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Is ASUS RT-ACRH17 ROUTER good to buy ?

Discussion in 'ASUS AC Routers & Adapters' started by aligh, Dec 14, 2019.

  1. aligh

    aligh Occasional Visitor

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    Hello
    Is the (asus rt- acrh 17 ac 1700 ) excellent router to buy ? I want to buy it ? please advise me

    I have some questions about the router if anyone has it before :-

    1- Can the router cover 3000 sq feet home?
    2- What is the dc output voltage of the router ?
    3- Is the antenna removable ?
    4- Can it work on 220 volt?

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  2. Grisu

    Grisu Part of the Furniture

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    Usually they have multi-voltage input 110-230V while output may be 19V= as most other Asus routers, but adapter has to fit your mains plug.
    I wont take this as it my be sold not that often and no Merlin support, better to take reliable RT-AC66U_B1 if you need a cheap one.
    For 3000sq you may need more than one router, depending on building structure and speed needed at far points.
    Antennas usually are removable with standard antenna plug.
     
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  3. aligh

    aligh Occasional Visitor

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    Is RT-AC66U_B1 better than rt- acrh 17 ? what do you think ?

    What is Merlin support ? I am new to routers world
     
  4. Grisu

    Grisu Part of the Furniture

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    Merlin firmware is enhanced asus stock firmware and you might love to use it rather than stock.
    Wait for others to answer too, I wont take this as I never heard before in this forum, better to go with well known models.
    Doesn't mean it must be bad, but you'll have a hard time to find many recommendations to verify.
    And it seem that it doesn't support Aimesh if you need more than one router to easily pair them.
     
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  5. aligh

    aligh Occasional Visitor

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    Thanks to this. Merlin firmware is open source , isn't ?
    Yes better to go with well known model. but I want it because the price.
    yes it doesn't support Aimesh ? is this problem ?
     
  6. Grisu

    Grisu Part of the Furniture

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    Only if you want to use it in case you need more than one router for your home to cover all with WiFi.
    Yes, you can read his code.
    Which price?
    RT-AC66U_B1 you get for about 70$. Maybe wait some weeks it will go down again, now its more because of Christmas.
     
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  7. aligh

    aligh Occasional Visitor

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    Yes all right.
    The price of the rt- acrh 17.
    Yes they are same price in amazon . I have check it .
     
  8. Val D.

    Val D. Very Senior Member

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    RT-ACRH17 is a region specific model, not available in every country.

    1 - No
    2 - 12V 0.6A
    3 - No
    4 - Yes

    Google search + 60 seconds time.

    If the price is the same, I would get RT-AC66U_B1 router.
    It's the same hardware as RT-AC68U, one of the most popular ASUS models.
     
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  9. aligh

    aligh Occasional Visitor

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    Yes RT-AC66U_B1 router is better than rt- acrh 17 , but need 12 v dc output and the rt- acrh 17 is 12 v while RT-AC66U_B1 is 19 v
    you mean the hardware of RT-AC66U_B1 is the same as RT-AC68U ?
     
  10. Val D.

    Val D. Very Senior Member

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    Yes, it is the same hardware in a different package.

    Then get what you need.
     
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  11. aaronwt

    aaronwt Regular Contributor

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    I am liking the RT-ACRH17. I received one this week. And like my three RT-ACRH13 models I also use, I am using it in AP mode.

    A properly setup wifi network requires multiple Access Points. Trying to use one AP for an entire dwelling si asking for trouble. Multiple APs can eliminated congetstions issues and can also all all devices to get excellent signal strength and maximum speeds.
     
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  12. pUpetS

    pUpetS New Around Here

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    There may be a non-official Merlin for the ACRH17. Anyone tried?

    2A. BTW, 12V is an advantage because it's common, unlike Asus' unusual 19V.

    @aaronwt

    What practical differences do you see between the ACRH13 and ACRH17?
    Any extra firmware features?

    I have neither, but some differences I noticed:

    Firmware updates.
    ACRH17: last updated 5/2019, v3.0.0.4.382.51569.
    ACRH13: updated more frequently. Last updated 12/2019, v3.0.0.4.382.51939.

    Physical design.
    ACRH17: LED per LAN port, USB on back.
    ACRH13: Single LED for all ports, USB on front.

    Flash.
    ACRH17: 256MB.
    ACRH13: 128MB+2MB (if two flash chips, unlike ACRH17, maybe better for recovery?).

    Power (maybe). ACRH17: 2A. ACRH13: 1.5A.

    Potential SoC features, unclear if Asus employs them in any way. ACRH17 (IPQ4019) theoretically supports these extras: Dual 5GHz (?), SD card, PCIe, Qualcomm's WiFi SON (a mesh thing, whatever it's supposed to do).

    Refs:

    https://www.qualcomm.com/products/ipq4018
    https://www.qualcomm.com/products/ipq4019
    https://www.qualcomm.com/media/documents/files/ipq40x8-ipq40x9-product-brief.pdf

    http://en.techinfodepot.shoutwiki.com/wiki/ASUS_RT-ACRH13
    http://en.techinfodepot.shoutwiki.com/wiki/ASUS_RT-ACRH17
     
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