RMerlin (ASUSWRT-Merlin) Firmware and the ASUS DSL-AC68U (PPPoE)

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    RMerlin (ASUSWRT-Merlin) Firmware running on the ASUS DSL-AC68U – (PPPoE)

    RMerlin (ASUSWRT-Merlin) Firmware on the DSL-AC68U is currently running  (me testing) as a router only using RMerlin firmware, you loose all the DSL modem and stats (modem) etc. but so far the AI Protection, DHCP and UPnP has been tested and all working well, have not tested VPN and DDNS static IP services etc.

    If you want to try Loading ASUSWRT-Merlin firmware on your DSL-AC68U, follow steps below.

    Before you Start:

    Download the ASUS Firmware recovery utility for the DSL-AC68U and install on Laptop/PC

    Download the latest RMerlin (ASUSWRT-Merlin) Firmware on the RT-AC68U (https://asuswrt.lostrealm.ca)

    Plug in an Ethernet cable between the router (LAN Port 1) and Laptop/PC change the IP address of Laptop/PC LAN to 192.168.1.10

    To Begin:

    To load ASUSWRT-Merlin from the ASUSWRT UI, go to Advanced Settings, Administration, and select the Restore/Save Settings tab, then select Factory Default (Restore) and wait until Router has restarted.

    Power off router and then at rear of DSL-AC68U, press and hold the reset button and power back on the ASUS DSL-AC68U until the blue light at front of router flashes intermittently, release the reset button and the router should be in recovery mode.

    Now using the ASUS Firmware recovery utility, upload the RMerlin (ASUSWRT-Merlin) Firmware and wait until progress bar is completed.

    Once upload has completed, you should be presented with the UI as shown below and you now have an ASUSWRT-Merlin router.

    To use the DSL-AC68U as a router only, remember to enable Dual WAN under Advanced Settings>WAN and Select Primary WAN as Ethernet WAN and LAN Port 1 and then under the Internet Connections TAB, select WAN Type as Ethernet WAN and WAN Connection Type as PPPoE or PPPoA, other minor settings are required such as Broadband account settings, but this is dependant on your ISP etc.

    The above process worked for myself, (I may have been lucky) so let me know if it works for you also?

    Have not tried reverting back to original ASUSWRT firmware yet, so if anybody gets the chance, it would be good to knw if DSL-AC68U modem still works etc.

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    #1598
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    Here you can download DSL-AC68U firmware with Merlin 384_7 enhancements: https://mega.nz/#!g4kCGQwI!DnuBw8C-FUuvU79_b74TMkja5_jFuXCLD-Pr45c0Xc0

    How to compile it on your own you can read here: https://www.snbforums.com/threads/finally-got-merlin-fw-to-work-on-dsl-ac68u.48702/page-2#post-440497

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    et al, just be aware of the reviews for mega.nz !

    Usually, @Grisu is tech savvy, so should be OK, but UKTechHub.com does not indorse this links or associated firmware’s.

    https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/mega.nz

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 8 months ago by UK Sentinel.

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    As an update on the original post, the original conversion to allow the use of the DSL-AC68U to be converted to run either ASUSWRT (RT) Stock firmware or flashed with ASUSWRT-RMerlin firmware, still shows when logging onto the converted DSL-AC68U console, the DSL-AC68U name rather than RT-AC68U.

    Also, recently, on ASUSWRT stock firmware, AiMesh has been released (not RMerlin) and as such, AiMesh does not work correctly on a  DSL-AC68U  converted to run RT-AC68U.

    To enable the DSL-AC68U to correctly show via User Interface (RT-AC68U) and to offer AiMesh (Node) option, enter the following via PUTTY (telnet).

     

    nvram set odmpid=”RT-AC68U”

    nvram set asuscpeodmpid=”RT-AC68U”

    nvram set asuscpecommit=1

    nvram commit

    and hey presto, a DSL-AC68U that looks and acts as a True RT-AC68U with AiMesh (Node) option.

    Have not tested how to reverse this option, but I have taken a backup of the configs and performed a NVRAM SHOW screen dump, just incase ?

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    UPDATE: Command should be………….

    nvram set odmpid=”RT-AC68U”

    nvram set asuscfeodmpid=”RT-AC68U”

    nvram set asuscfecommit=1

    nvram commit

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 6 months ago by UK Sentinel. Reason: Update Section Added

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    Has anyone tried this and managed to revert back to a DSL-AC68U. I’m interested in doing this to my router but want a way back in case I decide to change my mind.

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    Yep, works in reverse, just make sure you run the above Telnet (ssh) commands substituting RT-AC68U for  DSL-AC68U.

    I personally just took a backup before I converted DSL to RT, this made conversion back easier also, just encase you hit problems .

     

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