ASUS DSL-AC68 AC1900 Router - £109.99 @ Maplin
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ASUS DSL-AC68 AC1900 Router - £109.99 @ Maplin

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ASUS DSL-AC68 AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit ADSL/VDSL WiFi Modem Router normal price is around 150£ Looks like good deal.
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Mine cost me exactly this price in November 2015 and, in my opinion, it's been worth every penny. When I change ISP, I don't even need to take the new gizmo out of the box, just change a setting or two in the firmware and away we go. Gives me solid wireless through our solid walls (no plasterboard in our house). Not that I would use wireless if I could avoid it as I have cabled the house. If it only lasts another year but I expect it to live for much longer, cost of ownership will have been the princely sum of 70p per week.

Short version, as I said at the start, the AC68 is worth every penny.
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Router deals seem to have gone quiet. I’m after a modem router min ac1600 less than £70
Great deal, unfortunately it's the last few in-store and no delivery option.
Saw this over the weekend but I am waiting to see if something comes around 80ish
Expensive
The price is the cheapest it ever been. But yes it's expensive for a router which is few years old
Not many router deals at the moment. Asus in particular are thin on the ground.

Trying to get a second ASUS RT-AC86U sub £200 but there seems to be very limited stock - Amazon are quoting 1 - 2 months.
Mine cost me exactly this price in November 2015 and, in my opinion, it's been worth every penny. When I change ISP, I don't even need to take the new gizmo out of the box, just change a setting or two in the firmware and away we go. Gives me solid wireless through our solid walls (no plasterboard in our house). Not that I would use wireless if I could avoid it as I have cabled the house. If it only lasts another year but I expect it to live for much longer, cost of ownership will have been the princely sum of 70p per week.

Short version, as I said at the start, the AC68 is worth every penny.
cibarious15th Jan

Mine cost me exactly this price in November 2015 and, in my opinion, it's …Mine cost me exactly this price in November 2015 and, in my opinion, it's been worth every penny. When I change ISP, I don't even need to take the new gizmo out of the box, just change a setting or two in the firmware and away we go. Gives me solid wireless through our solid walls (no plasterboard in our house). Not that I would use wireless if I could avoid it as I have cabled the house. If it only lasts another year but I expect it to live for much longer, cost of ownership will have been the princely sum of 70p per week.Short version, as I said at the start, the AC68 is worth every penny.


Im not entirely convinced by it, bought it years ago due to the rave reviews. I live in an vitorian terrace with signal on the second floor is very patchy, considering a mesh system now or something with triple bands due to the number of smart devices. The power cable isnt very long which meant that you cant mount it high as suggested.
Probably would have jumped at this price had Amazon price matched though still not the lowest ever:-
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mcrobbj27 m ago

Im not entirely convinced by it, bought it years ago due to the rave …Im not entirely convinced by it, bought it years ago due to the rave reviews. I live in an vitorian terrace with signal on the second floor is very patchy, considering a mesh system now or something with triple bands due to the number of smart devices. The power cable isnt very long which meant that you cant mount it high as suggested.


Look at Ubiquiti Networks (easy to configure) or Mikrotik (much harder to configure but has insane amount of options) equipment, more than good enough for what you want.

ubnt.com/

mikrotik.com/

Much of their gear is available on Amazon UK. I went for Mikrotik because I like the pain.

Here's a typical Ubiquiti interface (demo) >


demo.ubnt.com/man…ard


Here's a Mikrotik's RouterOS (demo) >

demo.mt.lv/web…ig/

I think you can tell which is the easier to configure from those two demos.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 15th Jan
Bingstroller2 h, 4 m ago

Not many router deals at the moment. Asus in particular are thin on the …Not many router deals at the moment. Asus in particular are thin on the ground.Trying to get a second ASUS RT-AC86U sub £200 but there seems to be very limited stock - Amazon are quoting 1 - 2 months.


Currys/PC World showing stock at £149.99
currys.co.uk/gbu…tml
This was one of the worse routers I've ever had! The firmware was plagued with problems from day one with dropping connections and rebooting, I tried for just under a year with it and gave up in the end, did they ever fix it? Still surprised they haven't brought a new model out in all these years. I bought a Netgear modem router to replace the Asus and has been solid from day one.
This or the ubiquiti?
Iru7868 h, 25 m ago

Saw this over the weekend but I am waiting to see if something comes …Saw this over the weekend but I am waiting to see if something comes around 80ish


Ditto let me know. People want crazy money for used ones on eBay!
I am after dsl and router combo
I have this with the Asuswrt-merlin firmware and it's great. Asus have also released a firmware update to add support for mesh networking with their other routers snbforums.com/thr…40/
darren_851 h, 37 m ago

Ditto let me know. People want crazy money for used ones on eBay!


Are you after only a router or a dsl/router combo?
4rgyll5 h, 2 m ago

This was one of the worse routers I've ever had! The firmware was plagued …This was one of the worse routers I've ever had! The firmware was plagued with problems from day one with dropping connections and rebooting, I tried for just under a year with it and gave up in the end, did they ever fix it? Still surprised they haven't brought a new model out in all these years. I bought a Netgear modem router to replace the Asus and has been solid from day one.


May I ask, which Netgear modem router did you settle on? Thank you.
Iru7862 m ago

Are you after only a router or a dsl/router combo?


Combo ideally. One with WAN and DSL port would be ace
Threw mine in the bin a few weeks ago, massively unstable and just too unreliable. To put it into to perspective I'm happier with the router you get with Sky Q than I was with this. It's cheap, but not good value.
Personally, I'd opt for a BT Openreach modem and get a cable router instead if you're using VDSL.

Been using this setup with a couple of different Asus RT (cable) routers with merlin firmware and I haven't had the issues many people describe here.

SteveEdson42 m ago

I have this with the Asuswrt-merlin firmware and it's great. Asus have …I have this with the Asuswrt-merlin firmware and it's great. Asus have also released a firmware update to add support for mesh networking with their other routers https://www.snbforums.com/threads/asus-makes-aimesh-official.43140/


The DSL line don't work with merlin, at least not officially.
Bingstroller10 h, 43 m ago

Not many router deals at the moment. Asus in particular are thin on the …Not many router deals at the moment. Asus in particular are thin on the ground.Trying to get a second ASUS RT-AC86U sub £200 but there seems to be very limited stock - Amazon are quoting 1 - 2 months.


I got one of those of gearbest for £133 if you don't mind buying from China if worried buy using PayPal so protected. Mine took 10 days to get here and works great so much better than my bt smart hub
tech34751 h, 2 m ago

Personally, I'd opt for a BT Openreach modem and get a cable router …Personally, I'd opt for a BT Openreach modem and get a cable router instead if you're using VDSL.Been using this setup with a couple of different Asus RT (cable) routers with merlin firmware and I haven't had the issues many people describe here. The DSL line don't work with merlin, at least not officially.


Why do you recommend openreach modem approach?
darren_851 h, 11 m ago

Why do you recommend openreach modem approach?


I was given an openreach modem years ago back when you had to have it with BT Infinity and for me it's worked just fine with BT and Talktalk while being one less concern to deal with (apparently the modem on Asus's routers has been a source of some complaints).

Cable routers can also be cheaper and/or better, for example, the ASUS RT-AC88U (bought on discount) I'm using now has 8 ethernet ports as opposed to the 4/5 of the DSL alternative.

Cable routers also tend to be better if you want CFW such as Merlin or DD-WRT where support can be minimal or non existent.
tech34751 h, 2 m ago

I was given an openreach modem years ago back when you had to have it with …I was given an openreach modem years ago back when you had to have it with BT Infinity and for me it's worked just fine with BT and Talktalk while being one less concern to deal with (apparently the modem on Asus's routers has been a source of some complaints).Cable routers can also be cheaper and/or better, for example, the ASUS RT-AC88U (bought on discount) I'm using now has 8 ethernet ports as opposed to the 4/5 of the DSL alternative.Cable routers also tend to be better if you want CFW such as Merlin or DD-WRT where support can be minimal or non existent.


Do you do any gaming or use vpn? If so, how does the setup perform?
Heat for price. Personally I would hold off and wait for the rt87 to go back on sale.
frequently goes on sale for 135
darren_852 h, 33 m ago

Why do you recommend openreach modem approach?



Just to add to what he said, generally if the brand of openreach modem matches with that of the street cab equipment you'll get slightly better sync speeds.
I picked up this DSL router to use with my sky fibre on ebay. What an improvement over the old SR102 sky thing they supply. I in fact use it with the BT openreach modem and with this model you can attach the cable from the openreach to ethernet slot 1 on this router and configure in settings as WAN. You lose one of the ethernet ports but I guess its basically a cable style router then.
Be careful when updating the firmware. Mine screwed up. Spent a full day trying to manually flash, but it's still dead.
Iru78652 m ago

Do you do any gaming or use vpn? If so, how does the setup perform?



Ive had no issues with both,although I dont play online much.
which is good asus router for vpn?
SteveEdson7 h, 17 m ago

I have this with the Asuswrt-merlin firmware and it's great. Asus have …I have this with the Asuswrt-merlin firmware and it's great. Asus have also released a firmware update to add support for mesh networking with their other routers https://www.snbforums.com/threads/asus-makes-aimesh-official.43140/


Sure you're not mixing this up with the RT-AC68U. Merlin does not support the DSL-AC68u
charlesb22440 m ago

Sure you're not mixing this up with the RT-AC68U. Merlin does not support …Sure you're not mixing this up with the RT-AC68U. Merlin does not support the DSL-AC68u


Yeh just about to mention this. A lot of the reviews were also poor with getting this to work with Sky, no problems last year when I had Sky.

Quite old but still gets reasonably frequent firmware updates (although starting to tail off)
I just separately posted the RT-AC68u version here: RT-AC68u which CAN be loaded with Merlin, but requires a Modem/bridge to work with your ISP.

£99.99 + if open box they will take another 10% off: Instore Click & Collect only
Just an aside - If you're on Fibre or cable (i.e. notADSL, and you don't need the modem, the pure router equivalent is priced at £99 which, I reckon, is also a fantastic deal for an exemplary device.
maplin.co.uk/p/a…2ub
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My understanding is the alternative firmware doesn't support DSL ver only the router is supported.
Wadadli_Cooler6 h, 59 m ago

Be careful when updating the firmware. Mine screwed up. Spent a full day …Be careful when updating the firmware. Mine screwed up. Spent a full day trying to manually flash, but it's still dead.

Hi. Do you need some advice to bring it to life?
Confuzz11 h, 44 m ago

I got one of those of gearbest for £133 if you don't mind buying from …I got one of those of gearbest for £133 if you don't mind buying from China if worried buy using PayPal so protected. Mine took 10 days to get here and works great so much better than my bt smart hub



Thanks for the heads up on that, I had seen it and was tempted but as there were mixed reports at the time I personally decided it wasn't worth the risk.

Glad it has worked out for you its one hell of a router - and even better at the price you paid.
mcrobbj21 h, 59 m ago

Im not entirely convinced by it, bought it years ago due to the rave …Im not entirely convinced by it, bought it years ago due to the rave reviews. I live in an vitorian terrace with signal on the second floor is very patchy, considering a mesh system now or something with triple bands due to the number of smart devices. The power cable isnt very long which meant that you cant mount it high as suggested.


Might be worth installing wifi analyser on a phone/tablet (Android) or similar program for Windows / Mac / Linux and walk around the house as your property is terraced its is likely there are overlapping channels from the neighbours. Most units choose the "best" channel when they start up. If you look at the unused channels in all the locations you want to use change to a fixed channel might improve things. The coverage on 5gHz is poor Vs 2.4gHz also disable the USB3 on the unit just to see if this is causing problems. Assume you are testing with a local LAN based disk and a gigabit connection not a mains based extended?

It's worth moving the unit to the middle floor as it radiates the signal in a sphere so having the unit on the ground floor is not ideal. Also most of your neighbours will likely have there APs by the front door where the BT line somes in, increasing the risk of interference.

I have an old house and had similar issues. I moved my Asus unit (router only varient of this model) to the middle of the house, cabled with gigabit ethernet to a 24 port switch, and the BT VDSL modem on the ground floor - I patch the VDSL ethernet out direct to the ASUS which I moved to the second floor. coverage is fine after the move and channel change.

One other benefit of this setup is I can switch from BT to PlusNet and back again to get cashback deal without changing any hardware., I just need to update the CHAPS auth setting on the Asus. I only use the ISP modems when there is a problem on the line and they want to use the ISP modem software to run checks.
Edited by: "frownbreaker" 16th Jan
4rgyll18 h, 17 m ago

This was one of the worse routers I've ever had! The firmware was plagued …This was one of the worse routers I've ever had! The firmware was plagued with problems from day one with dropping connections and rebooting, I tried for just under a year with it and gave up in the end, did they ever fix it? Still surprised they haven't brought a new model out in all these years. I bought a Netgear modem router to replace the Asus and has been solid from day one.



Since I have had this box and although I have not had any problems, there have been quite a few firmware updates. Some of which have been to add new ISPs to make the change from one to another even easier.
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