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

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

Recommended # of Connected Devices
Wireless Standard Generation
Wi-Fi 5
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
Number of WAN Ports
Number of 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

  • No problem so far

    from Montreal on October 26, 2019

    This being said, not really impressed by QOS, failed at making web traffic a priority while downloading games

  • Drrrrrrops a lot

    from Peterborough on October 24, 2019

    I love Asus products so when I saw this was highly recommended from many sources I jumped on to it. Worked well for about two months then couldn't hold a signal to anything, it kept dropping the 5ghz band. So after troubleshooting, factory reset, tweaking setting in the app, there was no resolution. Glad I bought a warranty and got store credit back. I'd hold off on this one.

  • Initial Impression - Fantastic Performance

    from  on October 16, 2019

    After much Googling about routers,I decided to purchase this model RT-86U. Primary reasons for my decision were : 1. Scalability _ Ability to create a AiMesh should need arise in future. 2. Newer Dual Core processor and Wi-fi Speeds 2. App Based Router Management I have only had this set up for a few days.. so this is an initial impressions type review. Very well packaged product,and most information about features is right on the box. I was surprised to find an actual Quick start Manual (not just one sheet - which is also included). Prior to purchasing this Router,I was using the Rogers Hitron CODA 4582 router + modem and had spotty wi-fi coverage in some areas of my home,and freezing _ buffering issues while streaming on hardwired and wireless devices. I also had approximately 25 devices connected at any one time including VOIP (some hardwired through Gigabit Switches). To say the least,the Rogers Hitron modem_router combo could not keep up (despite it having top notch specifications - which I think are software locked by Rogers!). My Rogers Modem _ Router is located in an open area on the main floor of the house not int he basement. Ever since I have added this router,I am clocking over 300MBps on 5Ghz channel in the same room as the router (before adding this router I was getting max 28MBps in the same location) and over 180MBps in areas that had spotty coverage before. On the 2.4GHz channel,I am clocking over 115MBps in far corners of my home. I have tested AmazonFire TV on 5GHz channel and there is no buffering and freezing issues (which were a problem before adding this device). I have 26 devices connected to this router right now and each and everyone is working flawlessly. Super Happy with the product right now and hoping this performance does not go down as time passes. Only one gripe.. there is new firmware and the procedure to update it is in the online manual. But it does not clarify if I should be hardwired to the router or if I can do this on wi-fi. I think they should clarify the best option.

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