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

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Feb 6, 2017
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b33f wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 1:24 pm
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/
Thanks for the quick reply
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Jan 10, 2008
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quebec
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?
Yes I had a C7 and I upgraded to the Asus a month ago. Never looked back. The C7 constantly drop the 5hz band even with the firware update. I had to reboot the C7 about each day. The Asus is in my basement and the signal is very good at the 2nd floor.
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Feb 6, 2017
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snoroqc wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 1:37 pm
Yes I had a C7 and I upgraded to the Asus a month ago. Never looked back. The C7 constantly drop the 5hz band even with the firware update. I had to reboot the C7 about each day. The Asus is in my basement and the signal is very good at the 2nd floor.
Awesome, good to know. Thanks!
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Jan 15, 2004
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AiMesh is the way to go if you run into signal strength issue in your house. I used mine for a month and working fine. The only thing I don't like is that I now have to do firmware upgrade on 3 different routers instead of 1. I wish they can do auto firmware download and update.
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Oct 20, 2001
733 posts
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Spruce Grove
Thanks OP, got $30 back from bestbuy. Went and bought a second one for mesh from Memory Express. They were not happy about the price at ME. They eventually price beat it.
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Mar 24, 2006
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went to get price adjustment at BB. mine was past the 30 days.

its still possible, the manager just has to override it.

Good-luck.
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Nov 17, 2003
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Edmonton
I price matched this from 229 (bestbuy) at memex not long ago. I'm guessing I can't go back in and get price protection on a pricematch haha.

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May 25, 2009
340 posts
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Langley, BC
Bought it few weeks ago and really happy with the purchase. Had Archer C8 and couldn't get past 50 mbs download (on a 150 mbs plan) on speedtest in my bedroom (multiple walls). Bought this flush with merlin, I get 130+ mbs, sometimes even exceed 150 mbs.

I suggest whoever is on the fence just buy it and try it out. You have 30 days for return anyway.
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Can this router work in a mixed mode so depending where you are in the house you are either getting 2.4 or 5Ghz?
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Aug 24, 2005
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So Stupid question if I buy two of these I should be okay for AiMesh? (after I update the firmware etc)
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Jan 6, 2010
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freewheelin76 wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 5:50 pm
I price matched this from 229 (bestbuy) at memex not long ago. I'm guessing I can't go back in and get price protection on a pricematch haha.
Buy the $199 one from Best Buy, return the unopened box to Memex with Memex receipt. Voila - $30 in your pocket.
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Tomato_1 wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 7:10 pm
So Stupid question if I buy two of these I should be okay for AiMesh? (after I update the firmware etc)
Yes, they will work (I have two 86Us and one 68U) on AIMesh.
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canclan wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 7:16 pm
Yes, they will work (I have two 86Us and one 68U) on AIMesh.
Do you live in a castle sir?
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Jan 3rd, 2015 5:41 pm
We voted him in as God of RFD last month. Where were you during elections...?
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Jan 1, 2015
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Toronto, ON
canclan wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 7:16 pm
Yes, they will work (I have two 86Us and one 68U) on AIMesh.
May I ask, do you have wired backbone or wireless? how is the performance?
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Oct 3, 2012
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Hamilton
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?
It depends on if you have use a file server, or have very fast broad band. I find my RT-N66U is fast enough, that my wife and sun will keep there devices configured to auto connect to it... But I have 40/10 Mbps internet. But when it comes to moving files two and from my file server, I prefer my RT-AC68U, and I can definitely notice the speed boost. At least 3 times faster. As for the difference between an RT-AC68U and RT-AC86U, you either need to be into extreme gaming, or using the router as a wireless mesh node, or such to really appreciate the difference.

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