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Is this a fake AC68U

Discussion in 'ASUS AC Routers & Adapters' started by asusguy, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. asusguy

    asusguy Occasional Visitor

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    I am trying to buy a used AC68U off Ebay. The front picture does not state "RT-AC68U Dual Band" next to the Asus logo. Instead it reads "AC1900 Dual Band." Is that suspicious? The seller sent me also a back picture and the back picture looks legit. Mind you this is a European seller, so not sure if ASUS varies some of the writings on their front panel. The back reads the the router was made in Taiwan and below is written ASUS Computer GmbH Ratingen, Germany

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  2. Frankflash

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    It's a TM AC 1900 if it is its not supported
     
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    AndreiV Very Senior Member

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    Not a TM model , it looks perfectly okay to me. Compare the images at ASUS.com or ASUS UK
     
  5. asusguy

    asusguy Occasional Visitor

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    Could be, but how is this different than AC68U then?
     
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    asusguy Occasional Visitor

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    I just did - US and UK site's images are the same -- all showing only "RT-AC68U Dual Band" writing.

    On the German site, among the regular images, there is also a white version which shows "AC1900 Dual Band" writing: https://www.asus.com/de/Networking/RTAC68U/gallery/
     
  7. ColinTaylor

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    Actually, looking at wikidevi I don't think it's the same.

    The important part is the MSQ-RTAC68U on the label. And also on the white label where it says F/W Ver and H/W Ver. What does that say?
     
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    On the white label in the photo I have there are 3 things:
    - SN
    - MAC
    - PIN NO

    There is no mention of F/W Ver or H/W Ver. Perhaps that info is only on the packaging box?
     
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    On my router that information is on the router label as well as the box. I think the recent products also have the year of manufacture. The point is, it should be OK provided it's not a TM model, and those were made a long time ago and shipped with a very old firmware version (3.0.0.4.376).
     
  12. Internet Man

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    From its FCC ID and the model number on the back you can tell that it is a RT-AC68U. It may just have different labels on the front for marketing purposes.
     
  13. ColinTaylor

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    I think that's the case. I pretty sure when I was looking to buy my router I came across the same labelling in some stores. Also, in the picture in post number #1 the user manual clearly says RT-AC68U.
     
  14. ColinTaylor

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    FWIW the back of that router looks almost identical to mine. Also, Asus' routers are made in China (it says so at the top). The Taiwan reference is to Asus' Headquarters, and the Germany reference is to their European distribution.

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  15. Smokindog

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    Ya, kindof sortof. The FCC ID is for the radio module testing/certification. In general, so long as that is a complete "drop in" unit (physically or design wise) then the product using it doesn't require new testing/certification. All that tells me is that ASUS certified a "module" under that moniker and that "module" is used in that router. I've seen this across the industry, including ASUS.

    If you're that concerned, walk away. My bet is the photo you shared is of a 68.

    Note the FCC ID in each picture. One is a 68, one is a TM.
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  16. Internet Man

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    ASUS did not request or receive Modular Approval for MSQ-RTAC68U. There aren't any interchangeable modules in this device.
     
  17. Grisu

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    there is no discussion, truly an Asus RT-AC68U, some are branded as AC1900, no difference!

    TM has only been in US, never on European market (different power plugs)!!!
    And they are all branded with magenta coloured TM logo.

    Same for RT-AC86U, mine has been named as RT-AC2900, exactly same thing.
     
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  18. Smokindog

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    They don't have to be interchangeable, just "drop in" on the design. People really need to step back and understand this.
     
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  20. Grisu

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    We all know that there exists many hardware revisions of RT-AC68U, with slightly newer chips as the old ones wont be produced anymore 6 years later.
    But they all together have one common thing, exactly same firmware, bit by bit!!!
    So even an RT-AC66U_B1 is the same, only in a different housing and one missing USB-port or 2.4G-turbo quam (no 2.4 client would use).
    Most differences has been seen on RT-AC68P, with more different chipset and single problems (or different behavior/bugs/incompatibility) only seen on them.
     
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