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ASUS Intros RT-AX68U Wi-Fi 6 Router

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ASUS today introduced the RT-AX68U, a mid-range Wi-Fi 6 router. Built in a desk space-saving vertical design that can also be wall-mounted, the RT-AX68U offers wireless transmission rates of up to 2700 Mbps, supporting both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio bands. It features 1 GbE upstream and four 1 GbE downstream Ethernet ports. Two of its characteristic features are Ai Mesh and Ai Protection. Ai Mesh makes it easy to set up a Wi-Fi mesh using any other ASUS router that supports the feature, letting you spread your home Wi-Fi across distant corners of your home; while Ai Protection is a web filter that, when enabled, adds a layer of web filtering above the router's firewall, and can be used as a parental control measure. ASUS is targeting a sub-$100 price point with the RT-AX68U.



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Why?

For 100 euro kinda nice deal.
Back in the days when my head was high in the clouds I was mainly buying stuff like these. None of them lasted more than 6 months. They had terrible support and tons of bugs.

Nowadays I go for the real deal. It's more expensive but you only buy it once.

With all that said, there are many people who will just buy it because it's cheap and looks cool. And maybe, just maybe it will be OK for their laptop and Xbox.
 
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Back in the days when my head was high in the clouds I was mainly buying stuff like these. None of them lasted more than 6 months. They had terrible support and tons of bugs.

Nowadays I go for the real deal. It's more expensive but you only buy it once.

With all that said, there are many people who will just buy it because it's cheap and looks cool. And maybe, just maybe it will be OK for their laptop and Xbox.
We had a very cheapo Huwaui router that lasted for ever before it stopped working. So many years I can't count really or remember. It even got knocked many times. Most likely you had a bad luck. That could happen if you buy an expensive one really and that applies to almost all other devices you buy for a computer no matter how expensive and flashy it is.
 
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We had a very cheapo Huwaui router that lasted for ever before it stopped working. So many years I can't count really or remember. It even got knocked many times. Most likely you had a bad luck. That could happen if you buy an expensive one really and that applies to almost all other devices you buy for a computer no matter how expensive and flashy it is.
11 units in a row (not at a single location) is not a bad luck. It's a trend. And you might want to browse some CVE db and see how serious vendors like ASUS take security.

After I switched to MikroTik and Ubiquiti I never looked back.
 
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Back in the days when my head was high in the clouds I was mainly buying stuff like these. None of them lasted more than 6 months. They had terrible support and tons of bugs.

Nowadays I go for the real deal. It's more expensive but you only buy it once.

With all that said, there are many people who will just buy it because it's cheap and looks cool. And maybe, just maybe it will be OK for their laptop and Xbox.

It seems from your post you really don't understand what you are talking about. Not sure what "buying stuff like these" means. "They had terrible support and tons of bugs." sounds more like firmware issues rather than hardware. Do you know how to update firmware or use a third party firmware?

"And maybe, just maybe it will be OK for their laptop and Xbox" once again not sure why something would be OK for a laptop but not something else (desktop I presume?)
 
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It seems from your post you really don't understand what you are talking about. Not sure what "buying stuff like these" means. "They had terrible support and tons of bugs." sounds more like firmware issues rather than hardware. Do you know how to update firmware or use a third party firmware?

"And maybe, just maybe it will be OK for their laptop and Xbox" once again not sure why something would be OK for a laptop but not something else (desktop I presume?)
That's why i cri everytim
 
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Maybe I haven't read enough, but from tests on smallnetbuilder and others, I still haven't seen where AX actually performs better than AC by a significant margin.
Guess I will go for AC at the moment, might wait till the release of 6 GHz devices before the next major upgrade.
 
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Maybe I haven't read enough, but from tests on smallnetbuilder and others, I still haven't seen where AX actually performs better than AC by a significant margin.
Guess I will go for AC at the moment, might wait till the release of 6 GHz devices before the next major upgrade.
AX brings better performance only in scenarios where MU-MIMO can be exploited, i.e. clients that support it and large houses with suitable RF channel conditions.
Still, AX is a complex technology and very few vendors care to optimize it properly.
 
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