ASUS RT-AC68U Wireless Router

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by hawkmat, May 31, 2013.

  1. hawkmat

    hawkmat LI Guru Member

    Asus RT-AC68U
    World's fastest data rate at 1.9 Gbps
    AiRadar beamforming for best Wi-Fi performance.
    Dual-core CPU enhances overall performance.

    Update: The RT-AC68U uses the 1.0 Ghz Broadcom BCM4708 as the main CPU, the 1.9 Gbps rating is a combination of the 2.4 Ghz at 600 Mbps and the 5 Ghz at 1300 Mbps. The 2.4Ghz 600 Mbps is made up of three 200 Mbps streams. I can't see this helping with 2.4 Ghz congestion.

    Update: The RT-AC68U features a Router-to-Router Sync mode that makes light work of sharing files. A simple invitation allows photos, videos and other files on USB-attached storage to be synchronized automatically to USB-attached storage on other compatible ASUS routers, without the need for a switched-on PC at either end.

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  2. humba

    humba Network Guru Member

    I wonder if that Asus logo is actually lit ..
  3. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    Supposedly it will have a dual core ARM cortex at 1GHz. Sadly out of reach for Tomato because of the ARM processor, unless Victek's fabled 1.2 firmware can be made possible. Seems like a very big undertaking for a hobby. Wish I had the skills...
  4. humba

    humba Network Guru Member

    This may just be the beginning of a trend. Smartphone have commoditized powerful ARM CPUs, so we may soon look at a situation similar than when there was only the original Tomato that supported an aging fleet of older G-only routers. AC moving to ARM may just be the next step in that evolution. Let's see what other manufacturers come up with in terms of routers next week at Computex...
  5. Taurus_G4

    Taurus_G4 Serious Server Member

    Lovely stuff but the ARM thing is alarming though good riddance of ports on top they look better now compare to my N66U.

    nop its not and lately ASUS is painting everything like that.

    for example

  6. GhaladReam

    GhaladReam Network Guru Member

    Unless someone successfully ports Tomato to the ARM platform, I foresee becoming the new go-to 3rd party firmware for these units, seems like a promising project! I will definitely be looking into the RT-AC68U once I know more about it!
  7. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member

    Asuswrt-Merlin will support the RT-AC56U (and hopefully the RT-AC68U, tho it's too early to tell for sure yet), so you won't be totally without options.

    And there's also DD-WRT which doeso supports those new ARM SoCs.
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  8. Elfew

    Elfew Network Guru Member

    Really nice unit... but without tomato support :(
  9. Edrikk

    Edrikk Network Guru Member

    Well, given that Asus used Tomato code to branch off of, and that RMerlin branched off Asus, and how tightly RMerlin and Tomato devs have been working together, time may well come (depending on how the devs want to proceed) to fork off of RMerlin's work... Basically bootstrapping back into the loop without a lot of development....
  10. darkknight93

    darkknight93 Networkin' Nut Member

    will there be any Support for this or the Cisco EA6900? :)
  11. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member

    Victek is working on implementing support for the RT-AC56U. That will be the big step, as it involves supporting the ARM architecture. If/when he achieves it, it should be trivial then to also support the RT-AC68U, as it's very similar in architecture to the RT-AC56U.
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  12. lightsword

    lightsword Serious Server Member

    Seems ARM is going to be the new thing when it comes to routers. Nearly the entire linksys EA series is ARM based as are the new ASUS and new Netgear routers.
  13. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member

    On the Broadcom side of things at least. No idea where Mediatek/Ralink intends to head (which won't matter to Tomato anyway since Tomato only targets Broadcom devices).
  14. darkknight93

    darkknight93 Networkin' Nut Member

    Good afternoon :)

    I have my RT-AC68U running now for a month, struggling with mounting the usb stick correctly, configuring vlans (not yet done) and other stuff with Asusmerlin Firmware.

    I just noticed something i could not believe:
    There IS an OPTWARE branch for These ARM devices? IKPG as paket Manager is available and distros like syslog-ng, perl-cgi, rrdtool, iftop... is available. I will provide a list of all applications you can install atm

    I also Setup a cross compile enviroment (small documentation here:

    You can enable this Feature by formatting a usb stick with ext3/4 and Label OPTWARE, afterwards in Asusmerlin Firmware goto USB Application -> Downloadmanager. Install it and afterwards ipkg is available!

    EDIT: Can anybody provide Information on how to Isolate WAN on vlan2? In tomato WAN is vlan2, in Asusmerlin it is eth0 ? not sure how to deal with it.
    Here is robocfg info:
    VLANs: BCM5301x enabled mac_check mac_hash
      1: vlan1: 1 2 3 4 5t
      2: vlan2: 0 5
      56: vlan56: 0 1t 2t 3t
      57: vlan57: 0 2 4 7t
      58: vlan58: 2 7t 8u
      59: vlan59: 3t 4t 7 8t
      60: vlan60: 5t 7t
      61: vlan61: 1 2 3t 7t 8t
      62: vlan62: 4 8t
    I guess vlan2 has to be 0 5t not 0 5. But i'm unsure how to Setup NAT/wan then... any idea?

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    • ipkg.txt
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  15. dissident

    dissident LI Guru Member

    I beg to differ... (No, it's not modded.)

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  16. blackmack

    blackmack LI Guru Member

    Just for info I have tested USB 3.0 speed on this router.
    Connected thru wired 1Gbps and WD Elements 1TB drive attached to USB 3.0 port with Asus firmware write/read on EXT3 was 40/54 MB/s and formated in NTFS surprisingly 46/60 MB/s copying 6,8GB file in Windows 8.1 thru Samba.

  17. kille72

    kille72 LI Guru Member

    I saw RT AC68U H/W Ver. E1 today, wondering what the difference is.

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