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ASUS RT-AX86U AX5700 Dual Band WiFi 6 Gaming Router (ZAKU II Edition) EXPIRED

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  • Speeds up to 5700 Mbps
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  • Up to 2500 sq. feet Coverage
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  • 2.5G port
  • Gaming Port
  • Adaptive QoS w/ Port Forwarding
  • True 2 Gbps Wired and Wireless Speed

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Just to cut some people off, for those who will eventually ask how much better is this than the GS-AX3000 from the other thread its about 100-150Mbps faster in both short and long range for its wireless throughput.
So does red make the router faster? If so, can you spray paint your router and get the same result? laugh out loudLMAO
Im surprised the Gundam version of all variants is under MSRP. Usually special editions hold pricing well.

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Im surprised the Gundam version of all variants is under MSRP. Usually special editions hold pricing well.
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So does red make the router faster? If so, can you spray paint your router and get the same result? laugh out loudLMAO
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So does red make the router faster? If so, can you spray paint your router and get the same result? laugh out loudLMAO
Only if you add the right amount of speed holes!
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Just to cut some people off, for those who will eventually ask how much better is this than the GS-AX3000 from the other thread its about 100-150Mbps faster in both short and long range for its wireless throughput.
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Great router with 2.5G port.
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nice looking router. I need to upgrade my old R7000 but I dont know if this is the one I should go with Smilie
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Tempted to get this. Seems like the AX86U gets a lot of love.

Any comments on whether spending more for something like the AX11000 would be significantly better in performance or futureproof me for way longer?
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Any advice is appreciated... I am coming from an RT-AC5300 which I have never been happy with. Is this a good upgrade or wishful thinking?
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Tempted to get this. Seems like the AX86U gets a lot of love.

Any comments on whether spending more for something like the AX11000 would be significantly better in performance or futureproof me for way longer?
Based on the specs, you get tri-band so that may or may not benefit you. I don't know if there is any noticeable difference in performance and that's also dependent on your internet.

As for futureproof, you'll want a 6E capable router. So the AX11000 isn't any more futureproof than the AX86u.
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Any advice is appreciated... I am coming from an RT-AC5300 which I have never been happy with. Is this a good upgrade or wishful thinking?
Honestly this is a marginal upgrade. Unless you specifically need the 2.5GbE port - you have >1GbE internet and want to take advantage of it.

Realistically, AX is a pretty marginal upgrade over a wave 2 AC 1024QAM capable router. Everything else equal, it's only 20% more performance or so.

But also I think that dual 5ghz band routers are pretty stupid for home use in non-mesh scenarios. Almost never do people actually need the density capability increase from dual 5ghz bands. Running a second AP for extended coverage is almost always better.
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Tempted to get this. Seems like the AX86U gets a lot of love.

Any comments on whether spending more for something like the AX11000 would be significantly better in performance or futureproof me for way longer?
Lol no. Dual 5ghz bands basically don't help anyone in home use scenarios, aside from mesh.

The real futureproof upgrade is to a triband 6ghz capable AP. Something like a Unifi 6 Enterprise. 1x 2.4ghz, 1x 5ghz, 1x 6ghz.

The problem with dual 5ghz is that it mostly just enables a density increase, and changes nothing for a single client's performance. Almost nobody needs this at home. Most people just need their one device to be faster, and aren't interested in having multiple devices reach ~600 mbit at the same time.

And it brings problems with frequency availability and/or DFS, depending on your location and local RF environment. It also makes it that much harder to run a second AP for extended coverage, since, you know, you're generating interference for yourself.
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Honestly this is a marginal upgrade. Unless you specifically need the 2.5GbE port - you have >1GbE internet and want to take advantage of it.

Realistically, AX is a pretty marginal upgrade over a wave 2 AC 1024QAM capable router. Everything else equal, it's only 20% more performance or so.

But also I think that dual 5ghz band routers are pretty stupid for home use in non-mesh scenarios. Almost never do people actually need the density capability increase from dual 5ghz bands. Running a second AP for extended coverage is almost always better.
The main advantage with AX is the better handling of multiple devices. If you only have a few devices, you don't see much improvement. Also, just looking at the total combined bandwidth number does not really tell you the actual performance. An AX5700 in dual band is likely more than 20% higher throughput than an AC5300 triband in each of the band.
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Honestly this is a marginal upgrade. Unless you specifically need the 2.5GbE port - you have >1GbE internet and want to take advantage of it.

Realistically, AX is a pretty marginal upgrade over a wave 2 AC 1024QAM capable router. Everything else equal, it's only 20% more performance or so.

But also I think that dual 5ghz band routers are pretty stupid for home use in non-mesh scenarios. Almost never do people actually need the density capability increase from dual 5ghz bands. Running a second AP for extended coverage is almost always better.
Thanks for the feedback. I have never been able to get the best out of the router (I am no network specialist) maybe due to lack of knowhow or what but I have been noticing that the signa on the 2.4GHz channel keeps dropping for some reason and will later reconnect. Not sure if that's something I need to configure again or what. Its about 4 years old and had been working acceptably till past 6 months.
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