ASUS Malaysia has announced the RT-AC88U, an ultra-fast AC3100-class dual-band 802.11ac wireless router with a four-transit, four-receive (4×4) antenna configuration, with Broadcom NitroQAM technology, and the RT-AC5300, an ultra-high-performance AC5300-class tri-band wireless router, that also uses Broadcom NitroQAM technology, delivering the world’s fastest combined data-rate of up to 5.334Gbit/s.
The RT-AC88U is a high-performance, easy-to-use router that features NitroQAM technology to deliver a combined dual-band data rate of up to 3,167Mbit/s – 2,167Mbit/s on the 5GHz band and 1000Mbit/s on the 2.4GHz band. The RT-AC88U is perfect for low-latency online gaming, smooth 4K/UHD video streaming and extremely-fast file-sharing.
A four-antenna design combined with ASUS AiRadar and universal beamforming ensure that the RT-AC88U gives superb multi-device performance with wide, reliable and fast coverage. Online gaming enthusiasts will also appreciate the fact that the RT-AC88U is the world’s first router with a built-in gaming accelerator by the Gamers Private Network (GPN from WTFast, for the ultimate low-ping gaming experience.
Other innovations include support for 802.3ad Link Aggregation, which allows two Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports to be combined into a super-fast 2Gbit/s wired connection, together with 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports, twice as many as a standard router, you can now connect even more devices to your home network without the need for expensive extra network switches.
Then there’s the RT-AC5300, designed as the ultimate state-of-the-art router for enthusiasts and gamers, the futuristically-styled RT-AC5300 uses a 4×4 (4-transmit, 4-receive) MIMO antenna array on all three bands. Combined with AiRadar universal beamforming and Tri-Band Smart Connect, RT-AC5300 provides outstanding multi-device performance, with super-wide coverage.
Also included with the RT-AC5300 is the built-in game accelerator by GPN from WTFast, for significantly reduced ping times and latency for gamers. GPN can reduce average game ping times by 30-60 percent, lower average speed deviations by 70-90 percent, and cut bad router hops by 70-90 percent. GPN supports virtually all competitive multiplayer online games, and has optimised settings for many of the most popular titles.
The Tri-Band Smart Connect technology intelligently selects the optimum frequency band for each device, based on the device’s speed, its signal strength, and how busy each band is. This means users never have to decide which band to use, as RT-AC5300 does it automatically and results in better range and faster, more reliable connections. While for advanced users, Link Aggregation is also found on the RT-AC5300 and usually found on professional-grade network switches, and usually is a particular interest to users with high-speed network-attached storage (NAS) devices.
The RT-AC88U is available for RM1,799 while the RT-AC5300 is priced at RM2,199.