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ASUS DSL-AC68U WiFi VDSL Modem Router (BT) - AC 1900, Dual-band - £139.99 @ Currys PC World
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ASUS DSL-AC68U WiFi VDSL Modem Router (BT) - AC 1900, Dual-band - £139.99 @ Currys PC World

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Posted 1st May
Been putting up with some strange issues with my existing router which I have been using for 5 years so thought I would plump for an upgrade. I'm in a contract with Plusnet FTTC but at the end of it wanted the scope to either move to 4G as I live next to a mast. The other option should it become available is full fibre (FTTP) as our town is set to be enabled in the next year. Also the spec attracted me to this router which should cater for my higher than average amount of devices using the network.

Been tracking the price of this router for a while but hitting the £200 mark was bit too pricey for me. Gutted when I saw this price drop as I just purchased an Amazon open box warehouse deal for a little more than the brand new one Curry's are offering. Therefore I thought id share this deal with you guys!

Been up and running with it for a few days now and solved all my network quirks. Great UI panel and Asus keep the firmware up to date via a 1 click button. It also has a dual-cpu and is meant to handle OpenVPN client connections better i.e. achieving higher speed through your VPN provider (not tried this out yet so don't quote me on this).
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If VPN is important look at ac86u model, though router only.
Also, check Merlin custom firmware for these.

Price is not that great to be honest.
Edited by: "Ruffuz" 1st May
Had one for a while now and it is good especially programming parental controls etc. Whole world of firmwares out there and newer ones limot the speed . You need to research it thoroughly. I'm sure its been cheaper though.
gsnares01/05/2020 14:07

Had one for a while now and it is good especially programming parental …Had one for a while now and it is good especially programming parental controls etc. Whole world of firmwares out there and newer ones limot the speed . You need to research it thoroughly. I'm sure its been cheaper though.

Can I hijack and seek some related advice. I have an old buffalo air station infinity router. I have recently set that up with as block DNS, works well.

It has customisable DD wrt firmware option. What would you advise me to consider to ensure that in appropriate stuff could be blocked on connected devices such as child's iPad and home pc.

Thanks if you could help.
A bit pricey, should be below 100GBP by now.
rambobambo01/05/2020 14:11

Can I hijack and seek some related advice. I have an old buffalo air …Can I hijack and seek some related advice. I have an old buffalo air station infinity router. I have recently set that up with as block DNS, works well.It has customisable DD wrt firmware option. What would you advise me to consider to ensure that in appropriate stuff could be blocked on connected devices such as child's iPad and home pc.Thanks if you could help.


Change the dns (on the router) to something like opendns or cloudflare family.
Edited by: "Maevoric" 1st May
I bought AC67U recently because apparently they have great parental controls, but sadly I can't get them to work - neither internet blocking nor time schedule works for tablet or PC, so there's that. Otherwise it's good.
I must have been lucky without realising, as I paid £80 for the ac68u model back in 2016!
Hopefully the firmware is better then on my 88u. Spent more time updating that to beta forward and disabling fairness mode to get 2.4 GHz to work and stop memory leaks. Shame as in other ways it was a beast (plus looked like a Star wars 🤖)
Albert_Janicki01/05/2020 14:29

I bought AC67U recently because apparently they have great parental …I bought AC67U recently because apparently they have great parental controls, but sadly I can't get them to work - neither internet blocking nor time schedule works for tablet or PC, so there's that. Otherwise it's good.


Is your router (not this one) in modem only mode? Or do you have a modem on its own?
cantonbean01/05/2020 15:04

Is your router (not this one) in modem only mode? Or do you have a modem …Is your router (not this one) in modem only mode? Or do you have a modem on its own?


I have Virgin SuperhubHub as a modem and AC67U router. The wifi strength is much better than Virgin alone and network management is awesome too.
Albert_Janicki01/05/2020 16:48

I have Virgin SuperhubHub as a modem and AC67U router. The wifi strength …I have Virgin SuperhubHub as a modem and AC67U router. The wifi strength is much better than Virgin alone and network management is awesome too.


Yeah if the superhub is pure modem only strange the filters aren't working. Just wondered if day a BT homehub which can't be used in modem only was causing the issues similar to double NAT etc.
Edited by: "cantonbean" 1st May
Can you buy this off eBay and use the 20% off code?
cantonbean01/05/2020 15:02

Hopefully the firmware is better then on my 88u. Spent more time updating …Hopefully the firmware is better then on my 88u. Spent more time updating that to beta forward and disabling fairness mode to get 2.4 GHz to work and stop memory leaks. Shame as in other ways it was a beast (plus looked like a Star wars 🤖)


Had an issue with my 88u and 2.4Ghz channel. Ended up changing to merlin and that sorted it. Now it seems I have a range issue, with all those antennas thought it would provide better coverage.
damn754701/05/2020 20:13

Had an issue with my 88u and 2.4Ghz channel. Ended up changing to merlin …Had an issue with my 88u and 2.4Ghz channel. Ended up changing to merlin and that sorted it. Now it seems I have a range issue, with all those antennas thought it would provide better coverage.


You can flash a custom firmware now? There was none before! I'm a Google nest WiFi man now but might give it a go as for me had great signal whilst still being able to split the 5ghz. Did it stop the memory leak reboots and still can use it as a modem for cable and copper?
Edited by: "cantonbean" 1st May
Would this work with virgin and can I install a vpn on it? If not any recommendations?
quattro36501/05/2020 22:20

Would this work with virgin and can I install a vpn on it? If not any …Would this work with virgin and can I install a vpn on it? If not any recommendations?


I have got the non modem version of this. Had for years and is very reliable, occasionally Once or twice a year needs a restart.

I’ve plugged my Virgin one in to the router and then set the Virgin router to modem only mode. Range is okay for me WiFi one, if i find one cheap i will mesh them up. I run mine with Merlin, there are VPN options and only tried it once. Plenty of info on the RT-68U around the web as its popular
You can usually find the Asus 66_B1 for £79-89. It has the same internals as this model and uses the same firmware in custom ROMs like Merlin. Only difference is the theoretical maximum bandwidth it supports on different bands of 1750 to 1900, which isn't much of a difference considering the price difference and use case.
Ive never done anything with routers except update the firmware. If I were to replace my BT modem with this would I have to change any settings and would it be worth it ? do you think. Modem is current BT version.
Albert_Janicki01/05/2020 14:29

I bought AC67U recently because apparently they have great parental …I bought AC67U recently because apparently they have great parental controls, but sadly I can't get them to work - neither internet blocking nor time schedule works for tablet or PC, so there's that. Otherwise it's good.


I had a similar problem on different router and may not be the same, but check ntp. Took me days to realise but it wasnt accounting for daylight savings.

Schedule was always an hour out
Ruffuz01/05/2020 14:07

If VPN is important look at ac86u model, though router only.Also, check …If VPN is important look at ac86u model, though router only.Also, check Merlin custom firmware for these.Price is not that great to be honest.


You are perfectly fine with VPN with this model as well
Edited by: "greg666" 5th May
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