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AC-3100 vs AC-88U

Discussion in 'Wireless Buying Advice' started by BamaInArk, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. BamaInArk

    BamaInArk New Around Here

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    I'm looking to upgrade my current router, which works well I might add. The Netgear just leaves a little to be desired in some of the features that the Asus line offers. Desire the 4G sharing option.

    I don't think I really have a need for a Tri-band router so looking at choosing between the 3100 and 88U(I like the 8 ethernet ports over the 86U).

    Is either one especially better than the other? AFAICT the 88U shows Link Aggregation, which I might make use of in the future, whereas the 3100 does not show that as an option other wise they seem very similar.
     
  2. Mutzli

    Mutzli Senior Member

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    Spend the extra money and get the RT-AX88U. I just replaced my RT-AC86U with a second RT-AX88U since it is a much better router than the RT-AC88U. I bought an open box one from Amazon for $212.00. It was missing the manuals and CD. Everything else was included and looked brand new.

    BTW. the AC-3100 and AC88U are the same router.
     
  3. BamaInArk

    BamaInArk New Around Here

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    If I could find one for $212 I'd jump on that. Cheapest one now is over $300
     
  4. Mutzli

    Mutzli Senior Member

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    Keep on eye on it, they offer frequent open box deals at varying price points depending on what's missing from the original packing.
     
  5. Poseidon

    Poseidon Senior Member

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    Does Merlin support the AX88U?
     
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    Striker317 Regular Contributor

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  7. sone

    sone Occasional Visitor

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    Just a little clarification the AC-88U has 8 LAN ports. The AC-3100 has only 4.