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 TP-Link AX3000 Router



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I won't go into too much detail, other than to confirm that my ASUS AC1900 router bit the dust yesterday. Two hours of troubleshooting got me nowhere, and doing a factory reset (including a 30/30/30 reset) accomplished nothing. The router is fully dead and officially downgraded to a fancy paperweight.

I spent a lot of time today looking for another ASUS router, but I get the impression that ASUS is swimming in the toilet. My son-in-law has been struggling with his two ASUS AC1900 routers, and he will gladly confirm that ASUS support is useless. I instead opted for this TP-Link AX3000 WiFi 6 router, but I bought it through my daughter using her employee discount. We placed the order 5 minutes ago and I'll pick it up tomorrow from a local store. The total price was all of $129.56, including tax.

Hopefully I'll have the new network up and running by the end of the day tomorrow.

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I am glad to hear you may have found an alternative, I hope it works as desired.  I will be anxious to hear how you make out.
BTW my ASUS is showing signs of faltering with the wireless service for the TV.  I am experiencing inconsistent performance but I can't tell if it's the router or Netflix being over-whelmed with volume. No plan to upgrade until the current one dies. It's not that old, Oct 5, 2019.
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I picked up the new router late yesterday and will hopefully have it up and running today, as I first have to register it with my ISP after it's connected.

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The TP-Link is currently installed and running fine, but it's going to be returned for a refund. This is a really good router, especially for someone who simply wants something that works and installs easily. It looks good, it works as expected, and it sends out a strong signal. Great, right? The problem is that it's not for power users.

Suffice it to say that I am spoiled by ASUS's software, especially the Quality of Service settings. The QoS settings in this TP-Link work fine, but they are very basic and limiting to the point of being frustrating. It's pretty much an on/off feature that does not allow for tweaking of devices.  I can only set bandwidth (across the board), priority devices, and nothing else.

The TP-Link also will not allow me to name any of the devices, so I'm stuck with cryptic descriptions on the user list. BTW, I can only see 5 devices per page. WTH??? What idiot thought that was a good idea? I have a household-boat-load of devices that connect to my network. Multiple computers, laptops, smart TV's, Roku units, Alexa, tablets and smartphones out the wazoo quickly become a confusing mess.

In the same related complaint, TP-Link will absolutely not allow me to control the speed access to my guest network. My only option is through the all-or-nothing QoS settings. That means any guest is allowed the highest available speed whether I like it or not. This becomes a major issue when I have a lot of people on my guest network. With ASUS I can easily throttle the guest network. It might not matter as much if I had a 100Mbps+ internet plan, but such is not the case.

Truth be told, compared to ASUS the TP-Link "Advanced" features are anemic. I just ordered an ASUS RT-AX3000 router from Amazon. Hopefully I'll have it in hand by Tuesday. Wish me luck.

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New router sounds great, I hope it lives up to the hype.
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The TP-Link is running exceptionally well. It's running so well that I hate to return it. The hardware side of this modem is great, but the software (I think) is written for less-technical people. Yet, just a few years ago I would have thought this was the greatest router ever.

It looks like the new ASUS router will arrive this Wednesday. Meantime, the TP-Link is plugging along.

Scuzzy; ASUS better not let me down.

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I hope they didn't ship it USPS, I have tracking data for a package shipped last Monday that the P.O. has no record of except the creation of a label.
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Was it through Amazon? I recently had the same problem. After a week of being in limbo I called Amazon to complain. I explained the problem, and the rep canceled the order and issued a refund. I reordered the product and got it a couple days later.

Amazon has their own delivery service out of Colo Spgs, which I have found to be consistently good. Recently they've had occasional delays, no doubt due to the holiday rush. However, most deliveries have been on time or even a day early. The only real exception was my wife's Samsung S20 FE phone, which arrived about 10 days late. No big deal, since it sat on my desk over a week before she switched over to the new phone. Lol

Amazon also has a new warehouse in construction by the Colo Spgs airport.

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Having a local warehouse should be a big deal. I have one in NC and anything from there is always next day.
My USPS problem was a direct from company purchase. This morning USPS says delivery will be 12/24, a new hat for Bill.
I have one other package coming I bought from an alpacka farm, a small throw for my recliner that seems lost in transit but I don't have any shipping or tracking data. Just have to be patient......

Edit: USPS lied, as late as 6:00 pm yesterday. Email notice from USPS said delivery would be late but coming last night. It didn't, no new info this morning, but it is Christmas.  Better be here tomorrow.  Or I'll...what?
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Funny that now I'm having that problem in reverse. I dropped off a return at a local UPS store on 12/23/2020, and then left with a receipt. The tracking is currently showing "Label created," followed by, "When the shipment arrives at our facility the delivery date will be updated."

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