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[Staples] Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Tri-Band Gaming Router with 8 ports (342$)

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[Staples] Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Tri-Band Gaming Router with 8 ports (342$)

This is the lowest I've seen it at, it's cheaper than getting it from China :)

This one has 8 ports (with link aggregation), good for people who use wired connections mixed with heavy traffic (ie, plex/emby servers, home automation, voip, gaming, iptv, etc), it has a quad core cpu, it's triband, and a few more perks here and there...

I'm upgrading my Asus AC66U that did not disappoint thus far. Used Linksys way back when they were kings but ever since I've moved to Asus I've never had any issues. My whole family now uses Asus routers for over 10 years now.

With 10% discount in store it's 342$
With 30$ off 300$ it's 350$
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802.11ax offers some pretty big improvements so I wouldn't be running out to spend nearly $400 on an AC router.

But thats just my 2 cents.
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Yeah I looked into the ax routers, most say it's in its early stages and in order to take full advantage you'll have to upgrade your whole wifi network to ax... No thanks.
jabbilabbi wrote:
Mar 22nd, 2019 10:29 am
802.11ax offers some pretty big improvements so I wouldn't be running out to spend nearly $400 on an AC router.

But thats just my 2 cents.
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jabbilabbi wrote:
Mar 22nd, 2019 10:29 am
802.11ax offers some pretty big improvements so I wouldn't be running out to spend nearly $400 on an AC router.
I agree with this statement. We will see a lot of AC routers on sale over the next little while.

Better to just wait for a solid ax model.
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Still only gigabit ethernet ports... I have the same router as your old one (I believe)... no complaints... it's gigabit aswell... not seeing the upgrade here beside more antennas and ethernet ports
Gaming PC: i5 9400f, GTX 1070 8gb x2, 32GB RAM
Media PC: i5 6500, GTX 1060 6gb, 16GB RAM
Phone: iPhone 8
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Link aggregation which should give 2gb transfer is what I'll be testing with my server, we'll see if this was a worthy upgrade. If not, back it goes to Staples.
NowJoJo wrote:
Mar 22nd, 2019 10:36 am
Still only gigabit ethernet ports... I have the same router as your old one (I believe)... no complaints... it's gigabit aswell... not seeing the upgrade here beside more antennas and ethernet ports
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TurboTronix wrote:
Mar 22nd, 2019 10:33 am
Yeah I looked into the ax routers, most say it's in its early stages and in order to take full advantage you'll have to upgrade your whole wifi network to ax... No thanks.
From what I've read, AX routers will actually improve speed and signal quality to AC endpoints as well.
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There's a thread where this guy actually tested the ac5300 and an ax router, said he saw no real improvements and actually the ac5300 was better in several places.

Link: https://www.snbforums.com/threads/rog-r ... 396/page-4
jabbilabbi wrote:
Mar 22nd, 2019 11:27 am
From what I've read, AX routers will actually improve speed and signal quality to AC endpoints as well.
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How do I get the 10% and $30 off discounts? Thanks
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I bought this router for $330+tax from Best Buy during boxing week. I'm happy with it on the whole.

The wtfast implementation had me scratching my head a bit, all the games in the list were old. I assumed if I picked an old COD game it would apply to a newer one as well as the ports are usually the same. It's probably a gimmick. I did notice my K:D ratio improved after getting the router, but I can't say if that's the hardware , wtfast, or both. The router can be configured with a dedicated 5 GHz band for gaming and has two dedicated ports as well.

Range is also much improved compared to Bell and Rogers routers. Seamless jumping between 2 and 5 GHz is a nice feature, as are having 8 ports.
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Anyone with gigabit internet. Are you able to get close to gigabit speeds?
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No word from Asus on whether they will upgrade their high end router products like this to WPA3. Definitely hold off on buying.
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jabbilabbi wrote:
Mar 22nd, 2019 10:29 am
802.11ax offers some pretty big improvements so I wouldn't be running out to spend nearly $400 on an AC router.

But thats just my 2 cents.
true but the qualcomm routers aren't even out yet, so you're looking at a wait, and this is now. an 8 port ax router could end up being 800 bucks. very different thing

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