Enjoy speedy Internet browsing and gaming with this Asus tri-band gigabit router. A built-in game accelerator enhances gameplay by minimizing game packet loss and lowering ping time. Transmission speeds of 2 Gbps provide quick access speeds. This Asus tri-band gigabit router features advanced privacy and parental controls, including account time limits and schedules that encourage safe browsing.
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Great wifi coverage and strength!
Posted by: Braditude from: on
I am a PC gamer that never really cuts costs when it comes to technology in my house. I recently switched to an ISP that would let you use your own router since their gateway was trash and hardly covered the west side of my house. I knew this was the best product ASUS made right now, so I wanted to give it a shot to meet my needs. I unboxed it on 3/23/16 and it has met my needs and then some. I have about an 1800 sq foot house currently and I have not found a dead zone yet, and I did not even center the router in the main part of the house. I have it isolated in my office and it covers the bed room on the opposite side of the house just fine. I have been using Wifi Analyzer on Android to measure the signal and have not had any issues yet.
The price tag may turn some people off which is fair, it is a hefty price, but for me I just couldn't risk spending less and getting less performance. In my experience you will not get minimal performance with this router.
38 out of 48 found this review helpful.
A bit overpriced for performance
Posted by: Ghostchele from: on
I had a few dead spots in the corners of my house, so I decided to shell out the $400 and replace my 1 1/2 year old Netgear X6 (which was a superb router)... 1st received Asus AC5300 had a busted antenna, so it took forever for me to get it replaced (have your order deliver to your house of you buy it from Besbuy.com, cause router is not available in stores, therefore it is a complete hassle to have it repaired/replaced if you order on line and pick it up at store. Don't make the same mistake I made)... The Router has an awesome look and its massive in size. It looks like something out of StarWars, and although it's missing the extra 2 LAN connections that the Netgear X8 (comparable competition model) has, the Asus makes it up in performance. Coverage is exceptional and best of all, Asus has a much better software than all of the competition combined... A nice software feature is the ability of the Asus to combine all the 3 bands (2.4Ghz, 5.0Ghz A and 5.0Ghz B) all in one, giving users only 1 Wifi to connect to, and the Asus router's hardware/software does a perfect job in placing the connected devices on the perfect band, depending on type and distance of any given device. It works like a champ... On other routers, you would have to choose on either 2.4 'or' 5.0 bands, not allowing you to take advantage of the benefits of each band, like the Asus software does. It makes a huge difference in the traffic of your network.... The Asus also has a decent APP, that lets you do pretty much everything, from blocking users, to give time limit to other users or guests, and even have the capability to shut off router altogether (awesome for those with kids and Internet time management)... The only reason I gave it 4 stars, was the price. I feel that my old Netgear X6 router, would give this new Asus a run for its money, and are very close in speed and coverage, and being almost $150 less, I think I would have stayed with my old Netgear X6... Just for the price... If you have the cash, and want top end Wifi performance, this Asus is hands down the best your money can buy!
13 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Great Router with a Few Short Comings
Posted by: Ajtrek1 from: Overland Park, KS on
This is a review of the Asus RT-AC5300. I’m not going to get all techy; but just give you IMO what the average person is concerned with. That being said the Asus RT-AC5300 is not a router that the average person needs and may disappoint those accustomed to an Apple Time Capsule (I’ll explain later). There are less expensive alternatives that will suffice for most. Furthermore, there are no wireless devices on the market that can take full advantage of the speeds offered by this beast. Only a handful are capable of using the MU-MIMO feature which happen to be a few select cell phones – no PC’s.
This router is designed for those who have:
- A large area to cover and/or thru walls
- More than 5 devices connecting simultaneously (PC’s, cell phones, tablets, game consoles, internet phone and other devices)
- Simultaneous video streaming and/or gaming
- The enthusiast who likes to fine-tune their routing settings
- Those who want to future-proof their network
- Those with an excess of disposable income
Here are the manufacturer highlights copied from the Asus website. If you are unfamiliar with some of the terms you can research them via Google:
- Tri-band (dual 5 GHz, single 2.4 GHz) with the latest 802.11ac 4x4 technology for maximum throughput (5334 Mbps) and coverage (up to 5,000 sq. ft.)
- MU-MIMO technology enables multiple compatible clients to connect at each client's respective maximum speed
- Built-in access to WTFast Gamers Private Network (GPN) of route-optimized servers ensures low, stable ping times for gaming
- AiProtection Powered by Trend Micro provides multi-stage protection from vulnerability detection to protecting sensitive data
- ASUS Smart Connect delivers consistent bandwidth by dynamically switching devices between 2.4 and 5 GHz bands based on speed, load and signal strength
I can attest that the information given by Asus is spot-on in terms of performance. The range of the Asus RT-AC5300 is incredible. The signal strength is amazing. I have four (4) wireless PC’s. Here’s the sustained signal strength I get at 10 feet (direct line of site) and at 30 feet (through a wall). My ISP is Google Fiber at 1Gb. All are connecting to the Asus RT-AC5300 via 802.11 ac (unless otherwise indicated) utilizing ASUS Smart Connect described above:
- Apple MBP (early 2011) 17” – 450 Mbps / 345 Mbps (802.11 n)
- Apple MBP (late 2013) 15” – 1300 Mbps / 702 Mbps
- Apple MBP (mid 2014) 13”- 1300 Mbps / 702 Mbps
- Microsoft Surface Book (2015) – 865 Mbps / 643 Mbps
The Asus RT-AC5300 also has no problem sending a 1GB signal via Ethernet over a long run. I also have two (2) wired desktops. An iMac 27" and a Dell Optiplex 380 SFF both late 2009 models. I ran 50-ft of Ethernet cable between the Asus RT-AC5300 and an Asus RP-68U Dual Band AC1900 Range Extender/Repeater. The iMac and Dell are connected to the Asus RP-68U via Ethernet cable (10-ft and 15-ft respectively). Both receive a 1GB signal provided by Google Fiber. FYI, you can read my review of the Asus RP-68U here on Amazon.
The Asus version of WRT Open Source firmware makes for a powerful and user friendly web interface that gives a high degree of customization. Most will use the default settings unless you are skilled in router settings adjustment.
For all its attributes the Asus RT-AC5300 falls short in a few areas. The main one for me was Time Machine (TM) compatibility. I found it very un-reliable. I tried a Lacie Porsche 4Tb USB 3.0 external drive and a G-Technology 4Tb USB 3.0 external drive attached to the Asus RT- AC5300 with the following results:
- The drive would take a longtime to be found
- TM would indicate preparing backup sometimes over 20 minutes
- Back-ups were slow
- Back-ups would become corrupt and necessitate another full back-up
Another issue I found annoying is that the router would sporadically wake the attached drive and cause it to start spinning or not allow it to spin-down after a back-up. As most know that wears down the write-head and generates damaging heat.The only solutions were to login to the router user interface and dismount the drive or through the computer desktop. Both solutions were un-acceptable and often resulted in having to re-assign the drive to TM.
As I previously had an Apple Time Capsule for over 2 years and never experienced the issues described above my only conclusion was to attribute them to the Asus RT- AC5300. Maybe Asus will address the issue(s) with a firmware update. So my advice to those hoping to use the Asus RT-AC5300 with Time Machine is to steer clear as it may be a game changer especially if more than one Apple PC is in play. In fact the NetGear Nighthawk AC5300 X8 is a more reliable TM device.
FYI, since my laptops (save the MBP 13”) are basically used as desktops replacements I just connected the appropriate size G-Technology external drive to each one. I set TM to only run when connected to power so it isn’t looking for a drive (or attempting) to run a back-up if I happen to move away from the external drive. My Surface Book backs-up to a NetGear NAS via Nova Backup so it’s a non-issue.
That being said I have other uses where the Asus RT-AC5300 is much better than the Apple Time Capsule such as coverage, web interface, Smart Connect, Gaming, better support for a mixed environment and Link Aggregation for up to 2 Gb transfer speed to a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. Although the Asus RT- AC5300 falls short when it comes to LED status lights versus a NetGear Nighthawk AC5300 X8; it still outshines the Apple Time Capsule in this area. I might add that I exchanged my NetGear Nighthawk AC5300 X8 in favor of the Asus RT- AC5300.
In conclusion I’m very satisfied with the Asus RT-AC5300 even though its TM performance is subpar. IMO the benefits out-weigh the negatives. If you are a dedicated Windows user, the TM aspects are of no consequence. I highly recommend giving the Asus RT-AC5300 a look if you want to have the best that technology has to offer and future proofing.
16 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Lives up to hype. #1 router for gaming
Posted by: BlackMage from: on
This router was just released and it is incredible. It's giving wireless speed stronger than my friends direct connected Internet on our Xbox Ones, and we both have Comcast blast! Giving me 180 Mbps directly and 179 wirelessly. Asus really found the diamond in the rough this go 'round! Perfect for any user. Especially for gaming!
6 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Best in class AC5300 router
Posted by: afernando1 from: on
I've read many reviews and compared the technical data between Netgear R8500, Linksys EA9500 and this Asus. I tried the Netgear and Linksys but ended up exchanging both. This Asus has the best overall build quality and custom features. If you don't want to spend the extra $ and don't care about custom firmware or advanced features then I would recommend getting the Netgear or Linksys EA9500. I wanted to like the Linksys model but it had poor design and lack of firmware features/custom firmware. I've been using Asus products for a long time (motherboards, videocards, networking) and SOMETIMES Asus quality is hit or miss. Of the reviews on Newegg, 50% of people got defective units or had issues. This Asus router has the BEST signal, and after trying the Netgear and Linksys, it definitely has better signal. I'm getting 350 mbps down on my desktop with an Asus PCE-AC68 AC1900 network card.
6 out of 10 found this review helpful.
A programmers/Gamers dream
Posted by: Dragon from: on
Not for your average user. This router is used for webhosting or gaming. Quite a few custom options to allow priority port forwarding and bandwidth adjustments on the fly. Extreme range covering all of my 3600 SQF house with at least 3/4 bars of coverage.
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Arkuda from: on
Awesome piece of tech gear! The tri-bands allow for so much more traffic!
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: WARSHARK from: on
Awesome router easy to setup. Asus delivers wifi to everyone in our household. For us gamers this router is beyond what we expected 3 xbox one run smoothly.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Best Router I've had so far
Posted by: cordar2016 from: on
The Asus AC5300 has been nothing but extraordinary for the last 10-11 months. I can get nearly full speed (85-90%) anywhere in my house first floor or second, as well as coverage for the front and back yard. The only downside I have found is that my current internet plan tops out at 300/30. Even with this I am consistently hitting over 260 down, and always over 24 up.
3 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Dude from: on
Works very well. Flaming internet speed. Speed test went from 33 to 80 plus. The range is very good.