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T-Mobile has ASUS TM-AC1900 Wireless-AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router (Rebranded RT-AC68U) for $38.74 ROUTER and CUSTOMER25 Shipping is free.
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Last Edited by k3u July 15, 2018 at 02:15 PM
Warning!

When you get your official invoice, T-Mobile will remove the $25 off coupon. See below. This order was placed with both coupon codes, and the total price when order was placed was a little under $40. The receipt, when the order was accepted, was much higher:


I had the same experience as the user above. I reached out to T-Mobile on Facebook and after much arguing I was able to get them to credit my T-Mobile account $25 to make up for the overcharge. -spenc938

Triggered Amex 10% cell phone bill offer- so 10% better if you have the offer on your Amex card. Generated 2 Amex charges and 2 trigger emails one from TMo for $1 and another from "POSTPAID NEW ACTIVATION TEL" for the full amount.

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You can flash this router to an RT-AC68U: http://www.bayareatechpros.com/ac1900-to-ac68u/. There are few change/additions needed in the guide before the latest ASUS firmware can be flashed, though.
  • 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. The CFE generator [pipeline.sh] by danielfeng has this version available.
  • Some TM-AC1900 ship with a firmware version that allows SSH access. If you get one of these, you can skip steps 5-10 of the guide. To check if you have SSH available, go to Administration > System in the router configuration 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.
  • The T-Mobile certificates have to be wiped from the mtd5 partition. This can be done after all of the steps in the guide have been completed, but must be done before any newer version of ASUS firmware is flashed. As of this writing, the firmware included in the bayareatechpros guide is 3.0.0.4.376.3626, so the steps below should be performed when this version is running on your router.

Wiping T-Mobile certificates from the mtd5 partition

These instructions originally existed on SNB before that forum thread was shut down [snbforums.com]. Credit to XVortex and rdallen. After you've performed these steps, you can flash 3.0.0.4.384.21045 (and possibly newer) using the GUI.

SSH into the router, then:

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
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ASUS RT-AC68U firmware downloads [asus.com]

SNB now disallows discussion [snbforums.com] about converting TM-AC1900 to RT-AC68U with AiMesh. So, modding information may be a bit harder to come by going forward. Some discussion has moved to this thread [whirlpool.net.au] on whirlpool.

Other Tips:

If you are having problems accessing the mini-CFE webserver this works:
  1. Power off the router using the power button
  2. Set your PC's IP to 192.168.29.2 (assuming the recovery mode is gateway is 192.168.29.1)
  3. Navigate to 192.168.29.1 using your browser -- the browser continue to try and access the page until it is available
  4. Press and hold the reset button while powering-on the router
  5. When the mini-CFE webpage appears on the browser, release the reset button
  6. As long as the browser status is still spinning -- looking for a webpage -- the mini CFE web page will load

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Another tip to load mini-CFE webpage is to connect your smartphone via USB/WiFi to your computer and upload and download the files you need then disconnect. I did not see these steps above until after I completed my flashing but it worked out perfectly as well.
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Lastly, for those who REALLY want to de-brand, take a cotton swab w/ nail polish remover (same as for finger- or toenails) and rub out the Tmo inscription. Some removers work better than others so if difficult, good results have been reported using acetone.

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WARNING: When you get an order confirmation using both coupon codes, the $25 coupon code is removed, making the total price $63.74.

You won't get a price confirmation in your first email from T-Mobile, and you won't have any documentation proving the number you're finally charged is wrong.

See the receipt you will get in the Wiki.
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am i messed up?..
Shows coupon CUSTOMER25 = @ $63.74
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am i messed up?..
Shows coupon CUSTOMER25 = @ $63.74
use 2 coupons ROUTER and CUSTOMER25​
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my bad entered second code it worked $38.74
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How much hassle is this to debrand?
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Worked for me... I was on the fence when it was 63.. for 38.. can't go wront. Thanks OP!
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do you have to be t-mobile customer to get it?

I had this router, not bad, but asus 3x00 is much better
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I select 'pay in full' then I add to the cart and then can't retrieve the cart to pay for it. lol

Next page wants an email to retrieve the cart and won't go further to the cart. They are requiring a T-Mobile email.
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I placed my order, but got a message saying that "T-Mobile experts are processing your order."

I also got an email saying that they need more time to process my order. Hopefully it goes through.
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Thanks. In for 1. Hope it goes through.

Already have one debranded to RT68U. Hope to debrand this as well and put it as a Mesh network.
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It was supposed to be $41 and change with tax. They just charged my credit card $64.10. This was a mistake. I should have known that T-mobile would screw this up.
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It was supposed to be $41 and change with tax. They just charged my credit card $64.10. This was a mistake. I should have known that T-mobile would screw this up.
Yikes. So glad I wasn't able to get to the cart to pay for it. But so sorry this happened to you and you have to deal with making it right. Hopefully it will be painless.
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Thanks OP! ordered one, came out to about $40 with tax. Sweet!
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