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[Best Buy] Asus AC2900 AC86U - 199.99

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Jul 4, 2017
126 posts
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[Best Buy] Asus AC2900 AC86U - 199.99

Great router and lowest price I've ever seen for it.
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Sr. Member
Apr 26, 2009
706 posts
505 upvotes
Calgary
It was below $170 during Black Friday.
Sr. Member
Feb 14, 2006
584 posts
530 upvotes
Hammonds Plains
This has been the same price or better for like 2 years now. Good working routers though. Mesh is buggy at best, but everything else works perfect. If you're thinking of going 3rd party firmware look into performance of it. There were a lot of compromises when I looked into tomato or ddwrt compared to asus wrt.
Newbie
Aug 28, 2014
35 posts
5 upvotes
Thanks! Love my asus router and not sure if I'll be happy with any other brand. I've considered jumping to mesh wifi but for the features available through the modified firmware I couldn't do without (network level ad-block, selective routing for vpn client, acting as a vpn server)
Member
Nov 22, 2016
475 posts
259 upvotes
Ruciz wrote: This has been the same price or better for like 2 years now. Good working routers though. Mesh is buggy at best, but everything else works perfect. If you're thinking of going 3rd party firmware look into performance of it. There were a lot of compromises when I looked into tomato or ddwrt compared to asus wrt.
IS this the common feeling with this device used as Mesh, interface isn't stable? If so I will pass .
TIA
Sr. Member
Feb 14, 2006
584 posts
530 upvotes
Hammonds Plains
ch00chmuld00n wrote:
IS this the common feeling with this device used as Mesh, interface isn't stable? If so I will pass .
TIA
I find they stop talking to one another often and the 'mesh'ed units need rebooting. It has improved greatly since launch but I wouldn't call it reliable yet. The resent Android app update brings it front and center though so it's harder to miss.
Sr. Member
Apr 26, 2009
706 posts
505 upvotes
Calgary
I would agree that aimesh is still buggy. Even with a dedicated Ethernet backhaul the latency on it is around 300ms when I try a speed test. I had two 68u’s setup and had to eventually turn off the node.
Jr. Member
May 5, 2006
151 posts
194 upvotes
Ottawa
Staples had this router at 149.99+tax, Black Friday 2018
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Jan 24, 2011
429 posts
221 upvotes
Montreal
I built AImesh with ac86u router and RT1900 (AC68U) node with Ethernet backhaul, I’m happy with this, best coverage, otherwise AP is my second choice. I’ve try orbi netgear mesh today rbk23; router+2 satellites. To be honest, orbi did not impress me at all, node management is buggy. Moreover I can not live without Merlin firmware. I will return orbi deal from Staples, 255$ all-in.
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Apr 17, 2003
10300 posts
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UltimateB wrote: I would agree that aimesh is still buggy. Even with a dedicated Ethernet backhaul the latency on it is around 300ms when I try a speed test. I had two 68u’s setup and had to eventually turn off the node.
How is Asus still able to get away with this? Imagine if the lock on a car door is buggy, of the hot water in your house is buggy...

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