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Asus is becoming critical of people flashing their T-Mobile TM-AC1900's with Asus's firmware supporting AiMesh, flashing your router back to T-Mobile firmware. Merlin firmware does not support AiMesh.
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Regarding TM becoming critical and flashing their firmware back, could you please share where that is being discussed? I'm considering one of these routers or the TM variant and just doing my research. TIA
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Asus:
RT-AC68U [newegg.com] - $87.99
RT-AC3100 [newegg.com] - $127.99

Both appear to be AiMesh supportive.
https://www.asus.com/AiMesh/​ [asus.com]

Asus is becoming critical of people flashing their T-Mobile TM-AC1900's with Asus's firmware supporting AiMesh, flashing your router back to T-Mobile firmware. Merlin firmware does not support AiMesh.


They can become critical all they want. Once you flash the asus bootloader (the original 1.0.2 or something like that..dont flash the newer ones) to the TM-AC1900 it's the exact same hardware as the RT-AC68U and will run aimesh fine. The refurbs regularly show up on slickdeals for $50. I personally still use the stable merlin (380.70) because with the router centrally located in my house it's range is so good it covers the entire house porch and patio even out into the yard.

Previous thread: https://slickdeals.net/f/11542971-asus-tm-ac1900-dual-band-gigabit-router-refurbished-48-fsss?src=SiteSearch

The process is so automated now they have a website where you upload your t-mobile cfe and it gives you a patched asus cfe with your mac id info embedded to download. https://cfeditor.pipeline.sh/ You will note one of the choices is "1.0.2.0 AiMesh"
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They can become critical all they want. Once you flash the asus bootloader (the original 1.0.2 or something like that..dont flash the newer ones) to the TM-AC1900 it's the exact same hardware as the RT-AC68U and will run aimesh fine. The refurbs regularly show up on slickdeals for $50. I personally still use the stable merlin (380.70) because with the router centrally located in my house it's range is so good it covers the entire house porch and patio even out into the yard.

Previous thread: https://slickdeals.net/f/11542971-asus-tm-ac1900-dual-band-gigabit-router-refurbished-48-fsss?src=Si...
Great, thanks for the info, it seems people are able to flash the 20942 firmware from Asus with that bootloader you mention from a poster yesterday. Since I have a freebie from T-Mobile maybe I'll try that, but I just got a RT-AC88U for $184 from Amazon Warehouse to see what kind of condition it comes in, can return if not satisfied no loss to me.

If I didn't have the freebie from T-Mobile and was presented with a $55 refurb TM-AC1900 (current price now) or a $87 refurb RT-AC68U, I might just go for the 68U for 32 bucks more and avoid all the flashing and hoping that Asus doesn't start looking at hardware serial #'s or some other unique identifier that they can start reverting firmware back on for the TM-AC1900's.
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Regarding TM becoming critical and flashing their firmware back, could you please share where that is being discussed? I'm considering one of these routers or the TM variant and just doing my research. TIA
Hi, look at famewolf's post above and the link to the prior slickdeals thread. Read all the way through it, I think it covers most of what I've read other places like YouTube comments on a video I watched the other day.
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