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ASUS RT-AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router at Amazon for £159.37

£159.37 @ Amazon
A very powerful router, could be a overkill for most people but the price is one of the lowest I have ever seen on Amazon. For me a deal maker is Dual WAN (redundancy or double speed-via 3rd part f… Read More
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A very powerful router, could be a overkill for most people but the price is one of the lowest I have ever seen on Amazon.

For me a deal maker is Dual WAN (redundancy or double speed-via 3rd part firmware).
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I have this one, got it for 120 eur from Amazon.fr on a lightning deal (yes, 120eur). Its a great router, but it is pointless to have dual 5ghz for home use. Just marketing to increase the number and sell it for more money. Ignoring the price its a very good peoduct.
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KiretoX
I have this one, got it for 120 eur from Amazon.fr on a lightning deal (yes, 120eur). Its a great router, but it is pointless to have dual 5ghz for home use. Just marketing to increase the number and sell it for more money. Ignoring the price its a very good peoduct.

also you only get access to the higher 5GHZ bandwidth by changing your region, then some devices wont connect to the higher bands...

plus the smart connect on these routers are rubbish
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Digital porcupine
#5
Which firmware do you suggest for the dual wan capability?
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Tomato by Shibby
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and no doubt those antennas are mostly empty with a little bit of wire in each, still looks impressive so...... X)
#8
low ram on device, wouldn't bother
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turbo_c
low ram on device, wouldn't bother
256 MB RAM
128 MB Flash
Show me a router with better spec.
1 Like #10
cyborg death drone imo
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turbo_c
low ram on device, wouldn't bother
256 MB RAM
128 MB Flash
Show me a router with better spec.
Asus AC88U and AC5300 both have 512MB RAM - but both are a lot more expensive.
#12
And I thought my £25 dual band + gigabit lan router was expensive, damn.
#13
same price currys pc world. my Must have today ;)
#14
87u seemed the better router fire a normal house as it claimed faster speeds on true Terri networks instead of 3 slower points
#15
neas1983
87u seemed the better router fire a normal house as it claimed faster speeds on true Terri networks instead of 3 slower points
I disagree.
87u use a quadro antenna, the router is not stable and the issue has not been resolved.
#16
Looks like a spider
#17
I have one of these, bought at a much higher price than this. Worth every penny and very happy with it.

Rock solid for 6 months. Blisteringly fast wireless speeds.

Also, most of the reviews are wrong - you can wall mount it easily.
#18
The Asus RT AC68U has also gone down in price to £119.99 today which is probably the lowest it's been on Amazon UK - still a great step up from any ISP router but £40 less than this model
#19
So what are the benefits of a "custom" router over my standard Sky Hub?
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I don't know how good or bad the sky router is. For me I'm with Virgin and put the virgin superhub in modem mode, using the Asus as router and for wi fi

Asus (AC68U in my case) has separate chips for routing and each wi-fi circuit (2.4 and 5ghz) so is a much higher spec piece of hardware than a free ISP router. We have several wired PS4's and lots of tablets / phones, as well as TVs / chromecast etc using YouTube etc. The Super hub had poor wi-fi, needed rebooting regularly etc. I figured that I was paying for a virgin 150 service but that router was by far the weakest link - since using a more expensive router we have internal wi-fi and network speeds that are as fast or faster than our internet connection that supports lots of devices without a performance hit

If you live in a flat or smaller house with only a couple of users/devices with a lowish internet speed an ISP router may be fine. For us the step up to a better router was well worth it
#21
Excuse my ignorance, but can you just plug this in to your broadband in place of your providers router?
#22
wilf1234
Excuse my ignorance, but can you just plug this in to your broadband in place of your providers router?

That entirely depends on your provider, if it's Sky then you'll need to use Wireshark to packet sniff the user/password from the router. The simple answer is as long as you have your broadband username and password you can do it. This is NOT the information printed on the router, it has nothing to do with the wifi password etc.
#23
wilf1234
Excuse my ignorance, but can you just plug this in to your broadband in place of your providers router?
Usually you can. It is not a modem router though so you will need a DSL modem or cable modem also.
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Tomato by Shibby

Vegetable by Campbell's
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Can you buy extra antennae? oO
#26
It's needs MOAR ANTENNAS!!!!!
#27
Hmmm, I like to minimise the amount of box clutter. Cant understand why they don't boost up the combined modem/router ranges. I have the AC1900 variant of this that cost pretty much the same. Good modem/router unit with very good wireless range.
#28
I've got the 87u with Merlin firmware. Rock solid and was used with Virgin Media with the hub in modem mode and now with BT Infinity with an Openreach HG612 unlocked modem. This is probably overkill, but a great price for what it is.
#29
Have 87u with stock firmware, not had an issue either... Was cheaper than this router. Disregarding the quattro antenna issue (not sure what that is).... the on paper specs for the 2 channel solution was supposed to have better speed than this with 3 channels.
#30
87u = 600 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band -1734 Mbps (5GHz)

AC3200 = 600Mbps(2.4GHz) 1.3Gbps(5GHz), 1.3 GBps (5GHz)

Basically the AC3200 has 2 seperate 5GhZ networks allowing you to connect even more devices... When I assess this I looked at how many devices I needed to connect then went for the 87U as it seemed to have a better signal/speeed (1.7 GBps vs 1.3 GBps) on the 5 GhZ network.
#31
Ordered mine this morning to replace my old ASUS RT-N66U
#32
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turbo_c
low ram on device, wouldn't bother
256 MB RAM
128 MB Flash
Show me a router with better spec.
RB450G+Unifi AP-AC Pro?
#33
turbo_c
low ram on device, wouldn't bother
stick to your talktalk super hub (_;)
#34
neas1983
87u = 600 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band -1734 Mbps (5GHz)

AC3200 = 600Mbps(2.4GHz) 1.3Gbps(5GHz), 1.3 GBps (5GHz)

Basically the AC3200 has 2 seperate 5GhZ networks allowing you to connect even more devices... When I assess this I looked at how many devices I needed to connect then went for the 87U as it seemed to have a better signal/speeed (1.7 GBps vs 1.3 GBps) on the 5 GhZ network.

I have had the 87U since release and its excellent, 4 phones, xbox, nas 2 pc TV chrome cast x2, tablet, works without any issues, recently tried the BT "Smart Hub" after 48 hours was on ebay.
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D.ICKS OUT FOR HARAMBE!
#36
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turbo_c
low ram on device, wouldn't bother
256 MB RAM
128 MB Flash
Show me a router with better spec.

Although a lower ac spec, unless your running a lot of devices, you'll get better performace with something like a Linksys WRT1900ACS with 512MB Ram, 128Mb Flash.
#37
BluCola
[RB450G+Unifi AP-AC Pro?

~£80 board plus £125 AP (apologies if the boards are available cheaply - just punted it into google, definitely wouldn't turn one down but that's not cheap), still clocks out £40 dearer than this and is a less friendly package.

Do want to get some unifi gear going soon, but don't really need it. Heard the handover's excellent between APs, and while their routing/switching/etc gear might not be fantastic and the wifi stuff might not scale well, at the lower end (1-500 users) it's proper good value.
#38
Thenewguy01
So what are the benefits of a "custom" router over my standard Sky Hub?

Many benefits such higher wireless speed, longer range. Plus has built in VPN server allows you to connect back home from anywhere in the world. You can set it up as a whole house vpn client to increase security and bypass blocked content. You can set it up as a DLNA or file server by plugging in a HDD. You could use Internet filtering for the kids etc etc the list goes on and on.
#39
khush01
D.ICKS OUT FOR HARAMBE!


Planet earth calling KHUSH01. What on earthly terms are you talking about?
#40
Is the signal better? I've got three access points in my house and it's a pain.

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