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Asus RT-AC88U

Asus RT-AC88U
Brand: Asus
Category: Routers
  • Frequency Band: 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz
  • Type: Wireless Router
  • Antennas: 4 External Antennas
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Processor: 1.4 GHz
  • Data Transfer Rate: 3167 Mbps

Our Rating

The overall rating of this product is based on the review by our experts.

  • Design 9 / 10
  • Features 8 / 10
  • Performance 9 / 10
  • Price 7 / 10

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.





Dimensions 11.8 in x 7.4 in x 3.3 in
Weight 33.51 oz
Colors Black

General Router Details

Frequency Band 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz
Status Indicators Power, WAN, LAN, wireless, USB, WPS


Form Factor Desktop
Router Type Wireless Router
Connectivity Technology Wired, Wireless
Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Network / Transport Protocol DDNS, DHCP, FTP, IPSec, L2TP, NTP, PPPoE, PPTP
Compilant Standards IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, UPnP
Wireless Protocol 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Routing Protocol IGMP, IGMPv2, IGMPv3, static IP routing
Data Transfer Rate 3167 Mbps
Wan Ports Qty 1
Integrated Switch 8-port switch
Networking Features USB port, VPN support, 3G/4G USB Dongle Support, DMZ port, DNS proxy, IPSec passthrough, IPv4 support, IPv6 support, L2TP passthrough, 4T4R MIMO technology, Link Aggregation, MIMO technology, bandwidth control, beamforming technology, MU-MIMO technology, PPTP passthrough, ASUS AiCloud, Roaming Assist technology, SNMP support, SmartConnect Technology, URL filtering, VPN Server, VPN support, Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), download client, ASUS AiDisk, dual WAN connection, event log, parental control, port filtering, port triggering, print server, reset button, static IP mode, virtual server support, wireless bridge mode, ASUS AiProtection, ASUS AiRadar, Broadcom NitroQAM technology, DHCP server, Access Point operational mode, Adaptive QoS


Antenna Form Factor External
Antenna Qty 4


CPU 1.4 GHz
RAM 512 MB


Modem Included


Encryption Algorithm MPPE, 128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise


Interface Ethernet 1000Base-T, Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T
Connector Type 4 pin USB Type A, 9 pin USB Type A, RJ-45
Interface Type LAN, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, WAN


Cable Type Network cable

Other Features

Compatibility Mac, PC



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Overall User's Rating

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  • Design 9 / 10
  • Features 9 / 10
  • Performance 9 / 10
  • Price 6 / 10
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  1. Xenophon Chibuzo


    A little expensive router, but fair performer

    My brother is a gamer and he bought this router few days ago for our gaming PC. I must say that it works very well and looks even better! 3160 Mbps of data transfer rate is great and it has 512 MB of RAM which is standard for the most high-end routers today.

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