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Old 06-02-2021, 12:45 PM   #1
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Asus RT-AX55 and RT-AX56U

M1 is now giving away RT-AX55 free with 1Gbps sign-up. So I guess it will become more and more popular, just like the previous free RT-AC2600.

It is a low end AX1800 rated router. It has no USB ports unlike the other Asus routers. But the CPU is still pretty good (BCM6755 quad core). 128 MB Flash and 256 MB RAM are not that good but still sufficient for average users. Most importantly it supports AIMesh. So it is very good as an AIMesh node.

Tech Spec:
https://www.asus.com/sg/Networking-I...AX55/techspec/

RT-AX56U was the lowest end Ausus WiFi 6 router prior to RT-AX55. It has the same CPU, same AX1800 rating, one USB 3 port, 256MB Flash and 512MB RAM.

So RT-AX56U is quite a bit better than RT-AX55 as a main router. Still it is more suitable as an AIMesh node as well. In that case, RT-AX55 may be a cheaper option.
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Old 06-02-2021, 12:53 PM   #2
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Review of RT-AX55
https://www.mbreviews.com/asus-rt-ax55-review/
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Old 06-02-2021, 12:58 PM   #3
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https://www.asus.com.cn/Networking/RT-AX56U-V2/
Take note RT-AX55 is known in China as RT-AX56U 热血版 or RT-AX56U V2.

JD price is about RMB399.
https://item.jd.com/100008781827.html
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Old 06-02-2021, 01:17 PM   #4
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Other than AIMesh node, RT-AX55 or RT-AX56U may also be used as router to be put in the DB Box in case you have a better wireless router (eg: RT-AX88U/86U/82U/58U) and you are not willing to put the better router in the DB box.

The wireless function may be a bit wasted but sometimes you do not have a choice (say you do not have two LAN ports on the living room, and you need LAN access in the rooms).
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Old 06-02-2021, 10:04 PM   #5
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There is another version of RT-AX55 in China called RT-AX56U Lite Edition (RT-AX56U青春版)
https://www.asus.com.cn/store/product-3705.html
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Old 23-02-2021, 07:42 AM   #6
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Buy from Taobao china can use in SG?
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Old 23-02-2021, 07:51 AM   #7
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Buy from Taobao china can use in SG?
Yes. I am using Asus RT-AX82U from Taobao.

The FW is the same for Asus routers from different region so the features are the same. You can change the language into English. The country code can not be changed but that does not affect the operation. You can change the region to Asia to be compliant with local regulations.

China set of many Asus routers have the trick of using Australia region to boost the wireless power.

The main concern is warranty. So if you want to take risks, China set of Asus routers are very good buy because of the low cost.

Recommended buy from Taobao: RT-AX86U, RT-AX82U or TUF AX3000.

China set of TUF AX3000 has the assassin mode which can turn it into 4*4 AX 160MHz on the 5GHz, just like RT-AX82U.

https://m.tb.cn/h.4P05iaI?sm=f0ce15 【WIFI6电竞 刺客梅林】ASUS华硕TUF-AX3000 无线路由器游戏千兆

Ref:
"Asus TUF-AX3000 Assassin mode - www.hardwarezone.com.sg" https://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/i...e-6422415.html

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Old 23-02-2021, 11:22 AM   #8
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Hi Xiaofan,

interesting to to be able to buy routers from china.

i have a few questions.

I have the AC88u in the storeroom, and 5 of the lan ports connected to a patch panel so all my rooms have working lan points. As it is in the store room, i have 2 rooms with poor signals. living, kitchen and MBR are ok though.

- I would like to add a node in one of the rooms. Can I pair these China bought Ax routers with my SG bought AC88U? Or better to get a local AX routher?

- I would like to have the node router than can stand vertically, and not too big, what's the recommendation?


- lastly, if i were to replace AC88U, what's out there that has at least 5 lan ports (other than AX88U)? AX88U seems quite old already.

Many Thanks.

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Old 23-02-2021, 12:55 PM   #9
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Hi Xiaofan,

interesting to to be able to buy routers from china.

i have a few questions.

I have the AC88u in the storeroom, and 5 of the lan ports connected to a patch panel so all my rooms have working lan points. As it is in the store room, i have 2 rooms with poor signals. living, kitchen and MBR are ok though.

- I would like to add a node in one of the rooms. Can I pair these China bought Ax routers with my SG bought AC88U? Or better to get a local AX routher?

- I would like to have the node router than can stand vertically, and not too big, what's the recommendation?

- lastly, if i were to replace AC88U, what's out there that has at least 5 lan ports (other than AX88U)? AX88U seems quite old already.

Many Thanks.
I tend to believe China version of the Asus router will be able to mesh with your RT-AC88U. But I do not have any local Asus router to test to confirm.

RT-AX86U is a good router to match your requirement. It has 4 gigabit Ethernet port and a 2.5G port. It is of the vertical stand type. It is ranked one of the best AX routers currently available. About RMB1699 now.

"ASUS RT-AX86U Wi-Fi 6 router review: A gaming router exclusive to Singtel - HardwareZone.com.sg" https://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/revi...ingapore-price

https://m.tb.cn/h.4PFvYQw?sm=62796d asus/华硕RT-AX86U高速千兆双频5700M WIFI6家用穿墙路由器 游戏加速电竞路由 5G无线电信1000M宽带AX路由器

For the node, a cheaper option is RT-AX68U at RMB999, it is of vertical stand type just like the RT-AX86U but has lower wifi spec.
https://m.tb.cn/h.4PFEpkR?sm=d0cd40 asus/华硕RT-AX68U黑武士高速千兆端口双频2700M WIFI6家用穿墙路由 游戏电竞路由 5G无线1000M宽带AX路由器

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Old 23-02-2021, 04:45 PM   #10
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hi Xiaofan,

many thx for the recommendations

the AX86u actually has 5 lan ports ( the 2.5g is just faster right)?
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Old 23-02-2021, 05:37 PM   #11
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hi Xiaofan,

many thx for the recommendations

the AX86u actually has 5 lan ports ( the 2.5g is just faster right)?
Yes. It is compatible with 2.5Gbps or 1Gbps Ethernet.

Technically it can also act as a WAN port but not useful in Singapore if used as a WAN port.
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Old 23-02-2021, 05:57 PM   #12
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Thanks a lot. this is a nice option to have - 5 ports. And it has got good reviews. seems superior to AX88U.

But i just checked it turned out i have been using 6 ports on my AC88U - 5 to the patch panel and 1 to the NAS...

Are there routers out there with 6 ports at the back?
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Old 23-02-2021, 06:11 PM   #13
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Thanks a lot. this is a nice option to have - 5 ports. And it has got good reviews. seems superior to AX88U.

But i just checked it turned out i have been using 6 ports on my AC88U - 5 to the patch panel and 1 to the NAS...

Are there routers out there with 6 ports at the back?
Yes, there are. But they are rare. Example: TP-Link - Archer AX6000.

You can consider getting a switch. This would give you the flexibility of using any router, rather than being limited by choice.
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Old 23-02-2021, 06:31 PM   #14
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Also looking for a cheap asus router for node, AX55 seems to fit the bill

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Old 23-02-2021, 09:06 PM   #15
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I just updated the ac88u firmware to Merlin, and changed some settings shared in this forum. The results were pretty good.

I can immediately see my canon printer when I turn it on from my other laptops. And able to have decent 2.4ghz speed in the bed room that used to struggle connecting.

I think will monitor and see if a node is needed still. Very happy with the change.
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