New router needed now: cheap AX/AC or a mid range AC?
I've been using the Hitron/Huawei modem/router Rogers provided and has been perfectly happy with its wifi and wired performance. I get solid 866Mbps (60MBs NAS transfer) connection for my Macbook pro 2019 and Dell XPS15 (killer wifi). My NAS, Pi, PS4, Firetv, etc. are all wired to a gigabit switch. My only wifi 6 device right now is my iPad pro, but I guess I will get more wifi 6/6E devices in the coming year.
My first thought was to get a cheap AC/AX router such as TP-Link Archer C7 (openwrt compatible) or AX10 under $100, and maybe upgrade to a WIFI 6E in a year or so. Alternatively, it seems the decently reviewed mid range TP Link AX50 (AX3000) is on sale for $169. However, it seems RFD mostly suggests $200ish Asus AC router - are the more expensive AC routers still worth it?