The RT-AC88U from ASUS comes with a bundle of useful features for all the hardcore gamers out there. It uses MU-MIMO technology to connect multiple Wi-Fi devices without affecting the bandwidth. The only con is that you will need MIMO compatible network adapter too. It delivers blazing throughput on both 2.4 and 5GHz bands compared to the competitors.
The RT-AC88U measures 3.3 by 11.8 by 7.4 inches with a matte black housing. LED indicators for power, WAN, WPS, LAN, USB etc can be seen at the front and there are 4 removable external antennas and a multitude of connection ports in the back. It hosts 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports, one USB 2.0, WAN port, and power jack. There is one USB 3.0 port also on the front.
Asus AC88U’s web interface and mobile app are excellent in terms of usability and navigation. There is a Game Boost page where you can connect WTFast Gamers Private Network, a software to accelerate online gameplay.
The Asus AiProtection feature can detect and monitor virus and malware that affect you and can block malicious sites. The AiCloud feature lets you access the data from a smartphone. The setup process is very easy using the configuration wizard or you can manually configure.
On a 30-foot distance, the router showed 305Mbps which is an excellent performance in terms of range. The 2.4GHz band performance was also good managing 98Mbps at 30 feet. File transfer speeds are also satisfactory with 28Mbps write speed and 32Mbps read speed.
The Asus RT-AC88U dual-band router offers excellent throughput performance, multi-client MU-MIMO feature, gamer-friendly QoS settings, parental controls, cloud feature and other extensive management capabilities. With a number of connectivity options and faster performance, the AC88U is a perfect choice for gamers if your budget is around the R4000 mark. Available at WebAntics.com.