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  • #3647

    Nath
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    I’m looking for a new ASUS router. I don’t need anything special in terms of Wi-Fi since we have access points we use instead of the inbuilt Wi-Fi but would like something good for gaming and streaming. We are with BT for our isp

    #3648
    UK Sentinel
    UK Sentinel
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    Welcome, Are you looking for a modem router combo or just a Router ?

    For a Router only choice, the ASUS RT-AC86U is a good choice and supports RMerlin firmware and work really well when supported with the DrayTek 130 modem

    For an Modem/Router combo, the only ASUS Router that is really suitable is the DSl-AC88U, but this has been plagued with buggy firmware for the last 18 months and firmware updates are not frequent, maybe worth looking at the AVM Fritz!Box 3490 or 7580 as both these units are very reliable. If you are looking at the AVM Fritz!Box’s make sure you compare the version suitable for the UK (International Version) due to language options.

    Much like anything nowadays, you get what you pay for, is there a budget in mind ?

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

    #3649

    Nath
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    <p style=”text-align: left;”>We don’t really have a budget in mind like you say you get what you pay for so if it’s worth it we will go for it. I think I’ll try out the ASUS router and Draytek modem together. Thank you for your help:)</p>

    #3650
    UK Sentinel
    UK Sentinel
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    There is also the Asus rt-ax88u if you are looking at Routers, but this only benefits from a more improved wifi solution, given you do not plan to use wifi in your home (most odd) then this is a nice to have rather than offering an established router model with good firmware.

    If you do opt for the DrayTeK 130 modem, then this is just a plug and play unit and no need for any additional configuration is needed. They work well for both ADSL and VDSL connection and is an approved device by BT for use on there connections (BT SIN498)

    Have fun and any problems, feel free to post ;-)

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

    #3652
    Grisu
    Grisu
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    @UK sentinel: Just curious, why did you recommend 7580 instead of 7590 which outperforms first (vplus/35b, analog phone) and is newer and even cheaper.

    Found new internat. 7590 version A/CH on amazon for €188: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B073RKV9YT?linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&smid=A3JWKAKR8XB7XF&creativeASIN=B073RKV9YT&tag=geizhals1-21&ascsubtag=mKdIKmT2Pf8Vv4G3cWzZYQ

    On Asus side RT-AC86U may be a good choice (performance/price), but I had a lot of problems with mine till I sold them all for good.

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 2 weeks ago by Grisu Grisu.
    #3655
    UK Sentinel
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    I also used for a point for consideration the 3490. but have heard better reviews regarding the 7580 over the last year or two,  but yes the 7590 is a good choice also.

    In essence, both the 7580 and 7590 use the same hardware, i.e

    CPU – Lantiq (Intel) PXB4583

    RAM – 512 Mb

    Flash – 512 Mb

    For Wifi – both use the QCA9984 but the 7590 does have a slightly newer QCA9985 for its 4×4 for its bgn range – which is marginal at best.

    Prices are very good from Ebay for the 7580, compared to say the 7590 and super vectoring in the UK is not readily available via BT.  BT opted  for  G.fast instead which neither the 7580 or 7590 support currently.

    Agree, prices are similar so had not given this much thought, I recalled as a previous user on my old forum had bad experience with 7590 and returned it. hence initially choosing the 7580

    I own the ASUS RT-AC86U and love it, works very well, duel core 1.8GHz Broadcom Processors, 512Mb RAM and comes with the gaming option WTFast ;-)

    In the UK, only the Fritz!Box 3490 and the 7530 is approved to use on a BT connection,  as you may know, the 7530 is a lesser spec unit compared to say the 7580 / 90 and hardly worth the upgrade in my view.

    @Nath is familiar with the ASUS UI etc. ‘better the devil you know’ (R. Taverner)

     

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

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