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ASUS Router Issues - DEAD?

Tumpster 873 114 August 4, 2016 at 12:03 PM
Hello, I came home last night to find my recently purchased ASUS RT-AC87R not funtioning properly. When all cables are hooked up and I turn the router back on it fires up and the 4 ports lights on the front blink for a second, and then they turn off, only the power and the LAN (globe one) stay on. The network one just rapidly blinks and the power one stays on. I've attached two pictures to hopefully figure all this out. I've attempted to reset it, clear NVRAM , and can't think of anything else to do. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!

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Have you tried a different power brick?
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If it's brand new have you contacted Asus? If it's super new you might see if the store would just exchange it. I am making the assumption something failed.
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If it's brand new have you contacted Asus? If it's super new you might see if the store would just exchange it. I am making the assumption something failed.
Bought off eBay but looks like I'll get a refund, thought I might see what I could do before refunding it. Any thoughts on a different router?
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Bought off eBay but looks like I'll get a refund, thought I might see what I could do before refunding it. Any thoughts on a different router?
NO I think you just got a bad one. I would get another if I could probably.
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NO I think you just got a bad one. I would get another if I could probably.
Might I ask, what you currently run? I'm back to running my RT-466R router, I might stick with it for another, just don't know if it's worth it or not. Also considering the AC1900.
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Might I ask, what you currently run? I'm back to running my RT-466R router, I might stick with it for another, just don't know if it's worth it or not. Also considering the AC1900.
Currently I have a very old Asus RT-N16 thats running a Shibby build of Tomato. It works and it's stable. My entire town is getting gigabit fiber over the next 3 years, when it comes I will upgrade but until then this is working ok. So ya I can't recommend what I have.

What you bought is a good router, the one you got was just bad. It happens with any product once and a while. I would not say just because this one went bad all Asus models like this are bad or Asus as a brand is bad. When you make anything in mass you get bad copies, cars, computers, appliances, etc.
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My experience with two RT-N16 Asus routers bought a few years apart was the same: failed electrolytic capacitors in the power input circuit. The only blame I can lay on Asus was, they went too cheap buying these capacitors.

I should mention, after using a Buffalo router the last few years, I recently went back to Asus on the T-Mobile AC1900 deal. Worked some hacks and now it's an RT-AC68U and working great.
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My experience with two RT-N16 Asus routers bought a few years apart was the same: failed electrolytic capacitors in the power input circuit. The only blame I can lay on Asus was, they went too cheap buying these capacitors.

I should mention, after using a Buffalo router the last few years, I recently went back to Asus on the T-Mobile AC1900 deal. Worked some hacks and now it's an RT-AC68U and working great.
OP's situation is a little different as his was brand new and I am guessing yours failed after years of use. I have the same router and it's been fine.
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My experience with two RT-N16 Asus routers bought a few years apart was the same: failed electrolytic capacitors in the power input circuit. The only blame I can lay on Asus was, they went too cheap buying these capacitors.

I should mention, after using a Buffalo router the last few years, I recently went back to Asus on the T-Mobile AC1900 deal. Worked some hacks and now it's an RT-AC68U and working great.
I attempted this with the T-mobile dead but just couldn't get everything to flash properly so I gave up. I've tracked down another RT87R for about $105 I'm considering. Also looking at a AC1900 as well, but I'm also thinking maybe I just stand pat with my RT-N66R as we too (San DIego) are getting gigablast from Cox and are up for Google Fiber. Decisions, decisions....
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I attempted this with the T-mobile dead but just couldn't get everything to flash properly so I gave up. I've tracked down another RT87R for about $105 I'm considering. Also looking at a AC1900 as well, but I'm also thinking maybe I just stand pat with my RT-N66R as we too (San DIego) are getting gigablast from Cox and are up for Google Fiber. Decisions, decisions....
if you didn't brick the Tmobile Asus, thats one heck of a router. I wish I could of got one for that price.
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if you didn't brick the Tmobile Asus, thats one heck of a router. I wish I could of got one for that price.
So I was able to pull down a Netgear R7000 for $90 brand new. Been a while since I've owned one, it gets great reviews, runs Merlin, and worst case if I don't like it I can resell it for nearly what I paid. Thank you for the help!
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ASUS RT-AC87R is a cool router. I think it's just your bad luck to have a bad one.
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