Asus RT-AC68U

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Sister site: Asus T-Mobile Cellspot

This site has been seeded from material from the T-Mobile Cellspot Wiki: the Cellspot is a hobbled RT-AC68U that can be upgraded to a fully functional RT-AC68U.

Good Additional Resources

Links to verified firmware

Add a link to firmware if you have tested and has no issues:

1) FIRST asus_rt-ac68u-firmware.trx THEN flash dd-wrt.v24-K3_AC_ARM_STD.bin (per cdmarshall)

2) BRAINSLAYER BUILD: RT-AC68u 27413 (per MDA400 and gatorback)

3) BRAINSLAYER BUILD: Firmware: DD-WRT v3.0-r28211 std (11/16/15)

4) KONG BUILDS: Link to Kong Builds. Kong Build information Please update as you see fit.

5) Original Firmware Link:  ????

6) Merlin Firmware:

Firmware Install Procedure

1) Download the initial DD-WRT firmware Initial Firmware.

2) Download the latest recommended firmware from the section above.

3) Navigate to your ASUS Router administration and do a firmware update using the Initial DD-WRT Firmware file.

4) After the device has rebooted you should be able to login to the default address It may take a few minutes to reboot so be patient. You might also need to disable/re-enable your network adapter so it picks up a new IP address from the newly installed firmware.

5) Now navigate to "Administration" -> "Firmware Upgrade" and upgrade to the latest recommended firmware you downloaded in step 2.

6) After the device has rebooted again you will be able to login again at You will notice the new firmware version in the top right after logging in. You can now begin configuring the router.


- In Canada we had to set the Regulatory Domain to United States, and set Regulatory Mode to Off. Otherwise our bridges and some devices wouldn't connect. Otherwise the wireless signal was so weak it wouldn't make it out of the room.

- By default the wireless will come up as dd-wrt and is open. You should lock it down right away by navigating to wireless -> wireless security.

- If you change your network Local IP Address to another network like it seems to clear the "Gateway" IP setting below it. After rebooting make sure your Gateway is also set to the same IP.

Original Firmware Install Procedure


1) On a Microsoft windows computer download and install the ASUS recovery tool from:

2) Download the original Asus stock firmware from:

3) Set your windows network settings to a static IP of, and subnet (Gateway and DNS not needed).

Recovery Mode Flashing Instructions:

1) Power off the ASUS RT-AC68U.

2) Press and hold on to the WPS button.

3) While holding down the WPS button, power on the ASUS RT-AC68U.

4) Keep holding the WPS button until the power led starts to blink a few times.

5) When the power led starts blinking / flashing, release the WPS button.

6) Power off the ASUS RT-AC68U.

7) Press and hold on to the reset button.

8) While holding down the reset button, power on the ASUS RT-AC68U.

9) Keep holding the reset button until the power led starts to blink on and off repeatedly. (This means the unit is now in emergency recovery mode)

10) Plug in your computer with the Asus recovery tool directly into Lan port 1 on the router.

11) Run the Asus Recovery software, and select the stock Asus firmware.

12) Click the "Upload" button.

13) The Asus recovery software should detect the router, and start to upload the firmware.