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Question [DongKnowsTech] Asus AX89X review (Wifi 6 4x4 router, with DUAL 10GbE (one SFP+) ports!)

VirtualLarry

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I think that I've found my new "dream router". Has a fan, too! (Both good and bad, I guess, but mostly, good.)

Note that you can use the 10GbE-T and 10GbE SFP+ ports, either as LAN and LAN, WAN/LAN mixed, or dual-WAN (Crazy-good!).

Dong mentions dual-WAN support, using USB3 as well. So, I kind of wonder, if plugging in a 2.5GbE-T USB3.0 dongle, or a 5GbE-T USB3.0 dongle (that is compatible with Linux) would work with this router, as a WAN port too? Or a LAN port, if you use both 10GbE ports for dual-WAN (if you are so lucky as to have both a primary and a secondary 10GbE WAN connection, that is. :) )

Altogether, looks like a really amazing router, that hits ALL the "sweet spots". $450, not entirely unreasonable, especially with dual 10GbE ports too. (There's 8 1GbE-T LAN ports, which 1+2 can be aggregated into a 2Gb/s connection, and one 1GbE-T port for WAN as well.)

Edit: Has AT done a review on this router yet? Does AT do router reviews? Dong is one of the most knowledgeable people about consumer routers on the interner, btw.

Edit: In-stock @ Newegg!

 
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At that price, you're well within reach of enterprise routers that would be a much better value for what they offer--real vpn out of the bag, many more features you can only dream on a consumer router, and a level of robustness that second-to-none.

I really wonder what it's real routing speeds are and if it can actually route 10Gb.
 

VirtualLarry

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I really wonder what it's real routing speeds are and if it can actually route 10Gb.
Hmm, good point. That would be the $100 question, I think. Can it route?

It would be a shame if those 10GbE ports are just marketing window-dressing.
 

mxnerd

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OK, this guy did show the UI (in English) of dual WAN feature at 7:30 mark,

Can't understand a bit, only know it's Cantonese.


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The guy use Netivagator to test speed and it's 8G.

Googled and found it's in Hong Kong.

 
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mxnerd

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They have 10Gb/s home internet in .HK? Jealous.... :)
The deployment cost is a lot lower than USA when you have highest population density in the world.

They can build 10+ floors apartment building on an average American's single home's land, and the buildings are side by side.
 
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Muadib

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I remember Dong Ngo when he was on Cnet. I'm a bit surprised that he didn't test the 10Gb ports. Standing by for more reviews.
 

aigomorla

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not to be bashing asus, but they are probably the last company i would go with for networking stuff outside the mid tier routers.

There 10G switch has been a can of fail, and so has there 10G nic cards.
 

mxnerd

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Maybe the AQC107 chipset is just not mature enough? No idea.

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Interesting articles. Nothing to do with quality/reliability.

Aquantia AQTION AQC107 vs INTEL X550-T2 - comparing 10G interfaces

How to distinguish 10-gigabit network card intel x520-da2 from chinese fakes
 
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At that price, you're well within reach of enterprise routers that would be a much better value for what they offer--real vpn out of the bag, many more features you can only dream on a consumer router, and a level of robustness that second-to-none.
I'm curious to know what enterprise router you could get for $450 with all the features the RT-AX89X has?
 

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