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ASUS RT-AC86U Wi-Fi AC2900 (AI Mesh USB 3.0 Router, AiProtection by Trend Micro, AI Mesh WTFast Game ACC. for £127.99 Delivered @ Amazon UK

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kowalski03/10/2019 00:59

Don't know a great deal about current day routers, but looking to buy a …Don't know a great deal about current day routers, but looking to buy a new one. Can you install your own custom firmware on this? (eg. DD-WRT/Tomato/OpenWRT) and is there any benefit in doing so?I think my old router had a built in modem, would I need to buy a separate one if I went for this (I'm thinking one of those BT Openreach white boxes)


Asuswrt-Merlin is probably the best for this.
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Oh well, one day it'll be a 4g router that shows up when I get a "router" keyword alert!
Don't know a great deal about current day routers, but looking to buy a new one. Can you install your own custom firmware on this? (eg. DD-WRT/Tomato/OpenWRT) and is there any benefit in doing so?

I think my old router had a built in modem, would I need to buy a separate one if I went for this (I'm thinking one of those BT Openreach white boxes)
I have used mine connected via USB to a spare mobile on a 4G data plan with excellent results.
It's meant to be used as backup when the broadband goes down but worked just as well as the main connection.
kowalski03/10/2019 00:59

Don't know a great deal about current day routers, but looking to buy a …Don't know a great deal about current day routers, but looking to buy a new one. Can you install your own custom firmware on this? (eg. DD-WRT/Tomato/OpenWRT) and is there any benefit in doing so?I think my old router had a built in modem, would I need to buy a separate one if I went for this (I'm thinking one of those BT Openreach white boxes)



AsusWRT by Merlin is probably the best, but depends what you want to do.


Stock firmware is called AsusWRT and is an extensively modified version of Tomato anyway that Asus have developed over the years. Merlins version unlocks some extra features, some of which Asus have disabled and adds bug fixes quicker.

You can also flash DD-WRT, but you typically lose hardware NAT acceleration.
Edited by: "Jace_Phoenix" 3rd Oct
kowalski03/10/2019 00:59

Don't know a great deal about current day routers, but looking to buy a …Don't know a great deal about current day routers, but looking to buy a new one. Can you install your own custom firmware on this? (eg. DD-WRT/Tomato/OpenWRT) and is there any benefit in doing so?I think my old router had a built in modem, would I need to buy a separate one if I went for this (I'm thinking one of those BT Openreach white boxes)


Asuswrt-Merlin is probably the best for this.
kowalski03/10/2019 00:59

Don't know a great deal about current day routers, but looking to buy a …Don't know a great deal about current day routers, but looking to buy a new one. Can you install your own custom firmware on this? (eg. DD-WRT/Tomato/OpenWRT) and is there any benefit in doing so?I think my old router had a built in modem, would I need to buy a separate one if I went for this (I'm thinking one of those BT Openreach white boxes)


You can install AsusWRT-Merlin on it. Many extra features built on top of stock firmware.

asuswrt-merlin.net/fea…res

You should be able to plug into your ISP router and it’ll then use that as the modem. You can then disable ISP router WiFi and connect to this instead. This part can be a bit hit and miss though - I’ve had it working within 2 minutes with some ISPs but the last one took about and hour to correctly auto configure with the ISP router after a bunch of reboots and I have no idea why it suddenly worked.
bobogago03/10/2019 01:21

You can install AsusWRT-Merlin on it. Many extra features built on top of …You can install AsusWRT-Merlin on it. Many extra features built on top of stock firmware.https://asuswrt-merlin.net/featuresYou should be able to plug into your ISP router and it’ll then use that as the modem. You can then disable ISP router WiFi and connect to this instead. This part can be a bit hit and miss though - I’ve had it working within 2 minutes with some ISPs but the last one took about and hour to correctly auto configure with the ISP router after a bunch of reboots and I have no idea why it suddenly worked.



Unless the ISP allows you to enable modem only mode, just disabling Wifi normally means you're double 'NAT-ting' and is not recommended.

you're better off getting your own DSL Router, or flashing OPENWRT on an old BT Openreach and letting that handle the login, especially with the likes of Sky who use Option 61
Edited by: "Jace_Phoenix" 3rd Oct
Jace_Phoenix03/10/2019 01:24

Unless the ISP allows you to enable modem only mode, just disabling Wifi …Unless the ISP allows you to enable modem only mode, just disabling Wifi normally means you're double 'NAT-ting' and is not recommended.


Only problem that caused for me was with Plex. I gave up with it in the end.
bobogago03/10/2019 01:26

Only problem that caused for me was with Plex. I gave up with it in the …Only problem that caused for me was with Plex. I gave up with it in the end.



Yeah, opening ports, using UPnp and gaming is usually affected by having a Double NAT
Jace_Phoenix03/10/2019 01:28

Yeah, opening ports, using UPnp and gaming is usually affected by having a …Yeah, opening ports, using UPnp and gaming is usually affected by having a Double NAT


I tried port forwarding from ISP router but it was too much of a faff. Other than Plex I’ve not had any other issues.
bobogago03/10/2019 01:31

I tried port forwarding from ISP router but it was too much of a faff. …I tried port forwarding from ISP router but it was too much of a faff. Other than Plex I’ve not had any other issues.


If you want Plex, or say an FTP server etc you could ditch your ISP modem, buy a Draytek Vigor 130 instead, a BT Openreach modem Or a DSL Router.
Edited by: "Jace_Phoenix" 3rd Oct
I do actually have an OpenReach modem but it only synced at half the speed of the ISP router when I tried it.
bobogago03/10/2019 01:41

I do actually have an OpenReach modem but it only synced at half the speed …I do actually have an OpenReach modem but it only synced at half the speed of the ISP router when I tried it.



Ah ok, it does depend on the line sometimes. Is it ECI? Huawei?

The Draytek usually performs well in all scenarios
Edited by: "Jace_Phoenix" 3rd Oct
Jace_Phoenix03/10/2019 01:48

Ah ok, it does depend on the line sometimes. Is it ECI? Huawei?The …Ah ok, it does depend on the line sometimes. Is it ECI? Huawei?The Draytek usually performs well in all scenarios


I think it’s a Huawei.

I’ll take a look at the Draytek, cheers.
woldranger03/10/2019 00:30

Oh well, one day it'll be a 4g router that shows up when I get a "router" …Oh well, one day it'll be a 4g router that shows up when I get a "router" keyword alert!


You can use this as a 4g router.

I have this paired with old white BT openreach modem , no issues with connection or speed and i have had three different ISPs on this set up.

Asus have also been clever in that you can make this a node using the AI-mesh feature on another Asus Router. (which is now available when using Merlin firmware as well).

So if/ when (probably many years) down the line you come to upgrade, you will probably buy another Asus router and intergrate this one as a node, giving you a bigger better wifi coverage.

And of course your old Asus router may act as a node in tandem with this as your master router.

asus.com/microsite/AiMesh/en/index.html
Edited by: "The_Bounty_Bear" 3rd Oct
wow looks like excellent router, great price.
Absolutely fantastic router. Definitely worth it.
The_Bounty_Bear03/10/2019 05:42

You can use this as a 4g router.I have this paired with old white BT …You can use this as a 4g router.I have this paired with old white BT openreach modem , no issues with connection or speed and i have had three different ISPs on this set up.Asus have also been clever in that you can make this a node using the AI-mesh feature on another Asus Router. (which is now available when using Merlin firmware as well). So if/ when (probably many years) down the line you come to upgrade, you will probably buy another Asus router and intergrate this one as a node, giving you a bigger better wifi coverage.And of course your old Asus router may act as a node in tandem with this as your master router.asus.com/microsite/AiMesh/en/index.html


So I can just whack my Three sim straight in this and I'm away? (sorry, I'm just getting ready for work, I'll try and read up on your at lunch, but if this ticks the boxes I'd like to get it while there's still stock).

*edit* Looks like I'd have to use a phone etc as a router, so that's no good. I'd prefer an all in one solution as its for my retired parents.
Edited by: "woldranger" 3rd Oct
Jace_Phoenix03/10/2019 01:28

Yeah, opening ports, using UPnp and gaming is usually affected by having a …Yeah, opening ports, using UPnp and gaming is usually affected by having a Double NAT


If you make the inside router as the "DMZ" host on the outside router, then everything works as expected. The outside router will forward incoming traffic to the DMZ host (the inside router) by default. In this case uPnP should be off on the outside router and on for the inside router.
Good router, great price! I returned mine after 3 weeks and purchased the Netgear Orbi purely as the wifi strength wasn't quite good enough.
However, when in range this was excellent but doesnt quite stretch as far as it says it does.
Heat regardless as still a good bit of kit!
The Asus ROG GT-AC2900 is also on deal of the day. Just ordered to see if it's any better the the Virgin stock one.


ASUS ROG GT-AC2900 Wi-Fi Gaming Router, NVIDIA GeForce Now Recommended with Triple Level Game Acceleration, Easy Port Forwarding, AiMesh Whole-Home Mesh Wi-Fi System, Free Life-Time Free Network amazon.co.uk/dp/…FJQ
Two of those and ROG rapture cured my wifi over the house, garden house and garden. Best mesh system I have tested.
Don't ASUS restrict your speed if using an OpenVPN on it?

Max download speed will be your max upload speed :/

If not using an OpenVPN then looks good.
kowalski03/10/2019 00:59

Don't know a great deal about current day routers, but looking to buy a …Don't know a great deal about current day routers, but looking to buy a new one. Can you install your own custom firmware on this? (eg. DD-WRT/Tomato/OpenWRT) and is there any benefit in doing so?I think my old router had a built in modem, would I need to buy a separate one if I went for this (I'm thinking one of those BT Openreach white boxes)


I have this hooked up to one of the BT white box modems as I'm on Sky Fibre.
Andy25a03/10/2019 11:37

Don't ASUS restrict your speed if using an OpenVPN on it?Max download …Don't ASUS restrict your speed if using an OpenVPN on it?Max download speed will be your max upload speed :/If not using an OpenVPN then looks good.


I’ve had VPN running on mine for three years with no issues.
Andy25a03/10/2019 11:37

Don't ASUS restrict your speed if using an OpenVPN on it?Max download …Don't ASUS restrict your speed if using an OpenVPN on it?Max download speed will be your max upload speed :/If not using an OpenVPN then looks good.


2 years and no issues using this with 2 Open VPN connections at the same time
Edited by: "The_Bounty_Bear" 3rd Oct
Only ever used BT supplied routers, currently on the BT smart hub, any idea how this stacks up compared to it?
iserlohn03/10/2019 08:05

If you make the inside router as the "DMZ" host on the outside router, …If you make the inside router as the "DMZ" host on the outside router, then everything works as expected. The outside router will forward incoming traffic to the DMZ host (the inside router) by default. In this case uPnP should be off on the outside router and on for the inside router.


Thanks for this. Never occurred to me.
iserlohn03/10/2019 08:05

If you make the inside router as the "DMZ" host on the outside router, …If you make the inside router as the "DMZ" host on the outside router, then everything works as expected. The outside router will forward incoming traffic to the DMZ host (the inside router) by default. In this case uPnP should be off on the outside router and on for the inside router.



I had this setup with Sky a few years ago, and it was less than ideal for me.

I just feel that now Sky have relaxed their tc's and c's, and allow you to use your own modem (albeit without support), then it's better to do that imo. Most IP's already allow you to use your own hardware.
Edited by: "Jace_Phoenix" 3rd Oct
Beware there's an issue with the 2.4ghz failing in these, I used to be all Asus but having 2 of these fail I've switched to draytek which are solid so far (6 months)
Andy25a03/10/2019 11:37

Don't ASUS restrict your speed if using an OpenVPN on it?Max download …Don't ASUS restrict your speed if using an OpenVPN on it?Max download speed will be your max upload speed :/If not using an OpenVPN then looks good.


Nope. The Merlin OpenVPN client is rock solid and uncrippled. Which is more than I can say for my horsesheet VPN provider.
jonathan_rowe03/10/2019 21:01

Beware there's an issue with the 2.4ghz failing in these, I used to be all …Beware there's an issue with the 2.4ghz failing in these, I used to be all Asus but having 2 of these fail I've switched to draytek which are solid so far (6 months)


It's actually my 5GHz that is iffy. Stops broadcasting the SSID and drops out every now and again. Needs a reboot to bring back up.
I would never by one with fake aerials.
Family complaints have ceased since getting this. Good deal. Good router. Heat
Are there any routers that can connect to virgin? I'd love a better one but I'd rather not have two boxes.
bobogago03/10/2019 01:31

I tried port forwarding from ISP router but it was too much of a faff. …I tried port forwarding from ISP router but it was too much of a faff. Other than Plex I’ve not had any other issues.


Open the port on both routers, works perfectly for plex.
mcfly66603/10/2019 22:12

Are there any routers that can connect to virgin? I'd love a better one …Are there any routers that can connect to virgin? I'd love a better one but I'd rather not have two boxes.


No, but just stick virgin hub into modem mode and let the Asus do its thing.
Andy25a03/10/2019 11:37

Don't ASUS restrict your speed if using an OpenVPN on it?Max download …Don't ASUS restrict your speed if using an OpenVPN on it?Max download speed will be your max upload speed :/If not using an OpenVPN then looks good.


You will get well in excess of 200Mpbs via VPN with this router as the Hw accelerated cryto
I have the plusnet hub 1. It’s really crap. Everything cuts out all the time. Things don’t connect. Shows connected to router but no internet. What’s a good router I can get to resolve this?
snapdragon03/10/2019 22:02

I would never by one with fake aerials.


My current car has fake exhaust. You get all the street cred. With antenna you’ll get tech cred
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