Asus RT-AC86U AiMesh Whole Home Wifi System

Why AiMesh

In mesh wireless network technology trend, when you need to upgrade your traditional wifi system consisting a wireless router to the mesh wifi system, it’s likely that you need to get rid of the wireless router and replace it with a bundle of mesh wireless router.

Typically a bundle of mesh wifi system consists of two or three mesh router and its satellites (range extender) such as Netgear Orbi, Asus Lyra, eero pro, Linksys Velop mesh wifi system and EnGenius EMR3000 whole home wifi system .




 
Instead of get rid of your existing wireless router to taste the mesh wifi system, Asus introduces AiMesh firmware – a whole home wifi system which is compatible with lines of Asus wifi routers including new Asus AC2900 RT-AC86U.

Asus RT-AC86U AC2900

Asus RT-AC86U  is a new lines of Asus wireless router which is compatible with AiMesh firmware and is AC2900 dual band gigabit Wi-Fi gaming router with MU-MIMO technology. And with your existing Asus wireless router with AiMesh compatible firmware you can create mesh wifi system like other out of the box mesh wifi system product like Asus Lyra or new eero three band whole system.

Asus RT-AC86U AC2900 router

Highlights

  • It’s a dual band wireless AC2900 router with AiMesh firmware
  • Speeds of up to 2167Mbps @5Ghz (4×4 MIMO) plus up to 750Mbps @2.4Ghz (3×3 MIMO)
  • 4×4 MU-MIMO technology and Beamforming
  • 3x external antennas and 1x 3dBi internal antenna
  • 1024-QAM high data rate and support 20/40/80 Mhz bandwidth
  • Powered by 1.8GHz dual core processor with 256MB flash and 512 Mbps RAM
  • 4x Gigabit LAN and 1x Gigabit WAN ports
  • 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0 ports
  • WTFast gamers private network
  • Built-in AirProtection network security system powered by Trend Micro

Which Asus wireless routers are compatible with AiMesh firmware? The following routers support this AiMesh firmware:

  • Asus AC1900 RT-AC68U, RT-AC1900, and RT-AC1900P
  • Asus AC2900 RT-AC86U,
  • Asus AC3100 RT-AC88U and Asus RT-AC3100
  • and Asus AC5300 RT-AC5300 wireless routers

Click here to learn more Asus RT-AC86U

you can setup two Asus RT-AC86U routers with AiMesh firmware ready to create high performance mesh wifi system in homes. However, with two unit AC86U routers you need to spend around $400 (each unit price in march 2018). And at the same time you can purchase Asus Lyra (3 packs) covering up to 6,000 sq ft of your home. Or you can purchase other model from Google mesh wifi system (3 pack) for around $260.

Asus AC86U vs Netgear AC2600 vs Linksys AC2600

Asus RT-AC86U can be combined with other AiMesh compatible Asus router to create the whole home mesh wifi system, this is an advantage. Now forget about the AiMesh firmware compatible, how this product is compared with competing products such as Netgear R7800-100NAS / Nighthawk X4s wireless router and Linksys EA8500 wireless routers? Both are based the same AC2600 network segment, slightly lower speed than Asus RT-AC86U.

Netgear AC2600

Netgear Nighthawk X4s

Take a look at the following spec comparison tables, table 1 represents spec comparison table between AC86U and Nighthawk X4s while table 2 shows spec comparison table between Asus and Linksys.

AiMesh and network protection

The main difference is the AiMesh / mesh wifi system capable only combined with other Asus AiMesh compatible routers and the built-in AiProtection network security protection powered by Trend Micro. This is an advantage compared with the other two competing products offered by Linksys EA8500 and Nighthawk X4s.

linksys ea8500 router

Linksys EA8500 AC2600 router

The other difference is the built-in dual core processor clock speeds, the hardware performance driving each of the router.

Table 1 Asus RT-AC86U vs Netgear

  Asus RT-AC86U Netgear Nighthawk X4s (R7800-100NAS)
Wifi Wireless AC2900 dual band Wireless AC2600 dual band
Wifi speeds ~2167Mbps @5Ghz plus ~750Mbps @2.4Ghz ~1733Mbps @5Ghz plus ~800Mbps @2.4Ghz
MU-MIMO Yes, 4×4 MU-MIMO Yes, 4×4 MU-MIMO
Beamforming Yes Yes
Antennas 3x external antennas 1x 3dBi internal antennas 4x high performance external antennas
Ethernet Ports Gigabit Ethernet ports (1x WAN; 4x LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports (1x WAN; 4x LAN)
USB Ports 1x USB 3.0; 1x USB 2.0 2x USB 3.0 and eSATA port
Protection Asus AiProtection power by Trend Micro N/A
Processor 1.8GHz dual core processor with 256Mb flash and 512MB RAM 1.7Ghz dual core processor with 128Mb flash and 512MB RAM
Mesh wifi support Yes, with AiMesh compatible firmware router N/A
Price $199.99 $199.99

 

Table 2 Asus RT-AC86U vs Linksys

  Asus RT-AC86U Linksys EA8500
Wifi Wireless AC2900 dual band Wireless AC2600 dual band
Wifi speeds ~2167Mbps @5Ghz plus ~750Mbps @2.4Ghz ~1733Mbps @5Ghz plus ~800Mbps @2.4Ghz
MU-MIMO Yes, 4×4 MU-MIMO Yes, 4×4 MU-MIMO
Beamforming Yes Yes
Antennas 3x external antennas 1x 3dBi internal antennas 4x adjustable antennas
Ethernet Ports Gigabit Ethernet ports (1x WAN; 4x LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports (1x WAN; 4x LAN)
USB Ports 1x USB 3.0; 1x USB 2.0 USB 3.0 and combo USB 2.0 /eSATA ports
Protection Asus AiProtection power by Trend Micro N/A
Processor 1.8GHz dual core processor with 256Mb flash and 512MB RAM 1.4Ghz dual core processor
Mesh wifi support Yes, with AiMesh compatible firmware router N/A
Price $199.99 $159.00

To learn more spec details, current price and rating in Amazon click the spec link details below:

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