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[Staples] Asus AX86U Wifi6 Router $279.99

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[Staples] Asus AX86U Wifi6 Router $279.99

For those that are looking for the Asus AX86U Wifi6 Router, it is available now at Staples.ca for 279.99..

https://www.staples.ca/products/2990838 ... 9846857857

Also available on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.ca/RT-AX86U-AX5700-D ... B08H6NVB5N

Newegg/BB/Canada Computers should have this price starting Friday.
https://www.canadacomputers.com/product ... _id=174447
https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/search?pat ... Asus+ax86u
https://www.newegg.ca/asus-rt-ax86u-ca/ ... 6833320453

It will receive Merlin support as of next firmware

It has very very good reviews:
https://dongknows.com/asus-rt-ax86u-ax5 ... er-review/
https://www.cnet.com/news/asus-rt-ax86u ... er-review/
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/asus-rt-a ... 700-router
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This or keep the RT-AX88U that I got for $315 that's still within the return period? I had tried GT-AX11000 but it wasn't that great in terms of range in my "router only" setup so I returned it.
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.fess wrote: This or keep the RT-AX88U that I got for $315 that's still within the return period? I had tried GT-AX11000 but it wasn't that great in terms of range in my "router only" setup so I returned it.
depends if you need all that jazz from the ax88u

both use the same broadcom BCM4908 chip
ax88u should be a little better on the the legacy 2.4ghz band
5.0ghz band they are very very close, edge to ax88u
ax88u has 8 lan ports, ax86u has 4
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.fess wrote: This or keep the RT-AX88U that I got for $315 that's still within the return period? I had tried GT-AX11000 but it wasn't that great in terms of range in my "router only" setup so I returned it.
It's the same thing that a lot of people asked, including myself.

I wanted the Asus ax88u, but after seeing so many people complaining of stability, I ended up deciding against it and go for the Asus ax86u.

There has just been too many people on snbforums that tried multiple ax88u and had issues, went with ax86u and was problem free.

Dong when asked which router he would choose between ax88u and ax86, he said both are same hardware and should similar performance, but ended with he would choose ax86u.
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Picked up the AX58U and am wondering if this is worth the extra $100?
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Elrondolio wrote: OP, also available via Amazon.ca now and should be available everywhere tomorrow (Best Buy, NewEgg, etc). Should probably edit to add info.

https://www.amazon.ca/RT-AX86U-AX5700-D ... B08H6NVB5N

If ordering from Staples online, don't forget Rakuten for 1% cashback.

Plus, very good and detailed review:

https://dongknows.com/asus-rt-ax86u-ax5 ... er-review/
Thanks added, I knew it was matter of time amazon drops their price with their auto match competitor system.
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you can apply staples coupon by chat. I apply $25 discount for $300+ with adding nest hub
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Dammit I just bought the AC86U for 199. I have 3-4 main devices that can use Wifi6 and a 500 Mbps fibre connection, and (am moving to) a 2000 sq ft home. Is the AX86 worth the extra cash?
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knightmayor wrote: Dammit I just bought the AC86U for 199. I have 3-4 main devices that can use Wifi6 and a 500 Mbps fibre connection, and (am moving to) a 2000 sq ft home. Is the AX86 worth the extra cash?
Hardware specs of the router itself is double of the ac86u, up to you but I would think it will be able to handle more connected devices easily.
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knightmayor wrote: Dammit I just bought the AC86U for 199. I have 3-4 main devices that can use Wifi6 and a 500 Mbps fibre connection, and (am moving to) a 2000 sq ft home. Is the AX86 worth the extra cash?
I'd say so. I currently have the RT-AC86U since it released back in 2017 and it has been a fantastic router.

However, as you have several devices that make use of Wifi 6, I would just return the RT-AC86U and pay the $80 premium to get the new model to ensure it lasts for years to come.
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Any idea how this would be better than an AC66U? It’s the model that doesn’t work with aimesh and I’m looking for a bit more range and to take advantage of wifi 6 on a few devices I have.
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Labrie wrote: Any idea how this would be better than an AC66U? It’s the model that doesn’t work with aimesh and I’m looking for a bit more range and to take advantage of wifi 6 on a few devices I have.
If it's not a B1 unit then the OP unit is two or three generations newer, much better CPU, much more throughput, and more reliable.

The 66U and 66U B1 have been disappointments for me.
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redflagdealsguy wrote: If it's not a B1 unit then the OP unit is two or three generations newer, much better CPU, much more throughput, and more reliable.

The 66U and 66U B1 have been disappointments for me.
Yep mainly the hardware on the ax86u is much more capable:
1.8GHz quad-core processor, 256 megabytes (MB) of flash memory, and 1 gigabyte (GB) of RAM

Also one of the few routers certified for geforce now, guess that's why it performs so well with more stable lower latency on wifi:
https://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers ... eforce-now
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Is this better than the eero or orbi mesh?

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