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ASUS RT-AC87U Wireless-AC2400 Dual-band Gigabit Router

  • Wireless transfer rate up to 1734 + 600 Mbps
  • 4x4 MU-MIMO antenna
  • AiRadar Beamforming
  • Broadcom TurboQAM technology
  • Dual USB ports
  • ASUSWRT
  • AiProtection with Trend Micro
  • AiCloud 2.0
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
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  • Robert C.
  • 12/25/2014 1:13:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsHardware Stability is Quetionable

Pros: Excellent user interface. Tons of software options out of the box. Light years ahead of Netgear routers. Good range on 2G.

Cons: DO NOT BUY. Highly unstable. Just like every other person has stated, this router can't maintain a 5G connection to save it's life. I was standing no more than 20 feet away and both our xbox one and my cell phone kept losing their connections. The 5G light kept blinking on and off slowly. Poor range on 5G, but that is to be expected.

Other Thoughts: I am going to clue everyone in to the countless hours I poured into researching this router and other options.

1) If you are going to get this router, or any other ASUS router, don't use the stock firmware. Go and get the ASUS Merlin firmware. Google it.

2) This router is capable of using DD-WRT, however from what I have read you will lose the broadcom hardware acceleration capability. With ASUS Merlin you'll retain that. Which means better performance.

3) Irregardless of the firmware, I think the hardware is questionable. So in the end it really doesn't matter what firmware you put on this router.

4) I looked at alternatives. Mainly these 3: Netgear Nighthawk R7000, ASUS RT-N66R, ASUS RT-AC68U. All of these can run DD-WRT and/or ASUS Merlin. What I was looking for first and foremost was stability and range. Firmware features are secondary. But I also wanted a router that could run DD-WRT firmware, basically as a way out if I needed it.

I settled on the Netgear R7000 with the STOCK firmware, and here is why. According to smallnetbuilder and all of their tests, the R7000 is the superior router in terms of hardware performance. Look it up for yourself.
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/32239-ac1900-first-look-netgear-r7000-a-asus-rt-ac68u

I also found that the signal range was a a little better on the Nighthawk.

Also, according to the DD-WRT site you do NOT want to run DD-WRT on the Nighthawk router unless you have an internet connection of 100MB-300MB. Anything below a 50MB connection will be poor. Again you lose the propriety Broadcom hardware acceleration. http://dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/DD-WRT_on_R7000

So far the Nighthawk has been rock solid. I absolutely HATE the Netgear user interface and the lack of options, but no one is complaining about connectivity which at the end of the day for me is what matters most.

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  • Eric H.
  • 12/23/2014 8:01:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsQuestion

Pros: This is not a review, just a question, as I cannot find a customer service email or number for sales on the asus website. I am buying an Asus router, just not sure which model, I will write the review afterwards. My office is about 50-75 feet away from my house, in a separate building, on the second level. There are a few walls in between, and the normal outdoor interference.. My max speed is only 8 mbps as my provider sucks. I have limited connectivity with my current router. I have the AC-56 ASUS receiver in my desktop, and it is actually weaker than the wireless card in my macbook pro from about 6 years ago. Anyways, I am looking at the ASUS 66, 68 or 87 models, and I would like to know if it actually matters which one I get in terms of penetration through the interference, walls, etc etc... Will the 87U have better strength than the other models, at the point where my desktop computer is? Aircloud and everything else is an extra bonus. I am confident with the new firmware that the Asus is more stable than netgear r7000/8000. Thank you Asus for any response,

Cons: Sincerely, Eric

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  • Alton G.
  • 12/13/2014 5:44:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsConsider returning for Netgear

Pros: Love the GUI interface. They beat Netgear hands down.
WIFI Coverage is as good as my old R7000 if not a tad bit better.
Tons of features!

Cons: I feel if I pay $200+ for a router then it should be flawless.
This router is not flawless!!
Where to begin... There is an error message that appears in the logs that ASUS fails to address. "kernel: br0: received packet on vlan1 with own address as source address" I just got my router but other people have been seeing this error for months. No fix...
Firmware hasn't been updated for months! The last update was 9/22. Seriously?
Ok now my biggest complaint. I have not found another person mentioning it but it absolutely drives me nuts!
The LEDs can ONLY be turned off with a button on the front of the router. Within the interface the LEDs cannot be shut off. Well while don't really seem that bad my problem is... The button DOESN'T always work! I reboot, reboot, and reboot. Sometimes it works and other times the LEDs are on and I have no way of shutting them off. They are SUPER bright and it is a huge annoyance.
I have figured out a "trick" to get the button to work again. Unplug power supply for 10 seconds. Then once it boots the button "functions' again. Simply rebooting or pushing the power button does not work. I have tried factory resetting... reflashing the current firmware version... Still the buggy LED is there!

Other Thoughts: I have been holding out for a firmware update to fix my LED problem. However, I do not think it is gonna happen anytime soon which is unfortunate because I really like most things about this router.
I have always been a diehard Netgear fan and decided try something different because the all the previous Asus routers had raging reviews about how awesome they were.
This router had outstanding reviews most sites. I decieded to go with the expert reviews instead of the user reviews and... it looks like I got burned.

I will give it a few more days otherwise I will be sending it back to get the R7500... Sad because I have tons of other ASUS stuff (none networking) and that stuff rocks!

PS. Not interested in RMAing the router because I have not had good experience with their RMA service in the past.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear JD,

I don't see how a cosmetic issue for the GUI to over ride the button we placed on the device to shut off the LED's would warrant a 1 egg review. I have an RT-AC87U here at the office and have not been able to replicate you claim about the LED's, which I tired 3 RT-AC87U's to make sure runing on the latest firmware. If you would like to discuss you issue in a technical manner, please email me and place case #N141253203 in the subject line for future reference. I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.

Sincerely,

Adam
ASUS Customer Loyalty
Networking_support@asus.com

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  • Michael P.
  • 12/13/2014 11:27:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Router!!

Pros: Fast, Stable, Very configurable

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Bought this router to replace an old DLink that was having some reliability issues and to gain a few features like NAS. This Router has been awesome! Much further range for wifi with much stronger signal. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a fast versatile router

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  • Makoto S.
  • 12/11/2014 5:55:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat, but not perfect

Pros: - Strong signal. I have my router on one side of the house and get full signal throughout the whole house.

- Fast data rates. My previous router only had a 100 Mb/s interface so when my ISP bumped up their bandwidth from 90 to 160 Mb/s, I had to upgrade my router in order to take advantage of the new speeds. Not only do I get really fast downloads from the Internet, I can transfer files from my computers over the WiFi very quickly.

- The USB applications are a nice plus. Being able to tether an android device is nice for those times my cable Internet goes out, I can switch to use my 4G connection. You can also use the router to download torrents in the background without a PC, or ever sync up files to and from cloud services onto an external hard drive.

- IPv6 support, although many ISPs haven't added IPv6 support yet.

Cons: Here are a list of issues or improvements that could be made with the current firmware version (3.0.0.4.376_2769):

- The biggest issue for me is that in the 5GHz frequency setup, you cannot choose WPA2-Enterprise for the authentication method. This works fine in the 2.4GHz frequency, and also works with ASUS' other router models.

- I wish there were more options to set up additional SSIDs. You can setup guest networks, but one option I wish I had was the ability to not broadcast the SSID in the guest networks.

- I purchased a 5TB USB 3.0 external drive to plug into this router. It mostly works however it displays errors in the admin screen, such as issue with calloc and not being able to run ntfsck. I'm guessing there's issues with supporting large drives with this router.

- In the DHCP server settings, I do wish you could add descriptions for the DHCP reservations (manually assigned IPs). Currently, it just displays the MAC address and IP address. The MAC address is not descriptive for me.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I am happy with this router. I hope some of the issues are resolved in the next firmware update.

The lack of WPA2-Enterprise authentication on the 5GHz band is a pretty big deal for me but I can get by just on the 2.4GHz band for now.

The admin interface looks pretty slick and is easy to navigate around. This is a fairly pricey router, but you get one of the fastest consumer WiFi routers on the market, competing with NetGear's Nighthawk X6. The nice thing the ASUS has over the Nighthawk is the ability to change the antennas to a bigger size.

The ASUS RT-AC87U isn't simply just a router, it's also a print server, file server, media server, cloud sync server, and supports updating dynamic DNS services. You can also use dual WANs with this router, using it as a load balancer or failover. There aren't a lot of options for the Dual WAN configuration, but it's a nice addition that gets the job done for basic needs.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/9/2014 4:06:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsLike other reviews - Too unstable. Now sitting on my desk as a paperweight

Pros: GUI Design
Specs (if they worked)

Cons: So unstable I had to remove from my network and reinstall my old E4200! 5G disappears ALL THE TIME. Made my small home network so unstable I had "Trouble Tickets" open on a daily basis from all 4 other family members. Finally gave up on it. I have the newest firmware - errors all over the log - just so frustrating... wanted this device really work.

Other Thoughts: Read all the reviews and ask yourself if you want to be spending time EVERY DAY AND NIGHT fixing the problems this router brings with it!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I have this device at the office with over 15 devices connected at one time on the 5GHz with nary and issue. Did you upload the firmware manually form the site to make sure you had the most current version rather than pressing check for update in the GUI? If not I recommend doing so, as there was a 5GHz firmware update a while back. If you would like to discuss your issue with me in a technical manner to help you resolve it, please email me and place case # N141240839 in the subject line for a reference to your case. For a speedy troubleshoot please provide the following: config file, and router system log, and the firmware version you are currently using. I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.

Sincerely,

Adam
ASUS Customer Loyalty
Networking_Support@asus.com

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  • Julio M.
  • 12/1/2014 4:45:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsEpic router, what's the deal with bad reviews?

Pros: Range, speeds, features/settings, software (not perfect but pretty good and easy to use), easy private-cloud setup with an external HDD over USB3.0, and looks awesome!

Cons: Size might be too big for some people.
The software is good but it's just a little annoying that you have to restart the router per every change you make. Some routers wait until you apply all the changes so it only needs to restart once. Once the config is all set up, though, this will no longer be an issue. Not worth docking one egg over this but I still think it should be mentioned in case someone does changes to their router frequently (and I mean frequently).
Also, the AC3200 comes out this month (dec 2014) so you might want to wait for that.

Other Thoughts: I don't get all these bad reviewers. Maybe these people got unlucky with a bad router (I get 3/5 bars in my neighbor's house about 200 feet and 5 walls away!). I suggest you physically buy it in a store so exchanges are easier. Once you get a non-broken model you'll see that this device's performance is nowhere near lacking.

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  • Jasmin S.
  • 12/1/2014 3:18:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs"game changing" when it works

Pros: Looks sleek
2.4 Ghz runs great
Great GUI

Cons: Everything else

ESPECIALLY the 5 Ghz connection... drops after 10 min of playing games.. then comes back.. then leaves... comes to say hi/.. then takes a lunch break... forgets its wallet and comes back... then drives off... the connection on that frequency is HORRID and really annoying. I have the latest firmware... I love the ASUS brand.. Especially their Sabertooth motherboards... but this might be a deal breaker for me since I dropped so much money for half of what I wanted...

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I do apologize for the 5GHz issues you face. Have you tried different Firmware versions? Also when you say latest firmware is that from the router or the suppport.asus.com site? If you would like to discuss your issue with me in a technical manner to help you resolve it, please email me and place case # N141211155 in the subject line for a reference to your case. For a speedy troubleshoot please provide the following: config file, and router system log, and the firmware version you are currently using. I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.

Sincerely,

Adam
ASUS Customer Loyalty
Networking_Support@asus.com

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/28/2014 11:22:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsDisappointing range

Pros: Solid build. Nice security features. Great to have telnet access to be able to customize with additional features.

Cons: unstable as access point. Poor range using EU model.

Other Thoughts: Very low power output compared to other products. Resulting in a poor range. I am using the EU model, in The Netherlands.
Unstable as access point. Unable to define a static IP. Sometimes interrupts on 5ghz. Sometimes the 5G channel hops to another channel.
Very high idle power usage.
Stay away from this product.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Are you using this with an adpater to run in it in comliance with the states 120V? I would like for you to follow up with me in an email. For a speedy troubleshoot please place case #N141211317 in the subject line and provide the following: config file, and router system log, and the firmware version you are currently using. I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.

Sincerely,

Adam
ASUS Customer Loyalty
Networking_Support@asus.com

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  • Lane R.
  • 11/25/2014 9:07:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOverall a good router

Pros: Standard GUI layout of the control scheme
many great features and added security features
This has a DNS feature which is nice.

Cons: Network attached storage speeds low compared to Linksys AC equivalent.
Quality of service feature is kinda funky on some browsers

Other Thoughts: The 5ghz bandwidth doesnt have the option to set on AC only devices and the channel bandwidth doesnt maximize the AC to 160mhz only runs at 80mhz.

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