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ASUS RT-AC88U AC3100 Extreme Wireless Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Mar 21, 2016 1:40 pm
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TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: ASUS

Tyler's Router Test System Specifications

 

 

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ASUS like many vendors uses a setup wizard to guide you through. It has the option of manual or automatic setup as you can see above.

 

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Following the automated guide, we enter our preferred username and password.

 

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We then set up our wireless SSIDs and passwords to our liking.

 

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Following a brief firmware update procedure, we are ready to go.

 

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The landing menu for the AC88U is quite similar as I remember the 87U I tested a few years back. Here we have a status menu to the right and client list at the bottom. To the left, we have a full range of options for managing the router.

 

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AiProtection encompasses both parental controls and network protection powered by Trend Micro.

 

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Adaptive QoS has always been one of the strong points for ASUS routers and as you can see it's a little more in depth than I remember with the AC87U. At the top, we have meters for up and download speed with devices listed below.

 

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GameBoost is a new technology ASUS is deploying with the 88U as it enables a private network to optimize your packets.

 

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USB functionality, in my eyes, has always been an ASUS strong suit. As you can see, they have enabled quite a bit of functionality with this solution including Storage with AiDisk, Media Services such as iTunes and Network Print Server.

 

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AiCloud is a cloud service that included Cloud disk along with smart access to the router.

 

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The AC88U has a few modes of operation including router, access point, and bridge mode.

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