Asus RT AX88U WiFi Router Review

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WiFi Standard:

Support for the WiFi 6  (802.11ax) standard has given the Asus RT AX88U very favorable capabilities. In this standard the coverage and speed of communication has increased dramatically due to the presence of valuable technologies such as MU-MIMO, Beamforming, as well as support for communication channels with a width of 160Mhz.

The overall speed of this router is up to 6000Mbps, for 2 separate frequency bands. One of which is used to communicate high-speed devices such as Game Consoles and the other to communicate clients for routine tasks such as web surfing and checking emails.

Antenna Design:

The number of antennas and the type of technology used in it is the most important factor in raising the level of coverage and communication quality. In addition to having 4 external antennas, Asus RT AX88U is capable of simultaneously connecting more network equipment.

The distance between the motherboard connectors and the antenna is reduced. As a result of which the signal loss  greatly reduces and the overall coverage of the device increases. In addition, the proper design of the antenna makes the antenna signal coverage more optimal in all directions.

Range:

Technically, the router’s coverage range depends on several factors . Asus Company has designed and developed these factors based on every router’s technical requirements to increase the coverage. Factors affecting the WiFi coverage of Asus RT AX88U include the following:

  • Optimal Antenna Design.
  • Hardware Signal Amplifier.
  • AiRadar (RF) technology.

These three factors together give a great coverage to this router.

Communication Ports:

The router’s wireless connection speed is useful and valuable when the router can communicate with the cable network at the same speed, otherwise, the speed and quality of users’ communication is limited by the speed of the cable network ports.

Port Aggregation for LAN and WAN Ports :

  • Dual-WAN: This router has a fixed 1Gbps WAN port that can be aggregate with one of the LAN ports to create a 2Gbps WAN port.
  • Aggregate LAN Ports: You can aggregate two 1Gbps LAN ports together to have one 2Gbps LAN port.

VPN Server Service:

One of the interesting features of this gaming WiFi router is the existence of a VPN Server service. It’s good to mention that usually WiFi routers only have VPN service capability and can connect to a VPN Server as a VPN Client, but this router itself can work as a VPN Server. But what is its application?

You may need to make servers or programs (e.g. Home or Office file server , VOIP or CCTV systems) within the network accessible from the Internet. (also known as Server Publishing). There are two ways to to do this:

  • DMZ or Virtual Server service: Which is  very risky because in this case these resources are exposed to the access of all Internet users.
  • VPN Server service: Which is a secure method and recommended by cybersecurity engineers. But since setting up this server may be a bit complicated; it is not popular between users.

This router has built-in VPN Server service. You can set up this server easily and with the least complexity possible. In this method it no longer requires to publish internal servers and programs on the Internet. Authorized Internet users who want to access the internal servers , can first connect to the router as VPN Client and then use them safely as an internal user.

Game Acceleration:

This gaming wifi router has special capabilities to enhance the quality of online games. By utilizing  proprietary capabilities to strengthen the gamer’s communication from the game console to the main server.

  • Adaptive QOS: This feature works by analyzing the incoming traffic to the router, detects the packets related to game consoles and serves them with a higher priority. This service simply runs with a click on the router’s management console .
  • Gamers private Network: This feature, implemented by WTfast, creates a dedicated network for gamers to get faster access to Game Servers. In this case, the Ping Time rate is significantly reduced and the quality of the game increases dramatically.

Security:

This asus wifi router has an internal security system designed and implemented by Trend Micro ( a famous cloud-based security company). This feature is called Asus AiProtection Pro. This system protects your gaming network from all security risks and neutralizes them before they reach your network and devices. Even if your computer’s security system is turned off.

This feature of the router can be a solid barrier against external security risks. In addition to these benefits, it can detect and limit a pre-infected system immediately after connecting to the network and prevent it from from publishing the infection everywhere.

Mesh Technology:

Technically, a large and integrated WiFi network can not be implemented without using Mesh technology. It has a standard version that most WiFi equipment manufacturers are looking to implement in their equipment.

But some companies are looking to build their own proprietary mesh technology. So that they can use Mesh technology more efficiently. Asus is also has designed and implemented this technology exclusively.

The name of this technology is “AiMesh”, which is able to create a fully integrated and integrated network by connecting multiple routers compatible with this technology together.

Asus RT-AX88U VS RT-AX86U :

The main differences between these two devices include the following:

Asus AX88U :

  • Speed : 6000Mbps
  • Number of Lan Ports : 8
  • Wtfast technology : Supported
  • Number of Antennas : 4 External

Asus AX86U :

  • Speed : 5700Mbps
  • Number of Lan Ports : 4
  • Wtfast technology : Not-Supported
  • Number of Antennas : 3 External + 1 Internal

Conclusion:

Different tests were performed by WiFiAdviser technical team on Asus RT AX88U. Which included 4K online game interruption test, overall speed test in high noise and low noise environments. Communication stability test and finally proprietary Gaming capabilities test. In the end, we gave the router a score of 9.5 out of 10, which is a very good score for a gaming WiFi 6 router.

By purchasing this asus wifi router, you will have a very high level home gaming network and you will have no restrictions on servicing and using game consoles.

ASUS RT-AX88U  (AX6000) WiFi 6 Router

ASUS AX6000 WiFi 6 Gaming Router (RT-AX88U) – Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router, 8 GB Ports, Gaming & Streaming, AiMesh Compatible, Included Lifetime Internet Security, Adaptive QoS, MU-MIMO

ASUS RT-AX88U (AX6000) Documents

ASUS RT-AX88U (AX6000) WiFi Router Specifications

Wireless Specifications
Wireless Standard802.11ax a/b/g/n/ac
BandsDual Band
Overall Speed6000Mbps
RangeVery Large House
Concurrent Clients40 Clients
AntennaExternal antenna x 4
Software Capabilities
Security Level (1 to 10 )9
Parental Control Capabilities (1 to 10)9
Traffic Control Capabilities (1 to 10)9
Guest NetworkYes
Physical Ports
WAN Ports1 (1Gbps) + 1 Dual Mode LAN/WAN
LAN Ports8 (1Gbps)
USB Ports2 (USB 3.1)
Special Capabilities
Beamforming TechnologyYES
MU-MIMO TechnologyYes
Mesh SupportYes, AiMesh
Repeater ModeNO
Vendor-Specific TechnologyAiProtection, AiMesh, AiRadar Technologies
Hardware Specifications
Processor1.8 GHz quad-core processor
Memory256 MB Flash, 1 GB RAM
Dimension11.8 x 7.4 x 2.4 inches (30 x 18.8 x 6.04 cm)
Weight1010 g
Category Asus WiFi Routers Products Reviews
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