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How to move settings from Asus router RT-N65U to Asus RT-AC68U

NOTE: Ensure you use the latest Firmware on both routers! from Asus. Do a backup of settings at this stage, like you see from 1. to 3. before any actions. If the process fails, follow How to use the rescue mode of router? We did it once and used Rescue_RT_N65U utility tool.

Peoples asked how to move settings from one router to a new one? or Moving to new router…It’s possible to transfer settings? but no positive response.

Since we experimented already with success to transfer the router settings from Asus RT-N65U to Asus RT-AC68U here are the steps.
Before connecting the new router, from the old one do:

1. Login into admin account.
2. Go to “Administration” page, tab “Restore/Save/Upload Setting”
3. Press “Save” from “Save settings” option and save the file. You may overw
(See steps with How to export settings in ASUS wireless firmware | ASUSWRT and How to upload (import) settings into ASUS wireless router? )


Assus RT-N65U

4. If you use Asus DDNS got to “Wan” page, “DDNS” tab and disabled or change the name. In this way the when the new router will start we have free this domain name, otherwise you get the message “… The domain name NAME.asuscomm.com is registered ..” and get into the issue solved ASUS DDNS hostname… already Registered

5. If you intend of using the old router ( RT-N65U ) in the same network with the new (RT-AC68U) one you will have to change “Operation Mode” from “Administration” panel from “Wireless router mode (Default)” to “Access Point(AP) mode” and CHANGE the WAN IP. We used 192.168.1.1 to 192.168.1.2 (for example).

6. Start the new router and take the WAN cable and at least one LAN cable (depending on your configuration) from old one and plug into the new one.
7. You may get the Firmware warning message and update to the last one.
8. Once restart, “Skip Setup Wizard” on new router (link on left top) and to Go to “Administration” page tab “Restore/Save/Upload Setting”
9. From “Restore setting” upload the file you just saved from previous router (Step 3)

Asus-RT-AC68U

You may need to reboot the router and you will notice that all settings are back.

We successfully transferred settings for “USB Application”, “Media Services and Servers” since we used one external HDD. Also all settings from “Lan” page, “Manually Assigned IP around the DHCP list” , “Wan” page, “Virtual Server / Port Forwarding” settings.

PS: We haven’t notice any issue so far, but in worse case if you encounter any problems, you can reset your settings to default ones from “Administration” page, tab “Restore/Save/Upload Setting”, “Factory default” option.

PS2: Some peoples used NVRAM Save/Restore Utility M

Recently in 2023, new issues arose for RT-AC68U. It all started with the WAN – Virtual Server / Port Forwarding not working anymore. Tried Firmware update to Version 3.0.0.4.386_49703 the same issue. Actually the hole list with Port Forwarding disappeared ..

Tried older settings restore and surprisingly the Rooter could not be accessible anymore (IP changed to “nothing”). Using ASUS Device Discovery didn’t bring any solution.

Solution:

1. Rooter hard reset, see: https://www.asus.com/support/FAQ/1039077/
After that, the router was accessible using usual IP (192.168.1.1) and trying to upload again old settings (see advanced options on rooter setup) worked magically.

However, the Port Forwarding was still not working, despite having the list just fine. Also looking to System Log -> Port Forwarding the list was there.

2. Rooter firewall was disabled (also from testing machine), including AiProtection, but nothing worked. The solution was provided by Router will not forward ports? Try these easy solutions

Actually i played with Disable / Enable NAT and then Disable UPnP ( see How to disable NAT-PMP from ASUS Router ) and Port Forwarding magically started.

You can also try some other solutions from: Using the ASUS RTAC86U router – Port Forwarding not working.

Additionally, ASUS RT-AC3100 port forward not working may help you.

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