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- This Certified Refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes functionality testing, basic cleaning, inspection, and repackaging. The product ships with all relevant accessories, a minimum 90-day warranty, and may arrive in a generic box. Only select sellers who maintain a high performance bar may offer Certified Refurbished products on Amazon.com.
- Dual-band with the latest 802.11ac 3x3 technology for combined speeds of up to 1900 Mbps
- 1GHz Dual-core CPU enables smart multitasking by dedicating separate lanes for Wifi and USB data
- Effortless router setup with the ASUSWRT web-based interface
- Monitor and manage your network with ease from your mobile device using the intuitive ASUS Router App
There are a few ways to get into recovery (also known as mini-CFE) mode and not every method works for everyone: Press and hold of one or more of the buttons (WiFi, WPS, Reset) when powering the router on appears to be most common.
The theory behind this is that the router does enter the recovery mode on every boot provided the appropriate key sequence is depressed.
However that alone may not always be sufficient to flash the required downgrade or upgrade image as the case may be.
To access the recovery mode requires a web URL to be typed into a browser of a PC connected to one of the routers LAN ports. Browsers are notorious for caching previously accessed pages at the same URL. This could be on reason for failed uploads or failure to see the mini-CFE page.
One thing that could be reported to is to cycle browsers each time the mini-CFE is attempted to be accessed. For me, first Chrome worked for the downgrade. On the next instance of entering into CFE, Chrome would display the miniCFE page, and the upload would start but faily at various points never fully succeeding. Changing browsers to IE at this point helped to complete the upload.
Other suggestions would include disabling the windows and/or other firewall, antivirus, Adblocker, clear browser cache and cookies for the particular URL, disabling all other Wifi and ethernet interfaces if any on the PC that is being used other than the one directly connected to the router.
The IP address used to access the miniCFE is also something that is not easily predictable. While the logic says TMo mini CFE is at 192.168.29.1 while Asus mini-CFE is at 192.168.1.1, this has not been the case in practice. Even after clearly changing to Asus CFE it was still required to access it at 192.168.29.1
In regards to this, it may be best to do a NVRAM clear after every step of the procedure by pressing the reset button for 15 seconds on boot.
In regards to mtdwrite, even after multiple attempts, my mtdwrite appeared successful showing no errors, but the loader version was still showing 2.x instead of 1.x even after multiple reboots. I had to do a NVRAM clear in order for it to show the right loader version of 1.x.
If you're thinking about getting these for AiMesh: be aware that folks who have flashed these to stock RT-AC68Us are not able to get the AiMesh nodes to show up (myself included). Read end of thread for more:
Check out posts by googles99. AIMesh does work with a new CFE
Guides to flash, may be outdated so check edit date...
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Get these while they are cheap folks. The RT-AC68U (which this can be changed to via software) are true mesh devices (no external controller needed) with new AiMesh/AMAX Firmware update
Asus pulls out the game changer - New AiMesh (formerly AMAX) beta firmware (Supports the RT-AC68U [and others] which this router can be converted into via software update)
The only documentation available is an info/guide PDF from HERE , Be sure to use the latest beta firmware from HERE .
1. Able to mix different models to build your home wifi system
2. Device roaming technology
3. Self-healing to ensure no interruption
4. Single WiFi SSID or separate WiFi SSID will be supported.
5. Original router features to whole system
6. Centralized setting. Set up once and apply to all models.
7. Easy to set up and manage, using a PC or a mobile device.
What is the difference between AMAS and other WiFi system?
1. If you already have an ASUS router, and you want to have WiFi system to make whole
home coverage, you don't need to buy a new WiFi system, you could buy another ASUS
router to form an AMAS system. And you can choose different models base on your
2. Unbeatable WiFi coverage, two AMAS nodes could cover up to 80 % kinds of house
layout in north America.
3. Just the way you are, all advanced router features will not be removed by enabling
AMAS. Do you still want to spend extra money for those WiFi systems without advanced
Before you try
1. Find two RT-AC68U (Series models) or RT-AC1900P or RT-AC86U. More than two is
welcomed as well.
2. If you already have one as main router, you can update that one via web GUI directly,
and then you can setup another one as secondary mesh router.
This is T-mobile Version re-branded Asus RT-AC68U (likely has 800mhz dual-core CPU) .
Don't confuse with Asus AC-1900 (1400Mhz dual-core CPU), it has slight differences with different CPU
T-Mobile provides firmware update for the latest Krack wifi vulnerability: