Asus RT-AC88U Review

Dual Band Gigabit WiFi Gaming Router with MU-MIMO, AiProtection network security by Trend Micro, AiMesh for mesh WiFi system, and WTFast game accelerator.

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The Asus RT-AC88U is really a dual-band 802.11ac router with an enormous feature collection and an equally big price. It utilizes Multi-User Multiple Insight, Multiple Result (MU-MIMO) technology to serve multiple Wi-Fi clients concurrently without sacrificing bandwidth.

The router has several Gigabit LAN ports and several USB ports. The RT-AC88U supplies a wealth of administration options in the thoughtfully designed interface and provides blazing throughput on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. It’s our best choice for high-finish routers.

Specifications

  • Network Standard
    IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac, IPv4, IPv6
  • Product Segment
    AC3100 ultimate AC performance : 1000+2167 Mbps
  • Coverage
    Very large homes
  • Data Rate
    802.11a : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps
    802.11b : 1, 2, 5.5, 11 Mbps
    802.11g : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps
    802.11n: up to 600 Mbps
    802.11ac: up to 1734 Mbps
    1024QAM (2.4GHz) : up to 1000 Mbps
    1024QAM (5GHz) : up to2167 Mbps
  • Antenna
    External antenna x 4
  • Transmit/Receive
    MIMO technology
    2.4 GHz 4 x 4
    5 GHz 4 x 4
  • Processor
    1.4 GHz dual-core processor
  • Memory
    128 MB Flash
    512 MB RAM
  • Wi-Fi Technology
    Beamforming: standard-based and universal
    1024-QAM high data rate
    20/40/80 MHz bandwidth
  • Operating Frequency
    2.4 GHz / 5 GHz
  • Encryption
    64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise, WPS support
  • Firewall & Access Control
    Access control:Parental control, Network service filter, URL filter, Port filter
  • Management
    UPnP, IGMP v1/v2/v3, DNS Proxy, DHCP, NTP Client, DDNS, Port Trigger, Port Forwarding, DMZ, System Event Log
  • WAN Connection Type
    Internet connection type: Automatic IP, Static IP, PPPoE(MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP
  • Utilities
    Router setup wizard; Firmware restoration; Device discovery; printer setup utility
  • Ports
    RJ45 for Gigabits BaseT for WAN x 1, RJ45 for Gigabits BaseT for LAN x 8
    USB 2.0 x 1
    USB 3.0 x 1
  • Features
    Link Aggregation
    – 802.3ad
    MU-MIMO
    Traffic Analyzer
    Adaptive QoS
    AiProtection
    Parental Control
    Guest Network: 2.4 GHz x 3, 5 GHz x 3
    VPN server: IPSec Pass-Through, PPTP Pass-Through, L2TP Pass-Through, PPTP Server, OpenVPN Server
    VPN client : PPTP client, L2TP client, OpenVPN client
    Mac OS Backup
    Enhanced media server (AiPlayer app compatible)
    – Image: Jpeg
    – Audio: mp3, WMA, wav, pcm, mp4, lpcm, ogg
    – Video: asf, avi, divx, mpeg, mpg, ts, vob, wmv, mkv, mov
    AiCloud personal cloud service
    3G/4G data sharing
    Printer Server
    – Multifunctional printer support (Windows only)
    – LPR protocol support
    Download Master
    – Support bt, nzb, http, ed2k
    – Support encryption, DHT, PEX and magnet link
    – Upload and download bandwidth control
    – Download scheduling
    AiDisk file server
    – Samba and FTP server with account management
    Dual WAN
    IPTV support
    Roaming Assist
  • Button
    WPS Button, Reset Button, Power Button, Wireless on/off Button, LED on/off Button
  • LED Indicator
    Power x 1
    Wi-Fi x 2
    WAN x 1
    USB x 2
    WPS x 1
    LAN x 1
  • Power Supply
    AC Input : 110V~240V(50~60Hz)
    DC Output : 19 V with max. 2.37 A current
  • OS Support
    Windows® 10
    Windows® 8
    Windows® 7
    Mac OS X 10.6
    Mac OS X 10.7
    Mac OS X 10.8
  • Dimensions
    11.8 x 7.4 x 2.38 (WxDxH) ~ inch (Without Bezel)
  • Operation mode
    Wireless router mode
    Access point mode
    Media bridge mode

Pros

  • Filled with ports and management features.
  • Multi-User Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) enabled.
  • Speedy.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • Middling file-transfer speeds on our tests.

Conclusion

With the Asus RT-AC88U Dual-Band Router, you obtain extremely fast throughput performance, simultaneous multi-client MU-MIMO data streaming, and a killer function set. It switched in excellent ratings on our 2.4GHz and 5GHz throughput assessments, but its read/write file-transfer ratings were center of the street. In addition, it offers extensive administration functions in a user-friendly user interface, which includes gamer-pleasant QoS configurations, parental settings, advanced document sharing, and cellular cloud solutions. With eight LAN ports and two USB ports, this router is a wonderful choice for customers who wish to connect several peripherals and wired customers, such as video gaming consoles, NAS products, printers, and home-automation hubs. All of this earns it our Editors’ Option for high-finish routers.

 

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