Wireless router photograph.
Product review
February 2019

Wireless routers

We've tested 12 store-bought routers and 10 ISP-supplied models to assess their WiFi performance and security, plus how easy they are to set up.

February 2019

ASUS

RT-AC58U

Price
$176
Score
58
Average

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This ASUS dual-band router is OK. Its WiFi performance on both bands (2.4 and 5GHz) is just OK. Its direct fibre speed is poor though.

Test results

  • 50
    WiFi performance
  • 68
    Ease of use and setup
  • 70
    Security

Good points

  • Easy to use.
  • Good for security.
  • Good fibre speed.
  • Very good for channel switching.

Bad points

  • Only OK WiFi performance.
  • Only OK 2.4GHz WiFi performance.
  • Only OK 5GHz WiFi performance.
  • Poor fibre speed.

Model

  • Avg price

    $176

Speed test results

  • Fibre

    3.5/10

  • WiFi performance 2.4GHz

    4.5/10

  • WiFi performance 5GHz

    5.5/10

  • Obstruction 2.4GHz

    Noticeable interference from obstruction

  • Obstruction 5GHz

    Noticeable interference from obstruction

  • Channel switching ability

    Very good at channel switching

Specifications

  • Fibre

    Yes

  • WiFi bands (GHz)

    2.4 & 5

  • Antennas

    4

  • Antenna placement

    Two on rear, one on each side, can fold 90° and rotates 180°, unremovable

  • Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]

    207 x 149 x 36

  • Weight (g)

    395

Features

  • Mesh
  • MIMO

    Yes

  • Beamforming support
  • Ethernet LAN ports

    4

  • USB ports

    1

  • Media sharing via USB
  • DLNA
  • Installation wizard
  • Quality of Service
  • Parental controls
  • Parental control features

    Time scheduling on devices. Web, app and keyword filtering available under firewall setup

  • Firewall
  • Guest network WiFi

    Yes

  • WPS support
  • 3G/4G passthrough
  • VOIP
  • Wall mountable

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