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Asus RT-AC68U Wireless Broadband Router £135.90 @ Amazon UK (£125.40 @ Amazon.es)

£135.90 @ Amazon
Great piece of kit. Got this a few weeks ago to replace a troublesome Virgin Media Superhub 2ac, Superhub was giving me poor wireless downstairs and it refused to open ports for Xbox Live. This ha… Read More
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2y, 6m agoFound 2 years, 6 months ago
Great piece of kit. Got this a few weeks ago to replace a troublesome Virgin Media Superhub 2ac,

Superhub was giving me poor wireless downstairs and it refused to open ports for Xbox Live. This has worked straight out the box with no messing about with port forwarding etc. Impressive wireless aswell as i now get full signal downstairs on 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz.

Lowest it has been on Amazon according to camel aswell.

Edit: Amazon.es £125.40
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BlueOyster
Im not bothered with porn but can i stop my son watching minecraft videos with this?
Alas, there is little hope in this case. Have you thought about introducing him to porn?
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Im not bothered with porn but can i stop my son watching minecraft videos with this?

Edited By: BlueOyster on Dec 27, 2014 20:46
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W1zz
Just looking at this myself. Noticed son (aged 13) has recently been searching for porn :{ on his mobile whilst connected to home wifi. The computers in the house are all locked down, but ipads and connected phones are not very secure as the Virgin Superhub 2 doesn't have any parental lock features. Virgin also don't allow you to change the DNS as I'd prefer to do the parental control through OpenDNS.

Think it's time to spend my Bespoke Amazon voucher credit :p




I think it's time you unshackle your son :p

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#2
I have the AC66U version and its pretty awesome! very very good piece of kit of BT Infinity :)
1 Like #3
Just looking at this myself. Noticed son (aged 13) has recently been searching for porn :{ on his mobile whilst connected to home wifi. The computers in the house are all locked down, but ipads and connected phones are not very secure as the Virgin Superhub 2 doesn't have any parental lock features. Virgin also don't allow you to change the DNS as I'd prefer to do the parental control through OpenDNS.

Think it's time to spend my Bespoke Amazon voucher credit :p



Edited By: W1zz on Dec 27, 2014 12:23
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W1zz
Just looking at this myself. Noticed son (aged 13) has recently been searching for porn :{ on his mobile whilst connected to home wifi. The computers in the house are all locked down, but ipads and connected phones are not very secure as the Virgin Superhub 2 doesn't have any parental lock features. Virgin also don't allow you to change the DNS as I'd prefer to do the parental control through OpenDNS.

Think it's time to spend my Bespoke Amazon voucher credit :p




I think it's time you unshackle your son :p
#5
K1LLER HORNET
W1zz
Just looking at this myself. Noticed son (aged 13) has recently been searching for porn :{ on his mobile whilst connected to home wifi. The computers in the house are all locked down, but ipads and connected phones are not very secure as the Virgin Superhub 2 doesn't have any parental lock features. Virgin also don't allow you to change the DNS as I'd prefer to do the parental control through OpenDNS.

Think it's time to spend my Bespoke Amazon voucher credit :p



I think it's time you unshackle your son :p

I also have two daughters aged 11 and 9, so his online activity isn't the main concern. I've had a 'chat' with him.

Now ordered this for £37 after deducting my Bespoke Amazon credit, £5 Amazon credit I already had on my account and using the Mastercard £5 off £40 spend code. Delivered tomorrow with my Amazon Prime trial.
#6
2 year warranty with Asus aswell :)
#7
K1LLER HORNET
W1zz
Just looking at this myself. Noticed son (aged 13) has recently been searching for porn :{ on his mobile whilst connected to home wifi. The computers in the house are all locked down, but ipads and connected phones are not very secure as the Virgin Superhub 2 doesn't have any parental lock features. Virgin also don't allow you to change the DNS as I'd prefer to do the parental control through OpenDNS.

Think it's time to spend my Bespoke Amazon voucher credit :p



I think it's time you unshackle your son :p

Why would you openly want your children to be watching porn? Really? oO better to keep him focussed on what really matters than adding an unnecessary distraction to his life!
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I have this router it is a great piece of kit, but I like countless others suffered connection drop outs on a regular basis until I learned that it was being caused by NAT Acceleration, turning this off has appeared to have fixed the issue.

One other thing to note is the fact that the firmware installed on the router before update is vulnerable to man in the middle attacks so I would suggest downloading the updated firmware from here http://www.asus.com/uk/Networking/RTAC68U/HelpDesk_Download/ and not via the built in update checker.
This will resolve the issue, unless of course you are going down the DD-WRT route.




Edited By: Crown on Dec 27, 2014 21:00: edit
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Im not bothered with porn but can i stop my son watching minecraft videos with this?

Edited By: BlueOyster on Dec 27, 2014 20:46
banned 1 Like #10
y'all be wanting the merlin firmware to put on this bit a kit like.

http://forums.smallnetbuilder.com/forumdisplay.php?f=42

http://www.lostrealm.ca/tower/node/79

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/

Trust teh guru
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BlueOyster
Im not bothered with porn but can i stop my son watching minecraft videos with this?
Alas, there is little hope in this case. Have you thought about introducing him to porn?
#12
BlueOyster
Im not bothered with porn but can i stop my son watching minecraft videos with this?

You could turn off YouTube & Twitch access on it yeah. Probably Blip too.

Basically you'd have to block just about every video site.
#13
W1zz
K1LLER HORNET
W1zz
Just looking at this myself. Noticed son (aged 13) has recently been searching for porn :{ on his mobile whilst connected to home wifi. The computers in the house are all locked down, but ipads and connected phones are not very secure as the Virgin Superhub 2 doesn't have any parental lock features. Virgin also don't allow you to change the DNS as I'd prefer to do the parental control through OpenDNS.

Think it's time to spend my Bespoke Amazon voucher credit :p



I think it's time you unshackle your son :p

I also have two daughters aged 11 and 9, so his online activity isn't the main concern. I've had a 'chat' with him.

Now ordered this for £37 after deducting my Bespoke Amazon credit, £5 Amazon credit I already had on my account and using the Mastercard £5 off £40 spend code. Delivered tomorrow with my Amazon Prime trial.
Julan
K1LLER HORNET
W1zz
Just looking at this myself. Noticed son (aged 13) has recently been searching for porn :{ on his mobile whilst connected to home wifi. The computers in the house are all locked down, but ipads and connected phones are not very secure as the Virgin Superhub 2 doesn't have any parental lock features. Virgin also don't allow you to change the DNS as I'd prefer to do the parental control through OpenDNS.

Think it's time to spend my Bespoke Amazon voucher credit :p



I think it's time you unshackle your son :p

Why would you openly want your children to be watching porn? Really? oO better to keep him focussed on what really matters than adding an unnecessary distraction to his life!


We've all been young at one point, young boys need that release...
#14
i have this you can use parental control on it to block access of devices so they can or cannot access the net..
banned#15
W1zz
Just looking at this myself. Noticed son (aged 13) has recently been searching for porn :{ on his mobile whilst connected to home wifi. The computers in the house are all locked down, but ipads and connected phones are not very secure as the Virgin Superhub 2 doesn't have any parental lock features. Virgin also don't allow you to change the DNS as I'd prefer to do the parental control through OpenDNS.

Think it's time to spend my Bespoke Amazon voucher credit :p



If you use the firmware above, u can lock down the dns to family friendly :D (except on ur own pc of course :D)
#16
Would this work with virgin media broadband (fibre optic) ?
Also I live in a flat where connection is obviously a problem where it can't reach my bedroom, would you say this a good solution for it or not?

Any suggestions please would really be appreciated.

Thanks
#17
Is this actually any good these days? I've had a couple of pal's, both techies, who've had to send them back in the last 18 months, both blaming the firmware... so what's it like now?

I'm looking for something very special to tempt me away from my beloved Billion 7800N :)
#18
Bought this just a couple of months back for about 160, good piece of kit gets top reviews and for me so far so good.
#19
I had a Virgin Superhub 2 it was very slow and had poor wifi range.

I installed this unit and the difference was night and day. This ASUS also replaced 3 other Wifi Hotspots I had in the house.

I've since moved to Plusnet Fibre but still use this. Excelent unit!! Hot Prices
#20
Been looking at this or the Nighthawk. Price clinches it. :) Thanks OP
#21
slipd
Is this actually any good these days? I've had a couple of pal's, both techies, who've had to send them back in the last 18 months, both blaming the firmware... so what's it like now?

I'm looking for something very special to tempt me away from my beloved Billion 7800N :)

Firmware is fine. Not sure its worth upgrading from the Billion another good high end Wifi unit.

Its the folk on ISP provided Wifi units that will see the biggest improvement. Eg. SuperHub 2 from Virgin
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ineedmoney
Would this work with virgin media broadband (fibre optic) ?
Also I live in a flat where connection is obviously a problem where it can't reach my bedroom, would you say this a good solution for it or not?

Any suggestions please would really be appreciated.

Thanks

Yes.

1) Set this up to be the primary DHCP unit for your house and main Wifi Access Point.
2) Set the Virgin Superhub 2 to Modem mode (this is via the web page for the SH2)
3) Connect the WAN port of the Asus to the LAN port of the SH

Cable from street -> Superhub -> Asus -> Stuff in your house (cable and Wifi)
#23
W1zz
Just looking at this myself. Noticed son (aged 13) has recently been searching for porn :{ on his mobile whilst connected to home wifi. The computers in the house are all locked down, but ipads and connected phones are not very secure as the Virgin Superhub 2 doesn't have any parental lock features. Virgin also don't allow you to change the DNS as I'd prefer to do the parental control through OpenDNS.

Think it's time to spend my Bespoke Amazon voucher credit :p


Fighting a losing battle. Would you prefer the police knocking on "Caught pinching rhythm mags down the local newsagents" or trying to access it in school.
#24
I want this just don't wana pay for it, Like we dont pay enough for broadband already!! They should include solid stable routers.
#25
Fibre (Infinity etc) customers beware that if you want to replace that "Openreach" white modem, you'll need to get the DSL-AC68U (instead of this RT version) so you can plug the phone line in directly.

That's still £175 though, I'm waiting for it to drop sub £150 :(
#26
W1zz
Just looking at this myself. Noticed son (aged 13) has recently been searching for porn :{ on his mobile whilst connected to home wifi. The computers in the house are all locked down, but ipads and connected phones are not very secure as the Virgin Superhub 2 doesn't have any parental lock features. Virgin also don't allow you to change the DNS as I'd prefer to do the parental control through OpenDNS.

Think it's time to spend my Bespoke Amazon voucher credit :p


Doesnt virgin have online filters like sky and bt?
#27
Is this worth replacing home hub 5 with?
#28
I have the AC66U, great piece of kit with it's potential limited only by ASUS's mediocre firmware.

Lots more features and capability (and no vulnerabilities) if the DD-WRT firmware is used from BrainSlayer

http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index (don't use the stock firmware from here, this if for info only)
ftp://ftp.dd-wrt.com/others/eko/BrainSlayer-V24-preSP2/2014/12-22-2014-r25697/

You can of course also use Merlin or Tomato.

http://www.lostrealm.ca/tower/node/79
1 Like #29
Great range. I Installed merlin firmware before use. Closest to original firmware with bug fixes and better reliability.
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Donk1979
W1zz
Just looking at this myself. Noticed son (aged 13) has recently been searching for porn :{ on his mobile whilst connected to home wifi. The computers in the house are all locked down, but ipads and connected phones are not very secure as the Virgin Superhub 2 doesn't have any parental lock features. Virgin also don't allow you to change the DNS as I'd prefer to do the parental control through OpenDNS.

Think it's time to spend my Bespoke Amazon voucher credit :p


Doesnt virgin have online filters like sky and bt?


Yep Virgin does. Should be automatically turned on as mine was.
#31
W1zz
Just looking at this myself. Noticed son (aged 13) has recently been searching for porn :{ on his mobile whilst connected to home wifi. The computers in the house are all locked down, but ipads and connected phones are not very secure as the Virgin Superhub 2 doesn't have any parental lock features. Virgin also don't allow you to change the DNS as I'd prefer to do the parental control through OpenDNS.

Think it's time to spend my Bespoke Amazon voucher credit :p



Let the kid jerk off, better than him shagging a girl in real life and getting her pregnant. This way he gets it out of his system...

Edited By: slannmage on Dec 27, 2014 21:43
#32
Got a superhub (not even a sh2) and the wifi is bad and getting worse. Still, not sure about replacing a free unit with one that'll cost me £135. Are there cheaper options that will be better than the virgin one?
#33
slipd
Is this actually any good these days? I've had a couple of pal's, both techies, who've had to send them back in the last 18 months, both blaming the firmware... so what's it like now?

I'm looking for something very special to tempt me away from my beloved Billion 7800N :)

Upgraded from a 7800N. Much much better signal strength for Wireless N and if you've any devices that use AC, you can get incredible speeds out of it setting it up as a second network (so it doesn't impact N performance).

I will say that I had to put DD-WRT on it as the firmware was fairly buggy.

Edited By: abigsmurf on Dec 27, 2014 21:48
#34
SmokeyBandit
Yep Virgin does. Should be automatically turned on as mine was.

They can't legally do this, they have to request your buy in so they can enable it, you would have received a mail, or been asked to confirm if you want it enabled when you logged into their portal.
#35
I found Asus to have such bad firmware, I had to spend ages looking for custom firmware to fix the issues the router was giving me. In the end I just got rid and now I just use the Wifi built into my Motherboard (ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac) which works so much better.

Any one can get good Wifi through their PC though. just use a good USB wireless adapter, I found the Tenda 900 was the best value for money. Then just use these commands in CMD....

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=NAME key=PASSWORD

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

You're sorted.

I stay away from Asus these days, sadly though not many companies pay attention to good software and so they're one of the best still lol.


There is only one router I never seem to hear any complaints from and that is Apple's. It allows for no customization, so if you need anything like a VPN or to change the Mac Address... FORGET IT! However it just works and their latest router offers bloody good performance as well. I just cannot choose it as an option because I want a VPN to bypass the stupid blocking of torrent sites.



Edited By: slannmage on Dec 27, 2014 21:54
#36
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dodgyscouser
SmokeyBandit
Yep Virgin does. Should be automatically turned on as mine was.

They can't legally do this, they have to request your buy in so they can enable it, you would have received a mail, or been asked to confirm if you want it enabled when you logged into their portal.


Never received anything about it. Only knew it existed when i got prompted when trying to access torrent site. Was no hassle disabling it anyway.
#37
There's a newer model out of this version the AC-68P which has a much faster CPU hence the probable price drop.

Edited By: Toilet-Duck on Dec 27, 2014 22:04
#38
I got this router last January to replace a virgin dlink. It got rave reviews.

I found it to be no better performance - range was no better, signal was no stronger and it frequently dropped 2.4 GHz connections. It could not handle the several devices in the household when they all connected at once, causing slow Internet to the devices - especially streaming. And this was on a 60 Mbps and latest router firmware.

It was only good on 5 MHz AC, but thats probably because we only had one device on that connection. No end of adjusting the settings got it to preform any better.

So I ended up getting a virgin superhub 2, and everything was much better.

IMO, it's not worth the price.
#39
W1zz
Just looking at this myself. Noticed son (aged 13) has recently been searching for porn :{ on his mobile whilst connected to home wifi. The computers in the house are all locked down, but ipads and connected phones are not very secure as the Virgin Superhub 2 doesn't have any parental lock features. Virgin also don't allow you to change the DNS as I'd prefer to do the parental control through OpenDNS.

Think it's time to spend my Bespoke Amazon voucher credit :p



I know we all joke about porn and the Internet, it's no laughing matter though. It's a frightening addiction which is destroying our relationships. Porn is the scourge of the modern world, if you're addicted to porn and many are or don't even realise it, it is amazing when you're free of it, really fantastic :) It's never good to preach so I'll stop here and just post some links and see what people think. I know I'm a bit mental myself but I know the truth when I see it and it's shown below :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRJ_QfP2mhU

http://www.highexistence.com/how-porn-rewires-the-brain-is-porn-bad-for-you/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lauren-dubinsky/porn-addiction_b_1686481.html

Btw for a sense of novelty, Asus make decent routers :)


Edited By: fishmaster on Dec 27, 2014 22:38
#40
Tempted but the price is bit too rich for me

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