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connected via LAN cable, while keeping the wireless bands free to serve the ever-growing number of devices that don't come with an RJ45 port for their connectivity needs. The eight LAN ports also allow for better use of the 802.3ad Link Aggregation Group technology, which lets you use two RJ45 cables as a single connection when connected to a NAS.
Of course, this doesn't mean the RT-AC88U is skimping on its wireless features. It's an AC3100 router, which means it has a 2.4GHz band going with speeds of up to 1,000Mbps, a 5GHz band going up to 2,167Mbps, and support for MU-MIMO. In other words, this is one router that got you covered whether you prefer good old-fashioned cable connections or wireless. On current tech, our tests have shown that in ranges of 5m, 10m and 15, the RT-AC88U will get 1GB worth of files across devices wirelessly in 42.8, 53.1, and 55.9 seconds, respectively. 4GB, on the other hand, is moved in two minutes 55.8 seconds, two minutes 58.5 seconds, and three minutes
Eight of the LAN ports in all their glory.