Asus RT-AC5300U Tri-Band 4×4 AC5300 Router

As we recently announced, Asus confirmed that the latest addition to the upper-end of their Wi-Fi AC family, the Asus RT-AC5300U, was going to be launched before the end of 2015.

Well, it’s out now and we’re going to round up all the features on board, and how they could possibly benefit you.

Asus RT-AC5300U Tri-Band Router
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Much like the also recently launched Asus RT-AC88U, there are online gaming aids available, including a free WTFast account and Adaptive QoS.

Asus RT-AC5300U Features

The more important features…

8 Features of the RT-AC5300U

Tri-Band With Smart Connect
Two 5GHz and a 2.4GHz = 3 wireless networks. Using Smart Connect, the RT-AC5300U intelligently balances your wifi clients over 3 bands, depending on how fast the device is, what band it works on and its signal.

There is up to 5.3Gbps theoretical speeds available across all three bands combined. Note though, that only 2.167Gbps is available to any one client (again theoretical – you could see up to 40% of these speeds in real terms, dependent on environmental factors, including furniture and interference from other wifi networks or appliances).

WTFast – For The Gamers
With a built in WTFast client, the 5300U can route your online gaming packets over the Internet via an optimal path.

This can help lower latency/reduce ping times, particularly if you don’t have the fastest Internet speeds.

AiProtection – Safeguard Your Network
Asus have installed AiProtection, which helps protect your network, as well as blocking users from accessing malicious sites. If any devices do happen to have a virus, the RT-AC5300U can stop already infected devices from spreading or sending personal data.

Fast Processor & Memory
A 1.4GHz CPU with 512MB of RAM is what Asus has stuffed on board to make sure all these features run nice and smoothly…

Link Aggregation
The RT-AC5300U lets you bundle two Ethernet ports together to form one logical link. This effectively doubles the Gbps throughput to a compatible wired node and adds resilience as well.

Especially useful for a centralized storage box, such as a NAS or file server. There are 4 LAN ports in total.


Asus RT-AC5300U Tri-Band Router Ports

More Ports!

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Not available on launch (but promised soon, within a firmware update) is MU-MIMO. Multiple wireless clients will be able to use MIMO technology concurrently to get the most out of the wireless network.

This is really good for networks with several wifi clients, particularly if they are at least relatively heavy users.

Adaptive QoS
Make sure you enable Adaptive QoS. This will give greater weight to certain traffic types, like gaming, streaming or Skype for example.

If you are the only gamer on your network, you can assign full bandwidth to yourself, helping to reduce that latency!

ASUSWRT Firmware
Easy three step setup process available along with fine tuning advanced features should you want to delve deeper.

Technical Specs

  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • WTFast
  • 1.4GHz Dual Core CPU
  • 8x External Antennas
  • 4×4 MU-MIMO
  • 1024-QAM
  • 1x USB 3.0 / 1x USB 2.0
  • 4x LAN Ports (with Link Aggregation)/ 1x WAN Ports

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