ASUS - AC Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router - Black

Stream media, play games online, download files, and do it all at once on multiple devices. This ASUS router will keep everyone in the house connected without interruption. Plus, you can control your home network from anywhere with the ASUS router app.

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$179.99

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Overview

What's Included


  • ASUS Wireless-AC Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router
  • Network cable
  • Software

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1185 out of 1231)

Features


Wireless-AC

Broadcom® TurboQAM™ technology delivers data speeds of up to 1900 Mbps on a dual-band 2.4GHz/5.0GHz frequency. Backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n networks, so you can easily upgrade.

ASUS AiCloud Service

Keep track of photos, videos, documents and more. You’ll be able to access, stream, sync and share the same files on multiple devices.

ASUS AiRadar

Get clearer coverage. Wi-Fi signals will beam directly to your devices, for an intelligently strengthened connection.

QoS (Quality of Service)

Optimize your network. Select bandwidth for different tasks, like streaming videos, gaming online, or video conferencing.

3 detachable antennas

Expand your home network’s range. Deliver the best wireless signal to the area you want, even in a large home.

Built-in Ethernet and USB connections

Connect multiple wired devices with 4 Gigabit LAN ports, 1 Gigabit WAN port, and 2 USB ports.

AiProtection

Keep your network secure with 64- and 128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2-PSK, WPA/WPA2-Enterprise, SPI Firewall and DoS protection. Plus, you can manage parental controls, guest networks and more for your peace of mind.

ASUS router app

Setup your router quickly and easily, plus manage network traffic, diagnose connection issues and update firmware, all from your tablet or smartphone.

System requirements

Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Mac OS X 10.1, Mac OS X or Above, Linux Kernel (Support Ubuntu only), or Linux.


Customer rating

4.7
97%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of ASUS's best...

    Posted
    thedustmonkey
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is the fourth ASUS AC1900 router that I've purchased over the last couple of years. Features to highlight include a 2.4GHz band that still offers reliable connectivity and approximately 15% of max mbps at 100-yard in a suburban environment. The range is considerably diminished for the 5GHz band -- it gets a pretty choppy around at around half that in the 50-yard range. ASUS has been quite aggressive in their continued tweaking and development of features, which is a welcome relief as compared with other products that I've owned. They've released firmware updates almost every month or two for the last two years, much of it in preparation for and fine-tuning of their AiMesh feature, which is now popularized under different names by different brands, but perhaps not so well implemented. I have three routers that kind of "triangulate" my space. This is admittedly a bit of overkill, but nonetheless a significant solution to a few unique configuration problems. While the system and the software -- both browser based and the iOS / Android versions -- are well implemented and of actual intuitive use, I wasn't truly impressed with the feature until I connected the three together with a hardwire for their main internet connection, which my configuration allowed me to do, but is probably not going to be the case in most applications. Without the hardwire, the system still connected and functioned as described, I was simply not getting the speeds that I had before from my either band. Once the hardwire was established, speeds are at max on both bands at a ridiculous diameter around the perimeter of my property. While there have definitely been a few negative reviews, this router has been one of ASUS's flagship models for a little better than two years, and their continued development and support seem to indicate that both they and a large population of owners tend to know that well enough as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The router everyone should have!

    Posted
    Tizeye
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Bought this router solely for it's advanced features that few other consumer level routers have, and frankly, everyone should use. Replaced a perfectly good Apple AirPort Extreme that served me well, but it's simplicity prevented advanced setup and Apple's rumor of getting out of the router business with no future models, it became time to move on. Setup hint - use same network name and password and most devices automatically recognized the Asus and set themselves up. I specifically got this router for the integrated VPN (Virtual Private Network) and supporting DDNS features. I am actually typing this review in Europe which works fine directly, but now have a secure channel that suggests I am in Florida. What mandated the change was setting up a security camera system and need for remote access, but benefits go far beyond that. The VPN provides private access to personal accounts - such as your financial accounts - from viewing eyes and intercepts. All you need is a host to access then internet and have activated the VPN from work and other public areas such as Starbucks. Another benefit, if I want to watch an NFL game or other TV programming that is blocked where I am but available online at home...guess what...they think I am at home. Now you see why everyone should have this feature supported in every router, but this is one of the few. Weakness - Documentation, both in the manual and online FAQ is marginal. Gives the basics of setup but how to use (which user/password is it asking for) or troubleshooting common difficulties is missing. The same can be said of others though. Had trouble with Asus internal DDNS and eventually went with a free No-IP, but it also stopped at setup, troubleshooting hinted at port forwarding but very general even when discussing the Asus router setup. Slight learning curve, but well worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of Asus' Best

    Posted
    thedustmonkey
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    This router has been on the market for several years now, sold under the model names of RT-AC68U, RT-AC1900P, RT-AC68P, RT-AC68R, etc. The core components and stellar performance remain the same, minor branding differences notwithstanding. This is the fourth router of this model schema that I've purchased -- not that any of the previous models have failed -- but rather to provide an outstanding AIMesh network in my own home and provide a solutions in other locations. I suspect that this model has remained in production for so long because it has been one of ASUS' best and most reliable models. It is substantially different in hardware than its lesser model the RT-AC66 family. While I suspect, as with most consumer-grade wireless solutions, that the range diminishes somewhat over time, I've measured this model at functional speeds at over 100 yards from its install location on its 2.4GHz band, and half that for the 5GHz band. I've seen nothing to pique my interest in other offerings for the price range, including more expensive ASUS offerings. While its dominance will surely fade as new security standards roll out, ASUS has still supported this model with consistent firmware upgrades, typically providing an update at a minimum interval of once a month. They also provide a mobile app that is passable for my purposes of monitoring and controlling my home mesh-network, setting up and killing guest networks, changing DNS servers, and killing and allowing individual connections with ease. Obviously, highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great investment for future devices

    Posted
    vang2k
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I was very skeptical about purchasing a $200 priced router. I have normally used netgear and linksys routers in the past that were in the 50-60$ price range. Those were good but always dropped connections or got slow over time. Long story short I was experiencing loss of speed with my Comcast home router. I am paying for their 75mbps *performance* and MOST times I only get 5-15mbps on speedtest. After months of terrible speeds and I know my cable speeds use to be fast I decided to bite the bullet. I didn't do much reading or research too much but this product helped solved any bottleneck in my home network. Using admin mode I turned the cable modem router into bridge mode and setup this ASUS router using wan port 1. Low and behold I was hitting close to 90mbps on my first speed test. The spotty connection I was getting is now MUCH better. Solid internet performance! To be able to use this product at its peak performance make sure you have devices capable of using 5ghz ac mode. The regular 2.4ghz mode is still fast but having the 5ghz mode helps tremendously. The built-in browser setup was also super easy and premium feeling kind of like DD-WRT interface but simplified. If you are on the verge of purchasing this product I would definitely recommend this. It is worth the headaches of dealing with slow spotty speeds.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great router with plenty of wifi bandwidth

    Posted
    Dadof6
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    Bought this to replace the wifi on my combo Motorola surfboard cable modem. The wifi on that was Ok when only one or two devices but was very slow when someone was streaming or gaming. Was unsure about buying a new wifi router if it would really be any better. I looked for AC specifically, and QOS. And found it in this Asus router. This more than met my expectations. It has plenty of wifi capacity I don't even need the QOS. I have 3 devices streaming, plus tablet, pc, and 3 smart phones. No pauses or buffering. I tried the QOS just to test and it is super easy to set up. This router is amazing, easy to set up. You don't have to know anything about routers. It's that simple. Very easy to use and well designed interface. Lots of features. Parental control, scheduling, diagnostics, and monitoring. Plus lots more. Strong signal throughout house and out in driveway too. Plenty of bandwidth. I was very impressed with it. Price is good too. I was looking at Tp-link and linksys and ended up choosing the Asus, it wasn't that much more and is well worth the little extra. I'm glad I didn't go for the 3100 I really didn't need to go that high the 1900 is plenty. Great router. Never have to restart like some cheaper brands. It just works. It looks good too. I would most definitely recommend this router you will not be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic router that lives up to all its promises

    Posted
    MusicMan
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I had an only DIR-655 that had started to drop connections every day and automatically reboot. With all my new devices and growing network, it simply couldn't handle the 802.11ac demands and speed. Plus it was single-band and didn't have great signal. I knew I had to upgrade. After spending days and countless hours reading router reviews on everything from hardcore tech sites to ecommerce sites, I kept coming across this router. It was one of the few routers that had consistently excellent reviews, and also had a longer warranty (unlike some that only give you any real support for 90 days and then expect you to pay more to get troubleshooting help). I read tons of reviews here on Best Buy about this router and on other sites, and decided this would meet all my needs and then some. Boy, am I happy I did! This router is awesome. I now get full signal throughout my entire home AND I get wifi speeds that are almost identical to my hardwired desktop connection. I've had zero reboots or dropped signals in the first week. Blazed speeds. The router looks cool (instead of the alien ship look that other routers have)...and it has tons of great security features, guest networks, etc. I am VERY happy with this purchase and highly recommend it. Oh, btw, this version of the router is exclusive to Amazon. It has a faster processor than the version you can find on the other big ecommerce giant. So if you're considering getting it, the latest & fastest version is only available with Best Buy. Again, EXCELLENT router. A huge step up from what I had before.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Xlnt AC1900 Wireless Router

    Posted
    Jeffsb1
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    Bought this to replace an ancient WNDR4500 that Netgear no longer supports with firmware updates. That old router was still working fine but with no firmware updates available, security was becoming an issue. Did not have any issues installing or setting up the new ASUS router to include a guest network. My home is lath and plaster with a 20 foot brick fireplace in the middle providing some challenges for a wireless router. The coverage with the AC1900p is excellent and it is comforting to know that ASUS is still providing firmware updates for this model. The AC1900p has built in security from Trend Micro that provides a warning when you when try to access a potentially "bad" web site. This router, which is only available at Best Buy, has a slightly faster processor than ASUS’s other AC1900 routers. I have noticed improved transfer speeds over my wired network that may be due in part to the faster processor. If you need a new router and this is your price point, I highly recommend the ASUS 1900p.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great AC1900 Wi-Fi unit!

    Posted
    Barefoot1976
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    I never needed WiFi till a few years ago, when I got my Xbox One. Signal in my area for 4G LTE was almost non-existent, so I had a box from the carrier that used my cable for CDMA, which gave me full signal in my apartment! When I got the Xbox, I got another brand of WiFi to hook the Xbox to the internet, which was in another room. Also my new smartphone, a Samsung, had a program called "WiFi calling" which gave me 4G-LTE PLUS I could go onto the internet with the phone, AND talk at the same time! THEN my WiFi broke down, and I got another one! IT broke down also, JUST as the speed of internet went to 200meg! So I took it back under warranty and switched to the ASUS model! I'm stroking OVER 200meg with it, and although the unit has more controls than the other brand for settings, I am very pleased with the security it has built in. No, I'm NOT talking about protocols, I'm talking about LIVE Trend Micro antivirus and Malware detection IN THE UNIT! It stops me dead when I visit an infected site!

    I would recommend this to a friend




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