- Ports: 1x RJ45 for 10/100/1000/Gigabits BaseT for WAN, 4x RJ45 for 10/100/1000/Gigabits BaseT for LAN, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0
- MIMO: Yes
- Network Standard: IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac, IPv4, IPv6
- Encryption: 64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise, WPS support
- Dimensions: 207 x 148.8 x 35.5mm
- Weight: 539g
- Wide coverage
- Easy setup
High Powered And Fast Networking
Don’t you just hate it when your WiFi signal just doesn’t reach out to the ends of your home? Maybe you live in a one floor apartment yet the signal just doesn’t reach your living room or the kitchen. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will usually provide customers with decent modems and routers but sometimes it just isn’t enough.
The ASUS RT-AC55UHP is actually a variant of the RT-AC55U, having an enhanced power amplifier and detachable high-gain antennas. Not only that, the RT-AC55UHP supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac while its predecessor only supports 802.11n/ac. Other than that they are pretty much the same piece of hardware. The router is UniFi ready and just requires you have your UniFi username and password ready during setup. It also features dual-band connectivity delivering 2.4GHz and 5GHz concurrently at up to 300Mbps and 867Mbps and maintains complete stability.
Setup was reasonably quick and simple, we just plugged in our LAN cables into the router then entered the default gateway into the web browser, and the RT-AC55 uses a web-based user interface in which we were welcomed by a quick setup page. The quick setup gave us an option to pick UniFi as an ISP, so any special settings required for UniFi accounts have already been inputted into the router, which made things easy.
After setup was done we tested the coverage that the RT-AC55UHP could achieve, and we were satisfied with the results. The WiFi signal is able to reach rooms and places it couldn’t before, so when it comes to coverage the RT-AC55UHP achieved our expectations. But we won’t stop there, we decided to give the USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports a try and placed a movie inside a USB 3.0 ready flashdrive to distribute throughout the test lab. The movie was copied from the router through the network and the results were great, transfer speeds were satisfying.
We found the AiCloud feature pretty useful as we tend to share documents and pictures a lot here in CHIP, so the feature was used quite prominently while we were testing the router. The RT-AC55UHP also features an EZ-Switch that allows it to switch between router, media bridge and access point modes. This can be done through the web interface and is quick and easy with no delays or hassles.
CHIP CONCLUDE: ASUS has done well in developing the RT-AC55UHP, a simple yet powerful router for those who ask for more and can afford to throw in a little bit extra cash into getting a quality piece of networking hardware.
(previously published in issue October 2015)