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ASUS RT-AX86U Pro (AX5700) Dual Band WiFi 6 Extendable Gaming Router, 2.5G Port, Gaming Port, Mobile Game Mode, Port Forwarding, Subscription-free Network Security, VPN, AiMesh Compatible

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I’m going to buy a new router and I’m not sure if I should buy the ax88u pro or the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX6000. Both are on offer in Denmark at the moment and cost 265 usd, which one is best and which one should I choose? Reply When you are away from home, the ASUS Instant Guard mobile app gives you one-tap secure internet access via your RT-AX88U Pro router*, thanks to its encrypted VPN tunneling technology. Our newly upgraded app even lets you easily share this worry-free network connection with your family and friends through a URL link.

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The Pro uses a different CPU – BCM4912 vs the 4908 of the non-pro. It also uses a different radio chip for 5Ghz – BCM6715 for the pro vs the BCM43684 for the non-pro. Supposedly, these should result in a slight performance improvement. Reply I knew I’d never, ever see that couple-hundred Mbps the RT-AX88U Pro supposedly offers over the RT-AX86U Pro for 802.11ax, and I really only use 2.4 GHz for low-bandwidth IoT devices that don’t support 5 GHz anyway.I have a question regarding the 86u (standard model), does it have the VPN Fusion feature like the pro model comes with? Thanks to FedEx my RT-AX88U Pro didn’t arrive until today. One big difference between the Pro and the standard 88U is the port config. There’s one 2.5gig WAN, one 2.5gig LAN and only 4 1gig LAN ports!! I’ll install this weekend and post any other things I find. Reply High-Efficiency WiFi 6 – Ultrafast WiFi 6 dual-band router boosts speed up to 5700 Mbps, with 160 MHz channels for better efficiency and throughput It shares all common features and settings collectively available in Asus Wi-Fi routers, as I detailed in this primer post. It's similar to any Dual-band Asus Wi-Fi 6 router, including the non-Pro version or the GT-AX6000.

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Thank you. I meant to end with should I go with the 88U or the 86U-pro (not the 88u pro). Sorry. Reply And 2Gbps was also the fastest Internet connection I could get out of the router when letting it host a 10GbE Fiber-optic line. While not a true 2.5Gbps performance, it's a sure thing that the router can do well for any Gigabit or Gig+ Internet plan. MSRP hasn't been any type of indicator for a very long time now. When on sale, it is at, or below, the RT-AX86U (and during COVID-19, that model was rarely on sale). From the appearance, the RT-AX88U Pro is the non-Pro version with a different set of network ports. The Asus RT-AX86U Pro is a tabletop router that offers a range of features for seamless connectivity. It supports Ethernet WAN, allowing for a stable and secure connection. Unfortunately, it does not support DSL WAN or have a SIM card slot for mobile connectivity. However, it is compatible with 3G/4G USB modems, giving users the flexibility to choose their preferred mode of network connection.

I current have the RT-AX88U having had the previous versions before it. I don’t have anything major, mostly wireless to laptops and iphones. No problems except some of my IoT devices are reaching the end of the range. I was thinking of upgrading to the PRO since it is an excellent price point. Based on your review, it looks like there is a sizeable speed increase at distance for the PRO vs. the non-pro? True 2 Gbps wired and wireless speeds - Aggregated 2 Gbps WAN connections, wired 2.5 Gbps port* and WiFi 6 As I’m not a gamer, so I think I will buy the RT-AX88U Pro (and connect my old RT-AC87U as satellite on it). Reply Thanks for the update, Don. FedEx has been quite terrible. And yes, I mentioned the ports in the post. 🙂 Reply

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As a rule, in a mesh system, it's best to wait for a few minor updates of a major release before upgrading. Depending on the hardware combo, you might need to rebuild the system from scratch or reset and re-add a satellite node if you change the major firmware version (in one or all hardware units involved.) Last but not least, the RT-AX88U Pro supports AiMesh 2.0 and can work as a Multi-Gig primary or satellite node with any member of Asus's Multi-Gig AiMesh hardware. Due to the different power supply requirements on USB external hard disk and 4G/5G Modem device, to ensure that the external device can be used stably, if the USB external device exceeds the standard USB 2.0 (5V/500mA) and USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5V/900mA) power supply requirements, you need to use it with an independent external power supply.The more features you use, the more recourses are needed generally, James. So yes, NAS, QoS, Protection, etc., will benefit from high processing power. VPN by itself doesn’t require much, but more power doesn’t hurt. Reply Gig+, or Gig Plus, conveys a speed grade faster than 1Gbps but slower than 2Gbps. So, it’s 1.5Gbps, give or take, and it’s not fast enough to be qualified as Multi-Gig or multi-Gigabit.

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