ASUS RT-AX86U Wi-Fi 6 2.5G port

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pege63

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I wonder if the 2.5G port on the ASUS RT-AX86U Wi-Fi 6 can be used as a WAN port?
Or is it only activated using the DUAL WAN mode option and NOT ON the single WAN mode?

The price on the ASUS RT-AX86U Wi-Fi 6 is right now 2990 SEK
and the price on the ASUS RT-RT-AX82U Wi-Fi 6 is right now 1890 SEK.

Is it worth 1100 SEK more just for a 2.5G port if it cant be used as a WAN port?
 
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L&LD

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If you have an ISP service with a single port connection that supports greater than 1GbE connections (many don't), then yes (it is worth it and it is possible on the RT-AX86U).
 

dscline

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I wonder if the 2.5G port on the ASUS RT-AX86U Wi-Fi 6 can be used as a WAN port?
Or is it only activated using the DUAL WAN mode option and NOT ON the single WAN mode?
It is a bit confusing, because you have to select the 2.5G port from the Dual Wan tab, but you can select the 2.5G WAN port from the Dual Wan tab w/o turning dual WAN on, as per here. I haven't tested it, as my modem doesn't have a 2.5G port. My modem DOES have dual 1G ports, and the AX86U also supports link aggregation for the WAN connection. I haven't tested this, as my connection is only 480Mbps.
 

Hollowlog

New Around Here
I wonder if the 2.5G port on the ASUS RT-AX86U Wi-Fi 6 can be used as a WAN port?
Or is it only activated using the DUAL WAN mode option and NOT ON the single WAN mode?

The price on the ASUS RT-AX86U Wi-Fi 6 is right now 2990 SEK
and the price on the ASUS RT-RT-AX82U Wi-Fi 6 is right now 1890 SEK.

Is it worth 1100 SEK more just for a 2.5G port if it cant be used as a WAN port?
 

Hollowlog

New Around Here
I am using link aggregation from my Motorola MB8600 to wan aggregation of the AX86U. There's an option to use the 2.5 gig port for wan. Some of the new modems have a 2.5 gig Ethernet port.
 

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pege63

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It is a bit confusing, because you have to select the 2.5G port from the Dual Wan tab, but you can select the 2.5G WAN port from the Dual Wan tab w/o turning dual WAN on, as per here. I haven't tested it, as my modem doesn't have a 2.5G port. My modem DOES have dual 1G ports, and the AX86U also supports link aggregation for the WAN connection. I haven't tested this, as my connection is only 480Mbps.

Yes it is, that's why i posted this question.
The link was very helpful, could not find that in the manual.
Are there any 3rd part firmware for this two routers?
 

dscline

Regular Contributor
Are there any 3rd part firmware for this two routers?
Yes, there's Merlin's firmware for the AX86, I'm not aware of any for the 82, but I don't have that model, so I'm not the best person to ask.
 

Dinodogacw3426

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I wonder if the 2.5G port on the ASUS RT-AX86U Wi-Fi 6 can be used as a WAN port?
Or is it only activated using the DUAL WAN mode option and NOT ON the single WAN mode?

The price on the ASUS RT-AX86U Wi-Fi 6 is right now 2990 SEK
and the price on the ASUS RT-RT-AX82U Wi-Fi 6 is right now 1890 SEK.

Is it worth 1100 SEK more just for a 2.5G port if it cant be used as a WAN port?
I am not sure of the dual WAN, I tested the Surfboard 8200 1G port connect to 2.5G WAN on the Asus AX86, it does not work. It will work as an expensive gigabit ethernet port and will downgrade to 1G if you connect a LAN device to it. I am sure it will work with NAS device that can support client-side 2.5G Ethernet port connection.
 

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