unlike automobile or processors, there is no clear gauge which we can use to determine how fast our home wireless network is. you can check how fast our broadband or fiber serves to us, but once it is on wireless under your roof, the performance is really dependent on the environment and the usage. that said, we are not sure if we will be actually getting the fastest 5GHz, which boast speeds of up to 1.73Gbps, out of the ASUS RT-AC87 Dual-band Wireless-AC2400 Gigabit Router as the company have so claimed. anyhow, this particular WiFi router is also touted as the “the world’s first” Wave 2 802.11ac consumer router.
the device is powered by Quantenna QSR1000 4×4 Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) chipset and harnesses the power of four external antennas, and Universal Beamforming technology (similar to those employ in NETGEAR Nighthawk X6) to maximize the range and improving signal strength even for older clients i.e. the still widely used 802.11a/b/g/n. the router is ideal for those who have many users under one roof with a host of different connected things vying for wireless signal at the same time. though, we suspect it may only work best if you have many 802.11ac-equipped devices to take advantage of the speed it has to offer.
for concerned parents, you’d be glad that the ASUS RT-AC87 also sells itself as having the “most advanced built-in parental controls in mainstream routers”, though it fall short of detailing why so, except that it features AiProtection with Trend Micro that uses real-time network monitoring to snoop out malware and other intrusions in advance so those nasties won’t have a chance to reach your computer or any connected devices. the ASUS said the RT-AC87 Dual-band Wireless-AC2400 Gigabit Router will be available to North America “shortly” for $269.99.