ASUS RT-AX86U is the new router from the Taiwanese manufacturer, enabled for the latest standard in wireless connectivity and also for the latest bet in the consumer market to improve the speed of wired local LAN Ethernet network.
The router offers an attractive design typical of the brand in black and red finishes, where its three large external antennas stand out (plus a fourth that is included in the PCB). It uses a 1.80 GHz quad-core ARM processor with 1 GB of RAM and 256 MB of flash memory.
ASUS RT-AX86U supports the latest version of Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) wireless connection standard, reaching up to 5,700 Mbps in dual band (861 Mbps 2.4 GHz + 4.804 Mbps 5 GHz). It has technologies such as MU-MIMO and OFDMA that allow optimizing channel allocation and communicating with multiple devices simultaneously.
The device supports the WPA3 security protocol and includes the free AiProtection service. It employs Trend Micro technology to protect all connected smart devices, regular security updates and advanced parental controls with which you can filter web pages and types of mobile applications.
The configuration for wired networks It is also interesting since it includes two WAN ports, one of 1 GbE and the other of 2.5 GbE. A network standard that without reaching the 10GBase-T used in companies, allows you to improve performance in consumer networks, as long as you have contracted an Internet service that can take advantage of it and a computer with an external or internal network card that supports it. Intel and AMD support it in their latest chipset and you will find it in the new mid-high range motherboards.
In case you do not have this type of 2.5 GbE ports, since operators do not usually offer it, ASUS says that the router can add bandwidth from two upstream 1 GbE connections. On the LAN side, the router offers four 1 GbE connections.
The router has a USB 3.2 Gen1 port 5 Gbps, to which any USB mass storage device can be connected and managed to share content through the local network. ASUS says that the ASUS RT-AX86U is recommended by GeForce NOW for the best possible latencies and bandwidth needed to safely run NVIDIA’s cloud gaming service. Pure marketing, but we leave it there as the manufacturer tells it.
Good router in any case to improve the equipment with which Internet service providers punish us. Mandatory for many users who need to improve the capacity or security of their local network. No price has been provided, but it must be around between 179 and 239 euros that in Spain they cost models of the same series, RT-AX58U and RT-AX92U.