I'm shopping for a new router, having decided to finally upgrade from my Netgear R8500. I've been on the fence between the TP Link AX11000, Asus ROG AX11000, and Netgear AX11000. Something positive I liked about the TP Link was the 8-port switch, whereas the others have 4-port. Eventually when I buy a house in a couple years and have room for a rack, I'll upgrade to a full Ubiquiti/Cisco environment (I work as a Network admin by trade, but no room for high-grade equipment currently). Right now I'm looking for something that can provide solid coverage through a townhouse, as well as the surrounding area outside. Price isn't a problem. I upgraded to Gigabit through Comcast about 6 months ago, and my current router can only pump out wifi speeds up to like 400Mbps, and I'd like to better utilize my connection.
I've heard in reviews that the Netgear has tested the poorest for wifi speeds. It seems the Asus performs the best at range (like 100 feet), but the TP Link performs better at closer ranges. However, I heard a lot of people were having issues with the current firmware on the TP Link AX11000. Not sure if that's true or not. Hopefully someone here can shed some light on that. Also, have you noticed slowdowns with settings on like QoS, IPS, etc?
I'm also interested if anyone has information on the backplane limit? I can't seem to find anything on it. I have several NAS devices and a couple servers running, and want to make sure there wont be a bottleneck somewhere. Originally I was going to pick up the Ubiquiti Dream Machine Pro on release, but early reports showed the (initial) models while having an integrated 8-port switch, shared a 1Gbps backplane.
Also, can anyone share why this router isn't more widely available? It seems as though it's only available through Costco... and I'm not sure why they haven't pushed it to other retailers for a larger adoption. The C5400X is on Amazon, so I'm not sure why this isn't available there as well...
I'd love to hear anyone's experience with it.