Good when it runs
I “upgraded”from a 68U to the 88U. The 88U struggled on 2.4. not good if you have plugged in to a safety switch and an electrical storm comes thru as that was the end of them both. Works well otherwise. Better with mesh. Returning back to HN again inside a year for replacement. 68U backup still works
Purchased for $400.00.
Connectivity is superb, we avoided the fiasco that is the NBN and went with Optus 4G
Dropouts are very, very rare.
Management ranges from simple to complex, I have 2 mesh repeaters and wanted to flood the house with signal.
Purchased in September 2020.
Tried 2, both are broken
After deciding that my old trusty Netgear router was struggling with all my devices, I thought I'd upgrade to the Asus ac88u. Got the router and it was great for about 15 minutes. I tried all the settings and factory reset it a few times but after 2 days it completely failed. I got a replacement and it seems to last about 20 minutes before dropping out. This is officially the worst product I have ever purchased.
Purchased in October 2019.
I recently purchased the ASUS RT-AC88U Dual Band AC3100 Gigabit Router I have found this product to be perfect for my needs it offers gigabit wired networking and fantastic other features like being able to have a hard drive connected to be able to do mac back up It also is grate for gaming and has a feature to speed up the connection for gaming networks it is fairly easy to set up and if you do run into problems there are plenty of YouTube videos from asus and others that will walk you through the setup highly recommend this product
Purchased in July 2019 at Umart Online.
Great upgrade from RT68U (update added 29APR2020)
Only had a few weeks now but big improvement over my previous network setup. I was running two RT68U, one as a repeater. I am still using one 68U as a repeater but the 88U is my main router. I run 9 security cameras and many other wifi and hard wired devices. When I added my last two cameras I started having trouble with my cameras, tried a lot of things to the point reduced resolution on some of the cameras. Decided to upgrade main router and it is like night and day now. All my cameras are working great now, my signal strength has improved an...d my wifi speeds are maxing out to my paid speeds from my NBN service any part of the house now. I have been using Asus routers now for several years and am comfortable with the interface of the mobile app and browser page. The router offers way more features than I use also I am using Merlin firmware. I have been using Merlin for awhile now so even with the new router I decided to continue to use it. Not saying the Asus firmware is not any good , but Merlin is very popular with geeks everywhere so I just continue to use it. My only negative is I think they are overpriced considering this router was released several years ago, Asus currently has a promotion for routers at the moment but this unit is not in the promotion, the 86U is which is a newer router, but the main reason I did not buy one of those is the fact it only had 4 ports on the unit as well I not justify spending the money on the new AX style of routers especially when I do not see myself having any devices with AX wifi for a few years . I love the flexibility of having 8 ports on the back, the size of the unit does not bother me and so far so good. I figured I should add an update here, has nearly been a year and the 88U is still going good. I have been running merlin 3rd party software and have noticed over the last few months some issues with my router/repeater 68U losing connection and also my IP security cameras were having connection issues. I thought that my old 68U router was failing but first I rolled back both routers to Asus firmware and now I am running the AIMESH system that Asus offers. I have now added another of my old 68U routers into my shed and easily added it to the AIMESH system. It has simplified my network and all my cameras are stable now and the Asus app works very well and easy to use.
Purchased in June 2019 at MSY Technology for $379.00.
How satisfied are you with the connectivity of the modem/router to your devices?
How often do you get dropouts that are fixed by resetting the modem / router (ie. the ISP is not at fault)?
None that ive noticed.
How difficult is it to set up and manage this modem / router?
pretty easy if you have a bit of background knowledge i use the ISP modem as a bridge.
Ton of features and great range. I haven't had a single drop out or Reboot needed since switching from a Dlink taipan. It also just smashes the d'link in feature set and range. The extra LAN ports is also great for homes with a fair bit of Ethernet wiring.
Not the prettiest thing but I don't care as long as it works. That said, their customer support pages are terrible so I hope I don't have to use them.
Reliable High Performance Router
This router performs very reliably and has no trouble at all downloading at 50mbps on NBN, or streaming or file sharing between the 7 other devices on my network. I installed the Merlin custom firmware for some extra features, but it really has everything most users would need with the stock firmware, including the VPN client functionality which is so convenient. The speed and range are excellent on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. I really don't think you can go wrong with this router.
I've had a great experience with the AC68U I had high hopes for the AC3200. I've read a few things about sketchy setup issues and dropped connections so was a little nervous. Anyway, I followed the directions to first set it up and immediately download the latest firmware. First note is that I did the quick setup and that worked great. It prompted for the firmware upgrade and I did it. After doing it, I reset configuration back to factory default using the Web GUI. This ensures settings with the latest firmware are addressed in the config file. I've had stable connection and I've seen a performance improvement over the AC68U. For a single router system I highly recommended it.
Good router with great range
This router is awesome. No connection drops and a great range. Bonus is that it has a futuristic love it or hate it design, and I absolutely love it. Sad thing is that it does not have an inbuilt modem, wherein I still have to use Optus’ Junkbox to connect with NBN. Beside this, the product is highly recommended
Power at ur fingertips. Great modem router
-Consistent and reliable
-Can't use ddwrt or other custom firmware on this device because it's adsl modem ...
3yr warranty, you may need it.
3 stars as it was a great unit while it worked, but...
1st RT-AC88U lasted ~6 months before dropping the 5Gwifi band permanently. Factory reset and rescue mode was unsuccessful. Returned to reseller.
2nd RT-AC88U lasted 4 hours before dropping the 2.4Gwifi band permanently. Factory reset and rescue mode was unsuccessful. Returned to reseller.
We have swapped to a RT-AC68U which looks to be a more reliable unit, only time will tell.
A fantastic router
I have been using the router for a while and I can not fault it. The Wi-Fi range is great yet no outstanding. I installed Merlin on it and it runs with no complaints. The software comes with a bunuch of very useful features (not only for geeks). If I had to purchase it again I would not think twice.
Perfomance, looks & features, but not actual function or operation!
This is as stated a outstanding router with lots of features, however it still cannot stay connected to my WiFi attached Xerox 625dw office printer no matter how it is configured! I have rung and put in a please fix asap with Asus lady stating, "you will get a confirm email contact and progress", um, when? Never arrived! In contrast my previous router had no issues with this same printer with its same WiFi settings. This also applies to a WiFi connected product called Voyager Air 2 which will not stay connected either. Also 88U has a few other ...things that just dont work and DO NOT use the Asus android app, espically child time programming, it just wipes any settings done via the normal GUI, gone, and to make matters worse, dosent store any changes made using the app either!!!! Using a android tablet, browser, one CANNOT move items in QoS customize as example. It is very sad that such a pricey, the best product of Asus is let down by its very basic of operation! I still can't print! Asus keep adding wonderfull NEW features like Asus mesh while missing the ones that still DONT WORK! And still keeps saying in log 'WAN reconnecting, WAN restored' over and over, um from what on NBN FTTP? How long is it going to take Mr. Asus to get this all fixed?
Good solid high performance router
I am using this router on my 100/40 NBN connection. It's wifi coverage and performance is great. It also has a lot of security features that most family needs. For more demanding user, there is also custom firmware available which makes the router even more flexible.
I only give 4 starts because the router seems to slow down the connection over a number of days. I am hoping that the latest firmware fixes this.
|Frequency Band||Dual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)|
|Features||Beamforming, Built-In Malware / Anti-Virus Protection, External Antennas, Mesh Compatible, Mobile App Control, Parental Controls and Quality of Service|
|Maximum Wireless Speed||2,167 Mbps|
|Number of Ethernet Ports||1|
|Wi-Fi Standard||802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g and 802.11 n|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
|Smart Home Compatibility||Amazon Alexa and IFTTT|
|Dimensions||24 x 118 x 74 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)|
- MPN: RT-AC88U
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