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ASUS RT-AX55 AX1800 Dual-Band Gigabit Router $119.71 + Delivery (Free with Prime) @ Amazon UK via AU

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The Camels say it's only $1 more than previous lowest price. Seems like a good router and has great reviews overall. No USB port, and no Merlin support (at least for now) if you wanted that.

Next-Gen WiFi 6 Standard - 802.11ax WiFi standard for better efficiency and throughput.
Ultrafast WiFi Speed - 1800Mbps WiFi speed to handle even the busiest network with ease.
Optimal WiFi Capacity for Busy Network - Cutting-edge OFDMA & MU-MIMO technology increase wifi efficiency and reduce latency
AiProtection Classic, powered by Trend Micro, blocks internet security threats for all your connected smart devices
Better Partner with Mesh System - Compatible with ASUS AiMesh WiFi system for seamless whole-home coverage

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  • I legit just bought the RT AC86U this afternoon

    • You can cancel.ypur order and order this one? I am sure Amazon hasn't shipped it yet

    • You might be better off with the AC86U as that is AC2900 while this is AX1800. The benefits of AX are not that great and would probably be outweighed by the extra bandwidth.

  • Does it come with UK adaptor?

    • Good question, I'm not sure but check out the customer questions section, responses are contradictory though.

    • I had bad luck with the AC86U I ordered last month from Amazon.uk, arrived with UK and EU power adapters but no AU. As per other threads on here, others have had the AU plug included, just no guarantee.

      Everything else was working fine though

    • My RT-AX58U came with UK/US plug but $10 adapter from Jaycar ($5 from Bunnings) got me sorted.
      Did include Australian Consumer Law info though.

  • Anyone knows if there’s any difference in bands/channels for a UK version vs Aussie version?

    • I think it's only software defined, but the hardware will be the same. You just select your region in the settings. Australia is probably the best region to select anyway due to relaxed frequency bands and power limits.

      • Oh cool. Just wanted to make sure it wasn’t restricted. Cheers.

  • How does this compare to the RT-AC68U?

    • I have an RT-AC68U, bought as a refurbished deal. Starting to die now though, slow speeds, CPU was overheating so put a desk fan next to it. Fixed the issues for a long while but they're happening again. Thinking about buying this one or the Netgear Nighthawk deal but not sure.

  • is this compatible with internode nbn

    • Depends on your technology, FTTC, HFC yes I blieve

    • Yes, assuming you don't need a VDSL modem for FTTN

      • I'm not sure what any of those terms are but this is what they told me it would need:

        Ethernet wan port
        PPPOE
        vlan id #2

        • How do you connect to NBN at the moment? What device model you are using?

          • @SnoozeAndLose: I am using a TG 789 VAC V2

            ..Some internode branded modem

            Edit: looks like it's an iinet modem too from google searching

            • @bobbleberry: You can use the modem and buy this one.

              Just plug the cable from your modem to the Wan port of this router

  • Another Decepticon router. Freaky, I tell you

    Does this have Gigabit networking on all four ports, or is it parallel?

    • What do you mean by "parallel"?

      • +1

        I'm guessing parallel gigabit would share the speed across the ports that are in use. I'd be surprised if that was implemented here.

        • +1

          I'd be surprised if it wasn't gigabit on all four lan ports

          Edit: The WiFi 5GHz alone on this router is about 1.2GBit/sec theoretical max and the 2.4GHz is about 1/2 a gigabit, which adds up to the 1800MBit/sec theoretical max across all channels that gives it the AX1800 designation.

          And according to newegg all Lan ports are gig;
          https://www.newegg.com/amp/asus-rt-ax55/p/N82E16833320470

          On a side note, if there is a WiFi setting that says 'bandwidth steering' turn it on, which should push clients to the 5GHz when signal is strong,. 5GHz has much wider spectrum to choose from (less interference), and can use a much "wider" slice of spectrum for its signal (80MHz width for 5 vs max 40MHz, more often 20MHz for 2GHz) equals faster when close. But this will switch back to 2.4 when further away or more walls etc.

          There are lots of people saying that AX routers are not that great a leap forward, that MU-MIMO is not that practical in real terms (particularly because of a lack of spatial diversity between antennae on the router and clients themselves (both spatial diversity of client antennae and density/spatial diversity of the 'multiple' clients themselves), and that hardly any clients will use MU-MIMO or just MIMO due to terrible battery life from maintaining multiple streams) and that some of the other AX technologies make little statistical or experiential difference. The people I've read recently reckon the biggest leap forward of AX is more that the processors are getting faster and the memory in the routers is increasing, which in part allows more handing off of processor intensive software tasks to hardware.

          The upshot, if an (802.11)AC router has much higher speeds for the cost, you're probably better of with that, at least for now.

  • will this work with Telstra NBN FTTN?

    • +1

      Nope, this is a router FTTN require a modem

    • +4

      Yes, just put your current modem/router in bridge mode

  • Wow an aimesh router under $120!

  • Done, thanks OP.

    Had all the other models, except this one, in my cart for price checking lol
    Will be a nice addition to my new AX58.

  • +1

    I have Netgear Nighthawk D7000. Bought 3 years ago. Is this a better option?

    • +1

      Yeah I got same, been experiencing a lot of drop outs recently :/

    • Probably not much difference. See my essay above…

  • +1

    Awesome price op. Have one of these linked with Ai mesh across 50 metres between buildings on fttc.
    Highly recommended great speeds, firmware updates and GUI (can manage it all from phone app). $50 less than I have ever seen for local stock, hard to beat

    • How's the range on it with 5ghz?

  • +1

    Dont shoot me.. Would this be a noticeable upgrade from a Telstra "Smart" Gen2 router?

    • .. what's the issue with the Smart Gen 2??? No issues here

      • No issues as such, just always looking to improve things. haha

    • The Smart Model Gen 2 is possibly a Technicolor TG799VAC (Sometimes called VANT-F). They are an 802.11AC {WiFi 5) modem and have a reasonably good reputation for reliability and signal strength.

      This router is 802.11AX, WiFi 6, probably has more memory, is faster cpu wise and would have a better interface with more built in functionality. I think it would definitely be a step up, but it's just a question of cost vs improvement and how much that means to you. The Telstra one definitely won't do mesh, but you can just set various routers to the same name with the same password and encryption method and that will get you part of the way, not proper mesh but your devices will switch routers themselves, though not quite as cleanly as proper mesh.

      The Technicolors can be hacked to a moderate degree and are running a modified version of OpenWRT version 15.05, which is several versions old but still reasonably functional. See https://hack-technicolor.readthedocs.io/ - hacking them can add a bit but is also a learning curve.

  • Would this be a big upgrade from the RT-AC68U?

    • Probably not a huge jump. That is AC1900, this is AX1800. Probably similar functionality and interface as both are Asus.

  • Is this thing decent? I can only find reviews of the higher tier models (58, 88, etc)

  • Price has gone up $1, better be quick!

    • Classic bait and switch

  • Can someone suggest this or the Netgear R7000P?

    There seems to be a really complicated answer above but in simple terms, I think this is too entry level 6ghz so the higher bandwidth of the Netgear makes it the better choice?

    • +1

      Probably not a jump. The Netgear is AC2300, this is AX1800. The nighthawks have a reasonably good reputation for performance.

  • Just received mine today, thinking of using it as AIMesh, I'm currently using RT-AC68U with Merlin, does anyone know if this is better as primary router or secondary node?

    • Bugger. Mine only just shipped yesterday.

      Just a US/UK plug ?

      • Yeah its a UK/EU plug, you will need an adaptor.

        • Sweet. Picked one up the other day from Target

  • Just received my pair of AX55 today..
    Unfortunately EU / UK adaptor only..
    but is a 12V 1A unit.. so the AC adapters from my shucked seagate and WD external drives fit exactly and work perfectly…

    I saw a previous comment that suggested this routers cant use ethernet as a backbone for the aimesh.. this is incorrect

    Aimesh works perfectly with these units with ethernet as a backbone.. and I wish I had bought a couple more of these.. (hesitated.. in case they were garbage)

    Range seems similar to the old Netgear Nighthawk R7000, but definitely faster.. and with AI mesh.. the whole house is adequately covered between a pair..

    for $240 for the pair.. is am suitably impressed by the speeds and the useability.. and the phone app..

    I eagerly await either these or a another ASUS router to go on special.. in an attempt to set up a AImesh network to include the garage..

    • I'm using ethernet backhaul so I selected Access Point/AiMesh in AP mode but I'm using two different SSIDs for my main AX58 and the AX55 so I think this means I'm not really doing the mesh thing.

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