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[Best Buy] ASUS RT-AX56U Wireless AX1800 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router - 129$

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[Best Buy] ASUS RT-AX56U Wireless AX1800 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router - 129$

ASUS Wireless AX1800 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router (RT-AX56U/CA)

Detailed Specification and Features is mentioned on ASUS product page:

https://www.asus.com/ca-en/Networking/R ... fications/



• Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) enabled router with 80MHz bandwidth and 1024-QAM lets you enjoy fast downloading, streaming or gaming
• Dual-band Wi-Fi with speeds up to 574Mbps (2.4 GHz) and 1201Mbps (5GHz) for uninterrupted connectivity
• Backwards compatibility supports all older Wi-Fi devices, including those compatible with Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n), and earlier Wi-Fi versions (802.11a/b/g)
• MU-MIMO support along with OFDMA techniques allocates channels and allows multiple devices to communicate with the router simultaneously
• ASUS AiMesh Wi-Fi system connectivity extends coverage to your whole home (additional mesh devices sold separately)
• Trend Micro's lifetime AiProtection ensures the safety and security of the network for all connected devices
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Can't find any info but does this support open VPN?
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I would wait on wifi 6. A lot of the wifi 6 routers are on sale because wifi 6e was just announced and will replace these routers.
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droidkid wrote: I would wait on wifi 6. A lot of the wifi 6 routers are on sale because wifi 6e was just announced and will replace these routers.
Dang what the heck I just got a wifi 6 router.
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droidkid wrote: I would wait on wifi 6. A lot of the wifi 6 routers are on sale because wifi 6e was just announced and will replace these routers.
that's a wifi6 router. If you mean 6e, don't hold your breath. Wifi6e will not be available in Canada for at least 2 years.
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elgros4 wrote: that's a wifi6 router. If you mean 6e, don't hold your breath. Wifi6e will not be available in Canada for at least 2 years.
I tend to agree with this. I'll see it when I see it, and before then, Wifi6 is a solid reality now.

...For example, I know some people have been holding out for Ryzen 5000 series....but now there's supply delays / bottleneck. i.e Hands on the hardware that you want vs when they're supposed to be out are two rather different matters.
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A bunch of WIFI 6E routers were annocued at CES. I mean if your really in need of upgrading your current system then absoultly this is a great deal. But for anyone who has a good WIFI 5 (AC) setup right now I wouldn't make the move just yet.
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Would this be a good choice as a wired repeater for my basement. ?
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Got this and set it up, and my USB linksys wifi could not received any internet connection. It says it's connected but no internet. I ended up returning it. Does anyone had this problem?
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huckleberry wrote: Would this be a good choice as a wired repeater for my basement. ?
Do you by chance have another asus router? I ask because you could the asus Ai mesh feature.

I currently have 2 asus routers in mesh mode they work fantastic.
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droidkid wrote: A bunch of WIFI 6E routers were annocued at CES. I mean if your really in need of upgrading your current system then absoultly this is a great deal. But for anyone who has a good WIFI 5 (AC) setup right now I wouldn't make the move just yet.
Like I wrote a ton of times before. Wifi6E use a geolocalisation database, there not one in Canada. For more info:

https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-sci ... vices.html
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Just a FYI, this isn't supported by Merlin, only the AX58 and AX88 are.

I think the x6 series are usually Asus' lower end models.


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NoCountry4RFDer wrote: Just a FYI, this isn't supported by Merlin, only the AX58 and AX88 are.

I think the x6 series are usually Asus' lower end models.
Hmmm? I can see the RT-AX56U listed on Merlin's page.
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NoCountry4RFDer wrote: Just a FYI, this isn't supported by Merlin, only the AX58 and AX88 are.

I think the x6 series are usually Asus' lower end models.
AX56U does have Merlin support.
I have two of them and they work fine even with the beta firmware.
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IMHO you will only see the true benefits of Wifi 6 today if:

- You have really fast internet (1Gbps) AND
- You have Wifi 6 devices AND / OR
- You have a lot of them (a mix of Wifi 5 / 6 devices generally won't do)

Apart from the speed boost which is well above most people's internet speed limits anyway (so many older routers will do just as well), a lot of the Wifi 6 benefits has to do with juggling multiple devices effectively and those have to be Wifi 6 enabled too. In other words, most people would not benefit from a Wifi 6 routers today.
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ASharp wrote: Hmmm? I can see the RT-AX56U listed on Merlin's page.
zhibinlu wrote: AX56U does have Merlin support.
I have two of them and they work fine even with the beta firmware.
Oops, my bad, was looking at the current firmware but missed the beta ones
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Other than support of Wifi6, I do not think the AX56 will out perform the AC86U
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I got this yesterday as a beefier replacement for my ISP provided Hitron CGNM-2250. I have about 19 network clients now with all my smart home stuff, so wanted something a bit more powerful. I put Merlin on it and it seems to work well. I wouldn’t upgrade solely for the wifi 6 aspect, for reasons already stated above, but as an upgrade for an ISP provided gateway (in bridge mode), I found this a pretty good deal and price.

I also like ASUS’ support for GPL code for their firmwares, and the router app is pretty slick where you can access all the same configuration options as the WebUI as well as see bandwidth/CPU/Temp measurements.

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