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

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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.

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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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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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Does it also have trunk ports??
 
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I'll wait for AC-130 ;) .