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beuh_dave wrote: In my view, better to buy separate hardware for routing and wifi, something like a Ubiquiti Edgerouter ER-X for $70 and a Ubiquiti Wireless Access Point Long Range for $135. You'll get better performance, stability and it's cheaper. I have 4 of the Wireless APs in my house. Works great! Devices automatically switch to whichever has the strongest signal.
The UAP-AC-LR is much inferior and incomparable to this router. You'd have to need at least a NanoHD to level the playing field.
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beuh_dave wrote: In my view, better to buy separate hardware for routing and wifi, something like a Ubiquiti Edgerouter ER-X for $70 and a Ubiquiti Wireless Access Point Long Range for $135. You'll get better performance, stability and it's cheaper. I have 4 of the Wireless APs in my house. Works great! Devices automatically switch to whichever has the strongest signal.
Are you saying that a modern router cannot combine wifi and a managed switch in one? Doesn't seem incredibly onerous.
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Expliciate wrote: The UAP-AC-LR is much inferior and incomparable to this router. You'd have to need at least a NanoHD to level the playing field.
Its not much inferior or comparable to All In Ones , the level playing is different. AC-LR and PRO is meant for Enterprise high density environment where stability is more important. We have deployed turns of these in production enviroment and although they are no Meraki they are decent enough.
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TusharN30757 wrote: Its not much inferior or comparable to All In Ones , the level playing is different. AC-LR and PRO is meant for Enterprise high density environment where stability is more important. We have deployed turns of these in production enviroment and although they are no Meraki they are decent enough.
They are indeed reliable and stable for the commercial environment and high-density applications, but they do not perform well relative to cost for home users. You're better off deploying EAP245s in the home environment as they offer better performance and cost less, for those that don't require the Unifi features.
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Morphius wrote: This or the Asus AX86U?
Asus AX86U for $300. Time to consider AX for the future. I suspect this will be the go to AX router for most folks on the mid-high range. The previous AC86U was a huge success.
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Expliciate wrote: They are indeed reliable and stable for the commercial environment and high-density applications, but they do not perform well relative to cost for home users. You're better off deploying EAP245s in the home environment as they offer better performance and cost less, for those that don't require the Unifi features.
I have never deployed TP-Link in an enterprise environment so cannot comment on the scalibility and realibility but the specs for EAP245s look fairly good. Very comparable to PRO but unsure how challenging controller software would be to configure especially for a home user.
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Morphius wrote: This or the Asus AX86U?
I'd go with the ax86u, with wifi 6 devices it should easily beat the ac5300 in range and speeds.
I had the ax58u for a bit and it was faster than my ac86u using wifi 6, on wifi 5 it was slower though.
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TusharN30757 wrote: I have never deployed TP-Link in an enterprise environment so cannot comment on the scalibility and realibility but the specs for EAP245s look fairly good. Very comparable to PRO but unsure how challenging controller software would be to configure especially for a home user.
I have deployed both systems and by far the Unifi is much better in terms of convenience, remote management, and overall refinement. The convenience factor may be slightly biased as I am more familiar with Unifi than TP-Link.
However, the TP-Link setup is no slouch as it is reliable and does offer a fairly great feature set. The interface for the controller is quite confusing and a lot of features are hidden in submenus, but works great after the initial setup.
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If I'm looking for a new router is this one better or the AC86U? I keep hearing people bring up that one.
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AC is outdated, considering AX only, maybe no big difference for daily use at 5G, but AX's 2.4G is really a boost.
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Ac might be outdated but it’s still kicking ass

Ordered yesterday from Amazon, arrived same late evening. Bridged the router to Fido’s supplied Hitron CGN3U, internet is literally up in a few mins. In short this router has made a day and night difference. First thing, no more ‘consistent’ connection drops and faster stable internet across all devices (even though I’ve had only owned it for less than a day lol) Now I’m consistently getting 300m d/l 17m u/l on Fido 150u. Couldn’t be happier. If anyone has same or similar setup and would like to know how-to, feel free to reach me

Thanks OP!!
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superrabbi wrote: If I'm looking for a new router is this one better or the AC86U? I keep hearing people bring up that one.
The AC86U is plenty for its budget of $200. If you don't mind paying the premium for Wifi 6, go with the AX86U instead.
OlivierLoo wrote: AC is outdated, considering AX only, maybe no big difference for daily use at 5G, but AX's 2.4G is really a boost.
Not entirely true. There are plenty of poorly implemented AX devices such as the AX58u and the majority of the AX1800 mesh kits.

Any 4x4 or 3x3 802.11ac wave2 spec device will easily outperform poorly implemented 2x2 wifi 6 devices. A prime example is the value of the AC86U (3x3) for $200 which will easily outperform them.
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Bought AX86U a week ago from Staples with price match newegg $279 . So far happy about it. Was planning to make an AiMesh with existing AC68U because I need some good 5G connection at the edge of my house (around 3000 sqf). Found out I don't need the Ac68U, The signal of AX86U is strong enough for 5G. I splits the 2.4G from 5G. Old devices go with 2.4G. New devices go with 5G. My son laptop with Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201 can give 2400 Mbps connection. My old phone (Mate 20 Pro) with AC can connect at 1170Mbps speed (I don't know how this number calculated). It's running without an issue since last weekend I did setup, at least I didn't notice the issue :-)
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I don't post often, but for this router let me give me quick experience.
Its an acceptable router. I have had this for 2 years now. There is a 2.5 Ghz radio and 2 5Ghz radios.
The first 5Ghz radio is broken in the firmware. They've been trying to fix for some time.
It goes down periodically and disappears. You then have to go into the app/web turn off the radio, click accept, it does its thing, log back in, turn the 1st 5Ghz radio back on.
Then you are good for another week or so.
I suspect its some overflow issue in the latest firmware, but its just a guess.

I also bought the GT version for $299 through RFD post. The GT has trouble connecting to my Galaxy Tab S on 5Ghz, but everything else is fine.
Again, its a noted issue when you look at the firmware notes.

As for my AI mesh, its ok. Not what's its all cracked up to be.
Firstly, it only meshes the non guest connections. Which is a problem for me cause all by IOT devices are on guest for safety purposes.
Also mesh has issue when the 2 routers are too close to each other - collisions??
Also has a problem switching from one router in the mesh to the other - eg standing next to basement router and the tablet still connected to weak signal on main floor.
Fiddled with the setting, but again not working like they describe it.

Just thought i would share my experience for anyone thinking about this router.
Its an ok router, but I would not consider it great.
I've been looking at Ubiquity for my next set up, but I'm invested in this for now.
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GreatFlagDeals wrote: I don't post often, but for this router let me give me quick experience.
Its an acceptable router. I have had this for 2 years now. There is a 2.5 Ghz radio and 2 5Ghz radios.
The first 5Ghz radio is broken in the firmware. They've been trying to fix for some time.
It goes down periodically and disappears. You then have to go into the app/web turn off the radio, click accept, it does its thing, log back in, turn the 1st 5Ghz radio back on.
Then you are good for another week or so.
I suspect its some overflow issue in the latest firmware, but its just a guess.

I also bought the GT version for $299 through RFD post. The GT has trouble connecting to my Galaxy Tab S on 5Ghz, but everything else is fine.
Again, its a noted issue when you look at the firmware notes.

As for my AI mesh, its ok. Not what's its all cracked up to be.
Firstly, it only meshes the non guest connections. Which is a problem for me cause all by IOT devices are on guest for safety purposes.
Also mesh has issue when the 2 routers are too close to each other - collisions??
Also has a problem switching from one router in the mesh to the other - eg standing next to basement router and the tablet still connected to weak signal on main floor.
Fiddled with the setting, but again not working like they describe it.

Just thought i would share my experience for anyone thinking about this router.
Its an ok router, but I would not consider it great.
I've been looking at Ubiquity for my next set up, but I'm invested in this for now.

I am using the GT version of the router for 2 years. I did have the symptoms you described in early 2020. Needing reboot on weekly basis and drop off. Since the firmware update I believe from August 2020, I never have a single problem ever! Glad it is stable.

It has strong wifi performance. My 2.4ghz wifi host all my Google home smart device. 5hgz channel 1 for all phones and TV boxes. 5ghz channel 2 is dedicated to 3 gaming notebook and Switch.

One tip to new buyers, go into the router screen and click “check for update”. Although setting say “Automatic update” enabled, manually click the update button is the way to get latest firmware.

I recommend this router.

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