Asus have announced that they are to join Netgear in the world of ultra-fast Wi-Fi. The Asus RT-AC5300U Tri-Band wireless ac router will be their most powerful router to date and it is expected to be released by the end of 2015.
The RT-AC5300U is another step up from Asus’s previous big launches. In fact it combines the MU-MIMO capability from the RT-AC87U and Tri-Band from the RT-AC3200.
Asus RT-AC5300U Unconfirmed Features
This Tri-Band beast offers 3 bands. 2 bands are on 5GHz with 2.3Gbps data rates on each. The 3rd band, 2.4GHz has 1Gbps rates. These rates are of course, theoretical. Not just with the normal degradation of Wi-Fi propagation, but also due to the fact that it’s impossible to find clients that have the wireless hardware to cultivate the goods that these extremely powerful routers provide. At least that’s how things stand now. Some time in the future, clients (or adapters) may actually catch up to what the routers are currently pumping out.
That being said, these ultra-fast routers do tend to increase performance due to just having higher spec’d hardware, regardless of any possible wireless hardware differences. This is particularly the case within a network of high client numbers.
The RT-AC5300U will also include MU-MIMO technology with 4×4 spacial streams, supplied by Broadcom, which they call ‘Xstream’.
The Asus RT-AC5300U also has 256MB of RAM and a 1.4GHz dual core processor (BCM4709 – from Broadcom). There are also Broadcom manufactured radios on board.
Unlike the recently released Netgear Nighthawk X8 router – which also happens to be the RT-AC5300U’s nemesis, it has 8 external antennas (all dual band). These can be positioned or detached and replaced with antennas of your choosing.
Although Asus are going to give us the standard four 1Gbps LAN ports with a single WAN port, it feels almost like a slight anti-climax, following Netgear’s decision to provide 6 LAN ports with port bundling on the newly released Nighthawk X8 R8500. Oh well…
The Jury’s Out On Those Looks!
As you can see from the photo, it really is ‘different’ looking. We expect public opinion on its looks to be very much divided! We think it kind of looks like a futuristic robot spider – with its 8 legs, lol.