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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




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.




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




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.




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.




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.




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




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




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




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

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