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This review is from: ASUS RT-AC87U Wireless-AC2400 Dual-band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac, IPv4, IPv6 AiProtection with Trend Micro for Complete Network Security
Pros: Great coverage
Best GUI and feature set of any consumer router
Takes a good bit of time to fully come online after a reboot/power cycle
Other Thoughts: I got this to replace a Netgear R6300V2. I wanted a bit more range. I figured the external antennas would provide that, and so far I'm getting what I wanted in terms of range.
More than that though I wanted a better, more fully featured, more functional GUI, and I most certainly got that. I had no problems with the performance or reliability of my R6300 but the interface left a LOT to be desired. ASUS has really went head and shoulders beyond the competition in therms of having a fully featured interface.
Performance and stability appear to be very good here as well. I had no problems conducting an ftp transfer to my NAS, having two Windows 10 computers downloading new builds, streaming netflix on my Fire TV stick and carrying a conversation using Viber on my iPhone. The ASUS never skipped a beat, my call never disconnected and audio quality remained good on both sides of the conversation.
Pros: Fast, relatively easy to setup.
Cons: Unreliable, fairly pricey
Other Thoughts: I'm using this primarily as a wireless AC bridge, it's wifi extender properties are mostly just a bonus. My main problem with this unit is it's reliability. I need to power cycle it about once every 24 hours because for whatever reason, it will not connect to half the websites or even local resources I want to access. Steam will not connect, Origin will not connect, my outlook won't be able to connect to gmail. Several websites will fail to display, and I can't even access my home/media server. Pressing the switch off then back on will fix all these issues for about 24 hours and the cycle repeats. I routinely check for updated firmware, but have not found anything so far. The router it's linked to is a Netgear R6300 which has been a very solid performer.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It looks kind of cool
Cons: WIFI didn't work, almost at all.
3 strikes you're out. Went through three of these before returning the last one and buying a Netgear R6200 instead. See other thoughts
Other Thoughts: First unit: wifi clients on either radio (2.4ghz/5ghz) would randomly disconnect, or remain associated but not pass any traffic.
Second Unit: would not broadcast SSID at all on either radio
Third Unit: Same behavior as the first. It wasn't just one device that would drop, but ALL of them ranging from mobile phones, to laptops to wireless printers.
Purchased a Netgear R6200, set my SSID and passphrases the same as they were programmed on the Linksys and all the devices connected on their own, and stayed connected.
Linksys is usually my first choice for consumer routers, I've never had an issue with them and i prefer their interface over the other brands, but this experience will have me thinking twice. It would be bad enough if this was on a bottom of the line device, but there's no excuse for this performance on their flagship consumer device, and yes, the routers were updated to the latest firmware.