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Review: ASUS AX5700 Dual Band RT-AX86S Router

The ASUS AX5700 Dual Band RT-AX86S is a WiFi 6 router that offers connectivity speeds of up to 5700 Mbps with the latest WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and 160MHz channels. This is possibly one of the few routers we have tested recently that offers support for 160MHz channels. What this does is that it allows you to stream 1700 Mbps over the air to a single client.

The router also offers a Mobile Game Mode which minimises lag and latency for mobile gaming with just a tap on the ASUS Router app. You also get 2Gbps wired and wireless speeds, which essentially means aggregated 2Gbps WAN connections and WiFi 6. What’s more, this puppy also supports ASUS AiMesh, which allows you to create a flexible, seamless whole-home mesh network with AiMesh-compatible routers.

In terms of design, the RT-AX86S offers a futuristic design and the overall build quality is very good. Inside the box, you get the router, three antennas, the power adapter, and the plug, an RJ45 cable, a quick start guide, and the warranty card. In terms of connectivity, it offers a variety.

You get a one Gigabit WAN port, four Gigabit LAN ports, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, the reset button, the power switch, and the power port. Setting up the router is quite intuitive, thanks to ASUS’s very well-designed Router app.

You also get commercial-grade home network security through the Router app, and that’s a lifetime free ASUS AiProtection Pro. This service is powered by Trend Micro, and you also get WPA3 and advanced Parental Controls to protect your home.

There’s also Adaptive QoS that lets you prioritise certain applications or certain types of traffic. The Traffic Analyser gives you all sorts of stats about your network, which is fun to check out if you are into that sort of a thing.

In order to check out the performance of the router, I ran a bunch of speed tests over the course of about a week from multiple spots throughout my 1BHK apartment. The 5GHz band was able to keep me covered throughout most of the space and connectivity was seamless without any drops at any point.

The RT-AX86S is a highly capable router that takes good advantage of Wi-Fi 6, and it offers lots of extra appeal for gamers. In addition to the existing, gaming-centric features such as device prioritization and open NAT port forwarding, it supports new Wi-Fi 6 features such as 1024-QAM and OFDMA that make your home network faster and more efficient.

For a price of AED 1499, the ASUS AX5700 Dual Band RT-AX86S Router may sound a bit expensive. However, if you consider the technical specifications and the excellent performance achieved by this router, it will all seem to be worth the money spent. If you are looking to upgrade your ISP-provided router to a much more powerful and capable router, you should definitely consider the ASUS AX5700 Dual Band RT-AX86S Router.

Price: AED 1499

ASUS AX5700 Dual Band RT-AX86S Router AED 1499
  • Final Rating
4

Summary

The ASUS AX5700 Dual Band RT-AX86S is a WiFi 6 router that offers connectivity speeds of up to 5700 Mbps with the latest WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and 160MHz channels. This is possibly one of the few routers we have tested recently that offers support for 160MHz channels. What this does is that it allows you to stream 1700 Mbps over the air to a single client.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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