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ASUS RT-AC87U wireless router: review and testing

ASUS company takes quite weighty position in the market of network equipment. Therefore, updating its model range in connection with the announcement of the wireless standard IEEE 802.11as was only a matter of time. We must pay tribute to the manufacturer, because he has presented at once a series of new solutions. All they have prefix «AC» and different by functionality and maximum data transfer via Wi-Fi. Particularly commendable is that the company did not limited by class AC1750, like its competitors, but made a step further, one of the first to introduce the public model type AC2400. There is no doubt that in the future other manufacturers will bring to market the same productive solutions. Novelty called ASUS RT-AC87U will be described in today’s review.

 

ASUS RT-AC87U

The specs: 

Model

ASUS RT-AC87U

WAN

Type

Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mb/s)

Q-ty of ports

1

Auto MDI/MDI-X

yes

Fixed IP

yes

Dynamic IP

yes

PPPoE/Russia PPPoE

yes

PPTP

yes

L2TP

yes

IPSec

yes

BigPond Cable

-

Ability to manually set MAC

yes

Ability to manually set MTU dimension

-

LAN

Type

Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mb/s)

Q-ty of ports

4

Auto MDI/MDI-X

yes

Manual interface locking

no

WLAN

Antenna

Quantity

4

Type

external

Ability to change the antenna/ connector type

yes

Forced assignment of the operating antenna number

no

Manual wireless interface locking

yes

WPS support

yes

Operation frequency

2,4 and 5  GHz

Supported standards and speeds

802.11a

up to 54 Mb/s 

802.11b

up to 11 Mb/s

802.11g

up to 54 Mb/s

802.11n

Standard mode

up to 450 Mb/s

Using technology TurboQAM

up to 600 Mb/s

802.11ac

up to 1734 Mb/s

Region/ number of 2.4 GHz channels   

1-13

Region/ number of 5 GHz channels   

36, 40, 44, 48

Ability of manual speed assignment

yes

Max output capacity

-

Operation with another AP

WDS (bridge) support

yes

AP support

yes

WDS + AP support

yes

Ability to work in client mode

yes

Wireless repeater

yes

Security

Locking of broadcasting SSID

yes

Binding toMAC addresses

yes

WEP

yes , up to 128 bit

WPA-Personal

yes

WPA2-Personal

yes

WPA-Enterprise

yes

WPA2-Enterprise

yes

802.1x (via Radius)

yes

Firmware capabilities

Administration

Admin password

yes

Ability to change the measurements Login

yes

WEB-interface

yes

WEB- interface via SSL

no

Personal utility

no

Telnet

yes

SSH

no

COM-port

no

SNMP

no

Ability to save and download the configuration

yes

Built-in DHCP server

yes

Static DHCP according MAC

yes

UPnP support

yes

Supported WAN protocols  

IPSec

yes

PPTP

yes

PPPoE

yes

L2TP

yes

Traffic shaping

-

NAT

one-to-many NAT (standard)

yes

one-to-one NAT

-

Ability to disconnect NAT (operation in mode of router)

yes

Ability to operate in mode of bridge

yes

VPN pass through

IPSec, PPTP, PPPoE, L2TP, RTSP, H.323, SIP

DNS

Built-in DNS-server (dns-relay)

no

Support of dynamic DNS

yes

Clocks

Synchronization of clocks

yes

Manual time initialization

yes

Utilities

ICMP ping

yes

Traceroute

yes

Nslookup

yes

Resolving

no

Log

Login of firewall execution

-

Wireless Login

yes

DHCP Leases Login

yes

Port Forwarding Login

yes

System Log Login

yes

Storing inside the device

yes

Storing on the external Syslog-server

no

Sending to email

no

Routing 

Statistic (manual record assignment)

-

Presence and abilities of built-in filters and firewall 

Capabilities of SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection)

Support of SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection)

yes

Ability to use SPI in algorithms

-

Presence of filters/firewall  

on LAN-WAN segment, Internet access restriction

yes

on WLAN -WAN segment, Internet access restriction

yes

on LAN-WLAN segment

no

Supported filter types  

With SPI

-

According MAC-address

yes

According source IP- address

yes

According destination IP- address

yes

According protocol

yes

According source-port

yes

According destination-port

yes

Time reference

yes

According application

no

According URL

yes

According domain

-

According word

yes

Operation with lists of URL for the locking

no

Action

allow

yes

deny

yes

log

no

Virtual servers  

Creation

yes

Providing of various public/private ports for virtual servers

no

DMZ assignment

yes

DMZ-traffic assignment on port level

no

Power

PSU type

exetrnal, Input AC: 110 - 240 V, 1,2 А, 50-60 Hz; Output DC: 19 В, 2,37 А

802.1af (PoE) support

no

Additional information  

USB ports

1 x USB 3.0

1 x USB 2.0

Connection of external USB HDD, Flash (Samba(Storage) / FTP-server/media-server)

yes

Connection of WEBcam (video surveillance)

-

Connection of 3G-modems

yes

Connection of USB-printer

yes

Firmware version

3.0.0.4.376_2769

Dimension

290 х 168 х 48 mm

Weight

747 g

Producer website

ASUS 

USB ports

ASUS RT-AC87U

Packaging and content

ASUS RT-AC87U

Router ASUS RT-AC87U comes in a cardboard box, which protects it against damage during transportation. It abounds in quality printing and is very informative. On the front side is traditionally listed the most important features of the device, namely:

  • 2334 Mbps Concurrent 2.4 & 5 GHz - the total data rate in the wireless range can be up to 2334 Mb/s.
  • 2x Performance In Multi-user Environments - a doubled productivity while working with multiple devices on the wireless network segment.
  • Adaptive QoS Auto Optimization - the presence of an adaptive service QoS, which allows you to specify the priority bandwidth usage of wired and wireless applications for different types of tasks, games, streaming video or audio, surf in the Internet, transfer files, and others.
  • AiProtection Powered by Trend Micro - the use of modern means of protection the network developed by Trend Micro, which include blocking of websites with malicious content, countering intrusions and attacks from the Internet, the constant monitoring of potential security threats, preventing the loss of confidential information, the creation of access to schedules Internet services for specific clients and devices.
  • AiCloud Multi-use USB - support of services ASUS AiCloud to access files stored on your home network or cloud service from any device with free Internet access, including from those that operate under the operating systems Android and iOS. In the last case you need to install the respective applications.

ASUS RT-AC87U

On the back side of the box you can find the circuit of interface, as well as get acquainted with the features of technologies ASUS AiRadar and ASUS AiProtection. All this we will look in more detail later, but for now let's look at the package.

ASUS RT-AC87U

It is quite standard for devices of this kind, and includes everything you need to connect the model and its further exploitation:

  • user Manual;
  • guarantee card;
  • AC adapter from the electrical outlet (Input AC: 110 - 240 V, 1.2 A, 50-60 Hz; Output DC: 19 V, 2.37 A);
  • four antennas;
  • network cable;
  • CD with documentation and software.

Design 

 

ASUS RT-AC87U

At first glance at the model ASUS RT-AC87U you will immediately realize that before you is one of network solutions, released by ASUS. These sharp edges and firm texture in the style of «Black Diamond Style» can not be confused. As a result, the router chassis are plain and at the same time attractive. Of course, this is not the most important factor for a device of this kind. But among two identical routers you will choose one that has a more interesting design.

ASUS RT-AC87U

ASUS RT-AC87U is one of the most productive and functional solutions of wireless network equipment available today in stores. It is therefore logical that its body has slightly larger dimensions (290 x 168 x 48 mm) and weight (747 g). Moreover, instead of the traditional one, two or three antennas here are four. 

ASUS RT-AC87U

The case of the model ASUS RT-AC87U is made of durable thick plastic black and studded with vents.

ASUS RT-AC87U

They can be found on the side panels, as well as at the bottom of the router. In order to avoid the sliding over the surface of the furniture and any scratches, the manufacturer has provided special rubber legs.

ASUS RT-AC87U

The front end of the body traditionally has a number of LEDs, which are indicators of the device operating mode and status of the LAN.

ASUS RT-AC87U

Also here are two buttons: one («LED») is used to disable the backlight and the second («WiFi») allows to deactivate the wireless communication mode. On the opposite side there is a cap with the inscription «USB 3.0», behind which hides the eponymous connector. It is useful when connecting a printer, 3G/4G-modem or an external drive for network storage. For these purposes, it is also port USB 2.0, located on the opposite end of the body, though its bandwidth will be lower.

ASUS RT-AC87U

The configuration of the rear panel of the router is the following:

  • port USB 2.0;
  • button «WPS» for quick connection to an existing wireless network;
  • Port WAN (1000 Mb/s);
  • four LAN-ports (1000 Mb/s);
  • button «Reset»;
  • button “Power”;
  • input for external power adapter;
  • four connectors for external antennas.

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