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Severalty

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Hi,
Would the netgear be close competition to the crowd favorite AC86U?

I just need the built-in OpenVPN functionality and a reliable parental control mobile app.
House is only 1300sqft so coverage and speeds won't be an issue with either I guess.
Currently on gig speed UFB on Linksys WRT 1900AC getting 900mbps on Ethernet and 500-600 on WiFi. Just really sucky Linksys mobile app is the reason too look for an upgrade.

My last experiences with Netgear was very negative but hoping if others could advise.
 
It's almost 2024, the RT-AC86u is probably not flavour of the month on these forums (I had one) since it has/had a few issues. If your sole reason is looking for a router that can handle OpenVPN well, then look for a WiFi6/WiFi7 router with a powerful processor and good reviews.
Oh, and reliable parental control on a router - I've yet to be convinced that such a feature really exists!
 
Welcome to the forums @Severalty.

No AC class router is recommended in late 2023.

Asus is head and shoulders above everything else available in the consumer space. Particularly if it is also RMerlin supported.

The two most bang for the buck routers today are the older GT-AX6000 and the more current RT-AX88U Pro.
 
As much as I like NETGEAR, in this case I'd recommend ASUS, especially for VPN stuff
 
Asus is head and shoulders above everything else available in the consumer space. Particularly if it is also RMerlin supported.

Actually, I really like my Synology RT6600ax that's running my primary LAN/WLAN...

I do agree however, that 11ax these days is the place to be - one can get a lot of performance for a reasonable price - and it doesn't have to be Asus...


Which is good enough for most, as your wireless clients are generally the limit, not the AP.
 
Actually, I really like my Synology RT6600ax that's running my primary LAN/WLAN...

I do agree however, that 11ax these days is the place to be - one can get a lot of performance for a reasonable price - and it doesn't have to be Asus...


Which is good enough for most, as your wireless clients are generally the limit, not the AP.
I did see Synology comes out with new firmware every couple of months. If they had just put 2 2.5Gbit ports on the RT6600ax...
 

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