Ok, so what are the best AC2400 routers for 2017? Well, there’s not a whole lot of choice , so perhaps this won’t take too long to answer! Basically, there are only two AC2400 routers available at time of writing.
What are they?
Well, one is the Asus RT-AC87U. The other is the Linksys E8350.
Time to take a look at them both…
The Asus RT-AC87U – A Popular AC2400 Choice
Asus launched the RT-AC87U late last year >>> Full Asus RT-AC87U Review
It’s within the upper-end of the scale when it comes to price. That’s to be expected, given the specifications.
The Linksys E8350 came out not long after >>> Full Linksys E8350 Review
The Linksys E8350 AC2400 Router
What Do The Best AC2400 Routers Have In Common?
So what do these two bad boys have in common?
Multi User – Multiple In Multiple Out, to give its full term, introduces MIMO to multiple clients at the same time.
Traditional MIMO, which has been around since the days on Wireless N, can only give its benefits to one client at any one time.
Although MU-MIMO client radios aren’t available just yet, they will be very soon.
Dual Core CPU’s
Both the E8350 and the RT-AC87U have dual core processors.
The E8350 has a 1.4GHz processor, while the Asus equivalent has just a 1GHz dual core, but also has a 2nd dual core, which is designed purely to look after 5GHz Wi-Fi tasks.
Linksys E8350 Ports
Dual USB Ports
Each router has a USB 3.0 port and a second USB 2.0 port.
Where the E8350 comes into its own is the USB 2.0 port that doubles up as an eSATA port as well – very useful indeed!
Adjustable Antennas – 4 Of Them
There are four antennas that can be fully adjusted to fit in with your surroundings. Or if you really want, replace them with antennas of your choice.
4×4 Quad Stream (Four Spatial Streams)
Four spatial streams are exclusive to the .11ac world. With more spatial streams comes more refined traffic flows, increasing Wi-Fi speeds considerably.
There are no 4×4 wireless clients available just yet. However, you can bridge with another 4×4 router and potentially hit real speeds over 1Gbps! Not bad, eh?
Beamforming – Improving Coverage
Wi-Fi coverage increases. Reliability improves. Speeds rise. These are the advantages of beamforming.
There’s no point sending signals out in all directions, all the time…it’s a bit of a waste. Beamforming sends directional signal to the client, only as and when it needs it.
Quality of Service
Make sure your fragile Internet traffic is given some protection with Quality of Service.
Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Both routers have 1Gbps ports – 4x LAN & 1 WAN.
With the Asus however, there is the option to ‘borrow’ one of the LAN ports. Useful if you have a backup modem, and you want to connect to that in the event of an ISP failure on your primary Internet connection.
You can also bundle 2 LAN ports for resilience or to double speed to a particular wired Ethernet device – a server or NAS box perhaps?
Just Exactly What Does AC2400 Mean?
AC2400 is a cumulative data rate spread over all Wi-Fi bands.
In the case of these two routers, 1.8Gbps is dedicated for the AC, and 600Mbps for Wi-Fi ‘N’.
It really is that simple. It’s more of an ‘easy to remember’ or ‘catchy’ marketing term for a router with a certain amount of cumulative data rate.
Best AC2400 Routers – Quick Reminder
The Asus router – designed to look like a stealth bomber.
The Linksys is slightly cheaper than the Asus, but pretty much does the same job.
Do you agree/disagree? Why not comment below and let us know what you think…
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