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
|Price:||+ $18.94 Delivery|
|Frequency band class||Dual-Band|
|Data Transfer Rate||2.4 Gigabits Per Second|
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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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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. It doesn't come close to the features of the Asus but for the average user it will be a great buy.
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!
The router looks great and runs great too! The user interface is really nice and even for a non networking technie like me it was easy to set up and configure my network.
This model of router isn't the highest end listed, but you don't need the highest end model unless you're running an insane number of devices or looking to have signal over a super large house. I'd recommend this model if you can get it in stock, even if you have lots of devices. Instantly improved my Wi-Fi signal strength and the consistency of my network over ethernet.
Wi-Fi 6 is a nice extra even though it doesn't have the new frequency band.
However, even with 4 external antennas the coverage is below average. It cannot provide stable connection at 6 meters through 2 thin non-brick walls. Two different ISP provided routers with internal antennas outperform it by 30-40%.
If you are looking for a "peace of mind" coverage then look somewhere else.
This router has solved all the problems - Skype calls work smoothly even in the far corners of the house, and the microwave no longer impacts connectivity.