Asus RT-AC87U reviews

22 customer reviews

+ This router scores very high on performance. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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9.1 out of 10 based on 22 reviews.
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Stefanos, Shoreham by sea

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
excellent and would recommend to anyone without hesitation
Bad points:
none
Overall rating 10.0
Compatibility 10.0
Performance 10.0
Reliability 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Feb 2016

James, Southampton

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Range is really good, speed is ok, apps and gui are amazing!
Bad points:
At full price it is expensive
Overall rating 10.0
Compatibility 10.0
Performance 10.0
Reliability 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Feb 2016

Barry,

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
I bought this to get better coverage in my house, had been using an older router and 2 range extenders. The performance of this is incredible, good speed in every corner with no range extenders in a largish house with a lot of solid brick walls.
I was expecting to have to lad dd-wrt to get all the features I wanted but actually I am fine with the stock ASUSWRT software, and it is quite a bit easier to use.
All in all a really great product
Bad points:
Largish and styled to look mean... which is fine but mine is on a shelf with other hardware so a square box would have been just fine.
Overall rating 10.0
Compatibility 10.0
Performance 10.0
Reliability 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Oct 2015

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Product Features

Connections USB
Connections RJ45

Also known as: RT-AC87U

 

Manufacturer's Description

Fastest Speed. Farthest Coverage. Easy Setup.
Enter a new era of wireless performance with faster-than-incredible speeds, the widest-ever coverage and more control and security than you ever thought possible. RT-AC87U delivers the world’s fastest speeds of up to 1734 Mbps at 5G Hz — even faster than tri-band 3×3 routers — plus class-leading concurrent 600 Mbps speeds at 2.4 GHz for an amazing total bandwidth of 2334 Mbps! This means RT-AC87U gives you lag-free online gaming, silky-smooth 4K/UHD video streaming, and effortlessly copes with even the most bandwidth-demanding tasks.

With a separate high-gain antenna for each of the four spatial data streams, this power-packed router gives you true 4×4 multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) wireless performance that smokes the competition — and it delivers top performance for all your wireless devices, even those using older Wi-Fi standards. As with all ASUS networking products, you get the very best support with the widest range of device compatibility, plus free firmware updates for years to come — so your RT-AC87U will always be at the forefront.

RT-AC87U is designed for pure performance — as well as its main 1 GHz dual-core processor, RT-AC87U also has a separate dual-core processor that’s dedicated solely to 5G Hz 4×4 Wi-Fi related tasks. This means that compared to routers with a single 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, RT-AC87U has Wi-Fi-to-USB transfer speeds that are up to twice as fast3, and can show up to a 50% improvement in total throughput on a heavily-loaded network with multiple clients!


UNBEATABLE HARDWARE
RT-AC87U is not only fast, but looks stunning too. Inspired by the gamer-centric ASUS Republic of Gamers G Series notebooks, RT-AC87U is designed with Stealth Fighter-like curves that exude power and sophistication. It’s VESA-mount-compatible too, so you can literally take RT-AC87U to new heights on your wall!

Double dual-core processors-
Up to 2X faster USB transfers via Wi-Fi

While RT-AC87U succeeds RT-AC68U’s decent USB 3.0 network storage performance, its USB transfer speed over Wi-Fi has been largely improved. When transferring files to and from SuperSpeed USB 3.0 devices over Wi-Fi, our tests3 show that RT-AC87U can be up to twice as fast as a router with a single 1.2 GHz dual-core processor.


Double dual-core processors-
Up to 50% more total throughput in busy multi-client networks

In tests4 simulating a heavily-loaded network with three wired and two wireless clients, PCs, RT-AC87U’s hardware NAT and dedicated Wi-Fi processor helped it deliver a total throughput (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and NAT) up to 50% faster than a typical router with a single 1.2 GHz dual-core processor.

Dual USB ports
Share printers, 3G/4G (HSPA+) cellular dongles or USB storage devices over your network! Thanks to SuperSpeed USB 3.0, transfer speeds are up to 10 times faster than USB 2.02. What’s more, the ports are widely-spaced for convenient and easy access when using bulky devices — not sandwiched together as on some competing routers. The easy-to-use USB application puts you in full control of tasks for all connected USB devices, including media streaming, file sharing and file downloads.

GROUNDBREAKING WIRELESS PERFORMANCE
Enjoy a new level of wireless performance, with 2334 Mbps of combined 802.11ac and 802.11n bandwidth. With class-leading speeds of up to 600 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band — thanks to Broadcom® TurboQAM™ technology — and up to 1734 Mbps concurrently on the 5 GHz band, which is even faster than the latest tri-band 3×3 routers, RT-AC87U leaves the competition standing.


UNRIVALED SIGNAL COVERAGE
Boasting a true four-stream, four-antenna (4×4) design, RT-AC87U gives you up to 465m2 (around 5,000ft2) of wireless coverage1. That’s 33% more than the latest generation tri-band routers5, making it the ideal choice for large homes and multi-floor buildings. Thanks to AiRadar beamforming and unique multi user-MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology, the more devices you use the more the throughput increases.

Multi-user MIMO technology
The revolutionary and future-proof MU-MIMO technology means that RT-AC87U will be able to connect to multiple MU-MIMO-compatible clients at each device’s maximum speed simultaneously, unlike standard single-user MIMO where individual devices have to wait for sequential transmissions. This means that as users add more MU-MIMO-enabled devices, the router’s capacity actually increases, giving all users the best possible internet experience.


AiRadar beamforming
ASUS AiRadar intelligently strengthens wireless connectivity using 802.11ac universal beamforming technology, high-power amplification and exclusive ASUS RF fine-tuning. This gives RT-AC87U up to 33% better coverage than 3-stream antenna designs. In real-world tests, RT-AC87U lets you stream two 4K videos flawlessly at its maximum range.


LIFE IN THE FAST LAN

For the fastest wired networking performance, RT-AC87U comes with a dedicated Gigabit WAN port, five 1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports (one of which can be used as a second WAN port), and hardware-accelerated NAT. Unlike the traditional software-based NAT used in most other routers, RT-AC87U’s hardware NAT removes the bottleneck between the wired LAN and the internet, allowing you to get the most out of modern super-fast broadband connections.

ADVANCED SECURITY
AiProtection, incorporating state-of-the-art, three-pronged security from Trend Micro™, makes RT-AC87U one of the most secure home routers you can buy. As well as providing some of the most advanced parental controls in any mainstream router, it blocks malicious addresses and intrusions for your PC or device, and alerts you if an infected device is connected. Potential weaknesses such as password strength and operating system vulnerabilities are also monitored at all times. Moreover, AiProtection even protects Wi-Fi devices without an installable security program such as smart TV, game console, and smart home devices, giving you total peace of mind.


CREATE YOUR OWN PERSONAL CLOUD
ASUS AiCloud keeps you close to your data wherever and whenever you have an internet connection. It links your home network and online storage service9, giving you access to your files using the AiCloud mobile app on your iOS, Android smartphones or via a personalized browser URL. You can share photos instantly to services like Facebook, Flickr or Dropbox directly from the AiCloud interface. Even better, AiCloud can be connected to another compatible router to expand your personal cloud even further.


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