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ASUS AC2900 WiFi Dual-band Gigabit Wireless Router with 1.8GHz Dual-core Processor and AiProtection Network Security Powered by Trend Micro, AiMesh Whole Home WiFi System Compatible (RT-AC86U)
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- Dual-band (2. 4 + 5 GHz) AC2900 wireless router with the latest 802. 11AC MU-MIMO technology for data transfer speeds up to 2900 Mbps
- 1. 8GHz 32bit dual-core processor optimizes network traffic and connectivity speeds from the USB 3. 1 Gen1 and 4x Gigabit LAN ports
- Designed for lag-free online gaming and flawless 4K UHD streaming with WTFast game Accelerator and adaptive QoS; Product Segment: AC2900 ultimate AC performance: 750+2167 Mbps
- A protection powered by Trend Micro provides built-in 24/7 protection from external attacks and threats, neutralizing them before they reach your network or connected devices.DC Output : 19 V with max. 1.75 A current
- Manage your network with the ASUS router app – setup your network, manage usage and parental controls, even get instant notifications about important network-based events. Connected devices must be 802. 11 ac-compatible for best results. Ac input: 110v240v(5060hz)
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Ultrafast Wi-Fi with NitroQAM & 5GHz Quad-Stream Technology
Whether you're gaming online in a heated competition or streaming a live event in 4K UHD, lag and buffering are simply not an option. NitroQAM (1024-QAM) technology delivers the ultimate 5GHz quad-stream (4x4) speeds of up to 2167Mbps, giving RT-AC86U combined total speed of 2917Mbps.
Revolutionary MU-MIMO Technology
MU-MIMO gives every compatible device its own dedicated full-speed Wi-Fi connection, so that multiple devices can connect at the same time without slowing down the network. In fact, RT-AC86U is able to connect to multiple MU-MIMO-compatible clients at each device's maximum speed simultaneously.
Prioritize Your Game with Adaptive QoS
Boost your gaming bandwidth with Adaptive QoS, which allows you to easily prioritize gaming packets and activities. You can even assign full dedicated bandwidth while gaming under gamer solo mode, making RT-AC86U the perfect ally for low latency gaming anywhere in your home.
AiProtection with Parental Control
RT-AC86U incorporates ASUS AiProtection, a commercial-grade network security system powered by Trend Micro Smart Home Network. With AiProtection, all connected devices are protected, even if they have no antivirus capability of their own — such as IoT devices.
Your Sharing Center & Digital Home Hub
RT-AC86U has four Gigabit LAN ports, USB 2.0 port and USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) port. Smart TV, game consoles, NAS storage devices and more can now have their own dedicated ports, making RT-AC86U your digital home hub.
ASUS Router App & ASUSWRT User Interface
The ASUS Router App and ASUSWRT are built from the ground-up to be both intuitive and robust, all without needing to boot up a PC. RT-AC86U features the enhanced, intuitive ASUSWRT user interface, which gives you easy access to both the 3-step web-based installation process and a wealth of robust advanced options.
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|Connectivity Technology||Wireless||wireless||Wi-Fi Built In||Wi-Fi Built In, Ethernet, USB||WiFi||Wi-Fi, Ethernet|
|Data Transfer Rate||2900 Mb per second||1900 Mb per second||1750 Mb per second||1900 Mb per second||1300 Mb per second||1167.0 Mb per second|
|Frequency Bands Supported||Dual-Band||Dual-Band||Dual-Band||2.4 GHz, 5 GHz||Dual-Band||5 GHz|
|Item Dimensions||6.20 x 3.30 x 8.66 inches||6.30 x 3.30 x 8.60 inches||9.59 x 6.32 x 1.29 inches||9.59 x 7.34 x 1.29 inches||11.22 x 7.20 x 2.44 inches||8.80 x 5.09 x 1.87 inches|
|Item Weight||2.00 lbs||1.40 lbs||0.93 lbs||2.10 lbs||1.58 lbs||1.92 lbs|
|Total Ethernet Ports||5||5||4||5||5||—|
|Total LAN Ports||4||4||—||—||—||—|
|Wireless Communication Standard||802.11ac||802.11ac||802.11ac||802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11a||802.11ac||802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11ax, 802.11n|
Designed to deliver jaw-dropping network performance, The ASUS RT-AC86U features a 1. 8GHz dual-core processor with the latest 802. 11AC MU-MIMO technology. Maximize your online experience with game-boosting Adaptive Qu's, gamers private network by Waist, and built-in network security from Protection. Use the ASUS router app to manage your network while on-the-go. Wi-Fi technology is 20/40/80 MHz bandwidth. Note-if having issues connecting to 5 GHz network make sure that wireless device supports 5 GHz or features dual Band capabilities
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They advised I had to send this to their repair facility at my cost to have it checked and repaired. They supplied a RMA and I spent $20 to UPS it to California for the repair and even advised it was likely a bad WAN port as everything else seems OK.
Three weeks later I get the router back with a sheet in the badly packed box that states "could not duplicate condition, test OK, updated software". Now I feel sick as I can't believe they did anything to this as the firmware and software were already updated by me, and as for the "could not duplicate condition" did they even test this? It gets no internet connection and has a BIG RED LED on the front panel the "repair" facility apparently missed. Sure enough, I hooked it back up to the sight of the red led of death, aka, no internet connection.
Keep in mind now that during the three weeks of waiting I pulled out my old TP-Link Archer C7 out of the drawer and hooked it up the exact same configuration and it has worked fine. And what does Asus "support" tell me, sorry, "this does not qualify for a replacement unit" so they refuse to replace it and I refuse to spend more of my money to send it back for shoddy testing and repair work.
So here I am with a router that refuses to connect to two different modems with three different cables. It would be different if Asus would stand by their products but they will not, so I will not buy their products ever again!
SmallNetBuilder forums gave this high marks so I thought I'd give it a whirl. I had been running a Netgear R7000 for a while and loved it and thought I'd upgrade to a better CPU/RAM in this model to serve my Verizon FIOS 1 Gig internet connection. I've also been using ASUS GPU and Mobos for YEARS and never had an issue.
Well, guess what. The 2.4 Ghz radio (that serves wifi b, g and n) just up and died about two weeks after I got the router installed. When I say died - I mean the router just won't even broadcast on it at all. It stays on channel 0 and using wifi scanners on my PC I can't even see it broadcasting. Of course, I did all the usual fixes : reboots, firmware flashes, factory resets, enable/disable 2.4 and 5 Ghz radios -- nothing. And I've been an IT network professional for 25 years. I can troubleshoot in my sleep.
I wasted so much time troubleshooting and trying to fix the darn thing that I missed Amazon's 30 day window and had to deal with ASUS support for a warranty RMA. Well guess what -- two weeks and a $199 hold on my credit card for an advance warranty replacement and they still haven't shipped me a replacement. Chatting with their support team I am told "we'll escalate your case and you will hear back within 24-48 hours." Well it's been 72 hours and I still haven't heard back.
[Feedback sidebar] ** I'm actually in an online chat session with one of their customer service reps now as they look into it for me. I was so upset with this case I decided to come write this review while I waited. They came back with "the reason you haven't received a replacement is that we are out of stock." What?!? Were would I be if I hadn't done the advance RMA and sent them my broken router and they couldn't send a refurb to me? I'd be completely hosed for who knows how long! **
Here I am trying to use the warranty once again now that they have the router in stock magically. NOPE. Still no luck. They started a replacement process and were supposed to ship me a new router. Instead, I got multiple emails stating that I sent them a router with water damage and that they were not going to fix it. I NEVER SENT THEM ANYTHING. How incompetent can you be to get things mixed up this badly?! I wish I were kidding.
If anyone from Asus is reading this, go check my case and your mind will be blown by the mess you have made out of this simple thing: ASUS Service No=N191207669 ; Rma No=USBVKC0045
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I should have paid closer attention to other reviews before buying this router. This is an extremely expensive router, and for the amount of money I paid, I most definitely did not expect to have the experience I am having.
THE GOOD: My 5 Ghz network is excellent and very stable. That is it though.
THE BAD: As others have mentioned, the 2.4 Ghz network on this router is awful. There must be something terribly wrong with the design of this router since so many people experience this issue. It first started with my router randomly dropping my devices that were connected to that network. At first I thought this was an issue with my devices since I refused to believe a router this expensive would be having these issues. Then the issue became a lot more frequent, and by then it was too late for me to return this garbage back since I've had it for over 2 months. Now the router won't even try to create a 2.4 Ghz network anymore so all of my older devices that are only compatible with that frequency are deemed useless. I should mention I'm a fairly savvy person and I have tried everything I could to address this issue. I installed 4 different firmwares and none provided me stability. I tried manually selecting all possible settings combinations for that network. All to no avail. Then I gave up and decided to contact Asus and use my warranty.
THE AWFUL: Their warranty service sucks! I can't emphasize how disappointed I am. First of all it took me a long time to even figure out how to request service for this router. Then I learned that if I were to use my warranty, I'd have to pay for the shipment of the router both ways and if they decided they couldn't reproduce the problem (which other customers said actually happened), they'd probably just send me the defective unit back. After an incredibly long discussion with one of their representatives, they said they'd ship me a replacement unit so that I could have internet at home while they service my broken router. Mind you, I had to pay the FULL MSRP PRICE FOR A NEW ROUTER plus 2-day shipping (the cheapest option they had). Now you ask... did I get a replacement router in 2 days? Obviously not! It's been a week and they are still SEARCHING FOR A REPLACEMENT UNIT IN THEIR INVENTORY! How is that even possible?! This thing is in stock everywhere! I paid full price for a replacement unit (which, again, is definitely NOT CHEAP) and I paid for 2-day shipping. What on earth?! They said the money I paid for the replacement unit will be reimbursed once they receive my broken router, but I don't even know when that will happen anymore. Also, by then I will have wasted a ton of money on "2-day shipments", a ton of time and energy, and my patience. How can you charge me all of that (which in my opinion you should just do for free since my router has a common issue known to you) while not even having a replacement unit in stock? Just ridiculous.
I hope someone from Asus reads this. And if not, I at least hope potential buyers do and avoid this particular router at all cost!
Update 1 (12/06):
I have followed-up with Asus and so far have not been given a reasonable resolution.
After 9 days of me submitting my payment information for a replacement router and not getting any updates, they have confirmed that they have no stock for this router and can't send me a replacement. I'm guessing this model is getting out of production for being so problematic .
They also want me to ship my faulty router to them and pay for it myself. I'll likely have to wait a few decades until the item is serviced and I'm not even sure it will actually get fixed given other reports and the fact that Asus is no longer stocking this item.
I'm now debating if I should just throw this away and buy another router by a reputable brand, or if I should live without internet for the time it will take asus to attempt to fix mine.
Update 2 (12/07):
Asus doesn't seem to be producing this router anymore and they don't expect to have it in stock. They also refused to send me a different router as its replacement.
I can't ship my ONLY router to Asus and wait for it to get fixed indefinitely. It's not even clear if it would get fixed anyway. So I chose to keep this partially functioning attempt-of-a-router, and replace the dead 2.4 GHz band with a network with the same name created by a $15 mini-router I had laying around. That seems a lot more stable and reliable than what this $200 gives me.
Avoid anything network-related made by Asus!!
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It claimed to be suited to a home of up to 5000SQ FT and I'd say that it lived up to that claim. One critical change I made was in placing it in a more central location in the house, high and away from other electronic devices.
I'm not a tech guy so setting it up was a challenge. Had a lot of issues connecting to the internet but the secret to success was that the order in which you connect and power on the different devices is critical!! I can't stress that enough.
I have two switches in my network as well so I further added to the complications of this install.
I can't comment yet on how the final phase of the Network will go but I also bought a WAVLINK Outdoor AP/Repeater to extend my WiFi into the back yard. I'll install it this spring and update this review on whether they play together well or not.
La instalación súper sencilla, un next next finish y listo. Las velocidades de transferencia de archivos y para jugar ya sea en la PC o con el Xbox excelentes. Sin embargo empece a notar que la red wifi de 2.4 ghz me estaba dando problemas para conectar, tengo una impresora que utiliza esta banda, otros gadgets que utilizan esta red y note que se desconectaban.
Intente de todo, resetee el router, le hice el upgrade del firmaware y nada, pensé "puedo sobrevivir con solo la wifi de 5Ghz", pero ayer en la noche, tampoco tenia red wifi 5ghz, y hoy en la mañana ni por cable me podía conectar. Al fin de cuentas ya dejo de funcionar todo, se prende y apaga solo, cuando intenta dar red por cable se vuelve a desconectar, ya no funciona más.
De verdad estoy muy insatisfecho con este producto, muy mala calidad para un Router tan caro. Volví a leer todas las reseñas de amazon.com y todos los que pusieron malas calificaciones tienen exactamente el mismo problema que yo.
Si no quieren perder tiempo y dinero no compren este modelo.
Tuve un Apple Air Port Extrem AC, un D-Link DIR-890L y puedo decir que no se comparan.
Tengo Axtel a 50MB/s y un departamento de 100 m3 con dos muros de carga juntos y dos baños juntos y este Router logra pasar esos obstáculos y manejarme sin problema casi los 50 MB/ contratados de descarga.
El Apple Air Port Extrem AC nunca dio problema, pero no podia pasar tantos obstáculos.
El D-Link DIR-890L, este si daba problemas, es triple banda y tuve que desactivar una banda para mantenerlo estable. Y en la parte más lejana del departamento tenia problemas de velocidad y de desconexión. Mi esposa odiaba el router.
Este en cambio, con tener solo una ralla te da una velocidad muy rápida y constante. Además es muy fácil de configurar y administrar si quieres hacer cambios un poco más complejos. No es triple banda pero no hace falta.
Ahora si disfrutamos de varios streamings a la par sin problema.
Y el precio cuando lo compré en Amazon fue lo mejor.
Eso solo duró unicamente 1 año.
Después del año, empezó primero a desconectarse los dispositivos en ambas redes 2.4 y 5 ghz, realice escaneo de canales para evitar el overlap etc etc, cambie cables UTP, ubicación, firmware lo pase de Merlin al origina y viceversa, utilice firmware anterior con el que funcionaba bien, instale ventiladores USB en la parte trasera por si era sobrecalentamiento, no puse nada en automático todo lo configure de de 0 "n" veces y fijo. WAN, canales, ancho de banda, DHCP lo deje en el router y desactive el del modem. Y muchas cosas mas y simplemente sigue desconectando dispositivos de red WIFI ambas frecuencias. Se soluciona reiniciando el modem sin embargo pasa cada 5 minutos o cada hora o 2 horas o 1 día( máximo tiempo sin fallar) , dependiente del estado de ánimo del RT-AC86U.
Por el precio muy mala inversión garantía en México, casi nula, realice una mala inversión y mala compra.
I have a T shaped interior with a garage on the corner. I install my router in the basement on the end of the side. I used to have close to no signal in the garage and in the bend of the house, now its a full Wifi signal everywhere!
not talking about the increadible AI Mesh I will install using my older AC68U as a repeater to have even better coverage on the front yard/ back yard.. Great Routers ASUS!