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ASUS RT-AC86U AC2900 Wi-Fi Dual-band Gigabit Wireless Router, AiMesh Whole Home Wi-Fi System Compatible (RT-AC86U/CA)

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  • Dual-band (2.4 + 5 GHz) AC2900 wireless router
  • 1.8GHz 32bit Dual-Core processor
  • Designed for lag-free online gaming and flawless 4K UHD streaming
  • AiProtection Powered by Trend Micro™
  • Manage your network with the ASUS Router app
  • AiMesh Supported

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Warranty & Returns
  • Reviews

ASUS RT-AC86U Wireless Router

Furiously Fast. Powerfully Equipped.

With a combined bandwidth of up to AC2900—750 Mbps on 2.4 GHz and 2167 Mbps on 5 GHz, the RT-AC86U is the ultimate choice for online gaming and HD video streaming for multiple devices in a large household. Four external antennas combine with beamforming technology for extended coverage and reliable connection, while MU-MIMO technology allows multiple devices to stay connected at once for full utilization of your network. Use the four GbE LAN ports to connect wired devices such as game console and TV, and share printers, NAS or USB storage devices over your home network using onboard USB ports (one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0). For ease of use, an ASUS Router APP is available, in addition to the browser-based ASUSWRT, allowing you to setup, monitor and manage your network from your phone or tablet.

Ultrafast Wi-Fi with NitroQAM and 5GHz Quad-Stream Technology

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 delivers the ultimate 5 GHz quad-stream (4x4) speeds of up to 2167 Mbps, giving RT-AC86U combined total speed of 2917 Mbps. So everyone on your network can enjoy smooth streaming and low-latency online gaming!

Powerful Hardware, Ultimate Performance

With the increasing popularity of 5 GHz Wi-Fi devices, a router needs to deliver the maximum 5 GHz bandwidth possible, with reliable long-range performance. RT-AC86U has an extra internal 5 GHz antenna to provide the ultimate 5 GHz quad-stream performance, while RangeBoost significantly improves mid- to long-distance Wi-Fi coverage. Additionally, RT-AC86U's top-of-the-line 1.8 GHz 64bit dual-core processor brings its computational capability to the next level, enabling USB data transfers of up to 110MB/s and router download/upload speeds (WAN-LAN throughput) of up to 1600Mbps 2/.

Double Gaming Boost

Enjoy low-latency online gaming with boosted internet and home network performance!

Free Game Accelerator Inside

Ping time and variance are critical technical parameters that affect responsiveness in online gaming, and their values depend heavily on the route game packets take to and from their destination. The Gamers Private Network (GPN) from WTFast automatically performs route optimization, choosing the most efficient route for game packets, resulting in consistently-lower ping time and minimal packet loss. With RT-AC86U this optimization is free for accelerating one selectable device at a time, so you can enjoy the results on supported competitive multi-player online games1.

Adaptive QoS—Prioritize Your Game

Boost your gaming bandwidth with Adaptive QoS (Quality of Service), which allows you to easily prioritize gaming packets and activities. You can even assign full dedicated bandwidth while gaming under gamer solo mode, making RT-AC86U the perfect ally for low latency gaming anywhere in your home. It supports major consoles including PlayStation3, PlayStation4, PS4 Pro, PlayStationVita, Wii U, 3DS and Xbox One.

Multiple Capacity Wi-Fi with Revolutionary MU-MIMO Technology

MU-MIMO gives every compatible device3 its own dedicated full-speed Wi-Fi connection, so that multiple devices can connect at the same time without slowing down the network.

In fact, RT-AC86U is able to connect to multiple MU-MIMO-compatible clients at each device's maximum speed simultaneously, unlike standard single-user MIMO where individual devices have to wait for sequential transmissions.

Unbeatable Coverage

With ASUS innovative antenna design and the new Range Boost technology, both Wi-Fi range and signal stability improve dramatically. AiRadar further focuses Wi-Fi signal on your devices, making your Wi-Fi faster, clearer and stronger.

AiProtection

Your Digital Playground is Protected

RT-AC86U incorporates ASUS AiProtection, a commercial-grade network security system powered by Trend Micro Smart Home Network. With AiProtection, all connected devices are protected, even if they have no antivirus capability of their own—such as IoT devices.

AiProtection blocks common internet-based attacks before they reach the network, and if an infected device is detected on the network, AiProtection instantly blocks it to prevent it from sending any personal information to malicious servers.

Fortified Frontline Network Security

Networking is only half the equation when it comes to game performance. As AiProtection is integrated in RT-AC86U and powered by the router, even if a device's security software isn't turned on—to get around blocked games, for example—AiProtection still protects the network from attacks and intrusions, for added peace of mind.

Powerful Whole-home Wi-Fi System.

The Way You Want.

In most cases, your RT-AC86U can deliver smooth, reliable Wi-Fi to every part of your home. But Wi-Fi coverage can be affected by many factors—room layout, construction materials, and even furnishings. ASUS AiMesh is an innovative new router feature that fixes these problems: it creates a whole-home Wi-Fi network using multiple ASUS routers. AiMesh is powerful, flexible and you can use a mix of ASUS router models—protecting your investment! AiMesh gives you time-saving central control, and seamless roaming capability. AiMesh is Wi-Fi you can rely on—for all your devices, all the time!

  • Turn your ASUS routers into whole-home Wi-Fi system with a simple firmware update
  • Mix and match preferred models from selected ASUS routers
  • Create a Wi-Fi network with either a single SSID or multiple SSIDs
  • All router features work across the entire Wi-Fi system

ASUS Router APP

Control Your Network Anywhere

In your increasingly mobile-enabled life, having control over your network via an app is more important than ever. The new ASUS Router APP is built from the ground up to be both intuitive and robust, all without needing to boot up a PC.

  • One-click Game Boost
  • Easy Router Setup
  • Real-time Traffic Monitoring
  • Clever Network Diagnosis
  • Effortless Guest Wi-Fi Sharing
  • Handy Firmware Update

ASUSWRT

Easily Control Your Network

RT-AC86U features the enhanced, intuitive ASUSWRT user interface, which gives you easy access to both the 3-step web-based installation process and a wealth of robust advanced options.

Connectivity Options

RT-AC86U has four Gigabit LAN ports, USB 2.0 port and USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) port. Smart TV, game consoles, NAS storage devices and more can now have their own dedicated ports, making RT-AC86U your digital home hub.

Your Sharing Center

With built-in USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) and USB 2.0 ports, you can connect USB-enabled devices, such as external storage drives, printers, or a 3G/4G dongle to your ASUS router and share them conveniently with other users via Wi-Fi. And with USB 3.1 Gen 1, you can enjoy up to 10X faster data transfer speeds than USB 2.0.

1. The free router edition supports one selectable device on your network at a time with GPN traffic limits, and includes WTFast technical support. Users can pay to upgrade to the advanced version for simultaneous acceleration of multiple devices with more GPN traffic and advanced features.

2. The actual performance may vary as a result of network conditions and environmental factors.

3. MU-MIMO-certified client(s) required.


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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Awesome router. Definitely recommend. 7/8/2020 10:30:07 AM

Pros: I upgraded from a RT-AC66U. WiFi speeds on my phone (OP6) increased 3 times. With my 300Mbps internet I'm getting 150+ on my phone now.

Cons: Can't say anything bad yet since everything has been great.

Overall Review: This is a great router. Excellent coverage. Installed on the main floor of my 2 story 2000sqft house and it's been great. Fast WiFi speed in the backyard. Fast WiFi speed in the garage. Fast WiFi speed in the basement. I definitely recommend this router.

I purchased this router since I've had ASUS rouet un the past. It was easy to setup with the same configuration as my previous router than I just swapped then out. I also choose this router if I needed to move to a mesh system but with the excellent coverage I haven't had to do that.

Great product.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great 5g range, right to far corner of backyard. 5/28/2020 11:28:16 AM

Pros: Easy to setup.
Great range on 5g. Through two walls and 5g out to a cell at corner of yard (hammock) 65 feet from the house. Full 60mbps of ISP speed.
With auto 2.4/5g, all devices in house ended up on 5g radio just fine. Only my ECObee lite thermostat had issues and had to be linked to a 2.4g only guest account, as it would connect on 2.4, get bumped to 5g, then loose connection.
Roku and Fire4k all full ISP speed connection of 5g. All faster DL results then before.
S8 cell shows link speed of 933Mbps or something really high. S7 about half that, 433 ish. Old cell phones used as music stream players all connected fine too.
Replaced an old DLink DIR-655 and everything is fine.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: It's a very good router in my opinion. I hope it lasts as long as my DIR-655 did, which was still going but did lock up once in a while when we have iPhones visiting. ASUS has not locked up once in first couple weeks of use. It's a keeper IMHO.

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Anonymous
3/ 5
Great Router - Wifi died after 10 months 12/28/2019 6:42:38 AM

Pros: - UI is great
- Fast wifi (when it worked)
- great distance on wifi (when it worked)
- Adaptive QOS was great for gaming (with faster connection)
- I prefer the upright position
- Going to sound simple, BUT, the reset button can be done with your finger.

Cons: - At first, I lost the 5GHz band ... I rebooted to reset the router, and lost all wifi and the switch ... the wired connections worked ... but, no wifi (Auto Channel set to 0).
- I reset, hard reset, firmware recovery ... tried Merlin ... etc ... Nothing seemed to work. After letting it sit there for a month, and going back to my trusty WNDR4500 (which this replaced), I finally decided to try it again. After a "WPS reset", the wifi and switch was working. GREAT I thought, just needed to clear NVRAM, update firmware ... and good to go. Well, that lasted about 2 weeks, where now, I completely lost both wifi signals and switch for good ... I've tried everything, from the Netgear site, the forums, the Merlin site ... etc ... nothing fixed the dead wifi problem.
- to note, I had, at one point, noticed that the CPU was hitting the high 80C, temperatures when using several devices on the wifi ... chip itself, might have overheated (but, I don't really know). What I do know, however, is that, without wifi, the chip stays at around 40C.
- After reading the forums ... this is a very common issue with this router. Disappointed it didn't last like my LInksys WRT54G, my WNDR3700, and my WNDR4500v2 (which I still use "just in case").
- And, to note, on a VDSL 25/4 connection, the Adaptive QoS caused lag issues and bufferbloat when gaming ... it was a real problem, considering this was a gaming router. When I upgraded my ISP to a 30/10 Cable connection, the Adaptive QoS worked much better, with no lag (as I would have expected). I think (again, I think), this router needs a faster connection to take advantage of its qualities.

Overall Review: - This has been the most expensive router I purchased. I would have expected better components to have lasted as long as my other routers. After reading the forums, there seem to have been too many of these routers, that have lost the either or both wifi bands too early (as I did).
- I was debating between this and the R7000P to replace my aging WNDR4500v2, to jump on the "ac" band wagon ... however, I noticed that my needs remain simple ... going to stay with my WNDR4500v2, until I can save up for the XR500, or so.
- Since I have dealt too many times with warranty and RMA products over the years, I just decided to eat the cost of this router ... and apply any and all future savings to another router ... again, either the R7000P, or, the XR500.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your experience and for being one of our valued customer, we truly appreciate it. Firstly, we would like to apologies for the router wireless channel and wired stopped working after ten months. We truly understand your disappointment and the inconvenience this have caused you. This model undergoes intensive quality control and testing for both software and hardware before being shipped to stores world wide. Rest assure this information will be passed on to development team for improvements.

We are recommending to have the unit send in to ASUS for servicing. Please select the link and fill out the necessary information for the Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA). You also have the option to contact us directly and we will create the RMA for you. If you have any question or need any assistance please reach out to us via email at: customerloyalty@asus.com and use the link to this review as a reference. I do look forward to your response.

Thank you for choosing ASUS

Best Regards,
Lamoya
ASUS Customer Loyalty US Support

[ASUS Contact Information] https://www.asus.com/us/support/callus
[ASUS Online RMA Form] https://cms-am.asus.com/ecp/Rma.html?_ga=1.211669653.1476948690.1429692601
Anonymous
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Dead in under 24 hours? 8/29/2018 12:15:14 PM

Pros: Set up was easy, or powerful depending on my choice.
Responsive UI
Great speeds
OpenVPN support

Cons: Product died within 12 hours of first power on.

Overall Review: Died within 12 hours. Performed all recommended Firmware recovery, and resets actions. Asus tech recommendation to RMA.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,



We want to apologize about the issues that you have been experiencing with the Asus RT-AC86U/CA and we will be more than happy to help. Could you provide us with a copy of your case number so we check what was done and further assist. If not we would recommend that you have it serviced. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at customerloyalty@asus.com speak to an ASUS live support agent 24/7. We do value you as one of our important customers and we do look forward to hearing from you.


Thank you for making it ASUS.


Best regards,
Adrian.
ASUS Customer Loyalty. US Support
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great speed and range 8/26/2018 4:19:55 PM

Pros: - Great range
- Great speed
- Easy to use configuration portal with all the essentials

Cons: - Took a reboot or 2 of the router and cable modem for them to sync up. Could be the modem's fault though
- I wish it didn't have these 2 red bands

Overall Review: Had an Apple Airport Extreme and this router is a huge step up. Hopefully it is as reliable as the Apple router.

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