Asus-Merlin-KoolShare for R8000

12 posts / 0 new
Last post
zambalik
zambalik's picture
Asus-Merlin-KoolShare for R8000

Hello guys,

I have been impressed by the Asus-Merlin FW and was looking for something like it for the R8000. I have found only one FW for the R7000 by Merlin.

I continue searching till I found the below by KoolShare:

http://firmware.koolshare.cn/merlin_8wan_firmware/R8000/

I tried it and it is working fine on the R8000. Capabilities and performance outstands the official Gennie FW.

However, I am not sure if I can trust KoolShare or not.

Do you have any info about?

 

Best Regards

vagelis
vagelis's picture
I try to install it on

I try to install it on firmware: V1.0.3.46_1.1.32 but it failed to restore.Any info?Should I install it on a previous version of Netgear stock firmware?

vagelis
vagelis's picture
I flashed it and this asus

I flashed it and this asus-merlin is great for my R8000.Better interface by all means.

In case Netgear creates a better UI in the future I will go back

PikkonMG
PikkonMG's picture
After tons of Wifi troubles

After tons of Wifi troubles with Kong and Shibby I decited to give this a shot. Been running now for 4 days and Zero Wifi issues. My Wifi is working as good if not better then defualt firmware for R8000. Seems rock solid.

Only thing im worried about is not know anything about KoolShare or not finding much for information about this version of merlins asus firmware. Does appear to work great tho.

lmanlo
lmanlo's picture
I tried DD-WRT but had

I tried DD-WRT but had connection issues with random devices disconnecting so went back to stock and then installed the Merlin from koolshare and has been working great so far. 

The other place I saw about this firmware for the R8000 was HERE. Seems that other's have used it but as many here posted there's not much information for the KoolShare. 

Can confirm like others that this has been stable and running good or better than Kong. Haven't tried Shibby. 

 

zambalik
zambalik's picture
Dears,

Dears,

I have used this version for over 4 months now and it is rock solid but I know nothing about Koolshare... As I am a security freak, I decided to go back to the netgear official firmware.

 

Best Regards

Mohammad

scifigeek
scifigeek's picture
Everyone,

Everyone,

My son is constantly complaining about the wi-fi on his xBox One. I've been running DD-Wrt but have been noticing a lot of wif-fi issues in general. I would like to give Koolshare a try. Where can I find install and config instructions? A manual of some sort wold be nice as well.

 

Thanks,

Mike

laprius
laprius's picture
No manual to speak of - but

No manual to speak of - but it is pretty much the Asus Merlin fw once it is installed so you could use a manual from Asus to configure.

To install go to the site and look for the initial fw files, flash router with that then upgrade to latest version. to go back grab the OFW (original firmware) file - grab all files at the same time so you aren't stuck if something happens.

PikkonMG
PikkonMG's picture
My last post was blank for

My last post was blank for some reason, but im still using the merlin for the R8000 by koolshare group and everything has been fine.

I keep an eye on their forums from time to time also but you will have to use google translator or something to view it unless you understand chinese.

Forums are at http://koolshare.cn/forum.php

muadeep
muadeep's picture
Dear Sir,

Dear Sir,

I would like to test this firmware but I would like to know if there's a Repeater Mode option in this firmware?, thanks.

Loooking Forward To

Muadeep

s.a.o.
s.a.o.'s picture
Koolshare firmware is a fork

Koolshare firmware is a fork based on Vortex Merlin firmware. It's developed by a group of Chinese users for both ASUS and Netgear routers which based on ARM. It's added functionalities are open source so the security shouldn't be your concern. (https://github.com/koolshare)

The difference between Koolshare and Vortex is that koolshare added a software centre with a lot of very useful plugins for Chinese users, such as proxy plugin to bypass Chinese GFW, DDNS proxy to bypass NAT, adblock for Chinese video sites, Aria2 for downloading torrents etc...

These plugins may not be as useful for non-Chinese users. Most of their releases are very stable with a few slightly more buggy versions.

s.a.o.
s.a.o.'s picture
By the way, there are briging

By the way, there are briging firmwares for a few routers. I would recommend not to install any of koolshare firmware without reading Chinese instruction on their forum.

Since both installation and software plugins are very English speakers unfriendly, I don't think it's a good idea to install if you don't know Chinese at all.

Zircon - This is a contributing Drupal Theme
Design by WeebPal.