expired Asus RT-AC68U Router $172.37, or Asus RT-AC88U Router $318.28 Delivered @ Wireless1 eBay

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Asus RT-AC68U - AC1900 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router $172.37 Delivered
Current eBay price: $228.00 less 16% off at Checkout = $191.52 less 10% off eBay code = $172.37

Next cheapest is $204.81 + Delivery
RT-AC68U product details


Asus RT-AC88U - AC3100 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router $318.28 Delivered
Current eBay price: $421.00 less 16% off at Checkout = $353.64 less 10% off eBay code = $318.28

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RT-AC88U product details


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  • +1 vote

    Got the 68U in an eBay deal a month ago for around the same price. Have been stoked with its performance. Connects straight from my nbn supplied modem (HFC) and easy to set up. Great range and speed. Perfect for a standard 3 bedroom house…

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      Which provider are you with? Are you running merlin?

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        I'm with buzz, just running stock atm. Might consider Merlin down the track when I have to tinker…

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          Also with Buzz…Are you connected with the VOIP that Buzz has changed to now?

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          Can I ask how much download and upload speed are you getting ? I am with buzz as well and getting around 20-30 Mbps download speed on average and 30+ upload speed on 100/40 plan…
          Thanks

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          @koolchamp81: I've got had issues with their speeds for about 2-3 months now. I was getting about 1.5-30Mbps download and around 30+ on upload too. I found out this was happening because the router I was using (a TP-Link from my previous ISP) has serious Wi-Fi speed issues, because I plugged in my ethernet cable on my laptop and I got about 85Mbps, which is why I'm looking for a new router. I've got another account at my own house and I get 90+Mbps on ethernet.

          I've been in touch with a rep at Buzz and he wants me to run speed tests over a 24-48 hour period, which I've yet to do as I have not been over at the house with the slower net recently.

          If you're getting 20-30Mbps on ethernet, then I'd raise it up with Buzz and ask them to change your profile.

          Hope this helps!

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          @tdubz:
          Thanks for the quick reply, I am using TP link as well (VR600). spent $130 on the VR600 3 months ago, seems like I have to spend more money again to get good speed .

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          @koolchamp81: Yeah I've got the basic one - TD-VG3631. Read in some places that other people have Wi-Fi issues with it. Best to check it out yourself before purchasing another :)

        • +1 vote

          @tdubz: no VOIP. Just use my mobile. #Millenial

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          @Tee34: Haha fair enough, yeah I don't need it at mine - My parent's still using the landline :(

    • +1 vote

      Does it work with fttn?

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        FTTN requires a VDSL2 modem. You can run any Router behind a bridged VDLS2 modem.

        However, if you want an all-in-one device, then you need a VDSL2 Modem/Router. The relevant models from Asus start with DSL- (eg. DSL-AC68U), or you can buy other brands.

  • +2 votes

    Bought the 88U earlier in the year… it's a beast. Highly recommend.

  • +1 vote

    The 68u on Amazon US is $119 brand new and US$10 less refurbished.

    https://www.amazon.com/T-Mobile-Wireless-AC1900-Dual-Band-Ai...

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      That's the T-Mobile Firmware version, is flashable though (after several attempts)

      • +2 votes

        And runs at a lower clock speed it appears.
        credit to lvm

        lvm on 07/09/2017 - 10:28
        tm-ac1900 is an A1 800mhz variant instead of 1000mhz.
        source: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RWV0UG3ROILD9/ref...
        Thank you so much for taking the time out to share your ASUS product review. We do value your feedback as we can use it to build and improve our products and services. I must apologize for the issue that you experienced with the device and would be more than happy to help in clearing this up.
        This specific model the RT-AC1900 has two variants, one which is strictly for ASUS and the other variant is one that we made for T-Mobile. Even though both devices are the same model they do have many differences including the CPU. The RT-AC1900 which is specifically for ASUS is the variant with the 1 Ghz Dual core CPU while the T-Mobile variant only supports up to 800 Mhz.
        I do apologize for the misinformation provided for the specifications of this particular variant and for the inconveniences that this has caused. We will be reaching out to the necessary department to ensure that is corrected to prevent any of these issues in the future.
        If you have any further questions or concerns please email me at customerloyalty@asus..com and use the link to this review as a reference. We do welcome all customers to reach out to us as our customer loyalty department is here to resolve all issues that our customers may encounter. I do look forward to your feedback and please have a lovely day.
        Thank you for making it ASUS.
        Best regards,
        Abigail.
        ASUS Customer Loyalty.

    • +1 vote

      thanks, bought one!

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    How does this compare to my telstra gateway modem router?
    I don't have any problems with it.
    Does this Asus router increase my download speed?

    • +4 votes

      Shouldn't really increase download speed however it can surely improve your quality.

      Main benefits over typical ISP provided routers are better hardware and superior software:
      - Custom firmware available (openWRT/Asuswrt-Merlin) which will give you heaps of control
      - Stability (always up and no flaky wifi or needing a hard restart)
      - Ability to monitor your network (connected devices, speeds, ping, websites visited, total data transferred etc)
      - Quality of Service (QoS). Set streaming (udp?) and specific devices to lower bandwidth priority to enjoy low latency gaming OR 'fairly' shared bandwidth with others.

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        Thanks for the reply.
        I don't have any issues with my current modem router.. Yet.
        WiFi is always strong and never needs a hard reset.
        The only device that sometimes lags is the macbook, but I don't think it's the wifi that's the issue.
        I don't play around with settings either and we never go over our 1tb limit.

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    Got the RT-AC88U for $200 when jd.com had free shipping to OZ for one day only. Still in transit :P waiting waiting..

  • +2 votes

    This is a great price but check this out before you buy the RT-AC68U https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/327856 if you are so inclined to go through the steps.

    • +1 vote

      I remember that post, only thing was the 800MHz CPU right? I guess it doesn't matter for that price.

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        I'm not sure why everyone was hung up on that - the stock ac68u is also 800mhz.

        https://wikidevi.com/wiki/ASUS_RT-AC68U

        Side note - mine will happily run at 1.4ghz which was handy when I was running an sql server on it.

        Im happy with my ac68u - it has served me well for over 2 years now on Merlin firmware.

  • +1 vote

    Could you turn any harddrive into a cloud server with this router?

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    I currently have an Archer D7 and it's now struggling with the multiple wifi devices at home. Am I able to pair the 68U with it and get better performance? Is it worth buying this in my situation? Sorry for the noob question.

    • +1 vote

      The Archer D7 is an ADSL Modem/Router so I'm assuming you've got ADSL internet.

      The AC68U can be configured as a Wi-Fi Access Point (AP) connected to the D7. This will offload some of the Wi-Fi traffic onto the AC68U, however, the D7 would still be acting as the main Router (& DHCP Server, etc) so may still suffer under load.

      If you had both a D7 and AC68U, you'd definitely want to run the AC68U as the main Router. You could do this by bridging the D7 and using it as an ADSL modem in front of the AC68U (however, you'd be wasting the router component of the D7).

      • +1 vote

        Thanks for the reply. Did a little bit of research and looks like I'll only get minimal benefit by bridging this so decided not to get it.

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    So does this need to be bridged to existing NBN router to get the VOIP phones working?

  • +1 vote

    Or buy this - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MYTAURW/ref=oh_aui_deta...

    You will need a USA to AU electric plug, and you also need to follow this guide here:
    https://slickdeals.net/f/8680195-t-mobile-wifi-cellspot-ac-r...
    to get the firmware back to standard firmware.

    Once you jump through those hoops you have an RT-68U for $120 vs the $170 here.

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    Damn! Just bought this with PC Case Gear a few days ago for $100 more!

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    Still can't decide between either a 68u from here. Or a Google WiFi mesh system for $300 from HN with the amex deal. Or a Asus 86u for about $250 with the amex deal from HN. Or finally go all out and buy Unifi stuff ready for maybe building a house with Ethernet for APs.

    Anyone used a single Unifi AP as their only access point and found coverage any good, compared to a 68u or similar?

    • +1 vote

      Google wifi is way better than these so called powerful modem

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        I am thinking of getting the Google one (maybe on Black Friday). Do you have one? how's the performance?

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      How do you plan on getting the Asus 86u for $250? If you don't mind me asking. HN website has it at $449 (minus Amex deal = $349)??

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        Best negotiated price on whirlpool so far is $350. Will just grab a netflix gift card on top to make the $400.

  • +1 vote

    I have recently got the 68 and It's absolutely fantastic!
    I did lots and lots of research before going ahead and It certainly was worth it.
    - Stock software is good so far, haven't felt the need to flash as of yet.
    - Reception is superb (2 Story house)
    - Quick and easy to setup

    If you have more specific questions, let me know .

  • +1 vote

    Thanks OP, picked up the 88. Nice price for Aussie stock and warranty. There have been a fair few ~$200 deals but seem dodge.

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    Whats the difference between the 2?

  • +1 vote

    Purchased the AC68U at this same price about a month ago. Has run perfectly since - happy customer here.

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    Just purchased but saw this:
    ****PLEASE NOTE: THIS PRODUCT IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH 'FTTN' NBN CONNECTIONS****

    How/why and oh dear!!!

    Surely it can run behind the FTTN modem?

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    What's the consensus on flashing to the merlin software or not?

    Hoping this solves some "performance issues" I'm having with my Aussie BB 100/40 FTTP connection. Currently just have an Apple Airport Express running the wifi show but regularly get brief hangs / dropouts.

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      I believe merlin software adds advanced features not available in the Asus firmware. I don't believe it solves performance issues as such.

      Having said that, there's a new firmware available for the RT-AC68U that was released on 2017/11/10:
      https://www.asus.com/au/Networking/RTAC68U/HelpDesk_Download...

      It may be worthwhile updating to the new firmware (and then factory resetting the router and manually entering the settings).

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    Grabbed the 68U recently thinking I would need it. Hasn't arrived as yet but now after plugging in the latest Telstra Gateway Max I have had sitting in a box for over a year I now wonder if I need it.

    In my most remote point in the house I am getting over 110mbps speeds down on the 5Ghz AC network (uploads are capped at 2.3mbps ish anyway).

    What advantages would I get if I fire up the ASUS? If I don't, anyone in Brisbane miss out on this deal?

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      Gateway max does have really good range in the same ballpark as the 68u - It's just light on features like QoS, VPN etc.

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