ASUS TUF Gaming Gets its own Router series, meet the TUF-AX3000

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Astyanax Ancient Guru

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    This is the ROG version of the AX58U

    Wait, no its not, this is a new shell entirely, its got the same insides as the AX58U and 3000 though.

    Asus, this needs to stop.
    You aren't even going to software differentiate this from the other 2, its purely a cosmetic difference.
     
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    And yet if it's without the lame RGB at a cheaper price point then it is worth an interesting look.
     
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    Mineria Ancient Guru

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    Check their Zen lineup.
    Bought a CT8 set some months ago, fast and stable compared to my old RT-AC3200 + RP-AC68U setup, although WiFi 6 is only used for the backlink between the two routers, without setting one up for a mesh it can be used for clients too.
    Plus that CT8 looks sleek and has better coverage than the RT-AC3200, so those external antennas don't really add anything, might with some better aftermarked ones if one can find some that are compatible.
    TUF and ROG are probably not much better, friend of mine had to disable one of the 5GHz bands to make his Rapture run stable.
    A Zen XT8 mesh setup covers WiFi 6 for both backlink as clients, but costs more too.
     
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    the antenna's included are tuned to function appropriately alongside the internal antenna the ax units are including.
     
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    Thanks for making me aware of this. Looking at the price it's nearly much as much getting the external antenna router. I'll be moving homes at some point this year when the national pandemic dies down, pun not intended. May not have enough space to warrant a mesh network but it's good to know that these exist.
     
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    Mineria Ancient Guru

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    ASUS also sells them as single units.
     
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    There is no special magic going on, all antenas (wires) have a specific lenght for the frequencie they cover and gain that fits what ever balance in coverage and distance that is wanted.
    While higher dBi adds to range it also reduces coverage, so it really depends on personal needs for specific bands.
    For small homes 9dBi and higher are not optimal, think AP's that are build for 360 degree coverage, but for a larger home you might even want 15dBi to reach a certain spot on one of the bands.
     
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    I'm going to take a wild stab and assume you are nobody in the field of WiFi.
     
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    Probably, depends on what your definiton of nobody is.
     

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    Someone who isn't an engineer critical to the design of a beam-forming style WiFi 5 or 6 antenna design commenting about whether antenna's need to be balanced to work correctly.
     
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    So now you need to be an engineer to know the relation between frequencies, wavelenght, antenna lenght and signal power?
    What ever radio wave we talk about it's still the same princible.
    Those external antennas still don't do anything that can not be done with a propper internal antenna design, with exception for that you easy can switch them out with something else besides dictating signal direction.
     
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    I own a Netgear XR500 Gaming Router and it will be 2 years in September. This router is actually quite good and solid, which is why I bought it. I also have a Asus $80 Router that is in the box and did not even last a year. Maybe this Asus router will be better but, I wanted something that would last quite a bit longer, even though it costs $299 when I bought it.
     
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    You need to be educated in the topic you're commenting on yes.
     

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