ASUS DSL-AC56U AC1200 Wireless Dual-Band VDSL/ADSL 2+ Gigabit Modem Router at Amazon for £51.78
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ASUS DSL-AC56U AC1200 Wireless Dual-Band VDSL/ADSL 2+ Gigabit Modem Router at Amazon for £51.78

£51.78£79.99 35% Amazon Deals
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Found 18th Nov
Concurrent Dual Band: 867 Mbps on 5 GHz and 300 Mbps on 2.4

Compatible with VDSL2, ADSL2/2+, ADSL, fiber and cable services for complete future-proofing.

Gigabit Ethernet ports for the fastest, most reliable internet performance.

Dual multi-purpose USB ports support file sharing, printer sharing, media streaming and 3G/4G support.

VDSL/ADSL WAN multi service for IPTV support.

PPTP VPN server and VPN client support.
Download Master and enhanced media server let you download and stream anywhere.

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Anyone with an Asus router may want to look into the 'merlin' variant of the firmware:
asuswrt.lostrealm.ca/

edit:

Doesn't seem to be compatible with this model (DSL variant).
Edited by: "tech3475" 18th Nov

I can recommend this router, I have the same model but without the DSL functionality, I have a separate fibre modem.

I use the Merlin firmware and it easily manages to run approx 15 wired and wireless clients on 2.4G and 5G plus a vpn for my NAS without any difficulty, CPU or memory wise. WiFi gets all the way round our 3 storey house no problem.
Edited by: "randomspam" 19th Nov

Just about to get fibre so need to decide on a router. Was looking at the TP-Link VR400. Now this one. No idea what’s best.

tech347518 m ago

Anyone with an Asus router may want to look into the 'merlin' variant of …Anyone with an Asus router may want to look into the 'merlin' variant of the firmware:https://asuswrt.lostrealm.ca/


if you load merlin on this, you will break. please don't do it. merlin is only for routers. Not modem/ routers. PS i have this and speak from experience.

Use this coupled with the BT mesh discs at £100, be a perfect set u

ontheqt1 h, 1 m ago

if you load merlin on this, you will break. please don't do it. merlin is …if you load merlin on this, you will break. please don't do it. merlin is only for routers. Not modem/ routers. PS i have this and speak from experience.



Well, what happened? One poster here apparently uses merlin on it successfully. And the merlin site recommends it for the AC56U

ontheqt1 h, 19 m ago

if you load merlin on this, you will break. please don't do it. merlin is …if you load merlin on this, you will break. please don't do it. merlin is only for routers. Not modem/ routers. PS i have this and speak from experience.




Just realised the DSL variant isn't compatible, I've only ever used the RT (Cable) variant.

So yeah, not good for this particular model but good for the cable ones.

DSL routers never seem to be as good for cfw, anyone interested may want to look at a separate modem/router. I personally use a BT openreach modem I got from ebay for about £10 for use with FTTC and my RT-AC88U.
Edited by: "tech3475" 18th Nov

tech347545 m ago

Just realised the DSL variant isn't compatible, I've only ever used the RT …Just realised the DSL variant isn't compatible, I've only ever used the RT (Cable) variant.So yeah, not good for this particular model but good for the cable ones.DSL routers never seem to be as good for cfw, anyone interested may want to look at a separate modem/router. I personally use a BT openreach modem I got from ebay for about £10 for use with FTTC and my RT-AC88U.


Rt-ac88u, wow that appears to cost a bit, is it really worth over 4 times the price of this

randomspam2 h, 9 m ago

I can recommend this router, I have it. I use the Merlin firmware and it …I can recommend this router, I have it. I use the Merlin firmware and it easily manages to run approx 15 wired and wireless clients on 2.4G and 5G plus a vpn for my NAS without any difficulty, CPU or memory wise. WiFi gets all the way round our 3 storey house no problem.


Is it possible to set up a VPN Wifi access point, in addition to 2 'normal' ones 2.4G + 5G?

or if you install a VPN on the router does that then make both of the 2.4G/5G points encrypted?

I find iPlayer and Netflix don't work with my VPN (PIA) so I'd like the option to have a third Wifi point to connect to.

Will this router allow this on stock firmware?

gogboy18 m ago

Rt-ac88u, wow that appears to cost a bit, is it really worth over 4 times …Rt-ac88u, wow that appears to cost a bit, is it really worth over 4 times the price of this



It was around 4x on Prime Day.

I got it because our house relies on allot of networked devices so I figured I might as well get something good in the hopes of reducing some problems I had in the past as well as provide some extra features such as LACP support for my server.

I also have an RT-AC56u though from when I was at uni and it was still a good router for the small room.

edit:

As to whether it's worth it, I'd say it depends on your needs. For what I want so far it's doing the job but then I'm not exactly an average consumer.

My parents for example are getting along just fine with an Asus RT-AC68U which was starting to struggle with my increasing needs.
Edited by: "tech3475" 18th Nov

Thanks, it does seem like an advanced piece of kit.

I'm not that technical but our BT fibre with HOme hub 5 is getting bad, not sure if the router or just the service as the download is erratic and mostly very poor of late yet upload seems to be very consistent

Sadly not future proof. The next, likely, VDSL improvement is known as G.Fast. It isn't widely available yet, but VDSL modems supporting G.Fast are £214+ :*(

I thought I read that many VDSL modems can be flashed to have future G.fast support?
Edited by: "Lexeus" 18th Nov

tech347511 h, 42 m ago

Just realised the DSL variant isn't compatible, I've only ever used the RT …Just realised the DSL variant isn't compatible, I've only ever used the RT (Cable) variant.So yeah, not good for this particular model but good for the cable ones.DSL routers never seem to be as good for cfw, anyone interested may want to look at a separate modem/router. I personally use a BT openreach modem I got from ebay for about £10 for use with FTTC and my RT-AC88U.



Personally, I'm not too concerned about the Merlin firmware, it seems basically to just offer many features which unless you understand them completely are best left in their default states and other features which are open source therefore unsupported and not fully developed or irrelevant to your situation and, of course, if you use it free, you can't expect support and certainly not quickly if your whole internet is down!
You would think that a combined router and modem ought to be better integrated than a separate modem/router. This used to always be, however now it seems to be the other way around.
Modems are an important part of the chain. (I'm just talking about FTTC). How often does your modem/router just freeze? Yes, it's on, yes it appears to be connected. But nothing is happening. Only a reboot will cure it. And the speed it will connect at (some are better than others)
This router/modem seems to offer an amazing range of good features for a very good price. And still manages to offer a lot of the unnecessary ones Kiss

jasee1 h, 3 m ago

Personally, I'm not too concerned about the Merlin firmware, it seems …Personally, I'm not too concerned about the Merlin firmware, it seems basically to just offer many features which unless you understand them completely are best left in their default states and other features which are open source therefore unsupported and not fully developed or irrelevant to your situation and, of course, if you use it free, you can't expect support and certainly not quickly if your whole internet is down!You would think that a combined router and modem ought to be better integrated than a separate modem/router. This used to always be, however now it seems to be the other way around.Modems are an important part of the chain. (I'm just talking about FTTC). How often does your modem/router just freeze? Yes, it's on, yes it appears to be connected. But nothing is happening. Only a reboot will cure it. And the speed it will connect at (some are better than others)This router/modem seems to offer an amazing range of good features for a very good price. And still manages to offer a lot of the unnecessary ones Kiss



Bad news, AsusWRT is based on open source software .

Also Asus didn't have the best support when I contacted them once.

edit:

Obviously I just posted the link to merlin so it was an option for people, it does do some things I like over stock ASUSWRT did (unless they've changed since) such as having both OpenVPN and PPTP servers enabled (handy as they both have their pros and cons).
Edited by: "tech3475" 19th Nov

I'm looking to replace a fibre router/modem Plusnet Hub One ( ispreview.co.uk/ind…tml ) with something more stable, that doesn't keep requiring a reboot and better wifi range.
Would this be a straight swap in.
I probably would not use many of the advanced features so is this overkill or is there something else that would do the job.
Sick to death of the HuB One!!

ontheqt14 h, 31 m ago

if you load merlin on this, you will break. please don't do it. merlin is …if you load merlin on this, you will break. please don't do it. merlin is only for routers. Not modem/ routers. PS i have this and speak from experience.

Yes, quite right, I misread the model number myself and so have now edited my comment, still a great deal performance wise. I was going to stump up for one of the nighthawk ones based on all the marketing but so glad I went for a lower model, more than adequate.

kowalski12 h, 38 m ago

Is it possible to set up a VPN Wifi access point, in addition to 2 …Is it possible to set up a VPN Wifi access point, in addition to 2 'normal' ones 2.4G + 5G?or if you install a VPN on the router does that then make both of the 2.4G/5G points encrypted?I find iPlayer and Netflix don't work with my VPN (PIA) so I'd like the option to have a third Wifi point to connect to.Will this router allow this on stock firmware?


Hi, I use PIA also, don't struggle with iPlayer. Haven't used Netflix since they started blocking geographical IP addresses and PIA said they couldn't do anything about it. No smartdns service I've seen is any good. I am Intrigued to know how you're trying to get around it, perhaps you know something I don't 😁

As for your question, you can't run a 3rd WiFi channel just for vpn if that's what you mean? But I do run both channels and the vpn at the same time. Merlin allows you to specify which devices go through the VPN and which dont, hugely helpful.

As has been mentioned above, this is the wrong model for Merlin, you need one of the non-dsl variants with no modem built in.
Edited by: "randomspam" 19th Nov

MattP7913 h, 32 m ago

Sadly not future proof. The next, likely, VDSL improvement is known as …Sadly not future proof. The next, likely, VDSL improvement is known as G.Fast. It isn't widely available yet, but VDSL modems supporting G.Fast are £214+ :*(


vdsl is vdsl. G.fast is not vdsl. Think of g.fast as hperfast dsl But yes its still a fibre/copper hybrid. It is future proofed as you can attach a fibre ont unit(optical fibre to ethernet) to it ..

Hi, is this compatible with the Virgin Media Superhub 3..?
Can anyone recommend a good replacement. Thankyou

randomspam5 h, 6 m ago

I am Intrigued to know how you're trying to get around it, perhaps you …I am Intrigued to know how you're trying to get around it, perhaps you know something I don't 😁


I just meant turning off the VPN when I want to watch Netflix and iPlayer. I get geo-blocked when using PIA VPN London with both sites.

Thanks for the reply, I have the other ASUS model (RT-AC68U AC1900, which should work with Merlin). Yes I was wondering if I could run a 3rd wifi channel (without a VPN on it). Can you run 2.4G as VPN and 5G as normal? Will take a look at the individual device control - cheers

taras4 h, 57 m ago

vdsl is vdsl. G.fast is not vdsl. Think of g.fast as hperfast dsl But yes …vdsl is vdsl. G.fast is not vdsl. Think of g.fast as hperfast dsl But yes its still a fibre/copper hybrid. It is future proofed as you can attach a fibre ont unit(optical fibre to ethernet) to it ..


My bad - I think along the way I've confused g.fast and another vdsl vectoring technology.

Anyone know- will this router work with Vodafone fiber broadband ?

pitlab19 h, 46 m ago

Anyone know- will this router work with Vodafone fiber broadband ?


I do not see why not especially as it seems Vodafone have relaxed their policy on using external equipment ( from previous threads)...but is this much better than the Vodafone supplied Modem Router?

£79.99 now.

kowalski19th Nov

I just meant turning off the VPN when I want to watch Netflix and iPlayer. …I just meant turning off the VPN when I want to watch Netflix and iPlayer. I get geo-blocked when using PIA VPN London with both sites.Thanks for the reply, I have the other ASUS model (RT-AC68U AC1900, which should work with Merlin). Yes I was wondering if I could run a 3rd wifi channel (without a VPN on it). Can you run 2.4G as VPN and 5G as normal? Will take a look at the individual device control - cheers


You cant run a 3rd channel but you could easily choose one and dedicate all the traffic through the VPN or do a mix of wireless and wired channels and direct them all via PIA.

Does this have parental control

randomspam3 h, 22 m ago

You cant run a 3rd channel but you could easily choose one and dedicate …You cant run a 3rd channel but you could easily choose one and dedicate all the traffic through the VPN or do a mix of wireless and wired channels and direct them all via PIA.


so 2.4Ghz on VPN, 5GHz without VPN ?

kowalski6 h, 49 m ago

so 2.4Ghz on VPN, 5GHz without VPN ?


Exactly.

For clarity note that this would be done specifically via IP address rather than automatically determined when a device connected to your "VPN Channel". It's a 20 second job to change Merlin and choose whether a device is in or out of the VPN though. It can even be done on the fly, no reboots or anything.

You probably can set it to be channel specific I imagine, there's a scripting part to it too but that's beyond my networking knowledge.
Edited by: "randomspam" 21st Nov
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