Asus RT-AX88U – Asus Aimesh Routers

Apparently, if you are being entertained with the news all around the router industry. And, you might know that the market still does not contain the latest WiFi 6 routers. However, the ASUS RT-AX88U Asus Aimesh Routers falls in the category of the best Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ routers in the market.

So, if everything in the router industry works smoothly, then in the forthcoming years, we will be entertained with great new technology. Apparently, the ASUS RT-AX88U Wifi router comprises of some superior latest technology. The most interesting and the most significant technology that I will love to mentions if 802.11ax circuitry.

Despite, these best Asus AiMesh routers have the ability to entertain you with a throughput speed of up to 160Mhz. Moreover, the transfer speed of these Asus AiMesh routers 2019 is impressive.  It is very fast to transfer the file via routers. So, the transmission of files via Asus AiMesh routers can be done in no time.

Performance of 802.11ac Technology

As you all know that the 802.11ac is being categorized in one of the best and latest technologies. So, we can expect that this technology is delivering a solid performance.

It is not to mention that its performance is good but not good enough to break all prior records. But it is enough fast to amaze you. After doing research on these Asus AiMesh routers, I can say that this product is especially for those people who want to make their Wi-Fi home network secure.

Obviously, you will definitely require some other latest client devices for taking full advantage of the service these best Asus AiMesh routers are offering. But, here we are going to discuss the problem that exists. As, you all know that the AX client devices are not common, so it will be difficult to get it to repair in case of any damage.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ Router:

Well, there are a lot of advantages of these best Asus AiMesh routers 2019. The first one is that can be viewed as 802.11ax.In other words, you can regard these Asus AiMesh routers as HE or High-Efficiency Wireless.Moreover, this technology can be termed as one of the most suitable WiFi fittings in the market.

From all aspects. The 802.11ax is an upgraded version of 802.11ac, considered as one of the greatest protocols of all times.The above-mentioned capabilities mean that the latest 802.11ax determines to deliver an amazing increase in throughput speed as compared to numerous prior Wi-Fi technologies.

Apparently, you can expect that the 802.11ax has the ability to deliver a speed of nearly 4.8GBps.The traffic congestion for the 802.11ax is much less than the prior technologies. Moreover, you can also observe an increase in the client capacity along with superior rang performance.As cited above, the 802.11ax is capable of delivering the latest as well as enhanced features of wireless technologies.With an amazing functionally, the 802.11ax the ability to control 30 shares who are sharing similar channels at the same time.

These ASUS AiMesh routers also constitute a Target Wake Time aka TWT features. The feature is specially designed to bring down the power consumption of the router.The power consumption mechanism is done by allowing numerous internet-enabled devices that will have an option to set up the time they will require to initialize sending and receiving data processes.

TWT Technology

According to the research, the latest TWT technology offers stunning functionality. It allows routers as well as your Smartphones and tablets to optimize their battery life. Not just it optimizes the battery life, it also helps them in enhancing their standard battery life.

As well as the TWT technology will also help battery-powered internet-enabled devices including the security camera, video doorbells, and various other smart home appliances.Moreover, the WiFi will also be able to take benefit from the numerous other prior and used radio frequencies.As a result, the 2.4GHz performance of this WiFi router will be increased.

The best part about the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ is that it will also utilize numerous enhanced and refined uplink as well as downlink bandwidth management system. As a result, there will be an enhanced quality of Service or QoS feature. Besides, the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ will be eligible to uplink and download the MU-MIMO streaming. However, most of you might know about the existing 802.11ac WiFi protocol that is capable of supporting the downlink MU-MIMO.

The additional feature that these ASUS AiMesh routers will be featuring includes the latest 802.11ax protocol. Moreover, it will have full backward compatibility with a vast range of devices. The device includes those which have the ability to benefit from prior and effective efficient 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi technology although it only supports only these limited devices it works with them smoothly without any problem.

We have already mentioned that 802.11ax is only compatible with limited devices. But, if the user wants to make full use of the latest technology then the user will have to get 802.11ax clients. Else, the improvised features along with performance will be of no use. It is not to mention, that the devices that support 802.11ax are very scarce and you hardly find one of them in the market.

ASUS RT-AX88U Design

As you can guess from the images, the ASUS RT-AX88U constitutes a slanting top. The matte finish with black color is exciting to see. The front side of the router with dies delivers an angular shape.

Also you can see the shape and size are of ASUS RT-AX88U is quite similar to RT –AC88U, Which is an older version of the best router from ASUS. The dimensions of these ASUS AiMesh routers are 2.4 x 11.8 x 7.4 inches. Additionally, it contains a total of four antennas. And, the best part is that all four antennas of these ASUS AiMesh routers are removable.

Asus Aimesh Routers

Two out of four antennas are located at the backside of the router while the other two are placed on either side of the router. While we look at the front, you will be able to find a USB 3.1 fast port.

Apart from these components, there is a WiFi on/off button accompanied with a LED Off/On button. Moreover, these ASUS AiMesh routers include a separate row for LED indicators, that have the ability to indicate about following things:

  • WPS activity
  • LAN Activity
  • 5GHz and 2.4 GHz activity
  • WAN activity
  • Power indicators
  • USB Activity

And it holds a total of eight gigabit LAN ports along wit

ASUS AiMesh Routers Feature:

If we look deeper into details, these ASUS AiMesh routers feature LAN ports which are as follows:

  • A power jack
  • Power button
  • Reset button
  • WPS button
  • USB 3.1 secondary port
  • WAN port

The technical details of the RT-AX88U router include a 1.8 GHz quad-core processor. As well as the flash memory of 256MB along with a RAM of 1Gb makes these ASUS AiMesh routers faster. These ASUS AiMesh routers can also be termed as 4 x 4 AX6000 WiFi routers. Moreover, this router has the ability to deliver the data rates of approximately 1,148 Mbps even with a smaller 2.4GHz band. And with a band of 5 GHz, these ASUS AiMesh routers have the ability to deliver almost 4840 Mbps data rates.

Additionally, these ASUS AiMesh routers are capable of delivering the support for 160MHz channel bandwidth with an amazing and brilliant feature known as Smart Connect. As well as the simultaneous MU MIMO data streaming along with Direct to Client (D2C) signal beamforming are also featured in these ASUS AiMesh routers.

Apart from this, the ASUS RT-AX88U router constitutes compatibility and support for demanding ASUS AiMesh technology.

What is ASUS AiMesh technology?

You can call it a technology that allows you to make use of various ASUS routers for establishing a complete and efficient WiFi system for your house.As a result, you will be able to take a lot of mind-blowing benefits such as a unique network ID having seamless roaming.In order to control the entire WiFi system, you can use the official mobile application that helps you in controlling the entire RT-AX88U WiFi router. Moreover, the advanced users can access all the credentials and options by logging in to their assigned web console.

So, you have a couple of options to control these ASUS AiMesh routers easily. Moreover, you can also control numerous other WiFi routers including the RT-AC86U.

The web console from the ASUS provides you a vast range of functionality and options. As it displays an entire network app that allows you to observe all the connected devices. MOREOVer, you can also access the WiFi information that exhibits the USB connected devices along with the radio bands. Moreover, you can also be able to observe the internet as well as the security status of these ASUS AiMesh routers.

On the left side of the screen, you will be able to see a menu that presents the following settings along with General and Advanced tabs.

Settings

The settings that are added in the General tab includes the following options:

  • Traffic analyzer
  • Guest networking
  • Adaptive QoS
  • Settings related to a USB storage
  • Settings for AiCloud

You might be wondering about Adaptive Quality of Service(QoS). The Adaptive Quality of service allows you to set automatic or manual bandwidth thresholds. You will be finding an option about the application-specific prioritization.

As well as, you will also have the ability to access the latest WTFast WiFI routing technology and it seems an interesting thing to use. Well, if you head to GameBoost settings you will be entertained with an option for Gamers Private network.

Along with some exciting features, these ASUS AiMesh routers are capable of utilizing the Trend Micro AiProtection product. The features prevent users from accessing some of the known harmful sites. While using these features, you can also pertain some Parental Control features and can detect viruses as well.

The Parental Control feature can prevent users from accessing numerous adult websites as well as you can post restrictions on various social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter etc. If you want to access more advanced options then you can use the Parental Control for preventing access to entertainment and other streaming media content. In advanced wireless options, you will be entertained with a tab that enables you to edit numerous wireless security settings according to your preferences.

On this page, you will also be able to change a different number of channel width settings as well as you will have an option to change the current SSIDs.

Setup

Apart from all of these above-mentioned options, you will have an option to set up professional-grade settings. I am hinting about the stuff that is mentioned below:

  • TX power modifications
  • Airtime Fairness
  • RADIUS settings
  • Beacon intervals

Moreover, with a similar menu, you will have an option to disable or enable the beamforming and MU-MIMO features. It just does not end here, you will see a wide range of extra settings as well.

  • Firewall controls
  • WAN controls
  • LAN controls
  • VPN Client settings
  • VPN Server settings
  • IFTTT settings
  • Alexa settings

Besides this, these ASUS AiMesh routers allow you to perform various tasks including the prior task of restricting or pausing the internet access.  And, all of this can be done via voice commands. The additional tasks include enabling or disabling the guest network.

As well as the router allows you numerous other settings that can be used for interaction with various other IFTTT devices and user’s web services. You will also be able to change the role of RT-AX88U from a well-equipped router to

  • Repeater
  • Access point
  • Media bridge

All other settings can be found under the Administration menu. In the same, there will be an option to upgrade the firmware of the router.

Performance of Asus Aimesh Routers

These ASUS AiMesh routers depict some solid performance. Having a lot of solid functionality, this ASUS router should not take more than a couple of minutes for installation purposes.

For installation purposes, you need to connect your router to the PC machine through an Ethernet cable and then make connections with your router via a cable modem. That’s all you need to do for a perfect installation of the router.

And, then you need to turn on the router and head to your web browser. Just type the URL given in the router manual in your web browser address bar.After entering the URL in your address bar, you will see an installation wizard setup. And, then you will be able Advanced Setup settings as well as following operations modes:

  • AiMesh
  • Media bridge
  • AP
  • Repeater
  • Router

The two available bands will also feature some great features including the security passwords, automatic assigned SSIDs along with DHCP

Moreover, the users will have an option to modify the password or even they can change the name of their router. Therefore, for completing the installation process, you need to update the firmware of the router.

Facts

As we are open with the fact that the 802.11ax clients are scarce to get in the market, therefore, it will be difficult for an average user to operate the RT-AX88U to its fullest.

Although, if you owe an 802.11 ac laptop that constitutes a chipset such as the Intel Wireless AC-9260, you can just examine the capabilities of these ASUS AiMesh routers. It is not to mention that the laptops having a chipset of AC-9260 has the ability to support a bandwidth of 160MHz. With the help of the laptop containing such functionality, you can just test the performance of the router with a 5GHz channel.

And, with such a superior functionality, this router should be faster than numerous other routers in the market including the Nighthawk RAX80.Previously, the branded router from the company is ASUS Rapture GT-AC5300, which is considered as a top router with an amazing performance on the GHz channel. The other splendid router in the market includes the TP-Link Archer C5400X.

Best Part Of Asus Aimesh Routers

The best part about this router is that it allows connectivity within 30 feet of range. And, this functionality of these ASUS AiMesh routers makes them one of the faster routers in the market and it leaves behind the Nighthawk RAX80 and TP-Link Archer C5400X.It is to be mention that the performance of these ASUS AiMesh routers is much similar to the 160MHz channel bandwidth.

Asus Aimesh Routers Mesh

The company proclaims that if you use this router with a laptop that is capable of supporting the latest Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ technology will be amazing to use.  Because a laptop with splendid functionality will play a significant role in boosting the speed of these ASUS AiMesh routers. Furthermore, you can easily test the functionality and performance level of the latest ASUS RT-AX88U router through a laptop that constitutes 802.11ac Wave 2. The best part is that the laptops with such functionality will have no problem in supporting an 80/40/20 MHz channel bandwidth.

But, with a channel bandwidth of 160MHz, most of the laptops offer bad experience. Well if we compare this router with one of the faster routers such as Netgear Nighthawk RAX80, these ASUS AiMesh routers are fast. While having a similar close proximity test through a 2.4GHz band the ASUS Rapture GT-AC5300 tends to be faster as compared to these ASUS AiMesh routers.

Working

In a similar manner, the TP-Link Archer C5400X is a bit faster than the ASUS RT-AX88U router in close proximity test through 2.4GHz. Again, all of the above-mentioned routers are being tested in 30 feet test. In this test, the ASUS RT-AX88U just outnumbered the Nighthawk RAX80  but it almost equals the numbers set by Rapture GT-AC5300. So it seems to be a superior router in these tests. And, if we repeat the same test through the 5GHz band, then these ASUS AiMesh routers have managed to make a score near to 520Mbps. Which seems far more interesting as compared to various other routers at the same price. Overall, it is a decent performance.

Still, this score is not as high as most of the other routers in the market. But, it is a comparable score. As cited above the prior ASUS Rapture GT-AC5300 is much faster than the one, we are writing about. The ASUS Rapture GT-AC5300 manages to deliver a score of 600Mbps in a close proximity test via 5GHz. But the score changes dramatically when you test this router in a 30 feet test.

If we talk about the speed file transfer speed of this router, then we should expect a lot more pleasant performance from these ASUS AiMesh routers.

In my opinion, one of the best ways to conduct a file transfer test speed is to simply look for the read and write speed of a particular WiFi router. Check the read and write speed by transferring a file of worth 1.5GB and also by using a USB 3.0 device.

Check

Make sure that the folder you are going to transfer should have the following type of content.

  • Audio
  • Video
  • Photos
  • Document files usually used in an office environment.

Overall, the user should expect a speed of worth 80MBps, if they are looking at the write speed of these ASUS AiMesh routers. And, such a number makes the ASUS RT-AX88U router a lot faster than the Netgear Nighthawk RAX80. And if we compare these numbers with that of TP-Link Archer C5400X, then ASUS RT-AX88U routers are twice faster than the TP-link router. The result remains the same for the ASUS Rapture GT-AC5300. On the other hand, if we take a look at the read speed of this router then you will be seeing an average speed of almost 85MBps. These numbers are good and show the fast reading credibility of this router.

Obviously, these numbers are impressive and are good enough to beat those numbers recorded by the Netgear Nighthawk RAX80. Moreover, this impressive score also beats the score of ASUS Rapture GT-AC5300 as well as the score of Archer C5400X.

Conclusion:

All those folks, who love to adopt the new technologies should get happy. Because the ASUS RT-AX88U router got a new and improvised functionality this time. ASUS has done really well in delivering one of the best quality routers in the market. These routers are specially designed for those, who want to make a secure WiFi network for their home.  A secure WiFi can be done via a secure and improved router. A router that contains WiFi 6 protocol might come handy in this case.

In order to get the full benefit from the ASUS RT-AX88U router or any of the other similar router, the users will have to make sure that the required client services are accessible. Moreover, the client services they will access should not have any problem in supporting the new and improved 802.11ax protocol. Having reasonable client services is a basic need that you should be required for supporting the 82.11ax protocol.

Benefits

Well, if you belong to a group of folks that are still using the prior 802.11ac client devices. Then, there is a piece of good news for you. As you know that the 802.11ac client devices normally supports the 160MHz channel bandwidth. So we can expect that they will enjoy the fastest throughput of 5GHz. Amazingly, the ASUS RT-AX88U router has the ability to achieve that throughput.

If we look at the file transfer performance, the ASUS RT-AX88U appears to be a pretty impressive and fastest router as of now. The router has managed to deliver some solid points such as 80/40/20 MHz. Obviously, there are some faster routers that are available in the market just like the ASUS Rapture GT-AC5300. And, yes it is obvious that with the passage of time the latest 802.11ac will become very common and it will become easier for an average user to get most out of it.

PROS

  • Solid performance
  • Feature a built-in protection system to combat malware
  • It is much easier to install the Asus RT-AX88U Router
  • These Asus AiMesh routers come with eight different LAN ports
  • The routers are composed of latest technology termed as 802.11ax
  • The QoS settings in these Asus AiMesh routers are robust

CONS

  • These Asus AiMesh routers are bit expensive
  • The AX clients of these routers are insufficient

 

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