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I recently bought "re-new" one from Amazon 3rd party seller, which came in brown box and was labeled refurbished with 90 days warranty. I believe it's manufacturer refurbished.

However, I would not recommend this router (new or refurbished) if you're doing AiMesh and using manually assigned IPs for some devices.
I used to have 3 RT-AC68U for AiMesh and I replaced one with Blue Cave as the main router. I'm having issue with manually assigned IPs for DHCP. Apparently, devices connected to the nodes will have a modified MAC address and Blue Cave's DHCP might not assign the IP set in the table but do a dynamic allocation, which causing IP of the devices jumping around (e.g. my NVR cannot connect to the cameras if are not the one assigned). I didn't have this DHCP issue when using RT-AC68U has main router.

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Anyone have experience with returbs from Newegg? Who is doing the refurb, what's the warranty?
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I recently bought "re-new" one from Amazon 3rd party seller, which came in brown box and was labeled refurbished with 90 days warranty. I believe it's manufacturer refurbished.

However, I would not recommend this router (new or refurbished) if you're doing AiMesh and using manually assigned IPs for some devices.
I used to have 3 RT-AC68U for AiMesh and I replaced one with Blue Cave as the main router. I'm having issue with manually assigned IPs for DHCP. Apparently, devices connected to the nodes will have a modified MAC address and Blue Cave's DHCP might not assign the IP set in the table but do a dynamic allocation, which causing IP of the devices jumping around (e.g. my NVR cannot connect to the cameras if are not the one assigned). I didn't have this DHCP issue when using RT-AC68U has main router.
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My Att 1000 fiber plan is not giving me speeds anywhere near 200, even on 5ghz band.

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I recently bought "re-new" one from Amazon 3rd party seller, which came in brown box and was labeled refurbished with 90 days warranty. I believe it's manufacturer refurbished.

However, I would not recommend this router (new or refurbished) if you're doing AiMesh and using manually assigned IPs for some devices.
I used to have 3 RT-AC68U for AiMesh and I replaced one with Blue Cave as the main router. I'm having issue with manually assigned IPs for DHCP. Apparently, devices connected to the nodes will have a modified MAC address and Blue Cave's DHCP might not assign the IP set in the table but do a dynamic allocation, which causing IP of the devices jumping around (e.g. my NVR cannot connect to the cameras if are not the one assigned).
I had exactly the same issue and it seems ASUS stopped updating firmware for this router.
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I recently bought "re-new" one from Amazon 3rd party seller, which came in brown box and was labeled refurbished with 90 days warranty. I believe it's manufacturer refurbished.

However, I would not recommend this router (new or refurbished) if you're doing AiMesh and using manually assigned IPs for some devices.
I used to have 3 RT-AC68U for AiMesh and I replaced one with Blue Cave as the main router. I'm having issue with manually assigned IPs for DHCP. Apparently, devices connected to the nodes will have a modified MAC address and Blue Cave's DHCP might not assign the IP set in the table but do a dynamic allocation, which causing IP of the devices jumping around (e.g. my NVR cannot connect to the cameras if are not the one assigned). I didn't have this DHCP issue when using RT-AC68U has main router.
good to know! almost pulled the trigger before reading your post! YOu save me a headache!
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I bought on black friday and 5GHz died within a week. The router is also poorly designed such that it does not properly dissipate heat. Avoid it.
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My Att 1000 fiber plan is not giving me speeds anywhere near 200, even on 5ghz band.

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Are you using their router or your own?
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I recently bought "re-new" one from Amazon 3rd party seller, which came in brown box and was labeled refurbished with 90 days warranty. I believe it's manufacturer refurbished.

However, I would not recommend this router (new or refurbished) if you're doing AiMesh and using manually assigned IPs for some devices.
I used to have 3 RT-AC68U for AiMesh and I replaced one with Blue Cave as the main router. I'm having issue with manually assigned IPs for DHCP. Apparently, devices connected to the nodes will have a modified MAC address and Blue Cave's DHCP might not assign the IP set in the table but do a dynamic allocation, which causing IP of the devices jumping around (e.g. my NVR cannot connect to the cameras if are not the one assigned). I didn't have this DHCP issue when using RT-AC68U has main router.
Oh no, I ordered this one to use as a primary router and to setup AiMesh with RT-AC68U.
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I had exactly the same issue and it seems ASUS stopped updating firmware for this router.
I have already updated to its new firmware released a few weeks back.
It's using Intel's wifi chip which is different from their other routers using Broadcom, so I do believe they have minimal support for it.
And considering it was on deep sale about 3 months ago (which I missed, so I bought refurbished), I believe it's going to be end of life soon.

Really would like to keep it as it blends well with living room, rather those monster look routers which I need to find some place to hide.
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Are you using their router or your own?
Currently using their modem/router combo (Arris BGW210-700). They said I can disable the router portion and buy my own router or buy a new router to use as a "gateway".

Any advice on whether this or a wifi 6 router would be better is much appreciated. Currently living in a 3 story 1500 sq ft townhome with router on third story. Even on third story, 5ghz speeds are barely around 400. Confirmed that the modem is receiving at 1 gig of speed. Thanks!
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My Att 1000 fiber plan is not giving me speeds anywhere near 200, even on 5ghz band.

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Hopefully you have a computer or laptop. If so, disconnect your router and plug your modem Ethernet directly to your computer. Head to a speed testing website, run their test, go from there. If much faster, your current router is likely only a T100 and is limiting you to 100 mbits/sec.

For wireless, AC1200 would be the absolute minimum if you have gigabit from ATT.
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Anyone have experience with returbs from Newegg? Who is doing the refurb, what's the warranty?
My last Asus RT-68P I bought from Newegg refurbished and it has been my primary up to now without issue. Looking to upgrade and thought about this one but still on the fence.
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