The ASUS RT-AC88U Wireless-AC3100.
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Price $270 List
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Pros Extremely easy to use, packed with featuresTons of features, easy to useRelatively inexpensive, exceptional rangeVery easy to use, more affordable, solid set of featuresSuper easy to use, decent set of features
Cons Average range, throughputExpensive, mediocre throughputSparse on features, average throughputUnimpressive throughput and rangeBelow average throughput, somewhat expensive
Bottom Line For those that want a top-notch router, look no further than the feature-rich and supremely easy to use Asus RT-AC88UThe main thing that made the X10 stand out from the rest of the pack is its exceptionally high priceFor those that need range above all in their router, look no further than the NETGEAR AC1750If you are looking for an upgrade pick while shopping on a budget, then this router is a great optionThere are some far less expensive routers that perform comparably to the RT-AC68U
Rating Categories ASUS RT-AC88U... NETGEAR Nighthawk... NETGEAR AC1750... Nighthawk AC1750... ASUS RT-AC68U...
Features (25%)
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Ease Of Use (20%)
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2 4 Ghz Throughput (20%)
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5 Ghz Throughput (20%)
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Range (15%)
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Specs ASUS RT-AC88U... NETGEAR Nighthawk... NETGEAR AC1750... Nighthawk AC1750... ASUS RT-AC68U...
MU-MIMO Yes Yes No Yes No
Wireless Specification 802.11ac 802.11ad 802.11ac 802.11ac 2.4 GHz: 802.11n
5 GHz: 802.11ac
LAN Ports Available 8 6 4 4 4
Security WPA2 Personal, WPA Auto Personal, WPA2 Enterprise, WPA Auto Enterprise WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA/WPA2 Enterprise WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA/WPA2 Enterprise WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA/WPA2 Enterprise WPA2 Personal, WPA Auto Personal, WPA2 Enterprise, WPA Auto Enterprise
Wall mountable Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Beamforming Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Frequency 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 60GHz 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2.4GHz and 5GHz
USB Ports 2: 3.0 and 2.0 2: 3.0 2: 3.0 and 2.0 1: 3.0 2: 3.0 and 2.0
Dimensions 11.8" x 7.4" x 2.38" 8.81" x 6.61" x 2.91" 7.2" x 11.22" x 2.4" 7.26" x 11.22" x 1.97" 6.3" x 3.3" x 8.6"
Antenna 4 external 4 external 3 external 3 external 3 external
Processor 1.4 GHz dual-core 1.7 GHz quad-core 880 MHz dual-core 1 GHz dual-core 1 GHz dual-core processor
Memory 128 MB Flash
512 MB DDR3 RAM
512 MB NAND Flash
1 GB DDR3 SDRAM
128 MB Flash
256 MB RAM
128 MB Flash
256 MB RAM
128 MB Flash
256 MB RAM
2.4 GHz. Short Distance Throughput - Line of Sight 51 Mbits/s 49 Mbits/s 47 Mbits/s 48 Mbits/s 45 Mbits/s
2.4 GHz. Short Distance Throughput - Obstructed 39 Mbits/s 46 Mbits/s 37 Mbits/s 47 Mbits/s 44 Mbits/s
2.4 GHz. Medium Distance Throughput - Line of Sight 39 Mbits/s 47 Mbits/s 39 Mbits/s 43 Mbits/s 29 Mbits/s
2.4 GHz. Medium Distance Throughput - Obstructed 38 Mbits/s 45 Mbits/s 40 Mbits/s 37 Mbits/s 23 Mbits/s
2.4 GHz. Long Distance Throughput 27 Mbits/s 10 Mbits/s 22 Mbits/s 25 Mbits/s 13 Mbits/s
5 GHz. Short Distance Throughput - Line of Sight 212 Mbits/s 186 Mbits/s 220 Mbits/s 211 Mbits/s 186 Mbits/s
5 GHz. Short Distance Throughput - Obstructed 211 Mbits/s 157 Mbits/s 184 Mbits/s 201 Mbits/s 161 Mbits/s
5 GHz. Medium Distance Throughput - Line of Sight 204 Mbits/s 198 Mbits/s 196 Mbits/s 211 Mbits/s 153 Mbits/s
5 GHz. Medium Distance Throughput - Obstructed 186 Mbits/s 145 Mbits/s 181 Mbits/s 194 Mbits/s 167 Mbits/s
5 GHz. Long Distance Throughput 37 Mbits/s 46 Mbits/s 17 Mbits/s 11 Mbits/s 35 Mbits/s
Video Playback Range Test 158 ft. 144 ft. 204 ft. 155 ft. 144 ft.
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