Asus AC68U

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by jmp68fr, Mar 30, 2019.

  1. jmp68fr

    jmp68fr New Member Member

    Hello
    I am using an Asus AC68U router (rev A2) which is equipped with firmware
    AsusWRT-Merlin 384.9 and I want to test FreshTomato 2019.1.
    What is the best way to proceed?
    current firmware ---> FreshTomato or
    current firmware ---> original Asus firmware (3.0.0.4 ?) ---> FreshTomato
    or another ?
    Thanks for your help
     
  2. pomidor1

    pomidor1 Networkin' Nut Member

  3. digixmax

    digixmax LI Guru Member

    I'd suggest you use the Asus Rescue utility -- see my posts re: flashing my RT-AC68P with FT and back to Asus-Merlin: https://www.linksysinfo.org/index.p...a-wireless-ethernet-bridge.74461/#post-303010 and https://www.linksysinfo.org/index.p...a-wireless-ethernet-bridge.74461/#post-303019.
     
  4. pomidor1

    pomidor1 Networkin' Nut Member

  5. digixmax

    digixmax LI Guru Member

    So, did you try out any FT 2019.x build on your RT-AC68U?
     
  6. jmp68fr

    jmp68fr New Member Member

    @digixmax
    Hello, sorry for my late response.
    I used the simplest way to try FreshTomato, ie the rescue mode (without going through an intermediate firmware)
    with erasure of the nvram before and after flashing.
    Everything seems to work (FT 2019.2), but I specify that my needs are basic (no vpn, no wifi guest ...)
    Best regards
     
  7. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    The AC68 I bought for my sister developed some kind of transmitter failure that caused transmit power to be a quarter or less of what it should be, no matter what firmware or CFE was put on it. I went from factory to Merlin to Tomato with only a CFE change between factory/Merlin to Tomato but I had put the AiMesh CFE on it with factory & Merlin which I read Tomato doesn't like.

    If you haven't mucked with AiMesh then recovery mode to Tomato should be all that's needed, although I believe I had to wipe NVRAM via a button press after wiping to make Tomato successfully boot.

    Best to let it sit for a few minutes after flashing to ensure the entire flash chip was rewritten, though thankfully it happens a hell of a lot faster than an N66 (that model takes 40+ minutes the first time its flashed to Tomato).
     
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