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ASUS RT-AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router £144.49 @ Amazon

£144.49 @ Amazon
A pretty good router with a great UI, well at least in my experience of enjoying a AsusWRT Merlin firmware. Blurb.... 802.11ac tri-band Wi-Fi router boosts speeds up to 3200Mbps for low-latency … Read More
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A pretty good router with a great UI, well at least in my experience of enjoying a AsusWRT Merlin firmware.

Blurb....

802.11ac tri-band Wi-Fi router boosts speeds up to 3200Mbps for low-latency online gaming, smooth 4K UHD video playback and extremely fast file-sharing.
Tri-Band Smart Connect automatically selects the fastest of the three available frequency bands for each device, based on the device's speed, signal strength and how busy each band is.
High performance antennas with AiRadar universal beamforming for unrivaled Wi-Fi range
AiProtection with Trend MicroTM for triple-strength network security, plus robust Parental Controls and privacy protection
USB 3.0 port for 10X-faster data transfers than USB 2.0; also includes one USB 2.0 port
Intuitive ASUS Router App lets you control your network anywhere, without needing to boot up a PC
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#1
Pretty cheap price and according to Camel....

https://s18.postimg.org/6nr377zah/ASUS_RT_AC3200_Tri_Band_Gigabit_Wi_Fi_Router_B0.pngimage hosting no register

....they agree :)
3 Likes #2
Thumnail looks like an enemy from space invaders.
1 Like #3
vardx
Thumnail looks like an enemy from space invaders.


It isn't quite as bad as something like this....


https://s28.postimg.org/68yskqjbx/418_Xi5_WZSu_L.jpguploading pictures

I suppose it is something to do with how MIMO wireless best works...?

Still I find that we are best served with my router central to the house downstairs and then an Ethernet wired Action Point upstairs to maintain maximum wireless strength over our house.
#4
Heat added. Purchased to replace multiple devices (including BT HH6). Let's hope this works.


Edited By: AAIG2 on Feb 22, 2017 09:19: Spelling
#5
AAIG2
Heat added. Purchased to replace multiple devices (including BT HH6). Let's hope this works.
It's a router not a modem/router so won't replace the HH6 unless you buy a seperate ADSL or VDSL modem.
#6
brookheather
AAIG2
Heat added. Purchased to replace multiple devices (including BT HH6). Let's hope this works.
It's a router not a modem/router so won't replace the HH6 unless you buy a seperate ADSL or VDSL modem.
Yes you are correct; i have purchased the openreach modem from ebay to address that.
1 Like #7
AAIG2
brookheather
AAIG2
Heat added. Purchased to replace multiple devices (including BT HH6). Let's hope this works.
It's a router not a modem/router so won't replace the HH6 unless you buy a seperate ADSL or VDSL modem.
Yes you are correct; i have purchased the openreach modem from ebay to address that.


Sounds good.

I bought a second hand Huawei EchoLife HG612 as a modem to replace BT's own, as that one worked so much better than the supplied ECI type.
#8
brookheather
AAIG2
Heat added. Purchased to replace multiple devices (including BT HH6). Let's hope this works.
It's a router not a modem/router so won't replace the HH6 unless you buy a seperate ADSL or VDSL modem.
It begs the question; for that price, why is it NOT a router with an inbuilt modem? Is there a technical reason?
1 Like #9
Fantastic router; I purchased it last year for £179.99. I think I may purchase another to use as an wired access point.
#10
mldaw
Fantastic router; I purchased it last year for £179.99. I think I may purchase another to use as an wired access point.

Curious as to whether you use the official firmware or the Merlin one....?
1 Like #11
javey93
brookheather
AAIG2
Heat added. Purchased to replace multiple devices (including BT HH6). Let's hope this works.
It's a router not a modem/router so won't replace the HH6 unless you buy a seperate ADSL or VDSL modem.
It begs the question; for that price, why is it NOT a router with an inbuilt modem? Is there a technical reason?
Including an inbuilt VDSL modem requires much more testing to ensure compatibility with the various DSLAM equipment across the world. There is a new ASUS DSL-AC88U with G.Fast compatbility which has just been announced though this doesn't have twin 5GHz bands.
1 Like #12
Fantastic device. With Merlin firmware I can't believe you could do better.
#13
How much throughput could this give you using a VPN? My current router only manages 15Mbps, and the meraki one while powerful enough can't connect to many types.
#14
tek-monkey
How much throughput could this give you using a VPN? My current router only manages 15Mbps, and the meraki one while powerful enough can't connect to many types.

My dual core 1ghz Netgear R7000 struggles with my VPN configuration. So I shape the traffic to share with the WAN and the VPN, to ease the load.
All consumer based routers are going to be the same.
You really need to build a x86 box with a CPU which supports AES instructions for encryption and decryption and run pfsense as your router and VPN.

As noted I just share the traffic so that dumb boxes use the WAN, other device the VPN and my desktop PC a VPN client for fast downloads.
#15
VimesUK
mldaw
Fantastic router; I purchased it last year for £179.99. I think I may purchase another to use as an wired access point.
Curious as to whether you use the official firmware or the Merlin one....?

I use the Merlin firmware, although I have found that Asus are implementing a lot of features into the stock that were first available only on Merlin.
banned#16
So far...so good.
#17
Better than a Netgear R7000? Just for clarification I have Nord VPN and wondering if this Asus router can be configured to use it?
#18
brookheather
AAIG2
Heat added. Purchased to replace multiple devices (including BT HH6). Let's hope this works.
It's a router not a modem/router so won't replace the HH6 unless you buy a seperate ADSL or VDSL modem.


Can u recommend me a good router modem to replace my superhub I'm sick of wifi disconnections!!
1 Like #19
PointDex
brookheather
AAIG2
Heat added. Purchased to replace multiple devices (including BT HH6). Let's hope this works.
It's a router not a modem/router so won't replace the HH6 unless you buy a seperate ADSL or VDSL modem.
Can u recommend me a good router modem to replace my superhub I'm sick of wifi disconnections!!


Put the superhub in modem only mode (from the admin web interface) and then connect the LAN port on the superhub to any router.

I'm also using this Asus router. It's fantastic. Been using it almost 2 years now very pleased. Also using merlin fw.
#20
PointDex
brookheather
AAIG2
Heat added. Purchased to replace multiple devices (including BT HH6). Let's hope this works.
It's a router not a modem/router so won't replace the HH6 unless you buy a seperate ADSL or VDSL modem.
Can u recommend me a good router modem to replace my superhub I'm sick of wifi disconnections!!
Pretty sure the SuperHub is mandatory as a modem on Virgin Media. You would just need to put it in modem mode, and hook up a regular router like the RT AC-68U to it for better WiFi.
#21
Does anyone know is this better than the Linksys 1900acs which is £127.99 on Amazon?
#22
VimesUK
tek-monkey
How much throughput could this give you using a VPN? My current router only manages 15Mbps, and the meraki one while powerful enough can't connect to many types.
My dual core 1ghz Netgear R7000 struggles with my VPN configuration. So I shape the traffic to share with the WAN and the VPN, to ease the load.
All consumer based routers are going to be the same.
You really need to build a x86 box with a CPU which supports AES instructions for encryption and decryption and run pfsense as your router and VPN.
As noted I just share the traffic so that dumb boxes use the WAN, other device the VPN and my desktop PC a VPN client for fast downloads.

Did think about pfsense, I have enough space for a VM on my T20 and have a spare NIC I could use. Just annoying that the meraki will do 85Mbps site to site but won't act as a client for any VPN services I can get.
#23
VimesUK
AAIG2
brookheather
AAIG2
Heat added. Purchased to replace multiple devices (including BT HH6). Let's hope this works.
It's a router not a modem/router so won't replace the HH6 unless you buy a seperate ADSL or VDSL modem.
Yes you are correct; i have purchased the openreach modem from ebay to address that.
Sounds good.
I bought a second hand Huawei EchoLife HG612 as a modem to replace BT's own, as that one worked so much better than the supplied ECI type.

Any advice on what to look for when replacing the HH6 ?

I used to have Virgin with the Superhub running as modem only with RT AC-68U (Merlin Firmware). But since I switched to BT, I've reluctantly stuck with the HH6 (no modem only mode).

Seen plenty of Openreach modems on ebay, but not sure which model to get or rather avoid. Some are listed as unlocked, but can't this be done to any Openreach modem. Would rather not pay extra for something that I can do myself.

ta
1 Like #24
W1zz
VimesUK
AAIG2
brookheather
AAIG2
Heat added. Purchased to replace multiple devices (including BT HH6). Let's hope this works.
It's a router not a modem/router so won't replace the HH6 unless you buy a seperate ADSL or VDSL modem.
Yes you are correct; i have purchased the openreach modem from ebay to address that.
Sounds good.
I bought a second hand Huawei EchoLife HG612 as a modem to replace BT's own, as that one worked so much better than the supplied ECI type.
Any advice on what to look for when replacing the HH6 ?
I used to have Virgin with the Superhub running as modem only with RT AC-68U (Merlin Firmware). But since I switched to BT, I've reluctantly stuck with the HH6 (no modem only mode).
Seen plenty of Openreach modems on ebay, but not sure which model to get or rather avoid. Some are listed as unlocked, but can't this be done to any Openreach modem. Would rather not pay extra for something that I can do myself.
ta

I'm in a similar position to you; I'm using the HH6 and its a really poor device. I just picked up a BT Openreach Huawei Echolife HG612 Modem off ebay for a few quid will connect this to my phone socket and WAN port of the ASUS wifi router and have this manage all my traffic. I picked up Huawei as opposed ECI as the local BT fibre cab i'm connected to is setup with Huawei. You can find out what you local cab is using the following site:

http://www.kitz.co.uk/adsl/cabinet-lookup.htm#fttc_cab_info

Hope this helps.
1 Like #25
W1zz
VimesUK
AAIG2
brookheather
AAIG2
Heat added. Purchased to replace multiple devices (including BT HH6). Let's hope this works.
It's a router not a modem/router so won't replace the HH6 unless you buy a seperate ADSL or VDSL modem.
Yes you are correct; i have purchased the openreach modem from ebay to address that.
Sounds good.
I bought a second hand Huawei EchoLife HG612 as a modem to replace BT's own, as that one worked so much better than the supplied ECI type.

Any advice on what to look for when replacing the HH6 ?

I used to have Virgin with the Superhub running as modem only with RT AC-68U (Merlin Firmware). But since I switched to BT, I've reluctantly stuck with the HH6 (no modem only mode).

Seen plenty of Openreach modems on ebay, but not sure which model to get or rather avoid. Some are listed as unlocked, but can't this be done to any Openreach modem. Would rather not pay extra for something that I can do myself.

ta


From what i remember, going back a while though, the ECI modem from OR can't be unlocked. When i had it, depends on what you are connecting to at the other end at your exchange, the connection was erratic. The Huawei modern was much better and very stable, this is what I bought from eBay.

The good thing, imo, about using the OR modem is that it is set and forget and absolutely reluable and stable.
Then you can choose your own router, imo something with an Asus UI or OpenWRT firmware.
#26
Is this better than the apple wireless time capsule?
#27
Thanks. Have ordered.
#28
This or the AC87U?!
#29
Thank you. I've place my order and I can't wait to attach it to my Virgin Media Superhub 3, which I use in modem mode :-)
#30
Whats so good about the Merlin firmware? I'm still using the stock firmware on mine and on my ac68u. Asus do update it regularly.

Edited By: tjc2005 on Feb 22, 2017 20:07: .
1 Like #31
AAIG2
W1zz
VimesUK
AAIG2
brookheather
AAIG2
Heat added. Purchased to replace multiple devices (including BT HH6). Let's hope this works.
It's a router not a modem/router so won't replace the HH6 unless you buy a seperate ADSL or VDSL modem.
Yes you are correct; i have purchased the openreach modem from ebay to address that.
Sounds good.
I bought a second hand Huawei EchoLife HG612 as a modem to replace BT's own, as that one worked so much better than the supplied ECI type.
Any advice on what to look for when replacing the HH6 ?
I used to have Virgin with the Superhub running as modem only with RT AC-68U (Merlin Firmware). But since I switched to BT, I've reluctantly stuck with the HH6 (no modem only mode).
Seen plenty of Openreach modems on ebay, but not sure which model to get or rather avoid. Some are listed as unlocked, but can't this be done to any Openreach modem. Would rather not pay extra for something that I can do myself.
ta

I'm in a similar position to you; I'm using the HH6 and its a really poor device. I just picked up a BT Openreach Huawei Echolife HG612 Modem off ebay for a few quid will connect this to my phone socket and WAN port of the ASUS wifi router and have this manage all my traffic. I picked up Huawei as opposed ECI as the local BT fibre cab i'm connected to is setup with Huawei. You can find out what you local cab is using the following site:

http://www.kitz.co.uk/adsl/cabinet-lookup.htm#fttc_cab_info

Hope this helps.


thanks for this info, checked and it looks like the cabinet for my postcode is a hauwei, so guessing I should get the huawei modem off of ebay.

Although this router may just a be little higher than I was looking to pay, missed out on the RT ac68u for under a £100, is this really worth the extra money?
#32
Glacc
PointDex
brookheather
AAIG2
Heat added. Purchased to replace multiple devices (including BT HH6). Let's hope this works.
It's a router not a modem/router so won't replace the HH6 unless you buy a seperate ADSL or VDSL modem.
Can u recommend me a good router modem to replace my superhub I'm sick of wifi disconnections!!
Pretty sure the SuperHub is mandatory as a modem on Virgin Media. You would just need to put it in modem mode, and hook up a regular router like the RT AC-68U to it for better WiFi.


Thanks but is there a way to just use a better router? I've got lots of devices I really want to avoid another permanently connected plug in the house lol
1 Like #33
VimesUK
tek-monkey
How much throughput could this give you using a VPN? My current router only manages 15Mbps, and the meraki one while powerful enough can't connect to many types.

My dual core 1ghz Netgear R7000 struggles with my VPN configuration. So I shape the traffic to share with the WAN and the VPN, to ease the load.
All consumer based routers are going to be the same.
You really need to build a x86 box with a CPU which supports AES instructions for encryption and decryption and run pfsense as your router and VPN.

As noted I just share the traffic so that dumb boxes use the WAN, other device the VPN and my desktop PC a VPN client for fast downloads.


Another option is to use something like a Netgear Prosafe router/switch. I got a second hand one with hardware encryption,16 LAN ports and dual WAN which allegedly will do 200Mbps of encrypted data - it was about £75 on eBay including shipping from Ireland.

Then you can just put your DSL modem on one of the WAN ports, and do the wireless piece separately, maybe through a mesh system...
#34
can I use it as a jewish candle holder ?
#35
AAIG2
W1zz
VimesUK
AAIG2
brookheather
AAIG2
Heat added. Purchased to replace multiple devices (including BT HH6). Let's hope this works.
It's a router not a modem/router so won't replace the HH6 unless you buy a seperate ADSL or VDSL modem.
Yes you are correct; i have purchased the openreach modem from ebay to address that.
Sounds good.
I bought a second hand Huawei EchoLife HG612 as a modem to replace BT's own, as that one worked so much better than the supplied ECI type.
Any advice on what to look for when replacing the HH6 ?
I used to have Virgin with the Superhub running as modem only with RT AC-68U (Merlin Firmware). But since I switched to BT, I've reluctantly stuck with the HH6 (no modem only mode).
Seen plenty of Openreach modems on ebay, but not sure which model to get or rather avoid. Some are listed as unlocked, but can't this be done to any Openreach modem. Would rather not pay extra for something that I can do myself.
ta
I'm in a similar position to you; I'm using the HH6 and its a really poor device. I just picked up a BT Openreach Huawei Echolife HG612 Modem off ebay for a few quid will connect this to my phone socket and WAN port of the ASUS wifi router and have this manage all my traffic. I picked up Huawei as opposed ECI as the local BT fibre cab i'm connected to is setup with Huawei. You can find out what you local cab is using the following site:http://www.kitz.co.uk/adsl/cabinet-lookup.htm#fttc_cab_info
Hope this helps.

It looks as though my cabinet is an ECI does that mean I have to use an ECI modem or will a Huawei modem still work?

Also, does the modem have to be unlocked? Cos if I had to go down the ECI modem route, these look a bit more tricky to unlock.

ta
1 Like #36
W1zz
AAIG2
W1zz
VimesUK
AAIG2
brookheather
AAIG2
Heat added. Purchased to replace multiple devices (including BT HH6). Let's hope this works.
It's a router not a modem/router so won't replace the HH6 unless you buy a seperate ADSL or VDSL modem.
Yes you are correct; i have purchased the openreach modem from ebay to address that.
Sounds good.
I bought a second hand Huawei EchoLife HG612 as a modem to replace BT's own, as that one worked so much better than the supplied ECI type.
Any advice on what to look for when replacing the HH6 ?
I used to have Virgin with the Superhub running as modem only with RT AC-68U (Merlin Firmware). But since I switched to BT, I've reluctantly stuck with the HH6 (no modem only mode).
Seen plenty of Openreach modems on ebay, but not sure which model to get or rather avoid. Some are listed as unlocked, but can't this be done to any Openreach modem. Would rather not pay extra for something that I can do myself.
ta
I'm in a similar position to you; I'm using the HH6 and its a really poor device. I just picked up a BT Openreach Huawei Echolife HG612 Modem off ebay for a few quid will connect this to my phone socket and WAN port of the ASUS wifi router and have this manage all my traffic. I picked up Huawei as opposed ECI as the local BT fibre cab i'm connected to is setup with Huawei. You can find out what you local cab is using the following site:http://www.kitz.co.uk/adsl/cabinet-lookup.htm#fttc_cab_info
Hope this helps.
It looks as though my cabinet is an ECI does that mean I have to use an ECI modem or will a Huawei modem still work?
Also, does the modem have to be unlocked? Cos if I had to go down the ECI modem route, these look a bit more tricky to unlock.
ta

For me having an ECI modem meant that once G.INP was enabled my latency went high and the speeds dropped by almost a third. That was how it remained regardless of how many visits from OR or phone calls to Plusnet were made.

When I then changed over to the bought Huawei modem, which had its firmware updated to cope with the G.INP implementation, everything returned to normal.

I am not sure how much the issue was influenced by the need for like for like, in hardware terms, but for me the differences found were very noticeable.

Mine is unlocked, I unlocked it, but I have never needed it to be.
#37
doesn't support MU-MIMO, AC87U does
#38
Parallax
VimesUK
tek-monkey
How much throughput could this give you using a VPN? My current router only manages 15Mbps, and the meraki one while powerful enough can't connect to many types.
My dual core 1ghz Netgear R7000 struggles with my VPN configuration. So I shape the traffic to share with the WAN and the VPN, to ease the load.
All consumer based routers are going to be the same.
You really need to build a x86 box with a CPU which supports AES instructions for encryption and decryption and run pfsense as your router and VPN.

As noted I just share the traffic so that dumb boxes use the WAN, other device the VPN and my desktop PC a VPN client for fast downloads.

Another option is to use something like a Netgear Prosafe router/switch. I got a second hand one with hardware encryption,16 LAN ports and dual WAN which allegedly will do 200Mbps of encrypted data - it was about £75 on eBay including shipping from Ireland.

Then you can just put your DSL modem on one of the WAN ports, and do the wireless piece separately, maybe through a mesh system...

What model did you get out of interest? Probably going the pfsense route but still interested.
1 Like #39
tek-monkey
Parallax

Another option is to use something like a Netgear Prosafe router/switch. I got a second hand one with hardware encryption,16 LAN ports and dual WAN which allegedly will do 200Mbps of encrypted data - it was about £75 on eBay including shipping from Ireland.
Then you can just put your DSL modem on one of the WAN ports, and do the wireless piece separately, maybe through a mesh system...
What model did you get out of interest? Probably going the pfsense route but still interested.
I don't have it in front of me I'm afraid. It's basically the 16 port version of the FVX538, but I can't for the life of me find the model number online. It only supports 2 x 100MBps for the WAN but that's enough for me, and the WAN load balancing I would call brute force rather than elegant. But it suffices, and the price was right.

I don't use most of the LAN ports on it because it feeds into a proper layer 3 managed switch I also got super cheap on eBay, thence into a patch panel, etc.

Edited By: Parallax on Feb 24, 2017 00:59
#40
coventgamer
can I use it as a jewish candle holder ?

Only has 6 candle holders, so no. Unless you want to risk the wrath of Jehovah oO

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