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[Best Buy] ASUS Wireless AC2900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router (RT-AC86U) 179.99

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[Best Buy] ASUS Wireless AC2900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router (RT-AC86U) 179.99

3% ebates

Decent deal on a good router that can be linked with compatible ASUS routers to create a mesh network (AIMesh)


Canada Computers has it on sale for 199.99

Edit: Staples also has it for 179.99 and 3% ebates
https://www.staples.ca/en/asus-ac2900-d ... CA_1_20001
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Best Buy and Staples has the ASUS RT-AC86U for $180 this week. One of the best routers you can ever buy at this price. The lowest it's been seems to be around $150 during the Black Friday sales at Staples.

If you want additional performance or features, you can flash this router with Asuswrt-Merlin.
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Decent price, paid the same price back in Black Friday.

I've been reading about 5GHz dying on this but personally I don't have issues with that. Running Asuswrt-Merlin on mine since I need NFS support, so not sure if the firmware helped with that.
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Have had one since Black Friday running Merlin. Great router, very good range and super stable.
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boxing day was same price.

Ensure you have latest firmware. lots of performance fix.
so far good.
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is there a good router comparison site I can trust?

my linksys EA9200 is dying on me after only 2 years (drops frequently) -makes me angry considering what I paid for it

I picked up a DIR 882 at WM for $170 (heartland had improper shelf tags up so I save $10 - SCOP yo!)
Is this a better model?
techspot has this at 90/100 and the DIR 882 as 85/100
but user ratings are MUCH better for the 882 (8.3 vs 7.0)

https://www.techspot.com/products/route ... er.174743/
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FYI: this router has an encrypted bootloader so you can only run Merlin and stock firmware.

I've been running one for about three months and its performance with openvpn Client is excellent.
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Only supports Gigabit Ethernet, just like most modern routers, what am I missing here?
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Same price at Staples if you can a coupon would be niece !!
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NowJoJo wrote: Only supports Gigabit Ethernet, just like most modern routers, what am I missing here?
You're missing fibre channels? Or do you want 10BASE5 for tokenrings or something?

Why would some people look at a RAV4 and complain that it's not a 16-wheeler is beyond me...
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Why do you need more that Gigabit Ethernet for home use?
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NowJoJo wrote: Only supports Gigabit Ethernet, just like most modern routers, what am I missing here?
Why do you need a router with over >1gigabit ethernet?
Unless you have a >gigabit internet connection, you're better off buying 10gbps switches for LAN, routed to a normal gigabit router.
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Not a Tech guy here, hoping for some advice on a router like this as I'm interested in buying one.... As a Shaw customer they've supplied me with a Hiltron modem for my home use. Lately I've been experienceing wifi drops, buffering on streaming wifi devices, weak signals in the basement, etc.... Q: Would a router like this a) work with my Shaw modem? b) improve weak signals and general wifi connection stability? TIA
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I picked up one of these last October - first one died after about 2 months (2.4ghz network went to shit, just couldn't connect to it at all), but the RMA process was super easy (Best Buy actually handled the RMA process - brought it in and they just gave me a new one). The new one has been fine since (knock on wood).
MikeyCanada wrote: Not a Tech guy here, hoping for some advice on a router like this as I'm interested in buying one.... As a Shaw customer they've supplied me with a Hiltron modem for my home use. Lately I've been experienceing wifi drops, buffering on streaming wifi devices, weak signals in the basement, etc.... Q: Would a router like this a) work with my Shaw modem? b) improve weak signals and general wifi connection stability? TIA
Just about any third party wifi router is going to have better wifi than the modem your cable company gives you. And yes, this will work with your modem.
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kruel wrote: Why do you need more that Gigabit Ethernet for home use?
Future Proofing, If I am spending this much I want it to be future proofed, not just a side step.
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Watch out with this one people, many many reports of faulty 2.4 GHz radios, mine included it just ceased broadcasting after 2 weeks. Reviews on the source aren't great and Asus forums complain of faults.

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