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[Staples] Asus AC2900 AC86U Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router $199.99

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[Staples] Asus AC2900 AC86U Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router $199.99

Staples
Back on sale for $199.99. Deal expires very soon.
Made better if you can find a coupon.
Showing OOS online.

Bestbuy
Also around $200, deal expires Aug 29th.
https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/as ... u/11281277
Thanks MichaelP811000

Newegg
https://www.newegg.ca/asus-rt-ac86u-ca- ... -_-Product
Thanks engineered

I have 2 and love the overall performance.
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Pretty sure this coupon for 10% off is good until August 31st: 63471
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With WiFi6 coming "soon" - I wouldn't spend that much on a router unless like super necessary.
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WiFi6 routers are already out... But come with a price tag that starts at double of this one. Not to mention that the benefits of 6 at least another year or two as devices start to support the new standard.

This is a solid router if you require the horsepower and memory (ie. multiple VPN's with priority scripting/routing, multitude of high activity connections, etc.). Yes the signal strength is great, but you can get similar strength of less money. Stick to this if you need the processing power AND signal strength.
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neonic wrote: With WiFi6 coming "soon" - I wouldn't spend that much on a router unless like super necessary.
WiFi 6 routers have been out for quite a while now (2018). Devices that can run on WiFi 6/ax however are very few and far between, and the routers themselves are extremely expensive (the ones worth buying are $500-$600)

The vast majority of people are going to be better served by a high end AC router, the best of which right now is probably still the Netgear X4S / XR500 / R7800 (all same guts): https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/tools/r ... outer/view

The qualcomm based routers tend to be better than the broadcom based ones, but that is very general.

Speaking of better routers, this is the lowest price the XR500 has ever been at to my knowledge: https://www.amazon.ca/Netgear-Nighthawk ... way&sr=8-2

With an XR500 I can get my full 600-660 Mbps 2 floors away from my router in my home. YMMV.
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I bought this a couple of days ago with the 10% coupon, so $180+tax. Seems reasonable. Any confirmation whether VPN can be used directly with this router? I read forums on PIA but I wasn't sure whether people actually got it to work?
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Diakonos wrote: I bought this a couple of days ago with the 10% coupon, so $180+tax. Seems reasonable. Any confirmation whether VPN can be used directly with this router? I read forums on PIA but I wasn't sure whether people actually got it to work?
I've been running a PIA VPN on this router for a few months now and it's been very reliable. I use Merlin's AsusWRT rather than stock firmware since it gives more options for the VPN connection.
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MaDgamEr wrote: WiFi6 routers are already out... But come with a price tag that starts at double of this one. Not to mention that the benefits of 6 at least another year or two as devices start to support the new standard.

This is a solid router if you require the horsepower and memory (ie. multiple VPN's with priority scripting/routing, multitude of high activity connections, etc.). Yes the signal strength is great, but you can get similar strength of less money. Stick to this if you need the processing power AND signal strength.
CanadaCPU wrote: WiFi 6 routers have been out for quite a while now (2018). Devices that can run on WiFi 6/ax however are very few and far between, and the routers themselves are extremely expensive (the ones worth buying are $500-$600)

The vast majority of people are going to be better served by a high end AC router, the best of which right now is probably still the Netgear X4S / XR500 / R7800 (all same guts): https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/tools/r ... outer/view

The qualcomm based routers tend to be better than the broadcom based ones, but that is very general.

Speaking of better routers, this is the lowest price the XR500 has ever been at to my knowledge: https://www.amazon.ca/Netgear-Nighthawk ... way&sr=8-2

With an XR500 I can get my full 600-660 Mbps 2 floors away from my router in my home. YMMV.
As far as I'm aware WiFi6/ax standard isn't even finished yet (hence the quotations on soon).
The current ones have a few features, but not all. I don't think we have any certified: https://www.wi-fi.org/news-events/newsr ... ng-in-2019
https://www.wi-fi.org/product-finder-re ... tegories=6


This is not something you buy every year, so if not in a hurry (like I mentioned) I would rather wait it become common. It'll probably bring WiFi5/AC prices down as well.
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The Asus C2900 RT-AC86U is a godsend of a router.

Buy this from Staples at $199 less additional Staples discounts and you won't regret it.
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CanadaCPU wrote: The vast majority of people are going to be better served by a high end AC router, the best of which right now is probably still the Netgear X4S / XR500 / R7800 (all same guts): https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/tools/r ... outer/view
Thumbs up. But I do have to say that I have been terribly soured from Netgear products after the firmware fiasco I experienced with my previous Netgear R7000. A countless stream of added and removed features, new bugs constantly popping, slow response to security flaws, and firmware releases that seemingly bricked WiFi channels.

I've had my AC86U's installed for almost three weeks now, and while it might not be a fair comparison because the AC86U is years younger, they are superior to the R7000 in every conceivable way.
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I have a TP-Link Archer c8, will that be a worthy upgrade?
I use plex alot and everything at home is on wifi
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neonic wrote: With WiFi6 coming "soon" - I wouldn't spend that much on a router unless like super necessary.
5G coming soon also...better not buy an archaic LTE device.
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Diakonos wrote: I bought this a couple of days ago with the 10% coupon, so $180+tax. Seems reasonable. Any confirmation whether VPN can be used directly with this router? I read forums on PIA but I wasn't sure whether people actually got it to work?
Yes, via OpenVPN as an example.
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Got this last Black Friday, love the performance. Flashed mine with Merlin, running it as my router and NFS export for my RPi.
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Thanks op. Finally got this after years of struggle. I'm not completely happy with the c2300 from Amazon a week ago because it couldn't reach 300 Mbps close range. My c7 was able to do that no problem but it would constantly drop connections. I hope this has good speed AND stability!
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Thanks OP. Made the purchase at 3pm today.
Just got an email stating it's not available.
We’re very sorry, but the items listed below are not available for purchase at this time.

RTR AC2900 DUAL-BAND ASUS

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