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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

Tyler's Router Test System Specifications





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.





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




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




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




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.




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




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.




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




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.




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




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

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