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Deal is back for $48 shipped with prime...these work great with AiMesh. I have two setup in my home now running Version 3.0.0.4.384.20308 dated 2018/02/01 (RT-AC68U_3.0.0.4_384_20308-gead790e.trx) firmware and flashed to RT-AC68P with CFE 1.0.2.5.
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Last Edited by travelnshot May 11, 2018 at 03:04 AM
Unfortunately, SNB now disallows discussion about converting TM-AC1900 to RT-AC68U with AiMesh [snbforums.com]. So, modding information may be a bit harder to come-by going forward.

For more updated information on how to flash TM-AC1900, check out this thread [whirlpool.net.au] on whirlpool

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You can flash this router to an RT-AC68U: http://www.bayareatechpros.com/ac1900-to-ac68u/. Avoid CFE 1.0.2.5 from the RT-AC68P, as the newest Asus firmwares (3.0.0.4.384.20624 and later) detect this on the TM-AC1900 and revert the mod. Instead, use CFE 1.0.2.0 US AiMesh; it was dumped from an actual RT-AC68U by user goggles99 at SNB.

Note: some routers may ship with a firmware version that allows SSH access. If you get one of these you can skip steps 5-10 of the bayareatechpros guide. To check if you have SSH available, go to Administration > System in the router interface. If your firmware permits SSH, there will be a setting to Enable SSH. If so, choose Yes then Apply. Move on to step 11.

If you only follow the bayareatechpros guide linked above, the latest ASUS firmware you can run without your mod being undone is: 3.0.0.4.384.20308 [asus.com] (AiMesh is supported in this version)

If you would like to run newer firmware (tested up to 3.0.0.4.384.20648 [asus.com] so far), then start by getting your router on 3.0.0.4.384.20308 using the bayareatechpros guide. Be sure to use CFE 1.0.2.0 US AiMesh (use the generator [pipeline.sh] by danielfeng). After you're running 3.0.0.4.384.20308, enable SSH in settings. Then, you can SSH into the router and wipe the T-Mobile certificates from the mtd5 partition. The instructions that originally existed on SNB before that forum thread was shut down [snbforums.com] are below (Credit to XVortex and rdallen at SNB for these instructions!). Once you've cleared the files out of the mtd5 partition and rebooted the router, you can flash 3.0.0.4.384.20648 using the GUI.

Code:
# Backup MTD5 (dd produces identical bin)
cat /dev/mtd5 > /jffs/mtd5_backup.bin

# Copy mtd5_backup.bin from router using scp
# From host: scp admin@192.168.1.1:/jffs/mtd5_backup.bin ./

# Mount MTD5
mkdir /tmp/asus_jffs
mount -t jffs2 /dev/mtdblock5 /tmp/asus_jffs

# Copy mtd5 files from router using scp
# From host: scp admin@192.168.1.1:/tmp/asus_jffs/* ./

# Wipe mtd5 files and reboot
rm -rf /tmp/asus_jffs/*
sync && umount /tmp/asus_jffs
rm -rf /jffs/.sys/RT-AC68U
nvram unset fw_check && nvram commit && reboot
ASUS RT-AC68U firmware [asus.com]
It looks like ASUS no longer shows previous firmware versions there. Here are some direct links (the URL structure is pretty easy):

If you are having problems accessing the mini-CFE webserver this works.

Power off the router using the power button
Set your PC's IP to 192.168.29.2 (assuming the recovery mode is 192.168.29.1)
Navigate to 192.168.29.1 using your browser. Browser status will spin indicating looking for page
Press and hold the reset button while powering on
When the mini-CFE webpage appears on the browser, release the reset button

The browser status must be spinning (looking for a webpage) for this to occur. This method seemed much easier than the hit and miss of trying to go into mini-CFE webserver blindly"


"Specified time interval can not overlap." error:
If after upgrading to firmware version 3.0.0.4.384.20308, you see this error when trying to make any change on the Administration -> System page (such as enabling SSH), change the timezone to GMT (or something that doesn't require DST settings) and then make your changes.

It seems a router GUI bug in this version of firmware where DST start/end parameters can not be set and that cases this error.

I noticed this issue went away once I upgraded to firmware version 3.0.0.4.384.20648 (after removing the mtd5 partition first, as mentioned above). With this firmware version, I can set the timezone with DST settings.

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Based on the updated review below, this router is not a good deal anymore:

"UPDATE: 3/27/2018
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It now appears that Asus has disabled AiMesh functionality completely for anyone running a T-Mobile TM-AC1900 that is flashed to a ASUS RT-AC68U with its latest firmware update (Version 3.0.0.4.384.20624). Upon upgrading via the router admin interface, you will no longer see any AiMesh nodes nor anything to do with AiMesh, period. Also, after trying to reinstall the same updated firmware manually, my router was reset back to its original T-Mobile Firmware!!! What's worse, is that this may mean no future updates of any kind for TM flashed variants that are running AC68U firmware. Even Merlin over at SNB forums suggested somewhat cryptically that Asus is starting to tighten up on the TM-AC1900 routers and perhaps even his custom firmware won't work on them for much longer.

While there may be a work-around that the community comes up with at some point, people looking for a cheap way to get mesh networking at this point should look elsewhere.

Because of this, I am lowering my rating by 1 star as this is no longer a great buy. Buying this for the T-Mobile firmware is an awful idea, as it is many revisions out of date and a huge security risk. You can still flash and update to the latest (as of today) Asus firmware, but beware that AiMesh no longer works, and there may no longer be any firmware updates, period.

The party is over for now..."
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People need to get over AiMesh. "Mesh networking" is a marketing gimmick and many people do not need more than one router for good coverage anyway, and if you do, there are ways to set up several access points to the same network, this is not an unsolved problem how do you think large offices have had WiFi for over a dozen years without "mesh networks" that started popping up recently?

I bought one of these the last time it was on sale (same price). It's on stock TMobile firmware and works great performance-wise, I get 180Mbps on 5ghz on the other side of my apartment, which is the provisioned speed of my Internet. Haven't ran any iperf tests but don't feel the need to.

I still am going to load custom firmware on it because the TM firmware is outdated and has security vulnerabilities, but the hardware can not be beat for $48. It's the same hardware as an AC68U which is a $140 router.
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Based on the updated review below, this router is not a good deal anymore:

"UPDATE: 3/27/2018
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It now appears that Asus has disabled AiMesh functionality completely for anyone running a T-Mobile TM-AC1900 that is flashed to a ASUS RT-AC68U with its latest firmware update (Version 3.0.0.4.384.20624). Upon upgrading via the router admin interface, you will no longer see any AiMesh nodes nor anything to do with AiMesh, period. Also, after trying to reinstall the same updated firmware manually, my router was reset back to its original T-Mobile Firmware!!! What's worse, is that this may mean no future updates of any kind for TM flashed variants that are running AC68U firmware. Even Merlin over at SNB forums suggested somewhat cryptically that Asus is starting to tighten up on the TM-AC1900 routers and perhaps even his custom firmware won't work on them for much longer.

While there may be a work-around that the community comes up with at some point, people looking for a cheap way to get mesh networking at this point should look elsewhere.

Because of this, I am lowering my rating by 1 star as this is no longer a great buy. Buying this for the T-Mobile firmware is an awful idea, as it is many revisions out of date and a huge security risk. You can still flash and update to the latest (as of today) Asus firmware, but beware that AiMesh no longer works, and there may no longer be any firmware updates, period.

The party is over for now..."
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the router itself works well as standalone. so I would not say it's not a good deal for a single stand alone router. But the aimesh is a bummer. I have one of these and 2 other asus routers but can't update any of them since I don't want my tmobile to drop off the aimesh.
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Based on the updated review below, this router is not a good deal anymore:

"UPDATE: 3/27/2018
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It now appears that Asus has disabled AiMesh functionality completely for anyone running a T-Mobile TM-AC1900 that is flashed to a ASUS RT-AC68U with its latest firmware update (Version 3.0.0.4.384.20624). Upon upgrading via the router admin interface, you will no longer see any AiMesh nodes nor anything to do with AiMesh, period. Also, after trying to reinstall the same updated firmware manually, my router was reset back to its original T-Mobile Firmware!!! What's worse, is that this may mean no future updates of any kind for TM flashed variants that are running AC68U firmware. Even Merlin over at SNB forums suggested somewhat cryptically that Asus is starting to tighten up on the TM-AC1900 routers and perhaps even his custom firmware won't work on them for much longer.

While there may be a work-around that the community comes up with at some point, people looking for a cheap way to get mesh networking at this point should look elsewhere.

Because of this, I am lowering my rating by 1 star as this is no longer a great buy. Buying this for the T-Mobile firmware is an awful idea, as it is many revisions out of date and a huge security risk. You can still flash and update to the latest (as of today) Asus firmware, but beware that AiMesh no longer works, and there may no longer be any firmware updates, period.

The party is over for now..."
I have two setup in my home now running Version 3.0.0.4.384.20308 dated 2018/02/01 (RT-AC68U_3.0.0.4_384_20308-gead790e.trx) firmware and flashed to RT-AC68P with CFE 1.0.2.5.

Everything is working great with 3.0.0.4.384.20308 so as long as you stay with this Firmware all is good for AiMesh.
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It's funny how ASUS and other big networking companies want you to pay top dollar for mesh systems and will deliberately go out of their way to disable firmware features so you have to buy a more expensive router.
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It's funny how ASUS and other big networking companies want you to pay top dollar for mesh systems and will deliberately go out of their way to disable firmware features so you have to buy a more expensive router.
Almost like they want to make money.
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I have two setup in my home now running Version 3.0.0.4.384.20308 dated 2018/02/01 (RT-AC68U_3.0.0.4_384_20308-gead790e.trx) firmware and flashed to RT-AC68P with CFE 1.0.2.5.

Everything is working great with 3.0.0.4.384.20308 so as long as you stay with this Firmware all is good for AiMesh.
But you won't get any security patches & bug fix that newer FM will include.
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AIMesh is just one feature and also that from the Asus firmware.
For those flashing DDWRT this is still a great router and this is still a good deal.
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You can still install dd-wrt very easily once the first conversion to the AC68u has been done. You can get updates that way. 50 bucks for a 3x3 AC router, even without AiMesh, is pretty good.
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What's exactly aimesh does ?
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People need to get over AiMesh. "Mesh networking" is a marketing gimmick and many people do not need more than one router for good coverage anyway, and if you do, there are ways to set up several access points to the same network, this is not an unsolved problem how do you think large offices have had WiFi for over a dozen years without "mesh networks" that started popping up recently?

I bought one of these the last time it was on sale (same price). It's on stock TMobile firmware and works great performance-wise, I get 180Mbps on 5ghz on the other side of my apartment, which is the provisioned speed of my Internet. Haven't ran any iperf tests but don't feel the need to.

I still am going to load custom firmware on it because the TM firmware is outdated and has security vulnerabilities, but the hardware can not be beat for $48. It's the same hardware as an AC68U which is a $140 router.
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Almost like they want to make money.
Almost like they want to bend u over to make money
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