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ASUS' new RT-AX88U router offers up to 5,962Mbps thanks to the new 802.11ax standard

By Kenny Yeo - on 11 Sep 2017, 10:37am

ASUS' new RT-AX88U router offers up to 5,962Mbps thanks to the new 802.11ax standard

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ASUS has just announced the first 802.11ax router in the world and it is called the RT-AX88U.

The RT-AX88U supports the new 802.11ax standard and offers transfer speeds of up to  1,148Mbps over its 2.4GHz network and 4,804Mbps over its 5GHz network.

Converted to the more digestible MB/s, that means 143.5MB/s over 2.4GHz and 600.5MB/s over 5GHz. You can download movies in mere seconds.

This means the new RT-AX88U router is even faster than the TP-Link Talon AD7200 router we tested last year. The Talon's high-frequency 802.11ad 60GHz network serves up 4,600Mbps.

Additionally, because the RT-AX88U broadcasts over 5GHz, range will remain roughly the same as existing 802.11ac routers that also broadcast over the 5GHz spectrum.

The RT-AX88U router will also support MU-MIMO technology, allowing it to transmit data simultaneously to compatible MU-MIMO client devices.

Before you get too excited, it goes without saying that you need compatible 802.11ax client devices to be able to take advantage of these crazy speeds. The alternative, of course, is to get two RT-AX88U routers and operate them in bridge mode.

Unfortunately, there's no word yet on local availability and pricing, but we will be sure to update this article when we get them.

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