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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
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: ASUS

Storage Performance

 

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Storage testing for the ASUS 88U went quite well and as you can see the router was capable of 79 MB/s with the 100M file size while 1000M allowed 34 MB/s read. Write testing gave us 53 MB/s for the 100M and 33 MB/s on 1000M.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

The ASUS RT-AC88U is one of a kind in the market. It lies somewhere between the top tier AC5300 and AC2600 solutions like the RT-AC87U. Build quality of this router is solid from the internal components to the external design, and on that note, I have always enjoyed the levels of edgy design ASUS has used with its products and with the 88U this has never been more pronounced. Like I said at the beginning of the review, design notes had to have been taken from the Aventador as this thing just looks like a mean Italian sportscar.

 

 

The performance of the ASUS 88U was good but not top notch. In our wired throughput testing, I was able to reach in the mid-800s for LAN to LAN and WAN to LAN topped out in the 750 Mbps range. Wireless throughput was below normal for the 2.4GHz band only reaching 101 Mbps, but the 5GHz band did bring things back into perspective pushing very near to 400 Mbps. Of course, this router is more advanced than our current testing equipment, but we were able to give MU-MIMO a run and see that the ASUS does in fact work as intended with all three of our clients reaching equal throughput on 2.4 and 5GHz.

 

Storage performance was some of the best we have seen with the 100M file size especially in read where we topped 79 MB/s. However, larger file sizes did tend to slow performance slightly as we were only able to reach 34 MB/s with 1000M.

 

One of the most important features in my mind is the router's web interface. The ASUS 88U, while using the same interface we have grown accustomed to, has deployed one of the most stable foundations for routers. Within this, we have everything from the ability to switch router modes, to high-level QoS functionality, and all the way down to basic NAS features. And adding to the whole package this time around is 802.3ad support or NIC teaming as some would call it.

 

Overall, the ASUS RT-AC88U is a high-end solution for those looking to upgrade without becoming obsolete within a few months. At the pace the wireless market is moving, you can rest assured this AC3100 solution will give you years of reliability and look great while doing it.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance85%
Quality including Design and Build93%
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money89%
Overall TweakTown Rating89%

The Bottom Line: The ASUS RT-AC88U is a unique and great looking solution that fits between the AC2600 and AC5300 markets. While this router may be a bit early in terms of client support, it does offer eight Gbe ports along with future-proof wireless technology.

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