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Asus RT-AC86U AC2900 AI Mesh Gigabit Wireless Router £128.98 (using code) @ Very
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Asus RT-AC86U AC2900 AI Mesh Gigabit Wireless Router £128.98 (using code) @ Very

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Posted 7th Jun

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Use code JUNE10 at checkout for £10 off making total £128.98 inc delivery.

MPN: 90IG00V1-BU2G00
EAN: 4716659639800

Item number NCJEK1G

The Asus RT-AC86U AC2900 AI Mesh Gigabit Wireless Router is ideal for serious gamers.

This is the ultimate choice for gaming, with blistering 2917Mbps Wi-Fi speeds, MU-MIMO technology and powerful game-boosting features including the WTFast® game accelerator and Adaptive QoS.

Whether you're gaming online in a heated competition or streaming a live event in 4K UHD, lag and buffering are simply not an option. NitroQAM™ (1024-QAM) technology delivers the ultimate 5GHz quad-stream (4x4) speeds of up to 2167Mbps, giving RT-AC86U combined total speed of 2917Mbps. So everyone on your network can enjoy smooth streaming and low-latency online gaming!

Boost your gaming bandwidth with Adaptive QoS (Quality of Service), which allows you to easily prioritise gaming packets and activities. You can even assign full dedicated bandwidth while gaming under gamer solo mode, making the Asus RT-AC86U the perfect ally for low latency gaming anywhere in your home.

It supports major consoles including PS3, PS4, PS4™ Pro, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, 3DS and Xbox One. MU-MIMO gives every compatible device its own dedicated full-speed Wi-Fi connection, so that multiple devices can connect at the same time without slowing down the network. In fact, RT-AC86U is able to connect to multiple MU-MIMO-compatible clients at each device's maximum speed simultaneously.

With ASUS innovative antenna design and the new Range Boost technology, both Wi-Fi range and signal stability improve dramatically. AiRadar further focuses Wi-Fi signal on your devices, making your Wi-Fi faster, clearer and stronger. RT-AC86U incorporates ASUS AiProtection, a commercial-grade network security system coverintg all connected devices, even if they have no antivirus capability of their own.

- Depth: 83.3 MM
- Height: 160 MM
- Width: 220 MM
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Personally, I'd prefer to get it from Amazon for £133 and have easier returns and no using a code.

Great router though.
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Personally, I'd prefer to get it from Amazon for £133 and have easier returns and no using a code.

Great router though.
I'm trying to understand why it is called mesh... I know that Netgear have their nighthawk series mesh compatible with their ex7500/8000 extenders, but I failed to see the same apparel set up with Asus. Am I missing something?
Is this much better than the Netgear R7800
Jabeat07/06/2019 07:15

I'm trying to understand why it is called mesh... I know that Netgear have …I'm trying to understand why it is called mesh... I know that Netgear have their nighthawk series mesh compatible with their ex7500/8000 extenders, but I failed to see the same apparel set up with Asus. Am I missing something?


All Asus routers with ai mesh can become a wifi node to extend the WiFi with their technology. It's really good.
trakker107/06/2019 07:30

Is this much better than the Netgear R7800


R7800 is solid router. I'm using one since 2017. However you can't go wrong with either of these.
Out of stock now
error2k207/06/2019 08:04

All Asus routers with ai mesh can become a wifi node to extend the WiFi …All Asus routers with ai mesh can become a wifi node to extend the WiFi with their technology. It's really good.


Ok - thanks. That would be an expensive mesh system to put together though if you have to buy multiple routers to create a mesh environment. I mean more expensive than some existing mesh systems (deco, BT etc.). Anyway still a good price for this router.
error2k207/06/2019 08:04

All Asus routers with ai mesh can become a wifi node to extend the WiFi …All Asus routers with ai mesh can become a wifi node to extend the WiFi with their technology. It's really good.


Only downside is that last time I looked it's not supported by Merlin's custom firmware, which is my preference
BUT to be honest the excellent wifi range on this (and other Asus) routers negate the need for a mesh...unless you live in a mansion
Edited by: "dannyboiz" 7th Jun
Jabeat07/06/2019 08:47

Ok - thanks. That would be an expensive mesh system to put together though …Ok - thanks. That would be an expensive mesh system to put together though if you have to buy multiple routers to create a mesh environment. I mean more expensive than some existing mesh systems (deco, BT etc.). Anyway still a good price for this router.


Yeah, under the perfect circumstances, it's cheaper. I. E. You already owned an other aimesh router and you need to upgrade anyway.
Otherwise it's the most expensive. But as someone who has used old WiFi extenders, powerline extenders, WiFi mesh velicraptors. This one is the best I've used for coverage, hand off and speed.
I may have had a faulty one but had the AC88U with Modem. Had to send back as every time I used the 5GHz wifi frequency, the wifi would drop and had to restart the router. Googled it and it seemed to be a thing and was very annoying!

I swapped it for a cheaper NETGEAR D7800 Nighthawk and its been flawless. Hope that helps
Out of interest, was anyone able to order with free click & collect? It doesn't show up for me (presumably since the delivery requires to be signed for).

Otherwise the price should mention the £3.99 delivery.
trakker107/06/2019 07:30

Is this much better than the Netgear R7800


I don't think it is, the wireless performance on the r7800 is better.
There'sa free comparison articles flying about in the old thread for this router.
dannyboiz07/06/2019 08:51

Only downside is that last time I looked it's not supported by Merlin's …Only downside is that last time I looked it's not supported by Merlin's custom firmware, which is my preference BUT to be honest the excellent wifi range on this (and other Asus) routers negate the need for a mesh...unless you live in a mansion


Agreed. Mine does not drop devices until they reach the next street !!
Edited by: "The_Bounty_Bear" 7th Jun
Have one. Great price - similar to what I paid.
Rock solid router, and the dogs, if you, like me need a router with VPN client ability.
Netgear equivs don't have this option, so buyer beware, if that is something you need.
Its why I went for the RT-AC86U and I haven't regretted it.
I was going to go for the AC88U with its embedded modem, but bad reports put me off.
The AC86U is far more tuneable and reliable - running the Merlin firmware.
Running mine in parallel to my ISPs crappy modem router - which is running in bridge mode, so just doing the modem bit.
Edited by: "meggie_dude" 7th Jun
error2k207/06/2019 08:57

Yeah, under the perfect circumstances, it's cheaper. I. E. You already …Yeah, under the perfect circumstances, it's cheaper. I. E. You already owned an other aimesh router and you need to upgrade anyway.Otherwise it's the most expensive. But as someone who has used old WiFi extenders, powerline extenders, WiFi mesh velicraptors. This one is the best I've used for coverage, hand off and speed.


Fair enough and appreciate your comment. I went down the Netgear EX route because I had a R7000 router, but the mesh WiFi extenders didn't live up to my expectations. Instead I invested in devolo magic mesh powerline WiFi environment, expensive and ok ish. I think mesh is still a new technology and there is huge margin of improvement. I just hope I invested in the one that will get solid updates in the future!
darthbacca3707/06/2019 09:21

I may have had a faulty one but had the AC88U with Modem. Had to send …I may have had a faulty one but had the AC88U with Modem. Had to send back as every time I used the 5GHz wifi frequency, the wifi would drop and had to restart the router. Googled it and it seemed to be a thing and was very annoying!I swapped it for a cheaper NETGEAR D7800 Nighthawk and its been flawless. Hope that helps


I've got the AC86U and only use 5Ghz WiFi. Absolutely no problems at all.

The AC86U is a near perfect router IMO.

If the AX88U was cheaper that would probably beat it.
How does this compare to the Netgear R8000? That's currently £139.99 on Amazon
JUNE10 saying expired for me.

Even though we're still in JUNE.


EDIT:

Signed up to their credit agreement, but paid in full using paypal.
£125.48 delivered.
Using discount code: MJWT7

Just in time as my ancient N66U is dying.
Edited by: "J4GG4" 26th Jun
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