Asus RT-AX86U and RT-AX82U

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Just got the Asus RT-AX86U to replace Singtel default router. However when I tested the wi-fi speed, I don't see any significant improvement in the speed, in fact it seems to be little worst. It is still around 200 - 270Mbps for download and around 210Mbps for upload on a wi-fi 6 device.

Any idea what went wrong?
 

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Just got the Asus RT-AX86U to replace Singtel default router. However when I tested the wi-fi speed, I don't see any significant improvement in the speed, in fact it seems to be little worst. It is still around 200 - 270Mbps for download and around 210Mbps for upload on a wi-fi 6 device.

Any idea what went wrong?
ONT or ONR ?
 

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Just got the Asus RT-AX86U to replace Singtel default router. However when I tested the wi-fi speed, I don't see any significant improvement in the speed, in fact it seems to be little worst. It is still around 200 - 270Mbps for download and around 210Mbps for upload on a wi-fi 6 device.

Any idea what went wrong?
If doing speedtest.net, don't test to Singtel server, it maxes out around 200+. Choose Viewqwest server. Try flashing to Merlin firmware, then check your wifi settings for 5ghz in the router under professional tab is mu mimo + ofdma.
 

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If doing speedtest.net, don't test to Singtel server, it maxes out around 200+. Choose Viewqwest server. Try flashing to Merlin firmware, then check your wifi settings for 5ghz in the router under professional tab is mu mimo + ofdma.
Thanks for the advice! I turn on WiFi Agile Multiband and mimo + ofdma. Then choose ViewQuest server for testing. Able to get around 500 to 600+Mbps now.
 

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If doing speedtest.net, don't test to Singtel server, it maxes out around 200+. Choose Viewqwest server. Try flashing to Merlin firmware, then check your wifi settings for 5ghz in the router under professional tab is mu mimo + ofdma.

Yes SingTel Speedtest server always reports lower speed (usually less than 400Mbps) than Viewquest (much faster) if testing wireless.

But for AX routers, I find Asus stock FW is good enough, no need to use Merlin as of now.
 

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Thanks for the advice! I turn on WiFi Agile Multiband and mimo + ofdma. Then choose ViewQuest server for testing. Able to get around 500 to 600+Mbps now.

Nice.

Viewquest server is good.


My work laptop has the Intel Wireless AC-9560 which supports 2*2 AC 160MHz.
Speedtest result is amazing with RT-AX82U. SingTel 1Gbps plan, Viewquest SpeedTest server.
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Yes SingTel Speedtest server always reports lower speed (usually less than 400Mbps) than Viewquest (much faster) if testing wireless.

But for AX routers, I find Asus stock FW is good enough, no need to use Merlin as of now.
Nice.

Viewquest server is good.
Oh wow. Yah, I'm still using Asus stock FW. Even though I'm getting around 500 to 600+Mbps for download, I'm still getting around 200+ish mbps for upload. Is this normal? I'm testing it on my iPhone 12 Pro speedtest app.
 

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Oh wow. Yah, I'm still using Asus stock FW. Even though I'm getting around 500 to 600+Mbps for download, I'm still getting around 200+ish mbps for upload. Is this normal? I'm testing it on my iPhone 12 Pro speedtest app.

No need to worry. It is just a number and has absolutely no impact for your iPhone daily usage, even though your number is on the low side. You may test at a different time to see if you can get a better number.

Test result of our old iPhone 7+ at close range (1m in front of the router).
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Just did a quick comparison of the speedtest results between SingTel and Viewquest, tested with my Mac Mini M1 which is in the study room, 5m away from the RT-AX82U in the living room

Singtel Speedtest server
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Viewquest Speedtest server
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Another comparison from my Acer (Dec 2017 model) with an Intel AX200 no brand card, in the living room, 2.5m away from the RT-AX82U which is also located in the living room.

Singtel Speedtest server
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Viewquest Speedtest server
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To me more important is the coverage and not the speed.

This is the farthest end of my 4-room 106sqm HDB flat in the kitchen area where the washing machine is located (two walls in between the laptop and the router). You can see upload speed suffers, which means the router has no issue, but the device has issues transferring back. My previous routers have very weak 5GHz signal here so usually I will get weak 5GHz speed below 100Mbps or 2.4GHz speed below 50Mbps.

Singtel Speedtest server
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Viewquest Speedtest server
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So I configure the router to support 2 Singtel TV set top box. But I don't know if it some psychological effect or my imagination, the picture quality looks slightly deteriorated as compared to using Singtel original router. Am I thinking too much? 😅
 

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So I configure the router to support 2 Singtel TV set top box. But I don't know if it some psychological effect or my imagination, the picture quality looks slightly deteriorated as compared to using Singtel original router. Am I thinking too much?

Haha, I do not see the differences myself between SingTel Mesh Router and Asus RT-AX82U for the quality of my SingTel TV box. But I use a cheap 40inch 1080p no brand TV.

I do lose a few features.
1) SingTel TV Go remote function
2) Stingray channels (I am a SingTel Circle member)

Another feature missing is Netflix if you have Netflix subscription.
 

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I am getting this speed on my Andriod hp. Using M1 500mbps fibre.

That speed (307Mbps download and 325Mbps upload) is actually normal speed if you use a 2*2 AC mobile phone (max theoretical speed is 866 Mbps) although a bit on the lower side (good one should get 400Mbps+ on a 500Mbps plan). What is your Android mobile?

Still it does not really matter whether you get 300Mbps or 400Mbps in daily use cases for a mobile phone.
 
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Using WiFi 6 phone to test on Singtel Fibre. Both server difference are not significant

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