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T-Mobile [t-mobile.com] has ASUS TM-AC1900 Wireless-AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router (Rebranded RT-AC68U) for $74.99 - $25 with promo code "ROUTER"
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Last Edited by HarryS4062 July 27, 2018 at 03:36 PM
If you have the Amex 10% off ell phone bills, it should work on this. Worked for me last time around.
DDWRT runs good on this router as an alternate firmware to Merlin, Asus Tomato and OpenWRT. I have 2 of these running DDWRT for couple years now without issues.


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 3.0.0.4.384.21140 (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 will 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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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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First, do the mtd5 cleanup commands or you'll be in a deeper hole.
The way I read it, you are still running Merlin. Guessing you installed 384.5.

The way to get past this (Merlin's version of the rollback is to prevent loading any new firmware) is to:

login via ssh
scp the firmware trx file you want to install to the router
run "mtd-write2 <trx filename> linux"
It should reboot on its own - if not, wait a few minutes then do it manually
don't forget to clear nvram
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The fact that ASUS is trying to kill this feature in this model makes me hesitant to plunk down any cash for one of these.
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Finally got my 2x Asus flashed to AiMesh.

Now I haven't got time to replace my single R7000 + AC-68 repeater to 2x AC-68U to check performance improvement if any. On the fence if I should get one more for AiMesh.

My Mesh network will be entirely wireless as I can't run cable so maybe just invest in Orbi. Decisions decisions.
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T-Mobile [t-mobile.com] has a deal for $110 off new T-Mobile Wi-Fi CellSpot Router w/code: ROUTER. Now $49.99
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Thanks for sharing. It may be helpful to display the actual price and not just savings in the thread title and first post.

I am still using the free CellSpot from 2014, but am planning to update to a mesh network soon. Am I supposed to return it to T-Mobile? I never paid the $25 deposit, so I'm guessing I can keep it.

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$110 off of what amount?
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Router costs $49.99 with the code. No free shipping though. Not as good as the last deal/price mistake but $55.98 for a new AC1900 router is really good.
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Care to add a price? Dollar amount of or percentage off really don't mean anything as many places will inflate their initial price.
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Makes it $49.99

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Nope. You can keep it as long as your line, which was used to get this router, is still active.

Been with T-MOBILE for 6 years and also have a few of these free* from T-Mobile , they work rock solid 24/7, although not using mine in Mesh network.
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Pricing is in line with previous deals on this router. Good price for a New AC 1900 router.
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Last time I ordered twice and never heard or receive anything from TMO
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The fact that ASUS is trying to kill this feature in this model makes me hesitant to plunk down any cash for one of these.
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Great deal, best price I've seen on a brand new one, usually the deal on the refurbs is $48. If you are willing to do the work of flashing it, you aren't going to get a better router under $100.
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