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ASUS RT-AX56U AX1800 WiFi 6 Dual-Band WiFi Router @Newegg $119.99

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not as good as https://slickdeals.net/f/13903637-asus-rt-ax56u-ax-1800-wifi6-wireless-router-113-58
but seems to be the lowest right now without using any other coupon/promo
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Worth $80 max
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I don't see it on the ddwrt list of supported devices. Anybody know if it works with a generic ddwrt build or one of the other alternative firmwares?
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I don't see it on the ddwrt list of supported devices. Anybody know if it works with a generic ddwrt build or one of the other alternative firmwares?
It's getting Merlin support: https://twitter.com/RMerlinDev/st...7967601665

Probably too new for dd-wrt
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Is this router worth it for the price since it's wifi 6?
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Worth $80 max
Beacause...?
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Don't buy a WiFi 6 router right now. WiFi 6E is coming in the next year and is much better. WiFi 6 routers cannot be upgraded to 6E through firmware patches as it requires a new modem. If you really need a new router right now them go for a cheaper AC (WiFi 5) router to hold you over till 6E drops. I feel bad for people that bought into WiFi 6 early and spent hundreds of dollars on routers only for them to be obsolete a year later.
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Last edited by darkguy2 May 11, 2020 at 07:22 AM. Reason: Fixed 6A to 6E

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Worth $80 max
Wrong. This is a good price for a WiFi 6 router. Lowest it's been on Amazon is $129.99 but usually sells for around $145.
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Wrong. This is a good price for a WiFi 6 router. Lowest it's been on Amazon is $129.99 but usually sells for around $145.
Because it's a new tech tax. Here it's a WiFi 6 tax. Companies start such new products with 2x to 3x prices. Then people like u rejoice when the prices start falling. You can buy if you want. But as east Asia manufacturing is slowely recovering, we'll see huge drops in prices. And also 6E in just few months for the same prices.

So, if you already have a decent WIFI 5 router then hold on. If ur router is dead and can't hold on then go ahead.
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Don't buy a WiFi 6 router right now. WiFi 6A is coming in the next year and is much better. WiFi 6 routers cannot be upgraded to 6A through firmware patches as it requires a new modem. If you really need a new router right now them go for a cheaper AC (WiFi 5) router to hold you over till 6A drops. I feel bad for people that bought into WiFi 6 early and spent hundreds of dollars on routers only for them to be obsolete a year later.
Do you mean WiFi 6E, which adds support for 6 GHz?
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Do you mean WiFi 6E, which adds support for 6 GHz?
Good catch, made the correction. Was just ordering some CAT cables so had 6A on my mind. Thanks.
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Because it's a new tech tax. Here it's a WiFi 6 tax. Companies start such new products with 2x to 3x prices. Then people like u rejoice when the prices start falling. You can buy if you want. But as east Asia manufacturing is slowely recovering, we'll see huge drops in prices. And also 6E in just few months for the same prices.

So, if you already have a decent WIFI 5 router then hold on. If ur router is dead and can't hold on then go ahead.
Yeah, if only we lived in the future. Obviously prices will fall, but as for now, this is a good price for a good router.
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Yeah, if only we lived in the future. Obviously prices will fall, but as for now, this is a good price for a good router.
Routers last for 4-5 years, so no.
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Lacks 160 mhz support. (Kinda the whole point of AX imo)

This is a SoC QAM-1024 80mhz max unit. You can push 1200mbps connection, but the radio range is likely going to be weaker than a good AC device.

I don't think early adopting to AX is a bad idea, but I would def skip this model. TP-LINK has a variant of the similar SoC and hardware and that only cost 79.99 retail ATM. (AX-10/AX1500).

The only good "cheap" AX router is the AX58U/AX3000, and even those are overpriced with recent "sales".. but at least it uses the top of the line BCM43684 radio for 5G.. Next highest end device with same radio is like 300 bucks from TP-LINK, granted thats a full 4x4 enabled feature set where it looks like ASUS is hard limiting it on the 58u since theres 4 dedicated 5G amplifiers on the PCB.. yet functions as a 2x2.

Edit: Chinese markets have the TUF Gaming variant of the AX58U/AX3000 selling for 999 yuan on sale or equivalent to a 140 USD price point on their market. This variant has upgraded amplifiers for the 2.4G channel along with other special upgrades hardware/software wise.

Seems much more fair price wise if I'm being honest.. 58U seems closer to a $120 USD MSRP router to me personally based on hardware (CPU SoC) and real world performance.

I think the early adopter tax hits harder in western markets. Most Chinese router prices are on par with the US except these lower end ASUS AX models which are much much higher.
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