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ASUS RT-AC88U Routers (RT-AC88U) Reviewed by Mikerose23 on Jan 5 . Rating: 4 ASUS RT-AC88U Routers (RT-AC88U) Wireless-AC88U Tri-band Gigabit Router with 3100 Mbps throughput for smooth up to 4K/UHD video playback, support MU-MIMO, Ai Protection, Link aggregation with teaming ports and Smart Connect 1024-QAM technology – 80% faster 5 GHz at up to 2100 Mbps, 66% faster 2.4 GHz at up to 1000 Mbps 33% greater 2.4 […]

ASUS RT-AC88U Routers (RT-AC88U)


ASUS RT-AC88U Routers (RT-AC88U)


Wireless-AC88U Tri-band Gigabit Router with 3100 Mbps throughput for smooth up to 4K/UHD video playback, support MU-MIMO, Ai Protection, Link aggregation with teaming ports and Smart Connect

  • 1024-QAM technology – 80% faster 5 GHz at up to 2100 Mbps, 66% faster 2.4 GHz at up to 1000 Mbps
  • 33% greater 2.4 GHz coverage with 4 transmits, 4 receives (4T4R) antenna design, able to reach our widest-ever coverage up to 5000 SQFT.
  • Expansive Connectivity Options: with exclusively has 8 x Gigabit LAN ports for up to eight Ethernet-compatible devices to connect simultaneously.
  • Powerful 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, Faster USB data transfers enjoy up to over 100 MB/s speed and the router download/upload speed (WAN-LAN throughput) up to 1.8 Gbps.
  • Smart Connect -Automatically chooses the best band available for you
  • ASUS AiProtection powered by Trend Micro(TM) ensures your online experience is safe and secure. By combining automatic vulnerability detection, malicious site blocking and parental controls, AiProtection keeps everyone safe and sound.
  • WTFast Game Accelerator Inside
  • 4X Capacity Wi-Fi with Revolutionary MU-MIMO Tenchology



What customers say about ASUS RT-AC88U Routers (RT-AC88U)?

  • 26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A great upgrade for the N66, November 13, 2015
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    R. Burnthorn
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    The AC 88U is replacing my RT-N66 router as my main router. With the advent of 4K streaming, Plex, IP Cameras, NAS boxes, Rokus and backups, I felt that I needed to have a more robust router as at certain times it seemed that my N66 couldn’t keep up. Not very often but enough to make we want to upgrade my 3 year old amazing router.

    The key areas that I wanted upgraded was dual core processor for faster processing, the Link Aggregation feature, AC compliant, and a stronger wifi signal throughout the house. These aspects were provided with the 88U.

    Previous routers allowed 802.3ad, but only had 4 ports which then provided only 2 more, this usually made the user buy another switch to hang off the side, it worked to be sure, but I never really understood why they couldn’t make one with 8 ports, now they have and I am impressed. Ports 1 and 2 are designated for Link Aggregation and my Synology NAS also allows this feature. It’s easy to setup and while I haven’t tested it thoroughly, it is working and I have 2 channels for data input and output from my NAS.

    The firmware that came with the router was 3004_380_664 and when you check for an update it said it was the latest one, but on the Asus web page, there is a newer version to improve Wifi speeds and WTFast. 380_858. I downloaded it and applied it.

    You can check on Small Network Forums for more info on the 88U and overall I am very impressed. It enhanced my wireless signals throughout the house by -10 db from the N66. I am using my N66 now as an AP and have more signal than I need. I feel that it is a great upgrade.

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  • 17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This router is great Router Asus makes great hardware & software the user …, November 15, 2015
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    This router is great Router Asus makes great hardware & software the user interface is easy to configure.
    The Range covers 2,070 sqft of my home 50 feet away and still 180 mbs connection wired & wireless on 5ghz band.

    Ai protection: Helps blocks malicious attack to your pc or any connected device.

    Ai cloud: I have a 4TB drive work great i can access my files any where any time on the go!

    Time Machine backup: Works great for backup Mac to external hard drive.

    Download master: Very useful tool that lets you download torrents directly from the external hard drive even when your computer is offline which is great!

    It has 8 port switch with link aggregation 2gbps for NAS & 1.4 GHz Dual core cpu & 512mb of Ram.

    Cons : The only issue is USB 3.0 speeds are slow about 36 mbs from external hard but that can be fixed in setting Wireless – Professional-Reducing USB 3.0 interference just disable it and you will get faster usb 3.0 speeds.

    Firmware update checker is very bad hardly finds new firmware and when it does the firmware is out dated it better to just go to asus website under support and manually download the firmware update file.

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  • 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Performance monster, useful app and 8 ports!!, December 7, 2015
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    Upgrade from RT-N66U and upgrade the firmware manually to 3.0.0.4.378.858 and reset it. Everything becomes very smooth.
    There over 20 devices in my home which need an internet connection at least 5 need wired connection and upgrade to 155
    The reason is very easy, when you changed the network name and password. It is very frustrating to change the network name and password on Smart TV, blu-ray player, play station, xbox, apple TV with the remote and virtual keyword.
    I soooo love RT-AC88U’s 8 port design, I don’t need to use another hub to connect devices.

    The Wi-Fi speed and coverage is very impressive. It can cover my whole home and I don’t need the repeater anymore. Sometime when I cross the street, I still can receive the Wi-Fi signal, very crazy coverage.

    The new ASUS Router app also very helpful, I can see all the client status and network traffic usage.
    The most useful function for me is the app can block all internet connections (in parental control).
    It’s really helpful in dinner, instantly block all internet connection and let everyone pay attention to food.
    Currently only Android version available and I believe the iOS version available soon.

    I also test the USB 3.0 speed, when disabled, reducing USB 3.0 interference on the admin console. The read speed can offer 100MByte/ second and write over 60MByte/ second. It is the NAS level throughput on the router. If you only want a simple network place server or Time machine center and do not need so many NAS professional application. It is the right choice for you.

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