ASUS RT-AC68U

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ASUS RT-AC68U

Manuf/OEM/ODM Askey

FCC approval date: 30 September 2013
(Est.) release date: 09 October 2013
(Est.) initial retail price (in USD): $219.99
UPC: 886227419005 (UPC DB, On eBay)
Country of manuf.: China

Amazon image

ASIN
B00FB45SI4 (Flag of the United States.svg, On Amazon, On CCC)

Type: wireless router

FCC ID: MSQ-RTAC68U
Industry Canada ID: 3568A-RTAC68U

Power: 19 VDC, 1.75 A
Connector type: barrel

CPU1: Broadcom BCM4708A0 (800 MHz, 2 cores)
FLA1: 128 MiB 134,217,728 B
1,048,576 Kib
131,072 KiB
1,024 Mib
0.125 GiB
(Spansion S34ML01G100TFI00)
RAM1: 256 MiB 268,435,456 B
2,097,152 Kib
262,144 KiB
2,048 Mib
0.25 GiB
(ESMT M15F2G16128A-ADB)

Expansion IFs: USB 2.0, USB 3.0
USB ports: 2
Serial: yes, 4-pin header

WI1 chip1: Broadcom BCM4360
WI1 802dot11 protocols: an+ac
WI1 MIMO config: 3x3:3
WI1 antenna connector: RP-SMA
WI2 chip1: Broadcom BCM4360
WI2 802dot11 protocols: bgn
WI2 MIMO config: 3x3:3
WI2 antenna connector: RP-SMA

ETH chip1: Broadcom BCM4708A0
Switch: Broadcom BCM4708A0
LAN speed: 10/100/1000
LAN ports: 4
WAN ports: 1

abgn+ac

Additional chips
5GHz Power Amplifier IC;Skyworks;SE5023L;SiGe, 5023L, <???>;3;

Third party firmware supported: Asuswrt-Merlin, DD-WRT

Flags: AiCloud support

Default SSID: ASUS (27 addl. devices), ASUS_5G (8 addl. devices)
Default IP address: 192.168.1.1
the IP 192.168.1.1 is used by 768 additional devices
of which 60 are ASUS devices
Default login user: admin
Default login password: admin
admin:admin credentials used by 700 additional devices
of which 63 are ASUS devices

802dot11 OUI: 74:D0:2B
Ethernet OUI: 74:D0:2B

For a list of all currently documented Broadcom chipsets with specifications, see Broadcom.

Wireless-AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router

Product Page

The ASUS logo, "RT-AC68U", "REV 1.60", and <...>"-1ZB2000" is silkscreened on the board in the FCC photos.

  • The manufacturer stated in the test report is Askey Technology (Jiangsu) Ltd..
Per the FCC photos...
  • The SoC used would seem to be (poor image quality..) BCM4708A0 / BCM4709A0 (BCM470[8/9]A0KFEBG, TT1311 P10, 272573-04 B18 [??]). Visual inspection of actual product confirms BCM4708A.
  • Two BCM4360s provide the wireless interfaces for this device.
  • The shown power supply is an ASUS branded AD890326 (100-240VAC ~ 50/60Hz, 0.8A -> 19VDC, 1.75A).

Inside Story: ASUS RT-AC56U & RT-AC68U > on SmallNetBuilder

Per SmallNetBuilder's conversation w/ Broadcom, TurboQAM functionality is integrated into Broadcom
802.11ac chips - allowing QAM256 usage in the 2.4GHz band.

AC1900 First Look: NETGEAR R7000 & ASUS RT-AC68U on SmallNetBuilder

This device would seem to be running Linux kernel 2.6.36.4 (brcmarm).

[RT-AC68U][RT-AC68U_V2][RT-AC69U] 802.11ac Concurrent Dual-band AC1900. (600Mbps/2.4GHz*+1300Mbps/5GHz) Welcome to the ASUS Networking Family!

Experimental DD-WRT support in SVN r21018

Wi-Fi Certified (alt.) (as of 08/29/2013)

This certification also applies to the RT-AC68R.

Addl. specs, from ASUS's product page, follow...

  • Expansion IFs: 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 220 mm x 160 mm x 83.3 mm
  • Weight: 640 g0.64 kg
    22.573 oz
    1.411 lbs

[edit] Reviews

Rev A1 unit, 74:D0:2B OUI

[edit] Additional external links

[edit] Forum threads

Image of the device on hardwarezone.com.sg on maylyn's AC66U review thread

[edit] Other

[edit] Additional vendor links

On Newegg (preorder only) (source of the release date and price)