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ASUS AX5400 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Gaming Router RT-AX82U $230 ($70 off)

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[Best Buy] ASUS AX5400 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Gaming Router RT-AX82U $230 ($70 off)

Pity it's not the Gundam version. but reviews are good, and it seems to be the same price as the U.S. with the sale

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Reviews:
Dong Knows 9/10
Techradar 4.5/5
Tomshardware 4/5
MBreviews 8.4/10
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Sep 14, 2017
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Is this a good alternative to the RT-AX86U?

Wanted to pick that one up but apparently the RT-AX86U is out of stock everywhere.
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How is ASUS AI Mesh? I heard ASUS routers are not too reliable and typically fail in 2-3 years.
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supercollider028 wrote: Is this a good alternative to the RT-AX86U?

Wanted to pick that one up but apparently the RT-AX86U is out of stock everywhere.
was thinking the same.
From review seem like a water down version of AX86U.
one usb instead of two, slower CPU, less ram, no multi-g port,
But speed-wise seem to be almost on par.
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darkcloud8282 wrote: How is ASUS AI Mesh? I heard ASUS routers are not too reliable and typically fail in 2-3 years.
I have an AI mesh setup with an RT-AC86U as the main router and an RT-AX55 as the node. Initial setup was hit/miss and took a couple tries, once I had it setup it's stable. Main router has been in service for 2 years, node about a year. Speeds are fine at the main and node. Granted I have them hardwired together. YMMV as a wireless node.

I also have the 86U running an OpenVPN server. It's been great and lets me work remotely.
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From what I've been reading, the wireless performance and range is basically on par with the ax86u. As stated above, it's just missing some hardware features of the ax86u.

People do seem to love the RGB light up on the front though.

I personally need a 2.5g port so my wait for an AX86U continues.
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Been on Asus UI for years now, picking it up since my Asus Blue Cave from 3 years ago crashes with Kasa smart plugs. Its a known bug that Asus wont deal with

Probably give me better range than I have now, and last me for years. And can mesh my Blue Cave with it

Thanks OP, had a gift card for the last year waiting to be used
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supercollider028 wrote: Is this a good alternative to the RT-AX86U?

Wanted to pick that one up but apparently the RT-AX86U is out of stock everywhere.
https://dongknows.com/asus-rt-ax82u-ax5 ... er-review/
https://dongknows.com/wi-fi-6-routers-c ... -rt-ax82u/
tldr: Both are very good. No real difference unless you need the 2.5gb port on the ax86, but it's been out of stock everywhere for ages anyway.
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What about the AX3000 / AX58U that is also on sale at Best Buy? It's $50 cheaper.

https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/as ... a/13837147

As far as I can see, there's only three differences:

- 2x2 5GHz vs. 4x4 5GHz...but virtually no devices out there are using more than 2x2. (Macbook Pros are using 3x3. Even top of the line smartphones like iPhone 12 and Samsung S21 all use 2x2)
- No funky LED lights
- You can install Merlin custom firmware on the AX3000 but not the AX82U
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darkcloud8282 wrote: How is ASUS AI Mesh? I heard ASUS routers are not too reliable and typically fail in 2-3 years.
Some of the older models had cooling issues, these newer ones seem solid so far.
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quanta wrote: What about the AX3000 / AX58U that is also on sale at Best Buy? It's $50 cheaper.

https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/as ... a/13837147

As far as I can see, there's only three differences:

- 2x2 5GHz vs. 4x4 5GHz...but virtually no devices out there are using more than 2x2. (Macbook Pros are using 3x3. Even top of the line smartphones like iPhone 12 and Samsung S21 all use 2x2)
- No funky LED lights
- You can install Merlin custom firmware on the AX3000 but not the AX82U
Personally I always setup my main desktop as at least 3x3, but its something to think about.
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Kevcorm wrote: Personally I always setup my main desktop as at least 3x3, but its something to think about.
That's fair - if you are purposely speccing 3x3 or 4x4 PCI-E WiFi 6 cards for your desktop, then AX82 makes more sense. In my circumstances, my desktop is wired, so the only WiFi devices are things like gaming devices, mobile phones, tablets and smart home devices - and all of those I suspect are using 2x2 WiFi 6 or even less.
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radeonboy wrote: Damn what an ugly router
Can you suggest one they looks better?
I don't care about the performance, just the looks...
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I've now had this for a few days, and here are my personal results after moving from a Bell HomeHub 3000.

I have Bell Fibre 500, and my PC (opposite side of a Toronto condo, so not far form the router, but lots and lots of neighbours wifi interference) would usually max out at about 220Mbps (more often in the 180 range), Ive been able to hit 350.
My phone with wifi 6 in the same location went from 250 to 480.

Gaming wise, stability has improved, but not significantly.
Xbox cloud went from trash to mediocre (althogh if i connect to a VPN in the USA suddenly it runs great).
Xbox streaming (xbox wired into the gaming port, streaming to mobile on wifi) was a bigger improvement and runs smoothly.
Overwatch PC on wifi, still rubberbands a bit, but much less.

Work wise.
Remotely working has been good. it's hard to confirm since issues can often be on the works side and not your own. But haven't had any issues in the few days I've been set up.

Streaming.
Running perfectly. Haven't had any drops/or extra buffering.


It took some time to get everything set up and tweaking it (I'd recommend upgrading the firmware right away and then doing a factory reset).
I like the extra controls and bandwidth. Bell wants $200 to rent a wifi 6 home hub 4000. But with this I get all the fine tuning, speed, and safety features I need (Like setting VPN directly to the router, parental controls specific to devices). Plus they are updating the firmware every 2-3 months (there was another security update yesterday).

The RGB, Google Assistant/Alexa, and "gaming" features are mostly gimics that you can ignore, but I'm happy with it.
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So what are some good tweaks for this router for wireless coverage? Im not worried about gaming, as in anything game related is hard wired.

I see a definite improvement in range. Speed is limited to my ISP, so that can only be maxed out so much

Have a Smart TV connected to it on 5G, and some laptops, and of course phones
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No Merlin support though...
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quanta wrote: What about the AX3000 / AX58U that is also on sale at Best Buy? It's $50 cheaper.

https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/as ... a/13837147

As far as I can see, there's only three differences:

- 2x2 5GHz vs. 4x4 5GHz...but virtually no devices out there are using more than 2x2. (Macbook Pros are using 3x3. Even top of the line smartphones like iPhone 12 and Samsung S21 all use 2x2)
- No funky LED lights
- You can install Merlin custom firmware on the AX3000 but not the AX82U
i went with the ax58u. they are virtually the same unit minus the rbg lights. asus purposely turned off the 4x4 on the 58u apparently. if you can live with that you get the big bonus of merlin. its the better buy.
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darkcloud8282 wrote: How is ASUS AI Mesh? I heard ASUS routers are not too reliable and typically fail in 2-3 years.
FWIW my AC86U has been in service since Black Friday of 2018 with Merlin, and acts as a NAS as well. Think the most common failure is the flimsy power button Asus uses, and you have to tape it down.
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vkizzle wrote: Can you suggest one they looks better?
I don't care about the performance, just the looks...
ROG STRIX GS-AX5400, same router hardware

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