Wireless routers usually come with four LAN ports, and the rest of the features usually emphasize on its ability to work wirelessly, hence the name. There have been much advancement in Wi-Fi technology, and unless you're looking at a small network switch, routers usually have the same four LAN ports. This time, we're looking at something a little bit different: the ASUS RT-AC88U.
And the difference is a small, but significant one: it has eight LAN ports. Doubling the number of LAN ports allows for more devices to be and 15.7 seconds, respectively.
Making use of this performance isn't difficult either. The UI is very straightforward and unless you love your network tweaks very much, all you need to do is to go in and set your passwords for the 2.4GHz and 5GHz SSIDs. Even if you don't have a PC with you, you will still be able to go though the setup process using the ASUS Router mobile app. All you need to do to get started is connect to one of the router's default SSIDs.
At this point, you might also be wondering if there is enough space for anything else on a router that has eight LAN ports. The good news is that it does have a USB 2.0 and a USB 3.0 port that seemingly comes as standard on most routers in the class. And if you have a lot of aggressive-looking gear for your gaming setup – notebooks or PC casings with aggressive edges and peripherals of similar design – then the ASUS RT-AC88U fits perfectly in the mix, with or without the four detachable antennas.