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Best Buy In-Store Offer: Recycle Old Modem/Router for ASUS RT-AX86U Gigabit Router EXPIRED

~$212.50
$279.99
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Best Buy has ASUS RT-AX86U Dual Band WiFi 6 Gaming Router w/ AiMesh on sale currently for $249.99. Save an additional 15% Off when you trade-in/recycle your old networking device (ex; modem, router, modem/router combo or gateway) in exchange for a form of a 15% Off Recycle Coupon towards the purchase of this gaming router = ~$212.49 valid for in-store purchase only or when follow the instructions listed below.

Thanks to community member Djcslice for finding this deal

Note, stock/availability will vary by store location

Deal Instructions
  1. Visit any local Best Buy locations [Store Locator]
  2. Bring in any old networking devices (ex; modem, router, modem/router combo or gateway)
  3. Trade-in your device for a 15% Off Recycle Coupon towards the purchase of a modem, router, or gateway [Details]
  4. After receiving your unique coupon, proceed to purchase the ASUS RT-AX86U Dual Band WiFi 6 Gaming Router w/ AiMesh (Black)
  5. Final price should be ~$212.49 after your 15% Off Recycle Coupon (~$37.49 Off)
    • Note, product is currently on sale at $249.99 price mark
About the Product
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet Standard
  • 2.4 GHz + 5.0 GHz Frequency Band
  • WiFi 6 AX Networking Standard (5.7 gigabit per second)
  • 4x Antennas
  • RJ-45 Ports
  • AiMesh Support
Warranty
  • Includes a 2-year manufacturer's warranty w/ purchase (parts + labor)

Editor's Notes & Price Research

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  • Must trade in an old networking device to received a 15% Off recycle coupon towards the purchase of this gaming router
  • This is currently the best available price we've seen after the trade-in offer; typically hovers around the $230-$250 price mark
  • Product qualifies for 15-day free/easy returns w/ p urchase
  • Product/offer must be purchase in-store only
  • Limit one coupon per household, per offer
  • Recycled modems, routers or gateways will not be returned under any circumstances; may not be available in all locations and some stores may have additional limitations
  • Offer valid while promotional offer last/while stock is available
Additional Notes
  • Highly rated by customers for speed, setup and connection quality
  • Please refer to the forum thread for additional details - Discombobulated
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Best Buy has the Asus RT-AX86U on sale for 249.99 which can be stacked with their 15% off coupon you can get for trading in an old network device. This coupon only works in store.

After discount it was $212.49 + tax

I believe the best price to date has been $229.99 at Microcenter.

Product Page:
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus...Id=6443999

Trade-in information:
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/recy...7300657381
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patrocle asked this question on 05-24-2022 at 11:40 AM
05-24-2022 at 02:21 PM
any modern router can handle 100+ devices but the speed of each connection is limited by the overall use of data between devices. I have 22 devices on my FIOS-connected ordinary router and all work well with the rare need to reboot router to freshen the connection.
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Its not the same hardware.

TL : DR
1. More memory
2. 2.5gb port
3. 2x usb 3.0

https://dongknows.com/asus-rt-ax86s-vs-rt-ax86u/
that's a nerfed version without 2.5G support.
The RT-AX86S is different than the RT-AX86U

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Amazon currently has it for $215
ASUS AX5700 WiFi 6 Gaming Router (RT-AX86S) – Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Internet Router, up to 2500 sq ft, Lifetime Free Internet Security, Mesh WiFi Support, Gaming Port, True 2 Gbps
The RT-AX86S is different than the RT-AX86U
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Looks like it has Merlin support. Not sure if it's worth moving to Wifi6 yet though.
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Amazon currently has it for $215
ASUS AX5700 WiFi 6 Gaming Router (RT-AX86S) – Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Internet Router, up to 2500 sq ft, Lifetime Free Internet Security, Mesh WiFi Support, Gaming Port, True 2 Gbps https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B09GP...UTF8&psc=1 [amazon.com]
that's a nerfed version without 2.5G support.
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It's a different in packaging. They run the exact same firmware
Its not the same hardware.

TL : DR
1. More memory
2. 2.5gb port
3. 2x usb 3.0

https://dongknows.com/asus-rt-ax86s-vs-rt-ax86u/
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Its not the same hardware.

https://dongknows.com/asus-rt-ax86s-vs-rt-ax86u/
Kinda both. They share the same "hardware" minus ram size and a missing controller for second 3.0 and 2.5G.

The dual core BCM4906 is just a silicon disabled BCM4908 quad. Was an easy modification for ASUS to pull off to sell it at a slightly lower price point. Router shares FCC output certification meaning performance won't really change outside of unit to unit variance.

Both the processors are over 6 years old at this point, but ASUS charges an arm and a leg for routers with newer Broadcom silicon on newer nodes/die shrinks. IE GT-AX-6000.. cant win XD
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I just picked one of these up in store. I have been waiting for it to go on sale at Best Buy to stack with the 15% off coupon you can get for trading in an old network device. This coupon only works in store.
What is Lifetime Internet?
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Kinda both. They share the same "hardware" minus ram size and a missing controller for second 3.0 and 2.5G.

The dual core BCM4906 is just a silicon disabled BCM4908 quad. Was an easy modification for ASUS to pull off to sell it at a slightly lower price point. Router shares FCC output certification meaning performance won't really change outside of unit to unit variance.

Both the processors are over 6 years old at this point, but ASUS charges an arm and a leg for routers with newer Broadcom silicon on newer nodes/die shrinks. IE GT-AX-6000.. cant win XD
In my opinion, Asus' routers are better than any of the competition. Its a reasonably priced wifi 6 router, well rated and has an integrated mesh system that makes it more versatile than other standard routers and significantly less expensive than wifi 6 mesh systems.

At the end of the day, its a good price for this router, regardless if you are giving a recommendation to buy one.
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What is Lifetime Internet?
It cut off "security". I have updated the post title.
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Have the AX86U in several locations and it's fantastic! Merlin support is gravy.

Going to pick up one of these to add as a node.

Note: this is only a SD because of 15% discount. also, chase had some offers for selected few. check them before buying!
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In my opinion, Asus' routers are better than any of the competition. Its a reasonably priced wifi 6 router, well rated and has an integrated mesh system that makes it more versatile than other standard routers and significantly less expensive than wifi 6 mesh systems.

At the end of the day, its a good price for this router, regardless if you are giving a recommendation to buy one.
The original AX86U is/was priced well relative to other stuff they sell above and below it (MSRP). The only gripe I had with it was a slightly nerfed UNII-1 output and slightly buggy firmware/clients at release.

I'm just faulting ASUS' pricing metrics and stagnating true next gen hardware, but its not like other brands are in a hurry either..

GT-AX6000 for example is basically a true AX88U successor and prob the best 4x4 + 4x4 BCM based router on the market considering the newer platform, but I wouldn't recommend that people pay 2x the price when AX86U will be fine for most people Smilie


That aside the new Synology AX6600 tri brand is a really nice Qualcomm platform and the MSRP is actually quite reasonable. (supports UNII-4 high output over 1w)

I wish they made a 4x4 + 4x4 AX6000 version but beggars cant be choosers.
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