Asus AC 2900 wireless technologies are equipped to deliver the top-notch performance. To know more read Asus RT-AC86U AC 2900 Review.
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The Asus RT-AC86U which is a gaming-focused ac 2900 class do old man gigabit wi-fi router. Their promises to improve your internet connection wherever you are in your house. This is the latest wireless router released by Asus globally. This sleek mean-looking router packed with the latest hardware and support for all wireless technologies is equipped to deliver the top-notch performance you’d expect from a high-end premium router.
If you’d like to see what the bleeding edge of router technology has to offer, then this review is for you. The RT-AC86U was designed to prioritize gaming traffic first and foremost. Priced at a whopping $200. You can expect this monster of a router to have the top-notch performance for online gaming and general internet vi
Router’s features and specifications
Just looking at the specs of this thing on paper made me really curious to see how it can improve the connectivity here in my evil lair. So I won’t make you wait any longer.
Asus is known for its excessive high-end wireless routers with tons of features, gaming-inspired, aesthetics, powerful hardware, and expensive prices. This product is not an exception. Granted Asus has toned it down quite a bit compared to the ROG rapture GTAC 5300. The Asus RT-AC86U is a more down-to-earth product that’s easier on the eyes and focuses more on practicality. Taking a look at the front of the black matte cardboard box the routers main features are highlighted along with its three-year warranty support.
The box details a lot of information about the router’s features and specifications on the left side and the ports are illustrated on the right side of the box. At the back of the box, you can find details about the routers home network security system and wi-fi coverage features. It also shows an app specifically designed for the router itself available for download on google play and the ios app store.
What’s inside the box?
When opening the box you’ll find the router in a giant leaflet about the what the fast gamers private network service that comes with this router. I’m not even sure if I’m saying that right. This wireless router is aimed at enthusiasts who require top-notch wireless coverage and network security and at gamers who demand the lowest latency when playing online games.
Unboxing the package you’ll find that it includes the wireless router itself, three detachable antennas, power adapter, an ethernet cable, the warranty certificate, the quick start guide, technical support information, and of course the what the fast leaflet. Everything is neatly packed and individually wrapped for your convenience and this makes unboxing the product a breeze.
This router is a dual band router with a total maximum bandwidth of 2900 Mbps. Cut in the middle as follows 750 Mbps for the 2.4 gigahertz frequency and 2167 Mbps for the 5 gigahertz frequency. Since this is a very new router, it offers support for all the major wireless networking standards including 802 11 ac wave 2 and 802 11 m. It has three external antennas and one internal antenna. The Asus RT-AC86U uses adaptive QoS to ensure that online games are prioritized in the networking queue.
In addition to that, the router comes equipped with the what the fast game accelerator to help reduce your ping time by optimizing your connection to game servers. This router has a really fast dual-core Broadcom BCM 4906 processor, which runs at 1.8 gigahertz with 2MB mb of storage space for storing the firmware and 512 MB of ram.
As you can see the technical specifications are unusually high for a router. And when you’re paying $200 I guess thats a good thing. The medium-sized router measures 8.7 inches in width, 6.3 inches in height and 3.3 inches in depth. It weighs a total of 1.9 pounds or approximately 860 grams.
USB ports & buttons
Will go from left to right behind the router, you’ll see the power button the dc socket, one USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.1 port, the LAN port, a button for controlling the led lights on the front of the router, and four-gigabit ethernet ports. On the router side, you’ll find that WPS button and one button for turning the wi-fi on/off. LED indicators can also be found on this side of the router namely the power on indicator 2.4 gigahertz band, 5 gigahertz man and one indicating the status of your network. It also has indicators for each of the four-gigabit ethernet ports, showing whether or not the device is connected to them.
Upon powering up the router and connecting it to your computer, the setup process is identical to most modern routers on the market right now. You are greeted by a setup wizard upon opening a web browser in which you are asked to change your username and password. After the initial setup, you can see a well-organized and user-friendly administrative interface. That will be especially convenient if this is your first time setting up a device.
You’ll find numerous tabs for home security and online game optimization. The network map is a particularly useful tab which shows resource, consumption for the processor and system memory of the router and what the speed of each Ethernet port is currently running on. The user interface is available in numerous languages as well.
Network security is also a significant feature of this router and it AI protection module provides comprehensive security of the blocks malicious sites, DDoS, intrusion prevention systems, and infected device prevention and blocking. If your network devices get infected they are like warrantied by a router and you get automatically informed about the issue so you can rectify it.
How did Asus RT-AC86U AC 2900 test
Now that you know all the routers features and technical specifications. Let’s put it to the test and see how it performs in real-world applications. The tests were done using my personal home fiber connection which is capable of 100 Mbps download speed and 100 Mbps upload speed. I used my Asus rog Strix laptop in the routers 2.4 gigahertz and 5.0 gigahertz bands for all tests.
The router was placed on the first floor of my medium-sized house and the signal strength was excellent no matter where I was in my house. Of course, the routers performance and signal strength are relative to the distance of your device.
So my test is for plain and simple I only use speedtest.net to test the router’s performance. I tested the routers dual bands and variable distances, namely 5 meters, 20 meters, and 50 meters to give you an accurate representation of its performance relative to signal strength. You’ll find that the speeds barry with increasing distance as expected but performance is overall the best.
I’ve observed on any router that I have ever used.
Download speed 93.65 Mbps and upload speed 66.16 Mbps
Download speed 87.84 Mbps and upload speed 57.48 Mbps
Download speed 64.38 Mbps and upload speed 49.06 Mbps
Should you buy Asus RT-AC86U Router?
The Asus RT-AC86U AC 2900 wireless router is an excellent product that I highly recommend to power users. It is a well-balanced choice for professionals and gaming enthusiasts to like. Pack with the latest technologies and software support you only get the best performance out of this product. If you’re looking to level up your game by having the lowest latency imaginable or if you’re a business professional looking for a router that has one of the most robust security systems on the market and this is for you there.
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