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We gave away all our failed routers(this is oir third in a year) This one is really functional and easy to setup. Don't be fooled by fancy looking ones that will ask you to pay for any other feature (parental features with subscription? Wtf netgear orbi?). This one gives it for free. Speed test it with others and you will see the difference.
I am sorry I bought this item. It is close to useless - took half a day to set up (and I am knowledgeable about these things) and had to do a hard reset and re-setup of my main Asus router twice (which previously has been very stable). Now the connection between the router and this repeater comes and goes erratically, even although the repeater is fairly close to the main router. I have plans to throw out all of my Asus setup - 2 routers and this useless extender, and rather buy an alternative brand.
I work in IT and like using ASUS products for wifi access points, so the idea of a small equivalent like this for AP or mesh use seemed like a great idea. Unfortunately it runs hot and goes offline constantly, and is particularly bad in AiMesh mode. It appears to use a Realtek chipset, unlike the more common ones such as Broadcom, QCA and MediaTek. I've found Realtek wifi in business class laptops to be uneven and substandard performers as well, but not to this level of broken functionality.
No amount of firmware updating or resetting would resolve it, and I tried to pair it with a variety of ASUS products I had in stock. Until they come out with a firmware release newer than Apr-2021, don't waste any effort on this product.
Normally I would keep a product like this in stock to continue to evaluate firmware development, but I returned this one. Netgear and TP-Link's similar products are far better choices, albeit for AP use only since AiMesh is proprietary.
UPDATED: Still unstable for AiMesh with new firmware, retested during June 2021
En terminos generales es un buen router aunque por el precio hay otras opciones que incluyen ancho de banda de 160 mhz ya que este máximo es de 80 mhz, esto se traduce a que entre menos mhz tenga menor sera la velocidad de conexión. Si lo ocupas para agregarlo a una red Aimesh te servira bien. En lo personal te recomiendo el Asus Ax86u aunque es mucho más caro pero creeme que vale la pena tal inversion. Ahora si lo que quieres es gastar menos y tener un buen producto compatible con una red Mesh entonces mejor ve por el Huawei AX3 el cual es bastante bueno y es compatible con Wifi6 a 160 Mhz.
While the router does many things better than a normal router, but there are too many ways this fails miserably. Hope you would make a informed decision after reading the review. 1) Coverage is very high for 2.5GHz band compared to other routers. But the 5GHz band has same coverage as a cheap vanilla router provided by your ISP 2) Ping for mobile gaming is exceptional. I get around 15ms on COD Mobile, compared to 55ms on ISP provided router 3) WiFi 6 features are pretty limited. All my wifi 6 devices connect still connect on ac protocol, instead of ax protocol. I have tried everything, but I couldn't resolve. 4) XBOX is not at all compatible with this router and the biggest joke is while setting up, there is an option to optimize for XBOX. Half of the XBOX live features stopped working within a few days of connecting with this router, while everything works fine on wired mode. Everytime, I see a random service unable to connect to internet. 5) Interface is not as simple as many youtube videos show. There are too many features to lookout for which can block random traffic. 6) Even though the router connects to internet fast, 5GHz SSID take ages to come online. 7) Traffic prioritization feature is just a cosmetic feature and the router has no clue how to differentiate between different type of traffic. 8) The router keeps track of browsing history and it does sound creepy.
However I'm having A LOT of connectivity issues with the wireless devices, specifically the DHCP dropping connections quite often making all my devices (TV, tablets, cellphones) to have to forget credentials and reconnect each basically everyday.
The device was factory reset and just the very basic features were enabled, the problems remains.
Expert in networks & security with 25 years of experience and this is the crapiest product I've ever worked with... My 3100 was OK on its own, didn't feel like changing, so went with 2 of these in addition and since then my Wi-Fi has basically turned to cheap crap. As I initially thought, should've went with proper pro equipment. Don't waist tour time and money, go with a better pro setup.
The router is a great performer and covers my whole house unlike my old system. I wouldn't recommend this router as a mesh unit since this completely disables AX to be used as mesh backhaul. This router has a great and effective QoS system which has dramatically improved browsing, VoIP, and smarthome device performance once configured well. I had significant trouble tracking down issues with the 2.4GHz radio and devices frequently disconnecting, and finally discovered the cause in the "airtime fairness" setting being disabled by default. I have exterior nest security cameras which only operate on 2.4GHz in Canada, and this was creating significant delays and disconnects on other devices given that they are uploading 24/7. Airtime fairness being turned on fixed everything and the network is now rock solid. I even had the ability to force my phone onto one of the two 5GHz bands no matter what since my VoIP app would drop calls if the wifi switched bands within the same SSID. I was looking for great radio quality, range, and high levels of customizability with this unit and I got all of that and more.
Have bought this at the end of March. Today I had to change the wifi network name and password and the device can’t find the internet anymore... it finds the router, but somehow considered the internet “disconnected”. Support from ASUS was not only useless as their bot connected me to a tech support from Texas that tried to sell me network services as they claimed the problem was not the device but my network. Oh, and that was an annual subscription... honestly the worse product you can buy if you need support. And worse, because I can’t speak to a human being at ASUS, I can’t return or exchange the device. Very frustrating
It works very well now, but set up was a nightmare. Part of my job involves setting up networks for a major FI, and I couldn't get it working as a standalone. I can tell you that from both personal experience and reading stories with other users, ASUS tech support is legendarily bad.
Luckily, I have an ASUS AC86u router, which supports AiMesh, and it took care of the setup and brought it into a seamless whole home WiFi setup rather easily. Unless you have an ASUS router to set things up for you though, I would avoid this extender.