This 280.00 Router Kicks ASS! Sorta...

All of these "new" routers seem to have terrific speed, but at what cost? Do you really need a $280.00 router?

We’ve come to crown the new king of Wi-Fi routers: The Asus RT-AC87U is by far the fastest wireless router PCWorld has ever tested.

But before you run out and buy one, know that our pronouncement includes caveats. The RT-AC87U is blistering fast when paired with a second RT-AC87U configured as a wireless bridge, but its performance is somewhat less impressive in other scenarios.

The first thing you’ll notice about the new Asus RT-AC87U is that it has four antennas. It's the first 4x4 router, meaning it supports four spatial streams to deliver a maximum physical link rate of 1734Mbps on the 5GHz frequency band (in 802.11ac mode). It supports three spatial streams on the 2.4GHz frequency band and delivers a maximum physical link rate of 600Mbps—thanks to 256QAM, which few client adapters support. You can expect a more ordinary link rate of 450Mbps with most equipment.

As has become dubious industry practice, Asus sums these numbers and generously rounds up to describe the RT-AC87U as an AC2400 router. Ignore such labels: They’re meaningless.

Check out the review here.

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