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Btw- this coupon works on most everything except refurbished products. They have mesh systems available as well.
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Even after the 15% off, Costco still has the Wifi6 and Wifi 5 Linksys Mesh Routers for about the same price or less per node.
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Decent hardware. BCM4098 1.8ghz 64 bit quad + 3x BCM4366E 4x4 AC/N.

Do think price is a tad high unless you absolutely need a tri-band router (aka large families).

Theres better options for price to performance that sell for half the price without significant sales. my2c.
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Decent hardware. BCM4098 1.8ghz 64 bit quad + 3x BCM4366E 4x4 AC/N.

Do think price is a tad high unless you absolutely need a tri-band router (aka large families).

Theres better options for price to performance that sell for half the price without significant sales. my2c.
I have 6 kids. I've tried the Asus GT 5300 and the firmware is now mostly trash. I'm currently using the TP Link AX11000 and it's pretty much trash. A mesh system doesn't work that well for what we're doing. I just want a simple to setup, tri band router. I've tried the Asus mesh with the tmobile asus routers and it was ok but doesn't hold up to the requirements of 5 to 6 consoles playing at the same time.
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Even after the 15% off, Costco still has the Wifi6 and Wifi 5 Linksys Mesh Routers for about the same price or less per node.
This posts main focus is for people who need the capacity and speed for many devices. This isn't slick but considering how much of a pain the other routers have been, at least it saves $50.
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Is't MX5300 @ Costco better than this at the same price?
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Is't MX5300 @ Costco better than this at the same price?
That's a mesh system. So it depends on what you Need.

The one you referenced has good reviews and very few 1 star reviews. It also has tri band.

Costco also has a better return policy.
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I have 6 kids. I've tried the Asus GT 5300 and the firmware is now mostly trash. I'm currently using the TP Link AX11000 and it's pretty much trash. A mesh system doesn't work that well for what we're doing. I just want a simple to setup, tri band router. I've tried the Asus mesh with the tmobile asus routers and it was ok but doesn't hold up to the requirements of 5 to 6 consoles playing at the same time.
I would try a hardware vendor not using Broadcom chips. You might have better luck with the 12 stream dual band Qualcomm stuff. RAX120 from Netgear and AX89X from ASUS. I have no experience with them, but the 5G band uses two separate 4x4 chips combined together. It's kinda like a Tri band, though integrated into an 8 x 8 block on the 5G.

Anyway, TP-link C5400x with the same hardware config as this Linksys is selling for $250 average on amazon right now. Might be a different experience down to firmware, but I think price could be better Smilie

Edit: The Linksys EA9500 shares OEM with the ASUS GT-AC5300 you tried FYI. Maybe the ASUS firmware is potentially worse (sorry, I cant see Linksys being better in 2020), but I can't imagine them being that much different in real world scenarios with some run of the mill firmware from a competitor.

I'd argue you might have a better experience with the newer Qualcomm stuff regardless of the box rating being a lower "AX6000" relative to an AX10000 tri band.

Rating system for wifi is complete bullshit anyway. Half the AC Broadcom chips are rated for TurboQAM which isn't supported by like 99% of real world clients..
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That's a mesh system. So it depends on what you Need.

The one you referenced has good reviews and very few 1 star reviews. It also has tri band.

Costco also has a better return policy.
MX5300 doesn't have to be used as mesh. It can be used as standalone router. Still covers 3000 sqft area same as max stream. But makes it future proof with AX support.
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If this helps, the router is $199 for a certified refurb at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Linksys-Ma...755&sr=8-4
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Overpriced, and crippled by gigabit ethernet ports.

But at least there's OpenWRT support
https://forum.openwrt.org/t/build...a9500/1817
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I got this amazon used for $100 1.5 years ago. No joke. I got lucky. Runs perfect.

Ebay sells it for $150 for a used one.
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bought this 2 years ago for 165 new. pretty old router and they dont really update the software anymore.
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that s a TON of money to pay for a non AX router that is several years old.
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