Setup starts with the screen above. From here you can choose the wizard with the "create a network" or choose manual setup below.
Choosing the wizard, we start by naming each SSID and giving them a password.
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.
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.
Gaming features include WTFast GPN, LAN boost along with AiProtection which is a built-in security feature powered by Trend Micro.
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.
AiCloud takes USB 3.0 storage to the cloud allowing you access your stored data on the go.
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.
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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United States: The ASUS RT-AC86U AC2900 Wi-Fi Router retails for $XXX at Amazon.
United Kingdom: 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 £228.67 at Amazon UK.
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