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Been following this price for a while, the white one hit this price last week but wasn't available for immediate shipping. While this can get sweeter with a coupon or something I doubt it drops below $130-$140 thru the rest of the year. considering upgrading from ax56u, thoughts?

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Looks like Officedepot has matched: https://www.officedepot.com/a/pro...cat=509739

Merlin Compatible thanks @justsin https://www.asuswrt-merlin.net/

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antinthis1 asked this question on 09-27-2021 at 10:32 AM
09-27-2021 at 10:32 AM
Better is kinda subjective based on your needs, but Asus I believe has some of the best consumer router software and good reliability and longevity. TP-Link has reported complaints of lack of updates and other things, it's been years since I used them. I was considering TP-Link at a much lower price...
09-27-2021 at 02:15 PM
TP is the last router I would buy. My parents had one and it constantly needed rebooted. I bought one last year on sale and returned it because it never booted properly from the start. I bought a used Asus off Facebook and had been super strong for more than a year. I had an Asus before and it was great. I'll always buy Asus routers.
phine asked this question on 09-28-2021 at 12:30 PM
09-28-2021 at 12:30 PM
I just boxed up my Netgear rax45 (going back to Costco tomorrow) for this router. It has better range, and is more stable.
10-02-2021 at 08:12 AM
I sent back my RAX45 as well. It kept dropping the 5 Ghz channel.
GreatG asked this question on 09-27-2021 at 10:32 AM
09-27-2021 at 10:32 AM
Assuming goal is single router not mesh...
This is not the router I would pick for most 3500 sq foot houses. Still it would depend on placement and your walls.
sigrab asked this question on 09-28-2021 at 12:32 PM
09-28-2021 at 12:32 PM
No; the internet is provided by the modem, the router (this) disperses it to your devices. You need both.

The ones provided by Comcast is a combined modem+router; you'd need a modem to pair with this.
hybrid35 asked this question on 09-27-2021 at 10:24 AM
kabukicho asked this question on 09-28-2021 at 12:31 PM

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AC1900 is 3x3 1300 5G + 3x3 "600" 2.4G. In reality, no clients really support the higher 256 QAM rate on 2.4G. It's the same general performance as an AC1750 class for normal clients. 1300 5G + 450 2.4G real world spec.

AC3100 is 4x4 + 4x4 config, but like the AC1900 it's Turbo/nitroQAM and is effectively AC2400 "Real world" spec. 1734 + 600 for a majority of clients connecting to it.

AX82U is a 4x4 + 2x2 router using a cheaper SoC for its main CPUs. Theoretically it should perform better than the 68U in 5G, but performs worse in practice, especially with legacy AC clients.

https://www.mbreviews.com/asus-rt...-review/2/
https://www.mbreviews.com/asus-rt...er-review/

The main CPU on the 68U is a significantly better A53 dual core and helps with VPN/read/write times over the cheaper 67xx family of BCM SoC.

The AX3000/AX5400 Asus routers are more on the end of marketing hype. You're buying a low end SoC paired with a higher end 5G "4x4" chip (half radio disabled on AX3000). Youre paying for the "160mhz" 5G.

160mhz bandwidth isn't practical for real world wifi and drops off into 80mhz territory over 15 feet. Also degrades SNR and requires DFS channels.

Edit 2: AX68U performs better in real world use/distance. Only upgrade from here is the 86U, 88U, 89X. If you want a little bit of everything and a good price, the 86U is your only option.


Edit: AX68U is AX2700 3x3 1800 + 3x3 861. It's the direct AX upgrade to the old AC1750 spec.
Probably a great router, like all ASUS products I've interacted with. However, personally, I'd prefer the RT-AX86U. Pull an old modem or router out of the closet and trade in at Best Buy for 15% discount. RT-AX86U was $212 for me.
I bought this router about a month ago to replace my TPlink Archer C7. I selected it because it was the cheapest router I could find that I could plug an external hard drive into and get 100mb/s reads and writes. It improved my range and speed throughout the house. The upstairs, which is farthest from the router, was getting around 90mb/s and now I get pretty much get the max speeds (300mb/s) provided my ISP. I'm far from a network expert but I'm pretty happy so figured Id share.

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Probably a great router, like all ASUS products I've interacted with. However, personally, I'd prefer the RT-AX86U. Pull an old modem or router out of the closet and trade in at Best Buy for 15% discount. RT-AX86U was $212 for me.
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Didn't want the white color, now I can get one. Thanks
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https://sourceforge.net/projects/asuswrt-merlin/files/RT-AX68U/
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Been awhile since I have used Merlin, but curious if performance is better on something like this or a newer ubiquiti? I just setup an older ubiquiti mesh AC and it's not strong enough for a single laptop with the security features on (190-175mbps on speedtest @ 8 feet away no walls).

Most curious in the onboard FW and metrics.
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Been awhile since I have used Merlin, but curious if performance is better on something like this or a newer ubiquiti? I just setup an older ubiquiti mesh AC and it's not strong enough for a single laptop with the security features on (190-175mbps on speedtest @ 8 feet away no walls).

Most curious in the onboard FW and metrics.
Sounds like you can isolate the problem a bit more in terms of determining whether it is the wifi radio or the processing power of the device.

I keep going back to Asus, somewhat because I don't want to learn ubiquiti and I'm already familiar with linux networking (asuswrt is linux based) so it's much easier for me to anything custom.

I almost bit on the cheaper TP-Link AX21 from Walmart but after reviewing their OpenMesh capabilities and using their emulator (impressed they had one) I was rather underwhelmed.
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Got last week in white color. Great router.

I will always buy asus routers. I'm accustomed to all the great features such as VPN server, phone app etc.
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Sounds like you can isolate the problem a bit more in terms of determining whether it is the wifi radio or the processing power of the device.

I keep going back to Asus, somewhat because I don't want to learn ubiquiti and I'm already familiar with linux networking (asuswrt is linux based) so it's much easier for me to anything custom.

I almost bit on the cheaper TP-Link AX21 from Walmart but after reviewing their OpenMesh capabilities and using their emulator (impressed they had one) I was rather underwhelmed.
I really suspect that the issue is the processing power of the ubiquiti and there wasn't anything major to learn if you know linux already. It's almost completely UI driven, but you can also SSH in. I came from using openWRT for a long time, so I feel that I can comment a bit on the complexity.

By the way, I had to stop using my SonicWall TZ500 (for primary devices) because of the identical issues. It's still usable, but almost any streaming service shutters, lags, or pauses for 10-30 seconds intermittently. I jump over to a different device w/o a real firewall options and no issues.

For the number of devices, and for streaming (media / gaming) I find that anything without quad core just cannot keep up to a QoS that the household expects... but we easily go through 1.5-2.3 TB of data a month where 80-90% of that is media (web not torrents/etc), camera footage, or gaming streaming services.
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Which one would be better, this, or tplink ax73 for $180?
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Probably a great router, like all ASUS products I've interacted with. However, personally, I'd prefer the RT-AX86U. Pull an old modem or router out of the closet and trade in at Best Buy for 15% discount. RT-AX86U was $212 for me.
How trade in works at BB? Can we pricematch and the trade in to get 15% off
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How trade in works at BB? Can we pricematch and the trade in to get 15% off
I don't know how likely you are to get a price match plus the 15% off. The store I went to didn't want to give me the discount on the ASUS - said it wasn't part of the promotion. So I pushed, got a manager and we made it happen. YMMV on combining money-saving methods.
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Which one would be better, this, or tplink ax73 for $180?
Better is kinda subjective based on your needs, but Asus I believe has some of the best consumer router software and good reliability and longevity. TP-Link has reported complaints of lack of updates and other things, it's been years since I used them. I was considering TP-Link at a much lower price...
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Is the 5G Hz coverage good enough for a 3500 sq ft house with 2 levels?
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