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As has been pointed out in other threads, that's the AX20, while the one in the OP is the AX21.

The only real difference seems to be case design to allow better ventilation on the AX21, but you have to wonder why they felt the need to change it.

I bought this router a couple of weeks ago to replace the $40 T-Mobile AC1900 (ASUS RT-AC68U) that was so popular back in the day. Our phones, laptops, and desktop are all WiFi 6 devices, so there has been a noticeable bump in stability and performance.

However, I'm running a USB hard drive off the router and it's been flaky when streaming 4K media. Didn't have problems on the previous router. Still troubleshooting to figure out if it's the router itself, or the configuration.
I bought this router a couple weeks ago after getting convinced by people in the comments this would be the best WiFi 6 router at this price. This deal has been going on for a while now.

Pros:
Easy set up
Great for people who don't intend on doing any "advanced user" changes
Cheap Wifi 6


Cons:
QoS is not per device and uses "priority" settings
Has a firmware bug that may change the SubNet every so often.
Possibility of dropping price as WiFi 6e becomes more prevalent, likely late this year

The cons were pretty much deal breakers for me. My current router is only AC but the ability to set QoS per device is huge in my opinion. Also, I have a PiHole set for my router DNS. There appears to be a known bug on this router's firmware that the SubNet may change randomly or after reboot. No idea how long it will take for them to fix it, if they ever do. This can be problematic for anyone who uses Static settings on devices. I didn't give this router enough time to test any of my stuff set up with port forwarding and WoL after the frustration of just trying to reconfigure my PiHole for this. However, I am guessing it may impact that stuff, as well.

If you don't plan on doing anything more advanced than just setting it up and forgetting it. Then this router will probably be fine for you.
Thanks for this info. I have the T-Mobile router and it is still doing well. I'm looking at newer ASUS but this one is intriguing. I love Asus so will probably stay with them long term.

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$89 @ WM, free 2-day delivery

http://www.walmart.com/ip/TP-Link.../210201077
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$89 @ WM, free 2-day delivery

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$89 @ WM, free 2-day delivery

http://www.walmart.com/ip/TP-Link.../210201077
As has been pointed out in other threads, that's the AX20, while the one in the OP is the AX21.

The only real difference seems to be case design to allow better ventilation on the AX21, but you have to wonder why they felt the need to change it.

I bought this router a couple of weeks ago to replace the $40 T-Mobile AC1900 (ASUS RT-AC68U) that was so popular back in the day. Our phones, laptops, and desktop are all WiFi 6 devices, so there has been a noticeable bump in stability and performance.

However, I'm running a USB hard drive off the router and it's been flaky when streaming 4K media. Didn't have problems on the previous router. Still troubleshooting to figure out if it's the router itself, or the configuration.
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As has been pointed out in other threads, that's the AX20, while the one in the OP is the AX21.

The only real difference seems to be case design to allow better ventilation on the AX21, but you have to wonder why they felt the need to change it.

I bought this router a couple of weeks ago to replace the $40 T-Mobile AC1900 (ASUS RT-AC68U) that was so popular back in the day. Our phones, laptops, and desktop are all WiFi 6 devices, so there has been a noticeable bump in stability and performance.

However, I'm running a USB hard drive off the router and it's been flaky when streaming 4K media. Didn't have problems on the previous router. Still troubleshooting to figure out if it's the router itself, or the configuration.
Thanks for this info. I have the T-Mobile router and it is still doing well. I'm looking at newer ASUS but this one is intriguing. I love Asus so will probably stay with them long term.
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Thanks for this info. I have the T-Mobile router and it is still doing well. I'm looking at newer ASUS but this one is intriguing. I love Asus so will probably stay with them long term.
The only reason I've decided to get this over Asus as well as Linksys is because of the reviews I've read. Guess we'll find out
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Quote from rczrider :
As has been pointed out in other threads, that's the AX20, while the one in the OP is the AX21.

The only real difference seems to be case design to allow better ventilation on the AX21, but you have to wonder why they felt the need to change it.

I bought this router a couple of weeks ago to replace the $40 T-Mobile AC1900 (ASUS RT-AC68U) that was so popular back in the day. Our phones, laptops, and desktop are all WiFi 6 devices, so there has been a noticeable bump in stability and performance.

However, I'm running a USB hard drive off the router and it's been flaky when streaming 4K media. Didn't have problems on the previous router. Still troubleshooting to figure out if it's the router itself, or the configuration.
Maybe firmware issue. Maybe there is alternative.
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TP Link Archer AC1750 c7 is my current router. Would this be a decent upgrade? Or would it be cost effective to spend the extra cash on the AX3000? 2 story house, 1600 sq ft, 2 adults with wifi devices (laptop, smartphones, ipads, etc).
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TP Link Archer AC1750 c7 is my current router. Would this be a decent upgrade? Or would it be cost effective to spend the extra cash on the AX3000? 2 story house, 1600 sq ft, 2 adults with wifi devices (laptop, smartphones, ipads, etc).
Yes huge upgrade IMO. I had the C7 several years ago, wasn't cutting it for house coverage and upgraded to Google Wifi mesh system. I bought this router and don't need need the mesh system anymore and I have a 3600 sq ft house.
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TP Link Archer AC1750 c7 is my current router. Would this be a decent upgrade? Or would it be cost effective to spend the extra cash on the AX3000? 2 story house, 1600 sq ft, 2 adults with wifi devices (laptop, smartphones, ipads, etc).
I agree with the poster above, I think for your needs this should be enough.

There are a few things that stand out about the AX3000 (outside of more total throughput) but there are two models so make sure you are looking at/buying the AX50 AX3000 version. The AX50 comes with the full homecare suite for free which has advanced parental controls, more advanced Quality of Service (QoS) controls, even has QoS by application and device, and finally full home network antivirus. Final thing it has, it has a USB 3.0 port so if you plan on using a external hard drive fro file sharing will get better performance out of it.

So if you think you will benefit from those additional features get the AX50. If your a set it and forget it type of person the AX21 should do you fine.
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I also have a pair of T-mobile branded Asus routers that were modded to support Asus mesh. Once in a few weeks, I have to power cycle the main router due to some weird connection issue. Otherwise, they have been working great. Since my bandwidth is ISP limited, I don't see benefits to upgrade to Wifi 6.
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I got this router. It is great and covers the 3000 sq ft house easily. Strongly recommend it.
I have a 200 mb plan, the test gives ~230 mb using 5 Ghz. The larger number probably means my neighbors' routers are lower. Smilie There is no difference between Wi-Fi and Ethernet. On the opposite side, the result is ~180 mb using 5Ghz.
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I bought this router a couple weeks ago after getting convinced by people in the comments this would be the best WiFi 6 router at this price. This deal has been going on for a while now.

Pros:
Easy set up
Great for people who don't intend on doing any "advanced user" changes
Cheap Wifi 6


Cons:
QoS is not per device and uses "priority" settings
Has a firmware bug that may change the SubNet every so often.
Possibility of dropping price as WiFi 6e becomes more prevalent, likely late this year

The cons were pretty much deal breakers for me. My current router is only AC but the ability to set QoS per device is huge in my opinion. Also, I have a PiHole set for my router DNS. There appears to be a known bug on this router's firmware that the SubNet may change randomly or after reboot. No idea how long it will take for them to fix it, if they ever do. This can be problematic for anyone who uses Static settings on devices. I didn't give this router enough time to test any of my stuff set up with port forwarding and WoL after the frustration of just trying to reconfigure my PiHole for this. However, I am guessing it may impact that stuff, as well.

If you don't plan on doing anything more advanced than just setting it up and forgetting it. Then this router will probably be fine for you.
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TP Link Archer AC1750 c7 is my current router. Would this be a decent upgrade? Or would it be cost effective to spend the extra cash on the AX3000? 2 story house, 1600 sq ft, 2 adults with wifi devices (laptop, smartphones, ipads, etc).
It depends on your situation. 1) What speed are you paying for from your isp? 2) Are your current devices wifi 6 capable? 3) Are you experiencing any problems with your current wifi setup?

I'be been using the Archer C7 for over four years in my 2,600 sq ft. ranch house. I pay for 150 mps and routinely get about 175 mps . Household is two adults, using two computers, a tablet, two cellphones, two Firestick 4Ks, six Amazon echos, nine wifi smart plugs and nine wifi smart bulbs. I've had no problems with any of these devices. All work fine. The Firestick 4K, which is the farthest device from my router, only gets about 90 mps. But that is still way more speed than necessary to stream 4K video.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Smilie
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