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ASUS RT-AC87U AC2400 Dual-Band Wireless Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Sep 16, 2014 1:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: ASUS

Management GUI

 

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The RT-AC87U deploys a two part setup routine: the first is the internet connection wizard, and the second allows you to setup the router itself.

 

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Within the initial router setup, you have the ability to setup both SSIDs to your liking, along with security passwords.

 

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The ASUS RT-AC87U deploys a user-friendly approach that has become the norm in today's networking solutions. The first item on the menu is the network map, allowing you to view all connected client machines.

 

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A unique feature of the ASUS RT-AC87U is the AiProtection menu that allows you to setup security scans of the router, block malicious websites and monitor for intruders.

 

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Next up we have USB applications which include options for setting up external storage, USB printers and 3G/4G dongles for a second WAN option. Something I found particularly interesting is the option for Time Machine backups directly to the router.

 

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As access to our data on the go as become increasingly more important, ASUS has recognized this and included AiCloud availability to the AC87U.

 

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Moving to the 2.4GHz wireless settings, options open up for changing SSIDs, channel bandwidth, along with options for setting your preferred channels.

 

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Over on 5GHz, we find similar options. Here we have SSID, wireless mode, along with channel bandwidth and encryption choices.

 

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Another feature I really enjoyed seeing, was the ability to switch the router mode within the web GUI.

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