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Refurb. Asus RT-AC68R AC1900 Dual-Band Wireless Gigabit Router for $69.99, Refurb. Asus RT-N12/D1 N300 Wireless Router/AP/Range Extender for $9.99 & More @ Newegg.com

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At the $200+ price point, it's worth considering an independent router and AP setup. For wireless, especially at 5ghz, positioning of the radios matters a ton. Taking an extra hour to ceiling mount an access point and run Ethernet to it made all the difference in my house.

A well-positioned Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO and EdgeRouter X will likely have better real-world throughout than the AD7200 positioned poorly. And the combo is much cheaper at $180 (plus cost of network cables).

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/10/review-ubiquiti-unifi-made-me-realize-how-terrible-consumer-wi-fi-gear-is/
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At the $200+ price point, it's worth considering an independent router and AP setup. For wireless, especially at 5ghz, positioning of the radios matters a ton. Taking an extra hour to ceiling mount an access point and run Ethernet to it made all the difference in my house.

A well-positioned Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO and EdgeRouter X will likely have better real-world throughout than the AD7200 positioned poorly. And the combo is much cheaper at $180 (plus cost of network cables).

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2...i-gear-is/
Did just that last night Smilie Except I went with the UAP-AC-LR none of my devices are 3x Band to take advantage of the speed (most are not other than perhaps high end laptops/desktops) But with wireless reception = speed so it's entirely plausible with the extra 50% range on the LR I will get better speed than I would have on the Pro or Pro HD (2.4ghz).

I also went with a cheap Zyxel managed switch, the entry level Ubiquiti switch only had 24v passive PoE and the upper one that offered AF/AT PoE was almost 3x more expensive.

You really want a killer router? Build your own using PFSense.
8GB of Ram Dual 500GB 2.5" HDD acting as OS & Proxy Cache in Raid 1, Core i5 for CPU w/ VPN hardware acceleration, IPS, Ad Block, Firewall, Etc.

For those w/o a PC to build it out of like I did, China has awesome little Micro PC's near $200 that are still about 5x more powerful (both features and processing) than a high end consumer router once you load up PFSense.

I'll also add that I have an Asus RT-68U (AC1900) that I got on sale for like $60/$70 and it is super capable. Same speed and pretty much range as the UAP-AP-LR and I was able to try stock firmware, merlin and DD-WRT. The only reason I swapped was the same reason you mentioned, positioning. I wanted PoE so I could ceiling mount in the center of the house. But sitting on my desk the Asus did just as good as the Ubiqiti for less money and gives you router/switch features so its a great deal and if a user does not want/need the pretty GUI for the Ubiqiti products or ceiling mounting via PoE.

Stock firmware and Merlin are great for normal users, Tomato or DD-WRT are great for techs like me that want VPN and VLANS and such.
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I bought this with the last deal and installed tomato, but I've been having nothing but problems with the 5Ghz network dropping every other day or so for a few hours. This is despite daily reboots. Not sure if I have a defective device or if it's a firmware issue. Guess I'll try stock or Merlin.
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Did just that last night Smilie Except I went with the UAP-AC-LR none of my devices are 3x Band to take advantage of the speed (most are not other than perhaps high end laptops/desktops) But with wireless reception = speed so it's entirely plausible with the extra 50% range on the LR I will get better speed than I would have on the Pro or Pro HD (2.4ghz).

I also went with a cheap Zyxel managed switch, the entry level Ubiquiti switch only had 24v passive PoE and the upper one that offered AF/AT PoE was almost 3x more expensive.

You really want a killer router? Build your own using PFSense.
8GB of Ram Dual 500GB 2.5" HDD acting as OS & Proxy Cache in Raid 1, Core i5 for CPU w/ VPN hardware acceleration, IPS, Ad Block, Firewall, Etc.

For those w/o a PC to build it out of like I did, China has awesome little Micro PC's near $200 that are still about 5x more powerful (both features and processing) than a high end consumer router once you load up PFSense.

I'll also add that I have an Asus RT-68U (AC1900) that I got on sale for like $60/$70 and it is super capable. Same speed and pretty much range as the UAP-AP-LR and I was able to try stock firmware, merlin and DD-WRT. The only reason I swapped was the same reason you mentioned, positioning. I wanted PoE so I could ceiling mount in the center of the house. But sitting on my desk the Asus did just as good as the Ubiqiti for less money and gives you router/switch features so its a great deal and if a user does not want/need the pretty GUI for the Ubiqiti products or ceiling mounting via PoE.

Stock firmware and Merlin are great for normal users, Tomato or DD-WRT are great for techs like me that want VPN and VLANS and such.
Cool. Haven't played with Zyxel equipment but it looks like it'd fit the bill. I saw an article about using a no-name mini PC as a router, which sounded like a good strategy if you're pushing a TON of local traffic and you need more than an 800Mhz Broadcom CPU can provide.

When I went for the UAP-AC-PRO, I opted to keep the consumer​ grade router I had before (running DD-WRT, radios disabled), and I used the PoE injector Ubiquiti included to power the AP. That's been a great solution for me because I didn't have to pay for another router. The router handles all the traffic than I throw at it, runs an OpenVPN server, etc.
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The RT-AC68P was on sale for $69.99 last weekend which had the upgraded processor compared to the RT-AC68R.
Isnt the RT-AC68R the same as the T-Mobile branded one that was selling for $59.99 refurb before?
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I bought this with the last deal and installed tomato, but I've been having nothing but problems with the 5Ghz network dropping every other day or so for a few hours. This is despite daily reboots. Not sure if I have a defective device or if it's a firmware issue. Guess I'll try stock or Merlin.
try stock but you may have a bad one. I picked up 2 refurbs and they have been solid and range/speed per $$ cannot be beat
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