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ASUS RT-AC5300 Tri-Band Gigabit Router Review

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ASUS RT-AC5300 Wireless AC5300 Tri-Band Gigabit Router first seen at IFA 2015 in Berlin last year. The RT-AC5300 router from ASUS looks completely crazy and unlike whole router. As its unusual looks, it has been called an alien, a spider and a crab, amongst other things.

I really love this exotic and luxurious design, it’s a very fitting design for a high-end flagship router and it looks plain awesome. It has red accents, angular sides, sharp surfaces, and no less than eight external antennas! It brings to mind Lamborghini’s equally exotic VENENO supercar, and that’s a really good thing.

Exotic design while increasing weight, the only downside to its extreme design is that it’s physically huge. ASUS RT-AC5300 is also really heavy at 3.2 pounds, if you think about wall mounting, it is not a good way to go.

Round the front are LED status indicators, and one thing that we would have preferred is to have LED status indicators for each of the individual Gigabit Ethernet ports. As it is, there’s only a single indicator for all four of them, which isn’t very helpful if you are trying to determine which port is faulty.

When looking at LAN ports, there are four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports and a single Gigabit Ethernet WAN port. The first and second LAN ports support aggregation, which means that they can be combined to form a single super-fast Ethernet connection. Of course, this requires a client that can support this feature, but it’s becoming quite common for high-end consumer NAS systems to support aggregation. ASUS RT-AC5300 router also features USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, as well as buttons to instantly turn off the Wi-Fi and LED indicators. There’s also an additional button for WPS setup.

ASUS RT-AC5300

ASUS RT-AC5300

Powering all of this is Broadcom’s new 4×4 5G XStream platform, which consists of a 1.4GHz dual-core BCM47094 ARM Cortex A9 processor and three BCM4366 4×4 radios. These radios are also MU-MIMO capable, so if you have the right client devices, you can expect an overall network performance boost too.

Installation and setting up the router was pretty easy, thanks to the ASUSWRT User Interface. It’s not the prettiest, but it’s fairly straightforward to use, loads quickly and gets the job done. It provides a good balance between ease of use and options for more advanced users. It also has companion mobile apps that allow users to remotely manage the router, schedule files for torrent clients, and more.

Quick Spec:

  • Wireless Type: 802.11 ac/n/g/a/b
  • Wireless Speed: Up to 5334 Mbps
  • Wireless Frequency: Tri-band (2.4 & Dual 5 GHz)
  • Wired Connectivity: 4x LAN, 1x WAN gigabit Ethernet ports
  • USB Port(s): 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
  • Warranty: 2 years

Product Highlights:

  • Tri-band (dual 5 GHz, single 2.4 GHz) with the latest 802.11ac 4×4 technology for maximum throughput (5334 Mbps) and coverage (up to 5,000 sq. ft.)
  • MU-MIMO technology enables multiple compatible clients to connect at each client’s respective maximum speed
  • Built-in access to WTFast Gamers Private Network (GPN(TM)) of route-optimized servers ensures low, stable ping times for gaming
  • AiProtection Powered by Trend Micro(TM) provides multi-stage protection from vulnerability detection to protecting sensitive data
  • ASUS Smart Connect delivers consistent bandwidth by dynamically switching devices between 2.4 and 5 GHz bands based on speed, load and signal strength

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