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?
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.
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.
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 Archer Ax6000 and Nighthawk Ax8 are technically the same as of up to 6,000Mbps dual band.
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. 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.
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.
- 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
- 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 $339.99 in Amazon (March 2019), compared with TP-link Archer Ax6000 which is around $350.00 and Netgear RAX80 is tagged around $399.00.
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.