THANK YOU techie1 (and Jigsaw!) for this. We're on Internode FTTC but this process allowed me to continue using my DSL-AC68U. A couple notes - one, don't do what I did and get it working then try to reload your old settings... I can't tell why, but it stopped connecting and I had to start over. Second, a couple spots were unclear, though I muddled through. For those less lucky and/or experienced: when it's talking about opening "Browser Tools -> Network Tab", in Chrome/Chromium that means to go into the Developer Tools - the little 3-dot menu, More Tools item, Developer Tools sub-item. Then find the Network tab, check the box, and (optionally) clear out all other messages it's been recording using the button near the upper-left which looks like a circle with a slash across it, so you can more easily find the one you want. It won't SAY it's a POST in any obvious way, but it'll show start_apply.htm as the destination. "Copy as CURL" is in a submenu of the context menu At the step where you modify the command and then "send it to the router", that just means enter it directly into a command prompt/terminal. Go back and reload your browser view to confirm it worked I'm on Linux and from here, or OSX, it's pretty straightforward. I assume Windows-only users can benefit from the Postman app he mentions. I've also spammed this post to 2-3 Whirlpool threads where this subject is being discussed. Thanks again!
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I have TPG FTTC and an ASUS DSL-AC68U and the solution posted by @bigRED worked perfect for me. When I had ADLS2 the ASUS worked great in our 3 storey town house (modem on ground floor with 96% signal on top floor). But when we switched to FTTC and had to use the supplied router from TPG it's just typical ISP supplied junk hardware and was lucky to get 60% signal upstairs. An additional step I did was factory reset the ASUS because I had previously played around trying to get it working and had changed a few of the settings. The only negative is I have 3 devices for a simple internet connection. Not that big a deal as they are tucked away out of sight but I might look at Optus 5G home broadband if I need to change anything.
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