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Linksys Max Stream AC2200 WiFi router MU-MIMO for $149 + Fry's Free Shipping or Free Store Pickup with Promo code

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Fry's has the Linksys Max Stream AC2200 WiFi router for $149 + Free Shipping or Free Store Pickup. Fry's Sunday promo code 1/28 required.

Features:
  • Works with Amazon Alexa.
  • Intelligent Tri-Band router with "Quad-Core" CPU and 3 offload processors to boost performance and provide 3 high-speed Wi-Fi bands up to 2.2 Gbps.
  • MU-MIMO+ Airtime fairness improves network efficiency and provides blazing-fast Wi-Fi to multiple devices all at the same time, and the same speed.
  • Advanced Beamforming with 6 high power amplifiers focus and maximize performance and coverage for both 2.4GHz & 5GHz.
  • 4 external antennas expand Wi-Fi range throughout a medium-size home; 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports for wired speeds 10x faster than standard Ethernet for printers, game consoles and Smart TVs
  • Auto firmware updates always keep your router updated with latest features and security measures. Browser-based Setup
  • "Smart Connect" intelligently chooses the best radio band for your wireless device.
*Limit 2 per person. Features list taken from Amazon's website.

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Showing $169 after entering promo.
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So OP?
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Amazon has the same $169 price now.
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Amazon has the same $169 price now.
We're not looking for $169, we're looking for $149 as stated in the post and title. Where's the $149?
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We're not looking for $169, we're looking for $149 as stated in the post and title. Where's the $149?
You need a Fry's Promo Code for Sunday, 1/28/18.

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You need a Fry's Promo Code for Sunday, 1/28/18.

Here is a picture of the ad:

I put in the promo code, dropped it from 199 to 169, not 149

EDIT: NVM, works now, didnt work for half the day, was 199, now is 179, and promo drops to 149
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BTW, which is the better deal / better router, this for 149 or this for 159?

I would really appreciate if somebody could chime in whether the MU-MIMO feature is better than the maximum theoretical bandwidth (in this case AC2200 vs. AC3200) for a household full of dozens of smart things like Hue lights and such, but only 1 person living here and not having the issue of multiple people streaming high-bandwidth things like Netflix at the same time.
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How easy is it to turn this into an access point? I have a major dead zone in my house.Thx
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From Wirecutter's review of this router:

Linksys's EA8300 is a tri-band router with band-steering … sort of. Unfortunately, whoever designed it doesn't seem to have been particularly clear on what it's for. The EA8300's version of "band steering" ignores the 2.4 GHz radio entirely, and connects each of your devices to "the strongest signal" between its two 5 GHz radios. The problem is, those two radios are sitting about an inch and a half away from each other in the same small plastic box. In practice, this means that all your devices cram onto the first 5 GHz radio as though there were no band steering at all.
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From Wirecutter's review of this router:

Linksys's EA8300 is a tri-band router with band-steering … sort of. Unfortunately, whoever designed it doesn't seem to have been particularly clear on what it's for. The EA8300's version of "band steering" ignores the 2.4 GHz radio entirely, and connects each of your devices to "the strongest signal" between its two 5 GHz radios. The problem is, those two radios are sitting about an inch and a half away from each other in the same small plastic box. In practice, this means that all your devices cram onto the first 5 GHz radio as though there were no band steering at all.
Translation in laymen's terms?
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Band steering is probably one of the best things about the newer generation of routers. Right now if you have a router with 5ghz and 2.4ghz signals, you probably have two networks being broadcast (one for each). 5ghz is faster but doesn't travel as far, so that's what you want to use when you're close to the router. 2.4ghz is slower but works further away, so it's the opposite. With band steering, the router will automatically put you on whatever is best for your device without interruption, and you only have one network name to deal with.

This router, at least according to their review, only does band steering on the two 5ghz bands, which doesn't do you any good if you're relatively far away from the router. It just connects you to whichever of the 5ghz bands is strongest. And, since they're both inches away from each other, that really isn't going to matter much.
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Band steering is probably one of the best things about the newer generation of routers. Right now if you have a router with 5ghz and 2.4ghz signals, you probably have two networks being broadcast (one for each). 5ghz is faster but doesn't travel as far, so that's what you want to use when you're close to the router. 2.4ghz is slower but works further away, so it's the opposite. With band steering, the router will automatically put you on whatever is best for your device without interruption, and you only have one network name to deal with.

This router, at least according to their review, only does band steering on the two 5ghz bands, which doesn't do you any good if you're relatively far away from the router. It just connects you to whichever of the 5ghz bands is strongest. And, since they're both inches away from each other, that really isn't going to matter much.
I am using linksys Router, for 2.4 signal, default channel is auto. You need to change to 1, or 6 or 11.
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