LANPORTSOVERWHELMING

ASUS RT-AC88U

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - Ian Chee

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.

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