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Replacement for RT-AC87U

Discussion in 'Wireless Buying Advice' started by zahroc, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. zahroc

    zahroc Occasional Visitor

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    Been having issues lately with device in regards to locking up, 5Ghz wireless being flakey, etc.

    The device is approximately 4 years old.

    I have approximately 40 devices on my network.

    I also use OpenVPN and Port Forwarding.

    I still want to continue to use Merlin.

    Suggestions for the next router?

    TIA!
     
  2. qmalik

    qmalik New Around Here

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    Asus AC2900 AC86U apparently. Seems to be the best and most recommended, especially for VPN/Merlin users. Though - it seems to be out of stock everywhere right now..should be back later this month..setup alerts.
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2018
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  3. ShawnTRD

    ShawnTRD Occasional Visitor

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    I'm in the same boat. My 87 is having issues. Trying the latest Merlin Beta right now. Now I'm just figure out if I want another traditional router or something like the Netgear Orbi RBK50 (2 pack)
     
  4. Mytob

    Mytob Occasional Visitor

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    AC86U seems like a good bet for the VPN with Merlin. Personally I am ditching Asus as like you I have enountered issues and trying out Ubiquity instead.
     
  5. bodean

    bodean Very Senior Member

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    How do you like ubiquity?
     
  6. Mytob

    Mytob Occasional Visitor

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    So far it is working very well. None of the issues I was having with 5Ghz.