Switching from Merlin to DD-WRT on Asus RT-AC87U

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louisjjames
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:19    Post subject: Switching from Merlin to DD-WRT on Asus RT-AC87U Reply with quote
Good Morning:

I will admit I'm a newbie so I apologize if I've posted to the wrong board. I did search and this seems to be the place.

My question is simple. Currently, on my Asus RT-AC87U, I'm using Merlin. Because of VPN requirements with Cyberghost, I believe I need to flash to DD-WRT. Are there any issues with flashing to DD-WRT? I'm trying to prevent bricking my router.

Thank you for your kind help.

Louis
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Zyxx
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:48    Post subject: Reply with quote
In my opinion these are the steps:

Flash the asus stock firmware
Flash DD-WRT

According to the wiki: https://wiki.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices

"Use ASUS Firmware Restoration Tool for ASUS router initial flash (*.TRX file)"
https://www.asus.com/uk/Networking/RTAC87U/HelpDesk_Download/

Good Luck!
jwh7
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2020 16:17    Post subject: Reply with quote
Merlin is just modified stock firmware, so no need to flash back to original 'AsusWRT', but a reset is recommended first if you've enabled a lot of services (and reset after flashing of course). But flashing to OEM before DD is highly recommended when running Tomato-based or OpenWRT firmware.
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# NAT/SFE/CTF: limited speed w/ DD # Repeater issues # DD-WRT info: FAQ, Builds, Types, Modes, Changes, Demo #
x64 OPNsense 20.7.4|FT2020.6: EA6900v1.1@1GHz, F7D8302@532|DD 44758: DIR-810L, WNDR4500v2 & 4000@533,
R6300v1, RT-N66U@663, E1500@353, WRT54G{Lv1.1,Sv6}@250
|OpenWRT 19.7.3: RT-ACRH13, R6220, WNDR3700v4
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