Wireless router photograph.
Product review

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-AC86U

Price
$419
Score
77
Good
Recommended

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It has excellent security and the second-best score for fibre speeds. The router is good at channel switching and its 5GHz network is excellent. Its built-in software is geared towards high-speed online gaming, so will easily handle day-to-day home traffic.

Test results

  • 73
    WiFi performance
  • 77
    Ease of use and setup
  • 90
    Security

Good points

  • Good WiFi performance.
  • Excellent 5GHz WiFi performance.
  • Easy to use.
  • Very good fibre speed.
  • Only some interference on 2.4GHz signal.
  • Good for channel switching.

Bad points

  • Only OK 2.4GHz WiFi performance.

Model

  • Avg price

    $419

Speed test results

  • Fibre

    8.9/10

  • WiFi performance 2.4GHz

    5.5/10

  • WiFi performance 5GHz

    9.0/10

  • Obstruction 2.4GHz

    Moderate interference from obstruction

  • Obstruction 5GHz

    Noticeable interference from obstruction

  • Channel switching ability

    Good at channel switching

Specifications

  • Fibre

    Yes

  • WiFi bands (GHz)

    2.4 & 5

  • Antennas

    4

  • Antenna placement

    One internal, three external on the top

  • Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]

    220 x 160 x 83

  • Weight (g)

    500

Features

  • Mesh
  • MIMO

    Yes

  • Beamforming support
  • Ethernet LAN ports

    4

  • USB ports

    2

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

    Time scheduling on devices, website filter, app and keyword filter

  • Firewall
  • Guest network WiFi

    Yes

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