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Re: FEEDBACK - Rogers Rocket Wi-Fi Modem Firmware Trial

I got the RT-AC68U so hopefully it'll give me better wifi speeds

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Re: FEEDBACK - Rogers Rocket Wi-Fi Modem Firmware Trial

Ok, thats the same router that I and others on the forum use.  Note that if you update the firmware to the latest version, you won't be able to load current third party firmware as Asus has locked out that ability.  Thats due to the US FCC decision to prevent users from changing the frequency and power output rules which can cause interference with weather radar systems.  The AsusWRT-Merlin (third party) firmware, which is very close to the Asus version, but with a few more capabilities will be available in the next few weeks.  The latest, V360.60 is out in Beta2 testing I believe.  So, it shouldn't be too long before its good to go and it will be capable of loading onto the router if the current Asus version has been loaded.  The US FCC decision affects all router manufacturing companies and Asus's approach, at least temporarily has been to lock out previous firmware versions and current third party versions until they can be certified as being compatible with the US FCC philosophy of frequency and power control.

 

Here's the link to the Asus support page.  For Operating System, select Others and then select Firmware.  For some reason Asus has completely reorganized the downloads and dumped the vast majority of updates into the "Others" selection.  

 

http://www.asus.com/ca-en/Networking/RTAC68U/HelpDesk_Download/

 

Here's the link to the Merlin Support page in case you want to keep an eye on the version progess and issues that come up:

 

http://www.snbforums.com/forums/asuswrt-merlin.42/

 

Here's the link to the Merlin changelog page with links to the download page:

 

http://asuswrt.lostrealm.ca/changelog

 

For the router itself, go thru all of the settings, page by page, item by item and disable anything that you know that you aren't using.  The firewall stays up and I use the AI Protection -- Network Protection. I have all of the options enabled on the Network Protection page.  If you run the scan on that page, I believe it will turn on all of the options.  With a page by page inspection competed, set the following options as well:

 

IPV6:  You can leave IPV6 disabled altogether at this time if you prefer.  If you are looking to use it, you can set the following parameters:

 

Connection Type:     Native

DHCP-PD:     Enabled

Auto Configuration Setting:  Stateless      Note that Stateful can be used as well

Connect to DNS Server automatically:  Disable    if you want to use the following IPV6 DNS   OpenDNS and Google.  If this is Enabled, it will use Rogers IPV6 DNS

 

IPv6 DNS Server 1:     2620:0:ccc::2                                   OpenDNS

IPv6 DNS Server 2:     2620:0:ccd::2                                  OpenDNS

IPv6 DNS Server 3:     2001:4860:4860:0:0:0:0:8888     Google

 

Enable Router Advertisement:     Enable

 

Note that OpenDNS does not provide any web filtering service for IPV6 addresses as it does for IPV4.  That is something to keep in mind if you want to use OpenDNS to filter for malware sites, etc, etc.  Note that the AiProtection - Network Protection provided by Trend Micro, within the router will also check for recognized malware sites and present a warning page instead of the expected web address that you are trying to use.

 

Next, navigate to LAN .... Switch control: 

 

NAT Acceleration:  Set to Enabled    Note if this is kicked off by some function that requires the CPU to process the data, as in Traffic Monitoring, and others, the data rate throughput will drop.  For the 250/20 service, you will see a drop from ~325 mb/s peak download rates, down to ~240 Mb/s.  For high throughput, this NAT Acceleration (Broadcom's Cut Through Forwarding) must be enabled.  This is a whole other topic for discussion.

 

Next, navigate to Wireless ... Professional;


Select 2.4 Ghz for Band:

 

Set the following to Enabled:

 

Enable TX Bursting
Enable WMM APSD
Reducing USB 3.0 interference 
Optimize AMPDU aggregation
Optimize ack suppression
Turbo QAM
Airtime Fairness
Explicit Beamforming
Universal Beamforming

 

Set: Tx power adjustment full right to Performance

 

Select  Apply to save the changes.

 

 

Select 5.0 Ghz for Band:

 

Set the following to Enabled:

 

Enable TX Bursting
Enable WMM APSD
Optimize AMPDU aggregation
Optimize ack suppression
Airtime Fairness
802.11ac Beamforming
Universal Beamforming

 

Set: Tx power adjustment full right to Performance

 

Select  Apply to save the changes.

 

Reboot the router.

 

To access the Hitron modem when its running in Bridge mode and the router is in full router mode, use 192.168.100.1 as the web browser address for the Hitron login page.  That can be used by any device connected to the Asus Router, regardless of wired or wifi connection.  By using that address with a device that is connected to the router, you don't have to rip apart your network, or connect a laptop directly to the modem in order access it.

 

Also note that the RT-AC68U can't keep up with gigabit service, at least not from what I have seen, but that will also be true of a good many other routers as well.  The best I've seen is ~840 Mb/s peak download rates via wired connection, and ~450 Mb/s peak download rates via wifi.



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Re: FEEDBACK - Rogers Rocket Wi-Fi Modem Firmware Trial

thanks for the info!  not sure when I'll get it set up, hopefully in the next few days

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Re: FEEDBACK - Rogers Rocket Wi-Fi Modem Firmware Trial

@nsodn, maybe @RogersDave can confirm if Tech Support has the ability to disable IPV6.  You could call tech support to check, but @RogersDave should be able to give you a definitive answer.  

 

As for the IPV6 servers (DNS servers??) I believe that has been brought up already as an observed bug.



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Re: FEEDBACK - Rogers Rocket Wi-Fi Modem Firmware Trial


@nsodn wrote:

Why is there is no way to disable ipv6? Also, you can't enter any ipv6 dns servers, or am I missing something?


@Datalink wrote:

@nsodn, maybe @RogersDave can confirm if Tech Support has the ability to disable IPV6.  You could call tech support to check, but @RogersDave should be able to give you a definitive answer.  

 

As for the IPV6 servers (DNS servers??) I believe that has been brought up already as an observed bug.


 The gateway does not have an option to disable IPv6 service (and it is not available either for our Technical Support team).

 

If you need to disable IPv6, you can always disable it on the client machine. Is there a specific reason however why you want to disable IPv6?

 

Regarding the manual DNSv6 configuration, this has been raised accordingly and will be addressed in an upcoming release.

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Re: FEEDBACK - Rogers Rocket Wi-Fi Modem Firmware Trial

Using version 4.5.8.22 on a CGNM-3552-ROG modem and whenever a non-idle amount of traffic is going to an openvpn connection in UDP mode, the system starts to drop packets, not only the VPN connection but all packets out of the system and causes it's websever to go offline.

 

It's extremely easy to reproduce.

 

Nothing shows up on the DOCSIS Events tab

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Re: FEEDBACK - Rogers Rocket Wi-Fi Modem Firmware Trial

 @RogersDave  The reason I would like to disable IPv6 is because the DNS servers I use don't have a IPv6 address. On the Xbox there is no way to disable IPv6 so I would have to do it through the router.

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Re: FEEDBACK - Rogers Rocket Wi-Fi Modem Firmware Trial

But, with IPV6 available, the XBox, assuming that its an Xbox One would have one more path for gaming purposes.  In theory you should see better performance with IPV6 in use and far less NAT issues as there is no NAT for IPV6, at least not at the consumer level.  Are you finding that isn't working as well as it should?



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Re: FEEDBACK - Rogers Rocket Wi-Fi Modem Firmware Trial


@Datalink wrote:

But, with IPV6 available, the XBox, assuming that its an Xbox One would have one more path for gaming purposes.  In theory you should see better performance with IPV6 in use and far less NAT issues as there is no NAT for IPV6, at least not at the consumer level.  Are you finding that isn't working as well as it should?


No, he's saying he uses some 3rd party DNS that doesn't support IPv6 (or does but with limited features).

 

Guessing OpenDNS since they support IPv6 but their filtering doesn't work on IPv6 yet.

 

At any rate, probably a good excuse for the OP to tell his DNSP to get their act together...

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Re: FEEDBACK - Rogers Rocket Wi-Fi Modem Firmware Trial

after getting the beta firmware the issues that were occuring with my chromecast disappeared. Also no disconnects that seemed to happen every other day. Speed seems to be normal both upload and download.