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[Visions Electronics] Asus ROG GT-AC2900 - $138 OOS

Vision has the Asus GT-2900 for $138+tax. Pick up in-store saves another $6.90.

Seems like a good deal if anyone looking for a decent router.

Update- OOS. Admin please close this thread
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Price in title, please! Seems like a great deal, though, great find OP. Makes me wish I could return my 86u!
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This looks like a fantastic deal. Basically an ac86u with some RGB lighting.

Minor edit... will note that this does not support Merlin Firmware if that's a deal breaker for you.
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laike4 wrote: How does this compare to AC86U?
They should be identical since they both use identical hardware.
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The question now becomes if I buy this to add a 3rd device my AiMesh system...decisions, decisions...
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game_fanatic wrote: The question now becomes if I buy this to add a 3rd device my AiMesh system...decisions, decisions...
I tried asus AImesh and it sucks
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zevnux wrote: This looks like a fantastic deal. Basically an ac86u with some RGB lighting.

Minor edit... will note that this does not support Merlin Firmware if that's a deal breaker for you.
Can you clarify this?
I see the ac2900 here:
https://www.asuswrt-merlin.net/about
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Thanks OP. Just put one in for in-store pickup.
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sarsshadow wrote: I tried asus AImesh and it sucks
To each their own, I guess. It's been working great for me (so far). The odd drop in connection where a reboot is required but not very often.
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game_fanatic wrote: To each their own, I guess. It's been working great for me (so far). The odd drop in connection where a reboot is required but not very often.
When i did mesh, my IOT device would drop thin air and it wouldn't reconnect until i reboot one of the mesh. laptop and phone have no problem with it. Then it comes to roaming, I played around with the roaming parameter to make devices drop reaching treshold for signal strength. It would stay connected even at 1 bar.
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What is the stock Asus GT firmware like? Is the speed and connection good?

Why do you need to flash to Merlin, aside from needing extra stuff / functionality enabled. I realize this is not officially supported unlike the RT.
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My question is can you block ad sites with the original firmware?
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how come no love from Asus Merlin?
2007 - Ipod Video (TD), Ipod Shuffle (GM)
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kiasu wrote: how come no love from Asus Merlin?
My guess is this line of router adds extra closed source stuff to the firmware.
Similar to how early merlin didn't support ai mesh, and now it does support it (I've never tried).
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engmsf wrote: What is the stock Asus GT firmware like? Is the speed and connection good?

Why do you need to flash to Merlin, aside from needing extra stuff / functionality enabled. I realize this is not officially supported unlike the RT.
For me, the main advantage of Merlin over stock, aside from small bug fixes and ui optimizations, is the ability to use opensource software like Unbound and OpenVPN. You can also run custom scripts like Diversion (adblocking) and Skynet (added security).
FresnoRob wrote: My question is can you block ad sites with the original firmware?
I don't think so. For network wide ad-blocking, there's the option of using Pihole. You can set one up very cheap with a Pi Zero.

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