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  • For information on how to convert this router back to the retail version (RT-AC68U) and unlock more features refer to this post by DJ3xclusive in the forum thread.
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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
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Instructions to convert the ASUS TM-AC1900 to a regular ASUS RT-AC68U
Use the guide provided by Bay Area Tech Pros to the convert the T-Mobile OEM-branded, TM-AC1900, to the original Asus retail brand, RT-AC68U:
http://www.bayareatechpros.com/ac1900-to-ac68u/


Replacing the Verizon FIOS Quantum Gateway G1100 with the Asus router
For Verizon FIOS customers, you can replace the flaky FIOS Quantum router, G1100, with the Asus router by bridging the G1100 so that the Asus router becomes Primary. Follow this guide:
https://www.dslreports.com/forum/...es-Primary


Instructions to get AiMesh working on 2+ routers:
https://www.snbforums.com/threads...ost-358280

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Last Edited by jeproks March 27, 2018 at 03:16 PM
Flash this router to an AC68U or AC68P using http://www.bayareatechpros.com/ac1900-to-ac68u/

When using the stock Asus firmware, may indicate new firmware is available Version 3.0.0.4.384.20624
dated 2018/03/26 (3.0.0.4.384_20624-g14d2f02). DO NOT INSTALL 3.0.0.4.384_20624-g14d2f02!!!

3.0.0.4.384_20624-g14d2f02 breaks the AiMesh and it is no longer available. It also changes the CFE file on the router too and reverts the router back to an AC-1900

Latest firmware AC68U that works with AiMesh is Version 3.0.0.4.384.20308 dated 2018/02/01 (RT-AC68U_3.0.0.4_384_20308-gead790e.trx)

If you happen to install the Version 3.0.0.4.384.20624 dated 2018/03/26 (3.0.0.4.384_20624-g14d2f02), you have to start all over again.

RT-AC68U firmware: https://www.asus.com/us/Networkin...Desk_BIOS/

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Beware that Asus has blacklisted the converted TM-AC1900s with the latest AiMesh firmware released today. So this Amazon seller is just dumping remaining inventory for an orphaned product. Merlin f/w will probably follow-suit.

When the current AiMesh (version 3.0.0.4.384.20624) is installed on one of these, it re-flashes the CFE and shuts-off AiMesh.
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One word of warning after one updates this router to the Asus firmware following the http://www.bayareatechpros.com/ac1900-to-ac68u/ directions. The router, when using the stock Asus firmware, may indicate new firmware is available (3.0.0.4.384_20624-g14d2f02).

DO NOT INSTALL 3.0.0.4.384_20624-g14d2f02!!!

3.0.0.4.384_20624-g14d2f02 breaks the AiMesh and it is no longer available. It also changes the CFE file on the router too. There is much discussion on this over on SNB in the following two threads.
https://www.snbforums.com/threads...78/page-30
https://www.snbforums.com/threads...646/page-2

If one wants AiMesh to work they currently (unless things change) need to stay with CFE 1.0.2.0 US aimesh and CFE 1.0.2.5 US (RT-AC68P/V2) and stay with firmware 3.0.0.4.384_20308-gead790e.

That said, jumped aboard for another one of these routers after buying one from the previous Hot Deals.
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How do they manage to do that? When you flash it, you effectively turn it into an ac68u, it has the same exact internals.
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On Amazon; been on FP many times before, back down to $48

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product...ZNQ7MRVUTW

Can be flashed to stock ASUS AC68U, Merlin, etc

Compatible with AIMesh

http://www.bayareatechpros.com/ac1900-to-ac68u/
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I was reading about problems in the past about getting air mesh to work with the T-Mobile and a non T-Mobile version of this router, does any one know if these problems have been worked out?
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Any comments for 3 set of this comparing to 3-pack Google Wifi? In terms of performance and reliability?
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oops sorry about that, should've looked more closely. please feel free to remove this thread (I tried but can't figure out how). I'll TU the other one. thanks
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It could b one of a router I just returned to T-Mobile due to not a T-Mobile customer anymore. It was a very good wireless router.

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Any comments for 3 set of this comparing to 3-pack Google Wifi? In terms of performance and reliability?
i have two of these routers (wasn't able to get aimesh to work, so using one as router and the other as access point). if i'm close enough to the routers, i don't experience any drops in connections, but their range may be relatively short compared to other routers.

i'll probably try to get aimesh working again soon, and maybe buy a third one so i can have a reliable connection on the second floor (the access point is located on the first floor, and the connection gets dropped every now and then).

while i don't own google wifi, based on what i've read about them, they will be much more user friendly (especially out of the box), and probably have better performance. asus still needs to fine-tune aimesh.
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How does this compare to this Tenda AC1900, looks to be exactly the same internals just a different cleaner looking box.

https://www.amazon.com/Tenda-AC15...00BHYHZ47V
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Beware that Asus has blacklisted the converted TM-AC1900s with the latest AiMesh firmware released today. So this Amazon seller is just dumping remaining inventory for an orphaned product. Merlin f/w will probably follow-suit.

When the current AiMesh (version 3.0.0.4.384.20624) is installed on one of these, it re-flashes the CFE and shuts-off AiMesh.
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Beware that Asus has blacklisted the converted TM-AC1900s with the latest AiMesh firmware released today. So this Amazon seller is just dumping remaining inventory for an orphaned product. Merlin f/w will probably follow-suit.

When the current AiMesh (version 3.0.0.4.384.20624) is installed on one of these, it re-flashes the CFE and shuts-off AiMesh.
How do they manage to do that? When you flash it, you effectively turn it into an ac68u, it has the same exact internals.
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i have two of these routers (wasn't able to get aimesh to work, so using one as router and the other as access point). if i'm close enough to the routers, i don't experience any drops in connections, but their range may be relatively short compared to other routers.

i'll probably try to get aimesh working again soon, and maybe buy a third one so i can have a reliable connection on the second floor (the access point is located on the first floor, and the connection gets dropped every now and then).

while i don't own google wifi, based on what i've read about them, they will be much more user friendly (especially out of the box), and probably have better performance. asus still needs to fine-tune aimesh.
Aimesh cfe was released a little over a month ago. It should work, albeit a little flaky
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I got this from Tanga a while back and they were brand new for $60. Took forever to get It in tho. It was well worth it.

Used online instruction to flash it to Merlin build and it has been running like a champ. You can find several instruction online but pay attention to your router version and do your research. Here is an example instructions.

http://www.bayareatechpros.com/ac1900-to-ac68u/
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