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ASUS RT-AC3100U Review
ASUS RT-AC3100U is the latest dual-band router from ASUS and it is the first home use router including eight Gigabit LAN ports from the company. There is also support for dual-WAN where one of the LAN ports can be used as a WAN port. For a single superfast connection through WAN, two LAN ports can be aggregated. Among the other features of this dual-band router are robust network-monitoring elements, an inbuilt VPN server and an easy web interface. It also has special features for gamers and to top everything up, it offers MU-MIMO support and protects your network from malware.
ASUS is a giant in the electronics space and this Taiwanese manufacturer has presence worldwide. The RT-AC3100U is a dual-band router from ASUS and many feature enhancements have been made to this product in order to make it work optimally on home networks. ASUS RT-AC3100U is a superfast 802.11ac Wi-Fi router, delivering a combined dual-band data rate of 3167Mbps for extremely fast file-sharing, smooth 4K streaming and low latency online gaming. It has a 4x4 antenna design with AiRadar universal beamforming for covering wireless signals exceeding 500m². The USB and WAN/LAN speed is enhanced through its 1.4 GHz dual-core processor. The ASUS RT-AC3100U supports Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) technology for an efficient handling of Wi-Fi bandwidth. The first Broadcom Wi-Fi chip is used to support this technology. The two USB ports of the router can be used for connecting external hard drives, USB printers and cellular modems.
What is the overall performance ?
You should download and install the latest ASUS router firmware update to get the best performance from the ASUS RT-AC3100U. The latest firmware installed router is the fastest in the 5GHz band. In fact, no existing client has the capability to support the fastest performance of this router, although you will get the best performance from the AC1900 clients. At 100 feet distance, this router delivered a speed of 335Mbps, the highest in its class. ASUS also gives you the option to aggregate two LAN ports to create a superfast WAN port for Wi-Fi internet access.
Is it easy to set-up ?
This ASUS router setup is simple and can be done in plug and play mode using the easy web interface. This ASUS router configuration is different from similar routers in the sense that it has eight Gigabit LAN ports compared to the traditional four. However, when you go through the user manual or check online, the configurations are available and easy to follow. This should help you during the installation process.
Conclusion: Should I buy it ?
Many claim that the RT-AC3100U is the best ASUS router till date and a top dual-band router. It delivers excellent performance and has tonnes of features and allows you to get the most out of your home network. The eight Gigabit LAN ports let you plug more wired clients before you need a switch. The WTFast feature for MMO gamers is worth considering.
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- The ASUS RT-AC3100U is manufactured by ASUS and was added in February 2016 in the Routers section
- This product has a rating of 4.5 out of 5
- The best price of the ASUS RT-AC3100U in Canada is $229.97 at Staples.ca
- In Canada this product is available in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau
- You can find this product at Best Buy, Dell.ca, Cendirect, Staples.ca, Amazon Canada, Mike's Computer Shop, Ashlin Technology Solutions Inc., SoftwareCity, gamercan.com