• Ports: WAN Ports x2, LAN Ports x 16, USB 3.0 x2
  • MIMO: Yes
  • Connectivity: WiFi, LAN, USB
  • Network Standard: 802.11ac
  • Encryption: 64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprise , WPA2-Enterprise , Radius with 802.1x, WPS support
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Features
  • Cons:
  • None

A Router That Means Business

Routers are a dime a dozen these days. There are ones for everyday use, gamers, and even downloading enthusiasts. If you’re looking for something that’s a bit more suited for office or enterprise use, complete with VPN features, ASUS has the thing for you with the ASUS BRT AC-828 router.

Out of the box, the AC-828 doesn’t look out of place with some of ASUS’ more high-end WiFi routers. It features eight antennas which support 4×4 MU-MIMO connectivity for both wide and stable network coverage. At the back, the AC-828 sports dual WAN ports for redundancy, with up to 2Gbps aggregated bandwidth and failover capability.

Inside the AC-828, the router has space for an M.2 SSD for extremely fast networked storage, and on top of that, even features support for USB LTE mobile broadband for added conncetion versatility.
As far as performance goes, ASUS claims that the AC-828 router is capable of handling up to 250 simultaneous connections, which is way more than what even most expensive consumer-grade routers are capable of. To that end, you can even segregate who connects to which network, and set up a free WiFi network complete with customizable welcome pages to boot.

With the AC-828, you can even set a VPN connection, and use network security features such as VLAN and ASUS’ own AiProtection software to ensure that your connection to the internet is secure.

As mentioned before, the AC-828 sports two WAN ports, both of these ports can take in two different internet lines and provide an aggregated WAN bandwidth of up to 2Gbps. On top of that, they can also work as redundancies for one another, and can be configured to work as two separate internet connections, with one acting as a back-up connection if the other internet line encounters a connectivity issue.

Setting up your internet connection on the AC-828 is a simple task, thanks to the web UI of the router which will guide you along the way. This router supports the special requirements needed to run both UniFi Home, Business as well as Time Fiber, so you don’t have to worry about compatibility.

During our test run with the router, we managed to stream HD and 4K content from our networked storage drives with little problems, so local network speeds are definitely good. Our 30Mbps line was also stable enough that we were able to max out our connection via several computers without any downtime, which is also great.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The ASUS BRT AC-828 router is a router that’s meant for use by large businesses and enterprises, and judging by our short run with it, is definitely something that network engineers would want to consider.

(previously published in issue February 2017)