Asus AC86U Router £138.69 @ Gearbest
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Asus AC86U Router £138.69 @ Gearbest

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Found 1st Oct 2017
hi, i have just ordered one of these from gearbest. seems great value for this brand new router. Be quick as only 16 left in stock. Amazon seem to be selling this for £199.99.
Just a note yes it come from China so the usual run the gauntlet of customs applies and i think it comes with a two pin style adapter.

amazon.co.uk/ASU…86u
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I'm guessing this will also be region locked to China (someone asked on the page as well to confirm this) meaning the 5ghz channels may be limited to 4 (149-161) meaning a lot of devices won't be able to see it in this part of the world, can you let me know what channels you can get when it arrives?
As the CFE will be encrypted on this you won't be able to change the region.

This may turn out to be a bad buy if the 5ghz is crippled to China as those upper channels are not legal in the UK anyway.
Edited by: "GoNz0-" 1st Oct 2017
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GoNz0-2 h, 43 m ago

I'm guessing this will also be region locked to China (someone asked on …I'm guessing this will also be region locked to China (someone asked on the page as well to confirm this) meaning the 5ghz channels may be limited to 4 (149-161) meaning a lot of devices won't be able to see it in this part of the world, can you let me know what channels you can get when it arrives?As the CFE will be encrypted on this you won't be able to change the region.This may turn out to be a bad buy if the 5ghz is crippled to China as those upper channels are not legal in the UK anyway.

Hope not else like you say a dud. Where does it say on the page about being locked?

Edit. Just seen in the question version

Edit two.

Seem you can change the region in the firmware.

See link
snbforums.com/thr…e-5
Edited by: "vwsplitty" 1st Oct 2017
vwsplitty2 h, 17 m ago

Hope not else like you say a dud. Where does it say on the page about …Hope not else like you say a dud. Where does it say on the page about being locked?Edit. Just seen in the question version


Yep I was tempted until I read that, my AC68U is ok as the CFE isn't encrypted so I can edit in whatever region I want, Asus locked down the CFE to keep the FDA happy in the US but it is one for the world with US/EU or China regions coded in. Might be worth cancelling it as it is released in the UK soon enough.
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GoNz0-1 m ago

Yep I was tempted until I read that, my AC68U is ok as the CFE isn't …Yep I was tempted until I read that, my AC68U is ok as the CFE isn't encrypted so I can edit in whatever region I want, Asus locked down the CFE to keep the FDA happy in the US but it is one for the world with US/EU or China regions coded in. Might be worth cancelling it as it is released in the UK soon enough.

See link seem it can be changed????!!!
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vwsplitty wrote:
Hope not else like you say a dud. Where does it say on the page about being locked?Edit. Just seen in the question version


Yep I was tempted until I read that, my AC68U is ok as the CFE isn’t encrypted so I can edit in whatever region I want, Asus locked down the CFE to keep the FDA happy in the US but it is one for the world with US/EU or China regions coded in. Might be worth cancelling it as it is released in the UK soon enough.
what link?
vwsplitty24 m ago

https://www.snbforums.com/threads/rt-ac86u-hit-the-fcc.38770/page-5[Image]


Cool, didn't know Asus finally got region selection!
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GoNz0-1 h, 37 m ago

Cool, didn't know Asus finally got region selection!

Just need r Merlin to do his think and this will be a cracking router!
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GoNz0-1st Oct

Already in Alpha! Already in Alpha! https://www.snbforums.com/threads/alpha-asuswrt-merlin-382-1-alpha.41380/#post-349809


It came today. Need to turn in an test. Bonus
Was the declared value !!!!
All good? Thinking about pulling the trigger but worried about gear best, how long did it take to arrive?
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About 2 weeks I’d say
vwsplitty16th Nov 2017

About 2 weeks I’d say


I'm thinking of getting this router, just wanted to ask how it's been running for you? Is it good to go straight out of the box or did you flash with different firmware? Thanks
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tailor31315 h, 43 m ago

I'm thinking of getting this router, just wanted to ask how it's been …I'm thinking of getting this router, just wanted to ask how it's been running for you? Is it good to go straight out of the box or did you flash with different firmware? Thanks



Well it did/does have a few little bugs here and there but not that much that I wouldn’t buy it. I’m using the Rmerlin firmware which seems to be getting changed around a lot.
The 5ghz range was the biggest improvement I noticed on this.
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