ASUS RT-AC68U

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ASUS RT-AC68 U (v1S)
Availability: common

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 CCCmultiple uses)
multiple revisions of this device, use caution

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: bgn
WI1 MIMO config: 3x3:3
WI1 antenna connector: RP-SMA
WI2 chip1: Broadcom BCM4360
WI2 802dot11 protocols: an+ac
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 speed: 10/100/1000
WAN ports: 1

abgn+ac

Additional chips
5GHz Power Amplifier IC;Skyworks;SE5023L;SiGe, 5023L, <???>;3;
2.4GHz Power Amplifier IC;Richwave;RTC6649E;;3;

Stock bootloader: CFE 1.0.1.9

Stock FW OS: Linux 2.6.36 brcmarm

Third party firmware supported: AsusWRT-Merlin • Wiki • (List), DD-WRT • (List), Tomato (Shibby) • (DLs) • (List), Tomato RAF (Victek) • (DLs) • (List)

Flags: AiCloud support

Default SSID: ASUS (77 addl. devices), ASUS_5G (35 addl. devices)
Default IP address: 192.168.1.1
the IP 192.168.1.1 is used by 938 additional devices
of which 119 are ASUS devices
Default login user: admin
Default login password: admin
admin:admin credentials used by 902 additional devices
of which 123 are ASUS devices

802dot11 OUI: 74:D0:2B (-, 1 W, 2013)
Ethernet OUI: 74:D0:2B (-, 1 W, 2013)

 FCC ID
ASUS DSL-AC68UMSQ-RTAC68U
ASUS TM-AC1900MSQ-RTAC68U
 CPU1 brandWI1 chip1 brandWI1 chip2 brand
ASUS RT-AC68PBroadcomBroadcom
ASUS RT-AC68UBroadcomBroadcom
ASUS RT-AC68UFBroadcomBroadcom
For a list of all currently documented Broadcom chipsets with specifications, see Broadcom.


Wireless-AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router

A tag line of 802.11ac Concurrent Dual-band AC1900 Router (600Mbps/2.4GHz*+1300Mbps/5GHz)
within the ASUSWRT source applies to the RT-AC68U, RT-AC68U v2, RT-AC69U.

ASUS RT-AC68U Product Page
ASUS RT-AC68P Product Page
ASUS RT-AC68R Product Page
ASUS RT-AC68W Product Page

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

This certification also applies to the RT-AC68R.

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

FCC[edit]

  • The ASUS logo, "RT-AC68U" and "REV 1.60" 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 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).

Additional specifications[edit]

per ASUS's product page[edit]

  • 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 g
    0.64 kg
    22.573 oz
    1.411 lbs

Additional external links[edit]

Reviews[edit]

Per SmallNetBuilder's conversation w/ Broadcom, TurboQAM
functionality is integrated into Broadcom 802.11ac chips
- allowing QAM256 usage in the 2.4GHz band.
Rev A1 unit, 74:D0:2B OUI

Forum threads[edit]

Image of the device on maylyn's AC66U review thread

Third party firmware support[edit]

Other[edit]

Additional vendor links[edit]

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

See also[edit]


T-Mobile Personal Cellspot Router (TM-AC1900)[edit]

Support[edit]

  • T-Mobile released a wireless router rebranded from the RT-AC68U.
The T-Mobile rebranded version has a custom proprietary firmware
that is modified for optimizing the T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling feature.
This router requires a refundable $25 deposit (or none if qualified) for postpaid
plan customers [$99 for retail pricing/prepaid accounts] since this is a lease.

  • Notice: If you got this router as a postpaid customer, keep in mind that T-Mobile expects
it back after you cancel your T-Mobile service or if a coverage line is disconnected
from a family/multiple line account within 45 days after cancellation/disconnection.
Failure to do so may incur a $99 non-return fee. If the router is returned damaged, $25.
[This doesn't apply to prepaid customers or if bought in retail price.]