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ASUS AiMesh... which router?

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ASUS AiMesh... which router?

I'm looking for feedback on which ASUS router for the AiMesh setup cause I'm a bit indecisive on what I want to do...

So, I had bought the ASUS RT-86U from BestBuy when it was $179.99 a few weeks ago... it seems it'll be a while that we will see that price... but it may drop back to $199.99. But I need a second one for my upstairs and I'm not 100% convinced that the older model RT-68U is the way to go (maybe slower wifi speed?).

The ROG GT-AC2900 is at $199.99 right now... My question is... should I wait for the RT86U to drop... pick up the older model RT68U or buy the GT-AC2900 for the secondary connection?

Note: I have installed Merlin yet...
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The 68U is a great router and I suggest using it with Aimesh, testing speed and stability, and then deciding if you need a new router.

What speed is your internet service?
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Roger 150U but never really tested it...
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The 68u is capable of giving more than 150 Mbps over WiFi.
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I have not decided if I'm upgrading my internet to the 500MB or 1GB connection yet.

Given that the 68u vs 86u has a small price difference (when on sale)... what would the reason someone would pick one model over the other? I tried looking at the technical specs but it only shows ac68u is older and has lower mb/s, and the GT-ac2900 doesn't have merlin support...
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The RT-AC68U can support 500u easily. I had the T-Mobile version which I converted to a full-fledged ac68u. WiFi performance is always subject to many factors such as location, protocols supported by WiFi devices, etc.

I'm not sure if Merlin fully supports AiMesh. Things may have changed with the last few updates.

I'm not sure that the GT-2900 is much better than an 86u since they use the same hardware: https://www.digitalcitizen.life/asus-ro ... 900-review

Verdict

ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 is the gamer-friendly evolution of a wireless router that we liked a lot: ASUS RT-AC86U. The hardware is the same as that of its predecessor.


The RT-AC66 B1 uses the same hardware and firmware as the RT-68U for $100: https://www.staples.ca/products/2572101 ... bit-router
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Just to note from all the research I did when purchasing the 86U, the most technical testers found AiMesh to be sub optimal, compared to simply linking the routers as you would any other.
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Wondering if I should get another AC66U B1 to connect to my main router AC66U B1 (new upgrade 4 weeks). Iam happy with AC66U. My internet is cable 150/15, connect 15 devices (3 iPhones, 3 iPads, 3 desktops via wire, 2 laptops, 2 Amazon sticks, VOIP phone, WYZE camera).
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yea, this is making more indecisive! lol

I bought the 86U so, i feel like buying the same model should reduce any issues people have stated.

I have 2 PC upstairs and want to connect them to the internet. They don't have wifi card so, I want to connect them via ethernet to the router and the routers are connected via wifi. (this is how i understand the AiMesh works...)
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How good is the ROG GT-AC5300?
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djemzine wrote: How good is the ROG GT-AC5300?
It's alright but there is no merlin support.
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neo1973 wrote: It's alright but there is no merlin support.
Can you please elaborate with regards to merlin support? I bought this router for the household due to the coverage of up to 5000 sqft. Haven't set it up yet.
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I used an AC68U when it first came out. It was really stable. I upped my plan to 1 g and found that it would max out at 800Mps. I flashed the router and didn't turn on any of the features and it was able to hit 1000Mps wired. I liked the malware wall it had so I picked up an GT5300 and for a short time tried the AI mesh. The 2.4gig and 1 of the 5.2 gig radios stopped working after a few days so I returned it. I picked up the AC86U and it's working well. I run the AC68 as a downstream router for work but will probably just relocate the AC68 to a more central place in the house.
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Sorry to hijack the thread. What does AImesh really do different than taking a router and putting it into bridge mode and duplicating the WiFi?
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will888 wrote: Sorry to hijack the thread. What does AImesh really do different than taking a router and putting it into bridge mode and duplicating the WiFi?
You are not really hijacking... because that's what I like to know to be honest. I tried to use an old linksys router as a bridge but it stopped working. So, I've been looking for a way to extend the internet to ethernet only PCs in the bedroom without rewiring.
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CrazyJo82 wrote: You are not really hijacking... because that's what I like to know to be honest. I tried to use an old linksys router as a bridge but it stopped working. So, I've been looking for a way to extend the internet to ethernet only PCs in the bedroom without rewiring.
I have helped a couple of friends "mesh" a couple of routers together to improve WiFi signal. I just turn off DNS on the second router and connect the two together with a ethernet cable. This works regardless of brand/model. Unless this AImesh setting improves handoffs and has other optimizations, it sounds like a marketing schtick.
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will888 wrote: I have helped a couple of friends "mesh" a couple of routers together to improve WiFi signal. I just turn off DNS on the second router and connect the two together with a ethernet cable. This works regardless of brand/model. Unless this AImesh setting improves handoffs and has other optimizations, it sounds like a marketing schtick.
Do you use the same SSID and/or channel for the second router?

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