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Asus' new RT-AC86U router gives speed, security and control

With top speeds and added features for gaming, security and network prioritization, the new Asus AC2900 router is an affordable must-have for your home network.

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Dan Dziedzic
Dan has been a professional writer for more than a decade and now specializes in routers and networking devices. Originally from Chicago, IL, Dan studied comedy writing at Second City and worked as a Chicago sports journalist for a number of years. With a background in physics, he spends his spare time learning about the intricacies of the universe.
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Super-fast speeds

The Asus RT-AC86U router came close to gigabit speeds on 5GHz.

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More speed

With 1024-QAM 5/6 modulation, this router can obtain speeds 1.25 times faster than most other current routers.

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Convenience

Easily connect new devices via WPS or turn your router on and off without have to log in or unplug it.

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Plenty of power

With three detachable antennas and one internal antenna, you should have enough signal strength for a multistory home.

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Dual-band AC2900 router

While only dual-band, this router gets the most out of its AC2900 rated hardware.

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USB 3.1 Gen 1

With a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, you can connect to a printer or storage device with super-fast speed.

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Standard four LAN ports

Only four gigabit LAN ports, but the wireless speeds this router can achieve are just as good.

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