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Asus RT-AX86U vs. TP-Link Deco M4 Whole-Home Mesh WiFi System (3-pack) + 1

Asus RT-AX86U

Asus RT-AX86U

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4.5

£258.89

£259.99 Incl. delivery
Asus RT-AX88U

Asus RT-AX88U

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3.5
“Software”

£291.48

£294.47 Incl. delivery
Communication protocol
Wireless Multimedia Extensions (WMM), Quality of Service (QoS), IPv6
Wireless Multimedia Extensions (WMM), Quality of Service (QoS), IPv6
Wireless Multimedia Extensions (WMM), Quality of Service (QoS), IPv6
Data link layer
Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), IEEE 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), IEEE 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6), 10 Gigabit Ethernet
Support for Jumboframes
Yes
No
Support for mobile broadband
Yes
No
Yes
Mobile broadband type
Type of support
USB modem
Throughput WAN-LAN
1600 Mbit/s
VoIP (SIP)
Yes
Wireless network
Yes
Yes
Yes
2.4GHz
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data transfer rate (2.4GHz)
861 Mbit/s
300 Mbit/s
1148 Mbit/s
5GHz
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data transfer rate (5GHz)
4804 Mbit/s
867 Mbit/s
4804 Mbit/s
6GHz
External antenna
Yes
No
Yes
Detachable antenna
Yes
Yes
MIMO
Yes
Yes
Yes
Beamforming
Yes
Yes
Yes
MU-MIMO
Yes
Yes
Yes
Number of antennas
4
2
4
Supported bands
Dual-band
Dual-band
Dual-band
Total data transfer rate (theoretical)
4804 Mbit/s
1167 Mbit/s
6000 Mbit/s
Wireless security
WPA, WPA2, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPS, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA-Enterprise, WPA3
WPA, WPA2, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK
WPA2, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPS, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA-Enterprise
Support for alternative firmware
DD-WRT
Communication mode
Number of LAN ports
4 ​
2 ​
8 ​
Number of WAN ports
1 ​
2 ​
1 ​
USB
Yes
No
Yes
USB version
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
Built-in DSL modem
No
No
No
Features
Built-in printer server, Mobile app for controlling features, Support for mesh network, File Server via USB
Mobile app for controlling features, Support for mesh network, Support for backhaul technology
Built-in printer server, Mobile app for controlling features, Support for mesh network, File Server via USB
Active cooling (fan)
No
No
No
Management interface
Web/network
Web/network
Number of units
1 ​
3 ​
1 ​
Target audience
Home users, Smaller offices
Home users
Home users
Release year
2020
2019
2018
Operational Power Consumption (min-max)
45 W
Power over Ethernet (PoE)
No
No
No
Router security
VPN, DMZ, AiProtection, AiProtection Pro
VPN, DMZ, AiProtection, AiProtection Pro
VPN protocol
IPSec, PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN
IPSec, PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN