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  • #12574
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    Better the devil you know

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

    #12590
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    Yes, I’m familiar with Asus as a company and there motherboards for PCs but I’ve never had one of there routers before but interface looks pretty good from pictures.

    So would you recommend the DSL AX82U or the RT AX82 or RT-AX88, if price difference isn’t too much?  Do they work with the Draytek 130/166 modem and show the line info on the router etc or does it work better with a different type of modem?  I see the 166 supports VDSL so should work also and provide some future proof in terms of any potential upgrade in future. albeit maybe it will be going to FTTP but wont be for a good few years until prices come down etc, can’t justify the cost atm.

    trying to decide what’s best and what to get that will be future proof for a while but also provide a stable connection both wired & wirelessly :)

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    Kev

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    hmm so just started looking… the RT-AX82U, RT-AX86U and RT-AX92U…. strangely the RT-AX86U is more expensive than what I assume is the newer RT-AX92U?  Also looks like the RT-86U is better? or is that only meant for higher internet speeds?

    Sorry for questions, just trying to get the best info to make the best decision rather than regret it after purchase :)

    Been years since I looked at routers, lots has changed.

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    Kev

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    I also presume these are all backwards compatible with older WIFI as some of my wifi devices will only connect to 2.4ghz and my wifi uses WPA2 at the moment.  I have a old WeMo insight smartplug, that I believe uses wireless n? and another devices is only compatible with IEEE 802.11b/g/n

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    Kev

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    Yes all compatible with WPA2 and b/g/n, but maybe WPA2+3 makes problems so better stay with WPA2 only.

    Dont take a DSL-type as long as you want to keep your Draytek, they only make any sense directly connected to DSL-line, otherwise RT (router only) are better and cheaper with full Merlin support.

    You will never get the best, 2 years later there are even better. But there is no need for it, take what satisfy your needs and upgrade when needed.

    So you have more stable firmwares at same costs and a spare router in 2 years too.

    #12610
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    Thanks, I don’t have a draytek atm, I’m using a BT Smarthub connected to BT Infinity and due to issue with it (keeps dropping connection more frequently that just during the night) im considering changing it so hence trying to decide which is best, get the DSL AX82U or get a draytek 130 and  a RT-AX86U maybe? it looks better than the AX82U? will the Dratek 130 work with the RT-AX86U and show the linespeed?  if i went seperate modem and router, Would I simply login to the draytek, enter my ISP login info (bt smarthub doesn’t need a pswd or it can be anything i believe) and then just plug it into the RT-AX86U or does the AX86U need the BB login info also?

    Thanks

    Kev

    #12611
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    The DrayTeK is accessible behind and ASUS Wifi router, so you can get access to stats via CMD line or limited UI details are available (DrayTek are very industrial)

    Why you looking at the 86U rather than 82U , just being nosy I am

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

    #12612
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    Thanks, I was looking at the RT-AX86U as it looks to be better:-

    RT-AX82U

    Processor – 1.5 GHz tri-core processor
    Memory – 256 MB Flash
    512 MB RAM

    Data Rates – 802.11a : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps
    802.11b : 1, 2, 5.5, 11 Mbps
    802.11g : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps
    802.11n : up to 300 Mbps
    802.11n (1024 QAM) : up to 500 Mbps
    802.11ac (1024 QAM) : up to 4333 Mbps
    802.11ax (2.4GHz) : up to 574 Mbps
    802.11ax (5GHz) : up to 4804 Mbps

     

    RT-AX86U

    Processor – 1.8 GHz quad-core processor
    Memory – 256 MB Flash
    1GB RAM

    Data Rates – 802.11a : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps
    802.11b : 1, 2, 5.5, 11 Mbps
    802.11g : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps
    802.11n : up to 450 Mbps
    802.11n (1024 QAM) : up to 750 Mbps
    802.11ac (1024 QAM) : up to 4333 Mbps
    802.11ax (2.4GHz) : up to 861 Mbps
    802.11ax (5GHz) : up to 4804 Mbps

    i.e better CPU, ram, wifi speed is faster and I presume the RT-AX86U is newer than the ART-X82U?

    Will that be compatible on BT infinity in UK? I’m looking online but not seen any posts of people using it with draytek 130 so just want to be sure it will work so can add to my list of options.

    Thanks

    Kev

    #12613
    kev2021
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    I was hoping the line stats would show in ASUS router ideally… to avoid having to connect to the modem directly….

    Kev

    #12614
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    Nice idea, but not possible, via a browser, you can gain access to the modem, through the ASUS router as the router acts as a conduit – but will still need to login into Draytek modem.

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

    #12615
    kev2021
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    ah, i saw Asus shows line stats so was hoping it would read them from the draytek modem and display them

     

    Kev

    #12616
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    ah, i saw Asus shows line stats so was hoping it would read them from the draytek modem and display them Kev

    Nope, I will not show DSL Stats like SNR/ Intlereaving etc

    The ASUS RT-AX86U is a beast of a router, more aimed for the Gamers and £100 more  than the price of the 82U which is still a great router, but a little less complicated.

    Both will work with the DrayTeK 130 modem,

     

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

    #12617
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    So looks like you either wait for the ASUS DSL-AX82U to arrive in UK or purchase a DrayTek modem and a separate ASUS AX wifi router ?

    Nice choices to have

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

    #12618
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    You wont see any differences either 1,5 or 1,8GHz and for RAM similar.

    #12619
    kev2021
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    ah ok thanks, I always thought having extra ram helped and processor would be good for quicker updates and if running VPN from it gives more processing for other tasks too.

    Do you think best to wait for the combined DSL AX82U or best to go separate device Draytek 130 and RT-AX82U or RT-AX86U?

    Thanks

    Kev

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