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[Best Buy] ASUS AX1800 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router (RT-AX56U) $149.99 free shipping

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[Best Buy] ASUS AX1800 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router (RT-AX56U) $149.99 free shipping

Router deals seem to be in trend recently. Thought I'd throw this one into the mix.

Seems like a decent deal for getting into WiFi-6 and very similar to the more expensive RT-AX58U.
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Kinda sad they're marketing the WiFi 6 to cover the fact that it's a poor router.
Not even truly WiFi 6 certified specs as it doesn't support 160mhz. Doesn't make use of MU-MIMO with only 2x2 antenna/radio either.
Even the AC68U is a better router without MU-MIMO cause their 5Ghz radio supports 1300mhz and is 3x3 which works better with AiMesh.

Much better deal here:
best-buy-asus-2900-router-rt-86u-179-99 ... g-2374111/
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Can you mix ax and ac routers together in AiMesh, or will it just slow the whole network down to ac? Was thinking of getting a new main router and continue using a couple of AC68u's as APs to add a bit of future proofing, but if it doesn't do anything I'll probably wait until I replace everything en masse.
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If you don't plan AiMesh and only have devices that have 2x2 radios (AX56u does have 2x2 MU-MIMO and OFDMA) - then its a better deal then the AC86 which is about $100 more.
Definitely entry level - great deal if that is your target.
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rilles wrote: If you don't plan AiMesh and only have devices that have 2x2 radios (AX56u does have 2x2 MU-MIMO and OFDMA) - then its a better deal then the AC86 which is about $100 more.
Definitely entry level - great deal if that is your target.
actually wouldn't the AC86 still be better because it's 4x4 antenna would allow 2 devices (each with 2x2 radios) to work "simultaneously"?

also, isn't the AC86 $180 right now?
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konfusion666 wrote: actually wouldn't the AC86 still be better because it's 4x4 antenna would allow 2 devices (each with 2x2 radios) to work "simultaneously"?

also, isn't the AC86 $180 right now?
yes its better - but its costs more. $180 is a good price! where? I see many sites around $250
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messerchmidt wrote: wait for the wifi 6e tech
Coming at the end of 2020, for those of us who can wait.

What is 6GHz Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi works by broadcasting over airwaves that are open for anyone to use. Today, it’s working over two bands: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Now, they are adding a third band, 6GHz.On an immediate level, it means that if you’re the first person in your apartment building to get a 6GHz router, you’re going to be living large as far as connectivity goes because no one will be competing with you
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nivek_k2020 wrote: What is 6GHz Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi works by broadcasting over airwaves that are open for anyone to use. Today, it’s working over two bands: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Now, they are adding a third band, 6GHz.On an immediate level, it means that if you’re the first person in your apartment building to get a 6GHz router, you’re going to be living large as far as connectivity goes because no one will be competing with you
Range will be even shorter than 5GHz tho.
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Well I have a AX58u that replaced my AC68u -- its a much better router. better range and more processing power. both powered by merlin. I decided to go with AX rather then spend more on older tech. don't care about 6ghz band.. not even sure when/if that gets approved in Canada.
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rilles wrote: If you don't plan AiMesh and only have devices that have 2x2 radios (AX56u does have 2x2 MU-MIMO and OFDMA) - then its a better deal then the AC86 which is about $100 more.
Definitely entry level - great deal if that is your target.
konfusion666 wrote: actually wouldn't the AC86 still be better because it's 4x4 antenna would allow 2 devices (each with 2x2 radios) to work "simultaneously"?

also, isn't the AC86 $180 right now?
That's not exactly how it works.
Better explanation here (skip to part 7 - MIMO): https://www.duckware.com/tech/wifi-in-the-us.html

tl;dr version:
MU-MIMO and beamforming utilizes the extra antenna/radios to increase range and bandwidth for devices that use 2x2.
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nivek_k2020 wrote: Coming at the end of 2020, for those of us who can wait.

What is 6GHz Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi works by broadcasting over airwaves that are open for anyone to use. Today, it’s working over two bands: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Now, they are adding a third band, 6GHz.On an immediate level, it means that if you’re the first person in your apartment building to get a 6GHz router, you’re going to be living large as far as connectivity goes because no one will be competing with you
Though wifi 6e isn't formalized for Canada yet, probably safe to assume it's coming.

The Broadcom processors in the Asus AX routers appear to be 6Ghz ready:

https://www.broadcom.com/products/wirel ... re/bcm6755

Couldn't Asus simply make these routers 6e compatible w/ a firmware update?

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