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Last Edited by iceberg11 May 28, 2015 at 10:40 AM
This is similar to the router offered by TMobile (Asus AC68u). I just want to start a thread on the Sprint version since there should be a demand there as well.

To order, you call 1-866-556-7310 and ask for Sprint Wifi Connect Router in order to better take advantage of wifi calling function of your phone. I assume you have to have at least one wifi calling enabled phone on your account in order to order this router.

Do not let them transfer you, if you are transferred, then the rep doesn't know the deal. Hang up and call back again. Other department can not order this yet (except for maybe a supervisor of Retention department). The number provided is to the Airave department. They can tell you whether you qualify and order it for you.

I ordered mine last week and it arrived yesterday.

I haven't played with mine yet but may try to put a stock firmware on it in order to use Access Point mode. It'll be nice for people to start putting some info on the router in the wiki area.

Good luck and enjoy the router.

Info on this page:

http://www.sprint.com/landings/airave/

The router is yours free of obligation after 1 Year. If you are cancelling before 1 year is up, you either pay $85 or have to return the router.

"Ownership of Equipment: Sprint will retain ownership of the Equipment for the first full year after
you order it. If your Sprint wireless service account remains active with Sprint beyond one year, there
is no charge applied for the router at any point, and ownership of the Equipment transfers to you. If,
within one year of receiving the Equipment, your Sprint wireless service is discontinued or terminated
for any reason, you may either (1) choose to return the Equipment to Sprint, or (2) keep the
Equipment and pay the Equipment Fee."

Anyway for those of you that want to use it in AP mode.

When you first connect the router, go to setup wizard and go into "manual setting". Once there, you have two choices, router and access point. If you fail to pick the option the first time, you will have to reset the router to factory setting then try again.


Here's something I found on the Asus website of the interface for the factory firmware so this would be close to the factory if you were to change it to Asus firmware:

http://event.asus.com/2012/nw/dum...ation.html
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Last Edited by stylingal June 28, 2016 at 09:12 PM
U I Here's a video introduction to the router's stock firmware (a little different from the Sprint firmware you'll get): https://youtu.be/MCAMrcKDsEA

Flashing Stock ASUS Firmware
http://www.snbforums.com/threads/...ost-187791

Here is the research I have done, and subsequently bricked one.

Silk screened HW rev 1.30, shipping cfe was 2.0.0.2
Flash Chip is a Zentel
Ships with firmware 348.xxxx.xxxx (cant remember off hand)
Stock CFE Download 2.0.0.2 [tinyupload.com] (This CFE has been cleared of the MAC addresses for my unit)
You also cannot just directly flash firmware it won't take it via Web, telnet, or tftp



More info starting here
SNB forums [snbforums.com]

Pictures [imgur.com]

Backing up the original CFE (This is a technical version, if your attempting to do this then you should know how to do the following)

Outline of the process is as follows:

1. DO NOT CONNECT ROUTER TO INTERNET
2. Download Putty.exe (Telnet program)
3. Manually set a static IP address on the PC (192.168.27.2)
4. Web into the router 192.168.27.1 and enable telnet
5. Obtain a USB flash drive and note the name (including case) of the USB drive using a PC
6. Using putty telnet into the router default user name and pass is the same as the web console
7. Save CFE


Quote :
•Reset NVRAM of router:

-----
•Power router off
•Wait 10 seconds
•Press and hold the WPS button
•Power the router back on while continuing to hold the WPS button for 15-20 seconds
------

•Plug the USB flash drive into a USB port on the back of router
•Connect PC Ethernet port to one of router's LAN ports using a CAT 5e/6 cable
•Open a browser and navigate to the router's GUI (enter router's respective IP address into browser's address bar). Login to router.
•Enable router Telnet:
•Open putty Telnet into router
•Save existing CFE onto USB stick: cat /dev/mtd0 > /tmp/mnt/USB_NAME/original_cfe.bin Replace USB_NAME with USB flash drive name noted from Section 1
•Verify original_cfe.bin is stored on USB: ls /tmp/mnt/USB_NAME/ . original_cfe.bin should be listed
•After a 10 second wait, remove USB flash drive from router
ALSO HELPFUL:
GUIDE to CFE flashing Asus router
Flashing CFE - Firmware utube [youtube.com]

Unlocking AP mode with router setup
The firmware hides the ability to change the router into AP mode after initial router setup. You can edit the HTML code to reveal the AP mode.

More info can be found here.
http://s4gru.com/index.php?/topic...ntry420820
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OP did you have to pay any deposit ?
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OP did you have to pay any deposit ?
No, there is no deposit needed, unlike the TMobile version. The router is for you to keep after 1 year from my understanding. Before that, Sprint owns the router.
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No, there is no deposit needed, unlike the TMobile version. The router is for you to keep after 1 year from my understanding. Before that, Sprint owns the router.
cool calling now
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Thanks OP. Just ordered mine.
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Thanks, was super fast and easy to order.
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How is this free after a year?

Per the Terms and Conditions...

3. Ownership of Equipment. You agree that the Equipment is owned by Sprint. Sprint will retain
ownershipoftheEquipmentatalltimeduringthetermofthisAgreement.NotitletotheEquipment
will transfer to you at any time during or after the term of this Agreement. You must return the
Equipment to Sprint as provided in this Agreement.
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How is this free after a year?

Per the Terms and Conditions...

3.! Ownership! of! Equipment.! You! agree! that! the! Equipment! is! owned! by! Sprint.! Sprint! will! retain
ownership!of!the!Equipment!at!all!time!during!the!term!of!this!Agreement.!No!title!to!the!Equipment
will! transfer! to! you! at! any! time! during! or! after! the! term! of! this! Agreement.! You! must! return! the
Equipment!to!Sprint!as!provided!in!this!Agreement.
Not sure but that's what I was told by the Sprint rep as well. It's free as long as you plug it in and use it.
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This looks like a great deal! Any thoughts on how to put the stock firmware on this?
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This looks like a great deal! Any thoughts on how to put the stock firmware on this?
So Sprint has their own firmware on this? Is there a difference in performance?
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Not sure but that's what I was told by the Sprint rep as well. It's free as long as you plug it in and use it.
Yes. That's what the rep told me so I'm putting it out there.
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hooray thank you for posting
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So Sprint has their own firmware on this? Is there a difference in performance?
Based on the sprint website, it looks like a customized interface. I just ordered it for myself so I'll be able to play with it in a few days.
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So Sprint has their own firmware on this? Is there a difference in performance?
No idea about performance difference but this runs on a older firmware so I wonder if Asus will provide updates for it. Maybe something like tomato would run on it. I imagine it would not be any different.

That's for some of you to find out. =)
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