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[Best Buy] ASUS Wireless AX3000 Dual-Band Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (RT-AX58U/CA) $179.99

Was looking for routers and came across this asus wifi6 router on sale. normally $230, now on sale for $180. seems to be decent?

https://www.staples.ca/products/2963866 ... -and-ofdma Staples sale ends June 28th
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I don't know much about routers. Costco in-store has a Netgear Nighthawk on sale right now for $179.99. I don't remember the exact model number (it's at their .ca) but it was something with 6000 in it I think. I don't know how it compares to this thread deal.
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$10 off over $100 sign up email for staples still works.
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EPcjay wrote: I'm not expert, but through my research, the AX68 is a better buy.

https://www.staples.ca/products/3021416 ... -512mb-ram

From the top of my head, it has a faster CPU, and better aftermarket support as well. It has 3x3 antenna vs 2x2 on the AX58
I have the Ax58. If you have smart home devices, this router can quickly become congested with all the traffic going on. You can setup the guest bands to decrease the congestion but I haven't found it to be too helpful. Good router otherwise. Much more stable than the nighthawk I moved away from. I'll pick up the AX68 and use it as my main and use the 58 for mesh duties. Good timing.
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How long until we have wifi 6E routers in this ball park? I have a very decent AC router but I could use more local network speeds. I should probably wait for 6E
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EPcjay wrote: I'm not expert, but through my research, the AX68 is a better buy.

https://www.staples.ca/products/3021416 ... -512mb-ram

From the top of my head, it has a faster CPU, and better aftermarket support as well. It has 3x3 antenna vs 2x2 on the AX58
I don't understand ...

AX58 supports 3000Mbps with 2x2 but the AX68 only goes up to 2700 despite 3x3?

Is the 2.4G band slower on the AX68 or something? why is the total number smaller?

Edit: https://dongknows.com/asus-rt-ax68u-ax2 ... er-review/

Asus RT-AX68U: 2.4GHz - 3×3 Wi-Fi 6: up to 861Mbps; 5.0GHz - 3×3 Wi-Fi 6: up to 1802Mbps
RT-AX58U: 2.4GHz - 2×2 Wi-Fi 6: up to 574 Mbps; 5.0GHz - 2×2 Wi-Fi 6: up to 2.4 Gbps
You’ll note that the RT-AX58U is a 2×2 Wi-Fi 6 broadcaster, while the RT-AX68U is a 3×3 one. Yet, the former is faster thanks to the support for the 160MHz channel width.
2x2 clients are more common so I wouldn't consider that a deal breaker.
160Mhz support means if you live in an area with no little wifi interference, you can get much faster speeds with the AX58

The faster CPU on the AX68 would come in handy if you plan on using the OpenVPN client or use the router as a NAS.
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I have the bell homehub 3000. It's actually a DECENT router. If you live in a condo or a smaller home like a semi... you probably don't need to shell out for a router like this.
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Just to add some info here. If anyone is living in an area where the 5Ghz band is congested(apartment, condos, etc..) the AX58U has a neat trick up its sleeve to alleviate this issue. This router has something called DFS which allows you to operate in several reserved channels in the 5Ghz band. Should help with increased data throughput since there won't be that many who operate in the DFS channel.

*disclaimer: might not work well if you're near the airport or weather station.
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Interested in DD-WRT or Merlin on an Asus Router. I'm not a gamer and don't have WiFi6 devices now or planned. Each has some slight advantages. There are around the same price right now. Any advice?

RT-AX58U
RT-AX68U
RT-AC86U

The AC86U is a very proven device with lots of installs. It might be the easiest, most carefree solution. However, it doesn't have DFS. Perhaps I need to look at the actual hardware (CPU, memory, etc.) to compare them.
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These are great nodes on mesh AI with wired backhaul.
Running this with AX88U as my main
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crosby86 wrote: These are great nodes on mesh AI with wired backhaul.
Running this with AX88U as my main
Do you know if these would work well as a node with a RT-AC86U (WiFi 5, not 6) router as my main?
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antime1 wrote: I have the bell homehub 3000. It's actually a DECENT router. If you live in a condo or a smaller home like a semi... you probably don't need to shell out for a router like this.
i have the 4000, its good enough for my semi, second floor, basement, backyard, driveway, all strong signals, very good router
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RxMills wrote: Same price then, considering Staples price matches, or just use a Staples $10-off.
if staples does price match amazon, then also use amex for that $30 credit for $150
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RxMills wrote: Interested in DD-WRT or Merlin on an Asus Router. I'm not a gamer and don't have WiFi6 devices now or planned. Each has some slight advantages. There are around the same price right now. Any advice?

RT-AX58U
RT-AX68U
RT-AC86U

The AC86U is a very proven device with lots of installs. It might be the easiest, most carefree solution. However, it doesn't have DFS. Perhaps I need to look at the actual hardware (CPU, memory, etc.) to compare them.
What are you doing that requires ddwrt? I typically find that merlin and the official Asus fw perform the best.

My pick out of the 3 is the AX58U.
3x3 is a gimmick. You'll rarely find 3x3 clients in normal devices. 2x2 is the norm.


If you don't care for wifi6 just get a used ac66u b1 or an ac687 or ac68p.

All 3 are excellent wifi5 routers and can be found near the 50$ mark used
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