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TP-Link Introduces Two Powerful, Next-Generation WiFi Routers that Support New 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)

Discussion in 'Frontpage news' started by Hilbert Hagedoorn, Dec 10, 2018.

  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    holler Master Guru

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    $500 bucks for a gaming router, ouch. waste of money? I would like to see some reviews in how much it would improve your gaming performance in reality.
     
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    I think most people buying these would be buying it for the throughput and not gaming performance.
     
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    Buying a wireless router to improve your gaming performance is like removing the muffler from your [modern] car for more power:
    It probably won't do anything at all, since it isn't usually the source of bottlenecking.
     

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    Enticles Master Guru

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    ^ This.

    the more throughput the wireless bands can handle the better. With a massive number of devices in each home all running over wireless its becoming more and more important.
     
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    ha the explanation on the usb ports image is in reverse o_Oo_Oo_Oo_O;)
     
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    LOL that is funny.
     
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    Completely and utterly useless to me until I can get 802.11ax adapters for my PCs.
     
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    Look at that thing. Looks like something you'd practice satanic rituals with.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Been waiting on a stable 160MHz router for a while now. My Mini-ITX with an Intel 9260 will connect at 1.7Mbs and it does make a significant difference. The two routers I've had so far have had issues. Failing radios, Linksys, and unstable connectivity, Netgear. Going to try the AX6000 or the Asus AX88U.
     

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    I'd rather use a $50 worth of Ethernet cables and switches.
     
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    ::cringe:: more wires.
     
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    i wouldn't buy another tplink product, support is horrible.
     
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    Think again.

    one of the key improvements when you can't get a wired connection is having as few devices on a given radio as possible, AFAIK, these have dual 5Ghz AX radios's and a single N radio.
     
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    True. In my case, I have more than a year to see a new firmware for improved performance and fixing some minor bugs to their best and top of the line modem-router. I feel like WTF is going on. Their forums also are like abandoned or high school's archives :p.
     

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    Yep, and guess who's hardware turned up the most in the UPNP exploit thats now being used to botnet.
     
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    Rather show us a benchmark of the true data transfer speeds over this new Wifi tech.
     
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    Wouldn't it be wiser to get multiple cheap Wi-Fi access points for load balancing? And you can get better coverage with that.
     
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    I don't need to think again. First of all, if you're really that serious about online gaming, find an alternative to wifi. I'm well aware how fewer devices affects data transmission over wifi, but more bandwidth doesn't equal better latency. Latency is what matters most for gaming. Granted, 802.11ax routers do have a few methods to improve both bandwidth and latency, but your latency is still going to suffer as soon as you add a couple other devices to your network. This will be made even worse if not all of the devices are ax compatible. Sure, it's an improvement over previous-gen routers, but I wouldn't be surprised if the improvements in ax still aren't "good enough" for competitive gamers.

    If you must have a wireless connection and you want the lowest latency possible, you're better off getting a dedicated wireless router that only your 1 PC can be connected to. At that point, I'm sure you can just grab some old 802.11n (maybe even g) router.
     
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    The alternative to wifi is EoP, and that doesn't work across circuits behind seperate rcd's.

    These 'gaming' routers have a high level of control over what devices have priority for packets, also the second 5Ghz radio means you can have gaming devices behind one and phones and stuff behind the other so you don't get the issue of reflection ping spikes.
     

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