Asus RT-AC68u (Router only) @ Maplin £99.99 Click and collect + 2 x £5 off any spend vouchers
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Asus RT-AC68u (Router only) @ Maplin £99.99 Click and collect + 2 x £5 off any spend vouchers

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LocalFound 16th JanEdited by:"charlesb224"
Best current deal - currently £140 @ Amazon and others. Downside is C&C only - not available for delivery. Reserved mine at my local, and they took another 10% off as it was open box.
Just bought to replace my brilliant but old in the tooth RT-N66u which is being relegated to either my In-laws house (or possibly secondary AP at another position in mine)
NOT to be confused with the other Maplin offer (DSL-AC68u) which is the DSL variety and is £10 more. DSL modem built in

This (RT) router requires a modem (DSL or Cable) to work.
Includes 2 £5 off vouchers. 1 for the c&c for immediate use, the other when paying for next day use within 4 weeks.
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Sorry for sounding like a complete idiot but my current supplied PlusNet router seems pretty poor for streaming and gaming and I want to try a new router, is the set up pretty straightforward?

Also is it likely it will make a noticeably difference to the free router I received from PlusNet?



Any help would be greatly appreciated
Adam_905 m ago

Sorry for sounding like a complete idiot but my current supplied PlusNet …Sorry for sounding like a complete idiot but my current supplied PlusNet router seems pretty poor for streaming and gaming and I want to try a new router, is the set up pretty straightforward? Also is it likely it will make a noticeably difference to the free router I received from PlusNet? Any help would be greatly appreciated


I have the 66u to replace my virgin router. Had no problems since. I have about 20 things connected. Streaming is fine. Not sure about gaming but I'm sure it's good. Very configurable and a good app to switch connections off per device, i.e. my son's tablet when he's over using it.
Setup was a breeze.
Adam_9030 m ago

Sorry for sounding like a complete idiot but my current supplied PlusNet …Sorry for sounding like a complete idiot but my current supplied PlusNet router seems pretty poor for streaming and gaming and I want to try a new router, is the set up pretty straightforward? Also is it likely it will make a noticeably difference to the free router I received from PlusNet? Any help would be greatly appreciated



Yours is an ADSL Modem/Router, this is just a router. You would need to see if your current router would work in 'Modem Only' mode then let this take of the routing (DHCP, Port Forwarding, etc.)

It wouldn't be a direct replacement, u would need your original to still act at the modem and this attached to it doing the networking bit around the house
Adam_9049 m ago

Sorry for sounding like a complete idiot but my current supplied PlusNet …Sorry for sounding like a complete idiot but my current supplied PlusNet router seems pretty poor for streaming and gaming and I want to try a new router, is the set up pretty straightforward? Also is it likely it will make a noticeably difference to the free router I received from PlusNet? Any help would be greatly appreciated


Unless it's an old one it'll be a reskinned HomeHub which shouldn't be too bad. If you're streaming over wifi it's more likely to be where you've got the router than the router itself.

If it's more than a couple of years and you're on fibre you've likely got a separate BT modem and the routers they supplied then were awful. Good new though is you can keep using the modem and replace the router with something like this, just try and place it somewhere sensible towards the middle of your house.
Just got the last one from Bromley. Hopefully it should sort out the wifi that seems to be 100% crap on the Virgin SH3 they made me upgrade to from a SH2 that worked flawlessly.
Adam_901 h, 33 m ago

Sorry for sounding like a complete idiot but my current supplied PlusNet …Sorry for sounding like a complete idiot but my current supplied PlusNet router seems pretty poor for streaming and gaming and I want to try a new router, is the set up pretty straightforward? Also is it likely it will make a noticeably difference to the free router I received from PlusNet? Any help would be greatly appreciated



I find the plusnet router pretty good compared to what else I had/have.

The issue I had with internet connection and streaming was resolved by buying a cheap newer wifi card and a 9 foot extension aerial. This was the last attempt before buying a new router.

I even changed suppliers as a result of my wifi issues however the newly supplied router was such a poor product that I still use the plusnet one.
Edited by: "fiqqer" 16th Jan
Adam_901 h, 42 m ago

Sorry for sounding like a complete idiot but my current supplied PlusNet …Sorry for sounding like a complete idiot but my current supplied PlusNet router seems pretty poor for streaming and gaming and I want to try a new router, is the set up pretty straightforward? Also is it likely it will make a noticeably difference to the free router I received from PlusNet? Any help would be greatly appreciated


This router = just router
PN router = router + VDSL2 modem

This only replaces the "ROUTER" part of the plusnet router... You still need something convert the DSL signal into ETHERNET.

I don't know the PN router, but the majority of the ISP routers have a function to be "MODEM ONLY" which looses all functionalities (firewall, nat rules, etc) and just pushes the signal into the next device (a computer or, for example, this router 66u) and that device would then make the connection (dial PPPoE).

TL;DR: you can use this router, but you cannot get rid of your PN router (you need PN router configured in "modem only")
There was a deal earlier for the DSL-AC68U for just £10 more which is much more attractive as that also works with external modems but has a built in one
hotukdeals.com/dea…640

fiqqer13 m ago

I find the plusnet router pretty good compared to what else I had/have. …I find the plusnet router pretty good compared to what else I had/have. The issue I had with internet connection and streaming was resolved by buying a cheap newer wifi card and a 9 foot extension aerial. This was the last attempt before buying a new router.I even changed suppliers as a result of my wifi issues however the newly supplied router was such a poor product that I still use the plusnet one.


Generally you're better off trying to set up a wi-fi access point closer to the troublesome area than changing routers. An ethernet connected wi-fi access point is best, but if that's not currently feasible then you can get homeplugs with built in access points.
you can get this firmware - which is a tweaked version of the offical one asuswrt.lostrealm.ca/dow…oad



Asuswrtis the name of the firmware developed by Asus for use on all their recent routers. It was originally based on Tomato, and got extensively modified by Asus over the years as they added their own features to it.

Asuswrt-Merlin is an alternative, customized version of that firmware. Developed by Eric Sauvageau, its primary goals are to enhance the existing firmware without bringing any radical changes, and to fix some of the known issues and limitations, while maintaining the same level of performance as the original firmware. This means Asuswrt-Merlin retains full support for NAT acceleration (sometimes referred to as "hardware acceleration"), enhanced NTFS performance (through the proprietary drivers used by Asus from either Paragon or Tuxera), and the Asus exclusive features such as AiCloud or the Trend Micro-powered AiProtection. New feature addition is very low on the list of priorities for this project.
ASUS has also released new firmware for the AC68U which enables mesh networking. It creates a whole home WiFi system together with other mesh enabled ASUS routers on your network.
Sorry to jump on this thread as well but I also have been looking at buying a new Router.

I am currently with Virgin (200mb) and have the latest HUB (So yes it can run in modem mode) - however I find streaming to be quite pants via Wifi especially HD/4K content so prefer to use Ethernet for most things (PC, Hive Hub, PS4, TV etc...). I would like a router which has great Wifi along with more than the 4 Ethernet ports (if possible?).

I like to think I am tech savvy but I have no idea what to look for when it comes to routers. I have a budget of around £120 but under £100 would be perfect.

Any help would be appreciated
dbizal17 m ago

Sorry to jump on this thread as well but I also have been looking at …Sorry to jump on this thread as well but I also have been looking at buying a new Router. I am currently with Virgin (200mb) and have the latest HUB (So yes it can run in modem mode) - however I find streaming to be quite pants via Wifi especially HD/4K content so prefer to use Ethernet for most things (PC, Hive Hub, PS4, TV etc...). I would like a router which has great Wifi along with more than the 4 Ethernet ports (if possible?). I like to think I am tech savvy but I have no idea what to look for when it comes to routers. I have a budget of around £120 but under £100 would be perfect. Any help would be appreciated



I am on my second ASUS router I currently have the RT-AC56u and have found both to be rock solid, so I have no reason one wouldn’t be too. They also regularly update firmware.

Regarding finding a router with more than 4 Ethernet ports. I would be surprised if there are any out there, but - it’s not an issue, just buy a giganet Ethernet switch (say TPLink or Netgear). You can buy managed or unmanaged ones, both are just Plug and play and extend the number of ports by say four or seven ports depending on what you get, they just work. Just connect them to the router and DHCP allocates the IP address as normal.

Hope this helps

Patrick
pgnl15 m ago

I am on my second ASUS router I currently have the RT-AC56u and have found …I am on my second ASUS router I currently have the RT-AC56u and have found both to be rock solid, so I have no reason one wouldn’t be too. They also regularly update firmware. Regarding finding a router with more than 4 Ethernet ports. I would be surprised if there are any out there, but - it’s not an issue, just buy a giganet Ethernet switch (say TPLink or Netgear). You can buy managed or unmanaged ones, both are just Plug and play and extend the number of ports by say four or seven ports depending on what you get, they just work. Just connect them to the router and DHCP allocates the IP address as normal. Hope this helpsPatrick


That helps a lot. Didn't know there was a port extender haha - do they reduce the up/down speed at all?

In regards to the router itself, is there anything I need to look out for? Tech terms etc?
Thanks OP I've been looking for a decent router for the last few weeks and I'm settling for this
Spinal2k16th Jan

This router = just routerPN router = router + VDSL2 modemThis only …This router = just routerPN router = router + VDSL2 modemThis only replaces the "ROUTER" part of the plusnet router... You still need something convert the DSL signal into ETHERNET. I don't know the PN router, but the majority of the ISP routers have a function to be "MODEM ONLY" which looses all functionalities (firewall, nat rules, etc) and just pushes the signal into the next device (a computer or, for example, this router 66u) and that device would then make the connection (dial PPPoE).TL;DR: you can use this router, but you cannot get rid of your PN router (you need PN router configured in "modem only")


The last PN router I had didn't have a modem only mode. IIRC I had to connect to it via telnet or SSH and put it into bridge mode - got the info from a Google search
99.9% of wifi issues are down to poor positioning of the router but people continue to buy more routers and other gizmos to try and solve the problem but just put them in exactly the same position as the first one and then tell everyone the new one is just as rubbish as the last one, happy to blame anyone but themselves.

Imagine standing in one room of your house with the door closed and shouting at someone in the furthest room away from you, unsurprisingly the other person has trouble hearing you. Now stand in the middle of the house and do the same thing, they can hear you much more clearly and you probably don't even need to shout anymore. The first scenario is how most people have their wifi set up, the second is how it should be.

One idiot near me has his router sat on the window ledge and wonders why he can't get a decent signal on the other side of his house but gets a perfect signal a hundred yards down the road.
I've been using this router for a while now, and it's fantastic. I use a virgin hub in modem only mode, so the ASUS does all the work. I run openvpn on it, and run the custom merlin firmware which improves things.

Tempted to get another one so that I can use it as a mesh network once the new update arrives, but to be honest, just one of these covers my whole house anyway!
Rock solid router, I've had the AC68 for about a year now on stock firmware, with about 30 things connected around the house. Using in modem mode with Virgin hub.
Did not have one in my local maplin store,nearest 33 miles so phoned local store up anyway and said they could deliver the router from the store miles away to my local store and picking it up in a few days,result and been today to pay for it and got it for £89.10 by using my NUS extra card,10% off and also got a £5 voucher,thanks op well happy.
Edited by: "mike33" 17th Jan
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