Asus TUF Gaming AX6000 support

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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I have got my AX6000 from polish shopping portal.

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

this means the lights are always on ( red or green), that same for 2.5Gb LAN but LED will blink during active transfer on port.

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I appreciate the quick responses! How are enjoying this router with openwrt? Better overall performance with cake compared to asus firmware?

You can open LUKS devices, install adguard, configure DNSSec and 802.11r/v/k so for me it's quite nice. I can see similar wifi performance. I develop also clevis package and open encrypted LUKS. Download and upload to/from this encrypted device is around 120MB/s so here we have advantage over stock software.

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A little off topic but what model would you recommend for tripple band router with openwrt? I.e 3 bands vs dual band...specifically an Asus brand if there's one even supported. Thanks

I have only Asus TUF ax6000 and Asus TUF ax4200. Just don't buy ax4200. I cant recommend device not tested by me.

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Thanks again for the assist. So a serial converter is required to flash openwrt for TUF AX6000 correct? Any link for 1 to get?