I now finally receive the hardware limitations of the device and how I'll never be able to achieve those speeds without more than just the one single 2.5g port on my ASUS router. Meaning, I can plug the ethernet (CAT8) from the modem's 2.5g port into the 2.5g port on the AX11000 just fine, but then all other ports henceforth are capped at 1g. I'm actually considering selling this router as it's mostly useless to me in that regard - I can't access the full speeds I'm paying for, so it's a waste. I've been eyeing the "lower" model new AX6000 as I've heard great things AND it has more than one 2.5g port. I'm 99% sure that'll allow me to get what I pay for. Alas, I want to try one last thing... the USB port!

In fact, ASUS makes this USB-to-Ethernet adapter: https://www.asus.com/Networking-IoT-Servers/Wired-Networking/Wired-Adapters/USB-C2500/







I might be the only person in the world to be curious about this or try it, but what if I keep that same config I just laid out, except instead of using one of the 1g capped ethernet ports on the router to my desktop PC's 2.5g ethernet onboard port, I try using the USB 3.0 port on the AX11000 as an OUT and then plug the USB-Ethernet adapter there, THEN run that ethernet cable to my 2.5 Realtek onboard port on my ASUS Crosshair VIII motherboard?

It's a lot cheaper than a new router (i.e. AX6000), so I might give it a whirl just to see. But curious if anyone's tried it or thinks it technically could be achievable or if there's some limitation or inability I'm overlooking...

I should add I'm running the latest Merlin firmware etc on my router, and there does appear to be a configuration that allows for the USB port to be used as an ethernet in some fashion? See pics.

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when I need something I pick up the HDD connected to the pc and under the necessary programs etc and when I finish doing it I connect it to the router again in theory nothing happens you can try it. most likely it won't work or maybe it will, who knows... under your responsibility of course...
 

thecolin85

New Around Here
I am completely and utterly lost and more confused after reading these replies. While I appreciate the attempt to help, I'm going to pretend I didn't just try to understand all of that because my brain hurts and I'm no closer to the truth.

Hooking up my 2.5g/USB/Ethernet adapter now. Here goes nothing.
 

BreakingDad

Very Senior Member
I am completely and utterly lost and more confused after reading these replies. While I appreciate the attempt to help, I'm going to pretend I didn't just try to understand all of that because my brain hurts and I'm no closer to the truth.

Hooking up my 2.5g/USB/Ethernet adapter now. Here goes nothing.
Let us know what happened :)
 

thecolin85

New Around Here
It worked!!! Sorry forgot to update the thread. I have another one going like this over on the ASUS ROG forums, due to my router. I am now able to crack over 1gbps (1000mbps) on my wired desktop connect! I have the main ethernet from the modem going into the USB 3.0 port via that adapter to my router. Then, using the 2.5g ethernet OUT port on the router, going to my desktop's onboard 2.5g port, I see speedtests over 1000mbps, sometimes 1100-1200mbps for a brief second. Now, if I plug directly from my modem to my desktop ethernet, I get 1300-1400mbps, easily over the 1200mbps of my ISP plan.

The more I am learning about networking and stuff, I've considered maybe ditching the ASUS router altogether and going with a semi-pro grade setup like the Unifi Dream Machine Pro with 1-2 wireless access points. Seems like it can do everything the ASUS can do if not more and better.
 

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