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[Best Buy] ASUS Wireless AC2900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router (RT-AC86U) - $199.99

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DealyMcDeals wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 11:34 am
Probably a dumb question, but I am having issues withe using the Roger Gigabit built in Wifi to reach the whole area of my small condo (~750 sq ft). I even tried turning off the wireless on it and using a WiFi extender in place of the internal WiFi.

Would this do a much better job in most cases?
The 5GHz frequency doesn't penetrate walls well, you'll get better results with 2.4GHz but you'll lose AC.
If your condo is wired with Ethernet cables, try to move your Rogers modem around to see where is the optimal location or put this one in a different room and connect it to your Rogers modem with wifi still enabled
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DealyMcDeals wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 11:34 am
Probably a dumb question, but I am having issues withe using the Roger Gigabit built in Wifi to reach the whole area of my small condo (~750 sq ft). I even tried turning off the wireless on it and using a WiFi extender in place of the internal WiFi.

Would this do a much better job in most cases?
This router does have better signal than the Rogers white box, but I don't think it will be much better. It's more about where you put it. Maybe try move your rogers router to a better location.
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NoCountry4RFDer wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 11:40 am
The 5GHz frequency doesn't penetrate walls well, you'll get better results with 2.4GHz but you'll lose AC.
If your condo is wired with Ethernet cables, try to move your Rogers modem around to see where is the optimal location or put this one in a different room and connect it to your Rogers modem with wifi still enabled
raymondzzd wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 11:43 am
This router does have better signal than the Rogers white box, but I don't think it will be much better. It's more about where you put it. Maybe try move your rogers router to a better location.
Thanks both of these were really helpful. If the signal is pretty much the same is the $200 you are spending here just for faster wireless speeds at that point?
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DealyMcDeals wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 11:34 am
Probably a dumb question, but I am having issues withe using the Roger Gigabit built in Wifi to reach the whole area of my small condo (~750 sq ft). I even tried turning off the wireless on it and using a WiFi extender in place of the internal WiFi.

Would this do a much better job in most cases?
Depending on which route you want to go, you should consider whether you want an access point, or extender. The wifi extender will not so much boost your signal, but also reduce the quality of the connection. If you want equal quality signal, the best bet is the access point method.

But if I were in your shoes, I would consider using a power-line adapter (from Rogers modem to centre of the condo), and then setting my wifi router at the centre of the condo (not the Rogers one) to become an access point to see if that works.
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marcsterr wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 11:27 am
To be honest I don't even know why I bought this - impulse purchase lol

I currently have a RT-N66U. I wonder if I'll even notice any difference?
In in the same boat, but haven't impulse bought yet... Should I upgrade to this one from RT-N66U?
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DealyMcDeals wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 11:46 am
Thanks both of these were really helpful. If the signal is pretty much the same is the $200 you are spending here just for faster wireless speeds at that point?
My take on the advantage of faster processor and bigger memory is able handle more devices and heavier load, say having file transfer, streaming, gaming, printing on desktop, phones, NAS, TVs at the same time.
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astroboy100 wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 12:04 pm
In in the same boat, but haven't impulse bought yet... Should I upgrade to this one from RT-N66U?
Well at the end of the day I paid $175+HST. Buy now think later lol

I love the RT-N66U... have had no issues whatsoever
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marcsterr wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 10:35 am
Thanks OP for the heads up.

I PM'ed staples and used a $25 off $75 coupon found in the RFD Staples Megathread!
How do you PM and add a coupon?

The router does not seem to have the best ratings online though, Asus going downhill?
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reggyDeal wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 12:18 pm
How do you PM and add a coupon?

The router does not seem to have the best ratings online though, Asus going downhill?
I bought it first at Staples and called in to PM with coupon and they credited me the difference to my credit card.
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Would you guys recommend this or a mesh router? I'm in a small home and my c7 doesn't have the best coverage in the further corners of the house. Will I see a vast improvement with this over the c7?
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DealyMcDeals wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 11:46 am
Thanks both of these were really helpful. If the signal is pretty much the same is the $200 you are spending here just for faster wireless speeds at that point?
As said above, depending on your usage and how many heavy users do you have. The t-mo in the other thread might be enough for you.

The faster CPU/bigger RAM are good if you are planning to use it as a NAS, VPN server/client and run other stuff by many users.
AC2900 means it can handle more users at full connection speed (I think it's around 800mbps)
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marcsterr wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 12:22 pm
I bought it first at Staples and called in to PM with coupon and they credited me the difference to my credit card.
I'm little confused
When you bought it in store, did you apply the coupon or did you apply it later when PM?
Doesn't Staples do PM in store as well? or do I have to call in after in order to apply the coupon to the PMed price?
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yukun wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 12:53 pm
When you brought it in store, did you apply the coupon or did you apply it later when PM
I'm little confused that don't Staples do PM in store as well? or do I have to call in after in order to apply the coupon to the PMed price?
I didn't buy it in store. As a matter of fact, Staples.ca says they don't have any in store, only online.

I bought it online and applied the $25 coupon, and then called it afterward to PM.
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Exia97 wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 12:38 pm
Would you guys recommend this or a mesh router? I'm in a small home and my c7 doesn't have the best coverage in the further corners of the house. Will I see a vast improvement with this over the c7?
I'd recommend the ASUS, as it can also work as a mesh node if you have other compatible ASUS routers.
ASUS's aimesh is comparably faster than other pre-packaged mesh networks.
https://www.asus.com/AiMesh/

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