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ASUS RT-AC86U AC2900 Dual Band Gigabit Gaming Router (Adaptive QoS, USB 2.0 & 3.0, MU-MIMO, supports Ai-Mesh Wifi) £98.46 @ Amazon Spain

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NitroQAM technology: high-speed Wi-Fi

When it comes to playing a tight online competition or watching a live 4K/UHD event, experiencing lag and buffering issues are not acceptable scenarios. The RT-AC86U's NitroQAM (1024-QAM) technology delivers a combined Wi-Fi speed of 2917 Mbps so everyone connected to the network can enjoy smooth streaming and online gaming with minimal latency.

Double Boost for Gaming

Enjoy low latency online gaming and superior performance over your home network and Internet connection.

Integrated game accelerator

Since ping time values and speed variations affect the path that game packets follow, these parameters can have a very negative impact on the online gaming experience. WTFast's Gamers Private Network (GPN) technology automatically selects the most efficient path, significantly reducing ping time and minimizing packet loss. The RT-AC86U includes this technology free of charge for users to enjoy all its benefits in one device for compatible multiplayer competitive games.

Adaptive QoS: Prioritize your games

Expand the bandwidth available for your games with Adaptive QoS, a feature to prioritize activities and packets related to gaming traffic. In addition, Gamer Solo Mode allows you to allocate all available bandwidth for gaming. The RT-AC86U is the perfect ally to enjoy low latency gaming in any corner of your home. Compatible with PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS4 Pro, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, 3DS and Xbox One.

MU-MIMO maximizes performance when connecting multiple devices

MU-MIMO technology ensures that all Wi-Fi connected compatible devices3 work at full capacity without slowing down the network.

In fact, thanks to MU-MIMO technology, the RT-AC86U is able to connect simultaneously and at optimum speed with multiple compatible clients. However, the MIMO standard works with sequential transmissions.

optimal coverage

ASUS innovative antenna design and Range Boost technology dramatically increase Wi-Fi hotspot stability and range. AiRadar optimizes the signal reception of your devices so you can enjoy faster and stronger connections.

High performance processor, faster transfers

The high-end processor that includes the RT-AC86U (dual-core 1.8 GHz) gives it excellent performance that allows data to be transmitted via USB at speeds of 110 MB/s and provides up to 1600 mbps2 WAN to LAN speed.

AiProtection ensures a secure digital environment

With automatic vulnerability detection, malicious site blocking, and parental control, ASUS AiProtection powered by Trend Micro provides a secure online experience.

AiProtection blocks Internet-based attacks before they reach the network, and in the event that an infected device is detected on the network, AiProtection automatically blocks it to prevent sensitive data from being sent to malicious servers.

First line of reinforced security

When it comes to maximizing online gaming performance, the network is only part of the equation. Because AiProtection is built into the router itself, even if a device doesn't have security enabled (necessary when you want to play blocked games, for example), AiProtection can still protect your network against attacks and intrusions.

ASUS Router APP: control your network from anywhere

We are becoming more connected, for that reason, it is more important than ever to have access to your network from an application. ASUS Router App has been created to be very intuitive and robust, without having to use your PC.

ASUSWRT: control your network with ease

The ASUSWRT graphical interface allows you to configure the network in three simple steps and contains a number of advanced options.


The RT-AC86U includes four Gigabit LAN ports, one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0. In this way, you can connect your Smart TV, NAS storage system and other devices in different ports and use the RT-AC86U as your digital hub.

  • Compatible with AiMesh: Connect compatible ASUS routers and create a versatile Wi-Fi mesh network system for the entire home
  • Triple-VLAN functionality, compatible with triple-play services (Internet, IP Voice and TV) offers automatic management of IP addresses, OpenVPN server and client
  • Gaming experience: WTFast game accelerator and Adaptive QoS to enjoy lag-free online gaming and 4K streaming
  • High-speed wireless connectivity: AC2900 speeds with NitroQAM technology to perform on the busiest home networks
  • Expanded coverage area: High-performance antennas, ASUS AiRadar and Range Boost help cover difficult areas, and MU-MIMO maximizes performance when connecting multiple devices
  • Professional-grade security: AiProtection powered by Trend Micro protects all connected devices
  • Easy management: set up and manage your device from the ASUS Router app
  • Hard drive capacity (GB): 0.0TB; Number of ports: 4; Operating System: Router OS



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    I got one of these in 2018 and it died this week. Apparently there was some kind of common fault with them and they all die in the same way eventually with some board component blowing up (only the 4th LAN port light comes on, no power LED).

    I think that's probably been resolved with more recent units, but it's not a great showing for ASUS engineering. To be fair, when not blowing up, it was an excellent router and I was pleased with it. Wireless coverage is great, the Asuswrt-Merlin custom firmware is very nice.
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    That's a lot to pay for an AC router. Sorry but really don't see why you'd want this over loads of WiFi 6 options for similar money.
    Because this blows most if not all of the others out of the water! Some of us don't care about WiFi...
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    Nice price! I am using it for the last 4 years. No Wifi 6, but brilliant router for the price. I have updated mine with merlin firmware and connected to Virgin Hub. Virgin Hub is in a modem mode and Asus Router provides really good WiFi coverage compared to Virgin Hub as WiFi router
    Same using Merlin and been pretty much flawless. With g.fast talk talk provide the modem separately so this can be in router mode and without any username or password. Great router I’ve ever owned even if it is only Wi-Fi 5
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    Daft to spend this sort of money at the end of 2022 on WiFi infrastructure that doesn't support wifi6.
    Everything apart from phones / tablets is hardwired... Never have and never will trust WiFi..
    Edit oh and 3 Google nest devices. (edited)
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    Get an Asus wifi 6 router not this!
    I'm not sure I agree. Most people won't even notice an 'upgrade' to WiFi 6. Do Asus even support WiFi 6E?

    I have this router and it's great btw. No intentions to upgrade anytime soon and I love my tech.
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    I had this router a few months back and the WiFi was worse than the generic router provided by my ISP.
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    Can this router be used with adsl if I get separate modem? Or is there certain adsl isp's I can switch their router to modem mode like the virgin media hub?

    Btw won't this come with EU plug? (edited)
    Yes, you can get ADSL modems. I got mine for £10 off eBay. Some ISP provided routers can also operate in modem mode or other pass-through modes that are nearly as good.

    I got a DrayTek Vigor 120 ADSL2/2+ Modem
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    Great router! Running one here (with a separate modem) on Merlin firmware
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    Awesome price. Shame the pound is so poor.
    Current exchange rate (Mastercard (fee free card)) makes it :
    109.44 EUR = 95.30 GBP (edited)
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    I have been using this for the last 2 years and use the wifi AiMesh. Excellent router which solved the constant buffering issues I was having with the virgin media router.
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    probs one of the better 5ghz routers, ideal as a stop gap until 6E matures. I wouldn't want to spend more than this on a 5Ghz router now though.
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    Thanks for the deal info. Already got one and was looking out for a second to run Aimesh.
    Just ordered one and been billed £88.05 on my card. Expected delivery 17/09. (edited)
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    Decent router this, but wont be uk plug on these
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    Anyone who can confirm that returning items to Amazon Spain is as painless as to Amazon UK and with no costs whatsoever and same warranty?Based on these info I have to decide where to buy this router.
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    Looks like an Amazon warehouse deal.

    What about import duty. I got a bit of a shock when I ordered something from Southern Ireland. Email from DPD wanting £44 before they would deliver.
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    I've had one of these for about 3 years, way better connectivity than the provided Virgin Media router. It solved all the problems I was having. I think I paid nearly double. Good price.
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    It's 140 euros now.
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    Yes you can access files that are on usb plugged in to the router remotely. Or could make a tunnel back home to access files on the NAS.
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    I got this about 8 months ago & the 2.4ghz doesn't connect any more. Looking on forums looks like a common problem