ASUS announces ultra-fast routers

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Kuala Lumpur (23 February 2016) ASUS Malaysia today announced RT-AC88U, an ultra-fast AC3100-class dual-band 802.11ac wireless router with a four-transmit, four-receive (4×4) antenna configuration.

This high-performance, easy-to-use router uses Broadcom® NitroQAM technology to deliver a combined dual-band data rate of up to 3167Mbit/s — 2167Mbit/s on the 5GHz band and 1000Mbit/s on the 2.4GHz band. RT-AC88U is perfect for low-latency online gaming, smooth 4K/UHD video streaming and extremely-fast file-sharing.

The four-antenna design combined with ASUS AiRadar and universal beamforming ensure that RT-AC88U gives superb multi-device performance with wide, reliable and fast coverage. Online gaming enthusiasts will also appreciate the fact that RT-AC88U is the world’s first router with a built-in gaming accelerator powered by the Gamers Private Network® (GPN®) from WTFast® for the ultimate low-ping gaming experience.

Other innovations in RT-AC88U include support for 802.3ad Link Aggregation, which allows two Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports to be combined into a super-fast 2Gbit/s wired connection.

RT-AC88U is the ideal choice for users with busy multi-device home networks who need extreme coverage, lightning-fast performance, rock-solid stability, ease of use and total peace of mind.

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Boosted Wi-Fi performance with Broadcom NitroQAM technology

RT-AC88U uses Broadcom NitroQAM (1024-QAM) technology to boost maximum Wi-Fi speeds on both the 5GHz and 2.4GHz frequency bands by up to 25%. With NitroQAM, 5GHz speeds can be improved from 1734Mbit/s to 2167Mbit/s, and at 2.4GHz speeds are boosted from 800Mbit/s to 1000Mbit/s. This gives RT-AC88U a combined total data speed of up to 3167Mbit/s for lag-free, low-latency online gaming, smooth streaming of 4K/UHD (ultra-high definition) movies and blindingly-fast file-sharing.

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Wider, more stable coverage with dual-band 4×4 antenna design

With four powerful external dual-band antennas, configured in a 4-transmit, 4-receive (4×4) MIMO design on both bands, RT-AC88U provides extremely stable Wi-Fi coverage, ideal for multi-room and multi-level homes.

Exclusive ASUS AiRadar uses universal beamforming technology to focus the wireless signal towards devices, resulting in clearer and faster connections with fewer interruptions.

 

Built-in game accelerator for smooth, fast online gaming

ASUS RT-AC88U includes an exclusive built-in client and a free subscription to WTFast that gives users the very best online gaming experience — at no extra cost! WTFast uses GPN, a dedicated global private network, which automatically gives users the lowest ping times and reduced latency — critical network parameters in online games — for smooth, uninterrupted gameplay.

GPN can reduce average game ping times by 30-60%, lower average speed deviations by 70-90%, and cut bad router hops by 70-90%. By routing gaming data packets automatically via the most efficient internet route, packet loss is reduced, ensuring a responsive and frustration-free gaming experience. GPN supports virtually all competitive multi-player online games, and has optimized settings for many of the most popular titles.

The game accelerator is integrated into RT-AC88U’s easy-to-use ASUSWRT graphical user interface, so it consumes no system resources on the game device. This also means that the benefits can be experienced on any gaming platform — including Windows, Mac OS, Linux and game consoles — regardless of the manufacturer or operating system.

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Ultimate smart-home connectivity: 8 Gigabit LAN ports and 802.3ad Link Aggregation

For the ultra-high-performance wired networking demanded by smart homes, RT-AC88U has eight Gigabit Ethernet network ports — twice as many as a standard router — and supports 802.3ad Link Aggregation, a technology usually only found in professional networking equipment. Link Aggregation allows users to combine two of RT-AC88U’s Gigabit Ethernet ports into a single 2Gbit/s wired connection, using two network cables between the router and a compatible device.

Link Aggregation is ideal for use with bandwidth-hungry 802.3ad-compatible network-attached storage (NAS) devices, which can often swamp a standard 1Gbit/s network connection — for example, when performing data backups from multiple devices. RT-AC88U allows users to overcome this bottleneck for ultra-fast data transfers across their home network.

With eight Gigabit LAN ports, users can now connect even more devices to their home network without the need for expensive extra network switches.

 

ASUS RT-AC5300

ASUS Malaysia also announced RT-AC5300, an ultra-high-performance AC5300-class tri-band wireless router, with Broadcom® NitroQAM™ technology that delivers the world’s fastest combined Wi-Fi data rates of up to 5334Mbit/s.

Designed as the ultimate state-of-the-art router for enthusiasts and gamers, the futuristically-styled RT-AC5300 uses a 4×4 (4-transmit, 4-receive) MIMO antenna array on all three bands. Combined with AiRadar universal beamforming and Tri-Band Smart Connect, RT-AC5300 provides outstanding multi-device performance, with super-wide coverage.

For the smoothest-ever online gaming, RT-AC5300 includes an exclusive built-in game accelerator powered by Gamers Private Network® (GPN®) from WTFast®, which significantly reduces ping times and latency for an unrivaled experience in virtually all competitive multi-player online games.

The stunning better-than-wired speeds of RT-AC5300 will be a boon to any gamer needing the freedom and convenience of Wi-Fi, with the reliability and performance normally associated with a wired network.

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The world’s fastest Wi-Fi speeds, delivered to more devices!

Increasingly, the available wireless bandwidth in a household has to be shared between a large number of Wi-Fi-enabled devices, including laptops, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and smart home devices. To provide additional bandwidth for these multi-device households, RT-AC5300 uses a tri-band AC5300-class design, with two independent 5GHz frequency bands and one 2.4GHz frequency band.

Broadcom NitroQAM technology boosts the maximum speed of each 5GHz frequency band from the standard 1734Mbit/s to a blistering 2167Mbit/s, and on the 2.4GHz frequency band speeds are increased speeds from 800Mbit/s to 1000Mbit/s for a world-leading combined throughput of 5334Mbit/s — over five times (5X) the bandwidth of a wired Gigabit Ethernet connection. This extreme bandwidth means that the advanced RT-AC5300 provides users with more than enough capacity to deliver low-latency online gaming, smooth streaming of 4K/UHD videos and ultra-fast file sharing to all connected devices.

 

Enhanced coverage, for every device, everywhere!

For outstanding multi-floor and multi-room coverage, ASUS RT-AC5300 uses eight detachable dual-band external antennas in a 4×4 MIMO array, with ASUS AiRadar universal beamforming providing unrivaled multi-device performance and wireless signal coverage. AiRadar focuses the Wi-Fi signal on a device to improve performance, stability and range.

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Built-in game accelerator for smooth, fast online gaming

ASUS RT-AC5300 includes an exclusive built-in client and a free subscription to WTFast that gives users the very best online gaming experience — at no extra cost! WTFast uses GPN, a dedicated global private network, which automatically gives users the lowest ping times and reduced latency — critical network parameters in online games — for smooth, uninterrupted gameplay.

GPN can reduce average game ping times by 30-60%, lower average speed deviations by 70-90%, and cut bad router hops by 70-90%. By routing gaming data packets automatically via the most efficient internet route, packet loss is reduced, ensuring a responsive and frustration-free gaming experience. GPN supports virtually all competitive multi-player online games, and has optimized settings for many of the most popular titles.

The game accelerator is integrated into RT-AC88U’s easy-to-use ASUSWRT graphical user interface, so it consumes no system resources on the game device. This also means that the benefits can be experienced on any gaming platform — including Windows, Mac OS, Linux and game consoles — regardless of the manufacturer or operating system.

 

Advanced technologies for enhanced speed, reliability and ease of use

ASUS RT-AC5300 features many state-of-the-art technologies to enhance performance and improve stability even on the busiest networks.

Tri-Band Smart Connect technology intelligently selects the optimum frequency band for each device, based on the device’s speed, its signal strength, and how busy each band is. This means users never have to decide which band to use, as RT-AC5300 does it all automatically. The result is better range and faster, more reliable connections — all the time!

For advanced users, Link Aggregation (802.3ad) support provides a way of combining two of the Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports into a single ultra-fast 2Gbit/s wired connection (using two network cables). This feature, normally only found on professional-grade network switches, will be of particular interest to users with high-speed network-attached storage (NAS) devices, which increasingly offer 802.3ad support. This means that users can fully exploit the capabilities of the latest NAS devices, for fast device backups and file sharing.

For more information, visit ASUS Malaysia website.