We recently ran a breakdown of all the popular Netgear routers on the market today (you can read more here).
Rated Asus Routers
As that article seems to be very popular, we thought it was time to write another. This time based around Asus.
Asus have launched a couple of ‘big players’ in recent months, in direct competition with the Nighthawk range of routers.
Asus Wifi Router Reviews 2019
Well I guess you want to see a list of the best Asus routers around on the market today. Well, today is your lucky day 😉
Here are the best routers from the Asus paddock…
Asus RT-AC88U AC3100 Router
Released towards the back-end of 2015, the RT-AC88U is the follow-up to the very popular 87U.
It has 1024-QAM technology (dubbed ‘NitroQAM’), boosting up wifi speeds for an improved connectivity experience overall.
Are you a gamer? The RT-AC88U comes bundled with a free version of WTFast (What The Fast – Gamers Private Network). WTFast helps you crush your online opponents by routing your gaming packets across an optimized path through the Internet to your intended game servers.
It also has Link Aggregation, so you can port bundle two LAN ports together as one. Doubling throughput and increasing resilience. Definitely one for the NAS crew out there!
RT-AC88U Key Features
– NitroQAM 1024-QAM
– MU-MIMO Ready
– Link Aggregation
– 8x LAN ports
– 1.4GHz Dual Core CPU
– Adaptive QoS
– Ai Protection
– AsusWRT Interface
– Smart Connect
Asus RT-AC5300U AC5300 Tri Band Router
Asus’s most powerful router is here….the RT-AC5300U. Yup, that’s right AC5300 – so that’s 5.3Gbps (theoretical of course) over 3 bands (Tri-Band).
Just like the RT-AC88U above, this has WTFast for the gamers. Oh, and AiProtection (virus scanning on the fly) and it’s MU-MIMO ready.
All-in-all very similar to the 88U
X6 Key Features
– Tri Band Wifi
– Dual Core CPU (1.4GHz)
– Ai Protection
– USB 3.0 & USB 2.0 Ports
– 4x Gbps LAN / 1x Gbps WAN Port
– WTFast network
Asus RT-AC87U AC2400N Router
The Asus RT-AC87U AC2400 router was at one time Asus’s fastest router available. It was the talk of the town a couple of years ago.
It still stands up well now in the era of AC5300 wireless. Ok, it is by no means the latest and greatest, but because of this, the prices have dropped off significantly, and it can be picked up for a bargain (around $200 at time of writing)
– 1GHz dual core processing unit
– 4x Detachable Antennas
– Multiple Guest Networks
Asus RT-AC3200 Router
And finally, we have the predecessor to the aforementioned RT-AC5300U….the RT-AC3200.
This was Asus’s first venture into the Tri-Band market. Just like the RT-AC87U, it can be picked up for a bit of a bargain these days.
Asus RT-AC3200 Key Features
– Tri-Band Wi-Fi. 2x 1.3Gbps on 5GHz and 600Mbps on 2.4GHz
– 1GHz Dual Core CPU
– USB 3.0 & USB 2.0 ports
– Adaptive Quality of Service
– ASUSWRT User Interface
– Guest Network options
– Smart Connect
Asus RT-AC68U & RT-AC66U AC Routers
Asus RT-AC68U AC1900
Ok, so we lied! There are more routers for you guys to have a look at.
These two (RTAC66U & RT-AC68U) are the first Wireless AC routers that Asus launched. They are still really good routers for most people out there, and once again, can be picked up a lot cheaper than what they were when they first came out!
Asus RT-AC66U AC1750
Asus RT-AC88U vs RT-AC5300U vs RT-AC87U vs RT-AC3200 vs RT-AC68U vs RT-AC66U WiFi Routers
Ok, so it’s decision time. You’ve read through and considered all the various options.
Well, there’s no easy way to put this, but we can’t make the decision for you! 😉
Lol, in all seriousness, choosing the right router can be challenging. This first thing to consider is your budget. How much are you willing to spend? If money is no object, then go for whatever you like. You may want the latest and greatest (88U or 5300U), but if you want an all-round good router, that doesn’t break the bank, then perhaps consider one of the older routers now that they’re dropping in price).
And if you don’t want an Asus, you could always consider the ‘arch enemy’ and pick a Netgear router (or a Linksys/D-Link for that matter).
You could do a lot worse that the X8. Again, this delves into the territory of ‘money is no object’…