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Router picking question

Hey guys, i'm with videotron 400mbps (looking to go gigabit soon) and their zyxel router is not handling everyone being home well.

I started finding myself disconnecting from wifi and go mobile data almost most of the time, called them and they said you have too many connected devices ( around 22 but most of them smart home stuff ). this number will go up too.

My ethernet connection is fast and as advertised so i know the issue is router.

So i decided to invest in a router setup.

I wanna have a futuristic setup,

(The apt is 1200 sqft)

What i am thinking is,

I can order a TP-Link AX6000 with 50$ off on amazon and call it a day for a long time? ( i talked to tplink on chat and they said ax6000 will be certified soon with updates and their onemesh support will arrive )

OR

should i go with a Asus ROG Rapture Wireless AC-2900 which is on sale at bestbuy and later from black friday i get an AX asus router and ai mesh them? It will definitely be more expensive than buying AX6000 from tplink. But is aiMesh worth it? I am not even sure if i can aimesh AC and AX routers yet.

Any suggestions?

( PS: You guys probably might think you dont need wifi6, yes i dont need it but i want to overkill and not think about it again )

Thanks!
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I think the key question is ..... At the very least will the new router support WiFi 6E ... if you are talking about "future" ? :rolleyes:
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ROG Rapture Wireless AC-2900 is a dual band router. So if you will not be able to run a wire to a second router in the future, you should forget your mesh plan.
Mesh router are only perfomant if they are triple band.
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willy wrote: I think the key question is ..... At the very least will the new router support WiFi 6E ... if you are talking about "future" ? :rolleyes:
How is someone suppose to buy a WIFI6E router, they don't even exist in Canada.
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elgros4 wrote: How is someone suppose to buy a WIFI6E router, they don't even exist in Canada.
That's basically my point .... Your buy-and-forget "futuristic" WiFi 6 setup will probably be good for 6-9 months maybe and it will be superceded by the upcoming 6E standard. A more longer lasting buy-and-forget plan might be going for a proven and relatively inexpensive AC router (ie. Asus RT-AC86U) now and then move up to 6E .... skipping WiFi6 altogether IMO.

WiFi 6 will have a fairly short lifespan ...
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willy wrote: That's basically my point .... Your buy-and-forget "futuristic" WiFi 6 setup will probably be good for 6-9 months maybe and it will be superceded by the upcoming 6E standard. A more longer lasting buy-and-forget plan might be going for a proven and relatively inexpensive AC router (ie. Asus RT-AC86U) now and then move up to 6E .... skipping WiFi6 altogether IMO.

WiFi 6 will have a fairly short lifespan ...
No, because there no plan to release wifi6E spectrum in Canada for the next year.
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elgros4 wrote: ROG Rapture Wireless AC-2900 is a dual band router. So if you will not be able to run a wire to a second router in the future, you should forget your mesh plan.
Mesh router are only perfomant if they are triple band.
Thanks for that info, what would be your suggestion? I'm not looking to spend a lot on it and im aware that ax6000 is expensive at 350$ but if it will fix my issues long term why not . I just want to buy and forget , don't want to deal with slow wifi issues from 2 rooms away specially not my gf complaining about it all day Smiling Face With Open Mouth And Smiling Eyes
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If you stick with TP-link, the Archer C4000 is a triple band router with good reviews. The normal price is 300, but you may get for less.
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elgros4 wrote: If you stick with TP-link, the Archer C4000 is a triple band router with good reviews. The normal price is 300, but you may get for less.
Thank you, any suggestions on asus side?
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My suggestion is to buy the most popular one. The one that everyone gravitates toward. The one that you can make most setting change is in would be good too. Firmware is another thing to look at, if it has lot of updates.
Now they have the 5G router. I don't know how good they are?
Pay a little bit more, but don't pay enormous about for router.

We have Link dir-655 router back then it was very popular. On youtube they show you how to set it up configure etc. But some of the steps are left out which you have to figure out by yourself. Last month or so I played around with it. Now everything is working properly with all the tweaks. My IE 11 is up to speed as well as google chrome.
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Your problem is not at the source (modem). No point in upgrading speed with Videotron.

Problem is at the wifi level (access point).

You need a beefier wifi access point that can handle many devices connected.

User-friendly solution: Unifi Dream machine $500

Techy solution: $120 Unifi Access Point Lite (use your existing router as router only, bridge mode)
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elgros4 wrote: How is someone suppose to buy a WIFI6E router, they don't even exist in Canada.
Its not investing in wifi 6e, which is already at the beginning way too expensive....are your clients wifi 6e? Don't stop and only look at the cost of a wifi 6e router alone . You need the matching clients on your network to see a benefit. Those that aren't will see no real improvement.

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