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Amazing Hardware, but needs a lot of software love
Posted by: Howie from: on
Picked up this router the other day, I've been waiting for it to come out and to pass my time I was using the Asus AC3100. First off this thing is HUGE, make sure you have a lot of room wherever you put it.
I'm a huge fan of ASUS's UI, especially compared to Netgear and other router companies. I love how you can monitor packets being sent on an individual device basis and see where they are going. Definitely cool to see what your PC is connecting to and doing when you aren't around. This router has a lot of the features of their other high end models like the ASUS RT-AC88U and the Previous RT-AC5300.
I am a big fan of the Trend AiProtection on these routers for an extra layer of security. Also I really love the phone app they have for their routers. You can pretty much control everything from it.
So lets first talk about the hardware. Quadcore 1.8 ghz, some of my work laptops aren't even this powerful. The signal strength is very good on this router. I live in a 3 story TH, and the router is in the basement in a closet. I have no issues getting a signal on the top floor. My current phone shows an Excellent signal Strength with a Link Speed of 390mbps right now. I currently have 14 devices connected. The majority on the 1st 5ghz network and 3 on the 2.4ghz. I have not put anything on the 2nd 5ghz network yet, but I will soon be adding my Wii U and Xbox to it.
Now here is why I'm going to say you might want to hold off on this router. While the hardware is great, the software needs a lot of work. This router has been available for about 2 months world wide (and 1 week in the US) and its already had 4 firmware updates. There are a lot of annoying UI issues such as not being able to rename connected devices (after the first few are done). Connected Wifi Devices mysteriously disappearing from the Network Map (this is a display issue only, but annoys me a lot since the same issue was happening on my AC3100). There is a few other issues I've seen folks on other message boards post about but have not confirmed them myself. For the cost of this router it should be almost flawless out the door, it shouldn't have these annoying little UI issues. Now obviously they are trying to fix the issues as you can see by all the firmware updates, but 4 in a month means this router wasn't ready for prime time. Anyways for now I'm giving it 3 stars, ASUS routers usually don't hit their full potential until 6 months to a year of being out and most of the software issues are resolved.
10 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Good, but needs work
Posted by: Crazy8 from: on
I purchased this device from bestbuy. Setup was fairly easy, only issue I had was having to power cycle cable modem so router could find internet connection. Another disappointment was link aggregation not being functional with my synology ds916+. That was one of the reasons I purchased this, was to remove my cisco switch. Hopefully they will fix this issue. Wifi range is no better than my rt ac-1900. I've had high hopes for this router, but it may take a few months for Asus to iron out all the issues. With luck all the issues will be ironed out in future firmware updates.
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Technically Advanced and Powerful
Posted by: Gamer from: on
I picked up the GT-5300AC Saturday morning (5/6/2017) to replace my RT-3100AC and it's running perfectly! All my wireless devices are far more responsive like IP cameras, Pioneer stereo app and the router web interface itself.
The features I currently use and are working great, include:
Link Aggression to server 2012 r2 which is also my DNS, Media, and FS server.
All Network Protections are enabled
Asus Router App
Steps for setting up the router that worked for me:
1.) Download the latest firmware update from Asus's website.
2.) Hook router up to a computer that's offline in port #3 and use Firefox browser to connect to the web interface.
3.) Select manual setup. Asus's setup wizards are always clunky.
4.) Choose DHCP for your WAN setup unless you know you have a static address, which most residential setups do not.
5.) Once you get through the manual setup, update the firmware and reboot.
6.) Now plug the WAN into your modem. Verify you can get out to the internet.
7.) You can now enable any features you wish and tweak your settings.
At this time you will see how fast it begins work.
Please note that in my picture I use a Cooler Master NotePal X-Lite II - Ultra Slim Laptop Cooling Pad with 140 mm Silent Fan for cooling as an option. This is not required, I choose this method of cooling for all my routers.
I hope this can help for those experiencing technical difficulties with this router.
9 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Good Wifi Unit
Posted by: ernie599 from: on
So I just purchased this unit and it took me about 30 min to set it all up from my previous Asus Router RT-AC1900P to this one. I had 2 of these units in order to get wifi coverage throughout my 4,200sq ft lot. house is 1555 only but I could not get good coverage in the back room or back yard, Now with this unit no issues.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: DasWaX from: on
I have had this router for 2 days, upgraded from my RT-AC68R and noticed a difference it speeds right away with a lower ping and loading of my streaming services. The routers dash board is very informative as well. Time to start checking out all these new settings. Hopefully MerlinWRT makes updates for this as well :)
4 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: tedg from: on
I bought this router when it went on sale even though I was worried about reading the other reviews about stability and all of the issues they were having. As soon as I received it, i upgraded the firmware to the 4/28 version that was available and let me say I LOVE IT! It's been up for over a week now and hasn't dropped the connection once! I would definitely recommend this router to anyone looking for high performance!
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Amazing feature set that simply does not work
Posted by: Lavey from: on
I bought the Netgear R9000 before I knew about this Asus router. I owned the 66U, 68U and AC3100 which have all been rock solid with zero issues. When I saw this 1.8 Ghz quad core CPU with 1 gig of ram beast was at my local Best Buy, I exchanged the R9000 for it. That was a huge mistake. I set the router up with a new login and password, setup the three SSID's and off I went! My PC have the PCE-AC88 and I saw the full 2.1Mbps on the 5Ghz band that the adapter advertises and the 1Gpbs the 2.4 Ghz band advertises. But to my disappointment that is where the fun ended. This router constantly lost all connectivity sporadically every few minutes, the longest I ever stay connected was 58 minutes, yes I began timing it. I contacted Asus and that was another mistake. Their support is notoriously horrible and I got to experience that. I let them know in the first e-mail what was going on and they told me to factory reset the router, which had been done and proved to not work (but I did it again anyway just to be sure). After I replied to them saying it did not help they told me to cripple my network by making the connection the wireless N standard only! Nope sorry Asus, I have the AC3100 and its perfectly fine without using ONLY the wireless N standard. After I e-mailed them stating I would not change my setup, they thanked me for being part of the Asus family and closed the ticket. Thank Asus. Obviously this is a router problem as my Asus AC3100 is perfectly fine with the EXACT same settings and the Netgear R9000 was also perfectly fine running the same settings. DO NOT buy this router, but a different brand like the Synology RT2600 for much less. Stay away from Asus and stay away from this router.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
$399 Paper Weight! Very Disappointing!!
Posted by: Superman from: on
Being a Proud Owner of Asus RT-AC5300, i was very existed to buy GT-AC5300 and was hoping to increase Wifi Range, USB Read/Write Speed, etc. But what a disappointment!!!
I spend close to 4 Hrs try to troubleshoot the router and could not connect to my Verizon FIOS internet. Router's Software is terrible, it was keep crashing and becomes un-responsive after login into router setup, and every time i reboot router Its resets its self to back to default settings.
It seems like Router has been rushed to the market. Also Router was overheating, even though it was placed in sub 40F environment in the basement, where i already had my RT-AC5300 for years and never had any heating issue.
Comparison - GT-AC5300 vs RT-AC5300
- GT-AC5300 VS RT-AC5300 has same footprint / thickness, and body.
- GT-AC5300 Antennas are taller VS RT-AC5300 Antennas
- GT=AC5300 Antennas are slimmer VS RT-AC5300 Antennas
- GT-AC5300 has 1GB RAM VS RT-AC5300 has 512MB RAM = This will help with the NAS Setup or when you are trasferring large files , e.g 70GB.
1.8 Ghz Quad Core Processor
8 Gig Ports.
2 X USB 3.0 Ports.
- Could not setup the Router as Router Keep crashing!!! and could not conduct any TESTING.
- Software Crashes every second.
- Router Could not connect to the FIOS Internet.
- Router Resets to Default settings every time Router Reboots.
- Overheating Issue.
Final Decision = Returned GT-AC5300 and KEEPING RT-AC5300!
I would expect great WiFi products from Asus as being Product owner of previous routers like - AC1750, AC1900, and AC5300.
7 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Good Router , BUT Many Software Issues!
Posted by: TheWraith from: on
Is it only me, or is the Firmware BUGGY, I mean this router is awesome an all, BUT, for some odd reason this router will reset itself, I mean, I've noticed a decrease in Ping times ETC, But like if I'm gaming, this router out of the Blue will just reboot itself. I checked the Firmware update page in which the router did do it's update to the latest, the longest I've gotten it not to reboot would be like 10 maybe 20 mins then BAM! it will reboot itself, Very Annoying, can find anything on this issue, I don't know if their are others that are experiencing the same issue or not, but this router will just plain reboot by itself with no apparent reason, Another note to mention, i'll notice the memory section is like 97% used which is odd, like it's got a memory leak or something. I may end up taking this one back and exchanging it for another one because this rebooting syndrome is annoying, especially if theirs hardly anything connected to it whether it be wireless or wired.
2 out of 4 found this review helpful.
In Short: Dont Get it!!!
Posted by: T1root from: on
I had waited for this router since its initial review at CES 2017 and on the first day of the initial release on Best Buy, I eagerly bought it. This GT-AC5300 was the perfect router for my needs: it had 8 ports, Link Aggregate Controller Protocol, Intrusion Protection and Detection services (plus Quad-Core Specs), VPN Client and sweet wireless controller.
But everything went down after the purchase…..
Please note: I know that any new release will have some bugs or beta issues, but not this level of frustration.
Upon receiving the router, I configured it and replace all my other gear with this awesome router, but it keep on rebooting for no known reason. So, I performed a firmware upgrade on the router, but instantly had more stability issues with the router. It got so bad that after two days, I contacted ASUS support with my configs and system logs, only for them to instantly reply back to me to RMA the device.
I was frustrated with the response and that they released an unstable firmware and product that they instantly wanted me to RMA. This RMA would mean I would have to wait for them to “repair”, which could be up to three weeks and I would have to pay for shipping…. I JUST BOUGHT IT.
I replied back to Asus support, that they should review my config and system logs because I wanted to help them and would be willing to wait for them to release new firmware. I just wanted for my ticket to be escalated to a TIER 2 or 3. They replied they would send my information to the engineers. But after that email, I waited a whole week to hear from Asus and received nothing… So I emailed them asking for any update and they replied no new news.
The breaking point was when I setup the vpn client to connect to a VPN server (one of the reason for purchase this router). This caused the router to freak out (even more) and caused my network to come to a crawl, so I deleted the configs. But some how my configs were still saved and it was trying to log into my vpn provider and failing to, even thou I had removed and verify the client configs were removed. (I know this from the system logs).
Conclusion: After 14 days, I returned it to best buy and going to use the money from the previous purchase on a self built pfsense router.