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T-Mobile ASUS TM-AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router (Open Box) EXPIRED
Thanks to community member duluthgeek for finding this deal
Note, this is an open box product, however, it will include all accessories
About the Product
- Dual band w/ latest 802.11ac 3x3 technology
- Speeds up to 1900 Mbps
- 1GHz Dual-Core CPU w/ dedicating lanes for WiFi/USB Data
- ASUSWRT Web-Based Interface
- Monitor/manage network using the intuitive ASUS Router app
- AiProtection Powered by Trend MicroTM provides multi-stage protection
Editor's Notes & Price Research
- This offer is available again from the previous FP deal (if you've missed out on it)
- This is a good price if you're in the market for a relatively cheap dual band wireless router; this router is the same model as the ASUS AC1900, however, it is just T-Mobile branded. Due to this product being an open box, there is currently no list price
- This is an open box product and will arrive in a generic brown box w/ all included accessories
- Top Rated Plus seller offering free 30 days returns on product
- Offer valid while promotion/supplies last
- Please refer to the forum thread for additional details - Discombobulated
Video demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7SYNOZ
Project page: https://github.com/jasonbuechler/asus-rebadger
Testing thread: https://slickdeals.net/f/13056622
^ johnny2x4 Wrote a new guide that also simply updates/minor fixes for those that like the style of the guide at bayareatechpros
(Check Spam/Junk/Inbox) for any communications from T-Mobile.
If you didn't hear anything from your order within a few hours, chances are your order didn't take.
You can call call 800-672-5390, say you don't have an order number.. and you get a CSR to talk to. Find out what happened.
Download PDF manual for original T-mobile TM-AC1900:
You can flash this router to an RT-AC68U: There are few change/additions needed in the guide before the latest ASUS firmware can be flashed. You MUST read this Community Wiki below, on steps of Lazymocha's Guide [lazymocha.com].
Avoid CFE 22.214.171.124 from the RT-AC68P, as the newest Asus firmwares (126.96.36.199.384.20624 and later) have performance issues using it when running on a converted TM-AC1900. Instead, use the most current CFE 188.8.131.52 US AiMesh as it is not only for 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.
IF need, link to ASUS RT-AC68U Router Firmware 184.108.40.206.384.20308 [softpedia.com] (which is MD5 0eebcaebee656d3d882f6fcb40bf2697, if you are curious for its authenticity) ASUS removed this firmware as it is the last safest firmware for the converted cellspots without doing the MTD5 commands discussed below.
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 Lazymocha's Guide [lazymocha.com] is 220.127.116.11.376.3626, so the steps below should be performed when this version is running on your router.
PC Instructions: Lazymoca's Guide [lazymocha.com]
(I removed the Bayarea guide link, you will get it from Lazymocha's Guide. But the site is wrong about the MTD5 commands. The comments repeat. I found it best to keep Lazymocha's up)
Mac Instructions - Here [youtu.be] (remember, 18.104.22.168 US AiMesh, he chooses the wrong one in the video).
A brief explanation of what you are achieving in the Guide to change your T-Mobile RT-AC1900 to RT-AC68U.
The Cellspots usually come with firmware 3199 that hides features (SSH and Telnet) in the settings of the router.
SSH feature needs to be turned on to do steps of the guide.
If it is not available to turn on, in order to turn them on, a different older T-Mobile firmware needs to be installed.
The achievements for the entire Guide are as follows:
1. Install firmware 376.1703 to enable SSH
2. Replace CFE (taking out old, updating, installing new)
3. Install firmware 376.3626 to expand jffs (mtd4) to 64MB
4. Clean-up mtd5
*As a bonus there is an extra 2 mtd5 commands to run when on firmware 384.20308.
That is it! 4 achievements to accomplish, then you can install updated Firmware.
Between these achievements are preparations to be done. That is why the guide has 24+ steps in it.
Above is Advice with some links for downloads, below are Guide Tips and notes for tough Steps of the guide.
In this "Community Wiki" is talk about the 'Steps' of the Guide(s) to help you do these achievements.
It is important you follow the guide and the steps correctly. The first achievement is the toughest part of the entire guide. Pay attention closely. If you are stuck on a Step, read the Community Wiki.
If things get bad for you, just walk away don't skip any 'Steps', don't decide to go out of the steps. Just ask your questions and people will help you.
The Lazymocha Guide steps discussed below.
Step 1, 2, 3
Download files from Step 1, and Step 3, but also download firmware 22.214.171.124.384.20308 [softpedia.com].
NOTE: If you already converted to an RT-AC68U in the past, and you want the new version of RT-AC68U with AiMesh (you want to update it), you don't have to use your origional_cfe.bin.
Just skip Steps 4+ and go to Step 11, continue from there. (You will need Step 1,2,3 and 384.20308 firmware from above)
*Disconnect from the internet now*
Set static IP for PC. See photo on the left, bottom of this page HERE
Make sure your PC/Laptop WiFi is off. You should be disconnected from the internet.
Connect this NEW router to the PC. (1 of the 4 yellow ports) Do not connect into the blue port.
Work offline until Step 15. Remember there are preparations steps for each achievement, so pay attention.
Lets now try to manually install firmware 376.1703 from logging into the router.. in your browser, type in 192.168.29.1
Find the firmware version top of the page and click on it.. Find the downloaded firmware from Step 3 above, (make sure it is unzipped).. and manually install it to the router.
You might get lucky and it installs.. it depends on what version firmware your router came with. IF it does, move to Step 8.. if not, continue below
Step 6 & 7
If you are having problems accessing the mini-CFE webserver see if this works:
Power off the router using the power button
Set your PC's IP as explained in Step 4
Navigate to 192.168.29.1 using your browser -- the browser continue to try and access the page until it is available
Press and hold the reset button while powering-on the router
When the mini-CFE webpage appears on the browser, release the reset button
As long as the browser status is still spinning -- looking for a webpage. If it stops refresh the page -- the mini CFE web page will load.
Some have said to keep holding the reset button down for 10 seconds after you start to load the firmware.
So, browser searching status spinning for 192.168.29.1- holding reset, power on router - if browser spins, the mini-CFE opens and you click firmware - keep holding reset for 10 seconds while firmware uploads.. let go reset.
Don't waste any time finding that firmware to load to mini-CFE as that web browser must be searching trying to connect to 192.168.29.1. If browser gives up searching (stops spinning) you have to click refresh.. it can stop the process. That is why ping is mentioned on some guides.
It helps to tape on a 'zip tie end' on top of the reset button so it's easy to press, you have a few things to do at once during this one step.
If this doesn't work,
Try Google Chrome incognito mode.
Some mention to turn on AP mode in the router then try.
If accessing the mini-CFE webserver doesn't work at all for you...
You are experiencing the effects of a locked firmware...
You have to change Guides.
[/I] " Directions for rolling back to AC68 after AC1900 rollback: " Direct Google Docs Link [google.com]. We call this the Google Doc. Guide. You can download it here [mega.nz]
What is wrong with the T-Mobile 3199 firmware
The Cellspots are USUALLY now shipped out with firmware 3199, that makes it harder for you to downgrade that firmware. Sometimes you get lucky with the above steps, sometimes you don't.
This is also caused if you have a converted a Cellspot -TM-AC1900 to RT-AC68U, that did not do the MTD5 commands, and attempted to do a firmware update past 126.96.36.199.384.20308.
Why is my converted Cellspot rolled back to 3199
Those that changed a Cellspot to RT-AC68U in the past might experience this because the ASUS Firmware 188.8.131.52.384.20624 and newer is a 'smart firmware' that identifies converted Cellspots and revert them back to a T-Mobile Cellspots with T-Mobile firmware- 3199. (You could say ASUS put in a virus/trojan to sniff out Cellspots)
To stop this from happening, you must complete the guide and do the MTD5 commands to make your router immune to this 'ASUS type smart firmware'.
IF you don't do these MTD5 commands, the safest highest version of firmware you can use of ASUS's is 384.20308 [softpedia.com].
The first MTD5 commands erases T-Mobile certificates and solves this issue.
The last 2 MTD5 commands fills in that missing area to the regular size of the normal RT-AC68U.
IF you need to use this Google Doc. Guide,I recommend using the (No CFE USB Instructions). IF you still have your old 'original_cfe.bin' from converting THIS router in the past (not one from another router), then you can use the (USB Instructions).
IF you had success on Step 7 above, continue with the Lazymocha's Guide under the Google Doc Guide chat - Steps 1 - 5 below.
- For those that could not get past Step 7 above, we now talk about The Google Doc. Guide. [google.com] Download here [mega.nz]
Changing Guides to The Google Doc. Guide, (NO CFE USB Instructions)
Google Doc. Guide discussion now:
The router must be connected to the internet for this to work
Step 1 You need a formatted (completely empty) USB thumbdrive. You need to right click - rename it to: USB
Step 2 When doing step 2, you need to get the firmware file: TM-AC1900_184.108.40.206_376_1703-g0ffdbba.trx and rename it to: firmware1703.trx
Copy the firmware file to your thumbdrive called: USB
The file you need can be found in Step 3 on the Lazymocha Guide [lazymocha.com] (Which you should already have)
Step 3 This explains how to use the Google Doc. Guide.. the commands.To help you, there are some photos I found to show you how and where you put the commands when using this Direct Google Docs Link. (Thank you Sploit).
The photos can be seen at the bottom of this post.
Step 4 Plug in the thumbdrive to the routers USB 2.0 port and look in the Router page for USB thumbdrive.. check it is showing 'USB' for a name.
Step 5 Run the commands as shown in the pictures. When it says 'wait before doing the next command'. Wait.
- Google Doc. Guide is complete. Make sure you did your 'reset NVRAM' which is Step 20 of Lazymocha Guide.
Start at Step 9 over on there guide.
END of Google Doc. Guide discussion
........Lazymocha's Guide [lazymocha.com] discussion and Steps continued below.
After flashing "TM-AC1900_220.127.116.11_376_1703-g0ffdbba.trx" and rebooting, the NVRAM *must* be reset (Step 20).
NOTE: IF holding WPS seems to not work, try holding WPS for 20 seconds instead of waiting for the power led to flash.
Another way is the command: nvram erase
Open Putty and WinSCP. In WinSCP select SCP as file protocol, in Putty select SSH - See Putty SSH photo, bottom of this page HERE
After you connect to the router in Putty, another window opens (if asked, click yes yes yes). It will ask for the user name and password of the router. Username will be visible, password wont. Hit enter after each.
In putty type:
cat /dev/mtd0 > original_cfe.bin
In WinSCP refresh the window on the right side and note that original_cfe.bin is present
Copy original_cfe.bin to a local drive (to keep for future use-always keep this)
You must go on the internet now to upload your original_cfe.bin HERE [pipeline.sh]
Chose 18.104.22.168 US AiMesh
When getting the CFE downloaded from the website, don't forget to rename the downloaded CFE to:
Get back off the internet when you are finished doing Step 15.
"Upload" Copy and paste the new_cfe.bin and mtd-write and FW_RT_AC68U_30043763626.trx into WinSCP, next to your original_cfe.bin. All 4 files should be in there.
Install new_cfe.bin and mtd-write and FW_RT_AC68U_30043763626.trx from WinSCP using commands:
The green text should appear in Putty after issuing the three commands.
/tmp/home/root# chmod u+x mtd-write
/tmp/home/root# ./mtd-write new_cfe.bin boot
/tmp/home/root# mtd-write2 FW_RT_AC68U_30043763626.trx linux
linux: CRC OK
Step 20 clear NVRAM: After the CRC OK green text, clear NVRAM
Perform NVRAM Reset.
a. Power off router
b. Wait 10 seconds
c. Press and hold WPS button
d. Power up the router and continue to hold WPS button for 20 seconds - power LED starts blinking very quickly - keep holding for that 20 seconds.
e. Release WPS button and wait for router to fully boot ~ 5 mins
If the Model number remains TM-AC1900: After doing Step 20, and you still don't see "RT-AC68U", this was due to a mistake in Steps 16 -19.
Check the spelling of the code and re-naming of the CFE:
origional_cfe.bin to the CFE generator [pipeline.sh] (choosing 22.214.171.124 US AiMesh), correctly re-naming the received CFE "new_126.96.36.199_am.bin"
Make sure all those 3 files new_cfe.bin and mtd-write and FW_RT_AC68U_30043763626.trx are in WinSCP next to original_cfe.bin.
(If doing Steps 17-19 again, make sure you then do Step 20) You should now see "RT-AC68U"
IF it still isn't clearing NVRAM, in Putty type this command:
Step 23 Wiping T-Mobile certificates from the MTD5 partition
(this is entered in Putty after enabling SSH on the router)
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 above Firmware version 188.8.131.52.384.20308 and newer using the GUI.
# Backup MTD5 (dd produces identical bin)
cat /dev/mtd5 > /jffs/mtd5_backup.bin
# Copy mtd5_backup.bin from router using scp
# From host: scp firstname.lastname@example.org:/jffs/mtd5_backup.bin ./
# Mount MTD5
mount -t jffs2 /dev/mtdblock5 /tmp/asus_jffs
# Copy mtd5 files from router using scp
# From host: scp email@example.com:/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
Those 7 MTD5 commands look like this:
If following the Lazymocha's Guide, you will be on Firmware version 3004.376.3626 during this step Step 23.
admin@RT-AC68U:/tmp/home/root# cat /dev/mtd5 > /jffs/mtd5_backup.bin
admin@RT-AC68U:/tmp/home/root# mkdir /tmp/asus_jffs
admin@RT-AC68U:/tmp/home/root# mount -t jffs2 /dev/mtdblock5 /tmp/asus_jffs
admin@RT-AC68U:/tmp/home/root# rm -rf /tmp/asus_jffs/*
admin@RT-AC68U:/tmp/home/root# sync && umount /tmp/asus_jffs
admin@RT-AC68U:/tmp/home/root# rm -rf /jffs/.sys/RT-AC68U
admin@RT-AC68U:/tmp/home/root# nvram unset fw_check && nvram commit && reboot
The last 2 MTD5 commands:
In order to do the last 2 MTD5 commands you must be on Firmware 384.xxxxx or higher. 184.108.40.206.384.20308 [softpedia.com] (preferred because it is just before the virus) or the command will not be effective.
Remember, every time you update firmware, reset NVRAM Step 20. Enable SSH, then do the last 2 commands below.
Writing all FFs to the mtd5, the green text should appear in Putty after issuing the two commands.
/tmp/home/root# ln -s /sbin/rc mtd-erase
/tmp/home/root# ./mtd-erase -d asus
Erasing 0x0 - 0x1ffff
Erasing 0x20000 - 0x3ffff
Erasing 0x40000 - 0x5ffff
Erasing 0x60000 - 0x7ffff
Erasing 0x80000 - 0x9ffff
Erasing 0xa0000 - 0xbffff
Erasing 0xc0000 - 0xdffff
Erasing 0xeffff - 0xfffff
Erasing 0x100000 - 0x11ffff
Erasing 0x120000 - 0x13ffff
"asus" successfully erased.
You may now upgrade to the latest ASUS firmware (I suggest every firmware install be manually uploaded, and off the internet.)
ASUS RT-AC68U firmware downloads [asus.com]
Merlin found HERE [lostrealm.ca]
Don't forget to reset NVRAM after firmware installs.
Put the new_cfe.bin and original_cfe.bin and firmwares in the folder 'router' and save for future work in case you need them.
-------------------------------------Well, a big congratulations are in order!! You now have an RT-AC68U [asus.com]------------------------------------------------
(guide updated 1/31/19)
A guide on the Internet connectivity during the process of the Lazymocha's Guide.
This tells you when to connect/disconnect the PC from the Internet and old router to new router.
Assuming you are using a single PC to do the flashing:
You are connected to the Internet via your old router in Steps 1-3.
Then you disconnect from old router, "Set static IP for PC" (as in Step 4) connect to the new router in Steps 4-14 (no Internet).
Now you disconnect from new router, "Reset PC IP back to default" (as in Step 21), reconnect to your old router to get on the Internet, and do Step 15.
Then you disconnect from old router, "Set static IP for PC" (as in Step 4) connect to the new router for Steps 16-20 (no Internet). From now on, your PC can stay connected to the new router.
Step 21 "Reset PC IP back to default" Continue with Step 22-23 (no Internet).
In Step 24, you can connect the new router to your Internet modem. After a normal configuration, your PC should connect to the Internet now via the new router.
Flash your desired/updated/newest firmware to the router via a manual upload on the router's Firmware Update screen. Then do Step 20 again.
Assuming you are using 2 PC's to do the flashing, and the above is complicated:
If you are using 2 PC's follow Lazymocha's Guide [lazymocha.com]. Use the separate PC to get step 1 and 3 downloads onto a thumbdrive, and transfer it to the (off Internet PC working on the new router).
On step 14, thumbdrive the origional_cfe.bin from the offline PC - to the online PC, do Step 15, rename the CFE and transfer the new_cfe.bin to the (offline PC) again via thumbdrive.
Finish the work. Once you are past Step 23, you can go on the internet with the new router.
Having Trouble Getting a AiMesh Node to connect to your main AiMesh router? (confirmed working on firmware 220.127.116.11.384.32799) then follow this tutorial from vboyz103 (Click me to go to his original post or read below)
Having issue with intermittent wireless connection running latest firmware (18.104.22.168.384_45149)?
In Wifi Professional for 2.4Ghz & 5Ghz:
Disable Roaming Assistance; Airtime fairness; and both types of Beamforming (click Apply for each band).
If you see improvement, enable Roaming Assistance but lower the threshold to about -75. This needs to be fine tuned for each environment and band.
You might also play with Bluetooth coexistence. BTW, do you have USB3 devices connected? If so, set USB3 to USB2 mode. It can interfere with 2.4GHz.
If anything makes an improvement, you might try enabling other settings to narrow-down exactly which is the problem.
Before commenting below in the comment section... make sure your line signal is good with the Modem.
Make sure you don't have drop outs, signal loss, T3 or T4 timeouts. Look in your Modem logs and check signal strength. Call your ISP for any issues.
Please, trouble shoot this first, and make sure you did all the steps on this Guide...before commenting below.
If you feel the need to change clock speeds
(Not necessary for conversion from cellspot to RT-AC68U)
After completing the above steps to convert your router to RT-AC68U using CFE 22.214.171.124 US AiMesh, you may notice the CFE defaults to clkfreq=800,666 and will revert to default after reboot if overclocked.
To make the overclock stick, follow these steps from the whirlpool forum:
To manually set the clkfreq the following SSH commands can be used which allow the clkfreq to survive a device reboot:
nvram set asuscfeclkfreq=1000,800 && nvram set asuscfecommit=1
nvram set clkfreq=1000,800
nvram commit && reboot
People have reported using the following clock speeds: 800,666, 1000/666, 1000/800, 1200/800, or 1400/800
If you want to check temps
Enable Telnet in router.
Putty telnet. Click the picture bottom of. this post
CPU temperature, (Code from 'RMerlin'):
For the radio temperature, it's more complicated.
wl -i eth1 phy_tempsense
wl -i eth2 phy_tempsense
The result of the radio temperature must be divided by two, then add 20 to the result.
To check if your on CFE 126.96.36.199 or CFE 188.8.131.52 US AiMesh
As you notice, doing this Code (found from years ago):
nvram get bl_version
It just says 184.108.40.206 not anything about AiMesh.
To check Version verification, Putty Telnet into Router. Click the picture bottom of. this post
(Code and quote from 'st1ngy')
strings /dev/mtd0 | grep odmpid
"If it returns "odmpid=RT-AC68U" odds are high you have installed the correct one(220.127.116.11 US AiMesh).
If is says "odmpid=ASUS", that's the non-AiMesh one."
How do I double check the MTD5 signature
Do you think you didn't do the MTD5 commands correctly
Lazymocha's Guide doesn't explain to do the last two MTD5 commands on firmware 384.xxxxx (preferably 384.20308).
If you didn't read correctly about the MTD5 command step above, you might not have had the last 2 MTD5 commands effectively done.
To check this, once again, putty in and do the following command:
A "real" RT-AC68U has absolutely nothing in /dev/mtd5 except it is filled with 0xff. You should see no result for the command output.(seen in green)
admin@RT-AC68U:/tmp/home/root# strings /dev/mtd5
If you do see some misc strings, there's something in mtd5 and you should execute the commands to wipe it when on firmware Version 384.xxxxx
/tmp/home/root# ln -s /sbin/rc mtd-erase
/tmp/home/root# ./mtd-erase -d asus
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.
Once you get Asus firmware running, just go here and that should have the VPN capabilities.