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Asus RT-AX88U AX6000 Dual Band Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax Router $399 + Post ($0 NSW C&C) @ JW Computers (Officeworks Pricematch $379.05)

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Cheaper than buying Ax86u right now
Officeworks price beat value $379.05 Cheapest I have seen so far
Any recommendations on this one vs Ax86u?

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  • +1 vote

    yes i do

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      same here

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      Yes to what?

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        No one knows, just agree!

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      I agree

  • +3 votes

    Great router

    • +5 votes

      This seems extremely overpriced. Bunnings has a 900w Makita for $209.
      I dont really see how this one is worth it for almost double the price

      • +1 vote

        https://www.banggood.com/850W-6_35mm-1-or-4-inch-Cordless-Ha...

        850w battery powered makita coloured router… US$45 ftw!

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        Nah man as you can see from so many other comments there are many reasons why it's worth it. If you can ever manage to scrounge the cash together, should give it a try. I've had plenty of no name routers and some name routers, that have come with short life spans and issues with how they operate.

        • +1 vote

          Makita are a well known brand though, Pretty sure there are many tradies that swear by them. I mean sure its no Festool, but its not like i recommended a Ryobi :)

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            @DanielP2: That'll teach me for reading things at 4 in the morning.

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              @PSEACT: All good, I love my Asus rt-ac66u, so you are not wrong

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    Anyone know a good router (to accompany our Cable modem) around $200-$300 that will work with Cable Docsis 3.0? I'm a fair noob with this stuff.

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      Xiaomi Mi AIoT Wi-Fi 6 AX3600

  • +2 votes

    I have this one and can vouch for the fact that it is a sweet piece of kit. It performs very well and has a great user interface, and a huge range of features. Highly recommended.

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      ELI5 Dual Band vs Single?

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    how do I price match in Vic (lockdown?) can I even?

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      Call OW?

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      Ring them on 1300 633 423 and they will send to your local store

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        You mean home delivery? Don't think you can go out during lockdowns?!

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          can't go out anywhere… Allgood. ill wait for a AX-11000 from Asus.

        • +3 votes

          You can still click and collect from your local OW store.

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      In VIC, you won’t get the price that the OP has quoted in the title. Delivery to Melbourne from jw is between $24-$30. Officeworks take that into account as they know you won’t be able to click and collect from JW due to it being NSW based only. So by my calculations, the best you will be able to get from Officeworks is. $401.85

        • +5 votes

          I edited the title with delivery and C&C 52 minutes ago. You posted 39 minutes ago :-)

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            @Twix: Oooo the burn lol

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            @Twix: And no acknowledgement…how ironic….

  • +1 vote

    Would anyone recommend this as an additional node on the XT8 or is that an overkill compared to any other that can be used as an additional Aimesh node.

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    call Officeworks online

  • +4 votes

    Went from a Ubiquiti Amplifi HD to this last month due to the catastrophic data breach, other privacy concerns, and lack of good parental controls.

    Initial thoughts:
    * Matches coverage of amplifi
    * Added benefit of wifi 6 speed, even without dedicated channel for mesh backhaul
    * Love that I'm not limited to a dumbed-down app to manage my network
    * Parental and app-based controls are very effective
    * Adaptive QoS is excellent for gaming

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      How was the Ubiquiti Amplifi HD a cause of a databreach?

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        Amplifi wasn't the cause of a data breach and by default Amplifi doesn't use the cloud. The data breach was for Unifi.

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        A 2-month long beach occurred from December 2020

        "The breach was massive, customer data was at risk, access to customers’ devices deployed in corporations and homes around the world was at risk".
        "They were able to get cryptographic secrets for single sign-on cookies and remote access, full source code control contents, and signing keys exfiltration".

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    For most people, this router will make no difference. Check you use case before spending your $$$. You generally only need a fancy router if many devices are active on your network at once (e.g. multiple people gaming).

    • +4 votes

      Wifi coverage is another reason. Cheap routers generally don’t have as good coverage.

    • +3 votes

      Better coverage,
      More consistent speeds over the distance,
      Less cut outs,
      Better security,
      Better latency.
      Among other things I am probably forgetting.

      Anyone with 250Mbps+ NBN plans should get a decent router.

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    Can anyone tell me how is the wireless coverage?
    Will this router cover 2level townhouse ?

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      very good coverage man. 2 stories no worries

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      Easy, mine covers 300+m2.

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      I’d say the coverage is great but I have not used many other routers. My previous router was a Netgear R7000 and this blows it away.

      I have a double storey apartment (similar to a townhouse) and I get full coverage. It starts to slow down if I am 15m away, on another floor, and behind a closed door, but still maintains a decent signal.

      It really depends on what construction the house is, and what the walls are made of.

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        did you install Merlin? I still rock an R7000… 24/7 for maybe 6 or 7 years.

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      I replaced my R7000 with this and in terms of wifi coverage R7000 was better. Still good upgrade but when I lie down at lower level where the router is I lose connection, have signal but inoperative and I live in a unit.

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        Thanks. I have been torn on considering going from my R7000 to the RT-AX88U. Main intent to upgrade would be for better coverage.
        Think I'll still rock my R7000 which seems to still go good, only requires reboot every couple of months.

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          No worries, in case you wanted to upgrade I think AX86U is a better option

  • +2 votes

    This seems to be a rare model with 8 onboard LAN ports which some people might need.

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      Yes…this one for the extra ports, or get the 86 if you don't need the ports and want a slightly smaller footprint.

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        Or the 82 if you want fancy LED effects.

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    Not a bad price, but only $18 more on Amazon.

    Personally I’m holding out for a deal on the better Asus routers. Either the AX11000 or the AX89X

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      same.

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    I have this router, it's amazing. I have at least 20 devices connected all the time and it never skips a beat. Also running a VPN server on it so I can access my local network. Range is more than enough to cover my 400 sqm property, should easily perform just as good in larger properties. Never had to restart it in the 3 months I've had it.

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    This or the UDM?

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      This will be faster than the UDM for wifi

  • +9 votes

    https://www.mbreviews.com/asus-rt-ax88u-vs-rt-ax86u/2/

    'the RT-AX86U is simply better in almost every test'

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      The footprint of the AX86U is so much smaller as well.

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      Interesting…I thought they were supposed to be much the same.

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    One question, is this a worthy upgrade from a telstra smart modem? I am experiencing some coverage issues with the Telstra and I'd love to knock that on the head.

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      I wouldn't spend this much just for wifi. Invest in a good mesh system. If you're on a budget, take a look at the Tenda Nova MW6.

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    If I can please ask someone who may know, Can I use my TP Link VR600 as the modem only and feed into this as the Router?

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      Of course.

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      I just did this the other day with my TP link VR600v and Asus AC68U.

      You can put the TP link in a bridge mode where it only acts as a modem and lets the router do all the rest.

      From https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/2709188

      Yes you can set up the VR600 in bridge mode by running through the Quick Setup wizard.

      On the wizard select :

      page 1 – country = Aust , and set timezone

      page 2 – select from isp list = Other

      page 3 – Internet Connection Type = Bridge

      The rest of the wizard is self explanatory.

      After you run through the wizard , save the settings and reboot the modem.

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        Thank you

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        Hey mate I'm in this same situation. I currently have the VR600 and the wifi keeps dropping out. Been looking at Modem/Routers and just routers and saw this on Amazon, is this the one you have? - https://www.amazon.com.au/ASUS-Wireless-Ultra-Fast-Accelerat...

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          Yeah thats the one I have, but I would probably recommend getting something newer as the Asus AC68U came out in 2014. Also I still have the some wifi dropouts with this setup (tplink and Asus) which is annoying because I didn't when I used my Optus supplied modem and Asus as an access point. I think it is the TP link causing issues.

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            @skinnypete5: Yeah I am tempted to just go for a modem/router combined but not sure what to look at

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        This setup is for FTTN and FTTB. For FTTC, FTTP, HFC plugin the Asus to the nbn box.

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          I have FTTN

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            @iShibby: For FTTN do what skinnypete said.

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          @Twix - noob question i have HFC using the default isp modem using Voip, how can i connect / setup this asus ?
          Do i need connection from nbn box —> modem —> asus?

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            @dajiska: Who is the company providing the VoIP service?

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              @Twix: @Twix nbn voip with tpg

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                @dajiska: HFC with TPG VoIP service = nbn box —- TPG modem/router —- Asus (configured as access point).

                HFC without TPG VoIP service = nbn box —- Asus (configured as a router).

                • +2 votes

                  @Twix: Or

                  HFC with TPG VoIP service = nbn box —- TPG modem/router DMZ WAN port to LAN port —- Asus WAN port, then Asus (configured as a router in full function).

                  The modem of TPG only handles the VoIP job, and throughput all the package received from WAN to the LAN. Let the Asus router do the main job.

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                    @Garcia: Yeah you can use DMZ for VoIP if you know what you are doing.

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                    @Garcia: @Garcia - can you guide me how to do this?

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                      @dajiska: I am not really good at demonstrating, but will try to make it clear. And my setup does not consider any security on the VoIP part, but only the LAN part, please be aware.

                      Similar to your setup, I used the VoIP service mainly for home security and back-to-base alarm, which requires a telephone line connection between the alarm and the modem. For example, I set up 2 segments: (1) 10.0.0.0/8, for the TPG router use. (2)192.168.1.0/24, for Asus router use.

                      1, NBN box RJ45 connects to the TPG router WAN port. Use a laptop or a terminal, log on to the TPG router by the LAN port, set the IP address as 10.0.0.1, subnet mask 255.0.0.0. Disable the DHCP function, find the "NAT — DMZ Host" function, or just purely DMZ, set the DMZ Host IP Address as 10.0.0.2.

                      2, TPG LAN port RJ45 connects to Asus router WAN port. Log on to the Asus router by the LAN port, set the WAN IP address as 10.0.0.2, subnet mask 255.0.0.0, Default gateway: 10.0.0.1, you can choose any google DNS (I set up a Pi-Hole as Recursive DNS Server). Set up the LAN IP as 192.168.1.1, subnet mask 255.255.255.0, set up DHCP as needed (but using the same segment 192.168.1.0/24). And of course, the WiFi part as well.

                      After all these steps, your VoIP should be working as usual, and all the Internet packages should be passed through TPG router to Asus router. You can test the response by running the Ping command in command mode, (ping 10.0.0.1). Also, use command: tracert 10.0.0.1 , you shall see only 2 noods, first one is 192.168.1.1, the second one is 10.0.0.1.

                      OZ buddies, please kindly point out any of my mistakes in this setup.

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                        @Garcia: @Garcia - thank you so much :-)

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      Do you have FTTN, FTTB, FTTC, FTTP, HFC?

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    I wonder what Linux version does this router runs…

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    this or a mesh system?

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    How is Asus AX55U compared to this as that also has WiFi 6?

    • +1 vote

      RT-AX88U

      1.8GHz quad-core processor
      1GB RAM
      256MB Flash
      1 x Gigabit WAN
      8 x Gigabit LAN
      2 x USB-A 3.0 ports
      Wi-Fi channel width goes up to 160MHz
      Performance charts

      RT-AX55U

      1.5GHz quad-core processor
      256MB RAM
      128MB Flash
      1 x Gigabit WAN
      4 x Gigabit LAN
      0 x USB ports
      Wi-Fi channel width goes up to 80MHz
      Performance charts