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Tenda AC18 (AC1900) - Tomato firmware support

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian

    Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian Serious Server Member

    The Tenda AC18 (AC18) router released in 2016. It is powered by Broadcom BCM4709C0 @ 1.4 GHz chipset, 256 MB RAM and 128 MB flash. The AC1900 router is compatible with IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards, and the maximum speed that you can get with AC18 is 600 + 1300 Mbps.

    The Guest network is a useful feature of the AC18 router that creates a separate network for guests. It has 1 x USB 3.0 port(s). You can attach a compatible USB printer to this device. The AC18 has built-in NAS functionality.

    The AC18 router has 1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps WAN and 4 x 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN ports.
    Router Chart link: http://routerchart.com/tenda/tenda-ac18-ac18-245



    Tenda AC18 homepage: http://tendacn.com/en/product/AC18.html
    How to install AsusWrt Merlin and fix some bugs:
    https://translate.google.ro/transla...c.com/forum/viewthread.php?fid=12&tid=2304656

    All I can say is: When? Where? I want it!
     
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  2. Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian

    Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian Serious Server Member

    http://koolshare.cn/thread-49997-1-1.html
    I also found this thread, here it says that the CPU is a BCM4708A so that would make the CPU run at 800Mhz? A lot of info on the base firmware and hardware here!
    These Chinese manufacturers are known to swap parts for cheaper ones and develop different models very, very fast...
    Still it's a lot cheaper as the machine is copying, the RT-AC68U. It doesn't do too good compared to the RT-AC68U with it's base firmware though.
     
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2016
  3. Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian

    Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian Serious Server Member

    I just received the answer of a query sent to Tenda Romania, and they confirmed the CPU is a BCM4708. (Although they pointed to a dual core MIPS the first time :) )
     
  4. dasbog

    dasbog New Member Member

    Any update?
     
  5. AndreDVJ

    AndreDVJ Addicted to LI Member

    There are some requirements, including opening the router, to gain serial access.

    See this thread: http://www.linksysinfo.org/index.php?threads/tenda-ac15-ac1900-tomato-firmware-support.71709/

    You'll follow through what was done to support AC15. It's not that simple, and looks like nobody has the hardware around here.

    The very first step, is to solder a header in order to plug in a serial cable (i.e USB-TTL cable).
    Then gain access to CFE, interrupt boot process, and issue commands to dump nvram values.

    When enough hardware information is collected, work can be done in order to build a firmware and flash into it.
     

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