5 ASUS Routers You Should Be Considering In 2020

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One piece of networking gear that you should have is a great performing router. The market has a full range of routers that may fit your needs, but there are just too many to choose from. We noticed ASUS has a full collection of models that will fit your needs-one way or another. Though ASUS is known for its high-end gaming products, its networking gear appeals to non-gamers as well.

So for starters, take a look at our VTD [here] on routers and their importance to your gaming setup. ASUS delivers on the needs of gamers by providing high-quality networking equipment that prioritizes performance. If you’re a casual gamer in a non-gamer environment, this translates to reduced latency, security, and overall quality. All of the routers on this list share many features that make ASUS the most popular product in the market. For instance, the ASUS Router app gives you real-time information and quick tools for managing your network. Another feature is the AiMesh functionality. This feature allows you to combine multiple ASUS routers on your network and extend your network’s capabilities. Keeping this in mind, each router on this list is unique in their own way. Factoring in specifications, feature sets, cost, and reviews, we have selected 5 ASUS routers you should consider when upgrading your home network. Let’s dive right into it!

RT-AC51U (Budget Friendly - No Frills)

Features:
  • 802.11ac
  • Dual-Band (2.4GHz & 5GHz)
  • Speeds up to 733Mbps
  • ASUS Router App
Pro’s:
Decent range – Dual antenna configuration | Budget-friendly | Simple
Con’s:
Limited feature sets | Curb expectations for this price

The ASUS RT-AC51U is the cheapest no-drills option in this list. This cheap but powerful router is Wifi5 compatible, with dual-band functionality. ASUS boasts up to 733mbps with this router, which is amazing for the cost! Like all of the routers on this list, this router can be managed with the ASUS Router App. In short this allows you to manage your router without logging into console.

Comparable To:
TP-Link AC1750 | TP-Link AC1900

RT-AC66U B1 (Great Entry-Level Asus Router)

Features:
  • 802.11ac | Dual-Band (2.4GHz & 5GHz)
  • AiMesh | AIProtection (By TrendMicro)
  • 4 Gigabit LAN Ports | 1 x USB 2.0 | 1 x USB 3.0
  • Speeds up to 1.75Gbps
  • ASUS Router App
Pro’s:
Excellent speed and range | Great entry-level price | Business-class capabilities
Con’s:
Noticeable connectivity issues with newer devices

The RT-AC66U B1 is a great middle ground router. In other words, you get high performance without the steep price tag. With speeds up to 1.75Gbps this router will be able to keep up with modern tech household. Using Dual-Band frequencies concurrently makes sure your connected devices get the best performance for small to medium size homes. In addition to those features, this router runs AIProtection provided by TrendMicro. This means your network is secured from intruders.
Another added benefit is the AIMesh functionality that enables you to connect multiple ASUS routers to broaden your network within your home. How awesome is that!?

Comparable To:
ASUS RT-AC68U | TP-Link Archer C7 | Netgear Nighthawk R6700

RT-AC5300 (Modern Gamer)

Features:
  • Dual-Band (2.4GHz & 5GHz) | 802.11ac | Up to 2.2Gbps
  • 8 x Gigabit LAN | 1 x Wan | 2 x USB3.0
  • ASUS Apps
  • AIMesh | AIProtection
Pro’s:
Top tier 802.11ac router with speed as priority | ASUS game acceleration features | 8 Antenna’s for strong wireless coverage
Con’s:
Not budget-friendly – hefty price tag

The AC5300 is one of the best 802.11ac routers in the market right now. It’s unique 8 antenna configuration allows for great range and extraordinary speeds. When it comes to gaming, this piece of networking goodness is no slouch. With speed as it’s main priority, you can count on this router to deliver low latency –  consistently. In addition, The AC5300 sports ASUS’ game acceleration technology. Though it’s a bit pricey compared to what’s out there, you won’t be disappointed with this one.

Comparable To:
Netgear Nighthawk A6 | Linksys EA9500 | TP-Link Archer C5400X

RT-AX88U (Future Proof) - Recommended

Features:
  • Wifi6 | 802.11ax | Dual-Band | 2.5 & 5GHz
  • 8 LAN ports
  • AIMesh | AIProtection (By TrendMicro)
  • Speeds up to 6Gbps
  • Adaptive QOS prioritizes games first
  • WTFast integration
Pro’s:
Fast performance | Multi-Band Connectivity MIMO (OFDMA & MU-MIMO) | Simple configuration with ASUSWRT | Game prioritization
Con’s:
Big Footprint | Wifi6 device needed for compatibility

There are 2 802.11ax routers on this list that we highly recommend. We really like this router for it’s overall features. The AX88U is a dual-band 8 gig port router that features speeds up to 6Gbps. Further, integrating with WTFast to eliminate additional hops to game servers provides a seamless, lag free and low latency experience. In addition, Adaptive QOS prioritizes your network resources for gaming.

Comparable To:

Netgear Orbi | ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 | Netgear Nighthawk AX8 RAX80

ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 (Crème de la Crème of Gaming Routers in 2020)

Features:
  • Tri-Band Connectivity | 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 5GHz
  • AIProtection | AIMesh
  • Wifi6 | 802.11ax | Up to 10.8 Gbps
  • 4 gigabit LAN Ports | 1 WAN Port | 1 2.5 gigabit LAN port | 1 USB Port (3.1)
  • ASUS Apps

Comparable To:

  • TP-Link Archer C5400X
  • Netgear Nighthawk RAX200
  • Pro’s:
    High performance at any range | Multi-band connectivity | Network customization | Great speeds for 802.11ac devices
    Con’s:

    Huge footprint | Steep Price | Not for your average user, advanced setup required to take advantage of the features

    This is the second 802.11ax router that we recommend. the GT-ax11000 is a beast of a router. We want to warn you, this router is not cheap, and for good reason. This is one of the first routers to hit the market with the new Wifi6 | 802.11ax standard. With that laid out, you’ll be hard pressed to find a router in the consumer market perform like this. The AX11000 has 4 gig LAN ports, a WAN port to extend your networking capabilities, and a blistering 2.5 gig LAN port for uncapped connectivity. Today, you’ll likely have a 1 gigabit broadband/fiber connection so 2.5 vs 1 gig won’t server you much of a difference. In the coming years, we’ll see connection speeds increase and you’ll be able to take advantage of that port. Similar to the AX88U – ASUS has packed this routers with commercial grade security and gaming first prioritization.

    Comparable To:

    Netgear Orbi | ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 | Netgear Nighthawk AX8 RAX80

    There’s more to see! Check out ASUS’ full list of routers. ASUS – Networking – Wireless Routers
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