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Enter a new era of wireless performance with faster-than-incredible speeds, wider coverage and more control than you ever thought possible. RT-AC87U delivers the super-fast speeds of up to 1734 Mbps at 5 GHz — even faster than tri-band 3x3 routers — plus class-leading concurrent 600 Mbps speeds at 2.4 GHz for an amazing total bandwidth of 2334 Mbps! This means RT-AC87U gives you lag-free online gaming, silky-smooth 4K/UHD video streaming, and effortlessly copes with even the most bandwidth-demanding tasks.
With a separate high-gain antenna for each of the four spatial data streams, this power-packed router gives you true 4x4 multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) wireless performance that smokes the competition — and it delivers top performance for all your wireless devices, even those using older Wi-Fi standards. As with all ASUS networking products, you get the very best support with wide device compatibility, plus free firmware updates for years to come — so your RT-AC87U will always be at the forefront.
RT-AC87U is designed for pure performance — as well as its main 1 GHz dual-core processor, RT-AC87U also has a separate dual-core processor that's dedicated solely to 5G Hz 4x4 Wi-Fi related tasks. This means that compared to routers with a single 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, RT-AC87U has Wi-Fi-to-USB transfer speeds that are up to twice as fast2, and can show up to a 50% improvement in total throughput on a heavily-loaded network with multiple clients!3
RT-AC87U is not only fast, but looks stunning too. Inspired by the gamer-centric ASUS Republic of Gamers G Series notebooks, RT-AC87U is designed with Stealth Fighter-like curves that exude power and sophistication.
While RT-AC87U succeeds RT-AC68U's decent USB 3.0 network storage performance, its USB transfer speed over Wi-Fi has been largely improved. When transferring files to and from SuperSpeed USB 3.0 devices over Wi-Fi, our tests2 show that RT-AC87U can be up to twice as fast as a router with a single 1.2 GHz dual-core processor.
In tests3 simulating a heavily-loaded network with three wired and two wireless clients, PCs, RT-AC87U's hardware NAT and dedicated Wi-Fi processor helped it deliver a total throughput (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and NAT) up to 50% faster than a typical router with a single 1.2 GHz dual-core processor.
Share printers, 3G/4G (HSPA+) cellular dongles or USB storage devices over your network! Thanks to SuperSpeed USB 3.0, transfer speeds are up to 10 times faster than USB 2.01. What's more, the ports are widely-spaced for convenient and easy access when using bulky devices — not sandwiched together as on some competing routers. The easy-to-use USB application puts you in full control of tasks for all connected USB devices, including media streaming, file sharing and file downloads.
Enjoy a new level of wireless performance, with 2334 Mbps of combined 802.11ac and 802.11n bandwidth. With class-leading speeds of up to 600 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band — thanks to Broadcom® TurboQAM™ technology — and up to 1734 Mbps concurrently on the 5 GHz band, which is even faster than the latest tri-band 3x3 routers, RT-AC87U leaves the competition standing.
RT-AC87U doesn't lead others, it dominates, offering the best current-generation performance for all your notebooks, smartphones and other wireless devices.
Boasting a four-stream, four-antenna (4x4) design with AiRadar beamforming, RT-AC87U gives you unrivalled wireless coverage, making it the ideal choice for large homes and multi-floor buildings.
The revolutionary and future-proof MU-MIMO technology means that RT-AC87U will be able to connect to multiple MU-MIMO-compatible clients at each device's maximum speed simultaneously, unlike standard single-user MIMO where individual devices have to wait for sequential transmissions. This means that as users add more MU-MIMO-enabled devices, the router's capacity actually increases, giving all users the best possible internet experience5.
ASUS AiRadar intelligently strengthens wireless connectivity using 802.11ac universal beamforming technology, high-power amplification and exclusive ASUS RF fine-tuning. This gives RT-AC87U up to 33% better coverage than 3-stream antenna designs. In real-world tests, RT-AC87U lets you stream two 4K videos flawlessly at its maximum range6.
For the fastest wired networking performance, RT-AC87U comes with a dedicated Gigabit WAN port, four 1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports (one of which can be used as a second WAN port), and hardware-accelerated NAT. Unlike the traditional software-based NAT used in most other routers, RT-AC87U's hardware NAT removes the bottleneck between the wired LAN and the internet, allowing you to get the most out of modern super-fast broadband connections.
Removes the bottleneck between the internet and the home network, giving WAN-to-LAN performance that's between 2-5 times faster than a traditional software-based NAT.
Configure one of the LAN ports as a WAN to use two internet connections, either to share internet traffic between them or so that one can be used as a backup connection should one connection fail.
RT-AC87U, like all ASUS networking products, is subjected to exhaustive compatibility testing during its development. RT-AC87U works flawlessly with a vast range of adapters, media players and other wireless devices to ensure the best performance — it even supports the latest-generation Xbox® One and PlayStation® 4 game consoles.
With its massive data pipeline of up to 300,000 data sessions, RT-AC87U has around 20 times the networking capacity of conventional routers for exceptionally smooth performance.
Supports Time Machine® backups with Apple devices.
Lets you connect devices instantly with a press of the WPS button.
Configure a VPN server or turn your network-connected devices into VPN-enabled clients — with PPTP and OpenVPN protocol support — with no need for paid VPN services or a dedicated VPN server.
RT-AC87U features the enhanced ASUSWRT graphical user interface, which gives you easy access to the 30-second, 3-step web-based installation process7. It's also where you can configure AiCloud 2.0 and all RT-AC87U's advanced options. ASUSWRT is web-based, so it doesn't need a separate app, or restrict what you can change via mobile devices — you get full access to everything, from any device that can run a web browser.
Comprehensive network map shows you at a glance details of what devices are connected to your router and their connection status.
Lets you create up to six guest networks with customized access times and online restrictions.
ASUS Adaptive Quality of Service (QoS) optimizes inbound and outbound bandwidth on both wired and wireless connections. Applications and tasks can be prioritized easily using drag-and-drop presets for gaming, media streaming, VoIP, web browsing and file transfers. It supports major consoles including PlayStation®3, PlayStation®4, PS4™ Pro, PlayStation®Vita, Wii U, 3DS and Xbox One.
AiProtection, incorporating state-of-the-art, three-pronged security from Trend Micro™, provides advanced parental controls, blocks malicious addresses and intrusions for your PC or device, and alerts you if an infected device is connected. Potential weaknesses such as password strength and operating system vulnerabilities are also monitored at all times. Moreover, AiProtection even protects Wi-Fi devices without an installable security program such as smart TVs, game consoles, and smart home devices, giving you peace of mind.
Scans your router for security vulnerabilities and recommends options for improving protection.
Restricts access to known malicious websites in the latest Trend Micro™ database for up-to-date protection.
Prevents infected devices from communicating personal information and/or infected status to external parties.
ASUS AiCloud keeps you close to your data wherever and whenever you have an internet connection. It links your home network and online storage service8, giving you access to your files using the AiCloud mobile app on your iOS, Android smartphones or via a personalized browser URL. You can share photos instantly to services like Facebook, Flickr or Dropbox directly from the AiCloud interface. Even better, AiCloud can be connected to another compatible router to expand your personal cloud even further.
Tuxera solutions bring enhanced performance with significantly reduced CPU so more applications can run at the same time. With special optimization for network storages you can quickly access and transfer your data. Learn more.
Remember to always keep your device's firmware up to date so you can benefit from the very latest service and security enhancements — and get exciting new features! Learn more about updating new firmware.
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