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Asus RT-AX3000 Dual-Band WiFi 6 Router w/ AiMesh Support $159.99

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Amazon.com [amazon.com] has Asus RT-AX3000 Dual-Band WiFi 6 Router w/ AiMesh Support for $159.99. Shipping is free. In stock on June 16, 2020.

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If you need a mesh with dual band, Asus just released a 3-pk version of Zenwifi mini for $300.
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Any chance this goes for less anytime before Black Friday?
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I'm tempted to wait for 6e... But I will say that Wi-Fi 6 TP-Link for $70 is pretty good
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I'm tempted to wait for 6e... But I will say that Wi-Fi 6 TP-Link for $70 is pretty good
You mean the clearance YMMV price where they're all already gone?

You know ASUS is still releasing firmware updates on the AC-68U even though its over 6 years old?

See for yourself:
https://www.asus.com/us/Networkin...Desk_BIOS/

That is an appreciable benefit over an AX product that's already been discontinued, and not just for security reasons. I could buy this and be reasonably certain I'm good until halfway through the decade, if not later.

Not very helpful to the SD community to post this kind of comparison when one is clearly a better product with better support and the price you quote isn't even available to anyone.
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live in a 800SF condo... it's just me. Want to buy something that is reliable (no drops) and want to spend the cheapest possible. Don't need anything special.

What do you suggest?
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live in a 800SF condo... it's just me. Want to buy something that is reliable (no drops) and want to spend the cheapest possible. Don't need anything special.

What do you suggest?
I would recommend what a lot of people use: Asus AC-1900. Many of us have the T-Mobile version, which we modified to use original Asus firmware. However, using the T-Mobile firmware is fine for most people.

https://www.amazon.com/T-Mobile-W...=pc&sr=1-2

I use it myself and have been very happy. No random freezes or scheduled weekly power cycles to avoid said freezes. It's a solid router and more than what you'd need since it's just you.
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live in a 800SF condo... it's just me. Want to buy something that is reliable (no drops) and want to spend the cheapest possible. Don't need anything special.

What do you suggest?
hunterr83's suggestion is a good one if you want something really solid and don't want to spend a lot and don't have a need for Wi-Fi 6 / 802.11ax
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You know ASUS is still releasing firmware updates on the AC-68U even though its over 6 years old?
AC68 owner here. The firmware on it was released 7 weeks ago. They come out so frequently that I often end up skipping a version or two when I upgrade.
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I bought one couple months ago. Can definitely say its way much better than the Nighthawk R7000 that I had. It is much more stable and consistent. The WiFI 6 is definitely a plus. My Nighthawk kept disconnecting and was not stable at all, however it did last me for almost six years so I guess it was time to upgrade.
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I would recommend what a lot of people use: Asus AC-1900. Many of us have the T-Mobile version, which we modified to use original Asus firmware. However, using the T-Mobile firmware is fine for most people.

https://www.amazon.com/T-Mobile-W...=pc&sr=1-2 [amazon.com]

I use it myself and have been very happy. No random freezes or scheduled weekly power cycles to avoid said freezes. It's a solid router and more than what you'd need since it's just you.
I purchased two o these....

I was able to convert one to a regular ASUS AC1900 but I could not convert the other.

This is for a friend, and she is not computer savy… I don't know if it is OK to leave the Tmobile Version as stock?

If this was for me... I would go this rout... but it is for a friend... and at regular price, I would probably buy this one over the AC1900
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I purchased two o these....

I was able to convert one to a regular ASUS AC1900 but I could not convert the other.

This is for a friend, and she is not computer savy… I don't know if it is OK to leave the Tmobile Version as stock?

If this was for me... I would go this rout... but it is for a friend... and at regular price, I would probably buy this one over the AC1900

I am not sure if there are recent firmware updates for the T-Mobile version. With security fixes released in standard ASUS routers, I would prefer the original Asus Router RT-AC68U or convert the T-Mobile TM-AC1900 to Asus RT-AC68U firmware.
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I purchased two o these....

I was able to convert one to a regular ASUS AC1900 but I could not convert the other.

This is for a friend, and she is not computer savy… I don't know if it is OK to leave the Tmobile Version as stock?

If this was for me... I would go this rout... but it is for a friend... and at regular price, I would probably buy this one over the AC1900
The T-Mobile version is nearly the same as the Asus version. The differences I recall were:
1. T-Mobile automatically assigns QoS priority for voice packets, since this version was issued to T-Mobile customers with the intent of having them use wifi calling.
2. No further firmware updates.
3. No AiMesh.

I recommend you investigate to confirm all this. I don't have the ability to test this, since I no longer posses a T-Mobile version of the router.

My two cents: I'd have your friend buy something else. If your friend paid for the T-Mobile version of this and those limitations became an issue, you'd have to spend more time helping her resolve it. Just buy her a "normal" router and call it a day. Routers are something that people keep for years, so I'd advise her to buy a decent one, like the RT-AX3000 listed in this deal. She'll probably be able to keep it for 10 years before it starts to show its age.
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I have the BB version of this, the Zen 6600 and AC68. I also have an old TPLink AC 3200. In terms of signal strength for pre AX like AC etc especially for 2.4GHz, TPLINK is the best, but not enough to cover security cameras just outside the house. The mesh performance using this one as main and AC68 as node is good for those 2.4GHz IoTs but lousy for high bandwidth applications. The Zen 6600pair while good at the high bandwidth transfer, has the worst 2.4GHz performance, especially right outside the house. I think its design to hide the short antennas reduce the performance. I recently swap the AC68's antennas with long 9db set and the boost is significant.
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I have the BB version of this, the Zen 6600 and AC68. I also have an old TPLink AC 3200. In terms of signal strength for pre AX like AC etc especially for 2.4GHz, TPLINK is the best, but not enough to cover security cameras just outside the house. The mesh performance using this one as main and AC68 as node is good for those 2.4GHz IoTs but lousy for high bandwidth applications. The Zen 6600pair while good at the high bandwidth transfer, has the worst 2.4GHz performance, especially right outside the house. I think its design to hide the short antennas reduce the performance. I recently swap the AC68's antennas with long 9db set and the boost is significant.
Can you please provide details about these replacement antennas? Place of Purchase or links.
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