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Posted 31st JanEdited by:"bzzz"

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Amazon appear to have an offer on this Asus router.

- AC1200 wifi
- Gigabit ports
- USB 2 port (eg. Samba, DLNA, FTP server)

It does NOT have a built-in modem and so is not a direct replacement for modem router for ADSL or FTTC fibre broadband services. You could though configure the Asus as an 'Access Point' and use it with existing ISP modem router.

It can be used with Virgin Media. Put the superhub in 'modem' mode, or alternatively, turn off superhub wifi and configure the RT-AC57U as an 'Access Point'.

There are two versions of the RT-AC57U. It is unclear whether Amazon has started to sell the newer version.

Version 1 - Dual core 880 MHz Mediatek MT7621AT, 128 MB RAM, 16 MB flash. Router, Access Point and Repeater modes. 3G/4G mobile usb dongle sharing.

Version 2 - Single core 775 MHz Qualcomm QCN5502, 128 MB RAM, 16 MB flash. Router, Access Point and Wireless bridge modes. VPN support.

The v1 does not support PPTP or OpenVPN VPN out of the box which was a criticism of this router when launched with its original high price tag. But there are now alternative firmwares for it which add VPN:

AsusSrcMod - 18 Mbps Ethernet/9 Mbps wifi openvpn download speed.
Padavan/Linaro.
OpenWrt 19.

Similar AC1200 routers include Dlink DIR-842 AC1200 (single core Qualcomm) and Linksys EA6350v3 (quad core IPQ4018 - 25 Mbps ethernet openvpn with OpenWrt)

I recently bought a 'Like-New' Warehouse model and it was a version 1 model.
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The original Asus firmware has not been updated since December 2018. The 'AsusSrcMod' firmware is based on this release.

Russian forum page to 'AsusSrcMod' and Padavan firmware
forum.ixbt.com/top…611

OpenWrt 19.07.1 supported
openwrt.org/toh…57u

Link to V2 manual
Asus RT-AC57U v2 manual

Menus described in the V2 manual look very similar to what I see in my V1.

The 'Like-New' warehouse model I received works fine. No idea why original customer returned it. They updated the firmware. Label underneath the Asus says it was made in 2018.

Perhaps Amazon are trying to shift old inventory of v1 models before v2 arrives?

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This dual core MT7621 chip within the RT-AC57U v1 is also found in the following routers:
Dlink AC1900 DIR-878 (£55) & AC2600 DIR882(£75), and Alexa/Mesh DIR-1960, DIR-2660
Linksys AC1900 EA7500v2 (£55),
Asus AC2400 RT-AC85P (£85)
Netgear AC1200 R6220 (£65)
Xiaomi AC1200 4A(Gigabit)/3Gv2 (£30 from China).

From above list, only the RT-AC85P offers VPN.

For readers interested in using OpenVPN on router, use AsusSrcMod firmware on RT-AC57U v1. After uploading ovpn file to the Asus, the Asus connected to my VPN provider. Speedtest.net returns 18 Mbps download speed. Speedof.me reports 22 Mbps over ethernet.

I also flashed Padavan/Linaro firmware to the Asus to try OpenVPN only to discover the web UI doesn't have ovpn file upload function.
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OpenWrt 19.07.1 installed
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Openvpn download speeds: Speedtest.net: 19.2 Mbps, Speedof.me: 21 Mbps over ethernet. Openvpn wifi speeds about 10% lower.
Edited by: "bzzz" 11th Mar
welshblob31/01/2020 18:32

I've had the RT-ac66u for several years with Merlin's rom and it hasn't …I've had the RT-ac66u for several years with Merlin's rom and it hasn't missed a beat. It's out if support now though but tbh I find most security vulns are to do with services you are exposing to the web and dodgy websites that will try and hack your router if visiting them when on your lan. So low risk imho.Not thinking of replacing it with this but intrigued how this compares to a virgin superhub3 with regards to wifi perf/stability. As I'm looking for something for my mum as the superhub3 is a bit flaky. I've done a quick google but can't find much. Doesn't look like Merlin supports it as I assume it's a different chipset. Any advice or experience would be welcomed.



the superhubs from virgin are a disgrace, you'll find it more difficult to find anything worse, just stick it in modem mode when you set this up
Is there an English version of comments? I'm feeling everyone of my 47 years when reading jargon like this
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The original Asus firmware has not been updated since December 2018. The 'AsusSrcMod' firmware is based on this release.

Russian forum page to 'AsusSrcMod' and Padavan firmware
forum.ixbt.com/top…611

OpenWrt 19.07.1 supported
openwrt.org/toh…57u

Link to V2 manual
Asus RT-AC57U v2 manual

Menus described in the V2 manual look very similar to what I see in my V1.

The 'Like-New' warehouse model I received works fine. No idea why original customer returned it. They updated the firmware. Label underneath the Asus says it was made in 2018.

Perhaps Amazon are trying to shift old inventory of v1 models before v2 arrives?

39806903-QWuq4.jpg

This dual core MT7621 chip within the RT-AC57U v1 is also found in the following routers:
Dlink AC1900 DIR-878 (£55) & AC2600 DIR882(£75), and Alexa/Mesh DIR-1960, DIR-2660
Linksys AC1900 EA7500v2 (£55),
Asus AC2400 RT-AC85P (£85)
Netgear AC1200 R6220 (£65)
Xiaomi AC1200 4A(Gigabit)/3Gv2 (£30 from China).

From above list, only the RT-AC85P offers VPN.

For readers interested in using OpenVPN on router, use AsusSrcMod firmware on RT-AC57U v1. After uploading ovpn file to the Asus, the Asus connected to my VPN provider. Speedtest.net returns 18 Mbps download speed. Speedof.me reports 22 Mbps over ethernet.

I also flashed Padavan/Linaro firmware to the Asus to try OpenVPN only to discover the web UI doesn't have ovpn file upload function.
39806903-InfYO.jpg


OpenWrt 19.07.1 installed
39806903-OUmAb.jpg
Openvpn download speeds: Speedtest.net: 19.2 Mbps, Speedof.me: 21 Mbps over ethernet. Openvpn wifi speeds about 10% lower.
Edited by: "bzzz" 11th Mar
bzzz31/01/2020 17:01

Russian forum page to 'AsusModSrc' and Padavan …Russian forum page to 'AsusModSrc' and Padavan firmwarehttps://forum.ixbt.com/topic.cgi?id=14:65611OpenWrt pagehttps://openwrt.org/toh/asus/asus_rt-ac57u



how does this compare to Merlin? interested in learning more about Asus router modding as just picked up a RT-AC86U
I've had the RT-ac66u for several years with Merlin's rom and it hasn't missed a beat. It's out if support now though but tbh I find most security vulns are to do with services you are exposing to the web and dodgy websites that will try and hack your router if visiting them when on your lan. So low risk imho.

Not thinking of replacing it with this but intrigued how this compares to a virgin superhub3 with regards to wifi perf/stability. As I'm looking for something for my mum as the superhub3 is a bit flaky. I've done a quick google but can't find much. Doesn't look like Merlin supports it as I assume it's a different chipset.

Any advice or experience would be welcomed.
welshblob31/01/2020 18:32

I've had the RT-ac66u for several years with Merlin's rom and it hasn't …I've had the RT-ac66u for several years with Merlin's rom and it hasn't missed a beat. It's out if support now though but tbh I find most security vulns are to do with services you are exposing to the web and dodgy websites that will try and hack your router if visiting them when on your lan. So low risk imho.Not thinking of replacing it with this but intrigued how this compares to a virgin superhub3 with regards to wifi perf/stability. As I'm looking for something for my mum as the superhub3 is a bit flaky. I've done a quick google but can't find much. Doesn't look like Merlin supports it as I assume it's a different chipset. Any advice or experience would be welcomed.



the superhubs from virgin are a disgrace, you'll find it more difficult to find anything worse, just stick it in modem mode when you set this up
welshblob31/01/2020 18:32

I've had the RT-ac66u for several years with Merlin's rom and it hasn't …I've had the RT-ac66u for several years with Merlin's rom and it hasn't missed a beat. It's out if support now though but tbh I find most security vulns are to do with services you are exposing to the web and dodgy websites that will try and hack your router if visiting them when on your lan. So low risk imho.Not thinking of replacing it with this but intrigued how this compares to a virgin superhub3 with regards to wifi perf/stability. As I'm looking for something for my mum as the superhub3 is a bit flaky. I've done a quick google but can't find much. Doesn't look like Merlin supports it as I assume it's a different chipset. Any advice or experience would be welcomed.


I’ve had the same router for few years too with merlin and totally forgot to upgrade it since nothing needed fixing for my personal use.

It just works and works well.
Edited by: "xPabloz" 31st Jan
VMs superhubs really are gash, anything like this would perform better.
jazzman46631/01/2020 23:55

VMs superhubs really are gash, anything like this would perform better.


Superhub is not the word that would normally come to my mind if someone said gash
yikes, terrible reviews on Amazon
ZapGod01/02/2020 02:42

yikes, terrible reviews on Amazon


I'm always in two minds about reviews of routers as either;
1. They have a duff unit
2. They don't know what they are doing
3. Environmental / connecting devices might be an issue.

As its amazon they will take it back if its rubbish.

One annoying thing though is that there doesn't appear to be a full manual for the v1 but there is for the v2.
bothered31/01/2020 21:40

the superhubs from virgin are a disgrace, you'll find it more difficult to …the superhubs from virgin are a disgrace, you'll find it more difficult to find anything worse, just stick it in modem mode when you set this up


I’ve heard they are going to start rolling out the hub4. Hopefully it’s better
I have this router, in my experience the WiFi does randomly drop out at longer distances and my Chromecast/Amazon Dots seem to fall off the network sometimes - even if they're right next to the router. I find regular restarts do seem to help though. Reliability-wise, it's pretty similar to my superhub it replaced.

Although I am a London flat with many other nearby WiFi networks/interference, so your mileage may vary.

Could these firmware mods improve things?
Edited by: "thehealey" 1st Feb
thehealey01/02/2020 10:34

I have this router, in my experience the WiFi does randomly drop out at …I have this router, in my experience the WiFi does randomly drop out at longer distances and my Chromecast/Amazon Dots seem to fall off the network sometimes - even if they're right next to the router. I find regular restarts do seem to help though. Reliability-wise, it's pretty similar to my superhub it replaced.Although I am a London flat with many other nearby WiFi networks/interference, so your mileage may vary.Could these firmware mods improve things?


I'm going to temporarily replace my rt-ac66u with it and see how reliable it is before installing it at my mums. I'm not sure if the firmware mod only adds openvpn feature.
Is this going to be better than the Tenda or BT discs?
GHOSTTT01/02/2020 10:42

Is this going to be better than the Tenda or BT discs?


Put simply. No.

This Asus router is not a mesh wifi system.
Edited by: "bzzz" 1st Feb
bzzz01/02/2020 10:47

Put simply. No.This Asus router is not a mesh wifi system.


However, if you set this up as an AP and use powerline adapters it would be similar.
Can we do ddwrt with this?
Oh mind you Asus routers have a small print in the terms and condition which says they will send your usage traffic to China to analyse... Check it out. For myself I want to buy tplink because its the only routers which you can use ifttt for some home automation. For example you come home and connect to WiFi then setup automation to switch lights on and heaters etc.
bill88801/02/2020 11:28

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Had anyone used openwrt and ddwrt what is the notable differences?
Is there an English version of comments? I'm feeling everyone of my 47 years when reading jargon like this
If I want to replace super hub 3 I just plug in to modem mode port and set hub to that mode? What is the openvpn for, do I need it? I just want to improve wifi speeds

Also do I need to reconnect all my wifi gear if I use same ssid and password?
jazzman46631/01/2020 23:55

VMs superhubs really are gash, anything like this would perform better.


I had problems for years with the superhub, kept resetting etc. Then recently all problems suddenly Just went away weirdly.
Edited by: "Daniel42" 1st Feb
wildswan01/02/2020 19:05

If I want to replace super hub 3 I just plug in to modem mode port and set …If I want to replace super hub 3 I just plug in to modem mode port and set hub to that mode? What is the openvpn for, do I need it? I just want to improve wifi speedsAlso do I need to reconnect all my wifi gear if I use same ssid and password?



virginmedia.com/hel…ode

Yes, just connect Asus to superhub once it is in modem mode.

Yes, if you use same ssid and password on Asus, all your existing wifi gear should automatically connect to Asus.

Openvpn is a popular VPN protocol used by VPN providers such as Nord, ExpressVPN etc. If you don't know what a VPN is, then you don't need it!
bill88801/02/2020 19:33

https://www.virginmedia.com/help/virgin-media-hub-modem-modeYes, just …https://www.virginmedia.com/help/virgin-media-hub-modem-modeYes, just connect Asus to superhub once it is in modem mode.Yes, if you use same ssid and password on Asus, all your existing wifi gear should automatically connect to Asus.Openvpn is a popular VPN protocol used by VPN providers such as Nord, ExpressVPN etc. If you don't know what a VPN is, then you don't need it!


Thanks Bill. I know VPN can give me access to other sites not normally accessible (actually cant get onto aus coopers site) but not normally something I do or need often
I got the AC88U when Amazon had if for £117 earlier this month and given that it isn't great (cpu at 100%, slow media server, unreliable ftp reboot issues) I cant see this being much better.
toorkish01/02/2020 11:25

Oh mind you Asus routers have a small print in the terms and condition …Oh mind you Asus routers have a small print in the terms and condition which says they will send your usage traffic to China to analyse... Check it out. For myself I want to buy tplink because its the only routers which you can use ifttt for some home automation. For example you come home and connect to WiFi then setup automation to switch lights on and heaters etc.


Asus can do that too....
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welshblob01/02/2020 09:06

I'm always in two minds about reviews of routers as either;1. They have a …I'm always in two minds about reviews of routers as either;1. They have a duff unit2. They don't know what they are doing3. Environmental / connecting devices might be an issue.As its amazon they will take it back if its rubbish. One annoying thing though is that there doesn't appear to be a full manual for the v1 but there is for the v2.


Usually option 2, however the reviews usually cover 8 different models which doesn't help.
I have the Asus 1200 + Dual band. Fantastic router but more expensive than this.

The Virgin Superhub 3.0 is a disgrace on wifi. Turned it into a Modem and plugged the 1200+ into it as a router. Never looked back.

If you are on Virgin. Please please please turn it into a Modem and buy another router.
Edited by: "Donamilo" 1st Feb
With all the talk of roms etc, can I dumb down the tone a bit and ask: how will this perform better than my superhub 3?

I moved from the S'Hub 2 AC (despite warnings) to try and sort connection issues, which did work (mostly). However I get weak signal in the back upstairs of the house. I know there's a whole host of specific solutions for this, but what I'm asking I guess is will this improve range at all or simply connection, and is it enough of a difference for the hassle of spending the money and setting it up
Thanks for posting; we have added this thread to the Highlights pages
Would this be better than the new router Vodafone are giving out with their Superfast 2 broadband? Especially if you want to put a VPN on it?
RT-AC57U cannot replace the Vodafone router, because the Asus has no built-in VDSL modem if you have FTTC superfast fibre.

You could connect the Asus to the Vodafone router, if you want Asus to do 'upto' 20 Mbps openvpn speeds for v1 model. (Suspect v2 likely to be slower upto 12-15 Mbps). Then have devices connect to Asus when they want to use VPN.
Edited by: "bzzz" 1st Feb
I bought this over a year ago 'D-Link DIR-882 Dual Band Wireless AC2600 MU-MIMO Wave 2 Wi-Fi Router with 4-Port Gigabit Ethernet'

It was really good and kept the connection stable even when 2 rooms were gaming. The coverage wasn't good enough compared to nova but did improve a lot over the ISP hub. so I decided to keep tenda for better coverage and decided to return the d-link. But now thinking it would be a good combination but obviously don't want to pay over £35 as people said it can be had for around £30. Anyone know any cheap routers that will do as what that does with stable connection please, no drop outs. I know lots of people post ones that are £20-£30 occasionally. Using now broadband.
Edited by: "MR1123" 1st Feb
Its ok. Nothing special. Use as second router upstairs
Better than sky routers
Alongside @bzzz comments, people who are going to buy a third party router really need to look at the support page first to check firmware activity out.

Most won't be able to flash third party firmware and so good manufacturer support is important. The amount of customers I've been out to because they've bought a router full of bugs and holes with fw dated from 2015 is incredible. "But I only bought it yesterday" tends to be the typical response and they are trash.

I also despair at the amount of people that believe a router is plug n play. It requires very careful configuration dependant on the existing environment. A typical home will now require an hour to go around and replace all the WiFi details in all the devices people have as an example of lost time. The amount of businesses that have someone 'who knows' in the business that swaps the router and then breaks *everything* on the network is rediculous.

"But BT told me to press the reset button!"

/rant
Edited by: "alexjameshaines" 1st Feb
I've Virgin Media 350 mb connection. I get 200 mb over WiFi. How is this router better than Virgin media hub/WiFi?
ToeCrusher01/02/2020 23:06

I've Virgin Media 350 mb connection. I get 200 mb over WiFi. How is this …I've Virgin Media 350 mb connection. I get 200 mb over WiFi. How is this router better than Virgin media hub/WiFi?


I have the same internet speed from Virgin but just looking for something to replace the Superhub with for range, as it struggles to reach the other end of the house
I've got the asus ac5300. I have to say, it's a beast of a router.
Are these noob proof? I mean like plug and play. My Virgin router goes out of range when you dont have eyes on it. It's that poor.
Weirdly my virgin super hub is great. Wifi in all but one room as far away from the router as it's possible to get with numerous walls. Strange how people have issues with it
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