Asus Rt-ax86u ax5700 Wifi-6 Gaming Router vs Linksys ax6000

Asus releases another series of wifi-6 router – Asus rt-ax86u ax5700 wifi-6 gaming router, an addition of Asus rt-ax82u ax5400 wireless-6 mobile gaming router. How good it’s compared with Linksys mr9600?

What this product does

Asus rt-ax86u is designed as a wireless gaming router for online gaming with your desktop or game console or online gaming with your mobile / phone devices. Actually Asus also releases another model Asus rt-ax82u which is specially designed for mobile gaming, even though you can also play online gaming with your game console as good as mobile gaming. What are the spec differences between these two wifi-6 gaming routers?

Asus rt-ax86u ax5700 router
Asus rt-ax86u ax5700 router

Asus rt-ax86u vs rt-ax82u

The price difference between the two models is not too much; rt-ax86u is tagged with around $20 more expensive than rt-ax82u. to learn more details what the spec differences between the two models, table 1 below shows you spec comparison table between ax82u and ax86u.

Wifi

The first difference is the number of streams @2.4GHz radio band, ax86u delivers 3×3 MU-MIMO streams @2.4GHz radio band while ax82u is 2×2 MU-MIMO. So aggregated speeds @2.4GHz is also different as shown on wifi speeds row in the table 1. On the radio band @ 5GHz both models provide the same speed up to 4804Mbps, 4×4 MU-MIMO like other ax6000 wifi-6 routers in general such as Linksys mr9600 ax6000 router which also comes with 4×4 MU-MIMO @5GHz band.

Your desktop computers with wifi-6 adapter such as Archer tx3000x PCI-e adapter connect optimally with both routers up to 2400Mbps @5GHz band. 

To support signal coverage there is slightly different in antenna design where the ax86u does not design four external antennas like the ax82u, but one antenna is onboard internal and certainly does not reduce the coverage considering this model is in the form of a tower factor.

Port interfaces

There is another difference in the number of Ethernet ports from each model where ax86u is equipped with 6x gigabit ports while ax82u is only 5x gigabit ports. With ax82u model there is one LAN port specifically designed as LAN port with gaming priority. You can connect your game console to this port and it will get priority game traffic automatically.

Unlike ax82u, Asus rt-ax86u comes with separate 2.5Gbps auto sensing multi-gigabit port which can be used either as a WAN or LAN port with multi-gigabit speeds. You may compare with other Asus model – the Asus rt-ax89x which comes with 10Gbps BaseT for WAN/LAN port.

Table 1 Asus rt-ax86u vs ax82u

ModelAsus rt-ax86uAsus rt-ax82u
WifiSimultaneous dual band ax5700Simultaneous dual band ax5400
Wifi speeds4804Mbps @5GHz 4×4 and up to 861Mbps @2.4GHz 3×34804Mbps @5GHz  4×4 574Mbps @2.4GHz  2×2
Antennas3x external antennas 1x Internal PCB Antenna 4x External antennas
Ethernet ports1x Gigabit WAN port 1x 2.5G BaseT for WAN/LAN 4x Gigabit LAN ports1x Gigabit WAN port 3x Gigabit LAN port 1x Gigabit gaming port
USB port2x USB 3.2 gen 11x USB 3.2 gen 1
Processor1.8 GHz quad-core processor 256 MB Flash + 1 GB RAM1.5Gz tri-core processor 256 MB flash + 512 MB RAM
Price$249.99$229.00

There is apparent difference from the physical appearance where the ax82U is equipped with Aura RGB which can display colorful lighting that can be customized via the Asus router app, and you can turn it off if you don’t like the colorful rays of this Aura rgb.

Technically, Asus rt-ax86u comes with higher spec than rt-ax82u, even though ax82u add a unique Aura rgb lighting display.

Asus rt-ax86U vs Linksys mr9600

How good Asus rt-ax86u is compared with one of its competing similar products such as Linksys mr9600 wireless ax6000 router which the price is more expensive? See also lower model of Linksys mr7350 ax1800 wifi6 router.

Linksys mr9600 ax6000 router
Linksys mr9600 ax6000 router

Table 2 shows you spec comparison table between Asus rt-ax86u and Linksys mr9600 ax6000 router. See that not many spec differences between the two products. Number of data streams each of the product can deliver is different @2.4GHz band. Linksys mr9600 ax6000 comes with 4×4 MU-MIMO while rt-ax86u comes in 3×3 MU-MIMO. Both ax86u and mr9600 are also ready with new wireless security encryption – WPA3.

Port interfaces

Although these two products are equipped with the same two USB 3.0 ports, the number of Ethernet ports is different. The RT-ax86u is equipped with a multi-gig 2.5Gbps port you can use it either as LAN or WAN port in addition to the same 5x Gigabit Ethernet LAN and WAN ports. If you subscribe to a multi-gig speed fiber optic, the 2.5Gbps port can be used as a WAN port connected to your ISP. You can also use this multi-gig port to connect to a NAS with the same multi-gig connection such as QNAP TS-932PX-4G-US that supports 2x 2.5Gbps LAN ports.

Asus rt-ax86u port interfaces
Asus rt-ax86u port interfaces

The processor type embedded in each the product is the also the same, quad core 1.8GHz processor. Take a look at the following spec comparison table between Asus ax5700 and Linksys ax6000 wireless routers below.

Table 2 Asus rt-ax86u vs Linksys mr9600

ModelAsus rt-ax86u  Linksys mr9600
WifiSimultaneous dual band ax5700  with MU-MIMO 2.4 GHz 3 x 3 5 GHz 4 x 4Simultaneous dual band ax6000 With 4×4 MU-MIMO  
Wifi speeds802.11ac (1024 QAM) : up to 4333 Mbps 802.11ax (2.4GHz) : up to 861 Mbps 802.11ax (5GHz) : up to 4804 Mbps802.11ax (2.4GHz) : up to 1147 Mbps 802.11ax (5GHz) : up to 4804 Mbps
AntennasExternal antenna x 3 Internal PCB antenna x 14x adjustable external antennas
Ethernet PortsRJ45 for 10/100/1000 BaseT for WAN x 1, RJ45 for 10/100/1000 BaseT for LAN x 4, RJ45 for 2.5G BaseT for WAN/LAN x 11x Gigabit WAN port 4x Gigabit LAN ports
USB2x USB 3.2 Gen 12x USB 3.0 ports
Processor1.8 GHz quad-core processor Memory 256 MB Flash, 1 GB RAM1.8 GHz quad-core processor  
FeaturesAsus AiMesh support Asus AiProtection Pro by Trend Micro WPA3 support WPA2/WPA3 Mixed Personal
Price (Sep 2020 in Amazon)$249.99$399.99

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