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ASUS - ZenWiFi AC Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi Router (2-pack) - White - $254.99 after 15% Recycle Credit, Free Shipping

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Very good reviews on this Zen Wi-Fi AC model. Normally $329.99 at Best buy. It's on sale for $299.99

You can get an additional 15% back by trading in any old crappy router or modem you have lying around the house.

Price out the door is $254.99 plus tax. Free shipping.

Link to recycle program:. https://www.bestbuy.com/site/recy...7300657381

Note that the 15% off certificate for the recycle program is redeemable in store only, not online. At first it did not ring up, but I had to have a manager come by and do an override.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus...Id=6400911

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ZenWiFi AC Review. https://dongknows.com/asus-zenwif...em-review/

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In case you do not read the review that I posted, this Wi-Fi is pretty flexible. If you have a pure ethernet backhaul, then you can expose the hidden tri-band which is the fastest, 4x4 1733 megabits per second, and use it at for your client connections. the normal 5 gigahertz client connection is a maximum of 2x2 866 megabits per second, so it's a nice option to get a faster speed if you don't need wireless backhaul.
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Not wifi6
How many Wi-Fi 6 clients do you have? The Zen Wi-fi AX is wifi 6... I do not have any wifi 6 clients.
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Does this have Aimesh support so we can use with existing Asus routers?
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Does this have Aimesh support so we can use with existing Asus routers?
Yes it does.
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Not wifi6
And therefore costs less than 1/2 of what WiFi6 Mesh router systems cost.
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Not wifi6

internet connection for most homes have not even maxed out wifi 5.
its going to be awhile for ISP to catch up to wifi 6. by the time they catch up, it will be wifi 100 technology.

not to mention, majority of the devices can't make use of wifi 6, even if you have 1 or 2 wifi 6 devices, is it worth it to pay 2x the prices of wifi 5 ?

from reviews i have seen, my wifi 5 orbi rbk50 has better speeds than most wifi 6 mesh systems.

side note. seems like okay deal. i like the usb and multiple ethernet ports. tu
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I see what you did there.. Let me add my 2 cents -

No HDMI ;-)
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Oh, good deal on a solid triband option. Costco has a few deals starting next week, hoping the deals start dropping more broadly.
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Not wifi6
Most WiFi 6 clients people currently own will actually perform worse on WiFi 6 than WiFi 5 for the majority of WiFi 6 Routers. A router simply having WiFi 6 does not guarantee that it will perform better than alternatives.
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How many Wi-Fi 6 clients do you have? The Zen Wi-fi AX is wifi 6... I do not have any wifi 6 clients.
Real question is how often do you replace your routers? Hopefully not more often than once in 3-4 years.
The next question is how many WiFi 6 devices do you think you would have in that period.
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I was looking at the tp-link deco powerline p9, any thoughts?

I like that it uses powerline.
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Even if you don't have a wifi 6 compliant device you will benefit with extended range
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Real question is how often do you replace your routers? Hopefully not more often than once in 3-4 years.
The next question is how many WiFi 6 devices do you think you would have in that period.
Everyone is different but if I'm spending money right now, I want the newest/greatest. It's a purchase every 4-5 years and is pretty much the backbone of any modern household. Having said that, I did replace my two ASUS RT-AC68Us with a triband WiFi 5 RBK30 Orbi + one satellite (dedicated 5Ghz backhaul!) for under $120 total. Why? ASUS's dual band mesh (on RT-AC68U) was too slow, started having frequent WiFi dropouts and the Orbi should tide me till WiFi 6 mesh products are here in a few months. The Orbi is a solid WiFi product though Netgear support and the browser based management is crap. I also don't like the ads/service push done in the Orbi iOS app.
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I was looking at the tp-link deco powerline p9, any thoughts?

I like that it uses powerline.
Powerline is good, but will degrade as more and more clients jump on. I believe some will degrade in speed with just two clients. If your electrical run back to fuse box, it may also degrade signal. If there is poor electrical wiring or bad electrical wires it can degrade your signal. Don't plug into surge protectors too. Ethernet over Powerline has come a long way, but more needs to be improved on.
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