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Old 20-06-2020, 09:06 PM   #1
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decent routers under $100

see this thread all talk about sibeh high-end routers..
to my quite pointless.. most devices dont support wifi 6 also. need the newer devices..

is wifi 6 rly necessary?


anw looking to replace my old asus N56U. always overheat then slow down. CB period put fan beside to help it cool down.
on M1 500gb fibre.. get higher bandwidth also no use. not like u gonna get higher speed.

now looking for replacement..
seen 2 seems decent routers..

TP-Link Archer AX10 AX1500 for S$89.00 with wifi 6

TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 for S$39.00 with wifi 5(802.11ac)


TP-Link routers okay anot? any others to recommend?

looking for value for money.. no need buy high-end stuff but only using 2.4/5ghz freq.
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Old 20-06-2020, 09:52 PM   #2
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Bought AX10 and not bad. For my M1 500Mbps, can get 400+ via Wifi 5.

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Old 20-06-2020, 09:57 PM   #3
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on my free EA8100 i can get 490-500mbps.

really for almost 99% of people, no need high end router, its just like pasting "go fast" stickers on your car.

mai hiam get those operator free routers on carousell like : EA8100 or AC1200G or the new nokia from SH , can liao .
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Old 20-06-2020, 10:01 PM   #4
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TP-Link networking gear is okay. I have the Deco M4 Mesh and two range extenders from TP-Link and they are okay to me.

On the other hand, TP-Link's main problem is lack of long term support of the product. If you can spend a bit more, Asus RT-AX56U and RT-AX58U may be a better choice, as they will have longer term support from Asus and 3rd party Merlin FW.

You can of course look at cheap and decent AC routers dumped by M1 and Starhub subscribers.

EA8100 (customized for Starhub) does not get good support from Linksys (no FW update after initial release). Try to avoid it.

Asus RT-AC1200G+ or the RT-AC2600 may have better support as they are also sold to general public.

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you can get dlink 868L from carousell for about $15-20.

these routers are issued by starhub, and starhub issue new router upon signing of new contract, so there are many spare router for sale.
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Old 20-06-2020, 10:08 PM   #6
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on my free EA8100 i can get 490-500mbps.

really for almost 99% of people, no need high end router, its just like pasting "go fast" stickers on your car.

mai hiam get those operator free routers on carousell like : EA8100 or AC1200G or the new nokia from SH , can liao .
for 99%, no need 1Gbps plan too. Most of them use less than 30Mbps, so it is another "go fast" stickers.
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Old 20-06-2020, 10:11 PM   #7
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Get Redmi AX5. Wifi 6.
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Old 20-06-2020, 10:27 PM   #8
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for me its mi router 4a gigabit, its ac1200 and can get 600+mbps close range over wifi. a very stable router that never needed a reboot, and priced at around $30
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Old 20-06-2020, 10:49 PM   #9
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on my free EA8100 i can get 490-500mbps.

really for almost 99% of people, no need high end router, its just like pasting "go fast" stickers on your car.

mai hiam get those operator free routers on carousell like : EA8100 or AC1200G or the new nokia from SH , can liao .
the nokia beacon 1 from SH cheapest also $70 from carousell. wifi5 only. like better to get AX10 with wifi6.
TP-Link networking gear is okay. I have the Deco M4 Mesh and two range extenders from TP-Link and they are okay to me.

On the other hand, TP-Link's main problem is lack of long term support of the product. If you can spend a bit more, Asus RT-AX56U and RT-AX58U may be a better choice, as they will have longer term support from Asus and 3rd party Merlin FW.

You can of course look at cheap and decent AC routers dumped by M1 and Starhub subscribers.

EA8100 (customized for Starhub) does not get good support from Linksys (no FW update after initial release). Try to avoid it.

Asus RT-AC1200G+ or the RT-AC2600 may have better support as they are also sold to general public.
ac56/58 can buy afew of tp-link liao. like bohua leh.. plus my asus n56u also keep overheat problem. need put fan beside. is asus good? feel the price is for aesthetics

you can get dlink 868L from carousell for about $15-20.

these routers are issued by starhub, and starhub issue new router upon signing of new contract, so there are many spare router for sale.
for 99%, no need 1Gbps plan too. Most of them use less than 30Mbps, so it is another "go fast" stickers.
ya no point get 1gb bandwidth. telco gonna throttle anyway.
router can buy 2nd hand 1 meh? like got lifespan 1 right? my previous asus and dlink router aft afew years also keep cork up

Get Redmi AX5. Wifi 6.
any sic where to buy? xiaomi dont like sg business. like no import here.
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Old 22-06-2020, 11:00 AM   #10
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for me its mi router 4a gigabit, its ac1200 and can get 600+mbps close range over wifi. a very stable router that never needed a reboot, and priced at around $30
xiaomi dont import here right? UI is chinese rom?
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Old 22-06-2020, 12:42 PM   #11
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any sic where to buy? xiaomi dont like sg business. like no import here.
Redmi AX5 is available from Taobao at about RMB219 to RMB229, S$44 to S$46.

Now the markup in local online shop is too much. You may have to wait a bit. The markup for Xiaomi AX1800 and AX3600 are not as bad.

Xiaomi Web UI is in Chinese. It is said that you can use MiWiFi app in English.

I am buying Huawei AX3 Pro from Taobao (RMB329 plus 7% GST plus cheap sea shipping). It should arrive in about two weeks.

Huawei Web UI will be in Chinese as well.
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Old 22-06-2020, 11:14 PM   #12
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If you want warranty, then local for sure.
Tplink ac1200 class probably cheapest new unless you can find dlink868 that time iirc $10 stock clearance.
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his review quite huge
provided u know mandarin
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Old 28-06-2020, 08:04 PM   #14
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his review quite huge
provided u know mandarin
Very nice benchmark. This benchmark will be more applicable to Singapore context as he is using 1Gbps Fibre Internet.



Xiaomi AX3600 tops the chart. Coincidentally it also has the best HW specifications.

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Old 29-06-2020, 11:02 AM   #15
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Don't get DIR-868L. It was reliable for me but they will not be providing update support after August. If any new security flaws pop up, it will not be fixed.

Consider picking up a used Linksys EA7500/EA8100 or Asus RT-AC2600 off carousell for less than $50. If you check from time to time, you can get for $20.

At $20, even if it spoils, you can just go get another and it will still be cheaper and faster than a brand new router with lesser performance.
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