Asus RT-AX58U Merlin & Tmobile Home Internet

STRUZZIN

Regular Contributor
I have had Tmobile Home Internet for 6 months now.
Average Speeds : Down 100 / Up 30
The service has been awesome compared to what we had before (Fixed Wireless).
I play Xbox and Steam games on PC.
I have my sister setup with an AC68U Merlin and the service also.
If anyone has any questions or wants to know anything.
 

jj22038

Occasional Visitor
I'll bite.
  • Is it a good alternative to cable internet? I have Xfinity 100/10, at $80 a month (for now...)
  • Can the WiFi gateway be put in bridge mode and the wifi turned off? I don't want to double-NAT, and I don't want to have secret SSIDs like Xfinity has. I really just want a modem.
  • Are you using 5G or LTE to connect to T-Mobile?
  • Is the quoted price ($50 where I live) the total price, or are there taxes and fees added?
Thanks.
 

STRUZZIN

Regular Contributor
I like it for what we do but it wont be for some people.
Devices: My gaming desktop - 3 laptops - 5 phones - Galaxy Watch4 - Xbox - Tablet - 2 Smart TV (We only stream a couple hours per day)
Yes its a flat $50 no other fees or taxes. No contract or equipment fees.
Mine is 5G I am kinda far from a tower a friend is much closer he gets 200-350 Down / 30-80 Up.
It is double NAT :( - yes Wifi can be turned off. I don't see any secret SSID's.
Currently no bridge mode.
Verizon LTE home is here now but they want $40 and its only hitting 25 / 3 at a neighbors. (Not sure if Verizon has Bridge mode)
A friend tried it a month to test vs his Wow 200 cable and did not like it. (They game and stream a ton)
Its closer to a Cable connection than anything else I would say.
If you have Fixed Wireless - Hotspot - DSL - Satellite its a huge upgrade.
Its going to depend really on what you do if its for you or not.
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Kingp1n

Very Senior Member
I tried [email protected] internet and had it a few months ago when the Xbox live chat wasn't working. I believe a new fw was released that fixed this issue. But still....

The main thing for my environment is gaming (ME/kids love to game) and with that comes alot of latency, so I prefer comcast (only option where I live) due to consistency.

With tmobile internet my lag spikes would be all over the place & to include the dreadful double-nat (no option to bridge at this time and doubt it will ever be enabled) and at the time, not being able to join a party chat... very frustrating.

Plus, kids would always lag at the most important part of the match lol which made it very frustrating.

I read some ppl never lag using the service but from my experience my comcast ping sits between 8-10 (constant) compared to tmobile's 30-75 ping depending on the time of day. Yes dl/ul speeds average thru out day (for me it was 150/15 normally).

I can honestly say my ping is consistent with comcast and I've never had issues while gaming (specially when it matters).

If you're not into gaming than [email protected] internet is pretty good. Another issue ive seen has to do with hulu live tv and something about not playing local channels due to location. Maybe this has been fixed with latest fw.

Best of luck.
 

Micgang

Occasional Visitor
I just started the service 2 days ago. Really just experimenting with this for fun. So far, I’m impressed. I’m getting 550Mbps download speed pretty consistently and about 30 Mbps up. Ping about 30 ms. I’m about 1 mile from a tower with 5G ultra capacity, so I think I’m in an ideal situation…. Curious if getting an external antenna set up would improve any of those stats…
 

sfx2000

Part of the Furniture
I’m about 1 mile from a tower with 5G ultra capacity, so I think I’m in an ideal situation…. Curious if getting an external antenna set up would improve any of those stats…

It is not going to help - the internal antennas for the 5G/LTE are very good as is, and the internal WiFi is as well.
 

Micgang

Occasional Visitor
You’re probably right. Played with placement today and found that raising the height 2 feet and slightly Turing the modem yields over 640 Mbps down. I’m still in shock over the speeds. Just want to see the consistency before I drop my current provider…
 

sfx2000

Part of the Furniture
You’re probably right. Played with placement today and found that raising the height 2 feet and slightly Turing the modem yields over 640 Mbps down. I’m still in shock over the speeds. Just want to see the consistency before I drop my current provider…

play around with it for a few days...

it's fast now because there isn't much of a load on things - as more 5G handsets hit the market, and more of the Home Internet users come online...

I'm testing it now (on my dime, not theirs) - it's not bad, but the capabilities and limitations of 5G vs. cable vs DSL...

Notice that it is IPv6 only - IPv4 support uses 464XLATE, so no port forwarding on IPv4, and all IPv6 ports are filtered. CLAT does provide an IPv4 addr/subnet to use, in my experience it is 192.168.12.0/24.

Cannot override/change DNS on the unit directly, which can be a concern as T-Mobile has been known for for issues here - ad targeting, location info sales to 3rd party brokers, etc... DNS is a good way for them to get actionable and high quality usage patterns..

ipv6 does not do delegation, but they do support relay for ipv6 device assignments...
 

STRUZZIN

Regular Contributor
On The Nokia latest 1.2104.00.0286
Was tired of the disconnects because of low signal.
It seems on these if you have only 2 bars it disconnects a ton.
Got a Waveform 2x2 panel antenna direct line out a window.
This is my setup has not disconnected at all after this.
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