ASUS RT-AC68U router

How to install Optware on Asus RT-AC68U router


ASUS RT-AC68U router
Optware is a package manager to allow you to easily install and uninstall cross-compiled Linux applications on your device (router, NAS, etc.) over the internet.
An alternative to Optware is Entware, but despite being newer and more modern, Entware is not compatible yet with ARM-based devices so please check compatibility before trying to install.

The router ASUS RT-AC68U is compatible, for the moment, only with Optware.

Prerequisites:

To install Optware on your RT-AC68U you have to follow three simple steps:

  1. Mount the ext4 formatted disk;
  2. Go to router’s web interface (router.asus.com) -> USB Application and install Download Master;
  3. Once successfully installed, uninstall it (not disable). The Optware package will remain installed, but just the Download Master will be removed.

You have to uninstall the Download Master because it is incompatible with transmission for Optware, a better alternative for the torrent client.

As you might run multiple applications on Optware, it is recommended that you activate SWAP on your Asus RT-AC68U router.

This is my list of useful Optware applications that I run on my ASUS RT-AC68U.

Info source:
https://github.com/RMerl/asuswrt-merlin/wiki/Initialize-OPTWARE

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4 thoughts on “How to install Optware on Asus RT-AC68U router

  1. Pingback: How to install transmission-daemon for Optware on Asus RT-AC68U | Software development tutorials

  2. Hello,

    Thanks for the tutorial.

    Would you please also share the way we can remove optware completely !

    I would like to do so without re-flashing or formating the disk.

    Thanks,

    • One way would be to shut down the router, disconnect the HDD from the router and connect it to a computer and delete the optware folder. Connect it back to the router and start it up.

  3. Pingback: How to install transmission for Optware on Asus RT-AC68U router | Technology tutorials

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