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Old 04-03-2018, 01:53 PM   #1
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Need help on which router to buy

Hi All,

I'm planning to buy two same routers for my home but I can't tell what are the pros and cons between these brands.

Only know Asus is the most priciest among the same range of routers.

Any kind gents/madams willing to share your valuable knowledge?

Any performance & reliability difference between these same range of routers?


Brand Retail price
1. Asus RT-AC88U $429
(AC3100 Dual Band)

2. TPlink Archer C3150 $349
(AC3150 Wireless MU-MIMO)

3. Dlink DIR-885L $279
(AC3150 Wireless Dual-Band)
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Old 04-03-2018, 02:13 PM   #2
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My experience with D-Link has always been poor signal strength but excellent interface and routing capabilities.

My experience with TP-Link is amazing signal strength (My Archer covers the whole house), but when used as router it drops packets every now and then, and can't find QoS settings

My experience with the newer Linksys is... I can't even set it up without using handphone app. Any brand that decides that a smartphone app is needed to config a router should shove it up their backside.
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Old 04-03-2018, 02:23 PM   #3
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Maybe you can provide some details for the purpose and usage for having these router.
Or any other routers.
Also about your premise n layout.
As beside routers there are mesh available as it depend on usage n layout.

Btw, best moved this thread to Internet Bandwidth & Network Clinics section.
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Old 04-03-2018, 02:30 PM   #4
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Being using 2 Dlink DIR-868L router for 5 room HDB do serve my needs.
Signal strength are excellent.
Router settings are good.
As no problems encountered.
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Old 04-03-2018, 02:39 PM   #5
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get 2 Asus RT-AC88U, now Asus having something call AIMesh, can use the 2 router to set it up.
When moving from place to place, there will be no need to change wifi SSID, it will auto switch you to connect to the better connection.
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Old 04-03-2018, 06:21 PM   #6
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Maybe you can provide some details for the purpose and usage for having these router.
Or any other routers.
Also about your premise n layout.
As beside routers there are mesh available as it depend on usage n layout.

Btw, best moved this thread to Internet Bandwidth & Network Clinics section.
Request moderator to move this thread.
Add-on :

How many wireless devices u gonna connect.
Whats your expectations for using 2 routers.
Are there any data points in your hse?
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Old 04-03-2018, 06:25 PM   #7
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Being using 2 Dlink DIR-868L router for 5 room HDB do serve my needs.
Signal strength are excellent.
Router settings are good.
As no problems encountered.
Hi all,

Thanks for sharing your advice. I'm using the two routers for surfing the net & watching on-stream videos.

Two routers is because to cover all rooms and living area.

Dlink router seems like value for money.
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Old 04-03-2018, 06:40 PM   #8
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Add-on :

How many wireless devices u gonna connect.
Whats your expectations for using 2 routers.
Are there any data points in your hse?
max at anytime is 2 laptops and 3 mobile phones.
expectations are no lag when using the wifi
i have one lan point in the living room and another lan point at the end of the hall (nearer to the furthest room)

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Old 04-03-2018, 06:51 PM   #9
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Being using 2 Dlink DIR-868L router for 5 room HDB do serve my needs.
Signal strength are excellent.
Router settings are good.
As no problems encountered.
Same as mine...used 2 dlink DIR 868L router and one as extender.....both never give problem so far.......not recommending their small wifi extender n300 tho not so good
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Old 04-03-2018, 07:31 PM   #10
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can consider getting mesh router, you will appreciate the seamless wifi
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Old 04-03-2018, 08:03 PM   #11
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I vote for Asus since it support aimesh

Since I got the asus aimesh setup the phone would switch between the living room and bedroom router.

Last time before aimesh was setup when I am at the bedroom still stuck with living room network even when it signal low. Had to manual change to bedroom router network.

Aimesh did give me a better user experience
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can consider getting mesh router, you will appreciate the seamless wifi
what's the catch with mesh router? slower speed? works like an extender?
any brand to recommend?
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You might want to Google wifi mesh first so that you have some background knowledge?

Mesh is not an extender; it does not repeat wifi but has specific mechanism which allows your network to have only 1 SSID and your device gets handed over from one node to another.

Depending on which model of mesh systems you buy, some have dedicated wifi band while some share the 5Ghz we backhaul and some do have an AP mode.

what's the catch with mesh router? slower speed? works like an extender?
any brand to recommend?
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Old 05-03-2018, 01:00 PM   #14
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You might want to Google wifi mesh first so that you have some background knowledge?

Mesh is not an extender; it does not repeat wifi but has specific mechanism which allows your network to have only 1 SSID and your device gets handed over from one node to another.

Depending on which model of mesh systems you buy, some have dedicated wifi band while some share the 5Ghz we backhaul and some do have an AP mode.


Any recommendations on which shop or online shop on where I shld buy the routers other then challengers? Sim lim sq? Lazada?
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Any recommendations on which shop or online shop on where I shld buy the routers other then challengers? Sim lim sq? Lazada?
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