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heated paperweight (unless you upgrade to a 3rd party firmware)
on December 10, 2017
Router stops working far too often. (daily)
I stream games from my pc to my laptop. i do this wirelessly, so i expect some lag, but the lag i am getting is unacceptable. I've pinged the router when the issues happen. 900ms to 1600 ms response times. this would be one thing if i were on the others side of the house, but i am less than 10 feet from the router with clear, unobstructed, line of sight.
Router always has to be rebooted twice. the first time, everything appears to start up (lights flash, wired connections work fine) but it simply doesn't broadcast the ssid. Rebooting the second time ususally fixes that and it works again... for a few more hours at least.
Review after Replacement:
I found out about the merlin firmware mentioned in the other reviews. I didn't dare risk the original firmware, because the general consensus across reviews is factory firmware=Bad, Merlin=Amazing.
Merlin makes it run right. Shame on Asus for releasing a firmware that makes it run like garbage. Converting to Merlin is beyond the typical plug and play that people generally want, so i will not give it full stars. It might as well have come with no firmware.
So far i have not really had any problems. I have not had to reboot it since first configuration. I still see the occasional ping time above 100, but there is probably lots of noise going on. It's certainly better than 1600. Streaming still didn't work, but i've tracked it down the the Desktops wifi card as other issues started happening. Once i wired it physically (which i should have done in the first place, but pre merlin it wouldn't have helped), it works as expected.