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Dong Knows Tech Giveaway [Contest Ended]: Asus RT-AX86U

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Final Update (September 5, at 2:15 pm): Web Dove has received his prize and left the following message:

Thank you Dong!

I have a 2.5g Trendnet switch which will let me connect 2.5g ethernet AiMesh backhaul between this new Ax86u and my current Ax86u exterior router.

Looks like somebody is having a fun Labor Day.

Web Dove Dong Knows Tech Giveaway Winner
Congratulations again, Web Dove! Have fun with your first Multi-Gig wired backhaul mesh system!

With that, this giveaway is now concluded. The official comment count is 185. The comment section is now re-opened. Check back via this link for previous and upcoming contests.

Update 4 (September 4 at 10 pm): We have a NEW and final winner.

Here are the current stats:

  • Total comments: 185
  • Number of correct guesses: 1
  • The correct guess: Conor (185). The contestant failed to provide a US residential address and was therefore disqualified per the official rules.
  • Winner: Web Dove (184)

Congratulations, Web Dove! You're the final winner of the contest.

Web Dove has confirmed his shipping information and his agreement with the official rules. A brand-new Asus RT-AX86U router is on the way to him. We'll have to wait to see if he wants to leave a personal message or not.

Update 3 (September 3 at 3:30 pm): We have a winner!

Here are the current stats:

  • Total comments: 185
  • Number of correct guesses: 1
  • The unconfirmed winner: Conor (185).
  • Unconfirmed runner-ups: Web Dove (184) and AK (188).

Congratulations, Conor! You're the winner of the contest.

Please review the official rules at the bottom of the page. After that use the Contact page with the same email and "Giveaway contest" as the subject to send us a message saying that you agree with the rules together with your mailing address. Once the information is verified, a brand-new Asus RT-AX86U will be shipped to you.

If we don't hear from you by 3:30 pm September 4, 2022, a new winner will be selected.

Update 2 (September 3 at 3:00 pm): The contest has ended. This is a scheduled update to close the comment section. Hidden comments will be published all at once soon. Check back soon for the result which will also be sent out via another email notification. Have a great weekend, everyone! Stay cool!

Update 1 (September 2 at 9:25 am): All new contest-entry comments on this page are now held until the contest's end. Make sure your entry email is confirmed with the subscription.

{Below is the original contest}

You're in for a chance to win this Asus RT-AX86U giveaway. This router is the real deal, not the stripped-down RT-AX86S version.

This model has been one of my favorites. It's an easy recommendation and will work out well for almost anyone, gamers and general users alike.

But you need to act fast. Time is running out.

The Asus RT-AX86U is an Excellent Gaming Router
Asus RT-AX86U giveaway: This Wi-Fi machine is easily one of the best Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 routers.

Asus RT-AX86U giveaway: The Details

I reviewed the Asus RT-AX86U in August 2020 and found it "Arguably the Best Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router to Date". It's been that way since.

This router is excellent for a medium home, and you can quickly scale up the Wi-Fi coverage using extra AiMesh hardware. And in certain combo, you can even have it as part of a Multi-Gig wired backhauling mesh system.

The point is that it's great! Since launch, due to the demand, the router has always been sold for more than its suggested retail price.

You can buy it now on Amazon for about $270 or enter for a chance to it from Dong Knows Tech here for free.

Asus RT-AX86U: Hardware specs
NameASUS RT-AX86U AX5700 
Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Gaming Router
Wi-Fi TechnologyDual-Band Wi-Fi 6 
(802.11ax) AX5700
ChipsetBroadcom BCM4908
2.4GHz Wi-Fi Specs3x3 Wi-Fi 6: Up to 861 Mbps
5GHz Wi-Fi Specs4X4 Wi-Fi 6: Up to 4804 Mbps
Backward Compatibility802.11a/b/g/n/ac
AP ModeYes
Mesh-readyYes (AiMesh)
160MHz Channel SupportYes
Gigabit Port4x LAN, 1x WAN
Multi-Gig Port 1x 2.5 Gbps LAN/WAN
Link AggregationYes (LAN 1 and LAN 2)
Dual-WANYes (WAN + LAN4 or USB)
USB2 x USB 3.0
(storage, modem, printer)
Mobile AppAsus Router
QoSYes (Excellent)
Parental ControlYes 
Processing Power1.8 GHz quad-core CPU, 
256MB Flash, 1GB RAM
Built-in Online ProtectionYes 
(AiProtection powered by Trend Micro)
DimensionsWith antennas: 9.52 x 3.93 x 12.79 inc. 
(242 x 100 x 325 mm) 
Without antennas: 9.52 x 3.93 x 6.45 inc. 
(242 x 100 x 164 mm)
Weight1.8 lbs (814.5 g)
US Price
(at launch)
Asus RT-AX86U's hardware specifications

How to enter the contest—Please read this part carefully!

To enter the contest for the chance to win, you must be(come) a subscriber to Dong Knows Tech's new post notification.

I hope that you subscribe more because you want to stay in the loop than you want to win!

Leave a contest entry, which is a new comment -- not a reply to an existing comment—that meets the following criteria:

  1. The comment must start with a number, which is your best guess for the total number of all published comments on this page by the end of the contest.
  2. You must use a valid email address that has never been unsubscribed before* and follow the comment rules. (Hint: Be nice!)
  3. If you're not yet a subscriber, check the box that reads "Notify me of new posts by email." to subscribe. You will receive an email and need to confirm the subscription via the instruction on that email—you only have to click on a link. (Feel free to check the other two boxes, but that's not required, and note that they are separate subscriptions that are not qualified for this contest.)

(*) If you have unsubscribed, you need to use a new email address. The previously unsubscribed address might no longer work.

The screenshot below shows an example of a valid entry. Feel free to help yourself to some creativity with the optional text. Or not.

Dong Knows tech comment form
Here's an example of a valid entry for this giveaway contest. Note the required email notification subscription—you only need to subscribe once. If you're already a subscriber, it doesn't hurt to check that box again though that's not necessary. If you have unsubscribed before, you need to use a new email address.

Please note:

  • Each person can leave up to five guesses by replying to their initial entry as a thread. In that case, your latest guess, per the time stamp, will be your official guess—all previous ones will be ignored.
    • If you leave more than 5 guesses in a thread, the 6th and later will be ignored—they are just regular comments (Hint: Don't do it!)
    • If you create multiple threads—separate comments as contest entries—your earliest will be your official guess. (Don't do it!)
  • All comments that don't violate the comment rules will be published right away, or after a brief hold for moderation, and counted towards the total number. They include general questions/commentaries, replies, those that don't start with a number and disqualified contest entries.
  • A day before the contest ends, all new contest-entry comments (new guesses) will be held until the end of the contest to be published simultaneously. That's to ensure everyone is on the same level playing field. (If you wait till this phase, you generally can only leave a single guess.)
  • Everyone is free to leave as many normal non-contest-entry comments as they'd like, or answer questions of existing comments.

Check out the previous contest if you want to know how the process pans out.

Important: Contest duration and winning criteria

This contest will last until 3 PM (Pacific time) Saturday, September 3, 2022.

At that time, the comment section will be closed. The winner will be determined by:

  1. Having made the correct or the closest guess of the total published comments. And
  2. Their email address is active with the specific subscription**.
  3. In a draw, the earliest entry wins.

(**) If you receive notifications of a new post or have replied to confirm with the opt-in email, then your email address is active. If you don't, you need to re-enter the contest with a different email address. The current one might have been blocked for one reason or another (such as when you have unsubscribed before.)

The winner's winning entry will be highlighted. They will be notified (together with everybody else) via the email subscription and have 24 hours to respond via the Contact page. A runner-up will be selected if there's no appropriate and timely response.

The final winner will have the option to show a personal message in this post, with or without a photo (of themselves and the item.) Or they can choose to remain anonymous.

Make sure you read and agree with the terms below before participating. (They won't bite.)

Important: Rules, disclaimers, and shipping

Official Rules

We play by the honor system here:

  • One entry per person—don't use multiple emails!
  • Participate only if you intend to use, or gift the item, and not to sell it. This is not about monetary gain.
  • This giveaway is available only to those living in the United States—the intended locale of the hardware.


This giveaway transaction, if taken place, doesn't make Dong Knows Tech the seller nor the winner the buyer. Dong Knows Tech takes no responsibility for the functionality, quality, or physical condition of the item it gives you.


  • You understand that you're getting a giveaway that's intended to carry no monetary value, even when brand-new. You're doing this for fun and not for financial gain.
  • There's no guarantee that the item will work according to your expectations.
  • You might or might not be able to register it with the vendor for support or warranty.
  • Dong Knows Tech will not provide tech support or warranty. The only thing you can expect to get from this website and its owner if you win the contest is the item itself, and nothing else.
  • There's no return.


The items will be delivered to a valid residential address within the lower 48 states in the US of the winner's choosing via standard shipping. No insurance will be included in the shipping. Dong Knows Tech is not responsible if the item is damaged or lost during transit and will not ship a replacement.

If you want:

  • Faster or better shipping. Or
  • The item to be shipped to a territory outside of the US's contiguous states (Hawaii, Alaska, etc.). Or
  • Take care of the shipping cost because think you should.


You'll need to pay for the shipping cost which will be provided to you together with the method of payment. You have the option to do that after having received the item.

No non-residential address or P.O. box is accepted. Failing to provide a US residential address in a timely manner will disqualify a winning contestant.

By participating, you explicitly agree with the rules and disclaimers mentioned here. You understand that your chance of winning is low, and you don't receive anything when you're not the winner. At any time you want to change your mind, please contact Dong Knows Tech to have your entry permanently removed. You can also decline to receive the item if you're the winner.

Good luck, everyone! And thank you for participating!

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185 thoughts on “Dong Knows Tech Giveaway [Contest Ended]: Asus RT-AX86U”

  1. so after chancing upon the Dong knows site – it’s great! having a source of IT reviews and info that is relatively impartial is a rear find today, get onboard folks but don’t let all the accolades go to your head, Dong!
    great info source – keep ‘it’ coming – Charlie

  2. why after entering the give away i do not get any email(or some other sort of notification) confirming if my entry has been received successfully or not?

  3. Dong really does know tech! I am grateful for the great reviews and helpful information. I used Dong’s advice to create my own AI mesh network at my house and it works flawlessly! I only wish I had found this information a few years ago before I wasted money on other technology that often disappointed.

  4. 111 Comments for the win.

    I kind of knew any ASUS router or product would ramp up comments and excitement. Glad everyone is trying to help Dong clean out his closet.

    Dong show us this closet. I know your better half probably doesnt like a closet full of stuff that isn’t theirs. Hahahaha.

    Got me thinking maybe do an article on e-waste. Many of us Tech lovers keep so much stuff. We have boxes or closets of old keyboards, mice, towers, hard drives, floppy disks, etc. Please dont put them in the landfill my Tech friends!

    Mahalo Dong for what you do.


  5. 162
    Thanks, Dong.
    The AX86U was one of the WiFi routers that I’ve been looking based on your review in part (AX86U gets high marks on various retailer websites too.)
    I’ve enjoyed the tech reviews on your site.

  6. 238 comments.
    I do use your thread as reference and to upgrade my knowledge.

    If I may provide feedback: Sometimes your reader wants a straight black-white winner when asking which router is better

  7. 106 is my guess.

    And thank your for all your work and sharing your knowledge and insights. VERY informative! There is so much I never knew and still don’t. Thanks to this site I can make a better choice in my next router purchase. I’ve now realized why my network has always been lacking!

    • Make you read the post, Jesse. 2.5Gbps is A+ indeed but this comment is not a qualified contest entry. 🙂

  8. I could definitely use something like this!

    Shout out to Dong for creating this resource and sharing his expertise on the equipment that comes out.

  9. Dong, I do have the AX86U as a wired mesh node to my GT-AX6000. I love both of these routers. Best WiFi 6 duo for sure. I wouldn’t mind winning another one though, I can use it as another wired backhaul node in another corner of our house. Thanks for the great reviews and this opportunity. Cheers 🍻

  10. 190 Comments.
    Can’t reply to my previous comment in a thread as: Update (September 2 at 9:25 am): All new comments on this page are now held until the contest ends.

    • You already did by replying to your first comment’s preview, Conor. But yes, generally you need to comment BEFORE this phase to do that. This entry, by the way, is disqualified per the rule above, which is why it’s published.

  11. 117
    I found your page while looking for a Dual WAN, Failover & Load Balancing set up for my handicapped daughter, she uses voice control of smart devices. Great articles!

  12. 296 comments

    It sure would be nice to get firmware upgrades again, unlike the WRT32X we currently use. Or maybe this will push me to go open source.
    Been visiting your site for a while now. I find it very beneficial to have a single reviewer source. Thanks!

  13. 224 is the number
    I have the alien AmpliFi. It has been consistently the lowest latency, fastest wifi and wired, and I have tried about 5 routers from $200 to $500 the past 4 years. Will it work with the alien for a mesh network?
    I am also a widowed father of 3 looking for gainful employment after Covid caused layoffs a year ago.

  14. 102 comments

    I look forward to attempt a mesh setup with this Asus RT-AX86U long with my current router.

  15. 222

    I am picking up one of these even if I don’t win (old ac86u is getting a little tired. Thanks for the review!


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