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ASUS RT-AC86U AC2900 Wi-Fi Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Mar 27, 2018 11:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASUS

Management GUI

 

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Setup starts with the screen above. From here you can choose the wizard with the "create a network" or choose manual setup below.

 

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Choosing the wizard, we start by naming each SSID and giving them a password.

 

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The dashboard should be extremely similar for anyone that has used ASUS routers in the past. We have a quick overview with client list and USB devices at the bottom and system status to the right.

 

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One of the more unique features of the ASUS platform is its QoS system, which in my own experience is fantastic. I used this router for more than two months and even though I stream and game on multiple devices at once I never once had a hiccup.

 

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Gaming features include WTFast GPN, LAN boost along with AiProtection which is a built-in security feature powered by Trend Micro.

 

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Above, we have the AiProtection menu which can run an assessment on the router to make sure settings are secure. It also watches for malicious content and network intrusions.

 

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AiCloud takes USB 3.0 storage to the cloud allowing you access your stored data on the go.

 

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Diving into the wireless menu, we have controls for each band within one menu. The drop-down box at the top switches between these bands and below we have options for wireless mode and channel width.

 

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The administration tab allows you to switch this unit from a router to an AP, repeater or Media bridge. You can also switch a router to be a AiMesh node from this menu.

 

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