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Milton Bradley Stratego Ice Vs. Fire Board Game Complete 2008 Capture The Flag

Milton Bradley Stratego Ice Vs. Fire Board Game Complete 2008 Capture The Flag

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Location: Mount Vernon, Ohio

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Recommended Age Range : [8+]
Game Type : [Board Game]
Type : [Game Board]
Brand : [Milton Bradley]
Theme : [Strategy]
Age Level : [8-11 Years, 12-16 Years, 17 Years & Up]
Game Title : [Stratego]
Character Family : [CTF]
Year : [2008]
Gender : [Boys & Girls]
Title : [Stratego]
UPC : [653569324225]
Min. Number of Players : [2 players]
Item Specifics

Milton Bradley Stratego Ice Vs. Fire Board Game Complete 2008 Capture The Flag. This game is used, but it is complete. The box, however, is in rough condition.

Customer Reviews

Four and Half Stars
4.4 out of 5 stars based on 5 reviews
Five Stars
5 Star as standalone, 4 star as AiMesh with tricky setup/trouble shooting
********* Updates ********* 3/31/2019 - New firmware Haven't had chance to use for too long yet but issue with device list has been fixed, and it seems now I can just restart Node without restarting router then node in the specific order. Still no second 5GHz band usable to Smart Connect. - Added Advanced feature section as I got to use some of those features. 3/13/2019 - Update second 5G band direct connection section (only connects to router but not node). - Update Setup section, as for me reboot router and node order makes difference. - Added Router/Node switch Section 2/26/2019 - After 3 weeks of experience, o Update AiMesh and stability sections, now up from 3 stars to 4 stars features. See detail in corresponding sections. o Discovered that second 5GHz band can be used as separate SSID in AiMesh mode. (forced dual band section) o ASUS support very disappointing. o Simplified conclusion ********* ********* ********* Outside of the price, the specs on this router is currently unbeatable. Just to list a few amazing features that this router offers: 1. Wifi 6 support 2. AiMesh feature 3. VPN Fusion feature 4. Extensive customization options 5. Gamer’s optimization (I cannot comment on this feature as I do not use this feature). ********* ★★★★★ Features ********* +++++ Speed +++++ The router performance is great. In proximity to the router, I can get 500-600 Mbps Wifi internet download speed with 2016 Macbook Pro as well as Ipad Mini 4 on my 1Gbps service. Even at distance when connected to 5GHz band, I can get upper 300’s Mbps download at least 30 ft away from the router. +++++ Range +++++ Our 3800 sqft two story house needed 3 Orbi Mesh system or 3 Eero Pro system to cover end to end with adequate speed. A single GT-AX11000 covers most of our home except one end of the basement, likely due to concrete wall. To put into the objective number, Orbi was fast and I could get 200+ Mbps Wifi download speed throughout my home, but very unstable. So I moved onto Eero. Eero got very stable system without a hiccup, running for months, but there were areas where my speed went down to 80's or even lower Mbps for download. A single GT-AX11000 can get me 200+ Mbps throughout the house where the signal is reachable as long as connected to 5GHz band. With AiMesh, most part of house I get 300+ Mbps and the worst area where I have no AiMesh Node, I still get 200+ Mbps. Though AiMesh to other Mesh network system I had are not directly compared here because I only got 1Gbps service recently and previously had only 400 Mbps service and also I did not have Ethernet back-haul option before. Nonetheless, I’m happy with coverage. +++++ Advanced Features +++++ Although there are many features that I do not use or don't know how to use, lately as I set up more smart home device/home automation system, I've been impressed by what this router offers as otherwise, it could have got a bit more work. 1) Static IP: Ax11000 allows single toggle button to each of its connected devices to get Static IP, which is based on MAC address of the device and handled by router side, so even after reboot of the router, this feature remains. If needed, even laptop/tablet can use this so going out of network and back is hand-free. 2) VPN Server: Fairly readily set up to remotely log into home network. 3) Free DDNS: This is run by ASUS and let you point to your home network router by This allows remote accessing of home devices easy as we do not have to worry about ISP changing your IP address and reconfigure VPN access etc. ********* ★★★★☆ Features ********* +++++ WIFI 6 support +++++ This is certainly one of the main reasons to choose this router. The potential gain of WIFI 6 (802.11ax) standard is huge including speed boost, battery saving, and more simultaneous device connection. However, in order to see these benefits, supporting client device is needed. Recently, Samsung announced their latest phones to feature these, but I currently don’t own any client device. Also, Ax standard is still a draft version, so final version may have additional features that this router may not support (who knows). Basically, this is the future proof but not yet testable at the time. +++++ Setup +++++ As a standalone router, set up was easy. As an AiMesh system, the initial set up was also easy enough. However, once I change some parameters, the router goes offline and I must reboot the router and node manually. These should be automatic. Also, in my case default setting of AiMesh did not work so well. [3/13/2019] As part of other home network change/upgrade, I occasionally need to turn of Mesh Node. But when I do so, in order to get solid network back, I have to restart router first and wait until it is fully up, then turn Mesh Node on. Otherwise, system acts up. +++++ AiMesh +++++ This is another major reason why I chose this router. AiMesh feature allows ASUS routers to act as true Mesh system. Advanced users can potentially implement Mesh like system using Access Point and/or Repeater mode of routers, but this requires lots of tuning like selecting proper Channel to avoid conflict, selection of Roaming parameters etc. Dedicated mesh system is simple but lacks customization option. AiMesh allows us to buy new and the latest, feature rich router and turn that into new router then use older routers to be satellite node to cover better range of house. This is a brilliant concept. For this reason, I have purchased two ROG GT-AX11000 routers. Initially by default setting, I had constant drop out of AiMesh node (satellite). This was fixed by making node into Ethernet mode where default setting was AUTO mode. The latter mode supposed to automatically choose the best connection either Wireless or Ethernet backhaul. In my case, I found out it tried to switch to Wireless but signal was too weak (as I intentionally placed in the area with weak signal), and then disconnects and instead of reconnecting to Ethernet, node went offline. Ever since the change, not a single event of node drop. +-+-+- Stability +-+-+- I have HEOS speaker network system. Originally when I got HEOS speakers, I thought it was the HEOS that was faulty system as some speakers kept disappearing from the App device list. But later I found out, it was the Orbi mesh network issue. This is because after switching to Eero mesh network, I had never had this issue once again. After fixing AiMesh node into Ethernet backhaul mode, this got better; however, I still experienced occasional sudden, device not connected to internet. After doing online research, I eventually changed setting to disable MU-MIMO, universal beamforming and airtime fairness options on both 5GHz and 2.4 GHz bands, and also enabled quality of service in media/internet surf mode. Ever since these changes, the Wifi went rock solid without any drop out. I had 7 solid days without a single reboot. As I do other home network upgrading, I have to turn them off every once and awhile. So mid-term stability is rock solid with appropriate setting, but figuring these on my own were not easy, and I don’t expect everyone get as lucky. ********* ★★★☆☆ Features ********* +-+-+- Many customization options +-+-+- Stand-alone router system has advantage over Mesh system for more sophisticated customization options to the advanced users. AX11000 has nothing short in terms of these options. This is great for advanced users, but for trouble shooting, too many options make impossible to figure out exactly what’s causing the problem. I think ASUS should make default setup so network stability is the highest priority then let user play around to get more optimized, faster speed. +-+-+- AiMesh Forced Dual Band +-+-+- In tri-band systems, AiMesh uses second 5GHz band for dedicated Wireless back-haul. This makes sense as keeping solid connection between the router and node is crucial in mesh network system, and Mesh system like Orbi uses this technology as well. However, what does not make sense is when I have the connection set to Ethernet mode (not AUTO), I see no reason to keep blocking the band. Basically, the router and node are now appears as dual-band system, which we can buy for cheaper price. There is a rumor on Internet forum, this may be reverted in future firmware update. [3/13/2019] It turned out the second 5GHz band is usable by disabling hidden SSID option. If you try to change the name to match Smart Connect SSID, you get an error though. Also, this band is only accessible on main router and not on Mesh Node. +-+-+- Router/Node switch +-+-+- In an ideal world, transition from router to node connection should be smooth and user shouldn’t even notice when the switch happened. In my case, this is a mixed experience. Sometimes device sticks to the original router or node despite the other is closer and even experienced a complete device disconnect when transition is happening. This sensitivity; however, is configurable by user in AiMesh. One need to change RSSI setting. I changed mine and it seemed to work better. However, I wish ASUS implement something so that RSSI value is automatically adjusted based on day to day statistics or at least suggest user to change RSSI values. This is probably one of the most important parameter to adjust to get optimal Mesh experience. ********* ★★☆☆☆ Features ********* ----- VPN Fusion ----- Another great feature on paper by ASUS. This feature allows individual device to go through specific VPN service using a single router/network. Previously, I had my old router set up to connect to VPN and devices that I want to connect to the VPN had to switch to the router. This feature can be a 3 stars because I was able to get this working with some VPN service such as Express VPN, but not others. However, those that do not work on this router works on ASUS Merlin firmware installed another router, so I believe it is not VPN server side issue. Basically, I see VPN connected on both server side and router menu; however, internet becomes inaccessible. To make it even worse, it affects entire network rather than just the device I associate with the VPN. Since this is one of the feature ASUS advertise, and I see as relatively unique to only some of ASUS routers, I hope to see this fixed. ----- Devices disappearing from Network List ----- [Update 3/31/2019] Firmware has resolved this issue. ----- AiMesh Node not configurable ----- It makes sense for some features to be non-selectable/configurable on AiMesh node as the purpose of mesh system is to make one change and reflect to all as a whole system. However, some feature like “light” on node should be individually configurable. ----- Aesthetics ----- It looks like a giant spider. ********* ★☆☆☆☆ Features ********* ----- ASUS Customer Service ----- I have submitted my issues on the Ax11000 soon after I received the first router. ASUS occasionally sent me email saying they are still working on then referring to special tech, which sounded a good customer care. However, they were all templated e-mails and most likely just to buy a time. After 3 weeks of wait, the response was very disappointing without any content that’s useful. ********* ALTERNATIVE CONSIDERATIONS ********* The main reason to choose this router is its WIFI 6 support. Currently, there are relatively limited options for WIFI 6 compatible routers, but many more are on its way. So why did I choose this over the other options? Noteworthy alternatives are ASUS AX88U, Netgear RAX120 and TP Link Archer AX11000. Vs. ASUS Ax88U Ax88U is cheaper and also supports AiMesh. But it's a dual band, lacks VPN fusion feature and theoretical speed rating is 6000. So technically, ROG Ax11000 is better in all the specs. However, when used in AiMesh with Ethernet back-haul, I am losing a band anyways with current firmware, so Ax88U is likely to give the same performance with cheaper price. Vs. TP Link Archer AX11000 This router also has 11000 speed rating. Furthermore, TP Link announced AiMesh equivalent OneMesh feature. Up on reviewing online, I just saw ASUS router gets higher rating in general and longer support from the company. But prior to current purchase, I've never had ASUS or TP Link router, so I just went with what I read. Also another feature I wanted was VPN Fusion but TP Link had no mention about this type of technology. Vs. Netgear RAX120 Out of all system, I think this was the biggest alternative option for me. RAX120 has multigig LAN ports up to 5Gbps whereas, ROG GT-Ax11000 only has one 2.5 Gbps LAN port. However, RAX120 is 6000 speed rated with dual band. Netgear does not have direct competitor technology of AiMesh but has Orbi like Extenders with Ethernet back-haul option, but I felt conceptually AiMesh sounded better with more flexibility. For instance, if times comes and I really need 5Gbps or even 10Gbps LAN port, I can purchase next generation ASUS router with such feature and use both AX11000 as AiMesh node. Vs. Other AX Mesh systems Orbi, TP Link, and Arris will have Wifi 6 Mesh systems this year. I like and need Mesh system at home, but if we can get the Mesh functionality with more option/flexibility why would I choose more restrictive system? (Other than simplicity). ********* Conclusion ********* On paper, ROG Ax11000 is undoubtedly the best router on the market including what's coming in near future. As a single router, this deserved 5 stars for sure. In AiMesh mode, I had originally struggled due to network stability issue. I was lucky enough to solve this on my own with internet search; however, ASUS tech support was no help. I would have returned the devices if I couldn’t have solved the issue. Since default setting did not work smoothly, I expect there will be others having the same or some different issues, and may consider this device may be unusable in AiMesh mode. So I’d give 4 stars for AiMesh setting because set up can be very tricky but once one figures out, it works better than other Mesh system I owned in the past. In the future, I hope VPN Fusion feature to be fully functional, third band to be optionally opens up in AiMesh mode and node to be configurable at least to some extent.
Four Stars
Fast speed, 12 streams, great range, but aimesh and Asus firmware leave much to be desired
I own both the Asus AX6000 RT-AX89X and the Asus ZenWiFi AX6600. I originally bought the RT-AX89X hoping that it would cover my entire home. It came pretty close, but there were some areas without great coverage. I don't fault the router for that, I have a challenging house to cover as it is 3300 sq ft, L-shaped with outdoor cameras in different places. On top of that, I'm unable to locate the router as centrally as I might like. So I got the Zenwifi to add on as a mesh network. Asus advertises that these and most of their higher end products can work together to create a mesh system. I set it all up and at first it all seemed to go well, however I noticed that both my wife and my phones would sometimes be connected to wifi but not have any internet. When trying to go to a website, it would just hang like the website was not responding, but then I'd check the wifi settings and it would show the message "connected with no internet". This happened on laptops as well sometimes, but we noticed much, much more often on our phones. The problem could always be immediately solved by switching from 5G to 2.4 or vice versa. It could also be solved by turning off wifi and then back on. Over time I started to realize that this tended to almost always happen when moving from an area that was close to the main router to another area that was close to the Zenwifi, meaning that it was an issue switching between the two. I went through the settings over a period of weeks, changing different things to see if I could fix it. Nothing I tried worked. I contacted Asus tech support and they had me change a bunch of settings, but the problem still wasn't solved. They elevated it to their 2nd level tech support, and said they would contact me. I replied to the 2nd level support's email and sent them files they requested generated by the router, and explained the entire problem in detail again. They wanted to call me but I told them I really don't have the time to take a random call from them in the future that will probably last an hour or two. I work full time and have 2 young children, it's hard to find time for stuff like that. I asked that they send any troubleshooting steps they suggest via email so I can try them when I get a chance. They still called me. And then followed up by email asking me all the same questions that I've already answered again. After a little more of this back and forth, I realized they weren't going to be able to help me so I decided to not use the mesh feature, just run two separate wireless networks. I went into the router settings and couldn't immediately figure out how to do this, so I figured I would online chat with support as this is probably pretty easy to set up. I had to explain an abbreviated version of my issues all over again and told the support rep that I just wanted to have separate wireless networks. Told him I had factory reset both devices but couldn't figure out how to not have them run mesh, as that is the only option it gives you when you log in and bring up the set up screens. He told me it wasn't possible. This seemed kind of crazy to me for routers that are this expensive, with this level of features to not be able to just run independently off the same internet connection. He offered again to escalate it. I asked if he could have them send any suggestions for setting up separate wireless networks by email, again explaining that it's super unlikely they are going to call at a time when I am home and able to spend the time needed on the phone with them. Again, they called my phone, and again they sent an email asking me all the basic info that I had explained multiple times already. At this point I had figured it out myself. I just had to set up the main router with the log in for my fiber internet, then plug the Zenwifi into my computer with the main router disconnected and use the setup screens to make it an access point. Then I could connect the Zenwifi downstream from the main router. I could only access the main router from my desktop or laptop, but in the android app I could switch back and forth between both. And in that app, I could find the direct address for the Zenwifi to type into the browser bar and get access separately. It really wasn't a crazy difficult process and if someone like myself who is only somewhat familiar with networking could figure it out, I don't know why their tech support thought it was impossible. Now that it is set up with separate networks it does work great, although I would have prefered the more seamless experience of a mesh network that Asus advertises. The router interface is very powerful with tons and tons of options. The speeds are very fast and I'm not having issues even though I have somewhere between 50-100 devices connected at any given time (I have lots of home automation stuff and also an in-law apartment with it's own devices). As stand alone equipment I would give these devices 5 stars, they really are great by themselves. For mesh networking, I would give them 1 star as they really don't work well for this. If you decide to go with Asus, their tech support is friendly, but pretty clueless and not very helpful, so I wouldn't expect much in that regard.
Five Stars
5 Star as standalone, 4 star as AiMesh with tricky setup/trouble shooting
Update July 8,2021: 8 months of 24/7 connections to over 53 devices. Not a single problem. Took the router from the desk it was sitting on the basement and put it on top of a 6’ ladder, now Wi-Fi in the whole house, so I haven’t gotten the Asus node (don’t need it yet). For peace sakes I do have it to automatically reset twice/week around 4am, you set it up in admin settings. It was able to tell me the exact websites any device visits at any particular time, so I was able to catch kids wondering around the internet during school hours. Solid Router!!! Virtual school, teleworking and gaming worked as it should. My gaming ping is always under 40ns (anything under 60ns is good) I would buy again and definitely recommend. The lifetime “WTF” What The Fast subscription is embedded on the router, it really does work, for pc gaming it’s a most. Using a power house of a router running pfSense for my home network security. Unless you are an IT professional the upkeep for the true benefits of pfSense are not worth it in a home network. pfSense is an amazing free router software when paired with enterprise components is awesome, but my needs of Wi-Fi mesh for a happy wife instead of individual Wi-Fi access points made me pair my amazing router with the Orbi mesh solution. So far it has been amazing. Now 2 1/2 years later we are wanting Wi-Fi 6. Awesome Wi-Fi 6 mesh solutions are gonna cost you. 3 main things I wanted to accomplish inside a $700 budget for upgrade. 1-Home network Security 2-Powerful Wi-Fi 6 mesh 3-Play online gaming with true open NAT This router is fenomenal. It comes with free lifetime Trendmicro security with more than capable parent controls. I can assign individual ip to a devices and create profile. Now son has 3 devices under son. I can then assign to son OpenDNS home DNS service and keep him safe without me having to do anything else. I can use google DNS for game consoles and so on. My internet of things (IoT’s) are connected on the guest Wi-Fi with the 2.4ghz channel restriction so it won’t hog my other 2 bands. I can also put the guest network or in my case IoT’s network on a bandwidth restriction. Ok, now the awesome parts of security. I can put all IoT’s through a VPN and all personal computers and gaming console out. Split VPN works phenomenal on this router. Individual DNS per profile. Time schedule per profile. I can see all websites people go on my network. I can see traffic and bandwidth per ip and even apps. So far for home routing network this is pretty good. I know that having to trust Trendmicro with your information can be uncomfortable, but you can fix that by having your personal phones and computers use a VPN on the device itself. So I’m running router level VPN for all IoT’s and device lvl VPN while keeping game consoles and streaming devices of the VPN’s and this router doesn’t even blink. With Trendmicro All my IoT’s are protected like I had an IT guru working for me. Next is the Wi-Fi mesh. My hose is 2 floors plus the basement. Is around 3,900 sq ft counting the basement. I had an Orbi on basement and the other on the 2nd floor. This way it would cover my whole house. I tried many single access points but it would always sacrifice one floor the best was in the middle but even then the outermost parts of the house signal was very bad, or not good enough to FaceTime. So I got Wi-Fi extenders and it got boring havin to change from one SSID to another. That’s why we went to mesh. This router does what I want for my home security so far so good, how about MESH. It’s rated for 5000 sq ft so I thought my house is only 3,900 sq ft it should work, but if it doesn’t I can always get this router as primary router and then get another Asus router for my mesh needs. The second router would become a node. So you an get this and add on to it later as you need it. So with a $700 budget I’m down $400 so this gives me some space for another aimesh capable router form Asus. I put this router in the worst place in the hose. Not the middle but on one side of the far left wall in the basement. Only one device fails to connect on the 2nd floor far right wall, a lamp switch. If I use a laptop, no problem but a small $5 Alexa switch don’t have the power to reach that far away router. I have Wi-Fi in the whole house. Basement and 1st floor I see over 1,000 Mbps connections and on 2nd floor drops down to 300Mbps. If the connection is 1,000 in Wi-Fi my true speed is 500Mbps which is half, but my internet connection is only 300Mbps so internet is not a problem for more than 3/4 of my house. I can easily FaceTime anywhere in my house with any device with this single router. Router assigns best band per device so my laptop can change form 2.4ghz to 5ghz as needed but IoT’s are restricted. So no need to get another router for mesh, in my case. So I’m gonna get a 2.5Gb switch (Qnap for about $100) since this router comes with a 2.5Gb port now I can easily upgrade my internal home network to 2.5Gb with out changing lan cables. If you are a true online gamer you have heard of network bloating. Do a speed test turn on adaptive QOS and input 95% of your service bandwidth. I scored A+ A+ A+ in dslreports bloating test report. I tried to fix that problem with pfSence but running multiple VPNs always interfered with the boating part. All and all I think I got my money’s well worth. The router has very good hardware and the software is truly geared for home security and gaming. This is exactly what I was looking for and what I would have expected at this price point. This router does 3 guest networks so you can separate IoT’s even more or leave IoT’s one one and give your guest a totally new one with no restrictions on bands. It has features only found on Buisness class routers it’s just worded different for their intended costumers. Split VPN is called VPNfusion and multiple SSID’s is like virtual lans for Wi-Fi only found on enterprise access points and DDRT software. So far I’m loving this router, I’m just afraid that it will flip over and chase me up the stairs. Future proof, signal strength, security, and gaming capable, this router is well worth it. I was forced to put it in the basement because it looks horrendous. I did not buy for looks I bought it for it’s features which in my case far exceed the Asus XT8 which looks amazing but can’t do everything I can. In the future I can use this router as primary and add-on a single XT8 zen router by Asus as a node, those look good and also have a 2.5Gb port. If you want to future proof your network you have to start thinking 2.5Gb because Wi-Fi 6 has over 3Gb bandwidth so your Wi-Fi will be faster than anything connected through wires. At least with 2.5Gb it won’t be too far apart.
Four Stars
Great router as a stand alone, but mesh networking does not work well
LOVE THIS ROUTER This review is for the ASUS RT AX89X router (AX6000) Caution when you read the reviews: if the review is about the AX11000, it's referring to the ASUS GT-AX11000 router, not the AX89X It works well ...but how you set it up is critical. I bought this router for the fast speed and the large ram; I don't have any wifi 6 devices yet. I have an unusually long house with 4000 square feet, 3 stories, including a detached cottage which we run as an Airbnb. We have a Synology NAS, 3 desktops, 6 laptops (including 2Macbooks) 3 I-phones, 3 kindles, 2 TV's we use for streaming and that's not counting guest usage in our cottage. Xfinity says we use 900 MB- 1.1 TB of data per month. The new AX89X lives in a small closet with the Synology NAS, switches, and audio distribution amplifiers. Heat would be problematic but I bought a tiny 4-inch fan to ventilate the closet. My system has 6 routers: The AX89X, 2 RT-AC88Us, 3 Blue caves, 5 of the ASUS routers are linked via Aimesh at our main house and the one remaining is connected as a "downstream" router for guests in our detached cottage. All the routers are connected via ethernet cabling. (So far Aimesh only supports guest wifi at the main router, so one router not on mesh) I formerly had at RT-AC88u as the main router, but my system had unexplained tiny lags. I tried getting a faster internet contract: Xfinity @1GB/sec then replaced my DOCSIS 3.0 modem with a Motorola MB 8600. Better, but still some lags. I wondered whether the dual-core, 256k RAM router was overwhelmed by my system. I thought the fast 2.2 GHz quad-core processor with 1Gb of RAM would work better. Like magic, the RT-AX89X has solved this problem of lag! On ethernet, I get about 950 MB/sec downloads and on wireless near the nodes up to 550 mb/sec. As I read so many people's difficulties I decided to set up the router before connecting it to my system. I downloaded the latest firmware: release date 7/9/20 (and updated again on 3/4/2021). Then I turned the router on connecting it ONLY to my laptop and installed the firmware. Then I tried to"restore" settings saved in a file from my RT-AC88u, but the AX89X wouldn't accept it.. (I was surprised because most ASUS routers can accept other ASUS router settings.) I connected a second laptop to the GUI of the RT-AC88u and manually copied the settings in common. Much to my surprise, all the ASUS routers I had been using had to be FACTORY RESET before the initial connection to the AX89X as an Aimesh node. For my BlueCave and 88u routers, I had to search online for the second method to factory reset as their reset buttons didn't seem to operate as expected. (power off, hold the WPS button for 30 sec while powering back on, wait until the light blinks before letting go.) There are some interesting differences in the setup choices with this unit. I turned WPS off as I don't use it. The ASUS feature "smart connect" allows the simultaneous broadcast of both 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz with a single SSID. If this feature is turned on, channel bandwidth, control channel, and extension channel cannot be changed from Auto. This doesn't seem to matter. As with other ASUS routers, there is minimal help on "Wireless-Professional settings" in the manual. But you definitely need to look at the settings because it can make a huge difference. You can search online for suggested tweaks. There is an amazing amount of customization that you can do. I believe that it is the necessity for tweaking that is the source of many people's difficulties with this router. Just a small setting change will make a difference in some device's ability to connect with the router. My daughter has a Macbook--one of the latest models--which would disconnect if 2.4 GHz roaming assist was turned on. It connects at the full 1GB speed. There are 2 choices in Mu-MIMO; I picked the one that was more inclusive. You will need to try out different setting combinations to find the best for you and your devices. Some authors suggest setting the preamble to "short" and to disable Tx bursting. This did not work well for my Thinkpad X1 Carbon. After making a change in wifi settings, I found it helps to reboot all the connected aimesh nodes. I'm guessing that the March 2021 firmware is much better than the older versions, and look forward to versions to come. It now supports WPA3. I discovered a switch in my network that had gone bad--so I decided to replace it with the latest QNAP (QSWM408-2C) and connected it to the AX89X with the 10G SPF+ connector which works great! (but my internet provider only offers 1G) One complaint: I have many devices listed in the "manually assigned IP around the DHCP" list. This allows you to nickname each device so you can easily see it in the list of connected devices as well as give a consistent address to known devices. After entering everything in and pressing "apply" you would think the router would remember your entries. While the DHCP reservations and IP address persist, some of the names change to "New device" on reboot. HIDDEN BENEFIT FOR PARENTS: The parental controls work REALLY WELL on this router. I can set time limits on all my daughter's devices. When I did this on my previous router, a (dual-core) Asus RT-AC88U it would somehow slow the internet to a crawl on the affected devices. This doesn't happen with the new router: the Quad-core makes all the difference! All in all, I am HAPPY with this router. So far (5.5 months) so good...
Five Stars
Why use pfSense? This is perfect for home security and gaming
I have installed the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 on July 28th, 2019, and so far, I can not praise this router enough. I am a computer system builder and have dealt with all sorts of home and small business networking scenarios over the last 10+ years and the Asus units are by far the easiest to set up and the best in features/performance with the right unit purchased. Installation: Installing the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 was extremely easy. You do NOT need a computer with Ethernet connections to configure or set it up. It is an option, but if you own a tablet or smartphone, a simple app download will get you up in running in no time. I downloaded the Asus router app from the Google Play store. I powered down my ISP's modem, connected the router to it, and then booted the modem. I waited for it to establish a connection, then booted up the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000. I waited a few moments for the router to start communicating with the modem and then launched the Asus Router app on my Samsung S10 smartphone. The app found the router without issue, and after a couple of clicks and setting the signal properties and passwords, I was connected and online. It all took less than 5 minutes. Asus has really simplified the configuration and setup process. Shortly after connections where established, it found a firmware update, and I installed it. Once rebooted, I was back online and ready to go. Features: This router, as well as several other Asus higher-end models, has a FANTASTIC user interface with a slew of options to customize, control, and configure your network. This makes it super easy to monitor your internet/bandwidth usage. In my network, I have an online printer, 3 desktops, 4 smartphones, 2 tablets, and a smart TV all belonging to various family members. The Asus router app will show a complete list of all the devices that have been connected to it. If the device is online and connected to the router at that moment, you can see in real-time the amount of traffic that is being uploaded/downloaded to and from that device. If that device is turned off, it is added to the 'Offline' devices, but still available to be configured in the app. Once a device is connected, you will see it's standard ID name (example - Android 4.4, etc if it is an android phone). You can then rename that device so you can identify it easier. So for example, let's say one of your kids connects their phone to the wifi. You can rename it to 'Joey's Cellphone' and then not only monitor how much traffic is going to/from the phone, but you can limit the bandwidth it sends and receives, and even, with a simple tap of a button, you can turn off the signal entirely so the device no longer has access to the router/internet. You can also set up a schedule of when that device can receive a signal from the router. This is extremely handy if you want to limit a user's online time. If a family member has multiple devices, you can group those devices all together under a single user account, and turn access on/off for all that user's devices with a simple tap of the button. I do a lot of video and audio work, and one of my connected devices is a NAS (network-attached storage unit). One of the features of this router that I found useful was the 'IP Binding' feature. Wat this will do is, it will take a mac address of a certain device, and once that device is powered on/connected, it will assign a specific IP number to that device every single time that device connects to the router. It's somewhat like a static IP address, but without the hassle of all the extra configuration steps. This is helpful to me because, with my NAS, I have mapped network drives on my Windows 10 computer. If the network loses power in any of the devices, there is a chance when the NAS re-connects that it'll get a different IP number, which will force me to have to disconnect all mapped network drives from the NAS and re-map them with the new IP number. With IP Binding, the router will make sure that the NAS, as well as any other device I configure with it, will get the same IP number at all times. Signal Strength: This router has fantastic signal strength. I do not have my router places in the best of places. It's on the bottom shelf of my workstation on the second floor, with a few pieces of computer gear sitting next to it. I still receive 5 bars of 2.4Ghz signal all over the house, and I get a steady 3 or 4 bars of 5Ghz service. This is in a home with an outer wall and inner wall of solid concrete block from the foundation to the roof, with 6 inches of dead air space between them. So there is a lot that signal has to penetrate through in order to reach the devices. I have been online with this router for about 4 days now. In all my testing, I can not say I have run across any issues so far. Connected to my network at random times, I have 3 desktops, 1 laptop, 4 smartphones, 2 game consoles, a tablet, and a Kindle. With having Gigabit internet through my ISP, I have pushed this router pretty hard at times while testing it. My hardest test so far, I simultaneously had Netflix streaming on 2 devices, online gaming on another, doing large file transferring/downloading from the NAS AND internet on another. All devices combined were pulling from all 3 radio bands this router offers. I had no buffering or lag issues on any of the devices. So far, I have ZERO complaints about this router. I have been doing home and small business networking for over 10 years, and this is by far the best networking purchase I have ever made. I highly recommend this router at this point. If I hit any issues in the future, or it doesn't stand the test of time, I will come back to update this review!
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