A cheap dd wrt router is a router that is low in price and does not have all the features that a more expensive router might have. However, a cheap dd wrt router can still be a good investment if you are looking for a way to save money on your home networking needs.
Built for high speed & gigabit ISP services the RT-AX88U offers that fastest Wi-Fi for current 802. 11ac devices as well as nex gen 802. 11ax devices. The AX88U can produce gigabit wireless speeds in real-world conditions while providing an extensive range and a high number of devices.
The AX88U is built for those that demand fast & consistent streaming, uploading, gaming, browsing all at the same time.
First off, I’m not a techie. have enough back ground to build my own computers and navigate through most technical devices but far from an expert. I bought two of these. The first was as a router and the second as an access point.
Both were easy to setup without any issues. I ended up buying two because the router was placed in an office on the far side of the house in a wooden entertainment center. That effected the strength of the signal, so I opted to buy a second one.
I hardwired it running Cat 6 in the attic and dropped it down in the living room to create the access point (you can do it wirelessly as well but want to get the full signal strength to the living room).
I thought about buying a regular access point, but when you start comparing the data speed and number of bands, you basically end up spending $300 anyway and getting less data speed compared to using this as an access point.
Plus, by treating this as an access point, it gave me 8 LAN ports to hardwire all my devices in the living room, so I thought it was a better deal. Also, fyi, I recycled an old 10 year router at best buy for a 15% off coupon.
When this went on sell for $319, I used the 15% off and picked it up for $271. not a bad deal saving $78! I won’t get into all the data speed measurements as it varies on usage, but what I will say is by having two of these on opposite sides of the house, I get my full 5gz/2gz speed through most of the house.
I also love the fact you get the option of splitting the ssid between 5gz and 2gz or combining it into one as well as the access point uses the same ssid to be able to hand off when walking across the house.
I have only started to use the product but enjoy the ease of seeing which client devices are connected to your network, the data usage of each device, the ease of turning on 160mhz on the 5gz band, etc.
I still need to play with the guest network, parent controls, and other security features. The only drawback for me is it didn’t have WPA3 or a WAN that supported larger than 1G speed. But, I figured the WPA3 is just a security feature and the likely hood that I would ever get (and afford) over 1G of internet speed is highly unlikely in the near feature.
I think I saw Comcast offering 2G for almost $300 a month, ouch! Anyway, this router find my needs and both units have been working flawlessly since purchase.
I bought AX88U because I can’t stand for the random reboot from Netgear’s RAX120v2, which is otherwise a fantastic router. I used to own AC86U, so I was hoping AX88U to be a familiar, stable and highly customizable router.
It didn’t disappoint. Unlike RAX120v2, this is a full Wi-Fi 6 certified router. I believe RAX120v2 lacks “Target Wake Time,” so it isn’t Wi-Fi 6 certified. Though I do want to point out that RAX120v2 offers much better throughput and noticeably lower latency on both wired and wireless connections.
AX88U also lacks a 5G/2. 5G LAN/WAN connector. These were in fact the reasons I bought RAX120v2, but it’s simply too unstable to use. Imaging waiting minutes just for the router to reboot.
For Those Who Run Ahead The ASUS RT-AC1900P is the top-of-the-line three-transmit, 3-receive (3×3) Wi-Fi router, with combined dual-band data rates of up to 1900 Mbps. 1300 Mbps 802. 11ac at 5 GHz gives Gigabit wireless data rates, while Broadcom TurboQAM technology super-charges 2.
4 GHz 802. 11n performance from 450 Mbps to 600 Mbps with compatible devices. Powered by a 1. 4 GHz dual-core processor, the RT-AC1900P eliminates the performance drops that plague other routers with busy networks.
So even on the busiest home networks, HD video streaming is always smooth, the latency low for online gaming and VoIP calls, and file downloads are never interrupted. The RT-AC1900P also features dual USB ports for file, printers and 3G/4G modems sharing and a USB 3.
0 port for up to ten times faster data transfers than USB 2. 0. Exclusive AiProtection powered by Trend Micro improves your online safety and security by combining automatic vulnerability detection, malicious site blocking and parental controls, while the ASUS Router app allows you to setup your router, manage network traffic, diagnose connection issues and even update firmware, all without needing to boot up a PC.
I recently had fiber installed and needed a capable 2. 4 / 5Ghz wireless router. Devices wired to a switch from the router get full 940Mbps down and up with 1ms ping. From my iPhone connected to 5GHz about 30 feet from the router, through about 4 walls, I get about 250 / 200 with 2ms ping so I’d say that’s pretty good.
Even from the farthest corner of my house (45 feet away, multiple walls, a floor, and a few electronics) where it’s usually half-dead for wireless, I get 75 / 50 at 4ms. Standing right next to the router I get 525 / 425 at 1ms.
Obviously, everyone’s setup will vary, but I’m happy. I haven’t tested the 2. 4GHz because I get good enough 5GHz throughout my house. My only gripe is that you have to have SMB 1. 0 enabled to use a USB drive connected to the router as NAS.
Suffice it to say, I don’t use feature and instead use normal Windows networking with one Windows PC being the “media server” to hold shared data.
I wanted this to work. I connected 2 of these as nodes and they made my wifi unstable. Constant reboots were needed on my main router (ax88u). I upgraded the firmware, tried evey location imaginable, and the drops happened right and day.
With a security system, this is unacceptable. Asus should be ashamed. This looked like a good deal. I dont recommend at all. The AX88U is solid on it’s own. These nodes were ruining my wifi. Everything improved upon removing them.
Upgrade to the Next GenerationThe ASUS RT-AC66U is a 5th generation dual-band Wi-Fi router with a total speed of up to 1. 75Gbps, currently the fastest available. It utilizes the Broadcom 802. 11ac Wi-Fi controller, working in both 2.
4GHz and 5GHz. The 5GHz band works at up to 1. 3Gbps, which exceeds current Gigabit wired transmission and is 3X faster than 802. 11ac. The RT-AC66U offers smooth lag-resistant multitasking and super-fast streaming, while ASUS AiRadar intelligently strengthens wireless device connections via powerful amplification, offering future-proof optimized performance.
*There are know issues with this Router that I did not know at the time of purchase* Review is based on approximately 3 weeks of use, I run a home network with a NAS and connect to remote computers regularly, so I have a fair handle on operating routers networking basics.
Wifi Range and the most basic functions seem fine. Overall, this is an attempt to make a feature rich device that unfortunately seems poorly coded and designed in practice. The two most important issues in my experience are: 1.
On the web interface: The network map does not show all connected devices. This is can actually be a security issue for obvious reasons. That aside, it also creates quite a frustrating experience if you need to use your network map for reserving ip addresses, and other features that require selecting a connected device.
To be clear, this router IS serving IP’s to these devices, but they are not present in the list of connected devices. The workaround to this is completely unnecessary and requires opening a guest network, which again, is its own set of issues.
2. Wan Port speed (internet connection): Apparently a known issue that i was not aware of is the auto-negotiating (switching) of 1000Mb/s speeds to 100 Mb/s speeds on the WAN port. Obviously, this means if you have a cable\fiber connection, you may find that your speeds are choked due to this router switching for unknown reasons.
The fix for this requires some comfort with command line interfaces and is probably more than the average user wants to worry about. The router does of a good set of features that any router in this range should provide, though I am confident a different make would prove much more stable, im personally looking into a TP archer series.
I already had one of these but wanted to establish a entry point into a working wifi mesh without spending a lot. I’m not happy with the current state of pricing for mesh offerings plus I had one of these units already.
This was a POC for me (and became my daily driver) and I was waiting for Asus to establish something stable with their aimesh offering. Now they have. Well, for me and my house this works and I have to recommend for someone who is wanting to vet mesh at their own place.
But I would go a step further in that if you can also hardline these (for backplane communications), then it is very much worth it. I also wanted to establish a mesh on a router that worked / behaved like a normal router with all the features (like vpn server/client, sharing a usb device, port forwarding and firewall rules etc.
). I didn’t want to lose those features and pay more. 3 of these fit the bill for me. My problems started with having my provider’s router in the basement. I needed an efficient way to more accurately distribute that access throughout my house (basement, main floor, top floor) and this unit fit the bill without me having to spend 400+.
And I don’t even have established cat5 wiring. I an using the (eth over power) copper extender from tplink. This shortcuts my full access to all of my fiber bandwidth, but allows my routers to stay in communication without having to sacrifice my 5ghz band for intra-router communications.
So normally you need at least a triband and use one of your 5ghz (or existing eth wiring) for intra router communications. Even if you just want to experience/test a mesh in your household, use these to vet it all out.
Obviously things stand in the way of signal and you have to decide where your compromises are. But for me this all works out great. It will be even better once I have true cat5 or 6 wiring in place. So if you’re looking for a solid router solution but also an entry level mesh, I can’t recommend them more especially if you already have the wiring in place.
I just had to work with what I had so far. All mesh work aside, this is also a very solid router. My main unit I have had in place since probably 2015/16. It has remained rock solid all that time and Asus continues to offer firmware updates.
(for Aimesh as well). I use the vpn service as well to vpn into home when I need to as that was a very important feature for me. Their UI has always been straightforward for me and if you’re comfortable with that (even if you’re not, there’s a ton of docs online) these family of routers from asus are great!.
The ASUS routers have been pretty reliable for me. I replaced my older ASUS AC56 with this one. While multiple Linksys routers seemed to die on me after 1 or 2 years, I had my previous ASUS for almost 5.
I was using it as a cheap NAS for my 8 Tb RAID via the USB 3. 0 port, but when I increased the disk to a 12 Tb RAID, the previous router just couldn’t handle indexing the larger disk. I had hoped a more recent model could.
No such luck. The AC66 is unsurprisingly not much of an improvement from the AC56. It also couldn’t handle my RAID so I just gave up on having a NAS. There are a few enhancements to the ASUS firmware for port forwarding and such and there are three fixed external antennas so the router is forced to lay flat (the AC56 had one internal antenna and could save space by standing vertically).
The placement of the USB ports also changed and their indicator lights removed. The AC66 uses the same processor and has the same memory capacity as the older model but adds AI Mesh support. However, since I don’t use repeaters in my small home, I’ve observed no major changes in network reliability or performance and in fact saw some erratic behavior from some of my networked devices.
A minor concern, but I expected better from a newer router. Out of the box, it’s probably fine for a beginner but my custom network had manually configured IP addresses and I had to spend a hairy time reworking the router’s configuration back to recognize my devices since ASUS used a different class C subnet from the previous router.
Anyway, it does the job for a bargain price and you get what you pay for.
The WRT3200ACM Wi-Fi Router features Tri-Stream 160 and MU-MIMO technologies to power open-source capabilities and all your high-bandwidth activities. The one and only WRT router is designed with powerful enterprise-grade hardware and flexible software options for savvy customization.
Tri-Stream 160 technology delivers the fastest 5 GHz band on the market to power all your high-bandwidth activities. Unlike other routers, Tri-Stream 160 technology doubles the bandwidth to 160 MHz on all spatial streams.
MU-MIMO technology delivers blazing-fast Wi-Fi speeds to multiple devices all at the same time, same speed. Open-source ready for complete flexibility and customization of networking functions or for optimizing your router for specific use cases, such as gaming, privacy, VoIP, and small office applications.
256 MB Flash and 512 MB of RAM Memory and ARM-based 1. 8 GHz dual-core processor delivers improved data transfer speeds allowing you to do more at faster rates.
Works very well. With ExpressVPN, I like that you can pick and choose the devices that will run through the tunnel and which dont. Running through the VPN tunnel does slow the throughput quite a bit and it was a little more than I was expecting but its still is high enough to stream.
I havent found anything that I havent been able to figure out on my own yet except the one thing I mention below though the 5GHZ light quit flashing the other day. It appeared that 5 Ghz devices were still connected and working but the light just wasnt on.
I had a firmware update to install so I just installed the update and the router rebooted and the 5Ghz light was working again. I have some other brand mesh router which is in access point mode connected into the same switch and have those in the tunnel as my phone and mobile devices connect to those and they work quite well.
There is no speed difference between those and straight through the tunnel either. I think the ExpressVPN control app is awesome and so easy to use. You can remove a device from the tunnel or put one in on the fly and its so easy.
You can change which VPN destination you want to connect to from the app just as easily. It recommends the best spot to connect to which for me is always the same place which seemed a little odd. Seems like youd want to change it around once in a while but the speed on some of these other sites from my router is not good.
The only thing that I wish that they would add into their control app, is the ability to remove a device. Im not sure but I must have some leftovers devices that I want to get rid of but they are there and I cant get rid of them.
All you can see is the mac address so you have to hunt down the mac to see if its anything you own to tell if it should be connected. They told me to just remove the name and then it will let you remove them but that doesnt work.
If you remove the name you get a Must have a name error. I just name them something that I know is not real and live with it. I know its not someone connected to my system because they dont ping and seem inactive due to the amount of data 0 that goes through them and the password is pretty difficult.
But I may decide to sell a device and would want it off of my router but I wouldnt be able to do this in the current way that it works. Just a minor gripe of mine. Ive told them about it but havent seen change in it as of yet.
Ive used LinkSys routers and its nice to have one again and just using Comcast as a bridge now. Hopefully soon our city will finish our neighborhood and we will have Gigabit up and down fiber from our house.
I initially had some problems streaming from devices that were a ways away from the router but I just made some changes to the mesh system and its all good now. So its not really a true DHCP router because once the mac address is picked up, it gets the same IP address every time it connects.
It makes it easy for those devices that need to have a specific IP address though, you just assign the IP in the app and if it is already in use it will move things around. Overall, Im pretty happy with this router and with ExpressVPN app and function and would recommend it to those looking for a VPN router.
TL;DR The WRT3200ACM doesn’t work. Get the Asus RT-AX86U for the same price and don’t look back. I’ve owned Linksys routers for 10+ years because they’ve been great and I love the Linksys Smart WiFi interface.
This one however has been nothing but trouble right from the start. The biggest issue is that the 5GHz band randomly stops working until the router is restarted. This wouldn’t be a huge deal if it was every once in a while, but it happens 5-10 times EVERY DAY.
I did some looking online and I’m not the only one with this issue, in fact, it seems pretty widespread. What’s worse is that if the router is flashed with OpenWrt the problem is fixed. And how is a potential fix an issue? It means that the problem is caused by faulty software and could be fixed via a firmware update at any time! The lack of support from Linksys is the ultimate downfall of this router.
The WRT3200ACM was released in 2016 and since then there have been a total of 10 firmware updates. To put that in perspective, the Asus RT-AC68U (released in 2013) has had 9 firmware updates THIS YEAR.
In my opinion, this lack of support is unacceptable. I’ve switched over to the Asus RT-AX86U and haven’t had any problems so far. To anyone considering this router, steer clear. The Asus RT-AX86U is the same price, has WiFi 6, and will save you countless headaches and hours of troubleshooting.
This is a good router with a dual core processor. While it works fine for normal internet use, I bought it to host a VPN on the router. It was recommended as the best router to host a VPN by ExpressVPN, the service that I use.
After installing it with the VPN loaded on it, my internet speeds dropped substantially. After contacting ExpressVPN help several times, they told me that it is not the best router for hosting a VPN and gave me a list of other routers that do a better job because of faster processors with more cores.
This information was contrary to what ExpressVPN has on its web site. I bought it because of the ExpressVPN recommendation. But for straight, normal internet service without hosting a VPN, this is a great router.
I also should post that when I got the router I immediately loaded the ExpressVPN firmware on the router and am using that firmware. I will probably load the DD-WRT firmware on this router and use that firmware without hosting the VPN.
One of the strengths of this router is you can use it with several different firmwares that can be downloaded from the internet.
It is of the the world’s fastest Wi-Fi routers, with combined dual-band data rates of up to 1900 Mbps. 1300 Mbps 802. 11ac at 5 GHz gives Gigabit wireless data rates, while Broadcomr TurboQAMT technology super-charges 2.
4 GHz 802. 11n performance from 450 Mbps to 600 Mbps with compatible devices. Dimensions: 6. 3″ H x 8. 7″ W x 3. 3″ D.
This is my 2nd model that I’ve bought. Paired this with my other Asus router to extend my wireless coverage at home to reach a smart switch and doorbell. The pairing process, which I would consider an advanced feature, gave some difficulty.
Both routers must have the latest firmware, which can be intimidating. The pairing process was not seamless wirelessly, however the routers can be paired via ethernet and then moved wherever you need them.
One router becomes the primary and the other the secondary, and you access both through the primary’s webUI. Running the routers in mesh provides different features than running two routers with the same SSID.
The APs will communicate with each other and hand your wireless devices off to each other. You can also lock devices to a specific AP so that it will not attempt to connect to the worse wireless signal.
I have both routers set up for ethernet backhaul to my ISP device and utilize the 4 switch ports on them for expanded networking. Not a bad setup if you already have an Asus router capable of AiMesh and want to expand.
Excellent router. Good points: 1. Good performance with one proviso – see below. 2. Excellent interface which is very quick with lots of options to tweak if you’re that way inclined. However, it is also easy to set up if you’re not interested in tweaking.
3. Brilliant free AiProtection by Trend Micro, which gives even more added protection from web nasties. 4. ASUS Merlin offshoot Gnuton (Google it) firmware for DSL routers is well worth using – enhances the already good ASUS firmware.
5. Although an older router, ASUS are still providing firmware updates as of writing. Excellent. 6. Previous connection issues with the modem have been sorted with latest firmwares. 7. Can be easily configure to run in router only mode so as to use another external modem.
Not so good points: 1. Range, whilst good, is not as good as my previous router – Netgear R6250 which was really excellent, but doesn’t appear to be supported now. 2. Modem is a MediaTek which is not as good as, say, a Broadcom and may not cope well if you are some distance from the exchange.
However, note point 7 above. All in all, I really like this router.
We had AC1900 since summer 2014 and has been fairly reliable. I update with Merlin firmware from time to time. Since we changed all carpet to hardwood, signal upstairs is a bit less. We were at the point to decide if retire this old router and move to newer ones such as wifi 6 mesh systems, but concerns that new system won’t be compatible with 1st gen circle parental control device, the demon box as kids call it, thus decided to expand coverage with additional AC1900 as Aimesh nodes.
Completely reloaded the old AC1900 with latest Asus firmware, added 3 new AC1900 nodes placed in basement, 1st floor hallway, and 2nd floor. The one in basement has Cat 6 / 8 cables connected to main router, while 2nd floor node is connected indirectly via hallway node to main router by 5 GHz wirelessly.
The basement node is still the most reliable one due to it is hardwired with Cat 6 / 8 cables, while the two other nodes performs really well in general. We first only had two nodes, one in basement one in 2nd floor, but 2nd floor node had rather weak connection to main router and will drop off from Aimesh system from time to time, so we added 3rd node (hallway) to bridge the gap.
Aimesh works, we don’t have super fast internet (200Mb download, 5Mb upload), and AC1900 still work well with new and old computers and devices at home, including iPhone SE2 with wi-fi 6. Circle parental control (demon box) works well and is still essential to us.
Aimesh is like automatic transmission. It will automatically decide which node is best for particular device. So if move around with iPhone or device, Aimesh system will shift nodes to provide best connection to device.
The shift is fairly seamlessly. download speed is good, even at worst corner location, we can still get 150Mb, enough for zoom meeting, etc. The app provides additional info that can remotely monitor real time.
Combined with 192. 168. 1. 1 it will give user a lot of data and controls. The new Aimesh capability and app bring new life to this old but reliable wireless router design. Added usb powered box fans behind each router / node to relieve the heat generated.
The box fans can be powered by router’s USB ports. Overall pretty happy with Aimesh system. Glad B&H still carry these units with competitive price.
The R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 Smart Wi-Fi Router from Netgear uses a dual core 1GHz processor and AC1900 Wi-Fi technology to deliver speed and performance that’s perfect for gaming and streaming HD video.
It supports both 2. 4GHz and 5. 0GHz wireless frequencies, providing up to 1900 Mbps (600 on the 2. 4 GHz band and 1300 on the 5. 0 GHz band) data transfer rates. The Nighthawk router utilizes Beamforming+ technology, meaning that unlike omnidirectional Wi-Fi which fans the signal out within a range, it communicates directly with devices such as tablets or smartphones, and beams a signal specifically to the device.
This reduces interference, and provides stronger, faster, and more reliable connections. Mobile Wi-Fi speeds are much faster than previous technology thanks to the router’s high-powered amplifiers and antennas.
The R7000 Nighthawk router also supports both Google Voice assistant and Amazon’s Alexa for added functionality.
I bought this to replace an equivalent Linksys WiFi router that I purchased about 12 years ago (where has the time gone?!?!). It turned out that the old unit wasn’t compatible with the new remote log in set up we have at work, so I order this unit and had my wife go pick it up.
In a word – WOW! This was a brand recommended by our IT people, so I found this on sale (thanks Best Buy). Once I got it, I assembled it (you need to put the antennae on), followed the setup instructions in the box and I was in business.
A word of caution here: Netgear supplies you with a temporary router password so you can log into the router to make adjustments and get connection info. You MUST replace this with your own new password.
I discovered this during my review of available WiFi routers. It’s a minor annoyance but that’s part of living in the “digital age” people and it ensures your home network security. Once set up, the connection is astonishingly fast.
Much faster than the previous one. I downloaded a Netgear Nighthawk app on my smartphone and went from room to room checking signal strength. Nothing less than 500 Mbps anywhere. What you get yourself will depend heavily on how fast your service is and the size of your home; you may need local repeaters to ensure top speeds.
Reconnected all of our devices and smart TV (now THERE’S an oxymoron), and we were back in business again. This far exceeded my expectations and I am well pleased. I highly recommend this unit for someone looking for a quality WiFi router.
Our ISP informed us that the router we were using was not giving us the speed of internet our package was capable of delivering. The demands of the internet usage on the system pushed me to get a modem.
The modem, unlike the previous one that was 8 years old, did not have the router housed in itself, so I also needed an external modem. My last modem/router was a NETGEAR one, and the current router is NETGEAR as well, so I thought I would keep it in the family.
I bought the router, and set up with the Nighthawk app was TERRIBLE… it was so bad as it took six hours and a call to customer service for me to realize that the router itself had a software issue that prevented the set up from occurring.
The unit was brand new. Went to return it to the vendor and decided to just get an exchange instead of giving up on it. Thankfully, I didn’t. After setting up the router, internet was had in about 20 minutes or less.
It was a much better process and I haven’t had service interruptions so far (as was the case for the last modem in its last days. ) I only gave this review 4 stars because of the inconvenience of returning the first unit, and just the set up process with the Nighthawk app.
I didn’t know I would be required to download an app that I really don’t need, but here we are. Otherwise, it is a decent product.
I am not an internet expert. I don’t understand the intricacies of wireless internet. I would say I know as much as the average American. So with that said, this review is targeted for those with my same level of understanding.
This router has been giving me hell since I plugged it in. I purchased it Feb 2021 and its now July 2022. For the first 6 months I had it plugged in and set up, I wasn’t even using the product. I had a modem router combo and despite me following the exact guidelines on how to use this router with my existing setup, it didn’t work.
I wasn’t having any trouble with my existing setup, but we’d been playing more online games and I was being proactive when purchasing this product. So, since there were no issues to begin with and none that followed after plugging this thing in – all was well.
UNTIL I realized my mistake. So, I get a new modem and explained to my cable company that I had my very own router. A nice one at that!! I couldn’t wait to get it rolling. I downloaded the app (which is why I’m giving 2 stars and not one.
The app is nice) I setup my new password and WiFi name. Updated the nighthawk software. All that good stuff. And at last, I was connected. Low and behold – my internet speed was TRASH. Both wireless and connected.
I do some quick research everyone on the Netgear forums said to roll back the software to a previous version and I would have better speed. So, I rolled it back and yes – I did in fact have higher speed! But, it came at a steep price.
My internet would randomly cut out. Meaning I had to go to the Netgear router and hit the power button, leave it off for 10 or 15 seconds, then power her back up. As a matter of fact, my 7 year old just came to me and said he’d be restarting the router because his Fortnite game crashed.
I had to copy this review and paste it in my notes app so I wouldn’t lose it when he restarted. This is the third time today. Which is what prompted me to leave this review. I guess I’m going to update the software today and suffer with mediocre internet (even though I pay a small fortune for the highest level Gigabytes my supplier offers).
I may sell this thing and never look back. I will never purchase a Netgear nighthawk product again.
Boost speed, reliability, and range of your home wireless network. Capable of up to 1900 Mb/s of total Wi-Fi throughput, your dual-band Wi-Fi 5 router comes equipped with a Gigabit Ethernet WAN port and four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, ideal for wired connections to computers, game consoles, or TV set-top boxes.
USB 3. 1 Gen 1 and USB 2. 0 Type-A ports let you connect printers, storage devices, and other USB devices to the network. AiProtection Pro service helps to defend your network from online threats, while parental controls let you decide how and when your kids can connect to the internet.
Up to three guest networks let you grant Wi-Fi access to visitors without having to compromise your Wi-Fi password.
I bought this to extend Wi-Fi coverage in the house (three story plaster & lath construction). I have two other Asus routers (one for the gateway and another to provide coverage in my detached workshop).
After updating the firmware, the system has been performing pretty decently. I tried using the Asus Mesh and it didn’t sync up and I read a few reviews of others where they needed to wipe settings and whatnot, but didn’t want to bother so I left it in AP mode and it seems to be happy with that.
Performance is good – get about 800 to 850Mbps (connected to an Ethernet port) from my 1Gbps internet provider and fairly good 5MHz coverage. I would recommend this for folks to put in their house. One thing is wish it had was a sort of “pro mode” that allowed for more inbound/outbound rules for granular control (there is a GUI limit of about 10 rules which I find a little low and not much in the way of outbound filtering).
TP-LINK’s Archer C7 comes with the next generation Wi-Fi standard – 802. 11ac, 3 times faster than wireless N speeds and delivering a combined wireless data transfer rate of up to 1. 75Gbps. With 1. 3Gbps wireless speeds over the crystal clear 5GHz band and 450Mbps over the 2.
4GHz band, the Archer C7 is the superior choice for seamless HD streaming, online gaming and other bandwidth-intensive tasks.
For the money, this midrange gigabit router delivers a lot and has good 5-GHz performance. TL;DR If you don’t have lofty goals for your home network—the USB-A 2. 0 ports on the back aren’t the best for sharing media and its overall performance isn’t good enough for folks with heavy bandwidth demands—and just need a reliable router, the Archer C7 AC1750 is the best you can buy at this price.
There’s only two people in our household, eight devices (two laptops, one desktop computer, two phones, a tablet, as well as one printer and a Nest thermostat) and we have pretty average needs when it comes to WiFi performance (Zoom, Netflix, and web browsing on Comcast Xfinity’s 50 Mbps plan).
After reading a ton of reviews (it was on many “Top Routers for 2018 lists” and was the most affordable one) of which routers would work best with Xfinity and our NetGear CM400 modem, I decided this one had the best value for what we needed.
(P. S. It currently has 49,662 4. 5 star reviews on Amazon). The good: Setup is quick and easy, its performance on the 5-GHz band is good for its price (ideal for streaming 4K), it has two USB ports for connecting peripherals (eg, create a media server to easily share your USB drive content), 4 Gigabit LAN ports with quick access to multiple connected wired devices (would work great as a gaming router), there’s an on/off switch for wireless transmissions (essentially turning it into a wired router for when you go on vacation and want it to stop broadcasting), it includes parental controls, and the Tether app is great.
Also, you can generate a QR code from the router’s admin page, print the code, and put it somewhere easily accessible so that when you have guests over, they can easily connect to the internet by just scanning the code.
I’ve had the router for over a month now and have yet to experience any dropped signals. The not-so-good: If you plan on connecting peripherals that require faster data speeds, this router uses the older and slower 2.
0 spec, the performance on the 2. 4-GHz band is lacking, it doesn’t include automatic firmware updates, and doesn’t have MU-MIMO for efficiently managing network traffic. Also, it lacks Amazon Alexa comparability (this wasn’t a problem for us, but if you want Alexa compatibility, get the nearly-identical Archer A7 AC1750).
I Googled its specs: Wi-Fi Spec: 802. 11ac/Dual Band Number of Antennas/Removable: 6/3 are removable Ports: 4 Gbps LAN, 2 USB 2. 0 Peak 802. 11ac performance: 1750 Mbps (450 Mbps for 2. 4-GHz, 1,300 Mbps for 5-GHz at 5 feet) Range: 110 feet Size: 1.
4- by 9. 5- by 6. 0-inches This was my first TP-Link router and I was impressed with how easy the setup was — it couldn’t have been easier! The router’s login page is very user friendly. This is a great router for most people and I highly recommend it!.
TP Link AC 2300 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router — Archer C2300 I’ve had to use several routers to have connectivity in my houses over the past 20 years and I’m pretty good at setting them up to work with my internet connections.
I recently moved from a home that had a metal roof and was on a slab so getting a good signal was difficult but we had 100+ mbps speed. I moved 5 months ago and all we are able to get in my rural town in Maine is DSL with a max speed of 25mg.
The router is a dual band 5 GHz and 2. 4 GHz which is overkill for my data speed, but Maine is trying to provide fiber optic speeds in many rural communities in the near future. There are many features I like with this modem.
First it has 4 gigabyte Ethernet ports which means I can run lines to laptops, desktop computer and smart TV without losing speed using the wireless connection. There is also the WAN port that goes directly from your modem into the router.
We are a couple of seniors, but rely heavily on our electronics. Not only do we have 2 desktops, 3 laptops, 2 iPhones, 2 Kindle tablets, iPad, and Samsung Galaxy but we stream videos from Netflix, Prime, and STARZ.
All of these need to be connected through a router or wirelessly. This TP Link router has the ability to use something called “beamforming” to send the WiFi signal to the device that needs it for a stronger signal.
I don’t profess to know what all the technical stuff means or does. I just want to be able to plug in the product, connect the wires, and have everything work. I get easily frustrated when things don’t work as expected and this was not the case with this particular router (yay).
Anti virus and parental controls that you set up are included as well as a guest network for when people come to visit. they can log into an “open” connection with an easier password that you create and it will not interfere with your secure system for all of your home computers, protecting your data from being taken off your computer.
The router has 3 external antennas that you can bend and point in different directions for the best signal. There is also an internal antenna which all has to do with getting the best signal strength in which to get online.
I didn’t have any trouble setting the router up because it has some sort of “smart connect” that scopes out your available devices and lists them for you to connect to. As usual the most difficult thing was reading and tiny serial number under the router.
I have used several brands of routers over the years and one of my chief complaints is having to pay for tech support after the warranty is up. I’m not able to judge their customer service or tech support because it was a breeze to get it up and running.
One of the pluses for this specific router is the gold label on the front that says TP Link wireless router was rated #1 in customer service in 2019 by JD Power (a big, recognized name in the field).
So far I’m impressed. I look forward to when fiber optic lines come to my town so I can take advantage of the blazing speeds! Until then I’m happy that I have a consistent signal that doesn’t drop and I’m not rebooting my modem / router several times a week because if dropped signal!.
This Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Dual Band Wifi Router (AC1900) is in great used condition and comes with its original power supply. Compatible with Amazon Echo/Alexa/Google Assistant Control your home network using voice commands Circle Smart Parental Controls – Limit daily internet time for websites, apps, and more AC1900 WiFi600+1300 Mbps speeds 1GHz Dual Core Processor and AC1900 Wi-Fi: 600+1300 Mbps Speed Dynamic QoS prioritizes bandwidth by application and device for the best gaming and streaming experience Beamforming+ improves range & performance plus High powered amplifiers & antennas to extend your Wi-Fi coverage R7000.
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View a list of connected devices. Update to the latest firmware.
LAN: 4 x 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T – RJ-45 WAN: 1 x 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T – RJ-45 USB 2.0: 1 x 4 pin USB Type A USB 2.0: 1 x 9 pin USB Type A
External power adapter
1 x network cable
Compatible with Windows 7
“Compatible with Windows 7” software and devices carry Microsoft’s assurance that these products have passed tests for compatibility and reliability with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.
Software / System Requirements
UNIX, Apple MacOS, Linux, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 (32/64 bits)
Dimensions & Weight
Reviews From Real Customers
Had this router for 1 year and 2 months exactly and what do you know, stopped connecting to the internet. I have a seperate modem that I connect to this router. When it worked it was alright, wifi speeds are really slow to be honest.
Seems to be a trend with netgear products. I have never had one last more then a year or so. Anyway, the r7000 was receiving internet from my modem but not sending internet to any devices. Tried power cycling and factory reset and still nothing.
Ended up buying a new router and everything works great again so clearly the netgear r7000 was defective after 14 months of use. and for the price point I would hope to get more out of it. I have been a loyal Netgear user for years but this was the last straw.
Bought a Linksys product this time around. Netgear has just consistently been an OK product when it works and they also stop working after about a year of use. Waste of money, look elsewhere.
TP-LINK’s Archer C7 comes with the next generation Wi-Fi standard – 802. 11ac, 3 times faster than wireless N speeds and delivering a combined wireless data transfer rate of up to 1. 75Gbps. With 1300Mbps wireless speeds over the crystal clear 5GHz band and 450Mbps over the 2.
4GHz band, the Archer C7 is the superior choice for seamless HD streaming, online gaming and other bandwidth-intensive tasks. The Archer C7 operates over both the 2. 4GHz and 5GHz bands, ensuring amazing wireless performance.
The TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 is a high-speed dual-band router with 1. 75 Gbps speeds. This includes 2. 4Ghz at 450Mbps as well as 5Ghz at 1300Mbps. The C7 AC1750 brings the next generation of Wi-Fi with 802.
11ac, dual USB ports on the back to share files and media, as well as three antennas to provide a stable connection throughout your whole household. It’s also a great router for multiple users that can take advantage of the dual-band technology which minimizes interfering connections and bandwidth usage.
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Linksys WRT1900ACS business access point wireless Wi-Fi dual band 2. 4 + 5GHz WRT1900ACS delivers the next generation of Wi-Fi technology (802. 11ac). Wireless ACS data rates up to 4. 3x faster than N technology.
Supports secure and customized guest Wi-Fi access that can be used at many Wi-Fi hotspots to control wireless access in the area. With an advanced 1. 6 GHz dual-core CPU and an impressive 512MB of RAM, the WRT1900ACS delivers improvements in wired, wireless, and network storage performance over its predecessor, the WRT1900AC.
At speeds up to N600 + AC1300 Mbps, the WRT1900ACS meets the needs of the most demanding home Wi-Fi networks. Equipped with a four-antenna configuration, the router provides exceptional signal strength and range.
Advanced users also have the option of modifying the router with open source firmware.
This is Linksys’ current flagship router and since it is “open source ready” it’s possible that a third party firmware such as DD-WRT might improve the mediocre performance I experienced testing the unit with the latest stock firmware (I did not test it with any 3rd party firmware).
As it is, this is another disappointing product from Linksys, particularly given the manufacturer’s hype and the high price. I compared the 1900 which retails for $229 with the TP-Link Archer C7, retailing at $99.
While the C7 is widely considered to be one of the best values available, the 1900 on paper exceeds it in almost every specification. Unfortunately when compared head to head in my environment the 1900 performed either the same or slightly worse than the much less expensive router.
I used an LG G3 android smartphone to compare signal strength and internet download throughput in every room of my smallish New York City apartment. The G3 includes 5GHz wifi ac and supports all of the same bands as the 1900.
Testing software was Wifi Analyzer, which measures signal strength, and Ookla’s Speedtest app, which replicates on a phone their gold standard browser-based site. Although my space is small, because of the layout and because the walls are old and thick, I get very poor performance in two rooms, even though they are only about 20 feet from the router.
Given that 5GHz signals are notoriously weak, the C7 is only usable on the wireless N band in those rooms. Unfortunately the 1900 was no better. Download throughput for both channels was about the same as the C7, although oddly signal strength measured a little bit better.
The wired connection to my desktop reached the 350mbps maximum from my Time Warner Cable connection, as did the C7. Is the 1900 a bad router? To the extent that I am reasonably happy with the C7 given the problems with my space, and given that the 1900 performed about the same, its performance is certainly adequate.
But given its top position in the Linksys line-up and the expectations the company raises in its promotional literature, I would expect more for the price. Of course, given the vagaries of any wifi environment, your mileage may vary and the 1900 might turn out to be the best router for your purposes ever.
I carefully compared this router’s range and throughput against a D-Link DIR-868L router. Using iperf3 with a server on a gigabit wired ethernet connected directly to the router, I first measured throughput with the D-Link router using multiple devices in specific locations, then substituted the Linksys WRT1900ACS in the exact same position as the D-Link router and repeated the measurements.
Wired ethernet performance was equivalent. From the LAN side to the WAN side of the router I measured 936-944 Mbps on both routers. 5 GHz throughput was comparable at close distances and the Linksys was better at moderate distances.
A few feet away from the router, a laptop using a D-Link DWA-182 adapter measured 77. 5-78. 5 Mbps with both routers. An LG G2 phone measured 216-218 Mbps with both routers. Two rooms away, a computer bridged to a Linksys RE6700 range extender increased in speed from 80.
3 to 101 Mbps, and the laptop also improved from 34. 4 to 36. 5 Mbps. In a nearby outbuilding, equivalent to about four rooms away, the laptop measured 16. 2 Mbps with the D-Link router but was unable to connect to the Linksys router.
The Linksys router did not perform as well in the 2. 4 GHz band. A few feet from the router, the laptop measured 52. 7 Mbps with the D-Link router and 46. 7 Mbps with the Linksys. The LG G2 phone likewise saw a decrease from 42.
3 to 28. 5 Mbps. Two rooms away, the laptop measured 44. 4 Mbps with the D-Link router and 38. 2 Mbps with the Linksys router. In the outbuilding, the laptop measured 22. 4 Mbps with the D-Link router and was again unable to connect to the Linksys router.
I was a little disappointed in the range. With four external antennas and beamforming I was expecting much better range than the older thermos-shaped D-Link router. Power consumption was 8-9W and 21-23VA with a power factor of 0.
This is a review for the Linksys 1900ACS router. The router arrived well packaged, and undamaged. For the unaware this is a premium higher end router, with hardware specs and range to match. The design of this and the previous 1900AC model are a throwback in color and look the the WRT54G router of old (from 2002).
The color scheme is black and blue, and it also has external Antennas. It looks like the routers we used 10+ years ago. Personally I love the look, and I prefer external antennas for range. When unpacking the router the only installation the users has to do besides attach the CAT Ethernet cables is install the Antennas.
The 4 external Antennas simply require to be spun onto the mounts no tools required. For purposes of this review installation was done on a PC running Windows10 x64. The router comes with an Installation CD but at no point did I need it.
Upon booting my main PC windows informed me that it found the router and at that point the Linksys router actually took over the installation at that point. Having an internet connection, it asked if i wanted to update the router and install the software.
After saying yes it did the rest. very easy. During the setup it asks you the standard things such as networks names you like for 2. 4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, passwords, guest network etc. All fairly standard setup if you ever used any router before.
The routers Smart WiFi menu gives you tools such as SpeedTest, setting up external storage (such as a USB Flash drive or a USB Hard Drive) as well as Media Prioritization. All options are very easy to understand.
The media prioritization menu i really like its fast and easy to use and understand. The router gives you a list of all devices that have connected to it such as desktops, laptops, tablets and cell phones.
From this list you can pick which device or devices get higher priority. Beyond physical devices it also quickly allows you to pick programs that also get higher priority. It has 2 drop down boxes one that picks from common applications that can be bandwidth sensitive, the 2nd drop box actually has a list full of Games from MMO’s, to LoL/Dota to First Person Shooters.
Its very easy to setup, and when you have a lot of people over and connected the affects of this are easy to see. I had 13 people over for a LAN party of League of Legends (20 people total counting 7 Girlfriends that came) All Gaming PCs/Notebooks were giving high priority as well as the application for League of legends it took me under 5 minutes to set this up for the LAN party.
So with 20 people 13 of us gaming and everyone using their phones/tablets for youtube/facebook/Hulu/netflix etc Not one of us while gaming saw any slowdown or bad pings, where with my previous 802. 11AC router the last LAN party was a mess peoples pings were very inconsistent when people who weren’t gaming were playing on phones/tablets.
So i cant stress enough that having a very simple and user friendly configuration menu is extremely nice. As far as the performance its is definitely at the top of its class. The 1. 6 Ghz dual core processor included makes fast work of even heavy network loads.
The 512 megs of DDR3 also help with buffering large amounts of data. In the 2 months I’ve had this router I haven’t experience any slow down or range issues. On the subject of range this thing is a beast, where my previous router pings and range became very inconsistent after you got over 180 ft away, this thing impressed me.
on Christmas day I was at my mother house (2 houses away across the street approx distance 400ft) I was still getting a solid 17ms ping and 3. 5 MB/sec. to put it politely my last 802. 11AC compatible router id lose ping consistency at about 180ft (the end of my driveway), and at over 220ft connection became totally unreliable.
All devices within my home have run smoother (chromecasts, tablets streaming, etc) regardless of distance now all function optimally. I contribute that to this routers performance and its range. I can not understate how important quality range is, its one thing to be able to pickup a WiFi signal far away it another to have it give you good pings, and consistent data throughput regardless of how much network traffic there is.
In these regards I am absolutely in love with this router, even my fiance who has is not tech savvy at all noticed within the first week that all our devices were running better (stopped hearing her complain about netflix and hulu in the far rooms in the house 100+ ft away from router, she asked if i got a larger internet package to which I said no just a new router).
If you have a large home, or have a lot of devices that are on your network I highly suggest this router. If you have the money you wont be sorry. I have been using this for over 2 months now, its range and performance are great.
The menus in the router configuration are easy and straight forward to understand. Linksys with this one hit a home run.
The Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Smart WiFi Router was developed for all your online activities with high bandwidth usage and ensures top speeds. The Nighthawk with a powerful 1 GHz dual core processor and enhanced upstreaming QoS for the Xbox and other game consoles can prioritize the bandwidth for your online games so that other devices on the network do not slow down the connection.
Nighthawk also has downstream QoS and is optimized for streaming applications like YouTube Netflix and others so you can stream videos smoothly and with less caching. Components such as external high-performance antennas and Beamforming + also enable you to increase mobile speed by up to 100%.
This means you can move around your home freely without worrying about slow or dropped connections. Batteries and recha.
To summarize, I’m not thrilled with this thing. Pros: It looks pretty cool. Wifi signal is stronger than my Linksys. Cons: Wifi is slow. How slow is it? It’s so slow that I currently have my old Linksys router plugged in to the R7000 and transmitting wifi just so I can get fast speeds.
If I rely on the R7000 my speeds drop to 40-80 Mbps. (My internet without this router is 400-500 Mbps. ) I checked the configuration and it is configured to go full speed, so there should not be any throttling happening.
The QoS “feature” is supposed to make everything run faster by prioritizing usage based on the type of data being transferred, but it made everything worse. I mean, way worse. Connections failing and unusable speeds.
The control panel is a pain because it logs you out way to frequently. You cannot adjust the timeout. It is set permanently. Relatively minor changes to the configuration cause it to fully reboot itself, making internet go out in my house for everyone.
It doesn’t warn you. It just starts the process and there’s no turning back. Finally, it needs to be rebooted frequently. For no apparent reason it just stops allowing connections and must be rebooted.
I’ve tried updating the firmware without success, and then (just in case) I tried downgrading the firmware to an old version. Nothing helped.
BUYER BEWARE – These (I am on my second R7000) age worse than milk. The first router I bought and used for 3-5 months worked great. One day the router dropped all wifi signal to all devices and refused to reconnect.
I went through all the diagnostic steps I could find online (besides reverting back to a previous SW version). If I was lucky, a reboot would get it back up and running. for an hour or so. I then called Netgear and spent around 20 hours (across multiple days) on the phone with them trying to get them to replace their product that was less than 6 months old.
I don’t think I need to walk through how the phone calls went as I spent more time on the phone with them trying to walk me through the same steps that I did already (they are probably using the calls for training by now).
After a lot of hours spent with them on the phone, they finally sent me a replacement. and it’s worked great. until today. which has been around 3-5 months since I received the “fixed” R7000. Like another person said in the 1-star feedback, if you want to reboot your router every hour and deal with poor customer support, this router is for you! Side Note: Don’t expect Best Buy to support a product they sell.
Get the speed and range you need for streaming and mobile devices High-powered router with 1. 7GHz dual-core processor delivers fast Wi-Fi (up to 2. 53 Gbps) so you get less lag and less buffering. Upstream and downstream quality of service (QoS) for the best gaming and video streaming experience.
Boosts wireless, wired and WAN-to-LAN performance. Powerful amplifiers and 4 high-performance external antennas give you greater Wi-Fi range throughout large homes and backyards. Beamforming+ focuses Wi-Fi signals for better connections.
Dynamic QoS bandwidth prioritization improves Internet speed. Prioritizes by application and device and improves internet speed for lag-free gaming and streaming. 5 Gigabit port wired networking makes it ideal for HD gaming and video.
Simultaneous dual band reduces interference for better connections to more Wi-Fi devices. Sharing across your network is fun and easy – from accessing stored photos to wireless printing. Twin USB 3. 0 ports and 1 eSATA port offer faster access to stored media.
Also includes ReadySHARE Vault backup software for Windows computers, which automatically safeguards your files. The built-in DLNA-ready server lets you find and play your stored media on TVs and game consoles.
The Nighthawk is easy to use and maintain. Includes a personal dashboard so you can monitor, control and repair your home network. Includes secure WiFi connections with WPA and WPA2. Netgear Genie helps simplify home networking.
It’s installation made easy. Set up your Netgear Wi-Fi router and connect your Wi-Fi devices simply by opening your browser.
LAN: 4 x 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T – RJ-45 WAN: 1 x 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T – RJ-45 USB 3.0: 2 x 9 pin USB Type A Storage: 1 x eSATA
External power adapter
1 x network cable
Software / System Requirements
UNIX, Apple MacOS, Linux, Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10
Dimensions & Weight
Service & Support
Limited warranty – 1 year Technical support – phone consulting – 90 days
Reviews From Real Customers
We purchased this a while back and as a household with multiple gamers, devices that require wi-fi, streaming, and etc. This scratches our need for speedy wifi itch. No issues with lag. When you have 4 gamers playing competitive games across 4 PS4/5 systems and others streaming and using other devices and no one has an issue with speed or lack thereof you know you got a winner.
Would buy another in a heartbeat when it is time. Always satisfied with Netgear products! I recommend them to friends and family.
The R7800 is not for the faint of heart. My meaning is that it will require some preparation and some reading. Certainly, plugging the router straight into the cable modem should work fairly well as a sort of plug-and-play device.
Nevertheless, some set up will be required. Conversely, this is the superlatives advanced router that comes equipped with many advanced features that I will allow the reader to research all by themselves! I do like the on and off switch on the back! Finally, a device that one can turn off at will! For reasons that I cannot fathom, manufacturers of many varieties of in-home use Internet connected devices come without on off switch in capability.
My Roku ultra device for example, has no on or off switch. I do believe this is entirely asinine! The perverted neurotic obsession to force consumers to keep devices switched on and running 24 hours per day 365 days per year is simply evil to say the very least.
There is a clear intent here to undermine the ability of the consumer to control Internet connected devices. In fact, it is quite likely that net gear will probably remove the on and off switch for the back of this router perhaps for its next model release of this roter.
I recommend connecting these devices to a power supply that you can easily turn offat will. Cheers and never surf the web without a safety net! In other words, a switch that will allow you to turn the damn thing off!.
Dual-band Wi-Fi router features an ultra-fast, 1. 6 GHZ CPU and provides double the memory capacity of the WRT1900AC to deliver superior wired and Wi-Fi performance. Simultaneous dual band delivers a stronger connection at a wider range than a single band at speeds up to AC1900.
Impressive specification and good looks go by the wayside when you log in and connect to the web interface. Whilst most would probably happy with the user friendly interface but I wasn’t prepared to sit there and wait for some white tailed young deer to run across the screen and sell me (damn you Chevy Chase).
I found the web interface extremely basic and clumsy so nuked it same day as it arrived with DD-WRT firmware. DD-WRT is an old favourite with Linksys WRT owners and once loaded I got back the control and reporting that was missing.
DD-WRT firmware is endorsed by Linksys for use on this Marvell chipset product (and a lot of Broadcom chipset based WRT devices) Now I can report this is one hell of a domestic router. Couldn’t give it 5 stars yet as I haven’t formally tested out but of the 20+ wireless routers I have previously owned, there is little to compare.
As an update, I have moved over to OpenWRT firmware from DD-WRT. Found a package with a nice GUI interface and happy to report the system is unleashed and super stable. The OpenWRT community seem to be adapting firmware quicker and keeping up to date with the latest modules and drivers.
Would I buy this? Linksys is a top tier brand, no doubt about that. I have a linksys router as the brain of my Cat6 ethernet, so if you care about matching, this would be great, it fits right on top their other similar styled Linksys products.
Which I can’t imagine anyone caring about a lot since routers and switches are often buried away in server areas. But I wouldn’t buy it only because Netgear is significantly cheaper with a lifetime warranty.
Now a longer warranty doesn’t mean it is more reliable, and sure the linksys could last longer than a Netgear, and I could have a lot more hassles with Netgear and my time is worth something, except these are switches, they are very reliable machines designed to run 24/7/365 for years.
I’ve never had any problems with any switch. So it’s an awesome good looking switch, it’s not that much more expensive than the others, I wouldn’t hesitate recommending this, Especially if you have other linksys products that match/stackable, so you can maintain your fabulousness.
This switch is really only worthwhile if you have the WRT1900AC Wi-Fi Router, and want to use the two together. You can get switches of similar (maybe even better) quality for a better price. Also, opening this thing up is nowhere near as easy as the Wi-Fi router, even if they look similar.
As a matter of fact, this unit was meant to never be opened. Getting it open will take a good bit of strength, and willingness to damage the casing a bit. For starters, there is glue holding the top on around the back right above the Ethernet ports.
Even if you manage to get past that, there is no real system for easily sliding the case off. If you should get it open, the top black part separates from the blue. Luckily, there is nothing really worthwhile inside this switch for you to need to open it anyway (so save yourself the trouble).
If you should want to know some chip information: Main Chip: RTL8370N (this is the chipset by the way) E4L45E3 GE20 TAIWAN Motherboard: 191K2P148E 270-Ll1-SE4008002A1 REV:A1 2014/07 (looks like this particular unit was built July this year) On Ethernet Port Area (just a sticker on-top of the 8 ports): LIGS108I140807701 Huge Chips Behind Ethernet Ports (one chip per 2 ports): MNC G5002CG The main chip has a heatsink also held on by some glue.
It should also be noted that even though this switch looks huge, there is nothing inside anywhere near that large. I imagine they used the same case as a WRT1900AC just to keep a consistent look.
Upgrade your WiFi with RT-AC1200GE dual band wireless technology for reliable 4K streaming and online gaming, all transmitted with four wireless antennas for maximum coverage and 4 Gigabit LAN ports.
Easy setup for your WiFi network with the intuitive ASUS router App, and manage your home WiFi with secure and advanced parental controls. Super-fast concurrent Wi-Fi Powered by 5th-generation Wi-Fi, the 802.
11ac chipset gives the RT-AC1200GE super-fast wireless speeds. RT-AC1200GE delivers up to 867 Mbps at 5 GHz, also with 2×2 300 Mbps at 2. 4 GHz. Extensive connectivity options The RT-AC1200GE is equipped with four Gigabit LAN ports that can pump up to 4Gbps simultaneously.
Smart TVs, game consoles, cable boxes, media players, NAS storage devices and more can now have their own dedicated ports, making the RT-AC1200GE your home’s lag-free media hub. Optimized for your online game and HD streaming ASUS QoS ensures inbound and outbound bandwidth on both wired and wireless connections, you could define your online gaming and HD streaming as highest priority, stop all your lagging issues.
Improved Wi-Fi range The four external high performance antennas on RT-AC1200GE improve the Wi-Fi range and multi-device performance in your home. Focus on your family Keep your kids safe when they explore the Internet.
All the management functions you need in one place and the intuitive interface makes it super easy to view and apply security settings to all the devices owned by inpidual family members. VPN server enabled Easily set up a VPN server to browse the web and access data with encrypted connection – no matter where you are.
I have been using an Asus GT-AX11000 router in the lower level of my two-level home (2,350 sq. ft. ). Speed was slow at the far end of the upper level, so I bought this two pack of RT-AX92U to try to improve that situation.
Setup was unbelievably fast and dirt simple: plug new router/node into wall near existing main router; open existing router control page in web browser; click on AiMesh tab at left, then select Add AiMesh Node.
Wait a minute or two until that process completes, then repeat with second node, and then move both of them to desired locations. Then run Optimization procedure in web browser. WiFi speed at far end of my upper level jumped from 75 Mbps to 560.
I am very pleased. A fun added bonus is that these units are styled like little mini-me’s of the the GT-AX11000.
I have used this router for about a week in my house and have enjoyed the increase in our wifi reach. Having our original router/modem combo in one corner of our first floor. I have noticed I would have dead spots on the second floor in the basement on the opposite side of the house.
Wifi speeds would slow to a halt. It made it very difficult to use some of our different devices on this. Setting up the router was a little nerve racking and required some googling to double check as I was working through it.
However, once I was able to get it up and running, I felt good with the work of it. My wife has noticed the speed upstairs and for her in the basement. All in all, I am happy with this router, although it took a little time to get it all set up, I was happy with the overall unit and will keep using it!.
Word to the wise: update firmware, then RESET to factory defaults. THEN proceed to customize. This router worked fine when first plugged in, but after an update, it no longer served any webpages. Some dns or routing bug internal.
No amount of double checks or setting toggles helped. So after 30 min of fiddling, i gave up and reset to factory defaults and voila. Settings changes now take effect properly and all the customisations and features seem to work as expected.
My confidence in stability is a bit shaken just due to this basic bug. Feels like future upgrades will require me to screenshot all settings prior to upgrade (just in case) and that’s a bit annoying.
When ultra fast Wi-Fi is a must, the RT-AC3100 Dual-Band Wireless-AC3100 Gigabit Router from ASUS doesn’t disappoint. Supporting the enhanced 802. 11ac networking standard and operating on both the 2.
4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies, this router supports a maximum wireless data throughput of up to 3167 Mbps. This enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity allows for low latency gaming, streaming of 4K multimedia content, downloading of large files, and much more.
In addition to the 802. 11ac networking standard, this router also supports 802. 11a/b/g/n network standards making it easy to connect nearly any Wi-Fi enabled device to your network. On the outside of the RT-AC3100 you will find four adjustable antennas featuring AiRadar beamforming technology supporting a transmission distance of up to 5,400 square feet (500 m).
With beamforming technology the wireless signal is beamed directly to the connected device for a more focused, more reliable connection. This ASUS router not only beams the signals to your devices, it has the ability to support more devices without slowing down thanks to MU-MIMO technology.
If a wired connection is what you desire, you can connect to any of the four Gigabit Ethernet ports. Dedicated link aggregation support provides bandwidth of up to 2 Gbps when a super fast Internet connection is required.
Inside the RT-3100 you will find a 1. 4 GHz dual-core processor along with 128MB flash memory and 512MB of RAM to ensure the router operates smoothly when being pushed to the max.
I setup my router just 2 days ago, but so far everything is great. It seems to be well designed and built, and the QIS (Quick Internet Setup) software worked flawlessly. I especially like that the button for resetting to factory defaults is recessed, so it’s nearly impossible to press it accidently.
The one shortcoming so far was the included documentation. There were two different printed Quick Start Guides and a full PDF manual on CD. These documents contradicted each other concerning the order of the setup steps.
I was able to figure out a logical sequence and made it through the setup just fine on the first attempt. The problem was only with the written documentation: once I was into the QIS program everything was very straight forward.
Once the router is fully booted and a computer is connected via an ethernet cable, the QIS software loads automatically. There were numerous parameters mentioned in the documentation that I didn’t need to enter.
Apparently the QIS software was able to determine those things on its own.
This router replaces a Tenda 2300 that was in service for about 4 years and finally failed. I selected the Asus router due to it having a good price point, good reviews online and reported signal range.
The router has a very large physical footprint and requires a large surface to set it on. The setup was rather difficult and the Asus support was marginal (at best) and I was hung up on which is totally unacceptable.
The range was not as good as my old Tenda. And even through the Asus has four antennas as compared to my old router having three, the range was not as good. I had to widen the channel bandwidth to the maximum to get whole house coverage.
So the bottom line is that I am a little disappointed with the purchase and do not recommend it to others.
I purchased this router on January 19, 2022 from Amazon. I received an email from ASUS telling me I could receive an additional 90 days of warranty for my honest review. I replaced my older Linksys router with the ASUS.
This what I found. My wifi coverage weakened with my old router as soon as I would get 40 feet away. My entire home has great wifi coverage with the new ASUS router. I am getting triple the speed when measured with Speedtest with my new ASUS router.
I would not need to be given extra warranty to state these facts but this ASUS router is far superior to what I had.
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The installation was straightforward and easy. Most of our devices worked without any problems. However, iPhones displayed “weak security” because the router does not currently support WPA3. I contacted D-Link Support who confirmed this and said that the device was secure but would not support WPA3 until the release of new firmware which is being developed but no date has been announced yet.
So I got this at petone store opening special was having issues with a 3yr old trust power router had to turn my desk top comp off and restart multiple times even being wired in with the cable. Installed this one worked first time ever since.
Had a small issue with install but found an Nz number help desk that was open at 8pm got it all sorted easy as. Would totally recommend this product. As I have multiple people using this on wifi and 1 wired no issues.
Super easy to set up with their cell phone App. Way faster with much larger coverage area than my ISP’s router, but still have to use their modem. May have solved my buffer bloat issues with streaming TV with their QOS software.
Too soon to really say as it will take more usage experience to be sure. but it appears to be better. Time will tell.
It uses Intel Wi-Fi and 802. 11ac 4×4 technology for advanced network throughput, and it delivers blazing-fast data speeds of up to 2600 Mbps for optimal performance. This ASUS Blue Cave wireless router is built to perform, thanks to its dual-core Intel CPU.
Up to 2534 Mbps data transfer ratesUSB portFirewallStateful Packet Inspection (SPI)DoS attack preventionPrint server Color: Blue/white.
The short version: The main reason for this purchase was to get longer wireless range. It did extend the range, but not really enough to be sufficient for my needs/intentions. There are cheaper and more effective solutions to weak 5GHz WiFi range than just buying a “long-range” router.
The long version: For years, I’ve been relying on the built-in WiFi 2. 4/5GHz wireless solution that’s built into my cable modem. It worked for many years for emails, browsing websites, and streaming Netflix.
However as I added more and more wireless devices (smart thermostat, Ring/security cameras, streaming boxes like Apple TV, etc), it seems to have gotten overwhelmed. Many of the IoT devices intermittently couldn’t connect and the PCs weren’t able to utilize all the Internet bandwidth that was available.
Speed tests showed 100+MB/sec throughput, and doing things like downloading large files or watching movies that could be buffered worked fine. But communications that required real-time low-latency communications was inconsistent.
In March 2019 when my wife and I both started working from home, this solution proved incapable of the demands. Internet audio (Teams & Zoom) was completely unusable for either of us. VPN connections frequently dropped and had to reconnect.
And when I relocatedmy make-shift kitchen-table office to my basement, I couldn’t get a 5GHz WiFi connection. 2. 4GHz was possible, but throughput wasn’t nearly good enough for my needs. So I installed a 5GHz WiFi repeater.
For those not familiar, a WiFi repeater is just a poor-man’s mesh network extension that bridges the communications between my existing SSID and a new one that the repeater hosts. That got me 5GHz connection to my office and was OK for general Internet access, but only made the existing latency issues worse.
As an experiment, I disabled the built-in WiFi in my cable modem and added a cheap Asus router (AC1300 RT-ARCH13) setup as an access point. This improved my wireless performance DRAMATICALLY! It sped up my top speed to the Internet to ~230MB/sec as well as got rid of the latency issues making internet audio possible and VPN connections perfectly stable.
However the router couldn’t extend the signal all the way to my office. The repeater’s lag still made Internet audio not reliable enough to rely on, but it was at least possible and intermittently usable.
That’s where I got the idea to try a long-range router like the RT-AC88U. Since I was already familiar with Asus’ user interface from using the cheap router I already had, I decided to stay with Asus.
So I bought one (used). And as expected, it was a drop-in replacement for the cheap router (after being configured exactly like the cheap router). It was able to get its 5GHz signal to my office, but the signal was so weak that going through the repeater still gave me better throughput and performance.
So the experiment was a fail. The real answer for my dilemma is to relocate my WiFi router (acting as an access point) to a more-central location in my house. If I did that, I’m absolutely confident the cheap little Asus router would work just fine AND would let me get rid of the repeater.
The only thing holding me back from this is getting an Ethernet cable run between the Cable Modem and where I’d locate the WiFi router. At some point, I will do that. And since I have it, I’ll keep the RT-AC88U, but it is WAY overkill for my intentions.
If I were going to host a gaming server where each device on the network would benefit from high-speed ultra-low latency access to each other, this router would make a lot more sense over a cheaper one.
Low-latency (LAN-party) gaming really is the intention of this tier of router. But I cannot recommend this router over cheaper alternatives for it’s 5GHz range-improvement alone. Spend the extra money relocating the router OR on a true mesh-network architecture.
If your wifi is just not making it as far as you need it to, this is the router. I checked, and this is touted to be the router with the largest range that is available to the consume. Still not far enough? Buy a second one.
The router has the new “mesh” technology that will allow the use of a second router on the same wifi to extend ranges. This router does not come with a SSID and password. Well, it does – admin and admin.
You define SSID and password in your first connection. Fully configurable, and easy to do. Want your wifi invisible to the outside world? You can do that. Want two wifi’s, one for 2. 5 GHz and one for 5GHz? You can do that, or you can leave it all in one name and let your devices choose.
The documentation claims that the wifi reach is between 170 and 200 feet. Consider that as the radius to a circle. So, end to end, that could be 340 to 400 feet!.
I was given the option of automatic or manual configuration of the connections. If using a Fios modem/router like the Actiontec, I recommend choosing the Manual and setting the WAN to Static, not DHCP.
Also, be sure to APPLY any settings and WPA2 codes separately. If you enter the 2. 4 GHz wifi values, switch tabs to set 5 GHz and then apply, only the last set of values is loaded to the AC2600. Waiting for each screen or tab to apply to the AC2600 is the only slight annoyance, and not enough to deduct an egg.
You can upgrade the WiFi in your home to WiFi 6 with the Asus RT-AX55 router. Thanks to this latest version of WiFi, the speed of this entry-level router is 1. 5 times higher than with comparable wireless AC routers.
The new wireless technology also allows you to go online with a lot more devices at the same time without the WiFi signal becoming less stable. On top of that, the integrated firewall and virus scanner ensure that all your devices are protected against external attacks.
As a result, this router is extremely suitable for houses with a lot of smart home devices. The router offers coverage for 1 floor on average. If you want to extend the signal, you can connect 2 of these routers flawlessly thanks to AiMesh.
Solid performance at a reasonable price point. Integrated easily with my existing AI Mesh system and provides good coverage for the 50 sqm area in which I’m using it. Recommended for basic to intermediate use.
Great router, improved download speeds by 4X in some parts of the house compared to the ziggo router. Setup took 5 mins. Same web interface as the more expensive Asus routers so I can set up port forwarding and other features.
I could have bought a more fancy router. but can’t think of any reason to.
There are many benefits of using a cheap DD-WRT router. Perhaps the most obvious benefit is the cost savings. A DD-WRT router is typically much less expensive than a comparable router from a major manufacturer.
In addition, DD-WRT routers are often more feature-rich than their stock counterparts. For example, many DD-WRT routers support VPNs, which can be a great way to secure your home or small business network.
Another benefit of using a DD-WRT router is the increased stability and performance. DD-WRT is a Linux-based firmware that is highly optimized for use on routers. This means that DD-WRT routers tend to be more stable and perform better than stock routers.
This is especially true if you are using a router for demanding applications such as gaming or video streaming.
Finally, DD-WRT routers are typically much easier to customize and configure than stock routers. This is because DD-WRT provides a much more user-friendly interface. In addition, DD-WRT routers usually come with a wide range of options and settings that can be tweaked to your liking.
This can be a great way to get the most out of your router and make it work exactly the way you want it to.