If you have a router from the manufacturer ASUS, you are in luck, because today a new version of the popular firmware Asuswrt Merlin has been published for the manufacturer’s routers. This new version incorporates a large number of new features and improvements compared to previous versions, in addition, it adds compatibility for the router ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000the first router with the Wi-Fi 6E standard to arrive in Spain and that we have already analyzed in RedesZone. Do you want to know all the changes and news of the new version Asuswrt-Merlin 386.5?
News of the new firmware Asuswrt-Merlin
The new version of Asuswrt-Merlin firmware has been released today, and it has two very important new features. Now we have support for the popular router ASUS RT-AC68U but in its hardware version V4, that is to say, the model that is currently sold is the ASUS RT-AC68U V4, therefore, any user who buys this router that has been with us for so many years and that is still really good, will be able to install this firmware to have endless features and possibilities. Another very important novelty is that we have compatibility with router ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000we must take into account that this router is from the ROG range of the manufacturer, therefore, the default firmware is the Asuswrt ROG with a graphical user interface with red colors, however, the Asuswrt-Merlin firmware for this model has the same look as the “normal” Asuswrt, so if you didn’t like the red color of the interface you’re in luck.
Another important feature for the GT routers that belong to the ROG Rapture range is that we now have a configuration option that allows us to change the behavior of the «Boost» button. We must remember that the default firmware allows us to configure this button to perform various functions, since now we also have the possibility to configure it in the new firmware. Of course, the configuration menu for this option is in the “Administration / System” section as usual.
Other changes that have been introduced in this new version of the Asuswrt-Merlin firmware is TQoS support for IPv6 networks, all internal firmware packages such as miniupnp and avahi have been updated, the traditional QoS of the router has also been improved, we can see the status of the DFS channels in the two 5GHz bands simultaneously if our router is triple band and other news. The developer has taken the opportunity to solve some bugs that existed before, such as those related to OpenVPN, WAN monitoring if we use IPv6 and AiProtection Pro in the RT-AX68U and RT-AX86U models that did not work correctly.
As you can see, it is a very important update that adds support for more models from the manufacturer ASUS, so this project is still alive after so many years with us, also, as new models of neutral routers come out, they will be will give support. What we do miss is that Wi-Fi Mesh systems such as ASUS ZenWiFi are not supported yet, however, we could have a router with Asuswrt-Merlin and then ASUS ZenWiFi nodes with the official firmware, since the compatibility with ASUS AiMesh 2.0 is guaranteed.
On which routers can I install this firmware?
Right now we can install this firmware Asuswrt-Merlin 386.5 in a total of 13 router models, whether Wi-Fi 5 or Wi-Fi 6. You can see the complete list below:
- Compatible Wi-Fi 5 Routers:
- RT-AC68U (including hardware version V4)
- Compatible Wi-Fi 6 Routers:
Right now, most mid-high range ASUS routers are compatible with this firmware, whether they use Wi-Fi 5 or Wi-Fi 6. We recommend you access the Asuswrt-Merlin firmware official website where you will find all the details and download links.