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ASUS RT-AC88U MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Gaming Router
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Readers' Choice, 6 Years Running! (2012-2017)
“No brand is more likely to be recommended than ASUS. The company receives excellent marks for their ease of setup and reliability.”– PC Magazine >>Learn more.

Recommended Excellence Award for Best Router Brand, PC Pro Technology Excellence Awards 2016.





Your Smart Home Starts Here

Ultimate Gaming and 4K Streaming
NitroQAM™ Technology - Seamless Experience
Whether you're gaming online in a heated competition or streaming a live event in 4K UHD, lag and buffering are simply not an option. NitroQAM™ (1024-QAM) technology on the RT-AC88U delivers a combined 3167 Mbps Wi-Fi speed, ensuring everyone on your network can enjoy smooth streaming and low-latency online gaming.
DOUBLE GAMING BOOST
Enjoy low-latency online gaming
with boosted internet and home network performance!
RT-AC88U gaming router boosts both home network and online gaming
Free Game Accelerator Inside
Ping time and variance are critical technical parameters that affect responsiveness in online gaming, and their values depend heavily on the route game packets take to and from their destination. The Gamers Private Network® (GPN®) from WTFast® automatically performs route optimization, choosing the most efficient route for game packets, resulting in consistently-lower ping time and minimal packet loss. With RT-AC88U this optimization is free for accelerating one selectable device at a time, so you can enjoy the results on supported competitive multi-player online games1. Check out supported games list and more information about WTFast router edition
  • Avg. ping time
    30%-60%
  • Avg. ping variation
    70%-90%
  • Avg. packet loss
    70%-90%
See how WTFast® works
Congested traffic slows down data speed and gameplay
Optimize Internet connection and speed in online games
Free WTFast® game accelerator inside – optimize Internet connection and speed in online games.
Cross-Platform Compatibility
Network speed impacts every device you game with on every platform you game on. The ASUS RT-AC88U delivers bandwidth and coverage for all your gaming devices, from consoles to PCs to mobile devices*, and supports every operating system, including Windows®2, Mac OS®3 and Linux®4.

*WTFast® compatibility for games on consoles and mobile devices is now under development. The schedule of availability depends on actual situation.

Adaptive QoS – Prioritize Your Game
Boost your gaming bandwidth with Adaptive QoS (Quality of Service), which allows you to easily prioritize gaming packets and activities. You can even assign full dedicated bandwidth while gaming under gamer solo mode, making RT-AC88U the perfect ally for low latency gaming anywhere in your home. It supports major consoles including PlayStation®3, PlayStation®4, PS4™ Pro, PlayStation®Vita, Wii U, 3DS and Xbox One.
RT-AC88U with adaptive QoS allows you to easily prioritize gaming packets and activities
Free Up PC System 'Resources' During Gameplay
Networking is only half the equation when it comes to game performance. Anti-virus programs and 3rd party applications can consume valuable CPU and memory that could be reallocated to your game. With AiProtection on the RT-AC88U you can confidently turn off these utilities while you game, ensuring every available drop of resource is spent enhancing your game.
Everywhere Entertainment in Your Smart Home
Bandwidth for All
RT-AC88U is the master of entertaining, able to support multiple of devices and Full HD 1080p streams simultaneously. Beyond content consumption, the RT-AC88U enables a smarter home, supporting IP cameras, thermostats and a variety of devices you don't even own yet.
Unbeatable Wi-Fi Coverage
With a four-transmit, four-receive (4T4R) antenna design, both Wi-Fi range and signal stability improve dramatically. AiRadar beamforming further focuses Wi-Fi signal on your devices, making your Wi-Fi faster, clearer and stronger.
RT-AC88U
with AiRadar beamforming
Other Routers
without AiRadar beamforming

Powerful Whole-home Wi-Fi System.
The Way You Want.
In most cases, your RT-AC88U can deliver smooth, reliable Wi-Fi to every part of your home. But Wi-Fi coverage can be affected by many factors — room layout, construction materials, and even furnishings. ASUS AiMesh is an innovative new router feature that fixes these problems: it creates a whole-home Wi-Fi network using multiple ASUS routers. AiMesh is powerful, flexible and you can use a mix of ASUS router models — protecting your investment! AiMesh gives you time-saving central control, and seamless roaming capability. AiMesh is Wi-Fi you can rely on — for all your devices, all the time!

  • Turn your ASUS routers into whole-home Wi-Fi system with a simple firmware update
  • Mix and match preferred models from selected ASUS routers
  • Create a Wi-Fi network with either a single SSID or multiple SSIDs
  • All router features works across the entire Wi-Fi system
Powerful Processor, Faster Transfers
RT-AC88U's top-of-the-line 1.4 GHz dual-core processor brings its computational capability to the next level. USB data transfers enjoy up to over 100 MB/s speed and the router download/upload speed (WAN-LAN throughput) up to 1800 Mbps5.
Multiple Capacity Wi-Fi with Revolutionary MU-MIMO Tenchology
MU-MIMO gives every compatible device6 its own dedicated full-speed Wi-Fi connection, so that multiple devices can connect at the same time without slowing down the network.
In fact, RT-AC88U is able to connect to multiple MU-MIMO-compatible clients at each device's maximum speed simultaneously, unlike standard single-user MIMO where individual devices have to wait for sequential transmissions7.
Single-user MIMO
Serve one device at a time
Multi-user MIMO
Serve multi-device at a time
AiProtection, Your Digital Playground is Protected
ASUS AiProtection powered by Trend Micro™ improves your online safety and security by combining automatic vulnerability detection, malicious site blocking and parental controls.
Parental Controls
Monitor and Restrict Internet Activity for Any User
Advanced parental controls help you to prevent users from visiting inappropriate websites, for example keeping young children safe from viewing adult content. You can also restrict the times that each device or guest account can access the internet, by applying scheduled time limits.
AiProtection powered by Trend Micro™ gives you enterprise-level security in the home
Your Digital Home Hub and Network Center
Extensive Connectivity Options
RT-AC88U exclusively has eight Gigabit LAN ports – twice the number most routers provide – for up to eight Ethernet-compatible devices to connect simultaneously. Smart TVs, game consoles, set top boxes, media players, NAS storage devices and more can now have their own dedicated ports, making RT-AC88U your digital home hub.
8 Gigabit LAN ports – twice the number most routers provide – making RT-AC88U your digital home hub
Your Sharing Center
With built-in USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, you can connect USB-enabled devices, such as external storage drives, printers, or a 3G/4G dongle to your ASUS router and share them conveniently with other users via Wi-Fi. And with USB 3.0, you can enjoy up to 10X faster data transfer speeds.
Link Aggregation, More Devices Go Faster
RT-AC88U features Link Aggregation, which combines two teaming LAN ports (the 1st and 2nd port) into one superfast wired connection for up to 2 Gbps using two Gigabit Ethernet cables5. With Link Aggregation enabled on your NAS, clients can unlock unprecedented transfer speeds.
*Device speeds vary according to Wi-Fi specifications and environmental factors.
ASUSWRT –Easily Control Your Network
ASUSWRT graphical user interface gives you easy, CD-free setup and advanced network control
RT-AC88U features the enhanced, intuitive ASUSWRT user interface, which gives you easy access to both the 3-step web-based installation process and a wealth of robust advanced options.
Control Your Network Anywhere
ASUS Router App

In your increasingly mobile-enabled life, having control over your network via an app is more important than ever. The new ASUS Router App is built from the ground-up to be both intuitive and robust, allowing you to setup your router, manage network traffic, diagnose connection issues and even update firmware, all without needing to boot up a PC.

Intuitive ASUS Router App lets you control your network anywhere, without needing to boot up a PC
  • Easy Router Setup
  • Real-Time Traffic Monitoring
  • One-click Game Boost
  • Effortless Guest Wi-Fi Sharing
  • Clever Network Diagnosis
  • Handy Firmware Update
Keep Up to Date!

Remember to always keep your device's firmware up to date so you can benefit from the very latest service and security enhancements — and get exciting new features! 


Disclaimers:
  • The free router edition supports one selectable device on your network at a time with GPN traffic limits, and includes WTFast® technical support. Users can pay to upgrade to the advanced version for simultaneous acceleration of multiple devices with more GPN traffic and advanced features.
  • Windows is either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
  • Mac OS® is a trademark of Apple Inc.
  • Linux® is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and other countries.
  • The actual performance may vary as a result of network conditions and environmental factors.
  • MU-MIMO-certified client(s) required.
  • MU-MIMO beta firmware will be available by the end of 2015.
  • Smart connect beta firmware will be available by 2016 Q1.
  • * ASUS received the highest numerical score among wireless routers in the J.D. Power 2015 Wireless Router Satisfaction Report, based on 2,716 responses from 8 companies measuring satisfaction with wireless routers surveyed November-December 2015. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com

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