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ASUS AC2900 Wi-Fi Dual-band Gigabit Wireless Router

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  • Dual-band (2.4 + 5 GHz) AC2900 wireless router with the latest 802.11ac MU-MIMO technology for data transfer speeds up to 2900 Mbps
  • 1.8 GHz 32-bit Dual-Core processor optimizes network traffic and connectivity speeds from the
  • USB 3.1 Gen1 and 4 x Gigabit LAN ports
  • Designed for lag-free online gaming and flawless 4K UHD streaming with WTFast Game
  • Accelerator and Adaptive QoS
  • AiProtection Powered by Trend Micro provides built-in 24/7 protection from external attacks and threats, neutralizing them before they reach your network or connected devices
  • Manage your network with the ASUS Router app - setup your network, manage usage and parental controls, even get instant notifications about important network-based events
  • AiMesh Supported - Upgrade your firmware to easily connect to other compatible ASUS routers to create a powerful and flexible whole-home Wi-Fi network

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  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Died After 2 Days

Pros: - Died within Newegg's RMA window, so I didn't have to pay for shipping out of my own pocket to RMA a defective product to Asus and get back a refurbished router.

Cons: - None

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1/ 5
No 2.4g band in one year

Pros: As a router

Cons: I use it as an AiMesh Node, and don't have the 2.4g band in one year. Out of warranty and Asus won't bother to help me.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Still waiting for replacement

Pros: Easy setup

Cons: Worked for less than 24 hours. Updated firmware and only worked for another month. Got RMA for router, service center received router on 11/29, unable to repair router setting up replacement, still waiting on 12/19.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Good for awhile

Pros: I bought this router because I prefer the ASUS software and because it was a pcmag editors choice, but I can’t recommend beyond those 2 points. This is my 3rd asus router and after 10 months, it is starting to have issues just like the previous asus routers I owned. I seriously believe the components they use, degrade over time, and a year is about the longest your asus router will last. It’s a real shame considering the software, especially with the Merlin open source code, is the best out there. I love it because I can easily control my teenagers access and use.

Beyond that, the hardware starts out performing well, but then within a few months I start experiencing performance issues like dropped connections on the wireless which are normally tolerable, but not if you are a serious streamer or a competitive gamer. These dropouts will literally “kill you”. I wish I could use a wired connection, but unfortunately that is not possible at this time. The logistics make it impossible.

So after about 5 months I started having problems with the software not showing me what’s connected with any stability. I’d look at the map and it would show 37 connections, then I’d see 3, then 15, then 30, back down to 10, and it would keep jumping around like that. It use show me all the connections like most other routers and it would be stable. This is a real pain.

Just recently, the 2.4g network appeared to have died. The SSID was not showing up and the network was not allowing connections. I was able to fix it slightly by specifying legacy mode which limits the bandwidth to 20mhz. This worked fine for awhile, but then my smart home devices would not connect anymore. They only use 2.4G, and it’s a real pain when they disconnect and won’t reconnect. I spent several days messing with some of my smart appliances like my Honeywell Thermostats and my tplink lights, but they just wouldn’t reconnect. I was getting very frustrated and was thinking about replacing them when I decided to try an older Netgear router that I purchased, but didn’t use it because I hated the user interface software. This fixed all my smart home connection issues so I know it was my asus router being the source of my problems.

I could never get the my router to reliably stream on twitch no matter how much I played with the QOS settings and was convinced they didn’t help at all or did anything that was noticeably different so I just ended up turning QOS off. I wish I could get this router to last longer, but I don’t see that being possible from my past experience.

Cons: Pros

- best GUI on the market

Cons

- dropped connections
- hardware dies prematurely (less than 1 year)
- QOS doesn’t seem to make any improvement

Other Thoughts: Wish ASUS could make hardware that last a couple of years at least.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for reaching out to us with your feedback on this model. We're sorry for the experience you've had with the 2.4GHz connection on this model. Based on the issue you described it seems as if something is interfering with the network connection, we would recommend that you follow the steps in the FAQ as follows: https://www.asus.com/support/FAQ/1030641/. Also we would recommend that you try the steps below: Change the Channel Bandwidth: 20 MHz (https://www.asus.com/support/FAQ/1030641/), Change the control Channel: 1, 6 or 11, Change the Authentication Method: WPA-Auto-Personal and Change the WPA Encryption: TKIP+AES. For further assistance please feel free to reach out to us by email: customerloyalty@asus.com. Please use a link to this review as reference. I do look forward to your response. Have an extraordinary day.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Best Regards,
Joan
ASUS Customer Loyalty US Support
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
lasted 3 months ...

Pros: cute

Cons: wifi cuts out routinely
IoT support lacking

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your feedback on this model. We're sorry to hear about he connection issue you're having and please allow us to make your experience with at ASUS a better one. We would recommend that you follow the steps in FAQ below: https://www.asus.com/us/support/FAQ/1030608/. It seems as if something is interfering with the WiFi signal. We would recommend that you that you follow the steps below: https://www.asus.com/support/FAQ/1030641/. For further assistance please feel free to reach out to us by email: customerloyalty@asus.com. Please use a link to this review as reference. I do look forward to your response. Have an extraordinary day.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Best Regards,
Joan
ASUS Customer Loyalty US Support
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
5/ 5
Fast easy delivery

Pros: Easy to set up compared to ac88u last year for aimesh

Cons: Coming from Singapore there is no warranty for this set going to Singapore

Other Thoughts: None I can think of at the moment

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
New ASUS RT-86U rocks! replaced my old ASUS RT-56U.

Pros: Easy to set up and install
Strong and fast wifi signal
Great coverage around the house

Cons: cheesy WPS button just like my last ASUS, I'm not going to mess with it...the last time I press that button it broke.

Other Thoughts: I recommend this product, best router for the money better than the Netgear Nighthawk.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
2.4G radio apparently dead after 3 months

Pros: Good coverage and speeds when working, plenty of features.

Cons: 2.4G radio dead after only 3 months operation.

Other Thoughts: Like others, I upgraded from an older Asus router (N66U) because of my great experience with that model. Unfortunately the AC86U has let me down. Today after only about 3 months in operation, the 2.4G network disappeared. As others have tried, I rebooted several times and did a factory reset. Nothing helped. I count at least 3 other reviews mentioning this issue. Unfortunately I am out of the return period with Newegg so I guess I'll be dealing with Asus support. From what I have read online, I'll have to mail this router back in for service. Since I don't have a backup router, I will likely have to buy one to keep me running while my Asus is being repaired. We'll see how that process goes...

In summary, I'd think twice about this Asus RT-86U. While it has lots of great features, that does you no good when a major part of the router dies after a short time.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Bryan S,

Thank you for posting your feedback on this model. We're sorry to hear about the connection issue you're having. We would recommend that you follow the steps below to resolve the 2.4GHz issue. Here: Change the Channel Bandwidth: 20 MHz (https://www.asus.com/support/FAQ/1030641/) Change the control Channel: 1, 6 or 11, Change the Authentication Method: WPA-Auto-Personal and Change the WPA Encryption: TKIP+AES. For further assistance please feel free to reach out to us by email: customerloyalty@asus.com. Please use a link to this review as reference. I do look forward to your response. Have an extraordinary day.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Best Regards,
Joan
ASUS Customer Loyalty US Support
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