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ASUS RT-AC86U, AC2900 Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Gaming Router $258 Delivered @ Amazon AU

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The price of this router was hovering around 300 AUD but has dropped to 258 AUD today. This is not a UK product which will be shipped to Australia but rather sold and shipped from Amazon AU.

I see that the rock bottom price was 239 AUD and that too when WFH was not a reality for the majority of the crowd :)

In that context this is a sweet spot!!

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    Had one of these. a known issue of the router is that the 2.4ghz can become unreliable/unsteady. Mine did it after 6 months. Depends if you use the 2.4ghz much. Otherwise works great!
    Get merlin firmware on it too.

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    it is 2021, I would recommend buying a wifi-6 router.

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      What is your recommended wifi-6 router for under $300 that has sufficient grunt to run vpn on the router and have good features? I suspect this router and a wifi6 ap will be the best option for some time.

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        Xiaomi AX3600 only around 120 AUD.

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          For people already having existing Asus routers
          probably worth getting Asus as the primary router and setup AiMesh

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      How many AX devices do you have or are likely to have in the next 3-5 years ?

      I don't have any so I bought this after my R7000 started dying a few months ago. The view on Whirlpool seems to be that most "modern" routers will only last 3-5 years before the capacitors etc start to swell and reliability declines, so my 5 year old R7000 had had a decent innings apparently. The days of routers lasting 12 years like my old Netgear DG 834 seem to be gone forever.

      And this is a better price than I got on Black Friday.

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    Would be a great price if this is AX86U

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    Im still using my RT-AC68U working fine in 2021

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      Same. I'm wondering if I should upgrade its literally been 7 years.

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        Same for me. The RT-AC68u has been an excellent device. Just thinking when would be a good time to upgrade.

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          No need to upgrade.

          If it works for you why?

          Unless you want faster speed? But surely your 2.4G and 5ghz works fine?

          Only upgrade if it dies

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            @Turd: Based response, of course my logic says this as well, but you know… We are OzBargain'ers for a reason lol

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    Is this good enough for NAS?

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    Does this work with phone line?

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      Only if you use a VDSL2 modem.

      VDSL2 modem + Asus RT-AC86U.

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        Oh okay, how would that work? Cause i only have a tpg proprietary cable for nbn

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          Is that TPG FTTB or NBN HFC with TPG?

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    We need some deals for Asus RT-AX88U router, it is now +$100 than it was last year

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    Any idea why nowadays router is build like a shape of alien spaceship? Does it help with wifi signal or something. Like ax88u or the ax11000?

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    Hi all, looking to replace my ailing D7000 and wondering if this does VLAN tagging (I’m on Future BB)

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      RT-AC86U supports VLAN 802.1q.

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    Can someone who has bought this from Amazon AU advise if this comes with a AU plug or adapter?

    Can't find a clear answer anywhere

    What adapter do people use for continual device use when needed?

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    This comes with an AU adapter. They have three inter changeable tips and there is one for Australia.