ASUS AC2900 WiFi Dual-band Gigabit Wireless Router Review

Tech today I want to show you a new router that I’m installing and this was part of Black Friday deals in Canada the asus AC 2900 also known as the rtac 86 U is a high-end gaming router that is AC dual band with some extra functions it has a 1.8 gigahertz dual-core processor very highly SPECT power wise for CPU for a router it has range boost AI mesh so you could get multiple of these and added into a mesh system which I do not think I have to do as my current router which is the tp-link has been able to serve the house fine.

ASUS AC2900 WiFi Dual-band Gigabit Wireless Router Review

ASUS AC2900 WiFi Dual-band Gigabit Wireless Router Review

But I have been having problems with this router so it is time to retire it because I’ve been getting weird Wi-Fi brownouts every time I try and upload a video or do any kind of a big upload on my tp-link my download speed takes a huge hit and it’s telling me that I have poor internet according to this router which my old Asus router never did that and my old Asus and router died so I wanted to get another Asus router and this one seemed like the perfect time  and it was on for  a gigabit switch so you get four ports you get a USB 3.0 port USB 2.0 port LAN port you can turn the LEDs on and off you can turn the Wi-Fi on and off hard buttons you and the like I said you can run a mesh and it provides a hundred and twenty percent coverage on just this standalone one router versus most routers it does have a very nice app and it includes lots of security that’s the other thing that I didn’t like about this one this was another Black Friday deal from two years ago and the problem that I had with that one it is no longer getting any security updates so as far as I could tell it was never patched for the wpa2 vulnerability crack I believe it’s  called I went and tried to get firmware for it last firmware for this was like mid 2017 and it has not received any security update since so that’s part of the reason why this one needs to go away go to decommission that and we’ll hook up the new ASIS now all right here we are on first boot of the asus AC a6u and it does have its own setup page I’m using the webpage I’m not using WPS or anything like that I’m going to set it up manually so you go to router Asus comm this is the splash screen you get and also I’m gonna have to set up for bridge mode because I do have a a DSL router there a modem and that is my wham connection to the Internet and I’ll set this to pppoe bridge so far I’ve just been going through the set up a network wizard on the webpage and it’s been really really good it’s it was entering your credentials for your internet setup your SSID for your home network on what you want for Wi-Fi settings and then automatically it’s already connected to the internet now we have all white lights on the front we’re before I had a red for WAM so it’s already connected and now it wants me to download the newest firmware and now it’s doing a firmware upgrade right off the bat that is excellent color me impressed this is just the default setup I’ve got the network up and running this is the adaptive QoS setting and it has a bandwidth monitor but I also then have my phone on and I’m just going to run a bandwidth test here on my phone and I’ve this is now the third time I’m running this I can’t believe it my upload my download speed is the same I’m on slow country internet ADSL my upload speed used to be point five up and now this new router is getting me a peak of one point five down sustained one point three seven almost one point four and on this bandwidth monitor – it’s been tracking it over double my old upload rate just by swapping at my routers let’s see hopefully that holds see how it runs after I get it tweaked a bit more I just turned on the QoS and I’ve set it on to auto automatic but there’s profiles now games media streaming web surfing choose your priority I wanted to customize and this is you the order that you can rearrange anything so I work from home I’m always in video audio conferences and using VoIP so I put those at the top then gaming them web surfing them file transfer and then other what’s in other pinging check includes other things okay I’m gonna try speed test now with QoS enabled oh come more I got a new phone so I haven’t put all my fingers in yet iPhone 8 you’ll get some better slow-mo footages of this who downloads better it slightly better upload here comes upload let’s see point five come on jump up yes oh guys my live stream is gonna be so much better one point six up one point six I’m used to point six on a good day how was this router getting twice as good upload that is unbelievable ah yeah okay guys this router is a beast I am streaming a video streaming a video running a speed test so I’ve got dual streams happening and now we’ll run the speed test and see what we get still getting four whoa how is this managing this I’m still getting a full download speed on my speed test while it’s still playing video how is this possible I could never do stuff like this before guys buy a good router holy crap I’m still getting 1.5 up while downloading to streams HD and it’s not gone all crazy pixelated either it’s full quality I could never do that before and I was still getting a way better speed result than I ever got in the past my upload 1.3 and download is almost no full speed guys that’s crazy okay huge recommendation for the asus AC 86 you that is unbelievably good the other thing that i really like about the asus routers is their interface this is the one of the best router interfaces I’ve ever done also if you’re if you’re really into networking you can firmware modify these to run Merlyn and I’ve heard that is really good as well I’ve never used the Merlyn but I did used to back in the day on my Linksys routers run the wrt open wrt but so far the asus interface has always done everything I’ve always wanted to do things I really like because it shows you all the clients immediately gives you a nice topology of all your clients that are connected and what they’re connected on for what interface and what bandwidth you can view a list of all your devices which is pretty cool there’s also the it gives you your Wan’s stuff there but there’s new things in this router ai protection I haven’t even tried yet adaptive quality of service is what’s new to me I had it on before I wanted a game boost to change anything here I didn’t change anything here what the fast is are it’s already enabled by default this is the gaming private  network and it’s supposed to optimize my packet so for some reason my quality of services turned off so let me turn that  back on again although I didn’t seem to need it will apply adaptive QoS make sure my customization is still oh it lost it yeah I don’t know I don’t game online so that’s fine it’s probably like that that’s fine apply oh I agree did I not apply it last time maybe I didn’t apply it okay now we’ll try it again with quality service actually enabled just taking a look here in some of the advanced setting and I found the nitro QAM which is one of the marquee features of this router it’s under modulation scheme in wireless advanced tab and if you click on this it by default it’s already set to Nitro and you have your two older options there so that’s that’s cool I actually have to look up the specs of what this is nitro QAM but so far and he seems to be possibly the key reason why this router works so well just for comparison sake I want to try this on another device now I am getting a slower upload but I’ll test again I’m also using a different speed tester this is just by typing in Google speed tests maybe it looks like they have a built in speed tester now yeah I’m getting slower speeds on this phones I was testing the other speeds on an iPhone 8 which likely has one of the newest Wi-Fi radios available because it just came out last year this one’s two years old so that’s what I’m getting over Wi-Fi on this device and now we’ll try it wired let’s see what we get wired in okay this is the speed test directly wired in through gigabit ethernet from my imac directly into the router we’re getting 5.9 down this also highlights how poor my internet is I mean my Internet’s bad compared in probably fifty percent of the population that has internet or does internet things all day hmm alright we’ve dropped down to normal speeds now for some reason just gonna retest this on my iPhone 8 and see if we still get the high speeds cuz so far this is the only device that’s getting really good upload or maybe bail caught on because that is a higher upload speed that I was getting than what I pay for Oh neato so maybe that’s the nitrile QAM off to look up to see if the iPhone 8 has a radio that does the Nitro QAM it’s 1024 bit QAM the client must also have the tech so it allows higher bandwidth over 2.4 gigahertz it seems the other thing to check is Wi-Fi sweet spot so I’m going to start my test I’m on the 5 gigahertz band right now so this will be full AC speed this will be the maximum best that this router can do I’m sitting right beside it I’m getting 705 which is whoo that’s crazy high 705 megabits I think I was only getting like 200-300 when I tested my old red or I’d have to go back and look at the footage of the tp-link 695 so let’s walk around and we’ll see how it drops off as we go just inside the room 690 downstairs it’s kind of a bad area back in here it used to be 200 – 70 – 2 – OH – still getting 200 megabits a second and in what used to be almost a dead zone over 600 – the consoles that’s good I do have Wi-Fi extensions and use in this back room because this as soon as you walk back here it becomes almost a dead zone yeah look at it drop right off but still we’re getting 180 as I’ve just walked in front of the door we’ll see if as I get deeper into this room if it can still feed it 201 1578 used to drop right out here remember I’m on 5 gigahertz which five Agurs does not have great penetrate it’s down to very low but still though 65 megabits per second in the back at corner and I used to only get 3 so that 120 % increased coverage is accurate this is good move over here to where I’m over top wore my xbox is nice so I possibly don’t even have to run my extensions anymore but I still have them  250 wow we can’t oh yeah because then if you stand still it does Wi-Fi targeting see I moved around it dropped I’m moving it’s dropping if stay stationary should it should race and it did check that out that’s what do they call that Wi-Fi targeting that is super cool then you move around it will draw neato great router

In this ASUS AC2900 WiFi Dual-band Gigabit Wireless Router Review, I have explained that what makes this product best for you and why you should invest in it.

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