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Comparison Of Asus Gt-Ac5300 Vs Rt-Ac5300, Comparison Of Asus Rt

Okay, before I get bashed for not reading the other post about the same topic, let me just say that I did read the other posts but most of the threads are dead.

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My question is, what is the big/main difference between these two? I know they are somewhat similar, other than the 8x ports and the 4x ports, I would like to know which one should I get since I don't own any of them before?

(Also I know about the Merlin firmware, take that into account, that the RT supports Merlin. That being said, if you were to recommend me the RT just because of the Merlin firmware, why and how will it help me?)

Thank you for your time guys!

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· 2y
i just installed the rt 5300 its an animal i have like 30+ deviced on it and everyone used to hate the wifi and now no complaints mind you im on a 200mbs connection first night i had ps4 ps4 pro tv netflix hrd computer hrd computer netflixplus youtube 3 windows streaming videos hdr cell phone max settings and downstairs was 6 cellphones and netflix as well as xbone andnever slowed down once nothing can stop this animal the range seems to fall short around 15 meteres if theirs 4 walls in between the device and the router lol ids say rt 5300 is worth the investement for anyone never even looked at the other one hope this helps

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Op · 2y

Thank you for taking your time in replying. A few question I have for you if you don't mind.

Are you using any other AiMesh node while having 30+ devices on the RT 5300? Or are you saying that, that single RT 5300 is able to support those 30+ devices? If that's the case, that sounds really good and beast.

Are you using the Merlin firmware? If not, is there any settings that I should know of in order for the RT 5300 to be running optimally?

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Im using whatever firmware comes with the router and no no ai mesh just the one router champing it all I haven't figured a way to fully stress the router and have had no need to dedicate any data caps even if I do my 200 mbs connection will hold me back b4 the router does to be fair everything was spread between the 3 channels but still the mumimo does work lol the day I updated the router everyone was like wow and now nothing I live with 7 adults all with the multiple devices and nobody has had a problem with the network hell my roommate was like and I quote “I still dont know what BANDWICH is but I love it” hahahaha I died

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Op · 2y

Hahahahahaha “Bandwich”, that's a good one! And ohh that's the stock firmware then. Thanks for your time in replying! I'll be sure to do more research on the RT 5300. I'm quite certain that the GT 5300 won't do much of a difference as they're roughly the same thing with extra features.

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No problem that's what redit is for lol Either way your in for a hell of an update on your network good luck

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Hey! So I have both of those at my place, primarily due to the range I need to cover and also the number of devices. Before I begin I have GT as my main router, RT is setup in AP Mode as AiMesh couldn't reach that far. But AiMesh is enabled for an 86U that I have near to the pool side. Usually in total from the AP Mode routers and all directly connected devices I have around 36 devices, 48 on occasion. Mostly mobile devices.

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For the x8 ports is very useful as the fastest speed I get in my region is 30Mbps and I have dual WAN setup so I can divide users on each line for optimal speeds but dual WAN is supported by the RT as well through any of the ports available but I'm guessing if you have lots of wired in devices or things to reduce ping then you may need the more ports.

Then GT supports Link Aggregation by default setup through LAN 5/6. So if you happen to have NAS Storage or some device that makes use of the faster local network access, then you'd probs be better off with the GT.

RT is amazing and everything but GT supports I think newer WiFi technologies so you may get better speeds at similar distances as compared to RT. It for sure is expensive and really only caters to a select number of people with specialised use (I never felt a difference when I turned on the gaming specific features of the router).

RT on the other hand is for that large home with numerous devices but simpler setups. AiMesh works pretty nicely on RT and on GT. I used to have RT as my main router but needs changed and I required more LAN Ports. I could've gone with a switch but when the networks are crowded, using NAS or network accessible Sound System becomes little bit of a hassle.

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I'd recommend that if you have a large space, drywalls and relatively simpler setup (like Mesh Nodes not too far away, no such wired in devices, etc) then RT would be the better buy. But if you have multiple wired devices, or have pretty specialized uses then GT just may be better. Everything it is can be achieved by RT, just the extra LAN ports and the 2-3 additional features they give for special uses makes it slightly bit more worth it.

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