Brume/Brume-W (GL-MV1000) configurations - Ubuntu/OpenWRT

Hello, I have the Brume-W GL-MV1000W, however this topic should also apply to the GL-MV1000 (no wireless). I’ve had a few goals with this router that others might want to help with, or post their own if they fit this topic. There isn’t an official forum anywhere that I could find that deals with this router/topics. There is a github page for installing Ubuntu, but no forum that Q&A’s happen on. Maybe this topic/forum can serve as a good place for Brume projects and configuration. My general knowlege of networking, linux, and openwrt isn’t the greatest. However I should be able to detail my goals, and confident that we can figure them out:

1a) WiFi/Eth USB Adapter Compatibility:
To add wireless via usb. The GL-MV1000W already has 2.4ghz built in. However it would be good to figure this out as well for the Brume GL-MV1000 which doesn’t have wireless, and also to add 5ghz band for those who already have the Brume-W. As WiFi keeps advancing, hopefully we can keep upgrading a new adapter that has the latest standards into the future, such as the newest 802.11ax, WiFi 6e, rather than having to upgrade the whole router. Lastly adding USB WiFi, can allow for the use of removable external antennas, so you could use high gain omni-directional antennas, or switch them out for directional antennas. The Brume-W manual by Gl-iNet recomends a couple of adapters, so I bought the dual band
Alpha: AWUS036AC. (Works in OpenWRT)
https://docs.gl-inet.com/en/3/setup/brume_w/wireless/#2-dongle
If anyone knows of other compatible usb WiFi adapters please reply with the model so that we can make a list of compatible devices. Additionally if anyone knows of, or has tested any WiFi adapters that work with Ubuntu, please list them as well. Ideally I’m hoping that one of them works on both systems, OpenWRT & Ubuntu. I’m also curious if anyone knows of any usb-ethernet dongles that would work in either system?

1b) WiFi as WAN (OpenWRT):
OpenWRT recognizes this adapter when you plug it in, and allows you to configure the wireless as an access point in the GUI. However their is no ability to use this for WiFi as WAN connection in the GUI. So I was wondering if this is possible under Advanced settings, and if so how to configure that? Along with that, is there a way to MAC-CLONE, or change the MAC address of the WiFi as WAN interface?

1c) WiFi in Ubuntu.
I had to follow the github page for the MV1000, since their isn’t a seperate page for the MV1000W to install Ubuntu.

Following the steps, I was successfully able to install Ubuntu on my MV1000W, and can switch systems back and forth using the switch_system command. However I do not see any wireless interfaces listed for the built-in 2.4ghz, and haven’t yet tested the Alpha USB wireless adapter. Is it possible to get the built-in wireless recognized and working in Ubuntu? If so, how do I configure that? After that I would like to do the same thing for the Alpha USB WiFi adapter, adding any required drivers, and configure it? Then it would be helpful to create a new ubuntu image for the MV1000W. The image should be easy enough though as it is described on the github page. Hopefully we can get that added to the github page, so depending on whether you have the GL-MV1000, or the GL-MV1000W, you could download and install the appropriate image.

2.) Network configuration in Ubuntu for Speedify:
Like I said, I’m new to some of these concepts, so I could use some help to configure the network settings in this Ubuntu build. The default login via ssh is root@192.168.8.1 with password goodlife. According to Johnex, we get bridged networking out of the box.
Ubuntu on brume? - #3 by kreiszahler
I’m not really sure how bridged networking works. What I am trying to do however, is make use of the ethernet interfaces for Speedify. Speedify is a monthly subscription vpn service that runs on Ubuntu. It allows you combine multiple WAN connections to aggregate them together and have faster overall Internet speeds, as well as failover to keep you online without buffer issues or Internet hiccups, in case one of the connections goes down.

To install speedify on Ubuntu:

To configure Speedify:

So I have Speedify installed, but I don’t understand how the bridged interface works with this MV1000W running Ubuntu. Whatever configuration changes I need to make to the network or Ubuntu, I have to be able to ssh back into the Brume router when all is said and done so that I can still access/control it. I want to be able to plug in an Internet connection to the WAN ethernet port, and then set a second Internet connection on the next ethernet port for use as a second WAN connection, and use the 3rd and final ethernet port to connect with and access ubuntu via ssh, as well as connect to the Internet. By default only 1 ethernet is configured as a WAN in this Ubuntu build, and speedify doesn’t know how to pickup the connections correctly, or how to tell it what interface to share the bonded connections with. I think that’s because of the bridge. I’m used to Ubuntu installs where you would have eth0, eth1, eth2 etc. So I think I need help to unbridge this and configure one of the other ethernet ports as WAN. I’m really just not sure where to go from here to get the networking, and speedify configured correctly? I can provide whatever else is needed to help formulate a solution, just let me know what commands to run, and I will post the output.

root@GL-MV1000-Ubuntu:/etc/ssh# ip a
1: lo: <LOOPBACK,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 65536 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN group default qlen 1
    link/loopback 00:00:00:00:00:00 brd 00:00:00:00:00:00
    inet 127.0.0.1/8 scope host lo
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
    inet6 ::1/128 scope host 
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
2: bond0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,MASTER> mtu 1500 qdisc noop state DOWN group default qlen 1000
    link/ether XX:XX:XX:XX:XX (OBSCURED) brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
3: sit0@NONE: <NOARP> mtu 1480 qdisc noop state DOWN group default qlen 1
    link/sit 0.0.0.0 brd 0.0.0.0
4: eth0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc mq state UP group default qlen 532
    link/ether XX:XX:XX:XX:XX (OBSCURED) brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    inet6 fe80::9683:c4ff:fe05:a149/64 scope link 
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
5: wan@eth0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state UP group default qlen 1000
    link/ether XX:XX:XX:XX:XX (OBSCURED) brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    inet 192.168.0.120/24 brd 192.168.0.255 scope global dynamic wan
       valid_lft 42443sec preferred_lft 42443sec
    inet6 fe80::9683:c4ff:fe05:a149/64 scope link 
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
6: lan0@eth0: <NO-CARRIER,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP> mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue master br-lan state LOWERLAYERDOWN group default qlen 1000
    link/ether XX:XX:XX:XX:XX (OBSCURED) brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
7: lan1@eth0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue master br-lan state UP group default qlen 1000
    link/ether XX:XX:XX:XX:XX (OBSCURED) brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    inet 192.168.8.2/24 scope global lan1
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
8: br-lan: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state UP group default qlen 1000
    link/ether XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX (OBSCURED) brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    inet 192.168.8.1/24 brd 192.168.8.255 scope global br-lan
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
    inet6 fe80::9683:c4ff:fe05:a14a/64 scope link 
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
9: connectify0: <POINTOPOINT,MULTICAST,NOARP,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 14800 qdisc pfifo_fast state UNKNOWN group default qlen 10000
    link/none 
    inet 10.202.0.2/24 scope global connectify0
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever

root@GL-MV1000-Ubuntu:/etc# cat /etc/dnsmasq.conf
interface=br-lan
bind-interfaces
dhcp-range=192.168.8.5,192.168.8.250,255.255.255.0,24h
dhcp-option=option:router,192.168.8.1

root@GL-MV1000-Ubuntu:/etc# cat /etc/netplan/01-netcfg.yaml
network:
  version: 2
  renderer: networkd
  ethernets:
    eth0:
      dhcp4: no
    lan0:
      dhcp4: no
    lan1:
      dhcp4: no
    wan:
      dhcp4: yes
  bridges:
    br-lan:
      addresses: [ 192.168.8.1/24 ]
      # do not remove this line; it's for /sbin/mv1000-networok-pre.sh to extract br-lan macaddress vlue
      macaddress: 12:34:56:78:9A:BC (Original MAC Obscured)
      interfaces:
        - lan0
        - lan1

root@GL-MV1000-Ubuntu:/etc/speedify# more speedify.conf.bak 
# Set to 1 to enable sharing Speedify to other devices
ENABLE_SHARE=0

# The interface(s) to use for sharing
# ex: SHARE_INTERFACE="eth1"
# When you enable sharing, Speedify will automaticlly set this interface to the NEVER priority so that it is not used as an Internet connection. 
# If you disable sharing for the interface and want to use it again as an Internet connection, you can set it back to the Always priority by doing:
# /usr/share/speedify/speedify_cli adapter priority {interface} always
SHARE_INTERFACE=""

# IP to use for the sharing interface
# ex: INTERFACE_IP="192.168.145.1"
INTERFACE_IP="192.168.145.1"

# DNS servers to send over DHCP to clients
# ex: DNS_SERVERS="10.202.0.1,1.1.1.1"
DNS_SERVERS="10.202.0.1,1.1.1.1"

# Set to 1 to allow internet access on other devices when Speedify is disconnected
SHARE_WITHOUT_SPEEDIFY=0

# Wi-Fi hotspot settings
# To use Wi-Fi sharing, set the WIFI_INTERFACE to the same as the SHARE_INTERFACE above
#WIFI_INTERFACE="wlan0"
#WIFI_SSID="SpeedifyAP"
#WIFI_PASSWORD="password"

# WIFI_MODE can either be "2.4" for 2.4GHz or "5" for 5GHz.
# WIFI_CHANNEL will default to 1 for 2.4GHz or 36 for 5GHz
#WIFI_MODE="2.4"
#WIFI_CHANNEL="1"

# Set the WIFI_COUNTRY so the device knows what region you are operating in and can comply with local regulations
#WIFI_COUNTRY="US"

3.) Use Mwan3 package in OpenWRT as failover:
In the OpenWRT system I was wondering if anyone has a method, or could give a tutorial to install and configure multiple WAN sources perhaps with mwan3, whether usb modem, ethernet ports, wifi, etc. And share those with a specific interface. Specifically I want to use the WAN ethernet port, as well as one of the other two ethernet ports as a WAN, and the remaining ethernet port to share the connection with a switch or end-device. So that if one WAN connection goes down the other uplink is automatically switched to and used so that the connection doesn’t drop. Basically having two, or more Internet sources to provide a more reliable Internet connection. If there is any way to combine the connections to increase overall speed and bandwidth (link aggregation) let me know, but my priority is at least the failover connection.

Thanks for your interest, and help.

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Hi, I have a BRUME MV1000 and I’ll soon receive a wifi USB adapter. I’ll test, benchmark (if it works) and report here.

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@DeepAnger That would be nice if it works, for $5. It has the RTL8811AU chipset. However I couldn’t find a model, or a brand for that. Is it TP-Link? If it does work, it would kind of be a shame if this a fly-by-night kind of product that is hard to ever find again if someone goes looking for one. I can be frugal sometimes myself, but also leary when there is no major company backing the product, or too cheap. At least with a more reputable product you get better warranty and support, but at $5 might not be neccessary. Anyways I hope it does work, to have a cheaper option to add to the list of compatible adapters. Thanks for the reply. :+1:

I have just received it minutes ago. I plugged it in my offline BRUME, powered down my beloved RT-AC68U and replaced it with the “new” BRUME + WIRELESS. I quickly saw a blue LED blinking in the USB adapter. I went back to my PC and it works ! Nothing to install !

I changed the Key, SSID and Channel and my phone, Mi 9T Pro using custom ROM, reconnected automatically. I still have a lot a tests to make but I tried a file copy from a local server to the phone and the speed was between 4 MB/s and 7 MB/s. That’s not a lot. I have around 20 MB/s with a Mikrotik waP ac and up to 24 MB/s with a RT-AC68U.

You can see the file copy on this graph (the red part). You must ignore the green part which is just constant upload from my server on Ethernet through the same CISCO switch. I wonder why there is so much fluctuation. It should be flat as it is with my other AP. It could be CPU limited in the BRUME or bad USB driver or both.

I also noticed one thing, my phone does not appear under WLAN Clients but LAN Clients in the first INTERNET page. Is this a bug ?

I hoped to find more details about he connection under Wireless Overview but it does not give much because RX Rate / TX Rate stay at zero and Bitrate at “?”.

Finally, the log constantly produces these warnings but I don’t know if they are related to that USB Key. All of this does not look very good.

Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.400942] RTW: cfg80211_rtw_change_beacon(wlan0)
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.408243] RTW: rtw_add_beacon beacon_head_len=62, beacon_tail_len=143
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.418656] RTW: rtw_check_beacon_data, len=181
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.423590] RTW: [HT] HAL Support LDPC = 0x02
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.428193] RTW: [HT] HAL Support STBC = 0x01
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.433107] RTW: update_hw_ht_param
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.439106] RTW: rtw_hal_set_bssid wlan0- hw port -0 BSSID: 00:13:25:ad:ea:21
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.447916] RTW: hw_var_set_sec_cfg: [HW_VAR_SEC_CFG] 0x680=0x30c
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.454547] RTW: rtw_ap_chbw_decision ifbmp:0x01 excl_ifbmp:0x00 req:0,-1,-1
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.461769] RTW: rtw_ap_chbw_decision others ld_sta_num:0, lg_sta_num:0, ap_num:0, mesh_num:0
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.470550] RTW: rtw_ap_chbw_decision ifbmp:0x01 tmp union:161,1,2
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.477091] RTW: rtw_ap_chbw_decision(wlan0) 161,1,2 => 161,1,2
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.483247] RTW: rtw_ap_chbw_decision union:161,1,2
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.488137] RTW: HW_VAR_BASIC_RATE: 0x15f->0x150->0x150
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.494954] RTW: rtw_get_sta_tx_nss: 1 SS
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.499163] RTW: rtw_get_sta_rx_nss: 1 ss
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.503171] RTW: STA - MAC_ID:0, Tx - 1 SS, Rx - 1 SS
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.508360] RTW: STA - MAC_ID:0, SM_PS 3
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.514291] RTW: wlan0 BMC Init Tx rate - OFDM_24M
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.543979] RTW: is_valid_id_status: HALMAC_FEATURE_IQK
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.551684] RTW: hw_var_set_correct_tsf(wlan0)
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.556254] RTW: [TSF_SYNC] p0 sync port = N/A
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.560742] RTW: [TSF_SYNC] timer offset = 0
Thu Jan 28 14:17:14 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3182.566882] RTW: cfg80211_rtw_change_bss(wlan0)
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.574367] RTW: cfg80211_rtw_change_beacon(wlan0)
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.579310] RTW: rtw_add_beacon beacon_head_len=62, beacon_tail_len=143
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.586001] RTW: rtw_check_beacon_data, len=181
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.590826] RTW: [HT] HAL Support LDPC = 0x02
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.595382] RTW: [HT] HAL Support STBC = 0x01
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.599770] RTW: update_hw_ht_param
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.605043] RTW: rtw_hal_set_bssid wlan0- hw port -0 BSSID: 00:13:25:ad:ea:21
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.618586] RTW: hw_var_set_sec_cfg: [HW_VAR_SEC_CFG] 0x680=0x30c
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.626217] RTW: rtw_ap_chbw_decision ifbmp:0x01 excl_ifbmp:0x00 req:0,-1,-1
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.633704] RTW: rtw_ap_chbw_decision others ld_sta_num:0, lg_sta_num:0, ap_num:0, mesh_num:0
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.642488] RTW: rtw_ap_chbw_decision ifbmp:0x01 tmp union:161,1,2
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.649006] RTW: rtw_ap_chbw_decision(wlan0) 161,1,2 => 161,1,2
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.655224] RTW: rtw_ap_chbw_decision union:161,1,2
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.660347] RTW: HW_VAR_BASIC_RATE: 0x15f->0x150->0x150
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.666311] RTW: rtw_get_sta_tx_nss: 1 SS
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.670459] RTW: rtw_get_sta_rx_nss: 1 ss
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.674446] RTW: STA - MAC_ID:0, Tx - 1 SS, Rx - 1 SS
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.679691] RTW: STA - MAC_ID:0, SM_PS 3
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.684311] RTW: wlan0 BMC Init Tx rate - OFDM_24M
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.713732] RTW: is_valid_id_status: HALMAC_FEATURE_IQK
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.721707] RTW: hw_var_set_correct_tsf(wlan0)
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.726427] RTW: [TSF_SYNC] p0 sync port = N/A
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.731131] RTW: [TSF_SYNC] timer offset = 0
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.737387] RTW: cfg80211_rtw_change_bss(wlan0)
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.756115] RTW: issue_nulldata(wlan0) to e0:dc:ff:f1:ad:e5, ch:161, 1/1 in 0 ms
Thu Jan 28 14:17:20 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3188.763983] RTW: expire_timeout_chk(wlan0) asoc check, e0:dc:ff:f1:ad:e5 keep_alive_trycnt=1
Thu Jan 28 14:17:22 2021 kern.warn kernel: [ 3190.535508] RTW: wakeup_sta_to_xmit alive check
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I forced 80 MHz and lowest channel on the 5G band and got better speed (large file copy from the LAN). The wifi spectrum here is almost completely empty. But why is the log flooded ?

Thanks for all the testing @DeepAnger , excellent work so far! You are actually beyond my personal scope at this point, as I am new to OpenWRT. However this is definitely the place to further expand on that, and annotate the results. If anyone else knows this topic/area your input is welcome. I was wondering if you have Ubuntu installed on your Brume as well? It would be great if you could test that adapter on the Ubuntu build so that we can see if it compatible accross systems. I will test the AWUS036AC in Ubuntu on the GL-MV1000W today and report back. Good work!

Darn, unfortunately AWUS036AC doesn’t seem to work out of the box in Ubuntu, no blue light. @alzhao would you be able to lend your expertise with wireless drivers in Ubuntu? I’m not even sure where to begin, doing lsusb doesn’t work as it’s not installed. I’m not trying to modify or install too many programs on the system as it’s a purpose oriented build of Ubuntu. I don’t know how much space there is to install extra programs, but I guessing not a lot.

Just tested 2 usb-ethernet adapters on the Brume-W on Ubuntu. They both work! I had an old Trendnet TU2-ETG from some years ago, plugged it into the usb and it works! Also just bought a j5create usb-ethernet model: JUE130 from BestBuy. Plugged it in, and it works as well! They both show up when you run ip a. Then sudo ip link "eth-interface" up followed by sudo dhclient "eth-interface" that should get an ip address. Can add these interfaces into the /etc/netplan.conf file as well to have them come up automatically at boot. I’ve also got them both plugged into the usb port at the same time through a usb-hub, and they both show up using ip a. Based on this testing I would guess that most any usb-ethernet adapter will work. The only bummer is that the Brume only has USB2.0 apart from its other higher end specs. So you have your USB2.0 theoretical speeds of 480Mbps / number of interfaces, if you are trying to expand ethernet connections. Otherwise I would probably use a smart-switch in conjunction with the Brume router, and use VLANS. But that’s another project I don’t have time for yet, which is why I wanted to test a usb hub with usb-ethernet adapters.

By the way the Brume & Brume-W are both on sale for $30 off right now on the GL-iNet website, as well as Amazon. Free shipping on Amazon too, however the Brume-W is out of stock at the time of this writing, they only have the Brume in stock. Might want to check that out if you are interested.

Is it a good idea to extend the USB 3.0 (for power supply) port instead of the USB 2.0 port?
This port is using normal USB3.0 (not PowerDelivery) for powering purposes, so it needs to power exactly 5V-3A with bus power, and in some tests the transfer quality is also poor.

However, the bandwidth is much larger than the 2.0 port, so I plan to test some hubs and injectors.
Since it not officially supported originally, I think that there is not much difference between OpenWrt and Ubuntu.

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Thank you for your enthusiasm I bought this router just to play with Wireguard (as a client). But I only have VDSL2 (23 Mbps down, 3 Mbps up) and it makes no practical difference, speed or latency, compared to OpenVPN, even compared to my ASUS.RT-AC68U that cannot do Wireguard but only OpenVPN. I am not smart enough to play with UNIX.

This BRUME ROUTER is expensive compared to a (older) RT-AC68U that does a lot more things, and although it is stable enough, the interface is very simple, too simple for fine monitoring and the bugs that appear here and there makes it appear like a beta version compared to ASUSWRT Merlin. That’s why I don’t intend to buy another one, even with wifi (especially limited and old wifi).

Obviously, I didn’t expect that a 5 euros adapter would work as well as a 100 euros Mikrotik waP ac. That makes my network hardware use less electricity but the waP only consumes 6 W and allows me to use both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band at the same time. It was a no risk test and it works well enough for the money and time invested.

Right on. I appreciate anybody working with this router, or has anything to add. That little wifi dongle is definitely the right price, I think I will get one too. I also went ahead and ordered a Brume, without wireless last night. I personally really dig these GL-iNet products. I originally bought it to act as a VPN router, since its openvpn speeds are much faster than other GL-iNET products. I also am into Linux/UNIX a bit, and that the fact that Ubuntu was available to run on this thing was a motivating factor for me, even though it was on the backburners for a while. I only recently had a reason to run Ubuntu on it, which is just to get Speedify working. That way I can combine multiple Internet connections and bond their speeds together, as well as having a failover in case one of the connections temporarily goes down. Even if they are a bit buggy, that’s what getting involved in the community is all about right? Help report those bugs, or ideas for new features to add, and we should be able to keep new software life thriving in it with updates forever, unless their becomes some major hardware limitations.

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I will have to try using the USB-C interface as an ethernet connection. Hopefully my computer has enough USB voltage for it to work.

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I bought a couple of those adapters from Ali Express @DeepAnger . The store was TPLINKROC, so I guess they are TP-LINK? Looking forward to testing.

Off-topic but is AWUS036AC and AWUS036ACH are same?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VEEBOPG/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A2LM6ZPY06LT1N&psc=1

I wasn’t interested back then. But I’ve been able to buy one recently from AE for less than 70 euros. I’ve been using my RT-AC68U mostly with FreshTomato. But these routeurs have old kernel and firmware from ASUS is less and less open source. So now, I’m using beta 6 but it still has some of the bugs I found on previous “stable” version. The only thing that got better with the wifi USB dongle is that the log isn’t flooded anymore.