Asus - AC3100 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router - Black

Enjoy smooth 4K video playback and fast file sharing with this Asus RT-AC3100 wireless router, which offers data transfer speeds up to 3150 Mbps using dual-band technology. An SPI firewall and encryption ensure your information is secure.

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5
Expensive but worth it Posted by: from: on Powerline networking and hard cables weren't an option for us and we've been suffering with a so-so Netgear wireless router for about 3 years now. Finally, I decided it was time to step up to something better and this unit exceeded my expectations. After about 15 minutes of setup I swapped it in for the old router and, in my office, which is literally on the other side of our house, my data rate went from about 12-14mbps to 127mbps. More importantly, the 1 to 3 second dropouts, where I was getting no data rate at all, are gone. Pros: - Easy setup (just make sure you're really connected to your ISP before you run it) - Very powerful (no signal strength issues here) - Fast enough to serve at least three high load connections simultaneously Cons: - Expensive for a dual-band unit Bottom Line: If, like me, you had a persistent issue with uneven bandwidth and spotty connections, this may be the solution you've been looking for.

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

5
Nice Upgrade-Beast Mode Posted by: from: on Got this beast of a router to replace my AirPort Extreme 802.11n (5th Generation). So far, I have close-to-zero complaints. I am consistently getting better speeds, better connectivity distance, better reliability (especially during HD and UHD streaming to my basement), and the new router is very capable in terms of handling as many devices as I've thrown at it simultaneously (most was 8; 5 streaming devices while other 3 devices were just web surfing). I am also a big fan of the web UI, which allows you to set up VPN across the network and a slew of other modifiable network settings and configs. Only small complaint is the 10,000 small blinking lights on the front/top of router. This is sitting open on a desk in my center, master bedroom and every night I have to put a little Ringwraith figure over the set of lights to block them out. Otherwise, they illuminate the room enough to disturb sleep. Ultimately, this is an issue with all modems/routers I have bought and/or considered over the years. All in all, definitely recommend and approve of this router.

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

5
3rd Router (ASUS WINS) Posted by: from: on I purchased the AC-3100 after the purchasing the following that just did not suit my needs. I purchased the NETGEAR AC-5300 (440 DOLLAR ROUTER) Amped AC-2600 (not available at best buy) GOOGLE ON HUB (ASUS) so after experiencing all the the three from the list above I can honestly say (RELIABILITY) the ASUS AC3100 beat the rest HANDS DOWN. the INTERFACE is the most simple and quickest out of the 3 (Minus the google) but the google onhub was just a little to basic for my needs with lots of features missing. if you are a standard user with no computer or networking experience I STILL RECCOMEND THE ASUS AC3100 (plug it in and its super super easy to set up) I am not going to go through specifications as most of you will do your OWN research, I am basically telling you (THROUGHPUT AND RELIABILITY) this unit is excellent. the RANGE on the 2.4 is brilliant and the speeds on the 5Ghz are impressive. very happy with my purchase and I am so glad I am finished on finding the perfect router. enjoy peeps

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

1
Good router... When it works... Posted by: from: on I've had many problems with this router over the 6 months I've owned it. From connection issues to speed issues. I would have to factory reset every couple weeks. Asus tech support was a joke. if you can get ahold of someone you can understand when you call them, good for you. Every time i called, and waited on hold forever, they tried blaming anything and everything other than the router. They said settings on my pc were wrong at one point. Even tried blaming cox, who I called first every time to verify everything was ok on there end to the modem. Once i finally got someone to accept it was the router, i had to pay shipping to get it fixed or replaced with a refurbished model (and it is not light so even flat rate shipping with ins. is $20+). I guess a firmware update finally fixed the problem though, so far... Now that its working, WIFI range is a joke for almost a $300 router and thanks to a firmware update at some point, you cant adjust the power to try to get better range. It even has it listed in the manual. My devices lose connection a whole 50 Ft away from the router. And on top of all that Best Buy changed there return policy (I dont know when, i just know it used to be longer) to 15 days and when I tried to exchange it on day 17 for the same exact model, i was told there was nothing they could do and i would have to file a warranty claim, which Best Buy does not handle for Asus.

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

1
5G Band simply doesn't work. Posted by: from: on I'd been impressed with my previous ASUS router which is why I purchased this one without reservation. It setup fairly easily and looks impressive but I found out quickly that unlike my previous experience this one was not going to go as well. I at first thought there might be something wrong with my ASUS nic so I starting running a series of tests. I noticed first that "Smart Connect" didn't work right. It would cause the network to stall which I think is probably related to the non functional 5g. Thankfully I had my old ASUS router to connect to which allowed me to finally narrow down the issue. I found that no matter what I did I could not connect to the new routers 5 g even though it was showing a very strong signal and I could connect to my old router that had weaker signal. I'm glad I figured this out in time so I can get this exchanged. I'll go with another one. If 5G works on the replacement and there aren't any other problems then I'll up this reviews stars. A lot of people probably have the same issue and don't even know it.

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

1
Unreliable product, poor support Posted by: from: on Bought this router to replace an older Asus router that stopped working. It was easy to setup and worked great for a few days. It started losing Internet connectivity about once a week forcing me to reset it to connect to the internet. On day 32 from purchase it locked up and was not visible on the network and would not connect to the internet. Went through trouble shooting with Asus who finally issued an RMA number. A few weeks and $20 in shipping later, I received a rebuilt router. So now I've paid full retail plus $20 for a refurbished product. It worked for a week before having the same problem. This time I took the router to Best Buy to see if they would take this lemon back. The Lafayette, LA store manager, Mark, refused to do anything to help. He stated we were not out of any money since we can return to asus. Guess he doesn't consider $20 shipping as money plus the additional time without a product we paid almost $300 for. Poor customer service from both Best Buy and Asus. Don't recommend this product or this store. It's online for me from now on.

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

5
Wow! Impressed! Posted by: from: on We have primarily Apple products running on WiFi in our house. We switched from the latest model of the Apple Airport Extreme because it could not cover all parts of our house and using range extenders were a royal pain. So, this is our replacement and let me tell you that I am going to get rid of the AE and the range extenders. Coverage is fantastic - reaching those places that once had NO signal. The signal is strong and FAST when connected on AC via 5 GHz. Furthermore, Apple could learn a thing or two about the ease of set up from the AC3100. Asus nailed it on the ease of setup - I think it's actually easier than the AE. I was literally up and running in less than 2 minutes! I also love all the information (e.g. connected devices, usage etc.) that the Asus utility offers - unlike the AE which only offers the bare minimum information. Highly recommended!

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

5
Great router Posted by: from: on We had an old Apple time capsule (wireless n) with an airport express base station extending the signal to the front of the house. This router blows the Apple router away. Where we used to get 35mbps, we now get a full 60mbps...without the need of an extender! A few notes: Asus does a good job at updating their firmware. Be sure to update it when you hook up the router. Also, take advantage of link aggregation if you have a Mac Pro or other computer with two Ethernet ports. It is easy to set up and it makes a difference! Overall this is a very nice router and with more wireless devices than ever it is important to invest in a strong network. This router keeps everything going strong!

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

5
Router replaced combo of old router and extender Posted by: from: on I have a 3300 square feet house. As my Verizon FIOS Quantum Gateway router's wireless signal is not strong enough, I had a ASUS N66R wireless router connected to the Verizon Quantum Gateway router at one extreme end of the house. In addition, I had a Netgear AC1200 WiFi range extender located at the center of house. With this combination, I still had spotty or drop wireless connections to equipments such as PS4 at the opposite end of the house. After many complaints from my son about network connectivity issues with his PS4 and other gaming consoles located at the opposite end of the house, I decided to purchase the ASUS 3100 router with the initial plan of using this as the new wireless router connecting to the Verizon router and reconfiguring the older ASUS N66R to replace the Netgear AC1200 as the wifi extender or media bridge. To my pleasant surprise, the single ASUS 3100 router has successfully replaced both the ASUS N66R and Netgear AC1200. Without the need for a WIFI extender, the video game consoles such as the PS4 all now have steady WIFI connection from one end of the house communicating with the ASUS3100 router located at the other end of the house. I have 50 mbps plan with Verizon. The far end located PS4 shows connectivity at 28 mbps. My MAC Mini located in an office about 20 feet closer than the game consoles, shows 56 mbps. Though I only have this router for only two days so far, I am happy with my purchase. Though the purchase was expensive, I am glad I paid the extra cost to have a more capable router so that I no longer have to deal with WIFI connectivity issues at the far end of the house.

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

5
Great Router Posted by: from: on This router is amazing. The speed and range is awesome. I had the Asus RT-N66U before this but it just couldn't keep up with my new 155/15 internet connection. This router is giving me wireless download speeds of 180-200 since our connection is running closer to 200 down most of the time. I am very happy with this purchase great router and highly recommend it.

8 out of 8 found this review helpful.

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