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SR-71,
This is the ( https://slickdeals.net/f/13560298-asus-rt-ac1750-b1-ac1750-dual-band-gigabit-wifi-router-70-free-shipping#commentsBox ) same deal you posted last month.

I just got through reading through that entire thread - very informative and there are a LOT of answers there to anyone's questions...but I'm sure this thread, too, will get mucked up with the same questions.

The only question I have...is how do people feel about the router and got in on the last deal - especially those people who updated their devices to the Merlin ?? firmware?? I've only updated routers to DD-WRT in the past...I assume Merlin firmware updates are similar?

I also see that there is DD-WRT firmware for this particular router (at least looking at the DD-WRT database) - what would be the better choice of firmware - DD-WRT or Merlin?

TIA...
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SR-71,
This is the ( https://slickdeals.net/f/13560298-asus-rt-ac1750-b1-ac1750-dual-band-gigabit-wifi-router-70-free-shipping#commentsBox ) same deal you posted last month.

I just got through reading through that entire thread - very informative and there are a LOT of answers there to anyone's questions...but I'm sure this thread, too, will get mucked up with the same questions.

The only question I have...is how do people feel about the router and got in on the last deal - especially those people who updated their devices to the Merlin ?? firmware?? I've only updated routers to DD-WRT in the past...I assume Merlin firmware updates are similar?

I also see that there is DD-WRT firmware for this particular router (at least looking at the DD-WRT database) - what would be the better choice of firmware - DD-WRT or Merlin?

TIA...
I had this router. It lasted for exactly 2 years and then the wireless would randomly drop all devices and would need to be rebooted. Would happen several times a day. Internet access and wired devices were okay. Luckily, I started the case just before the warranty expiration, but it took A LOT of back and forth with ASUS (their support is really not good) over nearly two months before they would create RMA for me to send in (at my expense - just over $15 in shipping costs). They ended up replacing it with a new routher after more back and forth about the warranty expiring during the troubleshooting.

After all of that, I am debating whether to buy this one to setup AiMesh with my replacement ASUS router. Or... scrap it all and buy something else. I really don't ever want to deal with ASUS support again on an issue since they are VERY DIFFICULT and each back and forth is like starting all over again.
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I had this router. It lasted for exactly 2 years and then the wireless would randomly drop all devices and would need to be rebooted. Would happen several times a day. Internet access and wired devices were okay. Luckily, I started the case just before the warranty expiration, but it took A LOT of back and forth with ASUS (their support is really not good) over nearly two months before they would create RMA for me to send in (at my expense - just over $15 in shipping costs). They ended up replacing it with a new routher after more back and forth about the warranty expiring during the troubleshooting.

After all of that, I am debating whether to buy this one to setup AiMesh with my replacement ASUS router. Or... scrap it all and buy something else. I really don't ever want to deal with ASUS support again on an issue since they are VERY DIFFICULT and each back and forth is like starting all over again.
When I researching the prior written thread AND the research I've done since in watching videos of others setting up Merlin and using the AIMesh feature that now comes with Merlin firmware...I'd recommend you go for it and set up an AIMesh network with your older ASUS router and another one.

The failure of your older ASUS router seems to be a rarity from my research. Yes, electronics can fail but it seems that these ASUS products have high reliability.

Speaking of the Merlin AIMesh setup, I just found an older ASUSN900 (RT-N66W) router. I'm researching right now...if I can use it for an AIMesh setup, along with this particular router...

I'm surprised this thread does not have as much action as the prior thread about the same router...

Oh, one other thing...ASUS has a 2 year warranty on this...which you were lucky enough to be covered under. It's rare to see such a long warranty on electronics...which tells me something about ASUS's quality!
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I don't think the N66W supports AI-mesh as it's 802.11n and not AC.

I actually have this router and Merlin on it. (DD-WRT apparently doesn't play nice with the 5GHz on this) but I loaded the latest version John's LTS and it's been solid. Merlin retains ASUS look but does patch a lot of issues before Asus. I was tempted to get the B1 but have to many other projects, btw.

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When I researching the prior written thread AND the research I've done since in watching videos of others setting up Merlin and using the AIMesh feature that now comes with Merlin firmware...I'd recommend you go for it and set up an AIMesh network with your older ASUS router and another one.

The failure of your older ASUS router seems to be a rarity from my research. Yes, electronics can fail but it seems that these ASUS products have high reliability.

Speaking of the Merlin AIMesh setup, I just found an older ASUSN900 (RT-N66W) router. I'm researching right now...if I can use it for an AIMesh setup, along with this particular router...

I'm surprised this thread does not have as much action as the prior thread about the same router...

Oh, one other thing...ASUS has a 2 year warranty on this...which you were lucky enough to be covered under. It's rare to see such a long warranty on electronics...which tells me something about ASUS's quality!
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I don't think the N66W supports AI-mesh as it's 802.11n and not AC.

I actually have this router and Merlin on it. (DD-WRT apparently doesn't play nice with the 5GHz on this) but I loaded the latest version John's LTS and it's been solid. Merlin retains ASUS look but does patch a lot of issues before Asus. I was tempted to get the B1 but have to many other projects, btw.
Thanks for the comment about the N66W - I see the last supported Merlin build for the N66 was last year - so maybe no AiMesh.

Where can I find more info on "John's LTS" - A google search does not show much - or a download site.
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Thanks for the comment about the N66W - I see the last supported Merlin build for the N66 was last year - so maybe no AiMesh.

Where can I find more info on "John's LTS" - A google search does not show much - or a download site.
try this:
https://www.snbforums.com/threads...9e3.18914/
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I don't think the N66W supports AI-mesh as it's 802.11n and not AC.

I actually have this router and Merlin on it. (DD-WRT apparently doesn't play nice with the 5GHz on this) but I loaded the latest version John's LTS and it's been solid. Merlin retains ASUS look but does patch a lot of issues before Asus. I was tempted to get the B1 but have to many other projects, btw.
The B1 version does, the original does not.
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The B1 version does, the original does not.
was referring to the N66W Wink
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I've never heard of John's LTS. Is it's QOS as good as DD-WRT?
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Will this be a fantastic router for FiOS 200/200 and gigabit ?
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I believe this deal is dead
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