How to Setup OpenVPN on ASUS Merlin Firmware Knowledgebase
Specifically, using an Asuswrt router unit to host a Merlin satellite is not a good idea. But again, your mileage will vary, and generally, it’s best to use Merlin consistently when possible. But in my brief testing, I’ve used multiple combos where the router unit runs Merlin, the satellites are on Asuswrt, and things are generally fine. Note that you generally want to use AiMesh with the same firmware (Asuswrt or Merlin). Mixing the two, understandably, might lead to unexpected issues. Also, AiMesh is developed by Asus, so Asuswrt is naturally better and more predictable. Still, it’s unsurprising that its official name is Asuswrt-Merlin, though some might call it MerlinWRT.
- Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 Smartphone is Run on android 8.1 OS Which is Powered by a QCOM Snapdragon 660 Processor.
- Most importantly, Merlin is not a must-use nor an upgrade to Asuswrt.
- The screenshot above also shows a persistent JFFS (Journaling Flash File System) partition option to support configurable scripts.
- You only need to do these steps the first time you build.
- If you have any further queries, kindly leave them down in the comment box.
- If you think DD-WRT is complex, then you will be completely overwhelmed by what OpenWRT offers.
To enter the process of unlocking, you are required to enable the developer option first and then USB Debugging and OEM unlock. The below process will wipe off all the data from your device, so take a complete device backup beforehand. This is a bit of a “bonus” tweak, and it’s inspired by our article “Moving Your ‘Non-Movable’ Android Apps to an SD Card“. If you have a smaller density ZenFone 2 and would like to move some of your weightier apps stock ROM over to an installed microSD card, you can. It’s important to note, though, that not all apps will be movable.
If you think DD-WRT is complex, then you will be completely overwhelmed by what OpenWRT offers. It’s not a friendly alternative firmware by any means, but it’s a gold mine for enthusiasts due to the granularity of settings offered. The firmware of a device, that little piece of software that controls the communication between the hardware and software, can make or break a device. A lot of the times we say “this product is bad” has something to do with the rushed buggy firmware, not the actual components used by the manufacturer. With AiMesh you can have your Merlin FlashRouter easily communicate with your existing router around your home (or office) network. As network devices communicate with each other, you’ll never have to think about dead spots as you move around. You can also set rules for specific devices, thanks to VPN policy routing by device.
The charts below include Asus Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E routers, both regular and gaming. Read their reviews to see how each of them fares against counterparts from other networking vendors. And that knowledge will come in handy, especially if you’re particular about your home networking needs. And it never hurts to see the performances of all Asus hardware in one place. If you want a powerful CPU (for streaming or VPN) but don’t need the range or fancy features of pricier models, the AX56U is a perfect choice. It’s great for homes up to around 2000 square feet and cheap enough that you can afford two of them for whole-house coverage in bigger spaces. This our pick for the best blend of performance and value.