September 27, 2022

The Asus RT-AC5300 Wireless AC5300 Tri-Band Gigabit Router ($399.99) is designed for large houses that demand maximum bandwidth for online gaming and 4K video streaming. It employs the newest 802.11ac technology and three separate radio bands to give game-worthy throughput to numerous clients. Game-enhancement options, Multi-User Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MUMIMO) data streaming, 4X4 data transfers, and a plethora of administrative settings are all included in this colossal router. In our throughput testing, it performed admirably, but it couldn’t equal the overall performance of our top selection for high-end routers, the D-Link AC5300 Ultra Wi-Fi Router (DIR895L/R) ($329.99 at Amazon). (This link will open in a new window.

Design and Features 

The RT-AC5300 takes up a fair amount of desktop space, although not quite as much as the D-Link DIR-895L/R, which measures 5.8 by 16.4 by 10.3 inches. The router includes eight detachable and adjustable antennae and a matteblack shell with red trim and bevelled edges. Small LED indicators for power, 2.4GHz and 5GHz band connectivity, WAN and Internet activity, and WPS activity are located on the front edge. A USB 2.0 port is located on the left side, along with buttons for turning on and off the LEDs and Wi-Fi bands, as well as initialising the WPS security feature. There are four Gigabit LAN connections, a WAN port, and a USB 3.0 connector on the rear.

The RT-AC5300 is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core CPU and has 802.11ac circuitry with three separate radio bands (one 2.4GHz band and two 5GHz bands). It’s an AC5300 gadget that can theoretically offer 1,000Mbps on the 2.4GHz frequency and 2,167Mbps on each of the five 5GHz frequencies. The RT-AC5300, like the D-Link DIR-895L/R, is a 4X4 router, which means it sends and receives data in four separate streams. It also has beamforming capabilities, which sends signals directly to clients, Smart Connect, which automatically selects the ideal band for maximum throughput, and MU-MIMO technology, which allows for simultaneous rather than sequential streaming. 

Basic and sophisticated administration options are available on the router which can be accessed using 10.0.0.1 piso wifi or 192.168.1.1 or 10.0.0.1. The main screen of the Web-based ASUSWRT management console shows a list of options on the left, a network map in the middle, and a system-status summary on the right. Guest Network, AiProtection (which includes Trend Micro malware protection and a full set of Parental Controls), Adaptive QoS (which includes a bandwidth monitor, Quality of Service prioritisation, and a history of Web-surfing activity), a Traffic Analyzer that shows daily and current network-traffic statistics, USB-peripheral management, and AiCloud 2.0 (which allows you to access your USB-attached storage devices from anywhere via the Internal Network

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