• Ports: 1x WAN port, 8x LAN port, 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
  • MIMO: Yes
  • Network Standard: IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac, IPv4, IPv6
  • Encryption: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2-TKIP/AES – PSK, WPA/WPA2-Enterprise
  • Dimensions: 300 x 188 x 60.5mm
  • Weight: 950g
  • Pros:
  • Feature packed
  • Wide wireless range
  • Great wireless speeds
  • Cons:
  • None

Everything You’ll Ever Need And More

Picking out a router has always been done because either the old router you had wasn’t giving you enough wireless coverage or possibly it just died. Sure you can just get a simple router to replace it, but if you have the budget to spend a little more it’s great if you can consider getting something better to really get the best experience from the money you’re spending.

If you’re an avid gamer or if you have a lot of devices and family members using the wireless at home, we are pretty sure that your internet is sluggish at times due to too many people using the internet concurrently. That’s where the ASUS RT-AC88U comes in. Using NitroQAM technology, the router is capable of wireless speeds of 3,167 Mbps that ensures that everyone on your network can enjoy smooth video streaming and low latency online gaming.

The router also comes with 8 LAN ports which is perfect for LAN parties, and looking at its design we can also say that the RT-AC88U is geared towards gamers. The router sports a design reminiscent of their ROG line-up of products which really catches the eye. Jumping right into testing the router, we setup the router in the middle of our office and connected everyone’s devices ranging from smartphones to computers and laptops.

Coverage is amazing, as it covers our entire office with excellent signal strength. The connections were stable and none of the devices had any connectivity issues like dropped connections. Everyone had no problems with online streaming and surfing, although when everyone started heavily using bandwidth, speeds were variable and is due to the limitations of our internet and not of the router.

An important function we found on the router was its Adaptive QoS feature which allowed us to delegate bandwidth for gaming, which in turn would allow for better latency for games even when there are more people connected to the network. Using CS: GO, DoTA 2 and LoL as a benchmark, and after taking some time tinkering with the settings we had Adaptive QoS up and running. Latency stayed stable at our expected ping, with some very minor spikes but not enough that it would damper your play, and not to mention we had a lot of people connected to the network.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The ASUS RT-AC88U is so jam packed full of features that it’d make your head spin, but in return you get a router that can almost do everything and does it excellent quality and performance.

(previously published in issue January 2016)