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ASUS RT - ACRH17 AC1700 or Xiaomi Mi R3P

Discussion in 'Wireless Buying Advice' started by Mountainking, Oct 15, 2018.

  1. Mountainking

    Mountainking New Around Here

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    Hi guys. Fantastic forum. Been lurking for some time soaking in all the information I can get about routers and my connection issues. Finally found decent deals on these 2 products.
    I'm not sure if I can post link of buyers here so I will just post the official products links. Which one would you recommend and why?

    My main goal would be to have a decent wifi connection around my house and any additional features such as limiting wifi access, parental controls etc would be bonus.
    Thanks guys!
    https://www.asus.com/Networking/RT-ACRH17/
    https://www.mi.com/miwifihd/specs/
     
  2. Internet Man

    Internet Man Senior Member

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    The RT-ACHR17 is an odd product. It has tri-band components and a four-stream 802.11ac radio but it only supports dual-band and only advertises three-stream 802.11ac speeds. It is not supported by Asuswrt-Merlin and likely never will be.

    The Xiaomi MiWiFi HD R3D seems to use high-end Qualcomm chips while the Xiaomi MiWiFi Pro R3P uses cheaper MediaTek chips. quad-stream MediaTek products have been reviewed well enough here to consider buying one but I don't have any hands-on experience with either to know how the features compare. If the RT-ACHR17 is running a version of ASUSWRT that isn't too crippled, it should have decent controls available. Considering hardware alone and assuming the price is similar, I'd probably go with the RT-ACHR17 since it technically matches the four-streams at 5GHz of the MiWiFi Pro but has the familiarity of ASUS.
     
  3. Mountainking

    Mountainking New Around Here

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    Thanks for the reply.
    The Xiaomi r3P (non HD) is costing me $71 while the Asus is costing me $90. I saw the ASUSWRT features and man its amazing...
    I think I could get some of it via the Xiaomi Wifi app. So why is the Asus hardware better? Because of the CPU?