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# 217881 16-Jul-2017 21:30
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Help!

 

What should I go for between Netgear R7000 AC1900 and ASUS RT-AC68U AC1900, based on the following order of priorities

 

     

  1. Spark UFB compatible
  2. Reliability
  3. Parental Controls
  4. GUI
  5. Network Security
  6. Signal strength/coverage
  7. Speed
  8. Price
  9. Aesthetics

 

 





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  # 1823585 17-Jul-2017 08:53
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Batman:

 

Oops sorry I thought speed was high on the list. Sorry speed and signal strength is the only thing I know about these 2 routers, Asus being faster and probably better signal strength. SOrry.

 

They are both compatible with Spark UFB.

 

They are probably both as reliable. 

 

I'm gonna stop there ...

 

 

The hardware of the R7000 and the RT-AC68U is for all intents and purposes exactly the same. Same CPU, same wireless (earlier versions of AC68U had an 800MHz CPU vs the R7000's 1GHz, but current versions are 1GHz). They're compatible with the same third party software (you can even run a version of the stock ASUS firmware on the Netgear if you want - you can't run Netgear software on the ASUS, but nobody would want to). The routing performance and signal strength is, on paper, exactly the same. In practice I think the R7000 is slightly faster according to smallnetbuilder, but nothing that would be noticeable in the real world.

 

The actual differences between them are:

 

1) Stock software - ASUS is better than Netgear. If you don't want to flash a third party firmware, this is an advantage for the ASUS.

 

2) Physical configuration - which one you think looks better, preference between horizontal and vertical alignment (Netgear lies flat, ASUS stands up).

 

3) Price - IMO most important. Get whichever is cheaper.


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