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ASUS AC3100 WiFi Dual-band Gigabit Wireless Router with 8x Gigabit LAN Ports (RT-AC88U) - $185.57 Like New from Amazon Warehouse

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This router comes with 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Link Aggregation supported and 1 Ethernet port can be turned into a 2nd WAN port.

CNET [cnet.com] calls this the Lexus of Wireless routers.

There are some Amazon Warehouse items [amazon.com] available for $170.99 that are in "Like New" condition in original packaging.

The lowest this has been "New" is $189.99 during Black Friday last year. Avg price of this is around $235. According to a well known price tracking site.

UPDATE 5/31: New going for $189.99 now, matching previous Black Friday pricing. Amazon [amazon.com]

UPDATE 6/1: New item price is back up to $235, daily deal has ended. However, Like New item from Amazon Warehouse still showing $170.99.
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UPDATE 6/1 #2: Like New item from Amazon Warehouse now showing $178.28
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UPDATE 6/3: Like New item from Amazon Warehouse now showing $185.57
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Last Edited by ElectronicsAddict June 3, 2018 at 07:14 AM
Latest Asus Firmware:

Version 3.0.0.4.384.21045
2018/06/01

KRACK vulnerabilities were fixed in 2/13/2018 Firmware and later.

https://www.asus.com/us/Networkin...Desk_BIOS/
(Click Expand All on the page to see all previous firmware updates that have been made.)

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Just bought this router on Sunday from Amazon. I wonder if they'll price match it now?

It's an awesome router btw! It's very fast and the range is further than our previous routers. I could pick up signal from like 3-4 houses away. Love the additional ports also. We had to use an additional Netgear switch before.
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If upgrading routers is there a newer ASUS we should be looking at? Seems this one has been put a few years
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If upgrading routers is there a newer ASUS we should be looking at? Seems this one has been put a few years
From what I've been reading, this is still a current router and Asus released a firmware update for it within the last week on their Support site so they're still patching CVE's and enhancing the router. https://www.asus.com/us/Networkin...Desk_BIOS/

There is actually a model before the RT-AC88U that only has 4 Ethernet ports and appears to be an older varient branded RT-AC3100, so be cautious when buying one that you're getting what you want, they look almost identical until you look at the back and see 4 vs 8 Ethernet ports. Best Buy for example only carries the RT-AC3100 on their website.

Unless you're looking to spend about $450 for the top of the line Republic of Gamers (ROG) GT-AC5300 router, this is the one to get and is still current and 2nd from top of their line.

https://www.asus.com/us/Gaming-Networking/

Also just as a reference the RT-AC68U which is still very popular has been out like 6 years I think. They're still supporting it and you'll see a lot of threads of people buying the T-Mobile branded router and hacking it to flash other firmware to it.
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Unless you need the 8 gigabit ports, go with the RT-AC86U, it's newer, has a faster CPU, double the amount of flash memory, and USB 3.1 ports.
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Unless you need the 8 gigabit ports, go with the RT-AC86U, it's newer, has a faster CPU, double the amount of flash memory, and USB 3.1 ports.
This. Plus be on the look out for AX routers later this year if you looking to future proof yourself.
https://www.asus.com/us/Networking/RT-AX88U/
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Unless you need the 8 gigabit ports, go with the RT-AC86U, it's newer, has a faster CPU, double the amount of flash memory, and USB 3.1 ports.
Good point. Also may consider RT-AC88U if you have anything that can utilize port-channels, looks like you can aggregate multiple links, like if you have a NAS. I didn't see where the 86U supported this. Prices are almost identical right now between the two, so need to determine if USB 3.1 is a priority or link-aggregation. Not to mention maybe a little more future proof on the flash memory size with the 86U. 86U isn't quite rated as high on the wireless capabilities, but I doubt with any of these you could even reach that kind of throughput on the wireless side unless you're in the middle of nowhere with no other wireless signals interfering.
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This. Plus be on the look out for AX routers later this year if you looking to future proof yourself.
https://www.asus.com/us/Networking/RT-AX88U/
That looks nice! Too bad I don't like playing the waiting game, could wait forever to buy something, as there's always something new on the horizon.

Have you heard anything regarding pricing on those AX6000's? Maybe that's why prices are dropping on these current models. Could see that thing being like $300 at launch.
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That looks nice! Too bad I don't like playing the waiting game, could wait forever to buy something, as there's always something new on the horizon.

Have you heard anything regarding pricing on those AX6000's? Maybe that's why prices are dropping on these current models. Could see that thing being like $300 at launch.
Asus hasn't announced pricing yet. But wouldn't be surprised if it's in the ~$350 range. I hear you on the waiting game. Currently have a AC66u that's finally having issues and hoping it's still working by the time the AX88 comes out. But if not I'll probably get the AC86 instead, but this deal is a nice one if you need the router now.
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Good point. Also may consider RT-AC88U if you have anything that can utilize port-channels, looks like you can aggregate multiple links, like if you have a NAS. I didn't see where the 86U supported this. Prices are almost identical right now between the two, so need to determine if USB 3.1 is a priority or link-aggregation. Not to mention maybe a little more future proof on the flash memory size with the 86U. 86U isn't quite rated as high on the wireless capabilities, but I doubt with any of these you could even reach that kind of throughput on the wireless side unless you're in the middle of nowhere with no other wireless signals interfering.
This is my problem right now. Don't know which to do it's one or the other of AC86U Vs AC88U. I don't need all the extra ports and I think AC86U is future proof no?
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This is my problem right now. Don't know which to do it's one or the other of AC86U Vs AC88U. I don't need all the extra ports and I think AC86U is future proof no?
By future proof, it really just depends on the manufacturer and whether they decide to support one longer than the other and how many new features they would add that could utilize the extra flash space I guess. I could see the 88U working for the next 5 years for me as I imagine it will be quicker than my AC1900 which handles Cox Gigablast fine. The faster processor (400mhz) on the 86U could help with the USB 3.1 overhead and maybe some faster VPN throughput, but I don't think it's going to speed up normal wifi or lan traffic by much if I'm not even seeing an issue with that on my AC1900 which is much older.
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By future proof, it really just depends on the manufacturer and whether they decide to support one longer than the other and how many new features they would add that could utilize the extra flash space I guess. I could see the 88U working for the next 5 years for me as I imagine it will be quicker than my AC1900 which handles Cox Gigablast fine. The faster processor (400mhz) on the 86U could help with the USB 3.1 overhead and maybe some faster VPN throughput, but I don't think it's going to speed up normal wifi or lan traffic by much if I'm not even seeing an issue with that on my AC1900 which is much older.
Ya I am leaning for the 88U due to it being able to provide I THINK better wireless.

86U = AC2900 ultimate AC performance: 750+2167 Mbps

88U = AC3100 ultimate AC performance : 1000+2167 Mbps
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Wonder how this will be for AiMesh. I have one of These already, but I'm looking to build a mesh for my new home
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I bought the NETGEAR Nighthawk X6S AC3000 and it has been pure garbage. Disconnects every 24 hours since they had a crappy firmware update.

This looks like a good replacement.
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