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ASUS RT-AX88U AX6000 Dual-band Wi-Fi Router, AiProtection Lifetime Security by Trend Micro, AiMesh Compatible for Mesh Wi-Fi System, Next-Gen Wi-Fi 6, Wireless 802.11Ax, 8 x Gigabit LAN ports

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  • Next-Gen Wi-Fi Standard - 802.11ax Wi-Fi standard for better efficiency and throughput.
  • Ultrafast Wi-Fi Speed - 6000 Mbps Wi-Fi speed to handle even the busiest network with ease.
  • Wider Usage and More Convenience - 4 x antennas + 8 x LAN ports to support more clients at the same time.
  • Commercial-grade Security - AiProtection, powered by Trend Micro, blocks internet security threats for all your connected smart devices.
  • Better Partner with Mesh System - Compatible with ASUS AiMesh Wi-Fi system for seamless whole-home coverage.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
ASUS finally got RT-AX88U right. 2/10/2020 8:27:24 AM

Overall Review: Initially purchased in Feb. 2019 and sent it back due to hardware issues; ASUS Support. Purchased again Nov. 2019 (Newegg Black Friday deal). ASUS seems to have fixed the hardware quality and firmware issues. Took it out of the box and did a firmware update and everything has been great since. The mesh network was not stable with my old ASUS RT-AC68R using Ethernet as the backbone. It wasn’t an issue for me because the RT-ax88U was good enough for 3000+ sqft. home. I currently have 2 ax clients and numerous legacy clients. I will buy another ASUS WIFI 6 router when the prices drop later in the year.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Unstable 5G and slow 2.4G 1/1/2020 11:03:56 AM

Pros: Nice looking, 8 wired ports, WiFi 6,

Cons: 5G is unreliable: drops regularly and requires router reboot 1 to 2 times a day
2.4G is stable but lags

Overall Review: 5G disconnects regularly and unable to have a device access 5G again until router is rebooted. Noticeable lag using streaming devices whenever you want fast forward or play after pausing. My wireless N router was far more responsive and until recently never lost connection. Extremely disappointed with this router and ASUS as a result. I will likely have to return this router as it clearly was released before it was ready.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

We're sorry to hear about the unfortunate experience you had with the 5G network on this model. We would recommend that you follow the steps below. For better compatibility with older wireless adapter/client, you may test with 'Smart connect' disabled (Wireless -> General)
Try the following if the problem still persists:
1. Wireless -> General -> 5GHz -> Select 'Legacy' or 'N only' in Wireless Mode
. Change channel bandwidth to '20 MHz' or '40 MHz' (Wireless -> General -> Band = 5GHz)
3. Wireless -> Professional -> 5GHz -> disable Explicit beam-forming and Universal Beam-forming.
For further assistance please feel free to reach out to us by email: customerloyalty@asus.com. Please use a link to this review as reference. Looking forward to your response in the future. Have an extraordinary day from ASUS.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Best Regards,
Joan
ASUS Customer Loyalty US Support
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
ASUS RT-AX88U 12/12/2019 10:36:36 AM

Pros: Good security options.

Cons: Poor documentation on those good security options. Also it insists on connecting to your browser (for setup) with http instead of https. My current browser didn't like that at all and I had to install a different browser that didn't mind http (it was easier that way). Once inside the router you can set it to talk https. You would think that would be the default. Would have given 4 eggs if it had better docs.

Overall Review: Haven't had it long but like it so far. It might be a little tough to set up if you are new at this.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Great product with learning curve 12/11/2019 10:21:43 AM

Pros: Great stability and coverage once initial learning curve sorted

Cons: Some default settings are not good. Example DHCP query frequency = aggressive. This is not good on Comcast it appears.

Overall Review: I have been a longtime ORBI customer. I had an ASUS router years ago and have gone back hopefully for reliability...

I put this unit central to a 4k sq ft home. I have about 90% coverage which is fantastic and has allowed me to dump the ORBI. I am adding AIMESH next week and hoping that improves remaining gaps.

Configuration wise, this product is much more complex than ORBI or Google based on what I read. Once you get all the kinks out, I am confident you will be happy. One example of a challenge that almost resulted in sending back as 1 example: DHCP query frequency defaults to agressive. This appears to be a huge nono on Comcast which dropped me a few times in the initial days. I assume my router was spamming them for a new lease.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Set up just easy 123 12/10/2019 8:15:06 PM

Pros: I had use it for 2 weeks so far, I don’t see any problem. The signal is strong and fast. I had about 20 devices at home and run smoothly. My kids are happy now and never complain lag and lost signal again when they are playing game.

Overall Review: Great product and recommend it .

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Anonymous
4/ 5
Good router but still buggy and Lackluster GUI 12/7/2019 8:32:02 PM

Pros: Lots of GB LAN ports
Ability to split 5G and 2.4G network names and passwords
Multiple guest networks
Time machine compatible
Able to flash with Merlin firmware for additional features
Support for configuring the router to use VPN from multiple providers

Cons: The Asus firmware lacks a wifi scanner to see busy nearby channels
Firmware/GUI is not impressive for being a pricey home router
Wifi will occasionally "freeze." A firmware update mid-2019 somewhat helped this but it still happens. Merlin firmware has the same "bug."
Not compatible with DD-WRT
Some of the built in "features" (Trend) send data to Trend if enabled
Slow to reboot or power on

Overall Review: Ive used this router for about a year, mostly as a switch and wireless access point, with GB FIOS. Wired traffic is rock solid. The midsummer 2019 firmware corrected most the wifi issues except wifi freezes for a few second from time to time, I notice it maybe once or twice a day on my laptop when connected to a wired PC through the router: the wired pc will still have LAN (and WAN) access but wireless clients will say connected but have no net for a few seconds and then function again.
The cpu is a quad core but without scanning or analysis enabled, load doesn't appear to scale to use the additional cores. Wifi speed is very fast. Gaming etc work fine without enabling the router features for them.

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5/ 5
Glad to have Wifi 6 11/22/2019 4:00:12 AM

Pros: Amazing router hardware that can be upgraded to Merlin DDWRT straight away (if you dont, uh, you should). I have the Rt-88u at my place and bought the rt-ax88u for family. It's the same router but with the better tech -its as simple as that.

Cons: I found that my broadcom wifi driver was WAYYYYYYY too old... like 2016.. you might find some devices refuse to connect to this device, but that's because they need a driver update. I did my laptop in 2 min and it was able to connect. If you use this router on craap old 802.11ac, then it's easy enough to disable the ax protocol and use ac only.. bu then, if you can't be bothered to update a driver, why are you buying next gen AX/ 802.11ax tech anyway...

Overall Review: Love it. Same as the old rt-88u but with next gen wifi.. can't complain... UPGRADE TO MERLIN DDWRT for Gard's sake... it's just better.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Lasted One Year 11/18/2019 6:09:27 PM

Pros: This router was great for the year that it worked. I bought this when it first came out thinking I would have the best technology for many years before having to replace it. However it lasted exactly 1 year and 2 weeks before going dead. Not a single light. And yes, the AC transformer works fine (I was hoping that was the problem too}.

Although I have had good luck with Asus products in the past, will be looking for a more durable router.

Cons: Short Life

Overall Review: Great router while running.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Dean P.,

I'm sorry to hear that your unit stopped functioning after a year. All ASUS products undergo intensive quality control, testing and inspections. What you've experienced was not intentional or representative of our brand. If you bought your unit a year ago, you are well within warranty. I recommend having the device sent to ASUS for service under warranty through an RMA. If you'd like to use our Online RMA tool I have provided a link below, or I'd be happy to help you through the process myself. If you have any general or technical questions, please email me at cl-lane@asus.com and include case #N191157843 for reference.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best regards,
Lane
ASUS Customer Loyalty – US Support
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