Why am I not getting WIFI6 from my Asus RT-AX92U router?

September 24, 2020 at 18:15:35
Specs: Windows 10, 3.70 gigahertz Intel Core i5-9600K/16 GB RAM
A week or so ago, I upgraded my cable internet from 200 Mb/s to 400 Mb/s. When I hook directly to the modem, I'm getting over 400 Mb/s. But, as soon as I go through I router, I'm lucky if I get 200 Mb/s. About a month ago, I bought a wifi6 router. I first bought TP-Link Wifi 6 AX1500. When using this router, on my Samsung smartphone, it showed a 6 next to the wifi symbol in the upper right indicating I was using Wifi 6. But, my download speeds were terrible. I was lucky to get 100 Mb/s. Usually clocking in much lower. I was not happy with the router. I also didn't like that there were almost no features. I bought an extender for it but I didn't like that I had two SSIDs. So, all around, I didn't like the router.

So a few days ago, I bought the Asus RT-AX92U router (frickin' $400 router.) It says it's wifi6. But, when I connect my smartphone to the router, I do not get the little 6 next to the wifi symbol. When I login to my router's webpage, it shows 802.11ax is enabled. When I check my desktop computer that has a Wifi6 network card that I installed into a pci-e slot, it's showing I'm connected to Wifi5 (802.11ac).


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#1
September 24, 2020 at 18:32:55
Ok, I figured out why I wasn't getting Wifi6. I had to split up the 2.4 G and 5 G networks. But, I'm still not getting fast enough downloads. I pay for 400 Mb/s. If I hook up to the modem, I get over 400 Mb/s. From both my cell phone and my desktop PC, I'm getting a little over 200 Mb/s.

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#2
September 25, 2020 at 02:12:07
How are you connecting the desktop to your router - Ethernet or Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi is seldom as “fast” (the correct term is bandwidth) as Ethernet.


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#3
September 25, 2020 at 07:40:07
Wifi is inherently susceptible to latency and lag you don't get from a wired network connection. Therefore it will never perform as well as a wired connection.

You can also expect variance from one radio manufacturer to another. Some devices will perform better than others depending on who made it.

If I'm gaming or downloading a big file, I rely on a wired connection.

FWIW I should mention that, I have a 5 Mbps ADSL package (presently the best I can get in the small community I live in) and it does everything I need quite nicely. I can game while my wife watches a show on Netflix or streams YouTube videos on her PC. I mention this because so many people fall for the hype and pay a buttload of money to have a "faster" internet connection. I would wager if you put a meter on your external connection you'd probably find you don't utilize more than about 10 to 20 Mbps during peak usage. So I ask you, why pay for 400 Mbps when you're not even fully utilizing 200?

You're being conned by your provider so they can increase profits.

Remember, 400 Mbps is not twice as "fast" as 200. It allows twice the data to pass through your network (or any one point in in anyhow) in the same amount of time.

I've been working in networking specifically for a decade and a half. Our main location, where my office is, houses several hundred users. Also, it housed many servers. A large number of which provided data to the outside world. So at any given time we would have hundreds of internal users and hundreds of external users on our external link........and all of this carried on a 100 Mbps link

I know some people don't much care as they're really only concerned with being able to brag to others that they have the "fastest internet around" but for the average user who really doesn't care, I like to educate them so they don't waste money needlessly.

It's the ISP's who like to refer to "bandwidth" as "speed" because telling you your internet is 'superfast' is much more relatable to the average person than telling them what bandwidth really means. You drive a car, you can picture "fast" in your minds eye. It's really a marketing trick.

If you're interested, do a search for "bandwidth monitoring software" and monitor your external link. Preferably something that graph's actual usage and will keep a history at least one month long. Even if you have 5 kids all with smart phones, pads and TV's in their bedrooms, I think you'll find you're paying for a lot that you don't use....

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#4
September 26, 2020 at 07:29:58
I recently picked up an ASUS AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit router for $5 at a garage sale. Absolutely nothing wrong with it. I reset it, installed the latest firmware, & it's now my primary wireless router. All thanks to an early AX adopter who felt AC was "too slow". Lol.

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