Designed to deliver jaw-dropping network performance, the ASUS RT-AC86U features a 1.8GHz dual-core processor with the latest 802.11AC MU-MIMO technology. Maximize your online experience with game-boosting adaptive QoS, gamers private network by wtfast, and built-in network security from AiProtection. Use the ASUS router app to manage your network while on-the-go.
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I normally don’t write long reviews, but thought due to our interesting networking environment, this review may be helpful for others contemplating this Asus AC88U router in more complex situations. The short summary is that this router has been very capable and refined out of the box (contrary to what some professional reviewers have claimed as “beta” with some Asus routers and users), with only the slightest of “glitches” that should be remedied as the firmware matures. It was a sufficient enough improvement in a very busy mixed network to replace our old workhorse AC68U. For those with the most active networks, the AC88U is probably the current SOTA and should squeeze every last ounce of performance from it. We have what is best described as a mixed-protocol, mixed-device, high-activity, network. Much of it is wired gigabit ethernet, but with a heavy supporting load of wireless 2.4 and 5 ghz clients, from legacy G to the latest AC Wi-Fi devices.
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We upgraded from a Netgear R6300v2 to the ASUS RT-AC86U Dual Band Wireless Router AC2900 about 10 days ago so this review is still ongoing. Initial Impressions: The Asus RT-AC86U is able to handle multiple wireless clients much more efficiently. I work from home several days a week and bandwith was strangely an issue with a 50MB connection from my ISP. The Netgear R6300v2 had trouble handling something as simple as playing Amazon Music on my desktop computer while talking on the phone via my employers VPN using a work laptop. The phone call quality would suffer (drop outs, stuttering, etc…) With the new Asus router we are able to stream Amazon Music on my desktop and Netflix (1080P) / Amazon Video / Hulu on a Roku Streaming Stick+ with no impact to the phone quality over the VPN. The location of the router did not change and the location of the desktop / Roku Streaming Stick+ and work laptop did not change. Wireless Devices: 1 Desktop (Netgear Wireless AC 1900 USB 3.0) 1 TV (Roku Streaming Stick+) and Dish Hopper 3 2 Laptops 2 Mobile Phones 2 Tablets None of the devices have suffered any dropouts at this time. I have the latest firmware installed and the Dual Band Smart Connect enabled.
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Although my Apple Time Capsule router (the tower version) was easily outperformed by newer routers on the market, I delayed replacing it in hopes that Apple would come out with a newer model. But with Apple formally announcing the (misguided) decision to end the Airport/Time Capsule product line, there was no longer a reason to wait. After reading WAY too many router reviews, I decided on the RT-AC88U based on its uniformly excellent test results. My one worry, coming from an Airport Time Capsule, was the difficulty that might be involved in setting up a non-Apple product. As it turned out, there was no reason for concern. Following the simple fast start instructions, I was up and running in no time. Even better, by using the Smart Connect feature on the Asus, I only have one SSID now, and the router decides automatically whether its better to place a given device on the 2.4 or 5Ghz band, based on traffic, interference, etc. Additionally, I wanted to continue using my Time Capsule router for Time Machine backups, and this turned out to work perfectly, though you do need to follow the instructions I found on the Apple support site.
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Pros: Extremely fast wifi speeds, very good range, tons of settings, easy to use browser interface, guest-mode wifi Cons: Can get hot, large footprint, pricey If you’re looking for one of the best dual-band routers on the market, then this is the one to get. It’s definitely priced like a flagship router, but it comes with a ton of features for pro users and anyone who wants very granular control over their home network. It is one of the few routers that comes with 8 LAN ports, so if you have a lot of wired devices, then it is a huge plus. Because this is a high-end router, it also has a very large footprint, but you can’t get away from that, regardless of brand or model. It’s one of the more “normal” looking routers, considering how the trend nowadays seems to be to make a router look as much as a UFO as possible. This is an dual-band AC3100 router, which means it has a 2.4GHz band that has a theoretical maximum speed of 1000 Mbps and a 5.0GHz band that has a theoretical maximum speed of 2167 Mbps, but you’ll never see those speeds in real-world applications. You’ll see some tri-band AC3200 routers on the market, and those usually have a 2.4GHz band of 600 MBps and two 5.