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Which to buy? Asus RT-AC5300 or Ax88u?

Discussion in 'Routers' started by amethyst, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. amethyst

    amethyst New Around Here

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    I need 8 lan port for my home network because i got 3 sony android tv each connect to a lan port, 1 raspberry pi connect to a lan port (work as a nas storage so my family can watch latest bluray movie), 1 lan port to my desktop computer, 2 lan port to 2 security camera. My family had 5 smartphone (both android and iOS), 3 iPad, 2 MacBook pro and 1 ASUS ROG G703GX. Some of my family device can connect through wifi6 (ax). I’m wondering about processing. Should I get a ax88u? Does it be able to handle that much wireless device (both in wifi 6 (ax) and ac)?

    My home network is 1 Gbps from the ISP.

    Do I need an router or any network hardware that support 2,5Gbps network or more? Because my nas system had many 4k movie. It gonna need more local network bandwidth.

    If you had experience in home network, you can help me by recommended some network hardware that I might need.

    Thank you for your reading.
     
  2. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    Keep your current router, buy an 8 port gigabit switch and plug it into one of the router LAN ports.

    A 2.5 or 10 Gbps switch will help only if you have devices that also run at that speed. 4K movies require 20-40 Mbps stream rate.
     
  3. MrHai

    MrHai New Around Here

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  4. Trip

    Trip Very Senior Member

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    @amethyst - Choosing your router based on 8+ switch ports is going to be limiting, as you've already found out. Per @thiggins' suggestion, much better to wire in an 8-port gigabit switch, especially if you're interested in 2.5 or 5Gb ethernet; if you're looking for multi-gig interfaces on a router, you're just better off going for one with a 10Gb SFP or copper port(s) and wiring that to a multi-gig switch for your wireless APs or other multi-gig devices.
     
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2019
  5. RMerlin

    RMerlin Super Moderator

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    You are not forced to use WTFast on your router. If it doesn't work well for you, just disable it, no need to buy a router with no WTFast support just for that...
     
  6. RMerlin

    RMerlin Super Moderator

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    I second the idea of an external switch as well. Will be easier to upgrade in the future if you need to replace the router or the switch, as you will have a lot more options available to you.