New ASUS ZenWiFi ET8 with Wifi 6E

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L&LD

Part of the Furniture
Not enough RAM, not enough CPU, and not enough antennae/streams for each band.

Hard pass.
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
Beauty does not equal form... beauty equals function. :)
 

RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
Not enough RAM, not enough CPU, and not enough antennae/streams for each band.
There is zero need for more RAM or more CPU on a mesh node. Under normal operation mode, these still have well over 100 MB of free RAM, and CPU usage will never have all cores loaded at the same time.
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
For the AiMesh node, yes. But isn't the main/matching router identical though?
 

RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
For the AiMesh node, yes. But isn't the main/matching router identical though?
The only thing that benefits from more cores is running multiple concurrent OpenVPN clients - which 0.05% of users might actually need.

The only thing that benefits from more RAM is using the router as a NAS, which has always been a bad idea.

So for 99% of users, these specs are fine.
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
I just know that the more RAM and the more cores the router has, the faster the network.

This was true when upgrading from the RT-N66U to the RT-AC68U, then to the RT-AC3100, then to the RT-AC86U, then to the (older) RT-AX88U and finally to the RT-AX86U.

I have no doubt that the next router I buy and keep will be faster because the resources will have been upgraded too.
 

RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
I just know that the more RAM and the more cores the router has, the faster the network.
That's not true. These have no impact.

This was true when upgrading from the RT-N66U to the RT-AC68U, then to the RT-AC3100, then to the RT-AC86U, then to the (older) RT-AX88U and finally to the RT-AX86U.

The RT-AC68U was faster because it had a 800 MHz Cortex A9 CPU versus a 600 MHz MIPS CPU for the RT-N66U, and also because going from single core to dual core meant you could have routing use one core, and other functions use the second core.

The RT-AC3100 was faster because it was clocked at 1.4 GHz instead of 800 MHz.

The RT-AC86U was faster because it was clocked at 1.8 GHz instead of 1.4 GHz, and it was a Cortex A53 instead of an older Cortex A9.

The RAM had no impact on these performance gains. And past two cores on these routers, there is virtually no benefit to routing performance, since routing is a single threaded process. It's all related to the CPU clock and microarchitecture.
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
I'm not limiting my experience to routing performance. Like I mentioned, the 'network' experience, overall, was increased.

To me, your statements above are contradicting each other.

I understand what you're saying, but I still know what I see too. I didn't/don't upgrade routers for no reason. I upgraded specifically for the network improvements they may offer. I know that mere hardware isn't enough to give this increase, but with the right magic (firmware/code), the improvements are tangible not just for myself, but for my customers too.

Even with identical hardware, the RT-AX88U and the RT-AX86U are not identical, for example. In how responsive the network is.

The RT-AX86U is leaps and bounds better (and cheaper too), for anyone that feels latency vs. the spec-wise 'equivalent' RT-AX88U.
 

JagoUK

Regular Contributor
Finally! (Now just release in UK asus!)

Been missing these since I had to send my XT8's back.

I wonder if they are giving link aggregation on LAN. It says it does on WAN but I'm sure that's a misprint.
Still no mention of 2.5GB wired backhaul.
 

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