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

Take your smart home to the next level with this ASUS router. Boosted Wi-Fi speeds and intelligent signals streaming directly to each of your devices will keep your busy wireless network running smoothly, just the way you want.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • AC adapter, RJ-45 cable
    • AC3100 Wireless Router with Print Server
    • Owner's manual
    • Software CD

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1532 out of 1686)

    Features


    Wireless-AC

    Broadcom® NitroQAM ™ technology delivers data speeds of up to 3100 Mbps on a dual-band 2.4GHz/5.0GHz frequency. Backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n networks, so you can easily upgrade.

    Built-in game accelerator

    Make the most of your network bandwidth by prioritizing games for a smoother, faster gaming experience. This works on every device and OS, from PCs to consoles, tablets and more.

    MU-MIMO technology

    Work and play online simultaneously. Use multiple devices at the same time, without worrying about slowdown or interference.

    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.

    4 external antennas

    Expand your home network’s range. Antennas improve Wi-Fi range and signal stability, even throughout a very 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. Plus, you can manage parental controls, guest networks and more for your peace of mind.

    ASUS router app and interface

    Manage network traffic, diagnose connection issues and update firmware, all from your tablet or smartphone. Plus, the ASUSWRT dashboard UI lets you easily setup, monitor, and control your connection.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 1686 reviews

    91%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Router! Best 5Ghz Signal I have ever had.

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

      I will start by saying I am a network expert - over 25 years now. I purchased this router because my 3 year old Cisco/Linksys 3500 started dropping wifi connections and slowing way down.. I didn't even believe it was slowing down on it's own until I pulled some packet captures and saw for myself. Needless to say, any lag in my home network affects my ability to work from home and of course my kid's gaming. Once I realized the problem was with my router and not any one device, I bought the ASUS. I chose ASUS because we build my son's high end gaming PC with an ASUS motherboard and they have good customer support. My basic requirements were strong signal and in turn, more bandwidth. The "no-latency streaming" is a great marketing bit but it really does come down to signal strength and bandwidth. While I only have about 25Mbps on the download with my cable modem - this router does do a terrific job of obscuring that from the user - it's is far more responsive (faster) than my previous router. Also - 5Ghz signal will ALWAYS be shorter range than 2.4Ghz but I get a great signal in the farthest upstairs bedroom (800mbps) - that's with adapters that support 802.11ac - also note that the "high speeds" up to 3500Mbps are kind of a marketing thing - you have to bond two channels together and many adapters don't support. I usually take the advertised BW for the 802.11ac 5Ghz channel, in this case ~1700mbps (see box picture I am uploading) and cut it in half because all my machines live in the "real world" :) I might test channel bonding at some point. I get a strong 300mbps on my 802.11n machines. I have a 3500 sq foot house not including basement. I have not tested yet to see if I can get signal from outside yet... through the brick front. For the user that had issues with 5Ghz signal - please check your adapter. I purchased a 802.11ac usb adapter that didn't even SEE the 5Ghz upstairs.. so you need to be sure of quality on both ends. Also, just a note about the person who had issues with mac-filtering. Not really a good idea on wifi - it's not really secure at all to those who can snoop wifi. WPA/WPA2 with a strong password is your best bet. NOTE: about the WTFast subscription/technology - tried it and we were not happy. Not sure if we configured it wrong or what but when my son complained of lag I turned it off. I am not taking a star off for it because it's not ASUS's tech and it doesn't affect my satisfaction with the router. Have not tested adaptive QoS yet either.. it's working really well and all my devices that support 5Ghz get at least 3 out of 5 bars and great bandwidth. previously those devices couldn't get enough 5Ghz signal to connect. So Yes, very good router, strong signal, great response (so far) and I have gaming PCs, Game consoles, 4K streamers, directv whole home, Roku, home automation, smartphones and tablets. Cheers

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Gaming Router.

      Posted
      pink73

      So I bought this router a few days ago, I am coming from the ASUS RT-AC87R which I had so many issues with, very buggy FW. I really did not want to try another ASUS router since I had so many bad experiences with a few ASUS routers. I took the chance again, set up was very easy and simple, pretty much the same settings I have been using with my old Asus router. Now I tried Melin FW first to see how it would run, go to http://www.snbforums.com/forums/asus-ac-routers-adapters.47/ if you do not know what that is. Merlins FW was a bit buggy so I decided to try the Asus FW 380.858, its a new FW that Asus released this month. The Fw is very stable not many issues other that the GUI will act a bit funny sometimes. Now to the gaming part of this router, It has 2 new features that Asus has introduced, the bad part of this is that there is really no info on how this tech works, its not in the manual and I cant find nothing on the web. This router has the adaptive QOS feature and also this game boost, proceeded to set up the QOS and also set up the game boost, very simple to do. Now there is a feature called WTFast, which seems like good tech, seen some videos on YT about, the only thing is at the moment it does not support consoles yet, its still in beta, but it will in the future. Noe the game boost is a one click option ethier on or off, simple. Now I play on my ps4 and started to set up its own staic ip and put it in the dmz, thats my set up. In my house hold there is a total of 3 ps4, 2 gaming rigs and about 10 other devices. Right off the bat I noticed that my ps4 was getting low numbers whe I ran a speedtest using the ps4 test option. I have TWC 300 down 20 up, on my ps4 with my old ac87r I would get 45 to 50 down and 10 to 15 up. With this new router I am getting 10 down to 5 up, big diffrence, I double checked my settings but still it was giving me these low speeds. I decided to start playing bf4 and right of the bat I noticed something was very different, the game was running very smoothly, I mean I have not had games like I had in months, we all know how buggy bf4 is. So I played about 10 games and it was very smooth. Decided to play bo3 and I wanted to check my NAT, it was open which is really good for that game as I have been told. Know the big suprise was that all 3 ps4 with bo3 all had open NAT??? I know decided to download a digtal game, I figured that it will take at least a few hours to do that since I was showing low download speeds. I decided to download shadows of mordor, thats a big download. Well it took me 18 mins to download the game, Uinstalled BF4 and redownloaded it again and that took only 25 mins with all its dlc too. I really do not know what this router is doing with this game boost but it seems to be working great for gaming. The router provides great coverage thru out the house, 1850sqft house, no wifi drops and can have mutiple device streaming at the same time with no issues. Now Asus also has this model RT-AC88U, the only diffrence is the red anntenas and that it has 8 Lan ports, everything else under the hood is the same, just wanted to put this out there. Get this router if you are a gamer its well worth the money.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great upgrade from AC-1900

      Posted
      McSchmitty
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I've used the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC-1900 for a couple of years now and was looking to upgrade. I had tried the Netgear Nighthawk R7500 AC-2350 and the Nighthawk X6 along with the ASUS RT-AC2400 but didn't see enough of a performance upgrade to warranty the purchase. This ASUS RT-AC3100 however just might. I've had if for about a week and this router has been rock solid. Setup is just as simple as Netgear. Plug it in and wait for the boot up. From there a quick firmware update and you're rolling. The web interface is, as I feel, slightly more user friendly than Netgear but also doesn't sacrifice on the more nuance customization. It's also very helpful as everything you can do has a simple yet informative explanation as to what it does. As a gamer, it has a DMZ, basically a firewall pass through, that I put my Xbox One on so that my NAT stays open. It also has a much better Adaptive QoS, Quality of Service, than Netgear from what I have experienced so far. So if you're a gamer, this is a very good router. As for performance, I've been running firmware version:3.0.0.4.378_8596 and haven't had a drop in speed or range and have had zero issues with the router itself. On the 2.4GHz band range has increased by at least 60 feet. My old AC-1900 could only reach to the end of the patio while providing about 10mbps. Now I get a stable connection at the top of my driveway which is a good 60 feet long. Not only do I get a connection, it was also strong. I was able to pull 20mbps on my iPhone 6 at the top of my driveway which is about 150 feet away from my router which is in the center of my house mid level. Every where else in my house I'm still able to get 50mbps in the far most corners on the 2.4GHz band. On the 5GHz band I'd say the range increase is good enough, about an additional 30 feet. I now have 5GHz throughout the house and am able to pull 130mbps while close and 90-100 mbps while in the corners. My old AC-1900 could only push about 50 while in the corners on a somewhat weak signal. I live in a 2600 sqaure foot house and have a strong stable connection all around. Even when my whole family is over and we have around 8 phones, 3 tablets, a computer, a Wii and Xbox One running never have I seen a droppage in speed or performance. Also know this is an investment for the future as there aren't clients that can accept the advertised speeds unless it's a PC with an adapter. This router however has increased my network speeds and range.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A very nice albeit expense router for enthusiasts

      Posted
      BlastedMass
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      The Asus RT-AC3100 is a pricey router, aimed at consumers who are willing to pay for the fastest speeds and widest coverage around. All of my family members use the Internet a lot, and this router met their gaming and HD video streaming demands with ease. What's more, this router was extremely easy to set up . It was online and running in 10 minutes. Speed and Coverage I use this router upstairs in my small house (1750 sq feet). I have Comcast Cable's "Blast" Internet service which is a step higher than the standard broadband service they offer. Connected to an Arris cable modem, the router allows me to get 170-185 Mbps (megabits per second) on my PC connected directly via Ethernet cable. The RT-AC3100 of course offers wifi broadcasts in the 5ghz and the 2.4 ghz bands simultaneously. In the 5ghz band most of my house is covered - with only a few "dead zones" (usually directly behind thick walls). But almost everywhere else I get at least 60% signal strength, and most often around 75-90%. This allows me to get around 60-120Mpbs speed via the 5ghz band. In some cases I get as high as 160Mbps (when near the router of course). In the 2.4ghz band my entire house is pretty much covered without much drop in terms of signal strength. The catch is that 2.4ghz tends to be slower. In my case it varied around 30-80Mpbs. Suffice to say, whether I was using the faster 5ghz band, or the 2.4ghz band for a particular device - speed and coverage are not an issue - always speedy. Prioritize the data This router has a feature that Asus calls "QoS," or Quality of Service. This feature allows the router to prioritize gaming, streaming video/audio, and websurfing. What's more, the priority can be controlled in any order. For me, I put gaming as the highest priority followed by streaming video and audio. I didn't really notice a difference in speed to be honest. The good news is that even when someone else is playing online games in the house, watching HD video streams didn't suffer at all. Gaming I have several family members that play online PC games such as Dota 2, Starcraft 2, CS Go, and others. We are often playing at the same time and this router performs without lag, or hitching. Using my Xbox One, which is connected to the RT-AC3100 by wireless signal (5g band), I have had no problems. Online games like Destiny, and Halo 5 mulitplayer are smooth, and lag-free as well. Even devices that use the 2.4ghz band like my Wii and PS3 work without lag. WTFast This router is advertised as coming with a feature known as WTFast. This is a sort of gamer's VPN which optimizes a connection to various online games such as Dota 2, League of Legends, World of Warcraft, etc. It's normally a paid-service, but Asus supposedly gives you free access with the purchase of the RT-AC3100. To even access this feature, I had to update the firmware which added a new tab to the set-up menu called "Game Boost." Here I could activate a new WTFast account. Needless to say, I didn't activate it as most of my gaming was fast enough already. Streaming Similarly, streaming performance of Youtube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu is flawless - whether its on the 2.4ghz or the 5ghz band. There have been no issues of latency/buffering at all. Most movies start within a few seconds. Even when one of my family members is already streaming an HD quality video on his iPad, other members of my household can start watching their own streaming video on the Xbox One, or their own smartphone without any hiccups. Set Up This is one of the most surprising things about this router - I actually had it up and running within 10 minutes! The quick start guide was easy-to-use, and the web-based interface of the router is well-designed. Finding the right settings for both security and usability was very intuitive. I even had static IPs assigned, and guest network settings configured with no problems. I am using a Comcast Cable as my ISP, and this router had no trouble communicating with my Arris cable modem. However, there is one thing that the web-based interface didn't do so well: and that is checking for new firmware. There is a function in the web-based interface that "checks" for the latest firmware from Asus. This did not work at all because it told me I had the latest firmware. When I went to Asus' website myself I found that they had in fact released a new version, despite the fact that the web-based interface of the router told me otherwise. Still, it wasn't hard to download the new firmware myself. Connectivity and Physical Design The router is definitely larger than most routers I've used, and shaped like a flat rectangle. It comes with 4 antennas that you must screw on yourself, though that is pretty easy to do. The antennas are all fully adjustable (tilt, twist). The RT-AC3100 comes with 4 Ethernet LAN ports located in the rear. It also has a single USB 3.0 port on the front for easy access. The unit comes with a CAT5e network cable in the box, but I ended up using my own CAT6 cable (which works flawlessly). Conclusion I bought this router because my 4-year-old Netgear R6300 router began to drop its signal, and I had to replace it. That particular router from Netgear performed reasonably well. By comparison, the RT-AC3100 gives me about 30% better coverage and eliminated most of the dead zones in my house. The RT-AC3100 is also faster, and never had any buffering problems while watching HD video on my HDTV. Gaming performance is lag-free both on LAN (PC) and Wifi (Xbox One). And while updating the firmware required me to manually download it, and the fact that the WTFast feature seems unneeded; I would still recommend this router to anyone willing to spend a bit more for its high performance.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good overall router with a few cool features

      Posted
      Bogartz
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I bought this router to add an additional layer to my multi-level house to get better signal upstairs as my main router lived in the basement. I had a Netgear r7000 which worked great, but reviews on the newer Netgear routers weren't so great so I decided to change to Asus for my additional wireless layer upstairs. Due to some connection issues with the Asus and Netgear router I ended up getting two RT-AC3100 routers completely replacing the Netgear and take advantage of the mesh network and it works great. I placed one upstairs and placed one in the basement replacing the Netgear. My signal is solid throughout the entire house. As far as greatness over the Netgear I replaced, I didn't see any real difference in speed or variance in signal throughput both wired and wireless, if I would have had confidence in the latest Netgear products I would have probably stuck with them. The cost to get two brand new routers was a tough pill to swallow, but I had coupons so it eased the pain slightly. If you're router is on it's last leg or is old enough it doesn't take advantage of the increased speeds then you won't be disappointed. I don't get too involved in features as I don't have anything over the top that requires it, but the UI is very easy to work with and setting things up is pretty simple. I have a couple of servers I run so setting up static IPs is nice and easy along with port forwarding. I typically have 20 clients connected at a given time and things run smooth. I use the parental controls and time scheduling which work great and the app is nice to manage the few things it allows or check usage from my phone. As far as features I use, I use the AI protection feature which adds additional security layers to your network and although I don't really get too concerned with the usage, the traffic analyzer is nice to peak at to see what's gobbling up most of the data (it's usually me). One of the features I did like only because it was new for me was the ability to assign icons to each client that is connected, I actually took extra time and either took a picture or found one online to assign each client. When you look through the client list the pictures show up as thumbnails and you can also rename them as needed. A lot of the other features such as the VPN, USB Application, AiCloud, Alexa and some of the more detailed filtering elements I don't use. I haven't seen too much on them to say they're bad so it might be in your best interest to research those areas if you use them before you buy. The one thing I had/have issues with is my printer, I've had issues with it losing connections (wireless printer) and I've read that this router has issues with printers that aren't specifically listed on their compatibility list. I've tried several different solutions and it tends to just be intermittent, but every so often I'm unable to access the printer features from my desktop because it has lost connection even though my printer display says I'm connected. From the manual and online info it seems Asus wants you to directly connect your printer to the router via USB, this adds complexity for me as my layout doesn't permit nor do I want to. The EZ Printer Setup only allows USB connection with Wireless Printer sharing which to me defeats the whole purpose of having a truly wireless printer. Other than this small issue I'm pretty happy with the router and although I've moved away from Asus motherboards their router is quite impressive.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Perfect. Monitors Bandwidth.

      Posted
      merc65fd
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Now that Comcast instituted a Bandwidth cap of 1 Terabyte per month and I finally went over the limit I wanted a router that could keep track of data usage. For the record the Comcast cap is pretty high for now and not easy to exceed. But with technology changing, such as 4k tv and video games its getting easier. We have had the cap since last spring and in over half a year we only went over once but it will be more common as time goes by. Comcast says only 1% of user will go over. Thats true for now but it won't be very soon. As one hour of 4k viewing can use 7 or 8 GB per hour. if you watched 5 hours of 4k per day that would be 1240 in 31 days. That doesn't account for anything else, such as downloading or playing games online, VIOP phones, cell phones multiple family members watching something different in there rooms. The list goes on and on. A download of a PS4 game can be 100gb in 1080p. that 1/10th of your monthly allowance. Anyway about the router. It works great, Better than the 299.00 linksys that was 3 months old I was using. It actually did more in terms of bandwidth monitoring than my research said it did. you can see how much data you use in a day, a week, a month, you can look at any day or group of days with the click of a button and see how much data you used and more importantly who used on which device. this router can identify what device is using the data and what they were doing within limits, such as how much went to Netflix, HULU or web browsing. Now your family will have some less privacy but I found this necessary to find out where all our DATA was being used. Just let everyone know you can see what there doing to be fair. Then after I found out 4K was the problem I set each tv to cap out at 5 GB per hour which is 1080 HD quality, We don't need 4k quality if its going to put us over, 1080 is good enough. But we do pay for the 4k plan on netflix to get the 4 screens same time. on netflix you can only set it so you get hd and 4k or not. you can not turn of 4k only. We wanted more than standard def but not 4k. This router has proved invaluable. Once you know how to use the features its flawless. I would be happy to give information on setup and use to anyone who needs it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Doesn't live up to anything

      Posted
      sickbeerd

      Where to start, so many issues... I bought this asus cm-32 2600 modem/router combo a little over a month ago replacing an arris modem and netgear routers, which I was very happy with, to gain and increase network speeds. Plus having just one unit in the closet using less power and wiring seemed the best route to go; WRONG! Not even a couple of days in I noticed I was not able to connect to and through WiFi any more. Turns out that for some reason the router had not only changed my modem connection (changed to vpn without setting it myself) and changed my DHCP and assigned ip addresses back to standard 192 addresses (I'm using different settings). Of course I thought I had done something and configured everything again, this time making a backup of the settings in case of. After everything was set and done I noticed a massive decrease in coverage on 5G (mimo activated) just 25' away while 2.4G was still strong at full coverage. Isn't 5G supposed to be better and stronger with mimo? Oh well, back to 2.4G it is then. The interface of the firmware is slow as molasses in February, in Alaska! Don't be in a hurry thinking to change something real quick because that is just not going to happen. If you do not add /index.asp after your ip address it will constantly take you to the guided setup wizard; major annoyance to me. You can create a bookmark but I really don't want another bookmark in my face. Traffic: it keeps track of your traffic, in and out so it is nice to see how much data you're using (if you're on a limited plan or do some massive trafficking). Oh wait, as soon as you reboot your router it wipes everything so lost is your traffic data. You will pretty much need to log into your router on a daily basis to make sure nothing is screwed up because on random moments it will change everything again. Just when you think that backing up your settings will bail you out, of course that fails too. The backup does not backup your custom settings (assigned ip addresses, dhcp address etc.)! It may back it up but it will definitely not restore them!! Enabling DoS protection, I keep enabling it but every time I log back in it is turned off?! Port forwarding? Forget it, it never saves your settings even-though it looks like it does. Log out and log back in and you will find your list to be empty! These are all just things from the top of my head, there are more issues. One very remarkable; customer support. I complained about the router changing my settings and the reply was to check my wifi and make sure I have it secured!! WHAT?? Are there really people still not securing their wifi? Come on now... This product is definitely not production ready, the hardware looks good, it may even work good if Asus can figure out how to properly create a working firmware but until then, this is garbage. I can't believe that Comcast has put their approval on it as an official supported device! Don't buy it! You will regret it.... @Comcast/Xfinity, drop this piece of garbage as soon as possible! I'm going back to Netgear, never had problems with it, good coverage and definitely it never changed anything for me unless I did it myself!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent next-generation capable router

      Posted
      Keyan
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member
      • Top 10 ContributorTop 10 Contributor

      The Asus AC3100 is a great router for home or small office use. As with most Asus products, the router has a ton of features and the coverage is really good. Due to the location of the den in my house I have the router in a far corner, which is not the ideal placement, but this router provides solid coverage for the entire house. Performance on both the 2.4 and 5ghz bands is good, and wired performance is also very fast. This router also has a number of security features beyond the typical password - it can automatically block bad sites, and it can also watch your internal hosts for signs that they have been compromised by malware and block them from sending information to command and control servers on the internet. In addition, it has a number of parental control features for limiting content that devices on your network can get to - this is very granular and you can assign different rules to different devices, so you can block the kid's tablets while maintaining your own access. You can also control the time of day the internet is available for a given device. It also has an application traffic analyzer to tell you what applications are going over your network and how much they are using. It can also go full big brother and allow you to monitor site usage and even mirror the traffic that is going through the router to one of the wired ports to then put into a packet "sniffer". Overall, these are features that are generally found on enterprise class devices, available for your home. The options can get a bit overwhelming if you don't understand what they do, but fortunately the router has a security guide that can walk you through turning on the key protections to help keep your home network secure. If you are into gaming, the router can also do some quality of service functions to prioritize gaming traffic on your network, of course when it hits the Internet it's back to a free-for-all, but at least the kid's netflix won't squash your online multiplayer on your home network. This router can also do some AC Wave 2 features, such as Multi-User MIMO, which allows for up to 4 devices to communicate simultaneously on the wireless network. As of the time of this review the MIMO-MU firmware was still in alpha release and I don't have any MU devices to test it, but at least it has some future-proofing capability in the radios as long as ASUS keeps up the firmware releases on it. This router is very big - with the antenna on it it's nearly a foot wide - but that also helps dissipate the heat and provides a wider antenna array for beam forming. One odd thing is that the USB 3.0 port is on the front of the device - handy for accessing for portable drives, but if you are planning to use a large external hard drive you will have to wire it rather oddly to plug it into the front of the device. The back has a USB 2.0 port, but that is much slower. In my case I use a gigabit hard wired NAS. On that note - you can aggregate the first two network ports into a 2 gigabit etherchannel if you have a wired NAS with port aggregation capabilities. The router is also very futuristic looking with a series of hard angles. I do like that you can push a button on the front to turn off the LEDs. Just note that it will take up a chunk of desk real estate and has a rather distinctive look while doing so. Overall, this is one of the best home routers on the market today and I highly recommend it for advanced home users and those with larger spaces that need solid coverage.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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    • cnet.com.auDong Ngo on January 27, 2016
      Almost the RT-AC88U's twin, but with just four LAN ports
      The RT-AC3100 comes in black and has only four LAN ports.Full Review



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