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ASUS AC2900 Dual-band Gaming Router, game acceleration, Mesh Wi-Fi support, Lifetime Free Internet Security, DFS, Gamer Private Network, Port Forwarding, Streaming & Gaming (RT-AC86U)

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  • Dual-band (2.4 + 5 GHz) AC2900 wireless router with the latest 802.11ac MU-MIMO technology for data transfer speeds up to 2900 Mbps
  • 1.8 GHz 32-bit Dual-Core processor optimizes network traffic and connectivity speeds from the
  • USB 3.1 Gen1 and 4 x Gigabit LAN ports
  • Designed for lag-free online gaming and flawless 4K UHD streaming with WTFast Game
  • Accelerator and Adaptive QoS
  • AiProtection Powered by Trend Micro provides built-in 24/7 protection from external attacks and threats, neutralizing them before they reach your network or connected devices
  • Manage your network with the ASUS Router app - setup your network, manage usage and parental controls, even get instant notifications about important network-based events
  • AiMesh Supported - Upgrade your firmware to easily connect to other compatible ASUS routers to create a powerful and flexible whole-home Wi-Fi network

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Garbage 9/13/2020 5:01:06 PM

Pros: easy to set up almost flawless

Cons: apparently changes your username and password so you are locked out

Overall Review: it refused to accept the user name and password I set, the same data I saved in my password manager, copied to a text file and wrote down on a piece of paper. So I suppose I can't add devices to my router now. This is the third router I own and the first Asus. I am sorry I chose this one.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

It's regrettable to hear you've encountered issues with your router. Please try using the default login information. You can also reset your router by holding down the reset button for 30 seconds. If the issues persist, you can reach us via ASUSWRT(ASUS router Web UI), or ASUS Router App, or you can send me at Your case for reference is N200946280.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best Regards,
ASUS Customer Loyalty – US Support
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Fantastic router 8/10/2020 5:12:43 AM

Overall Review: This router lives up to its reviews as the best-in-class for the price range – very easy to setup, configure, and delivers extremely fast/reliable signal.

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4/ 5
Good router 6/15/2020 9:00:00 PM

Overall Review: Had this router for about 6 months , haven't had any problems . Great speeds , able to stream multiple devices with no slow down , everything on wifi but my xbox with no hiccups.Got a little warm so i put two small fans on the back , no big deal but worth mentioning .

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Works just like it should. 5/21/2020 1:55:21 PM

Pros: Easy install. Devices connected without issue. Options to set up different SID and authentication for each band.

Cons: There is no way to set this flat. It is not, as far as I know, Wi-Fi 6 ready. It is a bit loud.

Overall Review: I replaced an older 2.4GHz only router with this for the cable modem. Throughput doubled with all the devices on the 5GHz.

Had a little trouble bringing up the WAN interface at first, but I suspect it was an ISP issue. A second reboot of everything corrected the problem.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Updated Review, When it is working, it works great. 5/21/2020 10:48:35 AM

Pros: Easy setup

Cons: Worked for less than 24 hours. Updated firmware and only worked for another month. Got RMA for router, service center received router on 11/29/18, unable to repair router, sending replacement, still waiting on 12/19/18.

Overall Review: Updated Review 5/21/20. Router died on me again. Sending out for repair. When it is working, it works great. Upped it to a 2 egg could be a 3, for the year and a half of problem free service. Get the extended warranty. Have a backup plan.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
With the right firmware, excellent 5/11/2020 2:45:44 PM

Pros: - FAST 5GHz speeds
- Can handle multiple streams, XBOX/PS4/Zoom/Netflix all at once. (With good broadband package)
- Parental Controls decent

Cons: - Upgraded out of box with firmware that was pulled by ASUS. Just bad timing.
- 2.4GHz could be a little stronger (distance) but still good for IoT devices

Overall Review: Great price for the router. Last one I will need until AX becomes standard and in every device.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Owned for 2 years. Two models and two dead units 4/7/2020 7:34:17 AM

Pros: Works great at the start.
Robust features.

Cons: Dies after 9-12 months

Overall Review: I had one unit which died at 9 months. After two exchanges (they just re-flashed the firmware and sent it back which I already did anyways) they ASUS finally sent me a new unit. It worked for about another 9 months and cuts out sporadically and still does after a Merlin firmware swap. I know its the wireless function as my wired connections are always fine.

My suggestion is to avoid this unit. Review show many other similar experiences.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Asus Wi-Fi Router works as advertised 2/11/2020 2:09:25 PM

Pros: The router works great. We have Wi-Fi all over the house now. The modem line plugs into it seamlessly and there are 4 LAN ports out. I used one of the LAN ports to wire in a 5 plug Hub so we have more LAN connections.

Cons: The unit stands upright on a narrow base, as do many of the routers, so it has to be placed where it won't get knocked over.

Overall Review: I'm happy with the unit and would recommend it to others. We use it for connecting two computer stations, a printer, the video streaming player at the TV and the HUB. We don't use it for gaming but it is supposedly good for that too.

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