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Asus RT-AX55 Wi-Fi 6 AX1800 Dual-Band Mesh Wi-Fi System Router, Aimesh, OFDMA + MU-MIMO Tech, 1024 QAM, Trend Micro AiProtection Classic, Adaptive QoS, Black
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|Frequency band class||Dual-Band|
|Operating System||Mac ox x 10.8, Mac ox x 10.7, Mac ox x 10.6, Windows 8, Windows 10|
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- Next-Gen WiFi 6 Standard - 802.11ax WiFi standard for better efficiency and throughput.
- Ultrafast WiFi Speed - 1800Mbps WiFi speed to handle even the busiest network with ease.
- Optimal WiFi Capacity for Busy Network - Cutting-edge OFDMA & MU-MIMO technology increase wifi efficiency and reduce latency
- AiProtection Classic, powered by Trend Micro, blocks internet security threats for all your connected smart devices
- Better Partner with Mesh System - Compatible with ASUS AiMesh WiFi system for seamless whole-home coverage
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Dual Band WiFi 6 (802.11ax) Router supporting MU-MIMO and OFDMA technology, with AiProtection Pro network security powered by Trend Micro™, compatible with ASUS AiMesh WiFi system
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The seller asked me to contact Asus for troubleshooting, which I followed for 6 hours with no change to the signal strength since none of the tests were to improve it. They then asked and send it to them or Asus for assessment and repair, it's meant to be new, so rightfully they should send me a courier bag and give me a full refund.
I don't want it now, why does a new product need repair. Bad seller and bad device, Asus have generally good hardware, but avoid their networking hardware, disappointing.
The manufacturer asked me to send it for repair at my cost and the seller wants proof of the fault from Asus, either way I'm going to have to pay an additional $50 just for them to do a switcharoo.
I set this up for my mother over seas, unfortunately it was a faulty product and this seller has strict 30 day return, so they said not their problem, avoid their listing's.
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I have around 15-20 devices connected at any one time between wired/wireless. I seem to permanently be using around 80-85% of the RAM, the CPU never seems to go above 15% on any one of its four cores and that's with four people streaming TV/games at once.
Setup was a piece of cake, just needed my ISP login details then connected up to my ISP modem/router set to bridge mode. The options screen on PC and Android app are very clear and easy to use to access features like parental control and see what's connected. I can't really see anything to improve there - more functions than I will ever need. You can set up 5 VPN profiles (i.e. multiple locations) and switch on/off via the app or PC which is good if you have a smart TV that can't run a VPN on its own. I only wish it was possible to be able to select certain devices to bypass the VPN as the missus might get cross if iplayer doesn't work (I understand some older Asus routers have a custom firmware that achieves this but this one's new and it's not yet supported).
In terms of the wi-fi signal, it is definitely better than my Technicolor ISP router. It was always acceptable but devices would switch between router and an extender at the back of the house (my router is unfortunately by the front door in a fairly large house). Nothing selects the extender now but I haven't gained much straight line distance so still lose signal a little way into the garden. Two floors above the router my phone on 2.4GHz shows a 57Mpbs Link Speed and I've seen speed test results of between 30-40Mbps depending on devices (my connection is around 80Mbps). One floor above the router a 5GHz signal is only showing 3/4 signal strength in Windows. It's more than adequate (around 48Mbps on a test) but I'm seeing the same strength from a neighbour's router and I'd expect to see a 'full' icon.
I'm happy with the device and have no regrets. I'm in a house with a loft conversion and the signal is good throughout despite its less than optimal positioning. Were it not for needing a signal to a detached garage I'd have no need for any extender at the back of the house now.
I haven't any alterantives to compare it to but my gut feeling is that it should be maybe £15-20 cheaper given the cheap feel or the hardware and lack of USB compared to cheaper alternatives.
EDIT - I bought another router to use as an Access Point for an Oculus Quest 2 which I prefer to use two floors up from this router. I got a Tenda AC1200 which is only £40. If all you want is better wifi then get the Tenda. At less than half the cost it produces a stronger wifi signal. It also has a USB port and ability to schedule the wi-fi to turn off which I thought was handy (edit: as does this Asus though it's not immediately obvious being buried in heading marked 'Professional). It doesn't come close to the features of the Asus but for the average user it will be a great buy.
Problem is with the 2.4Ghz though. I'd set the 2.4GHz band to use the same SSID and password as my Superhub router so I didn't have to bother setting everything up again, so that means that if there's a spot in the house where it can't connect to the 5Ghz network, it connects to the 2.4GHz instead. Except that the 1 time it did this, absolutely nothing would load. Did a speed test and got <1mbps speed. Realised I wasn't on the 5GHz, switched back to that and it was great. Problem is with the 2.4Ghz devices that my family members owns- they've been complaining that they often can't load anything. Whilst 5GHz is working great for me, and as the sole earner of the house working from home, I don't plan on returning it since work used to be a massive pain with my connection issues. BUT the 2.4GHz has been an issue, and I've experienced this myself. Family members have even complained that it was worse than before.
User interface has lots of options, most are unknown to me though.
After reading up on AI Mesh I have to say I was a bit dubious, however I've bought a pair of the RT-AX55 and the result is awesome! After plugging in the first one and testing I was getting almost full speed everywhere only dropping to the 150Mbps at the furthest points in my house. I plugged in the second one with very easy setup to get the mesh working and I'm getting almost full speed everywhere, only dropping to just below 200Mbps at worst.
For the price of these routers they are excellent and I wish I had splashed out earlier to upgrade, I've resigned my trusty old RT-N56U along side my 14400Kbps modem in the loft!
I am so glad I did and so glad Amazon let me try it. This router from Asus was pretty much plug and play. Turned WiFi off on the Sky router. Lan port to Wan port could not have been easier. The WiFi coverage all around the house is outstanding, I really wish I had bought this a longtime ago. I use WiFi 6 Ax band for my Oculus Quest 2 Virtual desktop. If your on the fence but this router. Thanks ASU’s and Amazon for the returns option. It’s got a 3 year warranty and hopefully I’ll never need to test that. 👍👍👍👍👍
Update. Sadly the first one broke after three weeks. 2.4ghz band just kept dropping. So far new one is going well 🤞🤞🤞