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Anet Boards are seriously simple. I'd give my firmware a shot. YouTube video tutorial is listed below as well. It's for the E12, but works the same for the A8, minus the bootloader flashing.

I have started making a Unified Firmware Remix based on TH3Ds firmware. It's still Marlin based (1.1.8+), but is much safer, easier to use, and has extra features and bugfixes built in. It supports multiple printers from the same firmware package. You just have to edit Configuration.h (it tells you what to do), and flash it. SOME boards will require a bootloader to be flashed first (it's actually pretty easy). I made some tutorial videos on my YouTube channel to help out.

I run my own build on both my Anet A8 and Anet E12. Might be worth a look. Stock Marlin has a lot of limitations, and just like custom ROMs for Android, this would be a worthwhile look!

https://www.patreon.com/m1dn1ghtn1nj4

https://www.youtube.com/m1dn1ghtn1nj4

MN-UFR supports the following printers currently

Alfawise U10
CR-10
CR-10 Mini
CR-10 S4
CR-10 S5
CR-10S
CR-10S Mini
CR-10S S4
CR-10S S5
Anet A2
Anet A6
Anet A8
Anet E10
Anet E12
Ender 2
Ender 3
Tevo Tornado
Lulzbot TAZ5
Wanhao Duplicator i3** (and re-brands)
Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini (and re-brands)
Wanhao Duplicator D6 (and re-brands)

More background information can be found on TH3Ds firmware page:
https://www.th3dstudio.com/knowledge-base/th3d-unified-firmware/