Tuesday, July 22nd 2014

ASUS Launches the RT-AC87 Dual-Band Wireless-AC2400 Gigabit Router

Following its preview at CES 2014, ASUS is excited to launch the ASUS RT-AC87, the world's first Wave 2 802.11ac consumer router and the fastest 5 GHz with speeds up to 1.73 Gbps. Powered by Quantenna's award-winning QSR1000 4x4 Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) chipset, the ASUS RT-AC87 offers unparalleled speed and range for a superior wireless experience.

"As the number of wireless devices in the home increases, so does the importance of Wi-Fi quality. Our customers value high-performance Wi-Fi and know the importance of a reliable and fast wireless connection in order to stream bandwidth-intensive data. The RT-AC87 provides them with class leading performance, as well as incredible range and reliability," said Margaret Chen, President of Open Platform Business (OPBG) Group for ASUS Computer International.
"Now is the time to purchase an 802.11ac router," said Dr. Sam Heidari, CEO of Quantenna. "Together with ASUS, we are delivering the first Wave 2 solution to meet consumer's high performance expectations. We are implementing the killer features of 802.11ac including 4x4 MIMO and MU-MIMO. We are extremely pleased to be partnered with ASUS in delivering this value to consumers."

Fastest Speeds, Farthest Reach, Best Reliability
The RT-AC87 utilizes four external antennas and Universal Beamforming to maximize range throughout the home or office, improving signal strength and performance even to older 802.11a/b/g/n clients. Capable of reaching speeds up to 1.73 Gbps, the RT-AC87 is ideal for HD-grade video, ultra-low-latency gaming and heavy file sharing. Its breakthrough MU-MIMO technology enables it to stream rich content to multiple devices in every corner of a home, in Full 1080p or 4K Ultra HD resolution.

With MU-MIMO, the RT-AC87 can form groups of multiple devices that can be served at the same time, simultaneously. Previous 802.11n and 802.11ac routers can stream to only one device at a time. MU-MIMO greatly increases the efficiency of the Wi-Fi network, mitigating potential bottlenecks as more devices are connected to the access point. Furthermore, the RT-AC87's multiple antennas, coupled with its advanced beamforming, reduce the transmission's signal-to-noise ratio and improve the reliability of the Wi-Fi signal, providing a better overall wireless experience.

Advanced Security and Proven Compatibility
The most advanced built-in parental controls in mainstream routers today, RT-AC87 features AiProtection with Trend Micro that uses real-time network monitoring to detect malware and other intrusions before it reaches your PC or device.

With extensive testing and development across all networking products, RT-AC87 is specially-designed to work with adapters, media players and other wireless devices to deliver the best performance - even supporting the latest gen gaming consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Easy Setup, with the Convenience of AiCloud and ASUSWRT
Pre-installed with RT-AC87 is the enhanced ASUSWRT user interface that gives you access to the 30-second, web-based installation process, AiCloud 2.0 and many more advanced wireless management options. ASUSWRT is web-based so unlike other routers that require separate app downloads or limit what you can change via mobile devices, you get access to everything from any device you can connect to the router.

ASUS AiCloud 2.0 is an exclusive application that turns the router into a powerful personal cloud server. Files stored on the network, on attached USB storage devices or on ASUS WebStorage are effortlessly synchronized using the ASUS Smart Sync feature. Easily share files with friends, colleagues and family members simply by sending a link via email, text message or popular social-networking apps. Users can access their data via the AiCloud web interface or the free AiCloud app for Android and iOS devices - so they can sync, share and stream content anywhere.

The ASUS RT-AC87 router will be available in North America shortly for an estimated MSRP of $269.99.
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10 Comments on ASUS Launches the RT-AC87 Dual-Band Wireless-AC2400 Gigabit Router

So, now I have to sell my RT-AC68U....... Damn you Moore's law
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Way too expensive. I am waiting for something like ac56u but with mu-mimo for 100$ tops.
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Best to avoid consumer grade trash. Get a Meraki Z1, Sonicwall TZ, Watchguard T10, Ubiquity ER/ERL, Routerboard or roll your own untangle or PFsense box.

I got a Meraki Z1 and it's pretty awesome.

Get a good wired router and just upgrade your APs. Also avoid consumer level APs, as they do not have proper security and they do not work with VLANs well. You can NOT assign each SSID to a VLAN on a consumer grade AP.

Also most consumer grade APs on "guest networks" your guests still see the wired network and were on the same subnet. (Amped AP20G had this issue)
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As far as access points go, do we have any that are as aggressive on the AC band as the consumer market is? For example, at our house I have my wife's PC on the AC band (RT-AC68U with PCE-68U) and she is cruising at a sustained 1300 mbps connection. I would feel bad if I was to tell her she is going back to "N" per the Meraki....

I have looked at building a PFSense box before, but being a "Consumer" at home, there is not much I really need (that I at least couldn't find in a Merlin, Tomato, or DD-WRT release) that would warrant me sacrificing out a build of my spare PC parts for a 24-7 Router. (At least none that I know of....)
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Meraki has 802.11ac APs as well.

And it's best to go modular.... nice wired router+nice AP.

My current setup is:

Meraki z1 router
Aruba RAP109s APs
Meraki MR12 AP

I did have an Amped RTA15 but the file transfer speeds on the RAP109s is only 5MBytes/sec lower then the RTA15 is on average so... (15Mbytes/sec vs 18-21Mbytes/sec)

I only have the Z1 as a wired router and only have one 2.4Ghz SSID on it for emergencies (if the power is out and I can't power the APs) But the APs do all the WLAN work most the time.

The highest 802.11 AC speed I got was around 40Mbytes/sec on the Aruba AP225 AP.

I'll eventually upgrade to a beefier firewall and 802.1ac wave 2 enterprise APs
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remixedcat said:
You can NOT assign each SSID to a VLAN on a consumer grade AP.
Pretty bold statement considering I do it with my RT-N12s at the office and my RT-N66U at home.
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with stock firmware??

Also AP standalones and not routers configured to be APs.
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DD-WRT and Tomato.

And there aren't really standalone consumer grade APs, everything in the consumer market is a router.
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I'll wait for AC-130 ;) .
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