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ASUS Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router, Black ( RT-AC68U) RETAIL VERSION $137

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ASUS Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router, Black ( RT-AC68U) RETAIL VERSION $137.00 (free shipping)

This is the full retail, unlocked version of the industry-standard ASUS RT-AC68U router.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...gabit.html
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OK Amazon has it for the same price now. Best Buy has it for 159.99
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Is this the same as tmobile $50 router
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bad deal
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Way too much for this router. If it's not on sale for $59ish, wait a few days because it'll pop back up again, and again, and again.

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Way too much for this router. If it's not on sale for $59ish, wait a few days because it'll pop back up again, and again, and again.

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Where can you get the unlocked version like this one for "$59-ish?"
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Is this the same as tmobile $50 router
No. It's the same hardware but the Tmobile has a special firmware that was OEM'ed for them. Yes, you can hack it to make it be like the retail ASUS version, but you need to know what you are doing so you don't brick it.
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No. It's the same hardware but the Tmobile has a special firmware that was OEM'ed for them. Yes, you can hack it to make it be like the retail ASUS version, but you need to know what you are doing so you don't brick it.
Is the tmo stock firmware any different than the Asus stock firmware? For people who don't know how to flash the firmware, it probably doesn't matter and they shouldnt be paying more than double
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No. It's the same hardware but the Tmobile has a special firmware that was OEM'ed for them. Yes, you can hack it to make it be like the retail ASUS version, but you need to know what you are doing so you don't brick it.
Just did my first 2 last night. Never done one before and I would say I'm about average with tech. Following the tutorials the first one took me 2.5 hours and the second took less than 30 minutes. Currently both are running the lastest version of Merlin but they were both running fine on the T-Mobile firmware. Only reason I upgraded was for the security updates.
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Just did my first 2 last night. Never done one before and I would say I'm about average with tech. Following the tutorials the first one took me 2.5 hours and the second took less than 30 minutes. Currently both are running the lastest version of Merlin but they were both running fine on the T-Mobile firmware. Only reason I upgraded was for the security updates.
2-1/2 hours is a big investment for some people who aren't used to geeking out... the Tmobile is a great deal for those who are and willing to take some risk.
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Is the tmo stock firmware any different than the Asus stock firmware? For people who don't know how to flash the firmware, it probably doesn't matter and they shouldnt be paying more than double
There are some features from the stock Asus firmware that was removed for the T-Mobile version. From the top of my head I remember they removed aicloud and free ddns so you can access a USB hard drive from anywhere in the world. The might've blocked the USB storage too for local smb use. It's been awhile since I last used stock firmware so I can't confirm on that part.
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You gotta be kidding me. This is a deal??? $137 for a 1900 router? The Nighthawk x4 was just $122 two days ago. And the T-MOBILE was $40.
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Just did my first 2 last night. Never done one before and I would say I'm about average with tech. Following the tutorials the first one took me 2.5 hours and the second took less than 30 minutes. Currently both are running the lastest version of Merlin but they were both running fine on the T-Mobile firmware. Only reason I upgraded was for the security updates.
Mind if you point to the tutorials? I have bookmarked a few but if you ran through one that worked I would appreciate knowing which one
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Mind if you point to the tutorials? I have bookmarked a few but if you ran through one that worked I would appreciate knowing which one
I used this one:
http://www.bayareatechpros.com/ac1900-to-ac68u/
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2-1/2 hours is a big investment for some people who aren't used to geeking out... the Tmobile is a great deal for those who are and willing to take some risk.
I won't disagree with you but just putting it out there in case someone wants to know how long it takes. Like i said I ran into some problems so 2.5 hours the first time and less than 30 minutes the second time once I understood what I was doing.
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