ASUS - AC5300 Tri-Band AC Gigabit Router - Black

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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Overview

What's Included


  • ASUS AC5300 Tri-Band Wireless-AC Gigabit Router
  • RJ-45 Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Warranty Card
  • Support CD
  • Owner's Manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
78% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (95 out of 122)

Features


Compatible with 802.11ac

For use with your existing devices; backward compatible with a/b/g/n.

Link aggregation

Supports close to 2 Gbps wired transmission for more devices to enjoy faster access speed.

Built-in 4-port Ethernet switch

For wired connection of up to 4 computers.

Wi-Fi protected access and WEP protection

With 64-bit and 128-bit encryption to keep your information secure.

Data encryption

Protects your network against hackers and eavesdroppers.

SPI firewall

Advanced security ensures your private information stays private.

Access control

Parental control, Network service filter, URL filter, Port filter for additional security.

MU-MIMO technology

MU-MIMO gives every compatible device6 its own dedicated full-speed Wi-Fi connection, so that multiple devices can connect at the same time without slowing down the network.

Powerful Processor, Faster Transfers

1.4 GHz dual-core processor brings its computational capability to the next level. USB data transfers enjoy up to over 100 MB/s speed and the router download/upload speed up to 1800 Mbps


Customer rating

4.1
78%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Router with a Few Short Comings

    Posted
    Ajtrek1
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best router I've ever owned

    Posted
    Neil

    This is by far the best router I've ever had, it has excellent signal strength and coverage. I love the user interface, it's very easy to find whatever settings you're looking for and it can apply changes without restarting. To me, some very important features are Parental control and Firewall settings. Parental control allows you to set a schedule on specific devices in your network and for parents with young children that's a blessing. Firewall allows you to block specific sites, domains, keywords etc. Asus routers can do this by themselves, without having to go through 3rd party apps and I absolutely love it. I would say I'm pretty much a tech savvy individual, I like to have the latest technology and always set it up myself. Before buying this Asus AC-RT5300 I had 2 Linksys routers (WRT-1900AC and WRT3200ACM). I bought the WRT1900AC first when it came out on the market and having a Linksys that ran perfectly for many years I decided to give Linksys credit for the future too. Good router, decent coverage, good speeds, very nice user interface (it has Parental controls also, but for site filtering I had to go with OpenDNS). However it didn't cover my entire house very well so I bought the WRT3200ACM when it came out, thinking of it as an upgrade. That was a big disappointment, it offered nothing more than the WRT1900AC and despite of the firmware updates it was flawed by the numerous jams (at some point I would have to reset it daily). Anyway, the two Linksys routers I had them bridged together to have a good coverage in my home, with the 3200ACM being the main router. And having it acting up all the time, I heard "Dad, Internet's down again..." every day till I couldn't take it no more. It was time for a change and I initially went for Netgear Nighthawk X6 that had a very good price on Black Friday 2017. Nothing bad to say about it, fabulous hardware but the software interface needs some work, interface is simplistic and unintuitive. This router had very good coverage (same or better than the two bridged Linksys), ran for weeks without having to reset. If you can find it at a great price and don't care about Parental controls, by all means buy it, it's a good one. To me, the lack of built in Parental controls (it had a Parental controls menu that would take you to a 3rd party application which was trying to charge a monthly subscription fee and that threw me off) so I returned it and went for the ASUS RT-5300AC. This is where my search stopped, I like everything about Asus and the only regret I have now is sticking with Linksys for so many years and not giving others a chance. ASUS is even putting out new firmware that allow people to use their older ASUS routers together in a mesh system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A bit overpriced for performance

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

    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    ONLY ASUS DOSE IT ALL

    Posted
    geekboy61
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Hello. I am, or consider myself to be somewhat computer savvy and I like to have the "latest and greatest" equipment as I am very picky and want the best performance from my computer equipment. I work at home and spend 12 to 14 hours a day on the computer so have a pretty good idea of what I am doing... I have purchased most of what are called the "flagship" routers... Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream™ AC5400 which lasted about 2 hours before returning to the store, also the Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 and theNetgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 which were also returned to the store. Without getting into all of the negatives of the Linksys and Netgear equipment I will make it short and sweet... The Asus routers (and not just this model RT-AC5300) have more robust user interfaces, more options for things like naming convections for the networks (characters allowed like the $ sign for example), the number of guest networks you can set up (Asus allows for the primary networks with depending on the router can be 2 or 3 such as the RT-AC5300 allows for 3 primary and 6 guest networks and an "old RT-AC87 I have allows for 2 primary and 6 guest networks)... the other brands limit you to 2 and 3 guest networks... this dose not work for me... Another difference... Asus allows for 32 QoS rules and the others are limited to like 3, a huge difference... Network protection... only Asus has built in antivirus which is powered by Trend Micro, parental controls built in whereas the others require a download of additional software... Something else that may or may not impress, but only Asus has a nice user interface that MAKES SENSE and has nice little (or should I say large) buttons to click on to either logout or reboot.. the others have these functions buried and hidden that pretty much no average user will every find them. If you do not want to "experiment" and run back and forth to the store trying to find the right equipment... buy Asus and be happy... I own 2 routers, gave a third to my children and have several laptops that are also Asus. I have been happy with this brand for many years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Fast Router

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

    I bought the Asus RT-AC5300 to replace the Asus RT-AC87R (AC2400) which was a fast router which had frequent problems with the 5G frequency. Both routers are fast but the AC5300 is noticeably faster on both the ethernet connection and with the 2.4G and 5G wifi connections. Although this router is very fast and reliable I am only giving it 4 stars because the router has many settings which can be adjusted but Asus gave little information in the installation pdf as to how I might tweak the settings for my use. I would like to suggest that buyers of this router go to https://routerguide.net/generic-optimization-guides/ for information on the various settings that are adjustable on this router. For those using Apple TV, iPhones and iPads I would recommend that you read about the following 3 settings on this website: 1. WMM APSD 2. AP Isolate 3. IGMP Snooping These 3 settings are found under the Advanced Settings > Wireless>Professional Tab on the router setup pages. If Asus would add this kind of information to their installation guide they would avoid a lot of customer calls about the router not working properly. Many problems arise because the default settings are not correct for how the customers are using the router. Specifically: gaming versus net surfing versus mirroring cell phones or tablets for controlling television viewing. If Asus would greatly improve the setup guide then I would upgrade my rating for this product from 4 to 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic range, good signal, customizable

    Posted
    MyReview
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Fantastic router. My old router was approximately 8 years old, the signal would not reach the furthest rooms in my house, and obviously not in the garage, or back / front yard. I had also started to run into issues with the new and old wifi equipment. Old gadgets utilized the slower 2.4 GHz signal, and could not use the 5Ghz signal. This caused congestion and slowed down my whole wifi. This router puts out three bands, one 2.4 GHz, and two 5GHz. Now I can run the old gadgets on 2.4 GHz, and the new ones on one of the 5GHz bands, splitting them up based on speed and location. The signal also reaches the garage, back yard, and the front. Furthermore, the router will automatically "move" the user to the more appropriate band when the bandwidth, or distance to router dictates the user would get faster speed if moved to a different band. The set up is very user friendly. The options are many, from parental controls, to security and logic algorithms (for moving users to different bands, etc...). You can customize the set up as much, or as little as you want. The cost of this router is the only downside. However, while it is expensive, I plan on keeping it for many years. Thus paying upfront now for this fantastic router, I will still have a good router 5 years from now, and a functional router 10 years from now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This thing is a monster

    Posted
    RGT3
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This unit has coverage all the other manufacturers promise but can’t deliver. Easy setup and has features for both a mature and advanced users. It has an available VPN that you can actually set up and use. Intuitive tools and settings. The best thing out now is that this can be made a mesh system with other routers in the ASUS family. I have two of these and an AC3100 in my house covering 3 stories and a deck. The range is excellent and the network is stable. This is hands down the best mesh system available at the consumer level. I tried Eero, Orbi, Velop and several others. None of them had the speed, range and stability that this system provides. I have had mixed dealings with their tech support. The ability to mesh these units is relatively new and I’m finding that the tier 1 support people are poorly trained on the product and process. They don’t advertise it, but these can be a wired backhaul as well as wireless. Tier 1 support doesn’t seem to know anything about the wired backhaul. It seems that to get two 5300’s set up as a master and node, it needs a wired connection to properly setup. Overall, it’s a small glitch in the grand scheme of things.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great wifi coverage and strength!

    Posted
    Braditude
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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