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TP-Link AC5200 Wi-Fi Tri-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router $219.99 AC

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Last Edited by BeAuMaN August 17, 2016 at 07:52 PM
TP-Link AC5200 Wi-Fi Tri-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router $219.99 AC at Costco.com.

Link [costco.com]

It's worth pointing out that Costco.com and Costco B&Ms are not the same so I suspect this might be only online although I have not verified that.

$249 at BestBuy [bestbuy.com]

$249 at Newegg [newegg.com]

I've been trying to figure out the difference between this AC5200 and the AC5400 and haven't been successful so far. Maybe someone else can chime in and clear that up but at this point I'm thinking the 5200 might be a Costco-specific model number that may ultimately be the same as the 5400. A simple Google price search pulls up the above prices at BestBuy and Newegg which is why I have linked to them. Here are the specs pages from TP-LINK:

AC5200 [tp-link.us]

AC5400 [tp-link.us]

Hope this helps someone.
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"I've been trying to figure out the difference between this AC5200 and the AC5400 and haven't been successful so far. Maybe someone else can chime in and clear that up but at this point I'm thinking the 5200 might be a Costco-specific model number that may ultimately be the same as the 5400. A simple Google price search pulls up the above prices at BestBuy and Newegg which is why I have linked to them. Here are the specs pages from TP-LINK:"

The difference is minimal in the real world environment especially as ppl are moving toward 5ghz -- it's the speed/transmission max on the 2.4 side of the router. 1000 mb vs 800mb
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The difference is minimal in the real world environment especially as ppl are moving toward 5ghz -- it's the speed/transmission max on the 2.4 side of the router. 1000 mb vs 800mb
Great information. That's exactly what I was looking for as that seems pretty negligible. Repped.
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Confirmed that C5400 and C5200 shares same firmware. I highly doubt it's just branding difference - that there's none other difference at all. Which is not uncommon for Costco specific electronic items.
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is this better than the Linksys WRT1900AC?
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Great information. That's exactly what I was looking for as that seems pretty negligible. Repped.
what's to love about Canada though?
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Needs more antennas
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I almost pulled the trigger on this one, then I saw this one!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...k-_-ad7200

Think I may wait to see how this newer one fairs in the ratings dept. I know there is a pretty big price difference, but that is not why I would get this model or the next...

EDIT: Actually this is a great deal with it being $299 with the code, plus another $15 off of that from the VISA promo! Nice deal here if you want a MEAN ass router!

EDIT 2: Damn , can't stack the VISA promo with the other deal. Looks like Newegg does have some great deals on TP Link equip though.

$233.20 after tax for the TP Link AC5200
$284.99 with NO tax for the TP Link AD7200
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These are great to catch rides back up to the mothership.
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Flip over for coffee table
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How is tri-band different from dual-band routers that can run one or more 5 GHz guest networks?
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I almost pulled the trigger on this one, then I saw this one!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...k-_-ad7200

Think I may wait to see how this newer one fairs in the ratings dept. I know there is a pretty big price difference, but that is not why I would get this model or the next...
802.11ad has barely scratched the market surface. You are shelling out cash for bleeding-edge first-gen garbage and buggy firmware. Remember when Blu-ray players cost $1,000?

Wait until Apple makes 802.11ad the standard in their iPhones and Macbooks, and the market will follow.

The AC5200 is plenty capable for anyone's needs. I highly doubt you would notice any difference whatsoever between the two routers today.
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How is tri-band different from dual-band routers that can run one or more 5 GHz guest networks?
Marketing wordplay: tri-band here just means a 2.4GHz network and two 5GHz networks. What you described with dual-band is the same thing.
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802.11ad has barely scratched the market surface. You are shelling out cash for bleeding-edge first-gen garbage and buggy firmware. Remember when Blu-ray players cost $1,000?

Wait until Apple makes 802.11ad the standard in their iPhones and Macbooks, and the market will follow.

The AC5200 is plenty capable for anyone's needs. I highly doubt you would notice any difference whatsoever between the two routers today.
Looking for some techie advice from a non techie - If I'm currently using Asus RT-AC68U would I notice an increase in my speeds with either this ac5200 or the ad7200? We use Comcast and are supposed to get 150mbps but in reality get close to 50 at the fastest, and wondering if upgrading router would help.

Looks like some good prices here but wondering if I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
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Looking for some techie advice from a non techie - If I'm currently using Asus RT-AC68U would I notice an increase in my speeds with either this ac5200 or the ad7200? We use Comcast and are supposed to get 150mbps but in reality get close to 50 at the fastest, and wondering if upgrading router would help.

Looks like some good prices here but wondering if I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
Depending on the amount of real estate you need to provide wireless coverage for, there is no real "need" to upgrade from your AC68U to any other router at this moment. You may benefit from MU-MIMO technology with a modern wireless router, but that's assuming you have several devices that support MU-MIMO to begin with.

Keep in mind that all wireless router speeds are based on theoritical possibilities, mainly only reproducible in lab environments with very minimal interference. smallnetbuilder.com is a good place to learn more about which consumer based wireless router is best for you.

Personally, I've tested many of the newer, fancier routers, and can definitely vouch for the noticeably improved LAN throughput speeds. However, I ended up replacing my 4 year old (Asus AC66) with a used Asus AC87R off eBay for $80, because the performance difference was negligible for my needs, plus no OTS firmware is better than the one Asus provides.
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