Asus TUF Gaming AX6000 support

Thanks, I am not a coder and I have to learn how to setup a mesh network before with other openwrt router. My health is not good in the next time, so I need time anyway.

The 4200 is what i wanted to buy to be on the sure side, but then the price difference was very small to the 6000. I am hoping for offers for the Asus RT-AX53U. The 53 should be used with the 6000 in a mesh.

I can get a Black Friday deal on this router in Europe, so I was wondering if this community could clarify two questions I have:

  1. For flashing, does the .trx approach have any downsides? I saw some discussions here about partition issues, was that an isolated case? If it's an issue I'll just use a USB-serial adapter.
  2. In terms of stability, is WED the only issue currently or are there other known issues? I also saw an issue mentioned with several SSIDs but it also seems like an isolated case.

I have a GL.iNet Flint 2 on pre-order but I'm tending towards this because I just trust Asus hardware more (I currently have one and it's rock solid, and I've heard some horror stories with GL.iNet albeit mostly about portable routers).

Thank you :slight_smile:

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Did you ever use GL.INet? Years ago I bought a router from them, they said it uses OpenWRT. Then this was a 2 year old OpenWRT with modifications and flashing an uptodate OpenWRT was not easy, so I sent it back, When I am buying a router with Openwrt I expect, that I can simply flash a file.

Me too and I bought it. Until I am ready to use it (maybe in 2 months, depends on my health), I hope the most important things are solved.

This one natively supports the regular version of OpenWRT, you can flash it using their own uboot web interface. So I guess I’ll go with the GL.iNet and switch it performance is not good enough.

Are you sure? At their homepage I read Openwrt only and at Amazon it says for the Flint 1 "strongly modified openwrt". That's what I got with mine years ago, "strongly modified".

I got the 6000 for about 140€ at Amazon, for the Flint 2 I would have to pay more including taxes.

It doesn’t ship with the vanilla version of OpenWRT, but it supports flashing very easily.

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Wish you the best, with mine it was not "easily" for sure, don't remember what was necessary, maybe something like connecting pins, at least not a software question only.

Finally managed to get access to 1Gbps to test this router.

The outcome is somewhat confusing. This router is for some reason not delivering more than 300Mbps on WAN. I tried different cables, installing irqbalance (cores are <5% loaded), changing SpeedTest servers, enabling/disabling offloading (soft and hard), but no use.

On the very same connection and cable, on old Linksys WRT1900AC I'm getting speeds around 900Mbps (hardware limit of that router). Meaning 1Gbps internet is working well, and cables are all good.

For the records, I'm on latest SNAPSHOT (r24414-255d5c9bf8). Not sure if this was version related, since I had slower ISP on previous snapshot versions (only 100Mbps).

It's interesting that Internet speed on Wi-Fi (5Ghz) gets to around 400Mbps next to the router, and it's faster than on cable.

Not sure how fast the stock firmware could work, but this hardware is more than capable of handling 1Gbps, even 1Gbps SQM cake. I tested iperf3 running from the router on LAN and got 1Gbps LAN speed. So the issue is only on the wan side (eth1). Could it be a poor NAT translation? Is offloading supposed to work at all? I bet yes, since this router has 2.5Gbps WAN port (and also dual WAN).

Anyone has an idea what could be an issue? I hope it's again an isolated issue like previously.

P.S. Since I had issues in past, only to clarify, I managed to restore stock firmware previously, and installed @remittor's new trx build and after that the latest official snapshot sysupgrade bin.

Hi, I performed tests on the Asus TUF ax6000 router.
server <-(1Gb)-> WAN<->WIFI<->ax210 client (WPA3) 5GHz 160MHz
(firewall WAN offloading enabled)

perf3 -c 192.168.6.2 -t 60 -P 1                                       
Connecting to host 192.168.6.2, port 5201
[  5] local 192.168.10.60 port 52228 connected to 192.168.6.2 port 5201
[ ID] Interval           Transfer     Bitrate         Retr  Cwnd
[  5]   0.00-1.00   sec   112 MBytes   939 Mbits/sec   12    860 KBytes
[  5]   1.00-2.00   sec   109 MBytes   912 Mbits/sec    0    952 KBytes
[  5]   2.00-3.00   sec   111 MBytes   933 Mbits/sec    0   1.01 MBytes
[  5]   3.00-4.00   sec   112 MBytes   944 Mbits/sec    0   1.09 MBytes
[  5]   4.00-5.00   sec   111 MBytes   933 Mbits/sec    0   1.16 MBytes
[  5]   5.00-6.00   sec   111 MBytes   933 Mbits/sec    8    926 KBytes
[  5]   6.00-7.00   sec   112 MBytes   944 Mbits/sec    0   1021 KBytes
[  5]   7.00-8.00   sec   111 MBytes   933 Mbits/sec    0   1.07 MBytes
[  5]   8.00-9.00   sec   112 MBytes   944 Mbits/sec    0   1.13 MBytes
.....
[  5]  54.00-55.00  sec   109 MBytes   912 Mbits/sec    0   1.21 MBytes
[  5]  55.00-56.00  sec  88.8 MBytes   744 Mbits/sec  248    962 KBytes
[  5]  56.00-57.00  sec   111 MBytes   933 Mbits/sec    0   1.03 MBytes
[  5]  57.00-58.00  sec   111 MBytes   933 Mbits/sec    0   1.10 MBytes
[  5]  58.00-59.00  sec   112 MBytes   944 Mbits/sec    0   1.15 MBytes
[  5]  59.00-60.00  sec   111 MBytes   933 Mbits/sec    8    915 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval           Transfer     Bitrate         Retr
[  5]   0.00-60.00  sec  6.48 GBytes   928 Mbits/sec  604             sender
[  5]   0.00-60.00  sec  6.48 GBytes   928 Mbits/sec                  receiver
iperf3 -c 192.168.6.2 -t 60 -P 1 -R                                            
Connecting to host 192.168.6.2, port 5201                               
Reverse mode, remote host 192.168.6.2 is sending                             
[  5] local 192.168.10.60 port 53246 connected to 192.168.6.2 port 5201        
[ ID] Interval           Transfer     Bitrate                                  
[  5]   0.00-1.00   sec  93.5 MBytes   784 Mbits/sec                         
[  5]   1.00-2.00   sec  98.9 MBytes   830 Mbits/sec                           
[  5]   2.00-3.00   sec  99.0 MBytes   831 Mbits/sec                           
[  5]   3.00-4.00   sec  98.8 MBytes   828 Mbits/sec                           
[  5]   4.00-5.00   sec  98.9 MBytes   829 Mbits/sec                           
[  5]   5.00-6.00   sec  98.6 MBytes   827 Mbits/sec
[  5]   6.00-7.00   sec  98.8 MBytes   828 Mbits/sec
[  5]   7.00-8.00   sec  98.8 MBytes   829 Mbits/sec
[  5]   8.00-9.00   sec  98.8 MBytes   829 Mbits/sec
[  5]   9.00-10.00  sec  99.1 MBytes   832 Mbits/sec
[  5]  10.00-11.00  sec  99.0 MBytes   830 Mbits/sec
[  5]  11.00-12.00  sec  98.6 MBytes   828 Mbits/sec
..
[  5]  51.00-52.00  sec  99.2 MBytes   831 Mbits/sec
[  5]  52.00-53.00  sec  98.8 MBytes   829 Mbits/sec
[  5]  53.00-54.00  sec  98.9 MBytes   830 Mbits/sec
[  5]  54.00-55.00  sec  78.4 MBytes   657 Mbits/sec
[  5]  55.00-56.00  sec  99.0 MBytes   831 Mbits/sec
[  5]  56.00-57.00  sec  99.2 MBytes   832 Mbits/sec
[  5]  57.00-58.00  sec  98.8 MBytes   829 Mbits/sec
[  5]  58.00-59.00  sec  98.9 MBytes   829 Mbits/sec
[  5]  59.00-60.00  sec  98.8 MBytes   829 Mbits/sec
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval           Transfer     Bitrate         Retr
[  5]   0.00-60.01  sec  5.75 GBytes   823 Mbits/sec    3             sender
[  5]   0.00-60.00  sec  5.75 GBytes   823 Mbits/sec                  receiver
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I created also WED bug

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Im trying to try openwrt for the 1st time. Is the recent wrt firmware stable to use with this router? Anyone can provide a link on how to install? I do have a usb to TTL connector. Any info is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Works pretty well for me but it's also my first time using OpenWrt. The install is easy.
Asus TUF AX4200 support - #241 by remittor follow this guide.

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Hi,
I develop wiki for the router. This page is still under construction.
https://openwrt.org/toh/asus/tuf-ax6000

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So i follow the tuf ax4200 instructions for the Tuf ax6000 as well?

Yes, but you use the files from the AX6000 folder from his google drive. If you are on stock (Asus firmware) get the trx file and install from web interface. After that you will need the latest update from the "OpenWrt-23" folder.

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Ah i see thank you so much ...last couple of questions:

  1. Wi-Fi works without any issues?
  2. Does it come with CAKE sqm or is that a separate add-on install?

Sorry for the noob questions! And thanks again!

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  1. Had no issues with it yet.
  2. It does come with CAKE sqm and more, doesn't need separate install.

Haha, no worries, I'm a noob myself :slight_smile: you can ask me if you still need help!

Please dont use my ax6000 trx files. @remittor images are not official and not tested (probably) with this router yet but you can try do it with images from @remittor .
If you have serial converter you can flash router quite simple. You don't need to open the case.

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I saw these 2 unsupported functions:

Not all cover LEDs are supported.
2.5Gb LAN port LED is partially supported.

Does this mean the lights are always off? Also whats is this the same for the 2.5Gb lan light?

Where did u get your AX6000? You know of any deals at this time for US?

No, it just means that some LEDs will not work, for me only the blue LED works from the TUF logo. The 2.5gb LAN port LED is probably the same, it's just lights at the end of the day so not important for me.

I live in the EU so I don't know any deals in the US, sorry...

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