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Asus ROG RT-AC88U Gaming Router

When you’re playing online games, lag is the number one culprit as to why you keep on dying in your games. There are a lot of factors that could explain why you have the lag. One factor that could be the cause is the router you’re using.

Nowadays, there are a number of gaming routers that not only provides a unique look, but also provides the best internet experience for gamers. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at Asus’ ROG RT-AC88U gaming router.

asusWhen I first saw this gaming router, I was completely blown away with the aesthetics. It looks like an alien drone that just landed from space. Not only that, but it comes with 8 Lan ports, 2 times the number of Lan ports from your conventional router.

That being said, what are the Asus ROG RT-AC88U’s features? Here is the complete feature list:

  • Ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi router with a combined dual-band data rate of 3167 Mbps for low latency online gaming, smooth 4K streaming and extremely fast file-sharing
  • Broadcom NitroQAMTM technology boosts 5 GHz data rates up to 2167 Mbps and 2.4 GHz up to 1000 Mbps
  • 4×4 antenna design with AiRadar universal beamforming for wireless signal coverage exceeding 500 m² (around 5400 square feet)
  • 1.4 GHz dual-core processor improves USB and WAN/LAN speed
  • Link aggregation supports close to 2 Gbps wired transmission for more devices to enjoy faster access speed
  • Up to 4X capacity Wi-Fi with revolutionary MU-MIMO technology
  • AiProtection for total security and privacy
  • 8 Gigabit LAN ports for 2x the number of wired ports typically provided
  • Parental Controls let you manage your family’s web activity and ensure a safe environment for younger users

The ROG RT-AC88U has USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. The former is used if you want to share printers across the network and the latter is used mainly for music and video streaming. The RT-AC88U is a dual-band router that supports the latest 802.11ac WiFi technology.

It also has a 1.4GHz dual-core processor that significantly improves WAN/LAN speeds, perfect for local gaming sessions with you and your buddies. It also comes with Asus’ proprietary AiProtection software, which acts as an anti-virus and anti-malware suite. It is the first line of defense against internet’s nasties.

Now, what makes the Asus ROG RT-88U a gaming router? Well, it has partnered up with the company WTFast which optimizes WAN gaming clients. The WTFast protocols are directly embedded in the firmware of the RT88U, so no further installation is required.

So, how does this translate to games? With WTFast and the RT-88U, you see improved pings on all of your online games. Since MOBAs have increased traction over the years, you need to have a consistent ping to be able to defeat your opponents. Even a slight lag can spell doom for you and your teammates.

With a wealthy feature list, the Asus ROG RT-88U comes with a $300 price tag. It is quite expensive, but with the inclusion of WTFast’s protocols, 8 Lan Ports, a proprietary security suite, and a host of other additions, the ROG RT-88U is one of the best gaming routers out on the market today.