ASUS Wireless AC2900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router (RT-AC86U)

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Model Number: RT-AC86U
Web Code: 11281277


Stream your favourite victory song; the battle for bandwidth has been won with the RT-AC86U AC2900 dual-band gigabit Wi-Fi router. NitroQAM technology handles even the busiest home networks without breaking a sweat, while built-in WTFast game accelerator and Adaptive QoS deliver lag-free online gaming and smooth 4K streaming.


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  • Ultra-fast 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi router boosts speeds up to 2917Mbps for low-latency online gaming, smooth 4K streaming, and snappy file-sharing
  • 4x4 antenna design with AiRadar universal beamforming offers unrivaled Wi-Fi range
  • Up to 4x capacity MU-MIMO technology gives every compatible device its own dedicated full-speed Wi-Fi connection so multiple devices can connect at the same time without slowing down the network
  • RangeBoost technology powerfully enhances your coverage while also significantly improving long-range throughput
  • Powerful 1.8 GHz dual-core processor router offers download/upload speeds up to 1600 Mbps and USB data transfers up to 110 MB/s
  • Exclusive built-in game accelerator from WTFast lets you enjoy smooth gameplay in supported multi-player online games
  • Boost your gaming bandwidth with Adaptive QoS (Quality of Service), which allows you to easily prioritize gaming packets and activities
  • AiProtection with Trend Micro for triple-strength network security, plus robust parental controls and privacy protection
  • ASUS Router App gives you easy access and control of your network from setup to day-to-day management wherever you are (Android & iOS)
  • Intuitive ASUSWRT user interface gives you easy access to both the 3-step web-based installation process and a wealth advanced options

Wireless Networking Features

Wireless Standard
Wireless Speed
2900 Mbps
Number of Bands
Frequency Bands
2.4 GHz; 5 GHz
Maximum Data Rate - Per Band
2.4 GHz - 750 Mbps; 5 GHz - 2167 Mbps
Maximum Data Rate - Total
2900 Mbps

Wired Networking Features

Ethernet Speed
WAN Ports
LAN Ports

Network Security / Management Features

Wi-Fi Protected Setup
Quality of Service (QoS) Controls

Physical Features

22 cm
16 cm
8.4 cm
Width (Inches)
8.67 in
Height (Inches)
6.3 in
Depth (Inches)
3.3 in
872 g
  • RT-AC86U AC2900 Wireless Router
  • RJ-45 Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card

  • Died after 1 month and ASUS made me pay for RMA shipping.

    from Kingston on May 31, 2019

    Died after 1 month and ASUS made me pay for RMA shipping.

  • Excellent Range, Easy to Configure, Nice Interface, Looks Nice

    from Ottawa, ON on May 13, 2019

    I have to admit, when I read the reviews about poor h/w quality and poor customer service, i almost shied away from this router. However, I believe ASUS to be a good brand name and my experience thus far with ASUS has been positive. So, i bought this router (on sale) and i purchased the BestBuy 3-year warranty (given the h/w issues that some people have reported). So far, i'm happy to report that my experience with this router has been great. It was very easy to set up, and the WiFi range is superb. I have the router set up in my basement on one side of the house, and i am able to receive a WiFi signal on the opposite end of my house, two floors up. So the WiFi range is excellent, no pods or WiFi extenders required. I also have a portable hard-drive connected to the USB port of the router and i was able to easily set up the Samba server for file-sharing. I am able to easily access media files on my router, which is always ON. This is a nice addition to my media library. I have 25 Clients connected to my router, and it handles the connections and does the NAT with ease. I have read that this router uses excellent h/w for doing NAT and it is much speedier than the WiFi provided by the modem that Bell offers (ie. the HomeHub 3000) and so I use this router for all my WiFi connections. It definitely has better range than the HomeHub 3000. So, even if you have a modem which does WiFi (and, not to knock Bell, it's probably the same with Rogers) you might want to consider buying this router to improve the speed and range of your home WiFi. It's working great for me.

  • Great Performance...until it died 2 weeks later

    from Halifax, NS on January 15, 2019

    Worked great out of the box, easy to set up, really improved the WIFI in the home and had a handy app to log into it with. had no problems until it just decided to stop broadcasting wifi, 5 minutes later it just started powering off and on, never regaining the WIFI or wired connection. Power cycled 5 times, hit the reset switch, couldn't log into the router with app or manually through the IP. So there's that. 2 Stars as it was great while it worked and -3 stars for dying 2 weeks after being opened.

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