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ASUS RT-AC85P Wireless AC2400 Dual-Band Gaming Router £134.99 @ Box
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ASUS RT-AC85P Wireless AC2400 Dual-Band Gaming Router £134.99 @ Box

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Posted 2nd Feb
Seems to be an update/refresh of the popular RT-AC68U. Best UK price around and better priced than the 5+ years old RT-AC68U.
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Gaming router lol
the__cat02/02/2019 18:38

Gaming router lol



Marketing ploy of course but the specs look good!
Does anyone have more information on this product?
JoeSpur02/02/2019 21:50

Marketing ploy of course but the specs look good!Does anyone have more …Marketing ploy of course but the specs look good!Does anyone have more information on this product?


asus.com/Net…5P/
the__cat16 m ago

https://www.asus.com/Networking/RT-AC85P/



That is all I have found outside a few etailers selling it.
I have the 86u and its been a very good investment. Fantastic set of features, flawless wi-fi and it even helps with the VPN encryption / decryption meaning your connected devices dont have to do all the heavy lifting.

If this is the 86u under a diffirent hood then its a great buy at this price.
Edited by: "The_Bounty_Bear" 3rd Feb
Choppi03/02/2019 07:15

Same as AC-86u which is very well regarded. Usual marketing …Same as AC-86u which is very well regarded. Usual marketing stuff!https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/33158-asus-rt-ac86u-dual-band-ac2900-wireless-router-reviewed


We can't really say that unless we know what chipset it's using. It makes a difference when wanting to use 3rd party firmware too.
Edited by: "JoeSpur" 3rd Feb
This doesn’t seem to support AI Mesh like my 68u does.

I am looking to add another ASUS Ai mesh router to my home to create a mesh network. Am I best to go for another 68u or is the a cheaper AI Mesh product that will work without slowing anything down? Sorry to hijack the thread with my question.
Just to add. I-Mesh is not supported if you choose to install Merlin Firmware as it is not open source.
Edited by: "The_Bounty_Bear" 4th Feb
The_Bounty_Bear04/02/2019 19:51

Just to add. I-Mesh is not supported if you choose to install Merlin …Just to add. I-Mesh is not supported if you choose to install Merlin Firmware as it is not open source.



I did not know that but I'm seeing that now. This one does not have a Broadcom chipset so it wouldnt be supported anyway.
JoeSpur04/02/2019 22:20

I did not know that but I'm seeing that now. This one does not have a …I did not know that but I'm seeing that now. This one does not have a Broadcom chipset so it wouldnt be supported anyway.


Okay i dont live in a mansion but the wifi connection from my Asus does not drop till i am well away from my house and half way down next street.

I have also had no issues with HD streaming to three devices on the network at same time and all going through the VPN. Before you buy two mid range routers see if one premium Asus router wont be sufficent.
Edited by: "The_Bounty_Bear" 5th Feb
The_Bounty_Bear9 h, 54 m ago

Okay i dont live in a mansion but the wifi connection from my Asus does …Okay i dont live in a mansion but the wifi connection from my Asus does not drop till i am well away from my house and half way down next street. I have also had no issues with HD streaming to three devices on the network at same time and all going through the VPN. Before you buy two mid range routers see if one premium Asus router wont be sufficent.


Yes, I think I have decided on getting the AC86U.
Shame the chipset prevents this running Merlin. For 135 quid I'd want something Merlin compatible to squeeze every last drop out the OpenVPN client.
ScoobyStoo15/02/2019 19:16

Shame the chipset prevents this running Merlin. For 135 quid I'd want …Shame the chipset prevents this running Merlin. For 135 quid I'd want something Merlin compatible to squeeze every last drop out the OpenVPN client.


Yeah, that’s why I opted for RT-AC86U. Good choice?
JoeSpur15/02/2019 23:25

Yeah, that’s why I opted for RT-AC86U. Good choice?


Yeah. Out of interest what price did you pay?

I'm setting a mate up with OpenVPN tunnel and it's a toss up between the AC66U-B1 and the AC86U.

The AC66U-B1 is only about 100 quid on Amazon, but its CPU is a significantly less powerful than the one in the AC86U. Since OpenVPN uses a single threaded architecture (why God, why!?) this matters, and it will bottleneck under heavy load.
ScoobyStoo14 h, 43 m ago

Yeah. Out of interest what price did you pay?I'm setting a mate up with …Yeah. Out of interest what price did you pay?I'm setting a mate up with OpenVPN tunnel and it's a toss up between the AC66U-B1 and the AC86U.The AC66U-B1 is only about 100 quid on Amazon, but its CPU is a significantly less powerful than the one in the AC86U. Since OpenVPN uses a single threaded architecture (why God, why!?) this matters, and it will bottleneck under heavy load.


I haven’t actually purchased yet, waiting for payday, but my decision is made. I will buy it from Amazon for around £160.

When everyone talks about OpenVPN on these routers are they using VPN’s purchased from providers or ones they build and host themselves
I'd imagine almost everyone here is setting up a VPN with a retail provider to torrent and circumvent georestrictions (e.g. Netflix).

Anyone setting up a corporate VPN (e.g. for a new office location) is highly unlikely to be using this sort of kit unless it's a tiny single room office. These products are very much for the retail user. Could never support the traffic in any office of significant size.
ScoobyStoo5 h, 36 m ago

I'd imagine almost everyone here is setting up a VPN with a retail …I'd imagine almost everyone here is setting up a VPN with a retail provider to torrent and circumvent georestrictions (e.g. Netflix).Anyone setting up a corporate VPN (e.g. for a new office location) is highly unlikely to be using this sort of kit unless it's a tiny single room office. These products are very much for the retail user. Could never support the traffic in any office of significant size.


Yeah I know that. I was thinking more about hobbyists connecting to their homes and circumventing ads etc..
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