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Last Edited by duluthgeek November 22, 2019 at 03:26 PM
Second gen+ Broadcom-based AC1900 router with USB 2.0 & 3.0 drive and printer sharing and PPTP VPN server.

https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/w...l=&start=3

https://slickdeals.net/f/12991312-t-mobile-wi-fi-cellspot-ac1900-gigabit-router-pre-owned-40-free-shipping?v=1 Lots of information here.

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Does anyone have experience comparing the performance of the T-Mobile cellspot AC1900 before and after flashing it to this 68u with Merlin? I am curious because I still haven't flashed the one I bought and I am not happy with the TMO stock router. I am considering buying a nighthawk router to replace it.
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Does anyone have experience comparing the performance of the T-Mobile cellspot AC1900 before and after flashing it to this 68u with Merlin? I am curious because I still haven't flashed the one I bought and I am not happy with the TMO stock router. I am considering buying a nighthawk router to replace it.
Hardware is the same. Only difference is firmware.
For better performance I (highly) recommend the AC86U.
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Hardware is the same. Only difference is firmware.
For better performance I (highly) recommend the AC86U.
Doesn't the 68U have better 2.4GHz throughput?
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If it has identical hardware to the t-mobile model, and you put on identical software, how do you then expect it to perform differently? I assume that's what you meant since you didn't specify better than WHAT.
I was replying to the person suggesting the 86U.
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Does anyone have experience comparing the performance of the T-Mobile cellspot AC1900 before and after flashing it to this 68u with Merlin? I am curious because I still haven't flashed the one I bought and I am not happy with the TMO stock router. I am considering buying a nighthawk router to replace it.
Yeah i had the tmobile one. Performance is better and range was pretty good as i did a test run. But it was not stable to be honest. Dropped signal every now and then. But there is a setting to auto-restart the device daily. My stock ac68r has a lower range on stock asus firmware but its stable and havent resetted it in over a year.
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Does anyone have experience comparing the performance of the T-Mobile cellspot AC1900 before and after flashing it to this 68u with Merlin? I am curious because I still haven't flashed the one I bought and I am not happy with the TMO stock router. I am considering buying a nighthawk router to replace it.
You can flash TM-AC1900 to stock RT-AC68U/P following https://www.bayareatechpros.com/ac1900-to-ac68u/ .
Great stable router, solid wifi range, still gets frequent firmware updates and works well with 1Gb fiber.
I've tested it against Linksys and TP-Link.
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Yeah i had the tmobile one. Performance is better and range was pretty good as i did a test run. But it was not stable to be honest. Dropped signal every now and then. But there is a setting to auto-restart the device daily. My stock ac68r has a lower range on stock asus firmware but its stable and havent resetted it in over a year.
Thanks for the feedback. I am not satisfied with the range and bandwidth out of the stock TMO router. Range is one thing but even after adding a wifi extender, the speed is still really bad.
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suggest to add "refurbished" in the title
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You can flash TM-AC1900 to stock RT-AC68U/P following https://www.bayareatechpros.com/ac1900-to-ac68u/ .
Great stable router, solid wifi range, still gets frequent firmware updates and works well with 1Gb fiber.
I've tested it against Linksys and TP-Link.
Thanks. I read about this 24 steps instruction. I am debating whether I should spend the effort flashing the firmware or just get a new router. It sounds like the performance and range should be better. I will give it a try.
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I refuse to pay more than $30 for refurb routers after already having owned 2. They're basically disposable if they start acting up. No thanks. You can get some decent AC1750 routers brand new for $55.
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So tempting but I've had such bad experiences with refurbished routers and the reviews don't instill confidence...
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Hardware is the same. Only difference is firmware.
For better performance I (highly) recommend the AC86U.
AC86U doesn't have very good ratings on Amazon. Confused

https://www.amazon.com/Dual-band-...166&sr=8-1
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