ASUS AC3100 4x4 Wireless Dual-Band 4-Port Gigabit Gaming Router with AiProtection (RT-AC3100)

  • Model #: RT-AC3100
  • Web Code: 10399527
  • Release Date: 11-01-2015
$329.99
Sold and shipped by: Best Buy
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Overview

The speedy RT-AC3100 dual-band gigabit router from ASUS ensures low latency online gaming, quick file sharing, and flawless 4K streaming for everyone using your network. A built-in game accelerator delivers low ping time and minimal packet loss, while AiProtection ensures your online experience is safe and secure.

More Information

  • Lightning fast WiFi router with a combined dual-band data rate of 3167 Mbps delivers smooth 4K streaming, speedy file sharing, and seamless online gaming
  • AiProtection with Trend Micro delivers superior network security and includes robust parental controls and privacy protection to ensure your online experience is safe and secure
  • NitroQAM (1024-QAM) technology delivers a combined 3167 Mbps WiFi speed to ensure everyone on your network can enjoy smooth streaming and low latency online gaming
  • Powerful 1.4 GHz dual-core processor delivers quicker USB data transfers so you can enjoy up to over 100 MB/s speed and the router download/upload speed (WAN-LAN throughput) up to 1.8 Gbps
  • The Gamers Private Network (GPN) from WTFast automatically performs route optimization and chooses the best route for game packets to deliver lower ping time and minimal packet loss when playing multi-player online games
  • 4x capacity WiFi with revolutionary MU-MIMO technology gives every compatible device its own dedicated WiFi connection so many devices can connect simultaneously without slowing the network down
  • 4x4 antenna design produces a powerful wireless signal that can cover 5400 square feet of space

What's in the Box?

  • RT-AC3100
  • RJ-45 Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Support CD (User Manual and Utility)

Manufacturer's Warranty:

  • Parts - 2 Year(s)

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  • Wireless Networking Features
  • Wireless Standard
    802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Wireless Speed
    AC3100
  • Number of Bands
    2
  • Frequency Bands
    2.4 GHz; 5 GHz
  • Maximum Data Rate - Per Band
    2.4 GHz - 1000 Mbps; 5 GHz - 2167 Mbps
  • Maximum Data Rate - Total
    3.1 Gbps
  • Wired Networking Features
  • Ethernet Speed
    10/100/1000
  • WAN Ports
    1
  • LAN Ports
    4
  • Network Security / Management Features
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup
    Yes
  • Quality of Service (QoS) Controls
    Yes
  • Physical Features
  • Colour
    Black
  • Width
    40.3 cm
  • Height
    26.0 cm
  • Depth
    13.1 cm
  • Width (Inches)
    15.87 in
  • Height (Inches)
    10.24 in
  • Depth (Inches)
    5.16 in
  • Weight
    2600 g
  • Warranty Parts
    2 Year(s)


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Customer Reviews

3.8 / 5
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Positive 74%

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Critical 25%

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  • from Red Deer, AB
1.0

Poor quality

I bought this router about 6 months ago and I've already had to replace it. It just gradually started to have issues. Loss of range, dropping the wifi signal all together, etc. Today I tried a hard reset to fix the issues and it totally malfunctioned, it would not connect to the modem at all. It was a lot of cash outlay for 6 months and a lot of hassle over the past month to try to rectify its issues.


  • from Windsor, ON
1.0

Dont Buy Asus

I had issues with my router and after the 3rd phone call of trying to resolve my issue, Asus would just put me on hold for an hour hoping I would just go away. I tried again the next day and same thing, on hold for over an hour till they eventually hang up on me. Who does business like that? Bad customer support. Will go back to Dlink, They have way better customer service.


  • from Toronto, ON
5.0

Amazing Router

This Router is an amazing router. Far superseding all other routers at its price margin. Itested the d-link and Netgear and range was unmatched along with the speeds at large range. I tested this against the netgear x6 and this router outperformed the netgear. As for "not-mountable" it is mountable. I have it mounted on my wall at home. There are 2 holes for size "6" screws so that you can mount the unit. You will need to remove the rubber padding at the bottom of the router as this covers the holes. Overall best router i tested.


  • from Ottawa, ON
4.0

Great product and you CAN mount it on a wall.

I recently bought this router and found that it was dropping the 5Ghz band every couple of hours. Even upgraded the firmware to Merlins Asus version and still the had the same issues. Returned it and got a replacement. Problem went away so it was a defective piece. So far, rock stable with many options to choose from. Note: You can mount it on the wall, the 2 rubber feet on the bottom can be removed and a small screw head can slide in it place. Worked for me.


  • from Sarnia, ON
1.0

Not As Good As I Wanted

I was hoping for a high end gaming router with excellent WiFi signal. The wired LAN connections were pretty solid but the WiFi was not compatible with my wireless printer and when streaming movies on a tablet and phones kept stopping for buffering or dropping connection altogether. If you want stable WiFi do not get this router.


  • from Hamilton
5.0

Handles everything

I have a large house, 4000 sq ft., and needed a router to reach the basement and after much research I settled on this one. It didn't disappoint. It was easy to set up and really delivers.


  • from Barrie, ON
5.0

Well worth it!

Listen this router isn't for the weak. I have looked at some of these reviews and some of the reasons that people give bad reviews are ridiculous. Not mountable, disconnects, etc. Well, I have never had any disconnect issues and my router is mountable (remove the rubber stoppers and use the right size screws). I have never had any issues with Asus routers and I have been using them for years. Most of these issues are because people don't know how to setup their router for their environment, they get angry and give a negative review. Factory software is OK and does what it needs to but if you're looking for more, upgrade to Merlin. I had a few dead spots and couldn't achieve carrier Gig speeds throughput to LAN with my N66U unless I killed a bunch of needed features. So I upgraded to AC-3100. Dead spots are gone and Gig speeds achieved. I picked up this router for mid 200 hundreds after a price match 2 weeks ago. It's well worth it even at the normal price. Do your homework and set it up right before you review.


  • from Barrie, ON
5.0

Baby Beast

Listen this router isn't for the weak. I have looked at some of these reviews and some of the reasons that people give bad reviews are ridiculous. Not mountable, disconnects, etc. Well, I have never had any disconnect issues and my router is mountable (remove the rubber stoppers and use the right size screws). I have never had any issues with Asus routers and I have been using them for years. Most of these issues are because people don't know how to setup their router for their environment, they get angry and give a negative review. Factory software is OK and does what it needs to but if you're looking for more, upgrade to Merlin. I had a few dead spots and couldn't achieve carrier Gig speeds throughput to LAN with my N66U unless I killed a bunch of needed features. So I upgraded to AC-3100. Dead spots are gone and Gig speeds achieved. I picked up this router for mid 200 hundreds after a price match 2 weeks ago. It's well worth it even at the normal price. Do your homework and set it up right before you review.


  • from Vineland, ON
5.0

Far far better then Dlink and Netgear!

I recently purchased a Netgear R8000. Although the router has decent performance, the UI is absolutely terrible (I don't think Netgear has updated their UI for 10 years). Also, as soon as I took the router out of the box, the on/off switch for the LED broke right off. A few days later, I returned the router for a Dlink 890l. Man, was that router huge. The first problem I had is it wouldn't sign in to mydlink. After close to 50 emails back and forth with their tech support, they admitted to replicating the problem on their end and said a they were looking into it. Which means, could be months. Another major problem is my devices close to the router with Smart Connect kept switching between the two 5Ghz bands. Because of this, my ATV 4 kept showing no internet. Dlink's response? Turn that feature off. So now I have 3 SSID's, and no real gain. This router also wasn't MU-MIMO. I finally made the decision to switch it out for a third time (I live 30 minutes from BestBuy, so I was getting sick of this), and got the Asus AC3100. What a difference! It may on paper look like the lesser router ("only" AC3100), but it outperforms the Dlink and Netgear by a long shot. The UI is absolutely fantastic, with so many options and customizations. I am able to log into the router remotely, thanks to it having its own DDNS. Highly recommended! This is a powerhouse, with more features then any other router to date (I didn't try the Linksys, because they are rebranded Belkin. Also, not a fan of DD-WRT, but a huge fan of Merlin)


  • from Richmond Hill, ON
1.0

Poor quality software - not reliable anymore

Ever since I bought this new router I had numerous problems: LAN connectivity problem, disconnects, etc. I waited for firmware updates hoping they can fix some basic problems, but 6 months later no material progress. ASUS used to have the best router and reliable firmware -- not anymore! They have lost credibility that took them years to earn. Don't buy this router.


  • from London
5.0

Quality product great range and lots of options

Set up install and do firmware upgrade done. That simple. I am a heavy gamer and have over 10 devices hooked up. Plows through everything. You get what you pay for here folks. I would highly recommend this product.


  • from London
5.0

Amazing quality is what your paying for

Ok so here is my review. I am a heavy gamer, have an ftp server and download about 2 terabytes a month, 9 devices connected almost none stop and........no problem. I have tried the asus 3200 D link tri band tp link 2600 3200 and 5400 netgear 7000 and this router outshines em all. Range is excellent even over a 1500sqr ft home. Set up is a breeze and advanced is spot on. Can use third party firmware. The 5ghz band is amazing. I am getting 250 plus download on my mu mimo phone. 2.4ghz is very stable and longer range than 5ghz as expected. For those not sure how to get the most out of this machine do your research and learn you won't regret it. Any how I went off there want a top of the line router that can handle everything you throw at it and more this is your machine stop looking and go buy the thing


  • from Québec, QC
4.0

It is OK

I have been using it for two months and it is ok, nothing wrong or big change. However, it is a very big machine!


  • from Brampton, ON
1.0

HUGE router, NOT HANGABLE

This device is NOT HANGEABLE!?? I repeat NOT HANGABLE! It has a very large footprint, how hard would it have been to leave two holes for screws at the bottom? I bought three of them for a customer install and likely will have to return two or all three as the customer is asking to minimize visual impact. This means I can't hang it behind a drawer, or curtain, or make almost any effort to conceal this HUGE router. You just have to leave it resting on a desk. Don't be fooled by forum postings where people see little rubber plugs and assume that underneath is a way to hang it. When you remove the rubber plugs, they just hide the screws holding the case together, there is NO WAY TO HANG this device. Now I have to postpone my install for a week or two and re-order more appropriate devices, and return these. So basically, Asus has no high end devices capable of being installed discretly. This is a major headache! Very disappointed and had lots of my time wasted.


  • from Toronto, ON
3.0

Great when I got one that works

The first of these that I received was a lemon. I set it up and the 5Ghz signal strength was no better than my existing router(RT-N65U). I updated the firmware and the signal strength improved. After a couple of hours, the internet connection no longer worked on the 5Ghz band. Eventually, devices were completely unable to connect to the 5Ghz band at all. I hard reset to factory defaults, set it up again and the same issue persisted. I exchanged it at the local store in hopes that the first one was just a lemon, and it was. The new one works perfectly for over 2 weeks now and the 5Ghz signal strength was fantastic. I have a less than ideal placement in the basement, and the strength is great on the upper floors.


  • from Vancouver, BC
5.0

Good signal throughout the house

I was debating whether I should get this well received router or the Orbi. I have weak signals in various areas of my house so I figured that the jump to an AC router was warranted. I thought that the Orbi would be more suited to my needs but at almost half the price, I figured I'd give the AC3100 a try. Worst case scenario, I could exchange it for the Orbi within the 15 day period should it not work out for me. I did end up returning the AC3100 but only because I received a defective unit. The performance was shoddy and then it completely stopped working 4 days in. I got the same one again and so far, so good. I use airplay a lot and used to experience a lot of drop outs. This does not happen anymore. I also had issues streaming netflix on my iPad in the garage while working out. This has not occurred again. I also love the fact that I can set up a separate guest account with a separate SSID. We have a NAS and don't want to give our tenant access to our main network. So far, no complaints. I'm very happy with signal strength. All of the weak signal zones have been eliminated and I didn't have to buy the more expensive Orbi.


  • from Oshawa, ON
5.0

Excellent Product - 5 Stars

Asus is very reliable in routers and this one is no exception. Great coverage and incredibly easy to setup. Highly recommend.


  • from Thornhill, ON
5.0

Outstanding performance

Really good modem very fast and stable. However, 5GHZ range and stability neess some improvement. Than again it could be just my setup. I get 159mbps using speed test ookla on first floor (modem is upstairs) pricey but worth [price] on sale now.


  • from Red Deer, AB
5.0

Very Good Overall

Pros: 1. Software has built in support for Open VPN clients running on router. 2. Fast 1.4 Ghz dual band processor. 3. Built in WTFast online gaming accelerator. 4. Decent coverage area on both 2.4 and 5.0 Ghz bands. 5. Nice user interface, the best I've encountered to date. 6. Basic setup is super quick and easy. 7. Trend Micro AiProtection built in. Cons: 1. Fairly large physical size and sits flat requiring a fair bit of room, there are keyhole mounts on the bottom for wall mounting if preferred. 2. Bit pricey, wait for sale pricing if you can. If you have seen my reviews on the ASUS AC2400 and AC5300 you will know that my primary focus is finding a router that will run an Open VPN client on the router without sacrificing a significant amount of internet speed. Well..... I have come to the conclusion that is just not possible with current router technology. However, I have finally settled on this router as being the best compromise for features/speed/and price. I'm not a router expert, but from what I understand until routers are manufactured with Floating Point Unit Processors, this is as good as it gets for VPN speeds. As for the basics of this router, very solid. has all the latest features and functions you will find on any higher end router, good quality materials and construction, stable wireless connections on both bands, and one of the nicest user interfaces I've come across to date. Wireless coverage is good, but I didn't really see any improvement on signal strength to the far reaches of my home on the 5.0 Ghz band compared to my old router. but still good usable signal. (router is in the basement of 4 level split so lots of floors and walls to transmit through) I'm not a gamer, so I can't provide any comment on how effective the WTFast gaming accelerator performs. But it's there for those who desire it. I also don't use the built in security from Trend micro. I already run various software based anti-virus/malware/internet security solutions, and in my experience these programs can interfere with each other if you start running them simultaneously. But again, a nice feature that is there if you want to use it. Overall I would have no hesitation recommending this router. I purchased on sale and feel it is a good overall value at the sale price, a bit pricey otherwise. 5 stars overall, and I would have given it 5 stars on performance and value as well if the processor was up to the task of running a VPN client without throttling the internet speed.


  • from Ottawa, ON
2.0

Not The Performance I Was Hoping For...

I bought the RT-AC3100 in hopes of extending my wifi coverage (claims 5400 sq.ft) and faster link speeds over my current Asus AC1900 router. Neither the increased coverage nor the speed increase were realized, and I actually had slightly lower throughput than my current router. Asus makes a great router and their gui interface is the best on the market, but this "upgrade" was not worth it for me. Returned.


  • from Windsor, ON
5.0

Awesome

Awesome says it all


  • from Stouffville, ON
5.0

Great upgrade from my Netgear WNDR3700

A very worthwhile upgrade for me. The WebUI and Android app are user friendly for beginners and advanced users alike. Wireless signal is very stable around my 2200 sq. ft. home. Lots of excellent security features. It handles all 15 wireless devices in my home with ease...streaming 4K is wonderful with very fast load times and no buffering delays. Media server is fast and seamless when streaming to my TV. Definitely the best router I've owned and worth the price (I got it on sale). One final thing...it's the coolest looking router I've ever had! Maybe it was designed by Lamborghini.


  • from Saint-Laurent, QC
5.0

Asus RT-AC3100 is wonderfull purchase.

Settings. Default settings were pretty fast. After exploring the result by inSSIDer application, I have discovered that the settings should be done more carefully. First I loaded the latest firmware. Then spent some time to learn about new features and set them. Put the same SSID name and password for both 2.4Ghz and 5 Ghz bundles. Reboot and the SSID application shows my max chanel rate 1730 Mb/s. I am absolutely winner with my neighbors. The main reason to buy the router was I had the old Asus RT-N66U that work pretty fine. The problem was the router and my office room were pretty far with some wall and barrier as obstacles. I could not put the wired Ethernet cable and could not install the router in my room. The signal in the room had been pretty slow and unstable. When the number of wifi devices has doubled the situation became even worse. Tried to use some range extender and return them by the reason the old RT66U was not good to share another channel with the range extender. I will not give you some pretty boring numbers or technologies names. To test the result I just streamed 4K video in worse spot of the appartement. Every body know your own bad spot. I used the iPad Retina, Surface Pro 4 (not very good in WiFi), Dell M3800 Precision (same as Surface Pro 4). All work well, without any lug or stops. I am happy to have been decided to buy the most modern router that use the same hardware, CPU and technologies like the most expensive RT-AC5300 three bundle router. In the boxing day December 26 I kept in my hand the good router RT-AC2400 with 30CAD rebate, total price about 254CAD. Instead, I paid more to get the more modern AC3100 vs AC2400, router, but more expensive by 349CAD. I highly recommend the router for people who know more tan just AC name. The price is pretty high. That's only one complain that I am going to solve by putting my old RT66U in kijiji.


  • from Burnaby, BC
3.0

Only little gain in performance compare to AC3200

I are currently using Netgear X6 R8000 with the most updated firmware. I bought this Asus Ac5300 and Ac3100 both are new products this year. I am so disappointed because only little gain in 2.4G and the same performance on 5G. the AC3100 even do better than AC5300 on both 2.4G and 5G. So you can save your money to find a good deal on Ac3200 product. If you really want to buy the newest one then AC3100 is better choice than AC5300.


  • from Mississauga, ON
5.0

Awesome so far

I have owned several Dlink, Cisco and Linksys wireless routers over the last decade or more; obviously as a new product this one should be and is faster (way, way faster) and better provisioned but the installation process and the browser based interface are also superb. The network tool set and internet traffic log are also excellent. USB 3.0 on the front is a very minor irritant. I currently show 10 network clients connected (TVs, cellphones, laptops, desktops, VOIP) 2 of which have 5Ghz capability and are achieving 550-650 Mbps speeds on the 5GHz band. Can't comment on sustained connections or area coverage yet as it's too new but so far it seems excellent in this regard too. I wish it cost a little less but it's price seems commensurate both with the current market/competition and product performance. Some people may want to wait for the ASUS RT-AC88U which doesn't seem to be locally available right now (Toronto area) and which has 8 ethernet ports instead of 4 but is otherwise similar if not identical to the AC3100. Great product ASUS. PS...I ordered it yesterday, Dec 17/15 at about 2:30 PM and was delivered this morning (Dec 18/15) at 09:45 AM. Great job Best Buy and Canada Post as well.


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