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ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 AC2900 Dual Band Gigabit WiFi Gaming Router, $70 Off + $10 Off = $189.99

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[Staples] ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 AC2900 Dual Band Gigabit WiFi Gaming Router, $70 Off + $10 Off = $189.99

Great deal on a top reviewed and recommended gaming router. Ordered it myself just before posting.

Called best router for die-hard gamers - CNET REVIEW

Use coupon code "74897" on checkout for an additional $10 Off the order (expires July 28, 2020, order must be over $75 to qualify)

Product Details
  • Triple-level Game Accelerator - Optimizes your online gaming packets all the way from your PC to the game server.
  • 1.8 GHz 64 bit dual-core processor
  • Memory: 256 MB Flash, 512 MB RAM
  • Ports: 1x RJ45 for 10/100/1000/Gigabits BaseT for WAN, 4x RJ45 for 10/100/1000/Gigabits BaseT for LAN, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0
  • GeForce Now Recommended Router - Enjoy an unrivaled cloud gaming experience with no latency
  • AiMesh Supported - Works with ASUS AiMesh compatible routers to create a powerful, flexible, seamless whole-home WiFi system
  • Front-line Network Security - Lifetime free AiProtection Pro, powered by Trend Micro, protects all connected devices from internet threats
  • ASUS Aura Lighting- Multiple effects for a stylish vibe while can even be set to reflect the status of your network
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AX58U was on sale last week for $199 if I remember correctly
AX58U is Wifi 6 AX 3000 (2402Mbps 5Ghz + 574Mbps 2.4Ghz)
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natexiao627 wrote: ↑AX58U was on sale last week for $199 if I remember correctly
AX58U is Wifi 6 AX 3000 (2402Mbps 5Ghz + 574Mbps 2.4Ghz)
No AI mesh support on this router so I would still go with op's deal.
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Good price. But not wifi6.

5ghz connection slower than the ax3 pro.
2.4ghz connection faster than the ax3 pro.

USB ports are a bonus.

Already have two ax3 pros meshed. Too bad for me.
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No official Merlin support is a deal breaker for me. I like to run extra software, like Diversion (adblock) and Unbound (local dns server), but if you're not going to need to do that, still a good deal. It's basically an AC86U with gaming features and RGB added on it.
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barks1andrew wrote: ↑ No AI mesh support on this router so I would still go with op's deal.
I have the AX58U and it has AImesh support. What do you mean?
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Would this be an overkill for non-gaming use. Netflix / Youtube and the WFH apps (like Skype / Teams video) etc.
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scrubfordeals wrote: ↑ Would this be an overkill for non-gaming use. Netflix / Youtube and the WFH apps (like Skype / Teams video) etc.
"Gaming" is such an overrated term, everyone figure they can milk more money by tagging "gaming" on anything. The normal RT-AC2900 is likely the sister/brother of this unit without the "bling". It will be a great router any kind of usage.

If network performance is a serious matter, one should not be looking at consumer grade and move onto Ubiquiti USG or Edge+Unify setup w/ PoE.

I am running an Asus AC3100 w/ AsusWRT and it's has been great for many years.
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pkphilip wrote: ↑ "Gaming" is such an overrated term, everyone figure they can milk more money by tagging "gaming" on anything. The normal RT-AC2900 is likely the sister/brother of this unit without the "bling". It will be a great router any kind of usage.

If network performance is a serious matter, one should not be looking at consumer grade and move onto Ubiquiti USG or Edge+Unify setup w/ PoE.

I am running an Asus AC3100 w/ AsusWRT and it's has been great for many years.
Thanks. Just that the normal router is more expensive with this deal. Might just get this and build a mesh around this one
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barks1andrew wrote: ↑ No AI mesh support on this router so I would still go with op's deal.
AX58U is compatible with ASUS AiMesh WiFi system. See ASUS official webpage: ASUS RT-AX58U
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I'm trying to decide between this GT-AC2900 and the ASUS RT-AC86U. If they were the same price, is one of these better than the other? Sounds like the GT-AC2900 has some extra "gaming" centric features, while the AC86U has the Merlin firmware and some reviewers seem to say it is slightly faster/better range than the GT-AC2900. Others say the GT-AC2900 is faster though, hard to get good info on this.
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Ricesteam wrote: ↑ No official Merlin support is a deal breaker for me.
The lack of Merlin firmware was a slight concern but I have already found people who have released a branch of merlin, for this model.

That said, the things I used Merlin on my Asus rt-N66U router, are almost all included and much better in this router, so *shrug*, in a few years, when this router is getting old, I am pretty sure there will be a Merlin firmware available and if not, oh well, *shrug*

Someone else mentioned Wifi6. This will only matter once you have replaced your hardware with wifi6 capable equipment. The smart devices and my smartphone lack wifi6 ability. I was replacing a Dark Knight, Asus NT-R66U so I can also use it in a mesh setup
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pkphilip wrote: ↑ "Gaming" is such an overrated term, everyone figure they can milk more money by tagging "gaming" on anything
Absolutely, though this router does have some options the Asus RT-AC86U/Asus RT-AC2900 lacks and the RT-AC2900 has an internal antenna, which doesnt really change anything important.

The entire reason to pick this up is because $179, for this router, is a really good deal. Shop it out, im not just saying that. Cheapest price, ever, on Amazon CA according to (the pricing site that dare not be spoken) is $282.79, cheapest price ever for a RT-AC86U/RT-AC2900 is $259 on Amazon, some other sites had it as low as $249.

This deal for $179, is easily the best out there for a really great router. I agree, the gaming label is marketing but the router and deal is real good!
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cardboardperson wrote: ↑ I'm trying to decide between this GT-AC2900 and the ASUS RT-AC86U.
They really are the same, the RT-AC86U is also referred to as the RT-AC2900. There is some extras, like you mentioned, there is also an extra internal antenna on the RT-86U/RT-AC2900 but it apparently doesnt really do much extra.

At full MSRP the RT-86U/RT-AC2900 seems cheaper than the GT-AC2900 but with this deal, if you can find a RT-86U/RT-AC2900 for less than $179, scoop it but this looks to be the best deal for now.

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