Asus RT-AC88U Dual-Band Router Review

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ASUS Company is a stellar driven by its innovation and commitment to the quality of products including notebooks, motherboards, netbooks, graphic cards etc. ASUSTek Computer Incorporated (Asus) fabricates a series of well-performing, astounding network routers. The RT-AC88U is Asus’ latest true dual-band router, a flagship having all the bells and whistles one would expect. It is one of the best wireless routers that you should really acquire if you are looking for one.

ASUS Dual-Band Wireless-AC3100 Gigabit Router (RT-AC88U)

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Features

  • 1024-QAM technology - 80% faster 5 GHz at up to 2100 Mbps, 66% faster 2.4 GHz at up to 1000 Mbps
  • 33% greater 2.4 GHz coverage with 4 transmits, 4 receives (4T4R) antenna design, able to reach our widest-ever coverage up to 5000 SQFT.
  • Expansive Connectivity Options: with exclusively has 8 x Gigabit LAN ports for up to eight Ethernet-compatible devices to connect simultaneously.
  • Powerful 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, Faster USB data transfers enjoy up to over 100 MB/s speed and the router download/upload speed (WAN-LAN throughput) up to 1.8 Gbps.
  • Smart Connect -Automatically chooses the best band available for you

Below is a detailed list of its features and performance:

Pros:

  • Good looking design inspired by the Republic of Gamers brand
  • Eight Gigabit LAN ports
  • Great speed and wireless coverage

Cons:

  • USB 3.0 port is located in front (not an ideal place)
  • High price is problematic for some
  • It provides average NAS performance when coupled with an external hard drive

Design & Features:

The outlook of RT-AC88U is almost same as the RT-AC87U. It is a dazzling dual-band router featuring 4×4 design, decked out in matte-black with beveled top and angular sides. It has two USB ports; USB 2.0 port on the back and USB 3.0 on the front. USB 3.0 port is preferred for hosting a permanent storage device. One of a huge improvement in New Asus RT-AC88U router is that it features eight Gigabit LAN ports making it first home router with this number of LAN ports. More LAN ports provide you more clients, such as a printer or a server to connect to the router.  You can cumulate first two ports to deliver a fast 2Gbps connection which is a bonus for those with a high-end NAS server and can use any of the first four ports as a second WAN port.

It allows you to have two broadband connections (such as on DSL and one Cable connection) at the same time to ensure your network is always online. For those who want to share a cellular broadband connection with the rest of the network, router’s USB port can also be used to host a USB cellular adapter. Two USB ports of the router can be used for multiple purposes. They can connect external hard drives, USB printers or cellular modems. When a hard drive is connected, you can set up syncing, PC-less downloads and native Time Machine backup. By far Asus RT-AC88U router provides most options in terms of utilizing router’s USB ports.

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The Asus RT-AC88U router offers one of the best Web interfaces which is excellent, self-explanatory and well-organized. All you have to do is to go through a typical setup process. It also provides an interactive network map displaying the connected devices in real time. Each device is identified by its vendor and name. You just have to click on a connected device if you want to interact with it. You can view more information about it or even rename it. It is a huge improvement from earlier versions. From this network map, you can access the router’s other settings such as Wi-Fi settings, Dynamic DNS, settings of internet connection (WAN) and so on. By using different sections of interface, you can also access other settings. You can also manage many features of router using Web interface. It has all the features found in previous versions as well as many features of its own. Few of its features that it shares with other Asus routers include Adaptive QoS (quality of service), AiProtection, VPN server, multiple guest networks and the versatile USB ports.

Aiprotection is designed to protect the entire home network against malware from the network and viruses. It is powered by Trend Micro. This feature will also prevent an infected client from sending out personal information. Aiprotection works very well. One thing to note is that, if this feature is turned on completely, certain features or settings of the router will stop working. These settings or features include port forwarding, UPnP, features prone to security risks, remote access and so on.

Adaptive Qos prioritizes internet bandwidth according to the type of traffic; file transferring, Web surfing, audio and video streaming, gaming, VoIP/instant messaging and others. To arrange these categories by priority, you can use the mouse and let the router handle the rest. You can also select Traditional QoS where you must define rules manually. Another useful function us app analysis that allows for real-time monitoring of internet activity of a connected client as well as upload bandwidth and total download. This prevents any client from abusing the internet connection.

The Asus RT-AC88U router also supports another six guest networks (three for on each band) apart from two main Wi-Fi networks. You can turn each network on via a click because these are disabled by default.  After you customize this networks name, security and schedule, a guest network allows connected clients to access the internet.

This model has built-in PPTP VPN server that can host up to 10 remote clients.  It is also a great fit as a gateway for a small office because of its ability to use one of its LAN ports as a second WAN port. One of its exceptional features is that it can also work as a client for WTFast also known as GPN (gamer private network). GPN is a global data network that is designed specifically for MMO gamers, ensuring optimal transmission of game data between your computer and game server.

Performance:

Asus RT-AC88U router, no doubt is the fastest wireless Wi-Fi dual-band router in the market. At close range of 15 feet, it delivers a sustained real-world copy speed of more than 645Mbps and averaged 335MBps at 100 feet. Both of these numbers are crowning the charts on 5GHz band. Whereas, on the 2.4GHz band, the router scored 102Mbps and 229Mbps at long and close ranges respectively. It also provides fantastic wireless signal strength making it one of the best routers in wireless coverage.

It supports Multi-User Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) technology. It is designed to handle Wi-Fi bandwidth efficiently. The RT-AC88U uses the first Broadcom Wi-Fi chip supporting MU-MIMO. It offers to send multiple simultaneous transmissions of different Wi-Fi tiers to multiple devices at the same time, enabling them to connect at the speed each client needs so that multiple devices can be connected at the same time without slowing down one another. Its price is $259.99

ASUS Dual-Band Wireless-AC3100 Gigabit Router (RT-AC88U)

$299.99
$269.99
10 new from $ 269.99
8 used from $ 206.54
Free shipping
Buy This Item
amazon.com
as of August 16, 2017 6:25 am

Features

  • 1024-QAM technology - 80% faster 5 GHz at up to 2100 Mbps, 66% faster 2.4 GHz at up to 1000 Mbps
  • 33% greater 2.4 GHz coverage with 4 transmits, 4 receives (4T4R) antenna design, able to reach our widest-ever coverage up to 5000 SQFT.
  • Expansive Connectivity Options: with exclusively has 8 x Gigabit LAN ports for up to eight Ethernet-compatible devices to connect simultaneously.
  • Powerful 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, Faster USB data transfers enjoy up to over 100 MB/s speed and the router download/upload speed (WAN-LAN throughput) up to 1.8 Gbps.
  • Smart Connect -Automatically chooses the best band available for you

ASUS Dual-Band Wireless-AC3100 Gigabit Router (RT-AC88U) & ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem - Retail Packaging - White

$346.95
1 new from $ 346.95
Buy This Item
amazon.com
as of August 16, 2017 6:25 am

 

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