• Ports: 1x WAN, 4x 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: 220 x 160 x 83.3mm
  • Weight: 872g
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Easy setup
  • Great features
  • Cons:
  • None

Everyone Needs Networking

Just when you think, ‘‘Oh no! Not another router,” people fail to notice how important a router is whether it’s home or business networking. People wonder why routers can cost so much when there are smaller and cheaper routers that already work well for them. For those who are satisfied, good for you. But as more data is used and transferred over the network these days, soon you’ll find that maybe the problem isn’t with your internet, but with your hardware.

By using a powerful router like the ASUS RT-AC86U, you’ll find that networking, whether at home or at the office, has ever been so flexible. If you don’t already know, the RT-AC86U is an AC router that is capable of transmitting data at speeds of up to 2,167 Mbps. What this number means is that you’ll have smooth streaming of your favourite VOD sites and better gaming latency over a wireless connection. Transferring files or streaming videos over wireless also becomes smoother and faster compared to using your ISP’s default router.

For the gamers out there, what might attract you is the built-in WTFast, a feature that helps improve latency by optimising the route your data packets take. By taking the shortest path to the server, WTFast not only improves your ping but reduces packet loss as well. But what if there’s multiple users on your network while you’re gaming? You can setup the Adaptive QoS to put priority on your gaming, so you’ll be able to maintain smooth gaming even when everyone else around you is streaming.

Like always, ASUS routers are easy to setup with their web browser UI, where it only takes a few minutes to get your network fully up and running. Also, when it comes to wireless coverage, there’s no doubt that the RT-AC86U has great range, easily reaching across our homes and offices, albeit having the same troubles all wireless signals have with walls. But thanks to the use of the AiRadar technology, the router locks on to your device and strengthens the signal by focusing on it so data moves much more linearly to the device.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The RT-AC86U is solid choice to replace your router that just doesn’t seem to cut it anymore. It has all the features and performance you need for a big family or office.asus-rt-ac86u-600x500

(previously published in issue February)