Asus DSL-AC68U Wireless Router - AC1900 Dual Band @ PC World
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Asus DSL-AC68U Wireless Router - AC1900 Dual Band @ PC World

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Found 23rd Sep 2014
PC World are now selling the latest Asus DSL AC68U router for a very resonable price of £159.99

While not exactly cheap, its currently showing in stock in my area & is £50 cheaper than most other places (Ebuyer currently have stock @ £209.99 & Scan @ £195 but OOS)

Apart from being amazingly fast there's one thing that has sold it to me - the ability to replace BOTH the BT Openzone modem AND the rubbish Sky Hub SR101 if you use Sky Fibre. You gain 1Gbit network ports, AC wireless & much better functionality.
NB: You need to get your username & password using Wireshark & install the latest firmware on the Asus router beforehand, but you can get rid of two boxes & replace it with one.

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Got this a couple of months ago to replace my amazingly rubbish sky SR102 hub.
Expensive for what it does but once you fit the merlin firmware and get to know what it can do, its a good investment.
If you have SKY fibre you STILL NEED the BT openreach modem am afraid.
Heat for the product but not for the deal am afraid........sorry.
Foz
Edited by: "Fozmeister" 23rd Sep 2014

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daver77

Cheaper on … Cheaper on Amazonhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-RT-AC68U-Wireless-Broadband-Router/dp/B00G323PG0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1411474875&sr=8-2&keywords=asus+router



No, thats the RT version - its not the same

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Fozmeister

Got this a couple of months ago to replace my amazingly rubbish sky SR102 … Got this a couple of months ago to replace my amazingly rubbish sky SR102 hub.Expensive for what it does but once you fit the merlin firmware and get to know what it can do, its a good investment.If you have SKY fibre you STILL NEED the BT openreach modem am afraid.Heat for the product but not for the deal am afraid........sorry.Foz



No you DONT need the BT Openreach modem. This is the DSL version of the router & it has a VDSL2 modem. This replaces the need for the Openreach one.

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You also don't need to install any kind of custom firmware like Merlin or DD-WRT & will work straight out of the box with Sky Fibre.
(You still need to extract your Username & Password though)

I posted a deal on this a couple of weeks ago when it had just been released. A word of warning though.....

Mine seemed fine but I then chased my tail for days with drop outs. I used the Asus feedback feature (built in to the router) to report the problems, and got prompt replies suggesting I tweak settings). Did this 2 or 3 times but the disconnects remain (I'm on BT Infinity). BT recokoned the line was OK (confusingly I'd had a line fault - voice and internet - just before I got this router so assumed it was leftovers from that).

However, once I reconnected the Openreach modem (luckily you can do that, and just use the router functionality, although you lose a LAN port) - the disconnects stopped and its been totally stable for 2 weeks.

When I looked at the Asus support pages there were a flurry of firmware updates for this in July and August, and my gut feeling is that they haven't got the firmware right for the UK yet - but that they probably will. Until then I am running with the BT openreach modem and a (very expensive!) Asus router.

If they do sort it out, it the ultimate device for BT Infinity or similar, but its not there yet. Knowing what I know I would leave this alone for a few months until Asus sort out the issues with the VDSL modem.

EDIT: There is (another!) firmware update out, I'll try it at the weekend)

New Firmware


Edited by: "blacklion1725" 23rd Sep 2014

Cmberry20

No you DONT need the BT Openreach modem. This is the DSL version of the … No you DONT need the BT Openreach modem. This is the DSL version of the router & it has a VDSL2 modem. This replaces the need for the Openreach one.


Yeah it appears BT will let you use your own hardware.
Edited by: "TH3R4POR" 23rd Sep 2014

*** APOLOGIES ***
Instead of deleting my post, I offer my apologies to the OP regarding this post.
I am incorrect, indeed this is a combined Modem/router and my bad for not reading the description correctly!
Indeed, this appears to be a good deal but can't find anywhere else that sells it so well done OP !
Wish I had waited now to get this all in one combo !
PS - The merlin firmware for the *RT* AC68U is superb !
Retrospective heat to OP !

Original Poster

No worries, I personally blame Asus for making 3 different routers with 3 almost identical model names.

Cmberry20

No, thats the RT version - its not the same



Ah, didn't know they made an all in one version. So this will work with SKY then without an openreach modem?

Further to my post above - I found this thread on Overclockers, I'd definitely sit tight on this for a bit. The posts there are consistent with my experiences so far.

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daver77

Ah, didn't know they made an all in one version. So this will work with … Ah, didn't know they made an all in one version. So this will work with SKY then without an openreach modem?



Yep, replaces the Sky hub and the BT modem.

For anyone looking for an all in one solution but can live without wireless ac, tp link have one w9980, about £70 delivered and it works very well with fibre

Good price. Same on Amazon.de after the currency conversion.
I wonder if this might be the first of the price drops with the AC87U coming?

cutthroat_jake

Good price. Same on Amazon.de after the currency conversion.I wonder if … Good price. Same on Amazon.de after the currency conversion.I wonder if this might be the first of the price drops with the AC87U coming?



Would that be an RT-AC87U or a DSL-AC87U ?

I agree Asus has a problem with differentiating their routers and modem-router... Their biggest problem IMO is that the RT ones (Esp. RT-N66U) have a great rep but Asus just can't seem to make modems that work!
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