I have them set up on opposite sides of the house, different floors about 35 apart. It took weeks to get them to send a RMA. I have both, Brandon. But you don’t need Wi-Fi 6 right away. Which is why you should never listen to a sale rep, Jordan. It would be great to be able to achieve those speeds consistently through my router. Alternatively would it be a better solution to go for the AX88U or the AX11000 and then if needed expand into a mesh system down the line using the AiMesh system Asus supports. Even with 3×3 macbook pro I’m not getting 800+ speeds which I think it should. The Asus RT-AX82U is almost the same as the RT-AX86U above in terms of performance and features. More range, stability, etc? . I notice it extremely when I walk from one end of the house to another while on a what’s app call I would only be using it as an access point like I am now with my airport extreme. There’s no user-accessible for MIMO (you can only turn it on or off). But I can always just return my purchase if it is too limited. However, as I move away from each Deco, the speed tends to drop off more quickly than the Asus. If you like something super easy to use, get the AmpliFi HD. On top of that, the affordable pricing, plus an excellent set of features make it a great deal. By the way, for a wireless setup, you shouldn’t use more than three hardware units. Glad to have you, Jarek. For example, you can turn on the 5GHz Guest network, make it intranet accessible, and use that only for whichever client etc. BTW, the name is Dong :). The actual speed will be even much lower. Also, its current price of some $250, while reasonable, can still be out of reach for those on a budget. I love your replies to some of these comments, and your comment about BS in your Twitter description explains a lot.. I’m not a gamer, but have 20+ devices (7 people in the home) But in that regard, check out this post on how to replace a cable gateway. I was all ready to buy this but I think Im going to go with XT8 instead. I live in Lima, Peru and my apartment is long and narrow with thick concrete walls. It’s a muted version of the more expensive RAX120 that’s capable of delivering 2×2 Wi-Fi 6 (2.4Gbps) in full. https://dongknows.com/how-to-pick-the-best-wi-fi-router-for-your-home/. I don’t generally need help so support is not really what I care about. But if you use a wireless setup, I’d say three. I’ve tried several (both mesh and non-mesh) and but devices are always dropping which is super frustrating. The main router will be located in a fairly central location on the second floor. I have ordered a Netgear CM1100 largely because it was impossible to find another 1Gig Modem, everything is sold out and on back order. We only have 150mbs of speed although I am considering increasing to 500mb. I called the RAX50 a just-right router because it can offer the same 5 GHz performance as those of the higher-end, like the RAX120, yet much more affordable. Any other suggestions for complete wi-fi coverage? So you’ll know soon. As of now we have 20 devices ( laptops/TV’s Iphones ). I came here a few months ago and asked for a recommendation on a WiFi router and you mentioned the asus ax86u. My guess is you’re using a DSL broadband plan which doesn’t have enough bandwidth for all those upload-heavy devices. Hi Dong Single level. Now just have to wait for them to be back in stock. Be honest with you, this is what you recevied and what you present. I’d recommend getting some local professional service. However, the ONT is outside the house, and (because I also get cable TV from them), Verizon uses the cable interface out of the ONT. Do you have sources for these? Or do you think that I should wait and stay on AC. Parental controls ( I don’t need smart home and gaming etc) I'm not a "techie"...     just trying to feel my way through this. They didn’t seem to hand off traffic as a device moved about the home. I want to wait for the AX89X to become available, but there is no telling what that will happen. You don’t want to use the Internet (speedtest.net) to test the Wi-Fi speeds. Thanks in advance. Thank you for taking the time to respond. Seems like Asus would be best, although Netgear’s UI has always seemed easier. One complaint I have with amplifi, is that mesh repeaters do not “repeat” the 5gz Band, only the 2.4 one. Prior to finding your site, I purchased the Asus GT-AX11000 router.. then, after some shoddy connection issues, I started researching more about Mesh systems (and Asus AIMesh), and that’s when I came across your website. Netgear RAX200: An excellent tri-band router for a price, 1. – Sounds like I am putting all the load to the ISP router, under utilize the expensive ZenWiFI router at all. Thanks in advance, and I’ll be looking you up when I am making a tech decision from now on! Thanks in advance for any info you might have. I like Netgear because of their reliability and their no-nonsense software, but it looks like I would need a RA120 which is about 100$ more than I was hoping to spend. Maybe you should start with this post. I want a main router and also gonna have another one as mesh but it going to be hard wire I’d recommend an Asus since it gives you a lot of options including QoS which is necessary for your Internet speed. More on that here. I practically read every one of your articles today. It’ll work great, Connor. Do you have plans to review it I the future? Is the Asus RT-AC88U better than the TP-Link Archer ax11000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router? 50% on CAT6 hardwired. I have a ton of systems running on my wifi as well, but some of the major clients are hard-wired through the router inside the AV closet. I could potentially hardwire a line to the other side of the 1st floor for an AP over there, I don’t have one currently. 8.1. We have many rooms without signal, and this is with most of my 100+ devices wired except for various laptops, ipads, and iphones (the home automation is all wired). Dong, do you know of any on this list that would allow me to send logs to a remote system (Splunk or sysmon) so that I can use logs in my own alerting system? We have tried multiple mesh systems including Linksys Velop and currently Eero. 1. Don’t expect true 1Gbps since the connection tends to fluctuate. I have a dlink dir-882 AC2600 router. I need to cover 3 floors at aproximately 300+ squaremeter, whereas I the router is located in a corner (not ideal..) My biggest fear is to buy something that lacks something which I will regret later. Thanks in advance! I’m looking at triband systems, because I want to dedicate one 5ghz network to work computers (my wife and I work from home and use bandwidth-heavy applications such as MS Teams), the other 5ghz for our iphones (11 pro and 12 mini, both being wifi-6 clients), 2.4 ghz for smart devices (fridge, oven, Alexa, etc. For your, a tri-band system like the ZenWiFi XT8 or CT8 will take care of it. Expensive, but looking for a bit of future proofing when I buy. And then, don’t be cheap! It’s the first on the market that features two 10Gbps network ports. I am planning top upgrade to WiFi 6 router but I am not sure if AX11000 will face similar issues down the line like AC88U? All of them look good but I don’t wanna spend more than I have to. I’m curious what you think and if you’d be willing to make any recommendations. Still torn on which router 6 to go with. hi dong, i’ve read a bunch of your reviews and some of your comments below. If you want faster than 150 Mbps, you need a tri-band, Marco. (Note, house is wired with a OnQ box but since it was built in 2004 I dont think it has CAT 5 certainly not CAT 5e, I have run at least one CAT 5e cable under that house for a specific use). And they refuse to send me another equivalent router. Currently Asus ZenWifi XT8 is in stock, but of course Alien Mesh Kit is still out of stock. Doug, Can you hardline the back haul between them? Question for you. Thanks in advance! It doesn’t have to be a mesh system. Not at the time I tested it but that might be possible now. Which acces point or mesh do you recomend me to install, i will need two AP hardwire back to the RX120. All of our 802.11ax routers will support AiMesh, an exclusive ASUS technology that allows you to mix multiple routers to create your own mesh network, but the new AiMesh AX6100 … I am thinking that given my situation, a Mesh setup is probably best. So, apart from fast Wi-Fi speeds, it also delivers top network-attached storage performance when hosting an external drive. Generally, you should stay at one spot when using Wi-Fi calling. I am currently have 1Gbps Fiber and am running four Apple Airport Extremes, and needless to say, they are lacking quite a bit now. I have an 1800 sqft home and the modem/router will be in the master bedroom on one end of the house. I can’t really give you any specific advice, Bryan, since I’m not there. I can’t express how lucky I’m by founding your forum with tons of very valuable information. Turn it on, Colin. If you have wired backhaul, a couple of units of RT-AX3000 will do, too. Scroll to the bottom of each section for the performance charts to see how their numbers stack up. Thick walls are always problematic. What a great site Dong! No Powerline, Jake. The 5GHZ fronthaul may only be a 2X2 radio vs the 4X4 on the RBK 842/852. Hi Dong … I hope all is well with you and yours! Hello Dong, your site is very useful, I love it! It was good years ago and hasn’t improved much since. (lots of devices). It’s to replace a single Orbi unit. More on that here. It would be great to be able to achieve max. Should i start a new system (wifi coverage isn’t an issue currently)? Would this be an upgrade worth going for? 2. Excellent review there comparing all the WiFi 6 routers. In your case, if you use a single router, get a high-end tri-band one, if you need multiple broadcasters, you need to run network cables first. 3000 sq ft home, currently with dead spots. Would love to get your opinions. https://www.costco.com/tp-link-archer-ax3200-wi-fi-6-tri-band-mu-mimo-router.product.100697042.html, It looks like a cheap AX router. And More! More of bandwidth here and on upload here. Seriously, you need to read the reviews and figure out which one you should get. I can go with the AX11000, then wait for the next updated version of the AX1100 to replace the AC3100, which I’ll give to a family member. I test Wi-Fi 6 routers using 2×2 Wi-Fi 6 clients, which are currently the fastest in the market. Hi. I’ve had it twice drop connectivity with multiple devices at the same time and am trying to tweak the settings to ensure stability and performance. Any chance you have done or would do a write-up for you thoughts on each of the professional tab settings in an aimesh network? Good afternoon Dong. I wanna ask if I can get the Netgear RAX50 for $200 or ASUS RT-AX82U for $250, what are your thoughts? And like its cousin above, it, too, has a cool futuristic design. Netgear RAX40: A safe Wi-Fi 6 choice for the semi budget-minded, Best just-right (AX5400) Wi-Fi 6 routers for a medium home with sub-Gigabit Internet, 3. ^^. Only Wi-Fi 6 devices we have are phones and our home is relatively small. Also streaming, so stability is the most important for us. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. There sold out , There’s no rush, unless your Orbi is dead. If I need to, I could even have another ethernet port installed, but I would prefer to avoid it. Look like the router lose their routing. 50% are wireless smart home devices, phones, tablets, and IP Cams. Thanks for the writeup. Unfortunately, (and fortunately) a family and kids have taken over my life. Great reviews! The device is an ActionTec MI424EWR Rev 1. Applause! Lastly a question about mesh. That depends a lot on the place itself. Hello, I am new to the site. There are a few lists for different home sizes, including small, medium, and large. . I was, apparently, born in the wrong generation for grasping technology quickly. ), but still, I think I need an exact model to go with so I can decide. :). So if I don’t want to do mesh, would you suggest going tri-band over the ax86u? Before I had to go direct into the modem in order to max out, now I'm pretty close to max wired with the orbi connected as the router rather than an AP. I may be in a situation where I have to replace my router tomorrow. I heard nothing in the remainder of July or August. I see you can set a reboot schedule, but am unsure if it will just reboot the one node or both since you can’t specify. For the router ,I haven’t ordered a router yet as I will see how the current one works out but I think I need to replace it. Thanks in advance for any help. Hi Dong, loving your site and reviews. If you have another product in mind please let me know. By the way, we are not gamers, we don’t necessary need gaming speed, but we need stable streaming and VPN connections. I will have 400 Mb Internet, but may bump that up to the 1 Gb service. You might want to get an outdoor access point for your backyard. For more, check out this post on bandwidth and this one on how to test your speeds. The charts are quite clear. As for which router you should use, check out this post. Just because you have 1Gbps Intenet doesn’t necessarily you’ll get that at every device, Michael. care to advise which one should i set as the main router? If so, what is the difference between non-mesh routers that companies say are for small to medium houses vs large houses. 1. I’m struggling to decide between a budget wifi 6 or a wifi 5. I am looking for a new WIFI6 , 2400 sq feet with 3 floors. Even with all this information, I’m struggling to find the best solution for my home. They also have no multi-gig network port and relatively modest processing power. I have a question, if you have a budget of $400 you will get a fancy Wifi 6 router like the AX-11000 from Asus or the Netgear AX12 or you will get an Ubiquiti Dream Machine for Home use with 15-20 devices? Great information. Roaming Assistant under the wireless professional tab…. But if replacing the ActionTec is not an option you can check out this post for other options. I really just wanted to drop a note to say I’m impressed by your knowledge but I suppose I do have a question.. Is the Asus a true 160MHz unit or 80x80MHz unit? These include fast Wi-Fi speeds, excellent coverage, multi-gig wired connection support, and many useful features, including those for online gaming. Does anyone know where I can purchase just the MR60 router? But if you expect better results on your iPhone, chances are you’ll be very disappointed. I have heard a lot about it, Paolo. What Wi-Fi 6 router is really the best of breed – in quality, capability, performance and telephone technical support? That’s because if you have a large home, you might want to look into mesh systems instead. LOL. The speeds you mentioned are “negotiated” speeds. You have loaded questions, Anoop. My home is approximately 1900 sq ft, both mine and my wife’s phone can connect to Wifi 6, I play some PC games, play PS4, have wireless cams setup outside, and stream 4k media on two separate TVs. Last week I purchased the Orbi AX6000 mesh, and found immediate speed boosts but numerous drop outs and compatibility problems. Netgear Nighthawk RAX50: The just-right Wi-Fi 6 router, Best high-end (AX6000) dual-band Wi-Fi 6 routers for a medium home with Gigabit-class broadband, 4. Netgear RAX120: The best looking Wi-Fi 6 router with awesome NAS performance, Best high-end tri-band (AX11000) Wi-Fi 6 routers for a large home, 4. Thank you for your quick response, really appreciate. Any insight? Actually, I did upgraded from RT-AC86U (2 pack) previously and I don’t find much different, except that AX92U support Wifi 6 (my Samsung Note 10+). At just around $80, the Archer AX10 is one of the most affordable Wi-Fi routers on the market. Which is too bad, because it was an awesome router with two 10GB ports, two USB ports and eight regular ethernet ports. More on that here. I bought an Asus RT-AX89X in April and thought it the best thing I had ever used–for about two months until it started losing any network (wifi or lan) connections (or even visible SSID, no networking at all, wired or otherwise). Its main rival is the Asus RT-AX88U below, and the two are comparable in more ways than one. Thanks! But most important thing is, that watching streaming videos and gaming at the same time is fluid, because kid can be playing, I may be gaming or watching videos and GF can be watching streaming videos also. I have installed the 4200. Given that, what would be my best wifi options? Glad, you’re here, Mike. If you must go wireless, get a tri-band system, like a couple of GT-AX11000, the ZenWiFi AX, or the Orbi RBK852. I have 1gb speeds from my ISP my current Orbi maxes out at 600mb 4ft away, I have 3 wifi 6 clients in my home, and about 25 devices at any given time. I currently run gigabit internet and will be upgrading at some point. Money isn’t an issue and I want to stay away from mesh systems as I know an upgraded wifi 6 router will be more than strong enough to cover the area I’m working with. Please advise. I was considering the ASUS RT-AX92U AX6100, but then I saw your review on the ZenWifFi XT8 and now I am confused again on which to purchase. Right now I have the TP-Link AX6000 because the Asus RT-AX88U wasn’t available. I haven’t looked much into this, Upirons, but all Asus routers can save their log file to a separate computer (log server). I need reliability, speed. I think I got overzealous writing my question and thus mislead you, because I have already read that and didn’t find my answer there, lol. But what I recommended will work for now. Thank you! Again, thank you so much for your help and experience! The TP-Link Archer AX50, not to be confused with the similarly specced Archer AX3000, is a dual-stream (2×2) Wi-Fi 6 router, which makes a mid-range router. The RT-AX3000 (a.k.a RT-AX58U) is the Asus’s answer to the TP-Link 3000 and Netgear RAX40 below. Thank you. In all, for a small home with a budget, the Asus RT-AX3000 is an excellent buy. Asus RT-AX3000 (RT-AX58U): The best entry-level mesh-ready router, 1. I think I will wait for the prices to come down or a possible sale, along with more devices that support it. I am not a fan of e-bay but that is the only site that seems to sell the MR60 by itself without satellites. I have no idea what that means. AiMesh. Any input you have on how to reboot both nodes and in the best order. I have a cable outlet in the pool house, should I add a modem or additional main router there? I don’t know what makes it cheap, Joe, but it *seems* that way. If you’re a gamer, the GT-AX11000 is the way to go. It has been a widespread issues with the 5ghz band on this model. Buy the end of June it was every ten minutes. Sir, you are fascinating! Thanks a lot for your time and reading my novel, have a great day!! Thank you so much. I don’t know if they’re even still making the RT-AX89X. I just found your website. 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