Asus RT-AC88U is a latest device from the Asus with a great performance and a good wireless range. With 4 powerful antennas, it can serve your multiple devices with no reduction in signal. It comes equipped with a powerful processor of 1.4 GHz. It allows the device to perform quite well in demanding conditions. That can be said especially if you are a gamer who frequently plays multiplayer games online with friends. In that case, this router can do a lot for you and your requirements. We’re extremely happy to see it equipped with a 512 MB RAM. That’s quite enough to support this powerful CPU in extreme conditions.
The data transfer rate of the Asus RT-AC88U is 3167 Mbps which is more than enough for the regular router usages. This reminded us of a gamer router called Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300, which is basically this one on steroids. That one is also two times more expensive, with Asus RT-AC88U price circling around $270. So, in case you are planning to do some crazy file transfers such as downloading huge games, this beauty of router can allow you just that. You’ll be able to easily complete all downloads with no bandwidth leakage at all.
For the functionality there’s a choice – either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz bands for the connection, and it all depends on your connection requirements. Before we go any further, we need to mention something. There’s a good router on the market with very similar specs as specs of Asus RT-AC88U. It’s called Synology RT2600ac, and you might save quite a few dollars if it fits you better. Moving on, and to boost your confidence when it comes to this one – Asus RT-AC88U features eight super-fast Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports. You can create a great home network, and call your friends to play together without any worry.
The Wi-Fi capabilities are great, as we already mentioned, but we’ve got to tell you about the Web interface. It’s very easy to set up and later navigate and find stuff, just as in Synology‘s custom Web OS called Synology Router Manager. Asus has its own, and it’s very well optimized. What’s better – it comes with a built-in VPN server to keep you safe. All your home network data is protected and safe from malware and attacks. It doesn’t come cheap, but we think it’s worth the price to get a sleek black-red combination of a router.
Don’t let that fool you, it sports MU-MIMO features to it, just like D-Link EXO AC2600. If you’re not aware what it exactly means, we’ll put it this way. The more devices you have connected, they slower the Wi-Fi moves. However, with MU-MIMO, each device waits its turn to send and receive data, thus making it very fast and optimized. And why would you want eight LAN ports and many devices over Wi-Fi only to have them slow down? In the end, Asus RT-AC88U comes with every feature under the sun, but it doesn’t come cheap. If you’ve got multiple members or the family or a big home, it might be worth investing in it.