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RT-AX88U upgrade worth it from RT-AC86U?

Discussion in 'Wireless Buying Advice' started by Kingp1n, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. Kingp1n

    Kingp1n Senior Member

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    I have a friend who upgraded his router and is selling his RT-AX88U for $200. I already owned a RT-AC86U and have not had any issues with it, but the price tag is sure tempting. Would i get any significant gains if I decided to purchase the AX88U. I don't think my wife would be to happy to spend this much $$$ right around the holidays, especially if they gains are minimal and won't make too much of a difference haha.

    Thoughts??
     
  2. L&LD

    L&LD Part of the Furniture

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    Borrow the router, test and decide and stay friends! :)
     
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  3. Val D.

    Val D. Very Senior Member

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    Significant gains? No. Save your money.
    Better buy your wife something nice, make her happy.
     
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  4. RMerlin

    RMerlin Super Moderator

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    200$ USD for moving from AC86U to AX88U is not worth it IMHO, unless you can get a good price by reselling the AC86U.
     
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  5. dosborne

    dosborne Senior Member

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    Difference of opinion... Lol

    I would gladly pick up a spare at that price. But probably only if in Canadian dollars :) still, a good deal, not a super fabulous deal.
     
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  6. RMerlin

    RMerlin Super Moderator

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    Have to take into account what he's upgrading from. For instance, he won't notice any CPU performance improvement when going from an RT-AC86U to an RT-AX88U. That means he'll mostly spend 200$ for more RAM, and 802.11ax support.
     
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  7. Val D.

    Val D. Very Senior Member

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    He may want to run 3 x VPN Clients/Servers on different CPU cores, you never know... :)
     
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  8. royarcher

    royarcher Senior Member

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    With all the bad reports on dodgy 86 u routers he may have trouble selling it not that I'm suggesting for a moment that it is a bad one, I just think he might have trouble selling it.Personally I wouldn't mind picking up an rt ac 86 u but I am a bit troubled about all the duds sold online by you know who
     
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  9. Kingp1n

    Kingp1n Senior Member

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    Thanks for the input ...I'll try to sell the 86U for around $135.
     
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