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Asus RT-AC66U, RT-AC68U or RT-AC86U? Which offers best value?

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Asus RT-AC66U, RT-AC68U or RT-AC86U? Which offers best value?

Need something reliable, don't have high demands. Have heard that Asus routers have issues with the 2.4 band, which is less likely to give me issues? House is about 1500sf on each level (main and basement). Reach everywhere now with an old Trendnet cheapo router. We don't game but do have streaming services sometimes running in more than one location. thanks.
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i have the rt-ac86ub1 (3.0 USB). its a great router. it also does native tethering with an android phone without double nat, which is crazy for a <100$ router.

i have has no issues with the 2.4 band.
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I would say 86U.

Currently using 66U-B1 but I will replace it with 86U (bought already) when I have a chance.
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teoconca wrote: I would say 86U.

Currently using 66U-B1 but I will replace it with 86U (bought already) when I have a chance.
Nearly twice as much, what makes it worth the extra $80?
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hagbard wrote: Nearly twice as much, what makes it worth the extra $80?
More powerful and more recent than other 2.
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If you have a gigabit connection only the AC86U out of those will give you full wired speeds.
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teoconca wrote: More powerful and more recent than other 2.
Don't sound like compelling reasons. Leaning toward the RT-66U B1 since I hear it can be flashed to RT-68U if I want to do that.
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hagbard wrote: Don't sound like compelling reasons. Leaning toward the RT-66U B1 since I hear it can be flashed to RT-68U if I want to do that.
I've found all the routers you put in the title ultimately unreliable when push came to shove.

86U is king, I'm sorry.
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hagbard wrote: Don't sound like compelling reasons. Leaning toward the RT-66U B1 since I hear it can be flashed to RT-68U if I want to do that.
With the 66U B1, the inside is 68U. It is reliable, I don’t know where you look at, 66U B1 is around $100 and rarely on sale but 86U is around $180, it is on sale more often. I bought my 86U for $130. You may not need 86U but for future proof and 5GHz signal is stronger, that is why I am switching.
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teoconca wrote: With the 66U B1, the inside is 68U. It is reliable, I don’t know where you look at, 66U B1 is around $100 and rarely on sale but 86U is around $180, it is on sale more often. I bought my 86U for $130. You may not need 86U but for future proof and 5GHz signal is stronger, that is why I am switching.
If it were $130 I'd snap it up. Right now I'm using an old Trendnet TEW-652BRP after my Belkin N750 died.
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I chose the RT-ac86u because its CPU supports hardware encryption and allows me to stream 4k content from the USA on my Apple TV 4K box.

I had the T-Mobile TMC-1900 which I flashed to an rt-ac68u. It's good but not nearly as good as the 86u in terms of speed for OpenVPN Client or wireless range.
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hagbard wrote: If it were $130 I'd snap it up. Right now I'm using an old Trendnet TEW-652BRP after my Belkin N750 died.
I upgraded my router from TP-Link to AC66U B1 last summer, when I saw 86U on sale for $130 earlier I bought right the way. I knew if I switch to 86U, current router 66U B1 will become my backup or I can sell it. Win-Win situation. :)
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Eliminating RT-68U from the list as it sounds like its the same as the RT-66U B1 with different firmware. Understand you can use the RT-68U firmware on the RT-66U B1 so why pay the extra $25. I'll consider the RT-86U if the price comes down before I need to buy. Thanks for the advice.
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The latest RT68U has a much faster CPU than the RT66U,
The RT68U is "standup" vs the RT66U which is "sit down"
RT68U has removable antennas so you can switch to high gain antennas while the RT66U doesn't and you are stuck with the stock ones
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l69norm wrote: The latest RT68U has a much faster CPU than the RT66U,
The RT68U is "standup" vs the RT66U which is "sit down"
RT68U has removable antennas so you can switch to high gain antennas while the RT66U doesn't and you are stuck with the stock ones
They're the same processor (b1). The rest is correct but not an issue for me.
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hagbard wrote: They're the same processor (b1). The rest is correct but not an issue for me.
The AC1900P version run 1.4G CPU . The older versions of 68u and 66Ub1 runs only 1G

https://www.snbforums.com/threads/rt-ac ... 00p.35759/

looks like best buy has different versions now
AC-RT65U maybe a stand up version of the RT66Ub1 ?
AC-RT67U maybe a BB version of the AC-1900P ? (on sale $90)
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l69norm wrote: The AC1900P version run 1.4G CPU . The older versions of 68u and 66Ub1 runs only 1G

https://www.snbforums.com/threads/rt-ac ... 00p.35759/

looks like best buy has different versions now
AC-RT65U maybe a stand up version of the RT66Ub1 ?
AC-RT67U maybe a BB version of the AC-1900P ? (on sale $90)
The AC-RT67P seems to be a step down from the RT-68U, has less ram, shorter warranty and no built in anti virus (though not a big deal). No info on the processor used. Both are available on Amazon.ca. The RT-AC66U B1 is still the leader for me.
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