I just got a new fancy router, I went for the top of the line..because well I like gadgets and shiny things haha – maybe I’ll get a dual band wifi phone next?
Not that it would make any difference really..as my Internet connection is only 10MB – but hey, why not right?
After reading lots of reviews (and from past research) it was between the previous series N66U and the new generation of 802.11ac dual band routers like the 66U or 68U. In the end I just went for the top boss – the Asus RT-AC68U.
It was great, super easy to set up, has the Unifi Hypp.tv VLAN tags dialed in with a click of a button, fast and what? Not so stable. Yah wifi was great, Internet was speedy – but the damn thing kept rebooting itself.
I couldn’t even get it to 24 hours uptime, sometimes every 2-4 hours, sometimes after 8-12 hours everything would just drop, the Hypp.TV would hang, wifi connections would be lost, and the Internet would be gone – just for a few seconds, and then pop it would come back.
It wasn’t hugely disruptive, but it was rather annoying, especially for such a high end router. I’m not sure what firmware version it came with in the box as during installation it prompted me to update and I did, I ended up with the latest firmware (as of writing this post) version 22.214.171.124.374.4561.
After some Googling, I found dozens of people in this thread having the same problems as me – ASUS RT-AC68U Firmware version 126.96.36.199.374.4561 is out
Frequent, inconsistent reboots on their AC68U with the latest firmware.
Many people downgraded to a previous firmware version like 188.8.131.52.374_4422 – and the issue went away, which did make me feel better as it indicates it’s not a hardware issue, but a firmware issue.
As for me, after looking through all the options (stock downgrade vs dd-wrt vs tomato vs asuswrt-merlin) I went for Merlin in the end, built around the stock ROM it seemed like the most sensible option (as with most things, I favour stability and speed over features, and this is what this ROM aims for).
Since installed the latest Merlin build, I haven’t had a reboot at all. Great stuff!
I’ll keep an eye on the official firmware updates, but honsetly I’m happy with this for now and it does support all the fancy stuff the router has anyway (Media stuff, DNLA, dual band wifi, guest networks, USB3 support etc).