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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

File Transfer Speeds


In our file transfer test, we use a single 4GB ISO file and transfer it from test system one to our second test system via the network. To eliminate any bottlenecks, each system is utilizing a Corsair Neutron 256GB SSD.




File transfer testing went pretty well for the ASUS RT-87U in purple on the charts. Starting with LAN-to-LAN transfers, the 87U managed 112 MB/s maxing out our gigabit Ethernet connection.


Over on the 2.4GHz band, we found the 20 and 40 MHz to produce 16.3 and 32.9 MB/s, while the 5GHz band produced 13.8, 39.2 and 81.1 MB/s.



Final Thoughts




The ASUS RT-87U aesthetically is one of the most elegant routers I have seen in quite a while. In fact, I would put it right next to the WRT1900AC that I use in my home network. The build quality feels quite good, all the plastics are secure, and adding to that, the router does have a good amount of weight to it.


The router as tested today without availability of a 4x4 Wave 2 client solution, did perform quite well with our standard AC1900 test system. In LAN to LAN tests, we found it coming in at 941 Mbps, performing similar to most routers on the market, and switching over to wireless throughput, the 87U almost took the top spot in 2.4GHz 40MHz at 241 Mbps.


If we focus over to 5GHz results, the RT-87U did manage to take the top spot in 80MHz testing coming in at 457 Mbps - this bodes well for the Quantenna's QSR1000, as it indicates the chipset is capable of producing better connectivity and wireless throughput than the Broadcom solutions we have tested previously.


Unfortunately, the single downfall of the RT-AC87U is the lack of client applications at this moment. With nothing being able to take advantage of the increased performance of the Quantenna chipset, it does make this router feel a bit premature at this time.


Many other vendors are working on this technology, but haven't come to market with a complete product, and when there are client adapters made available, we are pretty sure that the RT-AC87U will not be only router with this increased performance.



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United States: The ASUS RT-AC87U Wireless-AC2400 Dual Band Gigabit Router retails for $314.23 at Amazon.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
General Features95%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money80%
Overall TweakTown Rating89%

The Bottom Line: ASUS' RT-AC87U is a great solution for those wanting to future proof their wireless network. It carries great performance in all metrics, and even adds security options via Trend Micro.

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