ASUS RT-AX88U Next-Gen WiFi 6 AX6000 Router

Asus introduces new wifi6 router – Asus RT-AX88U Wifi6 Ax6000 router. How good technically it is compared with TP-link Archer wifi6 ax6000 router?

ASUS RT-AX88U

Wifi6 technology – the 6th generation of wireless technology is promising to allow you to accommodate all the growing numbers of IoT (Internet of Things) devices in homes that demand wider bandwidth of internet network.

Netgear introduces Nighthawk Ax8 (RAX80) wifi6 ac6000 with 8 data streams and Nighthawk Ax12 (RAX120) with 12 data streams, TP-link introduces TP-link Archer AX6000 router and this one Asus comes with Asus RT-AX88U wifi6 router.

The model is designed like its previous AC dual band router – the Asus RT-AC88U dual band AC3100 router with four external antennas. And this product is equipped with four external antennas.

Asus RT-AX88U Wifi6 AX6000 Router

What this product does

With the emerging of new technologies adopted by new Smart phones, Laptops, Internet TV, game consoles which demand wider bandwidth for faster data throughput, when you have them in home then Asus RT-AX88U is your choice. We’ll compare this asus rt-ax88u with tp-link ax6000 router.

Why should you replace with the latest generation of WiFi6 technology, because any Wi-Fi devices at your home will be assured able to connect to the wifi6 router considering almost every latest generation of wifi technology is designed to be backward compatible with previous wifi technology. Wifi6 (802.11ax) can be backward compatible with 802.11ac or 802.11b / g / n. so there is no reason to worry that your device is not compatible with wifi6.

High speed

Asus RT-AX88U is lightning fast, all your wifi devices connect solidly and also moving between nodes seamlessly when you configure it as mesh whole home together with any other compatible Asus AiMesh routers.

It delivers wifi speeds of total up to 6,000Mbps with data rate:

802.11ac (5GHz) : up to 4333 Mbps with compatible wireless ac devices
802.11ax (2.4GHz) : up to 1148 Mbps
802.11ax (5GHz) : up to 4804 Mbps

So far, wifi6 speeds applied to other wifi6 routers including TP-link Archer Ax6000 and Nighthawk Ax8 are technically the same as of up to 6,000Mbps dual band.

Ethernet Ports

Even though the number of Ethernet LAN ports either Asus and TP-link Archer is the same (8x Gigabit LAN ports), there is a slightly different with the WAN port. Asus offers standard Gigabit (1,000/100/10Mbps) WAN port for modem connection, on the other hand TP-link WAN port support high speed up to 2.5Gbps WAN port. Of course, if your internet plan service connection is still below 1Gbps, it has no effect, unless your modem and internet service is more than 1Gbps, your connection to the modem will not experience bottlenecks.

And one more thing, Asus supports two LAN ports aggregated faster two Gigs link, but Archer doesn’t.    

Mesh wifi system

Unlike other wifi6 models including Netgear Rax80 or TP-link Archer Ax6000, Asus RT-AX88U can connect to other compatible Asus AiMesh routers to form a mesh wifi system to allow your devices to connect seamlessly from one node to the others with the same SSID name like normally mesh wifi system.

Today, Linksys also introduces new linksys mr8300 mesh wifi router that can act as the main router for all other linksys velop nodes to form as a mesh wifi system.

AiProtection

Asus RT-AX88U is protected by Asus AiProtection network security powered by Trend Micro, a free commercial-grade network protection. If you compared Asus vs TP-link Archer you can find that Archer wifi6 router also comes with TP-link Home-Care which is also powered by Trend Micro.

Highlights

  • Ultra speed wifi6 802.11ax for stunning wifi speed up to 6,000Mbps
  • Whole home coverage with Asus AiMesh routers to create mesh wifi system for seamless roaming within nodes
  • Easy to setup
  • Life-time free commercial-grade AiProtection network security, advanced internet security and parental control powered by Trend Micro
  • Adaptive QoS for game packets prioritization for smoother online gaming in addition of built-in WTFAST     
  • Embedded with 8 Gigabit LAN Ethernet ports support link aggregation (802.3ad), 1x Gigabit WAN port
  • 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
  • 4x external antennas
  • Backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi devices

Cons

  • No default password for both wifi and router, you need to change the passwords immediately
  • Body is big, it takes larger space

Asus RT-AX88U is currently tagged with the price around $349.99 in Amazon (Aug 2019), compared with TP-link Archer Ax6000 which is around $303.00 and Netgear RAX80 is tagged around $359.00.

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Asus rt-ax88u vs tp-link archer ax6000

To make it easier to understand the specs differences between the two products, table 1 displays the spec comparison between Asus and TP links.

Physically the two are different, Asus with 4 external antennas while TP links with 8 external antennas. Both Asus rt-ax88u and tp link archer ax6000 are also equipped with the same 9 Ethernet ports, only different WAN ports.

Table 1 Asus rt-ax88u vs tp link archer ax6000

Model Asus rt-ax88u TP-link archer ax6000
Wifi technology Wifi6 ax6000 dual-band supports 160MHz bandwidth and 1024-QAM Wifi6 ax6000 dual-band supports 160MHz bandwidth and 1024-QAM
Wifi speeds Up to 6,000 mbps (up to 4804Mbps @5GHz + 1148Mbps @2.4Ghz) Up to 6,000 mbps (up to 4804Mbps @5GHz + 1148Mbps @2.4Ghz)
Antennas 4x external antennas 8 High-Performance External Antennas
Ethernet ports 1x Gigabit WAN port + 8x Gigabit LAN ports 8x 1G/100M/10M LAN Ports, 1x 2.5G/2G/1G/100M WAN Port
USB ports 2x USB 3.1 gen 1 1x USB-type A 3.0 Port + 1x USB-type C 3.0 Port
Processor 1.8 GHz quad-core processor; 256 MB Flash, 1 GB RAM 1.8 GHz 64-bit quad-core processor; and 2 co-processors; 256 MB Flash, 1 GB RAM
Operation modes Wireless router mode Access point mode Media bridge mode Wireless router
Other features Adaptive QoS WTFast Gamers Private Network AiProtection Pro advanced antimalware service powered by Trend MicroTM, delivering Antivirus, Parental Controls and QoS; TP-Link HomeCare (3-years free subscription)
Price $349.99 $303.00

Related products

For gamers in mind, you may try Netgear Nighthawk XR700 wifi-ad gaming router with wireless AD based technology, or gaming router offered by TP-link – Archer C5400x gaming router.

For home users that prefer compact product you may consider Netgear C7500-100nas cable modem with wifi router a high speed wifi ac3200 router with built-in 24×8 DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem. For affordable mesh wifi system see Meshforce m3 vs linksys velop.

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