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[eBay Plus] Asus RT-AX86U Wireless-AX5700 Dual Band Gaming Router - $462.60 Delivered @ Computer Alliance eBay


This will be replacing my 8 year old Asus RT-N66U for a much needed upgrade and future proofing. This model only became available in AUS in the last few days and is the cheapest i can find it delivered.

No Merlin firmware available just yet.. Hopefully soon.

Data Rate
802.11a : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps
802.11b : 1, 2, 5.5, 11 Mbps
802.11g : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps
802.11n : up to 450 Mbps
802.11n (1024 QAM) : up to 750 Mbps
802.11ac (1024 QAM) : up to 4333 Mbps
802.11ax (2.4GHz) : up to 861 Mbps
802.11ax (5GHz) : up to 4804 Mbps

-External antenna x 3
-Internal PCB antenna x 1

2.4 GHz 3 x 3
5 GHz 4 x 4

1.8 GHz quad-core processor

256 MB Flash

Wi-Fi Technology
OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access)
Beamforming: standard-based and universal
1024-QAM high data rate
20/40/80/160 MHz bandwidth

Operating Frequency
2.4 GHz / 5 GHz

WPA3-Personal, WPA2-Personal, WPA-Personal, WPA-Enterprise , WPA2-Enterprise , WPS support

RJ45 for 10/100/1000 BaseT for WAN x 1, RJ45 for 10/100/1000 BaseT for LAN x 4, RJ45 for 2.5G BaseT for WAN/LAN x 1
USB 3.2 Gen 1 x 2

Full Specs: https://www.asus.com/au/Networking/RT-AX86U/specifications/

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  • $479 is the launch RRP, so wait for it I would say wait. PCCG, PLE, Scorptec and all other PC stores launched it at $479. Binglee is going to have at $479 soon as well, so hoping to combine with ebay 15-20% off + ebay 5% off Gift card to get it below $400 :P

    Also need to wait for Steam or the Asus eGift card promo to come back to triple stack :D

  • Argh, tempted, not because it's cheap (and it isn't, it's only very slightly under RRP which is understandable as it's so new) but because I've been waiting forever for a deal on the cheaper AC86U and there haven't been many since covid.
    This or the AX88U, considering their similar price points? :S

    • One thing I chose the 86 over the 88 was the included 2.5G BaseT WAN/LAN port.

    • It's not worthwhile for most people to move to AX now unless you really have proper AX cards. No, the current gen flagship phones are not really taking advantage of AX. Even with Intel AX200/AX201, you are looking at 2x2 with 160Mhz band. The latter is good, but it's not 4x4 though. At least it is better than current gen flagship phones (not supporting 160Mhz band). Are people really going to have the ability to test OFDMA - and with our NBN is basically a joke, it's pointless unless you use proper NAS a lot).

      Wi-Fi 6E is coming and the upcoming chipsets (even for client devices, mobile devices) have really tempting features - at the same time, it makes you feel the current gen ax chipsets are more simply to jump onto the ax bandwagon, rather than actually fully utilise it.

      • Thanks for that, yeah I read somewhere that it's too early to be jumping on the AX bandwagon just yet… I guess I'll just keep waiting (impatiently!!) for a AC86U deal. Cheers :)

  • Is this one rock solid like the ac68U

  • This one or a Unifi Dream Machine?

  • Hi, do you know what is the difference between ASUS RT-AX3000 and this model Asus RT-AX86U ?

    The ASUS RT-AX3000 is going for $330.65

    (Yes, yes, I know someone will say 2,914.)

    • Ax3000 is a mid range device with below average AC speed, its range is also slightly less than what you would expect at the price Asus has it at. The 3000 is something of a bait and switch, Asus put it in a housing that resembles their high end routers and set it closer to the price of the ac88u than the ac58u it replaces.

      • Thanks AEKaBeer.

        Do you know if the RT-AX86u can take a broadband connection from a mobile connected via USB tethering? I am not sure how to proceed with USB tethering as I am locked on a Telstra contract now.

    • CPU being the main one. Haven't checked the WiFi differences.

    • RT-AX3000: 1.5GHz tri core CPU & 512MB memory.

      RT-AX86U: 1.8GHz quad core CPU & 1GB memory.

  • I’ve got two AX3000 using iMesh.
    It’s great for coverage. Can’t fault it.
    Not sure if RT-AX86U is would the extra $$$

  • I remember that RT-AC86U was on special around $240 for AU stock few weeks ago which was a good deal. Although this device is more powerful, you won't be able to see the major difference due to the limit of your internet speed. I have rt-ac86u at home. The wifi speed is almost identical to the speed from Ethernet cable.

    • As much as I like AC86U, the AX version has a quad core CPU (AC86U is dual core) so in terms of pure raw power, the CPU in the AX model is superior. The main reason for not getting AX86U now (esp. at this price) is what I mentioned above. WiFi-6 isn't really worth it right now unless you already transitioned all your client devices to AX and you use NAS a lot (and you have a proper NAS). With WiFi-6E coming and the next revision of the client chipset being noticeably better (and then again, there is a lot of marketing there), OFDMA not yet being proven working in a lot of these WiFi-6 devices (including some still needing a firmware update), it's just not worth it.

      Then, you have the dilemma of Mesh being a better solution in general (reliability and range). Dual band routers (even with Ai-Mesh) feel like a compromise. Tri band routers are still too expensive.

    • From an internet perspective you're spot on, however where this sort of hardware shines is internal network speeds, eg, serving media to smart tv, pc and mobile devices or backing up said devices to a NAS. Where an ISP supplied unit will not only take a while but drop packets, these higher end units tend to be rock solid and so long as the device isn't hamstrung by a 1x1 antenna array (lots of cheaper laptops) the file transfers will be quick and reliable.

      • At the end, it's all about the cost. If someone has around $500 budget, then this one is a good choice.

        • Definitely.

          Here are some pro's and cons against the ax6000/ax88u based purely on specs, in my case I'd lean to the 86U for the 2.5gbps lan port.

          Few $ cheaper
          Single 2.5gbps configurable WAN/LAN port

          8 Lan Ports
          2x link aggregate ports
          Slightly higher theoretical max speed

          Both have 4x4 5ghz antenna arrays even if 1 is internal on the 86U.

      • No, because are you going to go out and buy a TV with WiFi-6 support? Smart home devices - honestly, most sockets and globes are on WiFi-N 2.4 Ghz level (not to mention those devices by default are cloud based; sure you can hack it to be local based, but that has risk and isn't that simple).

        NAS, let's not assume everyone has decent NAS and how many of these routers support LAN teaming? The main benefit you can really feel with WiFi-AX right now is 160Mhz support so basically that knock out Samsung S10, S20, iPhone 11/Pro etc… Also, just because you have Intel AX200/AX201, if the PC/laptop is far away, it will suffer significant speed drop.

        Since we know WiFi-6E is coming, you want to invest in WiFi-6 now (with most routers are more like WiFi-6 draft)? The compatibility between WiFi-6 router/devices is currently a mess. OFDMA is not only not proven with some routers either don't implement it properly yet or some only implemented it for 1 band so far. All current gen smart home devices cannot possibly support OFDMA and you expect makers to start creating smart plugs and globes with WiFi 6 chipset for OFDMA? That's unrealistic.

        Yes, ISP supplied routers are often rubbish. However, you also need to decide whether a single powerful router is good enough or you need to look at mesh. Also, is investing on an expensive dual band router really worth it when you know your current tri-band mesh is far more reliable? Not everyone is lucky enough to have the NBN port in the middle of the house. If you are serious about using smart home devices, it is hard not to go for mesh. Yes, the Asus routers are powerful, but there is only so much 1 router can do, range wise.

    • I’m looking to buy the ac86u. Where can you find at this price?

  • For people thinking about jumping into WiFi-6 or you already have client devices supporting WiFi-6, there are the things you need to know:

    • WiFi-6E is coming. Unlike WiFi-6, there is a new band, the 6Ghz band.
    • WiFi-6E chipset for mobile is coming. Not only it will support WiFi-6E, it will also address the issue where it is only 80Mhz band for mobile WiFi-6 chipset.

    So, WiFi-6E will force router makers to make more tri-band routers.

  • Between the AX86U and AX88U, which has better range?

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