Redefining Speed : How fast is ASUS RT-AC87U exactly?

Introduction

When it comes to networking products, ASUS has focused much on performance and aesthetics for their recent offerings. Their strategy has led to much of their success in the networking space in Singapore, winning the hearts of many who desire the ultimate network performance for their home/office. Today, we take a quick look at the latest and greatest ASUS RT-AC87U wireless router.

ASUS RT-AC87U means business. It has the best hardware equipped for unmatched performance. If you are thinking about Gigabit wireless speeds, the RT-AC87U could be what you have been looking for all along. I'm not even joking!

Specifications 

Specifications

Network Standards
IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac, IPv4, IPv4
Product Segment
AC2400 ultimate AC performance: 600+1734Mbps
Data Rate
802.11a : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54Mbps
802.11b : 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps
802.11g : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54Mbps
802.11n : up to 450Mbps
802.11n TurboQAM
up to600Mbps
802.11ac: up to 1734Mbps
Antenna
External antenna x 4
Operating Frequency
2.4GHz/5GHz
Encryption
64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprise , WPA2-Enterprise , WPS support
VPN Support
IPSec Pass-Throuth
PPTP Pass-Through
L2TP Pass-Through
PPTP server
OpenVPN server
PPTP client
L2TP client
OpenVPN client
WAN
Internet connection type : Automatic IP, Static IP, PPPoE(MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP
Dual Link support
WAN Bridge support
Multicast Proxy support
Multicast Rate Setting support
Ports
4 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000/Gigabits BaseT for LAN, 1 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000/Gigabits BaseT for WAN
USB 2.0 x 1
USB 3.0 x 1
Buttons
WPS Button, Reset Button, Power Switch, Wireless on/off Button, LED on/off Button
Dimensions
289.5 x 167.6 x 47.5 mm (WxDxH)

The ASUS RT-AC87U is the fastest Wireless AC Router we've seen so far. It is the world's first Wireless router with a 4-stream multi-user MIMO antenna design that promises the best range and coverage. As compared to previous 3 antenna designs, the RT-AC87U is to said to performance 33% better. As an AC2400 class router, this piece of networking art also has the capabilities to reach 1734Mbps on the 5GHz band. That's also a third faster than previous AC1900 wireless routers. In case you did not realise, it's in fact faster than a usual wired connection at 1Gbps! *mind blown*


Design and Aesthetics



LED Button and Wi-Fi Button
ASUS has made it easy to turn off all LED lights on the router with a dedicated button. Forget about the annoying LED light that's affecting your sleep. It is now possible to switch it off with a simple press of a button. This is the same for the Wi-Fi swtich. You can disconnect/connect the wireless connection of your router with the button as well.


Nicely hidden under the dust cover is a USB 3.0 port. The cover not only prevent dust from going into the USB port, it also gives the router a complete and streamlined look from the front.

At the back we can see a number of ports and switches, together with 4 x detachable antennas. On the right most, there is a power switch, followed by an on-off switch.


Next, there are 4 x Gigabit ethernet port that allows you to connect computers via a UTP cable for the best connection speeds.


Moving on, there is a Gigabit WAN port, WPS button and lastly, a USB 2.0 port.


The top of the router engineered with a matt finish, similar to the design of a ASUS ROG Gaming laptop. I believe that there are some design aspects that are based on the ASUS ROG series Gaming laptop which promises the best heat dissipation capabilities, yet not compromising aesthetics.

Setting Up

ASUS routers are said to be extremely easy to setup. It is in fact, almost plug and play. Simply plug the ethernet cable into the WAN port to start sharing internet connection wirelessly throughout the home network.




 Upon first use of the router, the web browser will open up with the initial settings of the RT-AC87U router. The simple "run through" setup from the router will guide you with the setup process in seconds. Simply setup the web portal username and password, then the Wi-Fi SSID and authentication settings. You're ready to go once that is done! Additionally, the router is made to be compatible with all major Internet Service Providers in Singapore. You will be sure that this router will definitely work!

Performance


Setup:
ASUS RT-AC87 Wireless AC2400 Router
ASUS PCE-AC68 Wireless AC Receiver
SingTel 150Mbps Fibre Plan
Wireless AC with RT-AC87U

Wireless N with Pace Router from SingTel
Gigabit LAN connection via Pace SingTel router


Wireless AC File Transfer Speed : 1.5GB file in 30 seconds!

What?! Wireless AC speeds on the ASUS RT-AC87U is that fast? As seen on the screenshots above, The wireless speeds on the router is on par compared to the Gigabit LAN speed. Who needs a wired connection when a wireless connection can reach the same speeds? As compared to a usual Wireless N setup, the the ASUS RT-AC87U smothers the SingTel's Pace router. How I wish I could have a even faster internet connection from my ISP..

It's the first time we are seeing such fast wireless file transfer speed from a server to our local desktop. It seems that the hard drive storing the file is bottlenecking the speed of the transfer. Can you even imagine how much faster the transfer will be if a SSD is used to house the files instead?

Conclusion

The ASUS RT-AC87U is the world's fastest wireless router. Other than its speed, its design, ease of set up and featured packed software also makes it one of the best routers available to consumers. 

Additionally, we've heard that a new firmware will be out very soon which promises even faster wireless speeds. With frequent firmware updates to the RT-AC87U showing the dedication of ASUS engineers to the product, it is certain that this router will be selling like hot cakes...only if it was a bit cheaper. Of course, this good piece of technology is worth its price tag for someone who yearns for the best out of the best. RT-AC87U retails at $399(SGD) with a limited 3 years warranty. Other than it being a bit costly for the middle class, there is no complains that we have about this high end piece of networking device.

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