Asus 90IG01Z0-BU2G00 RT-AC88U Wireless AC3100 Dual-Band Gigabit Router with AiProtection
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|Installment Plan||Monthly Installment||Total|
|3 months||SAR 666.66||SAR 2,049.99|
|6 months||SAR 333.33||SAR 2,049.99|
|12 months||SAR 166.67||SAR 2,049.99|
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|Frequency band class||Dual-Band|
|Wireless communication standard||2.4 GHz Radio Frequency|
|Number of ports||8|
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- Product Dimensions : 18.8 x 29.97 x 6.05 cm; 950 Grams
- Date First Available : 22 November 2019
- Manufacturer : Asus
- ASIN : B019MKO43M
- Item model number : RT-AC88U
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- Brand: Asus
- Model Number: 90IG01Z0-BU2G00
- Type: Wireless
- ADSL connection: No
- Ultimate Gaming and 4K Streaming
- NitroQAM Technology - Seamless Experience
- Whether you're gaming online in a heated competition or streaming a live event in 4K UHD, lag and buffering are simply not an option
- NitroQAM (1024-QAM) technology on the RT-AC88U delivers a combined 3167 Mbps Wi-Fi speed, ensuring everyone on your network can enjoy smooth streaming and low-latency online gaming
From the manufacturer
- Dual Band Gigabit
- 8 Gigabit LAN ports
- AC3100 ultimate AC performance : 1000+2167 Mbps
- 1.4 GHz dual-core processor
FAST AND POWERFUL CONNECTION
- AiRadar universal beamforming for exceptional Wi-Fi range with 4x4 antennas
- Ultra-fast 802.11ac dual band WiFi connection that provides you with speeds up to 3167Mbps using the NitroQAM technology (1024-QAM)
- Enjoy no lag and low latency when gaming online or streaming a live event in 4K UHD
- ASUS RT-AC88U gives you free access to The Gamers Private Network (GPN) from WTFast which conducts intelligent route optimization to provide you with consistently lower ping time and minimal packet loss for an amazing gaming experience
- Compatible with all kinds of platforms from PCs to mobile devices and supports all operating systems including Windows, Mac OS and Linux
- MU-MIMO Technology lets you connect to multiple MU-MIMO-compatible clients at each device’s maximum speed capacity which means you can connect multiple devices without slowing down the network
- ASUS Router App lets you control your network without even having to boot up your PC
MADE FOR GAMING
- Adaptive QoS (Quality of Service) lets you prioritize gaming packets over any other activity
- Gamer solo mode lets you dedicate the full bandwidth to gaming for a smooth, lag-free gaming experience with support for to major consoles such as PS3, PS4, PS4 Pro, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS and Xbox One
- AiProtection on the RT-AC88U lets you turn off Anti-virus programs and 3rd party applications with confidence to free up and relocate CPU and memory to your game
- Amazing range and stunning signal stability with a four-transmit, four-receive (4T4R) antenna design
- Much faster and clearer WiFi with AiRadar beamforming that works to focus the WiFi signal on your devices
- RT-AC88U flaunts a powerful 1.4 GHz dual-core processor which gives it amazing processing powers and gives you fast USB transfers at over 100MB/s and router download and upload speeds at up to 1800Mbps
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Would have got 5 stars but jeeeeez have I had to do some researching for the 2.4GHz band!! Caused absolute mayhem for my Sonos and other smart home devices and it was continually dropping out! The devices could only connect for 2 minutes before being booted! So a few settings for people to bear in mind if you have the same issues
1. Beam forwarding isn't required! Disable it! You need compatible devices in order for it to work anyway!
2. The above should disable MU-Mimo. Again it's more of a future proof (or so I gather)
3. DISABLE AIR TIME FAIRNESS!! Constantly kicks devices that aren't actually using the connection, i.e. My sonos speakers and smart home devices.
4. Enable the IGMP snooping protocols. Apparently allows devices that are in a group (e.g. My sonos) to communicate with each other, but only one of them is the one that communicates with the internet (or something along those lines)
5. Select a channel and 20MHz frequency band - I chose channel 6 for the 2.4GHz band and change the 20/40MHz to just 20MHz. Basically channels 1, 6 and 11 are the only channels that don't overlap with each other. Therefore the most likely to have no interference from neighbours. If your neighbour have chosen 6, choose 1 or 11.
The above can be found under wireless and professional tab.
Hope this helps people or at least gives you something to google if you've got issues!!
Once this was sorted, the router has been absolutely incredible!! My 5GHz devices have such an incredible speed of internet now!
Having bought an Netgear XR500, I have to say that I was really disappointed with it. The interface is lovely, even superior to the AC88U, but it has tons of nasty bugs. I sent it back and got an AC88U instead.
Of course the AC88U has more features, but whether they interest you or not just depends on you. Personally I found the additional ports in the back very useful, but other than that there wasn’t much else that really stood the AC88U apart for me.
WTFast is something that may be of interest because I often play on distant servers, but I have to say that I am not sure it's a good idea to actually run WTFast on the router. Identifying game traffic on the router is a lot more difficult than on the PC, so why bother doing that on the router when you can download a WTFast utility to do it on the PC? WTFast on a router really seems like a console option to me.
Anyway the first thing you notice about the Asus is that the packaging is much nicer than the NEtgear.
The first power up and just like the Netgear it goes through a setup, but the Asus Wizard is simpler and it actually got it wrong. Luckily a quick check in WAN settings and even I could see it hadn’t guessed that I might need an internet username and password.
The first thing I did was a hardwired speed test and I was truly surprised to see that the Asus was faster than the XR500. The ping to my speed test server was 1~2ms less than the Netgear. That really surprised me. It may not sound much but the XR500 is supposed to be a gaming router so it really should be optimised for low ping and it's not.
One very negative point is that Asus don’t warn you before you buy the product that the really nice features of the router – AiProtection, Adaptive QOS, Traffic analyser, they are all driven by Trend Micro, there is a warning when you enable any of these that Trend Micro may collect your data. You aren’t forced to enable them, though, and in the case of QOS you can always use the traditional approach which doesn't involve Trend.
The Asus router is definitely the more advanced router. It has more features than the Netgear. The thing with the Netgear is that it’s interface is much more oriented towards giving the gamer information rather than packing tons of features. The Asus’ QOS for example is much more advanced, but it’s not very informative. The Netgear on the other hand the QOS is simplistic but is more informative. I would prefer the simple approach by Netgear except there is a very limited number of games it recognises and the manual configuration currently doesn't work. I guess they may fix the manual configuration soon, but really do you want to have to configure the router to recognise every game you play? I don't.
You may have heard that Merlin is a a better version of the firmware for the Asus .. google it to find it. When I bought the router, Merlin didn't contain all of the functions of the Asus software but recently it's been updated to include everything and more so Merlin is recommended for everyone now.
The help and documentation for the Netgear is better. The Asus is just too brief and you have to resort to experimentation to resolve. To my mind there is simply no point in having features if they are not completely explained. So from a beginners point of view I think the Netgear is the better choice. In particular, buffer-bloat is really just not explained at all with the Asus. You are very much left alone to sort that out.
All in all, so far, I am very impressed with the Asus. The XR500 has a better UI, but the simple fact is that the Asus is superior when it comes to function. Especially QOS, which is important to gamers, albeit not as well explained or simple to configure as the XR500's QOS. The only really positive thing I would say about the XR500 is that Geo Location is fantastic for consoles, but to my mind the Asus is the better choice for PC owners, albeit it is not quite as friendly as gamer friendly as the Netgear. The Asus is expensive for what it is, but then so is the XR500. In terms of value, neither are great, but right now the Asus maybe has the lead.
Incidentally, don't bother with the promotion. They are just after all your info.
So really I think both are worthy routers. Both are great but the XR500 is definitely the more friendly. I think it would win apart from the problems it has right now ~ mainly the bugs in the very thing it's supposed to be good at! The Asus can do everything the XR500 can do, and more, just it takes a little more effort. Until Netgear sort out the bugs with the XR500 the Asus remains the better buy .. as of today, Nov 2018.
One minor complaint is that it runs pretty hot, with the CPU core temp over 67 degrees C all the time. I discovered, though, by just resting a 12cm 1300rpm Noctua NF-P12 fan on the top of the Asus, so that it covered the triangular vent on the top, it lowered the core temp to 46 degrees C. So the fan is staying there. The top of the Asus is not flat but it's flat enough to reset a fan on. Snip the end connector off the fan, which is a three pin, then connect the red and black ( positive and negative ) to a "5.5mm x 2.1mm DC Power Cable Female Connector Plug" ( you can buy those on amazon ) so that it then just plugs right in to a 12v supply you can buy anywhere. Ignore the yellow. Hey presto, 21 degrees of cooling for £20 and ten minutes fiddling.
I bought this to have better Networking & WiFi at home where I was using a Virgin SuperHub 3 and 100mbps fibre connection. The SH3 gave poor performance, and the widely documented path forward is to put it into Modem mode and buy a real WiFi Router.
Started off very well. The AC88U was easy to install in a bedroom wardrobe and setup, very flexible. We got good speeds (70mbps downstairs, 105mbs upstairs) and great coverage from the WiFi, enabling me to abandon my Powerline adaptors and local WiFi hotspots completely. Everyone happy. No more suggish network, dropouts, intermittent freezes, bad coverage areas.
Then I noticed the Client List was always incomplete and reported all devices on Ethernet when most were WiFi 2.4 or 5 GHz. Checked the firmware which was up to date.
Started bringing on the AiProtection and other security features and it all went to Hell in a handbasket. Now a Reboot from GUI took up to 30 mins. Power off / on sometimes better. Many retries, loops, lights on / off same pattern. Eventually sorted itself out overnight.
However, in the morning:
- Small change to address range of DHCP Pool caused 9 restart attempts.
- Drops Clients that were working fine.
- No internet, even if WiFi connects.
- Ethernet accesses Internet but WiFi not.
- Client list still incomplete, interface incorrectly still shown all on Ethernet.
- I Reset to Factory 3 times.
- Clients entered valid p/w to WiFi and were rejected - iPad, Mac, Epson printer, Windows 10 PC.
- Some clients can never connect over WiFi - Raspberry Pi, IBM T61 on Ubuntu, MacBook Pro.
- Got new "Signature" and kept previous / latest Firmware.
- Speed usually excellent but can drop to crawl, even when local to Router, i.e. 0.2mbps.
- Worked really well on devices that can connect, for a while, then drops out, restarts on its own.
Tried Power off reset with clear nvram (Power + WPS button). Didn't Reboot fully 2hrs.
Tried full reset (Reset button). Didn't Reboot fully after 2hrs.
Router became really flakey, something was corrupt or intermittent.
I spent a full day wrestling with this new, but progressively dysfunctional router, gave up and sent it back.
The move to remote working meant I needed a replacement with better coverage and speed.
It is superb and not had any dropouts. No it doesn't have WiFi 6 but that's not really consumer ready yet.
The range is excellent, 3-4 times better than the Virgin Hub 3 and speeds are much better.
The UI is simple to use and setup plus it provides loads of cool features like who's using all the bandwidth, web activity logging, Quality of Service config (stop Alexa and Google devices misbehaving) as well as monitoring for frequently used apps like Facebook, Netflix etc.
In addition to these key features there are many more quality of life options but too many to list.
You can imagine how I felt after spending £255, to receive 2nd hand goods. (Not for the first time either, I purchase an expensive iron that was not shrink wrapped or factory wrapped, just like this router.
After several hours configuring, I now can see it cannot even play movies locally for over 2 seconds before it starts buffering.
I am a experienced network engineer of over 20 years, with over 13 years looking after the BAA Airports, so I think I have enough knowledge to configure a simple network.
I like to think I am a valued customer, as I have spent thousands of pounds with you over the years. I would like a replacement router (Brand new) asap please.
I am not prepared to go another weak without internet access. I have many serious medical conditions now so I am one of the shielded during this epidemic. Now I'm suppose to go out again to return this router, putting myself in danger once again.
Please can you also let me know who I can raise my complaint to?