Review wifi Asus RT-AX86U

Yeah, the legendary Asus RT-AC86U successor is here at last! Meet AX5700 WiFi 6 Gaming Router – RT-AX86U. It is powered by 1.8 GHz quad-core processor. Loaded with Mobile Game Mode for a lag-free, low-latency mobile gaming experience and NVIDIA Geforce Now support. True 2 Gbps wired and wireless speeds thanks to aggregated 2 Gbps WAN connections, wired 2.5 Gbps port and WiFi 6. Don’t forget the 4 Gigabits LAN with 1 dedicated Gaming Port and 2 USB 3.0 ports. Lifetime free Asus AiProtection Pro, powered by Trend Micro, with WPA3 and advanced Parental Controls. 4 X 4 wireless connection with 160 MHz channels. Having 256MB Flash and 1GB of RAM. Alright, let’s have a closer look…

Installation is very simple.

Just follow the on-screen instruction will do. Everything is the same as other Asus wireless router setup. In short, set up SSID, username and so on. You might need to setup ISP login details too.

WiFi 5 AC Range & Speed Benchmark

The familiar, simple and easy to use ASUSWRT GUI is here for you. First of all, the lifetime free AiProtection with Trend Micro and Parental Controls. Don’t forget to enable Adaptive QoS with NVIDIA Geforce Now support. Traffic Analyzer to track usage based on clients or apps. A nice tool for those needed. Yes, Gear Accelerator is there for gamers like you and me. Do enable Mobile Game Mode too. Open NAT with port forwarding to speed up gaming networks.

Comes with popular game profiles for you. The useful USB applications like AiDisk, UPnP, iTunes, FTP, Samba, network printer, 4G modem, Apple Time Machine, Download Master for BT torrent files are there too. Lastly, AiCloud 2.0 for remote file access. Alright, here are the advanced settings for experts.

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LAN Performance

Yes, RT- AX86U supports VLAN as usual. Just select your ISP profile will do. Amazon Alexa and IFTTT are supported too. Automation is simpler than ever. The must-have IPv6 is there for you and me. It also has VPN server and client built-in. Another nice feature no doubt. Firewall for extra protection when needed. And a lot of operation modes can be chosen. In short, it’s a powerful router with a lot of features. Wow!

Over 100 Mbps at end of the kitchen! Seriously? FYI, this is the best result from all the Asus wireless routers that I have tested so far. Outstanding speed and range indeed! 600 Mbps when near to router at 1st floor. As usual, smartphone with 2×2 WiFi 5 was used in these 5 GHz throughput performance tests. And at least 400 Mbps for all the area on the 1st floor. Excellent results too even at ground floor.

Easily knocks out the free bundled UniFi router. As for LAN, it performs perfectly at 940 Mbps. Maximum speed for you and me. As for WiFi 6 tests, Asus PCE-AX58BT is being used. With AX 160 MHz, it is getting 800 Mbps most of the time. AC 160 MHz is slower but not far behind. Performing very well too. How about AX 80 MHz that most smartphones have? Getting around 650 Mbps here. As for AC 80 MHz, it is much slower than AX.

Getting around 400 Mbps only. Weird… AiMesh wireless backhaul performance is excellent. FYI, RT-AX88U is the main router and RT-AX86U as the node that connected to a laptop through LAN. Above 800 Mbps for download. Upload is slower which is expected. At end of the kitchen, it can get 400 Mbps for download. As usual, upload is slower as you can see. In short, get 2 units of RT-AX86U for ultra-fast connection and whole-house coverage

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. Perfect USB 3.2 Gen 1 performance! Save your money from investing NAS. Just get USB hard drive will do. 113 MB/s for reading. And 112 MB/s for writing. Rest assures that multiple people to stream 4K video directly from USB hard drive smoothly. And don’t forget the useful Download Master that takes over your PC for file downloading. Ultra-fast response is what you get! Yes, 1.8 GHz quad-core processor is very powerful.

Rest assures it can serve more 10 devices at the same time smoothly while doing CPU intensive task like writing on USB hard drive. By the way, don’t forget that you can enjoy lightning-fast 2 Gbps Internet with dual WAN feature. Use single 2.5G WAN or WAN + Ethernet LAN combo. Totally up to you. Well, that’s all for Asus RT-AX86U review.

Conclusion

A performing WiFi 6 gaming router that you want to own. Ultra-wide coverage with excellent transfer rate. Don’t forget those useful gaming features too.


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