ASUS has been at the top of the networking market from day one. When they launched their 802.11n lineup, I had the opportunity at that time to review the "Dark Knight" or RT-N66U, I loved that router and only replaced it after the launch of 802.11ac. Today, ASUS has hundreds of routers under their belt and a router for every situation or use case.
For those of you that need raw power to handle tons of wired and wireless devices, the RT-AC5300 or ROG Rapture fits the bill. If you need modest internet over a large estate, Lyra can easily take care of your needs but for most of us a simple single node platform does the trick and late last year, ASUS announced and launched the latest, RT-AC86U.
This latest platform from ASUS has a lot going for it. Its built on the new AiMesh firmware platform allowing you to pair multiple routers together to create a customized "Mesh" Network.
At the heart this platform it offers 750Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 2167Mbps on the 5GHz band, both bands supporting 1024QAM. To get this signal in and out, the RT-AC86U uses three external antennas, all detachable with SMA connections and one internal antenna rated at 3dBi.
The hardware running this platform is a 1.8GHz dual-core Broadcom 4906, its paired with 512M of memory and 256M of flash. On the radio side, we have two Broadcom SoCs, the 2.4GHz band runs off the 4365E 3x3 and the 5GHz band uses the 4366E 4x4 solution.
MSRP of the ASUS RT-AC86U comes in at $199.99 with a two-year warranty.
PRICING: You can find the product discussed for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The ASUS AC2900 WiFi Dual-band Gigabit Wireless Router with 1.8GHz Dual-core Processor and AiProtection Network Security Powered by Trend Micro, AiMesh Whole Home WiFi System Compatible (RT-AC86U) retails for $168.20 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The ASUS RT-AC86U AC2900 Wi-Fi Router retails for £ at Amazon UK.
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