RT-AC88U remaining life?

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mctubster

New Around Here
Hi, currently running Merlin on a AX3000 and a AC68U as a mesh node. I really need extra ethernet ports and recently discovered the RT-AC88U had 8!

Anyone have an opinion if "sidegrading" the AX3000 to a AC88U is a bad idea? Not really worried about AX speeds (don't even have any AX devices)!

Anything else I should be worried about?

Appreciate it.
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
I couldn't recommend the RT-AC88U when it came out (the sister model with 4 ports is though, the RT-AC3100), today the RT-AC88U is not really a good consideration.

I would suggest the RT-AC86U and a simple unmanaged switch instead. If the RT-AX88U is not in your budget, of course.
 

mctubster

New Around Here
Thank you for the replies. I have over the years tried an unmanaged ethernet switch to get more ports. But I've had odd behavior where after a power cut I have issues between the Asus router (AC68u) and switch ... almost like the speed neg fails between them and have to reboot the switch once the router is fully booted. I tried with two different switch brands too and then gave up. But I really need more ports again with some automation bridges joining the party. I will try again and do some testing I guess
 

royarcher

Very Senior Member
Thank you for the replies. I have over the years tried an unmanaged ethernet switch to get more ports. But I've had odd behavior where after a power cut I have issues between the Asus router (AC68u) and switch ... almost like the speed neg fails between them and have to reboot the switch once the router is fully booted. I tried with two different switch brands too and then gave up. But I really need more ports again with some automation bridges joining the party. I will try again and do some testing I guess
As much as I respect both l&ld and Merlin I have to put a good word in for the ac 88 I have been using one for years with Merlin firmware and it never has missed a beat . Having said that when I did buy it the 86u or ax 88 were not around and when this one actually dies I will definitely get the rt ax 88 u
 

Keith Gorham

Occasional Visitor
Thank you for the replies. I have over the years tried an unmanaged ethernet switch to get more ports. But I've had odd behavior where after a power cut I have issues between the Asus router (AC68u) and switch ... almost like the speed neg fails between them and have to reboot the switch once the router is fully booted. I tried with two different switch brands too and then gave up. But I really need more ports again with some automation bridges joining the party. I will try again and do some testing I guess
Put them both on a cheap UPS.
 

mctubster

New Around Here
As much as I respect both l&ld and Merlin I have to put a good word in for the ac 88 I have been using one for years with Merlin firmware and it never has missed a beat . Having said that when I did buy it the 86u or ax 88 were not around and when this one actually dies I will definitely get the rt ax 88 u
Thanks. I may sell the AX3000 and one AC68U and grab the AX88. I did not realise it existed!
 

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