When Asus first announced the RT-AC87U earlier this year, many tech enthusiast including myself were drooling at the speeds this new router can bring to the table. The idea of even faster streaming of videos from storage to player or even sharing huge files over the network during meetings at home definitely sounded good as faster is always (or at least most of the time) better.
Launching the Asus RT-AC87U router strategically a week before Comex 2014, the Asus Singapore team invited members of the media and business partners to view the RT-AC87U up close and to share how the router’s functions can improve the lives of its users through its features.
Engaging the entertaining N.O.C or Night Owl Cinematics, the audience were presented 3 scenarios – the home environment, a SME office environment and a small scale cafe that offers free wifi to its customers to highlight some of the features of the Asus RT-AC87U Router.
With the home environment, the Asus RT-AC87U Router’s blazing faster then gigabit wired speeds plus its superior hardware to better multitasking in terms of data transfer allows multi users to not only download videos and photos at faster speeds but also to upload and share these media items to the cloud storage services.
With the SME office environment, the Asus RT-AC87U Router’s inbuilt security protection where it leverages on Trend Micro’s experience in the secuirty field ensures protection from threats such as malware, malicious websites and other cyber-threats, while safeguarding user privacy and keeping a constant check on network security status.
With the cafe environment, the Asus RT-AC87U Router’s adaptive Quality-of-Service (QoS) kicks in to prioritise certain type of traffic, like video streaming which was presented, to allow customers to the cafe to have a smoother experience for services like Youtube and Vimeo.
Overall the Asus RT-AC87U Router is an impressive piece of networking hardware that should leave anyone with the financial muscle to acquire waiting for its availability here. Yes, the router will not come cheap with a price of SGD$399 which will be available next week during Comex. But the question will be, is this router something that everyone should get and is its price justified?
Coming from a technical point of view, this router has everything to get a consumer’s home going with its superior speeds and its ASUS AiRadar, MU-MIMO and adaptive QoS technology which ensure maximum coverage and transfer speeds. Add other features such as its AiCloud, Print and Storage server services offered out of box and an easy to pick up and use security module thanks to Trend Micro, surely this router would be value for money at $399.
Yet the user side of me has other reservations, namely would consumer level users want to spend $399 on a router when there are also other excellent Asus routers such as the RT-N66U and the RT-AC68U. Another thing to think about is if the household has network cards that can fully utilise the speeds that come with 5Ghz ‘AC’ standard which the RT-AC87U brings.
I guess it really comes down to the needs of the users. For those with only the ‘N’ standard of network devices at home, the Asus RT-N66U Router would come highly recommended while those with one or two ‘AC’ devices can look to the Asus RT-AC68U Router which I am currently using. But for those looking to supercharge their wireless experience at home and have plans to migrate to the ‘AC’ standard, the Asus RT-AC87U router is the answer to your wireless needs.
by Kenneth Wong.
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