Download Firmware Router ASUS RT-AC87U. An analysis of router ASUS RT-AC87U, the current top-end manufacturer as to neutral routers are concerned. The main features of this router is that it incorporates simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi AC. We can achieve speeds of up to 600Mbps in the 2.4GHz band with its three antennas in MIMO 3T3R configuration using the Three-Stream and TurboQAM technology to achieve this speed. The technology allows using 256QAM TurboQAM frequency modulation 64QAM instead of commonly used in this band. Regarding the 5GHz band, we can achieve speeds up to 1700Mbps thanks to the Wi-Fi AC technology and four antennas in MIMO 4T4R configuration, this is a novelty because it is the first routers incorporate four antennas with four streams data. This router uses the main features of Wi-Fi AC as 80MHz channel width, frequency modulation 256QAM and the Beamforming technology for wireless signal focus on customers, thus always get the best possible coverage, ASUS has called this feature AiRadar and promises up to 150% more performance than other computers without this technology also can also benefit Wi-Fi b / g / n devices. Finally, incorporates WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) to quickly connect to the access point Wi-Fi with the press of a button, without entering a long and complex password, and also allows the creation of Wi-Fi guest.
This ASUS RT-AC87U features four Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps) ports for LAN and Gigabit Ethernet WAN port for Internet where we can connect cable modems and even ONT optical fiber having Internet connection. This router supports 802.1Q VLAN Tagging standard so it is compatible with FTTH Movistar and other ISPs that use VLANs as Jazztel FTTH, in fact we can also make use of Movistar TV following this comprehensive manual configuration. Thanks to NAT hardware, have a great Internet performance with a large number of threads, it does not possess the dreaded \”bottleneck\” in the Internet connections faster.
This router has a single USB 3.0 port high performance front, and a USB 2.0 port on the back, both ports can use to share files via FTP, Samba or HTTP, may also share multimedia content in high definition thanks your server DLNA incorporated. ASUS AiCloud is a free application for mobile devices with iOS and Android operating system that allows us access to our private \”cloud\” anywhere, in a very simple way, we also have ASUS AIDisk to access content from outside. Another feature of this USB port is for connecting a 3G or 4G modem and use backup for fixed Internet connection, additionally has a complete download manager that enables you to take full advantage of these USB ports. Regarding the firmware ASUSWRT, is one of the most complete now as it is complementary functional with a large number of ISP, and also has a large number of options and services such as a VPN server.
This router ASUS RT-AC87U comes in a box of black and blue colors quite large, on the front we find the model of the new top-end router ASUS with its main technical characteristics. Some features are that it is Wi-Fi AC2400 Dual Band Gigabit ports simultaneously and, at the bottom shows the data of the theoretical maximum speed via Wi-Fi we can get (2334Mbps) and having an adaptive QoS for always provide the best possible performance. Additionally, this team also supports the AiCloud application to take full advantage of the USB via our mobile devices. On the lower side of the box we find more features of this router such as incorporating AiProtection Trend Micro for maximum security and privacy, also incorporates MU-MIMO to connect a lot of devices via Wi-Fi and the performance does not fall. Other features is that it incorporates the firmware ASUSWRT has client-server VPN and allows the creation of Wi-Fi networks for guests. On the left side of the box are the main technical specifications of the equipment.
On the back of the box we find a comparison chart where we see different kinds of Wi-Fi AC currently on the market and where is this router (Ultimate Performance), the highest. In this part we also find more information about AiProtection functionality appears to be an antimalware built-in router, so that we notify you of dangerous web pages and will be able to detect malware before it gets into our team.
Quick Installation Guide.
The first thing we highlight the router are the materials, and it is really well built with a hard shell and gives you a really elegant touch routers is more physically liked the touch. On the front are the kind of router it is (AC2400) and is also the first time which you may see 4 × 4 MIMO referring to the configuration. Either the right side or left we find no harbor, but we do have vents for internal router components are cooled properly. In front of the computer are all status LEDs, from left to right we have: On the computer, 5GHz Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi 2.4GHz, four LAN ports, Internet and WPS. It is appreciated that ASUS has incorporated all these LEDs to be under control at all times the status of the router, without getting into its web interface.
In the bottom left of the router are two buttons, the first of which serves to turn on and off the LEDs on the router, and the second to toggle the wireless network. In the bottom right are the USB 3.0 port high performance. In our opinion it was a mistake to place the USB 3.0 port in this position because it would be much better at the back or side, but never on the front. However, the rubber that covers the USB 3.0 port is very smart when not in use, but if we connect a device be a nuisance, it would have been better to leave the USB 3.0 port air as in other models.
In the back of the router are the main ports of the router, the first thing to note are the four large antennas router to connect to it through a typical RP-SMA connector. From left to right are the USB 2.0 port, the WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button, the Gigabit Ethernet WAN port for the four Gigabit Ethernet ports for LAN, reset button, power button and off the router and finally the power connector. We must discard the LAN1 and LAN2 ports are \”Teaming Port\”, ie ability to create a single logical link via two network cables or 802.3ad Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) protocol. This option is only available in Media Bridge mode. At the bottom of this ASUS RT-AC87U find the typical sticker with data access router, in this case also we access via http://192.168.1.1 with username and password \”admin\”, with respect to the default settings Wi-Fi, wireless network has no password so it is recommended to change this parameter as soon as possible (in the setup wizard can be done quickly).
Removing this router ASUS RT-AC87U was really easy, simply remove the four screws on the back and lift the top cover to access components inside the computer. The first thing to note about this team is that all components are covered by a fairly large and perfectly coupled metal plate sinks router. The union between sinks and components is performed by the known thermal putties you all know from other teams. On the right side of the router are the main CPU of the computer and its RAM, in the central part are all components that correspond to the 5GHz band including CPU itself, own RAM, chipset Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi amplifiers . We must remember that this team has dual CPU to provide the highest possible performance in all scenarios. Finally on the left side are the components of the 2.4GHz band.
The quality of the internal components is excellent as all welds of the various components, then let\’s talk about each and every one of them. The main CPU team is the Broadcom BCM4709A0KFEBG a last generation CPU and dual-core 1GHz speed, incorporates a switch up to 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports (in this case has 5 ports) for both LAN and WAN for . This SoC includes hardware NAT (also known as NAT acceleration) which will give us a great performance by cable to make the most of our connections, the firmware also has this characteristic that needs to use it.
This router ASUS RT-AC87U chipset incorporates a second charge of managing the Ethernet part, reference is Realtek RTL8211E and main characteristics is that it also supports Gigabit Ethernet ports. We believe that ASUS has used this additional component to perform the so-called \”Teaming Port\” or also known as LACP and be in the same logical link two physical links to 1Gbps, so we would have to 2Gbps bandwidth. An LACP port would be managed by the main CPU and the second by the Realtek. Next to the CPU are the main RAM on your computer, the reference is ESMT M15F2G16128A and has a capacity of 256MB in 256Mx16 configuration and is of type DDR3 SDRAM. This RAM is 800MHz clock speed.
Regarding the components that are responsible for managing the 5GHz band, this unit incorporates the CPU (secondary) Quantenna QT3840BC that is dual core and operates at a speed of 500MHz clock speed. The RAM that accompanies this CPU is the ESMT M15F1G1664A which has a capacity of 128MB and is of type DDR3 SDRAM with 800MHz clock speed. The chipset charge radius is the Quantenna QT2518B, this chipset with the CPU Quantenna will provide speeds up to 1732Mbps on the 5GHz band with Wi-Fi AC technology, this chipset is totally new to us as it is the first router MIMO 4T4R we\’ve tried so far and the first to hit the market. The power amplifiers are SKYWORDS radio S5405 423CL.
As for the 2.4GHz band, is governed by Broadcom BCM4360KMLG known that incorporate high-end routers. This chipset is characterized as Wi-Fi N 3T3R MIMO configuration with the Three-Stream technology to provide wireless speed up to 600Mbps in the 2.4GHz band thanks to TurboQAM Broadcom thus modulating signal is 256QAM. This controller incorporates everything you need to work with the standard 802.11N as radio, Wi-Fi subsystem and the baseband. Other features of this chipset using Wi-Fi or AC is your ASUS AiRadar Beamforming, LDPC (Low density parity check) and STBC (Space-Time Block Codes), all to increase the transmission efficiency to the maximum and achieve high speed wireless. We must emphasize that the USB 2.0 port is capable of providing a current of up to 1.5A when routers typically provide 0.5A. Also, the USB 3.0 port provides a current of 1,75A when routers typically provide 0.9A. This increased intensity will provide greater stability if we connect hard drives are powered directly from the router and therefore have no external power supply, plus we may need an extra performance on USB for this reason.
In the 2.4GHz band this router has behaved excellently, plus firmware allows us to fix the channel width to 40MHz so you always get the best possible performance, a great success of ASUS as many manufacturers only allow their vehicles in automatic and therefore the HT 20/40 Concurrent enabled. Getting a speed of almost 26MB / s in this band is a real achievement, although in the case of the test with the PCE-AC68 card performance is less than the ASUS DSL-AC68U under the same conditions.
In the 5GHz band has also behaved outstanding, achieving high performance near the router and in the most remote places such as storage. However, when he has behaved better this team is using Wi-Fi cards AC, we achieved a throughput of up 48MB / s with Wi-Fi ASUS PCE-AC68 card. However, this is not good news because the DSL-router AC68U got into this same 66MB / s test so we\’ve wasted enough performance. While it is true that there is currently no Wi-Fi to leverage the MIMO 4T4R therefore do not know how to behave in this case card. We must remember that in the DSL-AC68U the Wi-Fi chipset AC is exactly the same in both transmitter and receiver, and in this case it is not (the router incorporates Broadcom Quantenna not).
Operation DLNA media server has been excellent. Movie playback in 720p and 1080p high bitrate was perfect, we had no cuts or pixelated, and lets fast forward through the film due to its high reading speed. In this regard we will have no problem with playback streaming. The new routers with USB 3.0 incorporates a feature that reduces interference from 2.4GHz to transfer data to enable USB lose performance but we will not interfere with wireless network. The results enabled the reduction of interference.
This is one of the best routers as to USB performance is concerned, this high performance will be of much use to use the manager to download embedded in the router, in this way, if we have connection cable or fiber optic speed writing USB will not be a limitation and unload the most of the line. A router get a speed 62,5MB / s in reading is a milestone, much like the performance of a NAS server manufacturer ASUS has done a great job in this regard. This equipment includes AiCloud to share files over the Internet, so if we have a high slew rate, also get very good performance for video streaming from anywhere without reading speed is a limiting. You can see the performance of other routers in this comparative table: Comparison of the performance of different routers in the test USB
This neutral router ASUS RT-AC87U also incorporates a very intuitive setup wizard, the same as in other brand routers. To enter it simply type http://192.168.1.1 in the address bar of your browser and enter the username and password \”admin\”.