ASUS RT-AC88U Wireless Router Review

Asus for most of you might be a company that covers most of your gaming needs. But that is not the only area Asus is covering.

This Taiwanese electronics king is putting great effort to grab most of the international electronics market by introducing innovative and high performing desktops, laptops, smartphones and another computer related stuff.

Wi-Fi router is one of the newest fields for Asus to step in.

But thanks to the introduction of compelling new features, it is rated as one of the best choices for most consumer markets.

Being new doesn’t make it any less than other contestants as long as it comes packed with some solid ingredients. 😉

 

Let’s Review ASUS RT-AC88U Wireless Router:

So today I am going to review Asus latest Wi-Fi router named as Asus RT-AC88U Dual-Band Router. Yet again, another black beauty in my hands. Asus RT AC88U is basically an improved version of its predecessor AC3200. However, it is a dual band router as compared to AC3200 which is tri-band. The company named it as “Extreme Wi-Fi Router” which is quite true in terms of performance. I will be sharing some of the specifications that might convince you of this fact.

But first things first. Let’s start with some specs first.

  • Wi-Fi Band: Dual Band- 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz
  • Ports: 8 LAN ports, 1 WAN ports (that’s obvious), 1 3.0 USB port.
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs.
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Data Transfer Rate: 3100 Mbps
  • Dimensions: 6.5x30x18.8 in.
  • Antennas: 4 detachable, dual band
  • Wireless Compatibility: 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency, 801.11 AC
  • Color: Black

Okay, that’s more than enough for an average Joe. Get back to the stylish look of the router. This amazing device is a black horse having a taste of Asus gaming products.

What I really mean by the taste is the use of red strips along the four antennas that give it an amazing look on the first sight. Seems to be like a small cute robot. I know, I know, you aren’t here for looks but isn’t that thing adorable.

Sorry, getting back to work again. Flip back and you will be seeing 8 LAN ports which are a clear distinction between Asus and our traditional routers. 8 ports are more than enough in my opinion. Along with it, we have one WAN port too on the right.

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Left of the ports feature slot for 3.0 USB port. Other important things are a slot for the power cable, WPS button and a power button. Front of the router also holds the mighty Asus logo, just above the indicators.

The company claims to have tested 2100 Mbps on 5 GHz channel and 1000 Mbps on 2.4 GHz channel. As far as I know, this is one of the highest data transfer rate achieved by Asus. In comparison to it, Nighthawk gave 1700 Mbps on 5 GHz and 800 Mbps on 2.4 GHz.

In simple words, Asus has an edge over most of the dual band routers. But these are merely theoretical reports. Real world problems and hindrances can cause it to slow down up to some extent. We will be checking it in the tests below.

But looks aren’t our main concern here. While buying a new router, you always rush to the performance tests. But wait a minute. You need to go through the installation process first. As per my personal experience, this router has one of the easiest setups I have ever gone through.

Just follow the following steps:

  • Connect the router to power.
  • Wait for setup windows to pop up.
  • Follow the installation wizard. (You can also manually customize the router but I recommend you to go with express settings.)
  • Establish the security settings and write a new password.
  • And you are done.

There are many other settings which aren’t understandable for a normal user. So let’s just left them as it is. They aren’t going to interfere your working.

So once the setup is finished, we can finally test the performance of this router. I had two standards for testing the router. The distance from the device and the hindrance from nearby devices.

Distance from Device:
Hindrance From Nearby Devices:

So that’s all for performance which was above satisfactory.

I need to cover some seriously amazing features.

Smart Connect is an interesting feature which was previously seen in tri-band routers. It basically tests the compatibility of devices before connecting to them and then provides a combination of both bands.

So basically routers select the proper network for you so you don’t have to.

Other than that, it is the only home router that comes packed with 8 LAN ports and that is dual band too. Having max speed of 3100 Mbps can easily stream 4K videos for you.

Use of Broadcom NitroQAMTM technology enhances the speed of bands up to great extent.

You don’t have to worry about your privacy because AiProtection will be handling it. Similarly, parental controls are easy to manage thanks to the user-friendly interface.

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Conclusion:

However, do note that this is a flagship router. It is one of the most expensive routers you will be seeing in the market. But the major reason for its recommendation is the quality of data transfer. Based upon the above-mentioned tests, Asus RT-AC88U proved to be worth buying the device. If most of your internet surfing is 4K streaming and fast file sharing, this one is definitely for you.

ASUS RT-AC88U Wireless Router

ASUS RT-AC88U Wireless Router
9.6

Design

10/10

Material

9/10

Lightweight

10/10

safety

10/10

Overall

10/10

Pros

  • 4X Capacity Wi-Fi with Revolutionary MU-MIMO Tenchology
  • Automatically chooses the best band available
  • 33% greater 2.4 GHz coverage with a 4-transmit
  • 80% faster 5 GHz at up to 2100 Mbps
  • Ensures your online experience is safe and secure

Cons

  • Its NAS performance is just average
  • The router's USB 3.0 port is awkwardly placed

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Written by Jidaun Parker

Jidaun has been hooked on tech ever since he tried a Compaq PC clone when he was five. He’s big on mobile and is one of those precious few people who wears his smartwatch with pride. He’s also an unapologetic Canadian: Don’t be surprised if you get an earful about poutine or the headaches with Canadian carriers.

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