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ASUS RT-AC86U Wi-Fi AC2900 $262.11 + Delivery (Free with Prime) @ Amazon UK via AU

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ASUS RT-AC86U Wi-Fi AC2900 (AI Mesh USB 3.0 Router, AiProtection by Trend Micro, AI Mesh, WTFast Game Accelerator Adaptive QoS, Dual-WAN 3G/4G Support)

Note that this will be a UK model and most likely comes with a UK plug.

EDIT: Thanks to comment by davidl820, it should come with an AU plug

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Comments

  • This is only a router.

    It cannot replace the NBN vDSL ?

    Isn't it redundant that you already have a NBN vDSL with Wifi and you still need to buy another wifi router?

    Plus if you are FTTC, there is another NBN device you need to attach to the phone jack outlet so that makes it 3 devices running at the same time.

    • In regard to DSL, many people prefer to have separate devices for the DSL and router component.

      For FTTC you only need the NBN Connection Device and a router.

      From the research that I have done, this is a very good router.

      • Thanks.

        For FTTC: I thought that I need VDSL2 modem/router to connect to the NBN device since all NBN providers I saw comes with a VDSL2 device or selling VDSLs compatible device with their service.

        I can purchase this router and replace the TP -Link AC1600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit VoIP VDSL/ADSL Modem Router provided by TPG.

        But, i guess once I use his Asus router, I wont be able to use the free incoming phone calls from TPG.

    • It's redundant if you're satisfied with the router part of the modem/router provided by the ISP. Many people aren't, as the router is usually pretty bad if you want decent wi-fi or any functionality beyond acting as a very basic router.

      • Compare to Telstra Gen 2 modem, is the wifi from this router better?

        • I don't have any experience with the Telstra modem or with this specific router. I do have an Asus RT-AX88U, which I think has fairly similar features in general (though mine has 802.11ax/Wi-Fi 6 instead of the 802.11ac/Wi-Fi 5 that this router has) and I'm very happy with it.

          • @nullAndVoid: Does the RT-AX88U support multiple SSIDs with a unique VLAN each?

            I'm looking for an AX WAP (which is not a Ubiquiti) that can assign VLANs to clients.

  • Not sure if this is a deal, paid the same price a few months ago for the same router.

  • Hmm. Lightning strike blew the wifi on my RT68U a few days ago. This would make a good replacement and I have a spare Australian plug..

  • Bought one of these a few months ago, been very happy.

  • Just remember this is AC WiFi and not AX WiFi.

  • I have one
    It’s great
    But have upgraded to ax across the home network

  • If anyone knows where I can buy an Australian adapter for this please let me know.

  • I'm on TPG NBN HFC, do i need a modem router or just a router?

  • This modem wireless router and Unifi Dream Machine were suggested to me to upgrade my home network but something isn't clear about this little guy.
    Some of the reviews complained about receiving it in Chinese language, others complained about the firmware being bad out of the box and some after the firmware update.

    For those who are wondering about it being compatible with PPPOE like TPG, LBNCo, it is but it requires some changes to make it work with TPG.
    https://community.tpg.com.au/t5/NBN-Installation/Connecting-...

    I will keep my eyes on Unifi Dream Machine, it is more expensive but way more robust.

    • This is way better than unifi. I have the ac68u and leave my unifi USG sitting in a box, because it is harder to use and has less useful features.

      People complain about the chinese firmware because they buy chinese Asus models cheap on ebay, and guess what, it comes with chinese firmware.

      Firmware upgrades on Asus are pretty easy. Safer than unifi in my experience.

      The 8gu was the preferred model for people who want a fast router and ok/good wifi. It has been superceded by AX models but I have no AX devices anyway, and my wifi is as fast as my internet connection anyway.

      I run a unifi wifi system so have the asus just as a router.

      Have a look at a few youtube videos. Few who install these recommend unifi for home/small business.

    • The RT-AC86U is a router & doesn't come with a VDSL modem. Not that it matters because LBNCo install their own modem.

      Asus RT = router.
      Asus DSL = modem & router.

  • Any ideas where to source a Aus plug for this, its one of those sliding ones that detaches?

    • Yes I'm very interested in this too. The only answer so far seems to be 'contact ASUS and ask them for one'. Not really sure how you do this or what they will say.

    • Yes, it comes with three of those detachable plugs - AU, EU, US

      • I just received my unit after buying from this offer - my box only had two detachable adapters, both seem to be UK ones, definitely no AU plug in there. The box says "Made in China / MFG year: 2020"

        • I just checked again an there are 3 detachable adaptors included and one of them is for AU/China. The box says Made in China and the same MFG year 2020.

          No idea why they decided to remove that.

          • @davidl820: yeah, thats odd. and slightly annoying. I might email ASUS Australia and ask them for one.. but the other annoying thing is that it looks like once you clip one on, theres no way to unclip it and swap to a different one.

    • I also purchased this and there's no AU plug in the box. Contacted Asus but they're not interested in sending out the AU plug clip as the unit serial is traced to the Netherlands. Has anyone purchased an aftermarket adapter? Not much of a bargain now.

  • How long is the warranty on the RT-AC86U? What the returns process like for products sold from Amazon UK?

  • I purchased this router from Amazon for $258 on 19/Nov. Just checked and Amazon is now selling for $203.10 :(