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upgrade question RT-66u AC 1750 to AX86 or 88??...

I have a RT 66u AC1750 that I think may need an upgraded, I have having connection issues. I am no pro by any means am my 70's and have limited tech abilities (like is said I am old)

I can probably afford around $200 USD at best. I have a fairly large house so need decent coverage, the RT 66u struggles for some locations but I make it work, an improvement would be welcomed.

I run 8 to 10 wireless WIFI at most and usually 4 or 5. A couple TV's a couple laptop's and misc.

Would either AX86 Pro or RX88 Pro be worth the purchase or can you give a better recommendation? I only have 1 WIFI 6 device currently and probably won't be upgrading unless something breaks!


Thank you I realize this question has been asked a million times I read as much as my brain could absorb, that's how I found the RT86 or 88 information. It will be a budget stretch but I think I can make it work.
 
upgrade question RT-66u AC 1750 to AX86 or 88??...

I have a RT 66u AC1750 that I think may need an upgraded, I have having connection issues. I am no pro by any means am my 70's and have limited tech abilities (like is said I am old)

I can probably afford around $200 USD at best. I have a fairly large house so need decent coverage, the RT 66u struggles for some locations but I make it work, an improvement would be welcomed.

I run 8 to 10 wireless WIFI at most and usually 4 or 5. A couple TV's a couple laptop's and misc.

Would either AX86 Pro or RX88 Pro be worth the purchase or can you give a better recommendation? I only have 1 WIFI 6 device currently and probably won't be upgrading unless something breaks!


Thank you I realize this question has been asked a million times I read as much as my brain could absorb, that's how I found the RT86 or 88 information. It will be a budget stretch but I think I can make it work.
I failed to mention that I have cable internet (but thinking about dropping it) and a 5G cellular internet that I am testing. So far I can not tell an difference both get me some streaming and spinning wheel issues. Maybe caused as much by the router as the internet service,,, I am thinking.

Your comments are appreciated.
 
If you want the most performance and coverage, the GT-AX6000 is the model to look for (on sale). Note that as this is an older model (almost 3 years old today), it may have less support going forward.

The best bang-for-the-buck model today is the RT-AX88U Pro. Hands down.

The RT-AX86U Pro is not worth considering, even at a 50%+ discount (to me).

 
So sorry, I am the only one that is replying but I can't figure out how to edit the post. I click on the edit post but only get the thread heading and can not edit the actual thread.

I also failed to mention that I do use a VPN and currently is it Surfshark, can it be setup on the router instead of each device and still give good protection?

Is it a good VPN for the price?
 
If you want the most performance and coverage, the GT-AX6000 is the model to look for (on sale). Note that as this is an older model (almost 3 years old today), it may have less support going forward.

The best bang-for-the-buck model today is the RT-AX88U Pro. Hands down.

The RT-AX86U Pro is not worth considering, even at a 50%+ discount (to me).

Thank you, I will check it out, so you don't think the RT 86u is worth even a $100? comparted to the others mentioned?
 
The RT-AX86U (orig) is effectively obsolete (as it won't receive any 3.0.0.6.xxx level upgrades, and will be EOL soon.

The RT-AX86U Pro is a crippled (because of only one 2.5GbE port) and unbalanced hardware mess, as the video shows.

To put this in perspective, it is right up there with the RT-AC86U from 2018, performance-wise. Not worth the box it's sold in.

So no, to me, it isn't worth $0.01.
 
Thank you, I will check it out, so you don't think the RT 86u is worth even a $100? comparted to the others mentioned?
Nice review. I'll need to watch again and take some notes.

I did a quick on the GT AX 6000 and the AX 88u Pro and both are around $250 + tax.
So your choice would be the GT AX6000?
I may need to way another month to get the extra dollars.
Would you buy a used one to save 30$
 
the GT-AX6000 is the model to look for (on sale). Note that as this is an older model (almost 3 years old today), it may have less support going forward.

No, not my choice.

The best bang-for-the-buck model today is the RT-AX88U Pro. Hands down.

I don't buy used. $30 isn't meaningful in today's economy, to me. (That is less than three days of gas).
 
I got the RT-86u Pro but am having problems with setup.

I can get to the setup site on the computer and go thru the process but it says no internet.

I have tried to use the ASUS app as well it will not connect it says to connect to a better Wi-Fi which I do, but still not internet.

Thank you for the guidance.

Have rebooted the ISP modem and router many times.
 
What is your modem make and model?

Blue WAN port connected and you have red WAN light?
 
This is what I have on the computer screen:

  • Ensure that your cable has been connected to your RT-AX86U Pro WAN port and your modem.
  • Check if your Operation Mode needs to be changed.
  • Use the phone as modem
 
Sorry, but I must got offline until later. Have another issue I must attack. Thanks I will be back tomorrow.
 
As a followup I tried with factory fireman and then uploaded Merlin and of course no different .
But Merlin is loaded now just FYI.
 
RT-86u PRO used red light is on

Used RT-AX86U Pro router and not working is not something we can diagnose without your active help. The router has WebGUI (what you call the "setup site") with Status Information and System Log. The WebGUI is very similar to your old RT-AC66U router. The issue can range from defective used router through new device not registered with your ISP to initial setup misconfiguration. Flashing 3rd party firmware is not helping. After firmware change from Asuswrt stock (perhaps 3.0.0.6?) to Asuswrt-Merlin (currently 3.0.0.4) you have to do hard factory reset and start over with initial configuration.
 

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