[Staples] ASUS Router RT-AC86U - $209 After Taxes WARM
- Deal Link:
- $50 Off
- January 26, 2021
This is the lowest price it's been according to CCC. If you still have Amex Biz offer, even better. Plus you can throw on a Staples coupon for another $15 which brings it down to $209 after taxes. You do need to add a filler to break $200, so I bought pencils for $0.27. You can pick anything from here really though The only downside is that, you can only do pick-up if you choose something like cheap office supplies. Some will work for delivery but you have to test and see.
Link to cheap things to add: https://www.staples.ca/collections/offi ... ice-210%22
76822 - $15 off on $200
staples-coupons-megathread-389024/4828/ - Thread for more codes in case the above doesn't work for you.
Reasoning for this Router
Now I know this isn't SUPER hot or anything but reason why I need to buy this is because it's roughly the best value I can find for my needs. I live in a new townhouse complex and too many of my neighbours are over-saturating the 5Ghz spectrum. So this has resulted in really bad video conference calls. After some research, and without getting too technical, the reason it's so bad (besides having 5 neighbours), is because most consumer routers only offer 2 channels for 5Ghz. There are 4 other channels that are available but only certain routers can access it (this one RT-AC86U does). Here's a site that discusses best router/access points to buy https://www.duckware.com/tech/wifi-in-t ... ml#routers as well as all the technical stuff, if you're interested. Initially, I wanted to get a Ubiquiti nanoHD, but I need a switch too for where my unit is going, so the ASUS one works better for me. The nanoHD is faster with "wave2" but more expensive and I don't need the extra speed.
Merlin Firmware https://www.asuswrt-merlin.net/download
Script for VLAN Setup https://gist.github.com/Jimmy-Z/6120988 ... e7e42c64c4