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ASUS RT-AC5300 - Reviews, Prices, Specs and Alternatives
Like something designed by Sauron, or Darth Vader the garish design of the ASUS RT-AC5300 screams "gaming!" and "bad ass" right off the box. This is one of the more specialized routers that ASUS built to match its foray into the gaming industry.
The RT-AC5300 looks like a robot upturned spider, with 8 bulky antennas and this boasts extreme range and connectivity. Just because its built for gamers and streamers doesn't mean its not for the every-man but its list of features are robust and too long for this review. It broadcasts three wireless bands, one 2.4GHz band at 1000 Mbps for older legacy devices, along with two 5GHz bands at 2167Mbps 802.11ac. The purpose of this is to have older devices on the 2.4GHz band, freeing up the 5GHz bands for new devices that are used for gaming and 4k streaming, or a home office with multiple devices. There is a USB 3.0 slot and 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports on the rear and one is for connecting to a modem (this isn't a router-modem mind you) which is too bad since a built in modem would have been nice. Inside is a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM. Other features include WPA-Enterprise and WAP2-Enterprise encryption, MU-MIMO, adaptive QoS (after all, this is a router primarily geared at gamers, so gaming and media traffic can be given higher priority), guest network functionality, VPN servers, 3G and 4G data sharing and link aggregation, which combines multiple network connections to increase throughput. Installation is fast and straightforward via web browser, not as good and user friendly as Netgear's Genie but okay nonetheless.
At around the $300 - $400 price range, this is indeed expensive and if you do not need any fancy features and preferential settings for gaming and streaming, this might put you off and a more business geared router is for you. But for gamers like me this is a must have and is one of the top gaming and media routers to date.
- Extremely fast
- Powerful and long Wi-Fi coverage
- Easy setup and tweaking
- Tri-band for multiple devices
- One USB 3.0 port
- Design isn't to everyone's liking
- USB speeds are slow
- MU-MIMO technology
- Built-in access to WTFast
ASUS RT-AC5300 is a very popular option at the top of the price range. It's in the top 3 bestselling routers and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as ASUS RT-AC3200 or NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 .
ASUS RT-AC5300 is $70.77 more expensive than the average router ($124.21).
- 1024-QAM technology - 80% faster 5 GHz at up to 2100 Mbps, 66% faster 2.4 GHz at up to 1000 Mbps
- 33% greater 2.4 GHz coverage with 4 transmits, 4 receives (4T4R) antenna design, able to reach our widest-ever coverage up to 5000 SQFT.
- Expansive Connectivity Options: with exclusively has 8 x Gigabit LAN ports for up to eight Ethernet-compatible devices to connect simultaneously.
- Powerful 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, Faster USB data transfers enjoy up to over 100 MB/s speed and the router download/upload speed (WAN-LAN throughput) up to 1.8 Gbps.
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