Asus AC88U AC3100 Unboxing and Detailed Router Review

*Firmware I use and highly recommend with the 3100 series* –

The ASUS AC3100 – AC88U – Router is the absolute best router on the planet right now, in my honest opinion. I’ve done extensive research and testing with this router and provide you guys with my findings and overview of this MU-MIMO Gaming Dual Wan Capable AC88U Asus Router in this Video.

There is an ASUS AC3100 and an ASUS AC3100 AC88U Router(s). These are two DIFFERENT Routers. The AC3100 AC88U version is the higher end version of these two routers. While both are basically the same internally there are some key differences that are important. However, EITHER of these two routers have most of the functions/overview content I cover in this Video.

The RT-AC88U is a nice-looking router. It measures 3.3 by 11.8 by 7.4 inches (HWD) and uses a matte-black housing, with a beveled top and angular sides. The front of the router is home to LED indicators for power, wireless activity for both bands, Internet (WAN) connectivity, Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), LAN connectivity, and USB port activity. It utilizes a Broadcom 1.4GHz dual-core processor and Broadcom’s NitroQAM technology to deliver up to 3,167Mbps of combined (theoretical) throughput (1,000Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, and 2,167Mbps on the 5GHz band).

There are four removable external antennas (two at the rear and one on each side) and a multitude of ports around back, including a whopping eight Gigabit Ethernet ports, a USB 2.0 port, a WAN port, and a Power jack. In the rear, you’ll also find a Power button, a reset button, and a WPS button. A USB 3.0 port is conveniently located on the front of the router, behind a small panel.

Asus RT-AC88U Router
Part Number: RT-AC88U (Reviewed)

Enclosure Type Desktop
Frequency Band 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz
Status Indicators Power, WAN, LAN, wireless, USB, WPS
Encryption Algorithm MPPE, 128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise
Routing Protocol IGMPv2, IGMP, static IP routing, IGMPv3
Antenna Qty 4
Form Factor desktop
Type wireless router
Connectivity Technology wired, wireless
Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Network / Transport Protocol DDNS, DHCP, FTP, IPSec, L2TP, NTP, PPPoE, PPTP
Features 3G/4G USB Dongle Support, 4T4R MIMO technology, DMZ port, DNS proxy, IPSec passthrough, IPv4 support, IPv6 support, L2TP passthrough, Link Aggregation, MIMO technology, MU-MIMO technology, PPTP passthrough, ASUS AiCloud, Roaming Assist technology, SNMP support, SmartConnect Technology, URL filtering, VPN Server, VPN support, Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), bandwidth control, beamforming technology, download client, ASUS AiDisk, dual WAN connection, event log, parental control, port filtering, port triggering, print server, reset button, static IP mode, virtual server support, wireless bridge mode, ASUS AiProtection, ASUS AiRadar, Access Point operational mode, Adaptive QoS, Broadcom NitroQAM technology, DHCP server
Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, UPnP
Wireless Protocol 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Routing Protocol IGMP, IGMPv2, IGMPv3, static IP routing
Data Transfer Rate 3167 Mbps
Line Coding Format 1024 QAM
WAN Ports Qty 1
Integrated Switch 8-port switch
Key Features USB port, VPN support
Nominal Voltage AC 120/230 V
Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
Type external power adapter
Installed Size 128 MB
Encryption Algorithm 128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, MPPE, WPA-Enterprise, WPA-PSK, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2-PSK
Color Category black
Antenna Qty 4
Clock Speed 1.4 GHz
Interface Ethernet 1000Base-T, Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T
Qty 1, 8
Connector Type 4 pin USB Type A, 9 pin USB Type A, RJ-45
Type LAN, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, WAN
Brand ASUS
Product Line ASUS
Model RT-AC88U
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility Mac, PC
Type WTFast Gamers Private Network
Line Coding Format 1024 QAM
Type guest networks
Value 6
Width 11.8 in
Depth 7.4 in
Height 3.3 in
Weight 33.51 oz
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rgray318 says:

When doing my research I had read multiple times that MU-MIMO requires that all client devices require MU-MIMO support in order to take advantage of the separate streams. I didn’t hear you mention that in your review. So, from what I have read all your wireless devices will still only work using SU-MIMO until you replace them with MU-MIMO enabled devices (device must have 802.11ac Wave 2 certification), which may or may not ever happen.

Other then that, this is the router I want also, or the Nighthawk X4S. I prefer this one so I can flash it with Merlin firmware though. Thanks for the review…

houa vang says:

the ac88u and the ac3100 both should cost the same. at least when i was doing my shopping for a new router. both are nearly identical. only difference is the number of ethernet ports. the ac88u comes with 8 ports as the ac3100 only comes with the traditional 4 ethernet ports respectively. oh yeah, and the color of the ac88u’s antennas has a touch of red and its counterpart is all black. these are the only difference. all else is the same all the way down to the firmware if you were to update it manually.

Jessica Landon says:

Hello wanted to know how your 88u is working now. Is it still running strong?

d no says:

One of the best reviews I’ve seen on this particular product. Wish you much success on your channel.

koreamedia says:

May in 2017, still best choice??

tlalok08 says:

have u had any problems since hooking this up? there are many complains that the router us faulty. been debating on getting it due to the reviews. great video love the explanation… i really want to get it but the reviews hold me back a bit.

Donald Osborne says:

Your review was very detailed and helpful. I work on aircraft for a living and was awestruck with your knowledge. Thanks a lot I’m buying one today, keep it up!

Pinkfloyd1173 says:

Nice unboxing man.

brett taylor says:

Nice details. Great information. Keep it up.

coehorn says:

I just bought this router and your info makes me proud to have bought it. Thank you for your excellent explanation.

hatem ali for objection says:

Hello dear . I bought one ysday used from olx and was work ysday well today the wireless lambs not lighting why??

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