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Asus AC3100 (RT-AC88U) Wireless Router
AC3100 (RT-AC88U)
An 802.11ac wireless router with 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 2 USB ports. Includes an Ethernet cable.
Description
An 802.11ac wireless router with 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 2 USB ports. Includes an Ethernet cable.

Ratings Scorecard

Test Results

Data security

Data security

A measure of how well the device and its service provider protect your data with respect to authentication, encryption, software updates, resistance to known exploits, etc. based on inspection of device features and analysis of network traffic, penetration testing, and publicly-available documentation.

 /  5
Data privacy

Data privacy

A measure of how the device and its service provider collect, share, and use your data, and the user's ability to control the flow of their data. Analysis is based on (but, not limited to) evaluation of user interfaces and publicly-avaliable material.

 /  5
Throughput near

Throughput near

The router throughput (speed) of the communications is measured very near the router in an "open space" hallway. For our test, it was 8 feet away from the router in a hallway. For Mesh Routers, the client is placed 8 feet from the base. Performance will vary based on the size and construction of the house or apartment and how many floors, walls, doors, and other obstructions are between the router and receiving device.

 /  5
Throughput mid-range

Throughput mid-range

The router communications throughput (speed) is measured further away from the router but still in an "open space" hallway. For this test the client was 20 feet away from the router in a hallway. For Mesh Router's, the satellite is placed 20 feet from the base, and the client is placed 20 feet from the base while attached to the satellite. Performance will vary based on the size and construction of the house or apartment and how many floors, walls, doors, and other obstructions are between the router and receiving device.

 /  5
Throughput far

Throughput far

The router communications throughput (speed) is measured far away from the router using an "open space" hallway. For this test, the distance is 55 feet away from the router in a hallway where the device is located around the corner from the router to obtain the 55 feet distance. For Mesh Routers, the satellite is placed 20 feet from the base, and the client is placed around the corner to negotiate the 55 feet from the base router but attached to the satellite located 49.25 feet away. The performance will vary based on the size and construction of the house or apartment; and how many floors, walls, doors, and other obstructions are between the router and receiving device.

 /  5
Versatility

Versatility

Includes hardware features such as orientation choices (if router can be wall mounted), number of LAN ports, QoS, parental controls, number and type of USB ports, tech support and warranty provisions. It also includes how a user manages the router through a web browser and/or a smartphone app.

 /  5
Ease of setup

Ease of setup

A rating of setup features such as a smartphone app based setup feature, web browser based setup feature with a wizard, status LEDs, WiFi protected setup, and guest network presence and setup.

 /  5

About

The Asus AC3100 (RT-AC88U) is part of the Wireless Routers test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Wireless Routers models like the AC3100 (RT-AC88U) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Data security A measure of how well the device and its service provider protect your data with respect to authentication, encryption, software updates, resistance to known exploits, etc. based on inspection of device features and analysis of network traffic, penetration testing, and publicly-available documentation.

Data privacy A measure of how the device and its service provider collect, share, and use your data, and the user's ability to control the flow of their data. Analysis is based on (but, not limited to) evaluation of user interfaces and publicly-avaliable material.

Throughput near The router throughput (speed) of the communications is measured very near the router in an "open space" hallway. For our test, it was 8 feet away from the router in a hallway. For Mesh Routers, the client is placed 8 feet from the base. Performance will vary based on the size and construction of the house or apartment and how many floors, walls, doors, and other obstructions are between the router and receiving device.

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