expired ASUS RT-AC68U Router $175.20 Delivered @ PC Byte on eBay (Plus $20 EFTPOS Card from ASUS)

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    Currently got a router I knocked down to $10, should be around $50-80 RRP.

    What would be the point in upgrading to this one? RT-AC68U?

    I don't get dropouts, it runs at 100/40mbps fine, connects wireless fine.

    What use case would warrant an upgrade?

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      I use mine for 100/40 as well, it has pretty good range (for 2.4ghz at least) with Merlin fw.

      If you're a networking power user you'll like all the extra features it has, e.g OpenVPN support, adv QOS configs, DNS filtering on a per-client basis (let's say you want your kids laptops to go through OpenDNS for site restriction features, or if you want certain devices to use a specific DNS), 4G Failover feature (e.g internet goes down, you can connect a USB modem to keep surfing on cellular networks), USB print server and Samba File share

      Some cheaper routers (under the $50 range) are unlikely to have dual band 2.4+5ghz wifi. It's a nice to have feature.

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        Yes features on this is excellent. I can restrict my son's usage between certain hours on certain devices though I have the DSL version but pretty much the same feature set. If you have no need for the features, why would you want to change if there is nothing wrong.

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        Hmm. None of those really appeal to me.

        Current modem has no 5GHz but for all heavy use it will be connected with a wire. Current also has QoS that is more than adequate.

        Guess I'll wait for this one to die before blowing $200.

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        If you're a networking power user you'll like all the extra features it has, e.g OpenVPN support

        Your going to be crawling using VPN on this router.

        Best solution is to get a 2.4Ghz x86 CPU with some router distribution or virtual applicance like pfsense then you can use up to 100Mbit. And you wont need to setup anything on devices other than router.

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    Bought one earlier today from them.
    Don't forget there is also a $20 cashback promo from asus on at the moment. Just hope they are classed as an authorised retailer/reseller.

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      I bought one of these, it was clearly second hand & faulty. Also reviews say ASUS has started to try and prevent people from flashing the proper firmware. I think it was a bit of a roll of the dice if you order one of these, if everything goes fine then you certainly get a good deal.

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      The latest Asus firmware has disabled AiMesh functionality on these T models so you are taking a risk.

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        My experience with AiMesh is that it allows you to add more aps (access points) and has an easier setup, but it essentially set all your routers with the same SSID, and run all routers in AP mode except the main router. IMHO AiMesh is highly overrated.

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    If you have a big house I would strongly suggest using a mesh router such as Orbi or Google.

    • +1 vote

      Fyi Asus recently added AiMesh to their higher end routers (including this one) which works the same as mesh on Orbi or Google Wifi. You could buy 3 of these for roughly the same price and likely get much better coverage.

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        yes the coverage is quite good… we sell ruckus at work and the range on those are phenomenal… but this is pretty close (for data anyway, not using SIP devices). This covers my 2 storey house and 700sqm block (and then some) … I guess if you have a lot of concrete or glass ymmv…but I must say i've been quite impressed with the range & reliability on this thing :)

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          I had an apartment with all concrete walls so no just this alone won't cut it…

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        Thanks for that information. I used Orbi mainly because the (smaller) satellite router is wall-plugged so it looks neat without having cables/power adapters running around on the floor.

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    Great, just bought this and assumed it would support FTTN (it doesn't). I'll do a bit more research next time.

    Wonder if PC Byte will allow me to cancel the order.

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    I checked Australia Asus website,it shows only one usb port available. I need two USB device to connect router, so Au version will be not my choice.

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