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ASUS AC88U router ethernet cable missing

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Hi, I picked up a used AC88U but it arrived without the ethernet cable which links the router to the modem. If the seller can't locate it (he's gonna have a look tonite), which one do I need to buy as a replacement?
 
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Any standards Cat 5e cable will do the job.

Also, do yourself a favour and install Merlin's firmware, it has far fewer security holes than Asus' firmware.
 
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Also, do yourself a favor and install Merlin's firmware, it has far fewer security holes than Asus' firmware.
^^THIS^^

Been there, done that, thankfully right before a major hacking attempt was initiated by some script kiddie scumbags over in da hood :)
 
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Any standards Cat 5e cable will do the job.

Also, do yourself a favour and install Merlin's firmware, it has far fewer security holes than Asus' firmware.

Thank you!

I think I once inquired about something similar and it was you who posted up on the Merlin firmware suggestion. I had it bookmarked to follow up on at a later date.

I was meaning to ask - so basically I don't need to revert to the manufacturers website to upgrade the firmware and can do this directly from the Merlin firmware releases? Are there any negatives going down this route? One of the benefits i'm looking to secure is phone app access to set/control device access (parental controls). Will merlin compromise any of these types of features?

Also once the firmware is updated via Merlin... should I continue to download the software package from ASUS?
 
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Thank you!

I think I once inquired about something similar and it was you who posted up on the Merlin firmware suggestion. I had it bookmarked to follow up on at a later date.

I was meaning to ask - so basically I don't need to revert to the manufacturers website to upgrade the firmware and can do this directly from the Merlin firmware releases? Are there any negatives going down this route? One of the benefits i'm looking to secure is phone app access to set/control device access (parental controls). Will merlin compromise any of these types of features?

Also once the firmware is updated via Merlin... should I continue to download the software package from ASUS?
Zero negatives, he's actually sort of working for Asus in an unofficial capacity, in that Asus tends to implement his security fixes.
Almost everything will look the same, you'll just have a safer firmware with a few additional options enabled that you don't have to touch if you don't want to.
The key thing is that he does regular updates, Asus does not.
No need to download anything from Asus, the Merlin firmware replaces the Asus one.
 
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Zero negatives, he's actually sort of working for Asus in an unofficial capacity, in that Asus tends to implement his security fixes.
Almost everything will look the same, you'll just have a safer firmware with a few additional options enabled that you don't have to touch if you don't want to.
The key thing is that he does regular updates, Asus does not.
No need to download anything from Asus, the Merlin firmware replaces the Asus one.

SWEET! I didn't know that.

What about the android mobile app... is that something available through Merlin too?
 
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SWEET! I didn't know that.

What about the android mobile app... is that something available through Merlin too?
No, but the Asus app will work just fine.
 
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Like swede said, I use merlin on my main router while my old Asus router (set as an AP) runs stock Asus firmware. My Asus app has no issue with either router.
 
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Maybe someone can help me here with the ASUS firmware

The AC68U firmware recently went from

3.0.0.4.386.41634
to
9.0.0.4.386.41994
RT-AC68R - Support (asus.com)

does the 3.0.0 to 9.0.0 move have a significance?
 
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Also wondering why

The ASUS RT-AC68U firmware is 40.45 MB​

The Merlin version is 35.2 MB​
 
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No, but the Asus app will work just fine.

Hi I'm just about getting around to setting everything up.

I was meaning to ask - the latest Merlin firmware for the AC88U was last modified on 30-04-2021 https://sourceforge.net/projects/asuswrt-merlin/files/RT-AC88U/ and the last updated firmware on the ASUS support page was released 2/3 weeks later on 18-05-2021 https://www.asus.com/uk/Networking-...ASUS-WiFi-Routers/RT-AC88U/HelpDesk_Download/

Would you still recommend opting for the Merlin version?

EDIT: or is this not a problem in hopes of Merlin releasing further updates along the way?
 
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No reason there will not be a new Merlin build soon.
 
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