Anyone using the Asus RT-AC88U WiFi Router

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I am going to be updating my old router with the Asus RT-AC88U router and wanted to see if anyone has any experience with it, also how does it work with the Maestro?
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KC2QMA_John

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Burch - K4QXX

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I use an Asus RT-AC87U router and it works great.  However, it won't work with my Maestro.  Tons of dropped packets and it is basically un-usable.  I had to use a Netgear access point to fix the issue.  I have updated the firmware to the latest version and also tried 3rd party firmware but still have issues using the Maestro via the wifi on the Asus router.  Maestro works great on the old Netgear access point.  The AC88U might work fine but stay away from the AC87U.

Burch
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Sergey, R5AU

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John, i am utilize AC3200 - works great !  BTW, in case updates next link usefull https://asuswrt.lostrealm.ca/
With Maestro - low 5Ghz and with Wireless ID broadcast - superb
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Thanks Sergey, It looks like it works for some but not others I suspect operating environment may have something to do with data issues such as High noise level in the 2 & 5gHz bands, very long distance from router maybe the building itself may interfere with connection.

Just guessing
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yeah,no worries John, in case long distance need appropriate antennas to protect wireless connection from any external interferences  - many designs are available for any WiFi band
so , in my case coverage limited with my home place ~250 sq.m. where HW under roof and shack on the first floor and around Maestro recognised over 15 different Wireless net ))
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With the latest firmware you can use many of the ASUS models as a MESH network that work very well and easy to set up.
My main unit, a ASUS AC88U here used in regular WiFi router mode also works with extending my network using the MESH technology and works well with the Maestro. 

I have had no issues here so far on the Maestro, however on the AC87U the Maestro has issues running on 5.8G but 2.4G worked well when I ran that router.

your mileage will very

Bret
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I haven't been able to use 5G or 2.4G on the AC87U with the Maestro.  Tons of dropped packets and audio drops.  My 10 year old Netgear hotspot plugged into the Asus router works great with the Maestro.  The AC87U was advertised as a gaming router and was the fastest consumer router on the market several years ago when I purchased it.  Not sure why it has issues with the Maestro.

Burch
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I recently changed from AT&T atrocious over price slow speeds to Xfinity/Comcast fiber. The modem I was using was not able to provide the speed guarantee by Xfinity. They recommended to checkout the ARRIS Surfboard model SVG2482C. WOW! Let me tell you; this new modem is the cats meow!
It's a little pricey but worth every penny.
These are some of the WI-Fi spec's up to 1750MBPS dual band, 802.11ac. Download speed up to 1 GBPS, DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem and 24 download & 8 upload channels.
Connecting to my el cheapo Wemo remote to a Flex-6700  is now a dream: My Maestro just loves it.
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I also use the ASUS AC-RT3200 Router.  Works beautifully with my Maestro.  Excellent range too.
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Jeffrey Kerber, N3VE

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I have been using the AC-RT3200 and have never had a problem working my Maestro.  Great router.

Jeff

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Interesting, some of my routers seems to have an issue with Maestro. Have tried to find the root cause, but never succeded. Currently my MikroTik 2011 does not like the Maestro, but all my other computers work perfectly. My old D-link DIR615 works, no problem.
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It looks like the Asus will be good, I still have an old single band 2.4gHz router so this will be a BIG upgrade!
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I wanted to add that the ASUS AC-RT3200 is a tri-band router; 2.4ghz and two bands on 5.8ghz.  I've had the best Maestro success with one (or the other) 5.8ghz bands.
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I’m also using the RT-AC3200 as a router and an RT-AC68u as an access point. Both work fine.

The Asus routers are easy to set up OpenVPN access to your home network when remote.

Dave wo2x
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Also, move all devices to 5 GHz band that are capable. That will give you the best performance.

Dave wo2x
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I found recently that there is a 3rd party that provides ASUS firmware updates -- they credit support from ASUS. So while not "official" ASUS firmware this third party provides bug fixes and certain enhancements not immediately provided by the corporate company. I found this quote:
The goal of this project is to fix issues and bring some minor functionality adjustments to the original Asus firmware. 
It's an interesting relationship and I thought I would try and document it here.

Home page of Asuswrt-Merlin: https://asuswrt.lostrealm.ca

About Asuswrt-Merlin: https://asuswrt.lostrealm.ca/about

Features of Asuswrt-Merlin: https://asuswrt.lostrealm.ca/features

Wiki Documentation: https://github.com/RMerl/asuswrt-merlin/wiki

Supported ASUS routers: https://github.com/RMerl/asuswrt-merlin/wiki/Supported-Devices

Downloads from SourceForge of all supported Asus router types: https://sourceforge.net/projects/asuswrt-merlin/files/

I will cross post this message in other forums that are asking about ASUS routers. Hope it's helpful for folks.
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Thanks John,
Are the 3rd party apps secure?
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I've been using Merlin FW upgrades for various ASUS routers going on 4 years with no issues. RMerlin is from Canada and uses smallnetbuilder.com to post updates and as his community.  When looking for his updates I like to use this link:
http://asuswrt.lostrealm.ca/download

When I want to contact Merlin the guy who does all this for ASUS routers or check comments on his latest FW I go to this forum at Small Net Builder;
https://www.snbforums.com/forums/asuswrt-merlin.42/

ASUS also issues their own FW updates for their routers and its easy to download and try either ASUS or Merlin updates. I look at Merlins work as Beta firmware for ASUS routers. Some of his improvements are adopted in later ASUS FW updates.