Asus RT-AX88U Router Review

WE DO NOT RECOMMEND!


Update: [January 17th, 2019]

Well here's something awesome to wake up to, no internet connectivity. Being an AT&T Symmetrical Gigabit subscriber I figured it was their network, as it usually is. Went to my little home network setup and my Asus RT-AX88U had no LED lights on, including power. Thought maybe it the cable came loose, checked it at the UPS as well, no issues. Unplugged it, then plugged it back in, no activity. I thought maybe I could still get in via CLI with no luck, it's just a fucking brick. Nothing else on the UPS is down, tried another similar power adapter, it's just dead as fuck.

Contacted ASUS and they are about as useless as a brick themselves.

Asus RT-AX88U WiFi 6

Asus RT-AX88U - Simple yet Powerful


Last week we received a $300 gift card from our Newegg Business Account Executive. So, naturally I decided to spend it the same day on something I had my eyes on recently, the Asus RT-AX88U Dual Band 802.11ax (aka WiFi 6) WiFi Router.

I received it Saturday after ordering it Tuesday, which was awesome as per the usual I used the cheap free shipping. Immediately before the Michigan Football game I set it up, because I am impatient, especially with new tech toys.

https://youtu.be/OQLsYdFfKFE

Unboxing


First of all, the box the router comes in is huge. I was actually kinds surprised, however, it's definitely a large device as well as is packed in a nice presentable way!

 

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I'm not a super fancy YouTube unboxer, so these pictures are just mediocre, sorry about that! One thing worth mentioning though is that Asus included a document regarding updating drivers for Windows devices with Intel Wireless chipsets. We did have 1 device that had an issue initially, so don't blame the router, update your drivers!

Setup and Use


Right out of the box I did what anyone does and punched in 192.168.1.1 and was redirected to router.asus.com . Out of all of the features, the only one that truly stands out as otherwise unique was the ability to enable a dual WAN setup. Pleasant surprise since the box and all documentation for the Asus RT-AX88U indicates it's a 1x WAN and 8x LAN device. The portal allows you to provision 1 of the 1st 4 LAN ports for use as a WAN failover or load balancer!

[caption id="attachment_959" align="aligncenter" width="887"]Asus RT-AX88U Asus RT-AX88U admin portal[/caption]

The range on the Asus RT-AX88U is incredible. Previously I was relying on the WiFi access point AT&T provided as I wasn't sure what direction I planned to do with my home office, and what will be going with me to a true office space next year. Even with the 2 WiFi Range Extenders AT&T provided, coverage was pretty poor in my house which is just under 2,000sqft heated. Going out to the mailbox you were guaranteed to lose service regardless of use of 5ghz or 2.4ghz which is a pain for WiFi calls. Being anywhere in the house now I am guaranteed between 25dBm and 50dBm. Couple that with OFDMA and Asus claims you will receive up to 80% better range than 802.11ac (WiFi 5).

I am excited to get my hands on WiFi 6 client devices over the coming months to really experience the capabilities. All of the client devices currently on hand are WiFi 5, which is an exclamation point for buying the Asus RT-AX88U. You can get your Asus RT-AX88U from Newegg now for $349.99.


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