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Asus RT-AX86U

Asus RT-AX86U

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4.5

£258.89

£268.48 Incl. delivery
Communication protocol
Wireless Multimedia Extensions (WMM), Quality of Service (QoS), IPv6
Wireless Multimedia Extensions (WMM), Quality of Service (QoS), IPv6, Virtual LAN (VLAN)
Data link layer
IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), IEEE 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), IEEE 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), IEEE 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
Ethernet standard
Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbit/s), Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbit/s), 5 Gigabit Ethernet, 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet, Ethernet (10 Mbit/s)
Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbit/s), Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbit/s), Ethernet (10 Mbit/s)
Support for Jumboframes
Yes
Support for mobile broadband
Yes
Mobile broadband type
Type of support
USB modem
Throughput WAN-LAN
1600 Mbit/s
VoIP (SIP)
Wireless network
Yes
Yes
2.4GHz
Yes
Yes
Data transfer rate (2.4GHz)
861 Mbit/s
5GHz
Yes
Yes
Data transfer rate (5GHz)
4804 Mbit/s
6GHz
External antenna
Yes
Detachable antenna
Yes
MIMO
Yes
Yes
Beamforming
Yes
Yes
MU-MIMO
Yes
Yes
Number of antennas
4
2
Supported bands
Dual-band
Dual-band
Total data transfer rate (theoretical)
4804 Mbit/s
Wireless security
WPA, WPA2, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPS, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA-Enterprise, WPA3
WPA2, WPA-PSK
Support for alternative firmware
Communication mode
Number of LAN ports
4 ​
Number of WAN ports
1 ​
2 ​
USB
Yes
USB version
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
Built-in DSL modem
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
Active cooling (fan)
No
Management interface
Web/network
Number of units
1 ​
3 ​
Target audience
Home users, Smaller offices
Home users
Release year
2020
Operational Power Consumption (min-max)
Power over Ethernet (PoE)
No
Router security
VPN, DMZ, AiProtection, AiProtection Pro
VPN protocol
IPSec, PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN