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Asus RT-AX88 vs Asus RT-AC86+switch? And if AC86, which Switch? I got an Asus RT-AX88!

Discussion in 'ASUS Wireless' started by Bamsefar, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. Bamsefar

    Bamsefar Senior Member

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    So I basically do not need the performance of the AX88, but I do need the extra Ethernet ports. Currently I have a AC88, which seems to fail port 5-8 from time to time - I have not found a solution on that.

    So either I go AX88, or I go AC86 plus a switch. Any thoughts on what route to choose? And what switch in that case (I don't need more than 6 ports in total currently, but I guess a total of 8 would be nice-to-have)?

    Yes I know, I could go switch to my current AC88 - however one thing I do keep track on is electric power usage, so this is where the AC86 comes in :)
     
  2. RMerlin

    RMerlin Super Moderator

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    Go for a switch instead, it will provide more flexibility, and more ports.

    An inexpensive TP-Link 5 ports or 8 ports would do the job. These are pretty green as well, so power usage will remain low.
     
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  3. L&LD

    L&LD Part of the Furniture

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  4. Grisu

    Grisu Part of the Furniture

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    Why dont use your AC88U only as switch for next time (turned off Wifi) to extend 86U (you will need only the 4 good ports on it).
    Maybe in 2 years or little more you would like to get 2,5/5/10G port switch (and router) when they become cheap.
     
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  5. Bamsefar

    Bamsefar Senior Member

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    In my mind that would be to go in the wrong direction regarding electric power usage. I would rather just get a switch to my AC88, it is for sure a lot cheaper.
     
  6. L&LD

    L&LD Part of the Furniture

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    How much difference can power usage be? $5 or $10 a year? :)

    That would pay for the switch I suggested for the next 3 or 4 years at a minimum. :)
     
  7. Bamsefar

    Bamsefar Senior Member

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    Well in this case the suggestion is to use my AC88 as switch combined with a AC86. That will for sure consume alot more power than AC86+switch, or my current AC88+switch.

    I guess that something like Dlink DGS-1005G switch could be powered from one if the USB ports...?
     
  8. L&LD

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    Even if that is possible, I wouldn't put that kind of load on the router, indefinitely. :)
     
  9. Bamsefar

    Bamsefar Senior Member

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    For some reason someone seems to have read my mind (or this thread) so I got a far to good deal on a AX88 - no I for sure do not need a AX88 - however this was one of the "to good to turn down" offers.
     
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