I think 2.4 GHz AX3000 is amplified externally AX58U isn't: https://www.snbforums.com/threads/rt-ax56u-vs-rt-ax58u-vs-rt-ax3000.63912/#post-58085882u looks like it uses the TUF gaming AX3000 PCB which means the 2.4ghz is likely amplified externally. 58u/AX3000 aren't
TUF-AX3000 for reference:
+Skyworks amplifers on 2.4g
+Metal RJ45 connectors.
Might be higher priced that I expected.. $250? Granted, I think this should really sell for $200 max.. but RGB... lol
86U should be around $280, but could be higher to fill market gaps.
I can see
88u $350 MSRP
Competitor AX5400 router from netgear has a MSRP of $300.... which is kinda overpriced relative to the AX6000 from TP link or AX88U from ASUS.. Granted those prices are also ridic in my book lol
AX58U and AX3000 are the same, just made in different locations for US market. AX-3000 is a Vietnam made model. AX58U is made in China or Taiwan depending on region. AX58U and AX3000 performance fall into tolerance level of general performance comparing the 2.4g side by side.I think 2.4 GHz AX3000 is amplified externally AX58U isn't: https://www.snbforums.com/threads/rt-ax56u-vs-rt-ax58u-vs-rt-ax3000.63912/#post-580858
AX82U details http://en.techinfodepot.shoutwiki.com/wiki/ASUS_RT-AX82U , internally looks about three same as AX3000, I'm guessing the main difference is unlocked 4x4:4 vs 2x4:2 on AX3000/AX58U
It's literally a variation of the AX58U PCB with diff ID and RGB.Cheaper than I expected.
EDIT: I would have guessed $400/300.
/editAnyone have an educated guess whether there will be a range difference between the two and whether either will have better 2.4 support (have a lot of small sensors that are 2.4 only)?
Minor speed differences, extra ports, etc. don't matter in my setup - just need maximum range and good 2.4 support.
Or would one of the older models better serve me? Need to replace a dead AC3100. Have several mesh nodes and this will be the main mesh server connected to the WAN.
its a fully enabled 4x4 radio on the AX82U. Range should be a lot better than the AX58U, especially on AC clients.AX82U seems to just be an AXx58U in a new shell, so should have pretty much identical range to that (which I found a bit disappointing compared to an older AC68U) - you should be able to check reviews of the AX58U to see how it fares (or just go straight for the AX58U which will probably be cheaper if you don't care what it looks like/have no use for RGB)
AX86U seems to have fairly decent range from any reviews I've read, so I'll probably be going for that myself.
Hard to justify spending $280-$300 when wi-fi 6E will be out soon. I do like the AX86U but it doesn't have have a lot of benefits our AC86U with our 300Mbps/ 30Mbps down. We might see a small increase in range or performance but can probably get another year out of the 86U and wi-fi 6E will be sorted out by then.