ASUS Announces RT-AX86U and RT-AX82U Gaming Routers
ASUS today announced the next iteration in the gaming routers, the RT-AX86U and RT-AX82U. Both are high-performance dual-band WiFi 6 (802.11ax) gaming routers. The new models give especially mobile gamers, even more choice for creating an ultrafast and stable gaming network.
RT-AX86U is an upgraded version of the best-selling RT-AC86U, keeping the classic black chassis with gaming-inspired red accents. It features ultrapowerful WiFi 6 technology with combined overall speeds of up to 5700 Mbps[i], while the boldly styled RT-AX82U delivers WiFi 6 speeds up to 5400 Mbps and features a futuristic design with amazing Aura RGB dynamic lighting effects.
Both models are packed with powerful, easy-to-use game acceleration features that will appeal to any kind of gamer. The ASUS Router app includes a one-click Mobile Game Mode. Wired devices can be easily prioritised via the online control panel or by connecting them to the dedicated Gaming Port. RT-AX86U also includes a 2.5 Gbps WAN/LAN port, giving it true 2 Gbps networking capabilities for WAN, LAN and WiFi.
ASUS AiProtection Pro with Parental Controls provides full protection for all connected devices including gaming smartphones. The routers also support the unique ASUS AiMesh technology, which allows them be used as part of a multi-router mesh network in conjunction with other AiMesh-compatible ASUS routers to create a seamless whole-home network.
RT-AX86U is also an NVIDIA® GeForce NOW™ recommended router for the very best cloud gaming experience, and RT-AX82U is now ready for acceptance into the GeForce NOW recommended program.
The new ASUS gaming routers are designed for maximum visual appeal, with bold lines and gaming-inspired detailing. RT-AX86U has a vertical orientation — chosen for optimum performance — with discreetly powerful looks enhanced by the red panel at the front base of the router.
Designed with a full-on gaming vibe, RT-AX82U has striking futuristic looks. Its sleek, geometric lines give it a strong and purposeful stance, reinforced by the four non-removable antennas at the rear. At the front of RT-AX82U, a large full-width louvered window houses the stunning Aura RGB lighting system. Gamers can choose from a range of alternative full-color dynamic patterns — such as the colorful Rainbow effect — or choose their own colors for selected patterns. It can also be set to a static pattern if a calmer mood is desired.
For maximum security, RT-AX86U and RT-AX82U support the latest WPA3 wireless security protocol, and include a free lifetime subscription to ASUS AiProtection Pro, which offers commercial-grade security and advanced parental controls. AiProtection Pro protects all devices connected to the network, including those that cannot run traditional antivirus software, such as smartphones and IoT devices .
Built-in ASUS AiMesh support means that RT-AX86U and RT-AX82U can be used as either a controller or a node in a mesh network built using AiMesh-capable routers. An AiMesh mesh network delivers whole-home WiFi coverage for all wireless devices, with seamless roaming and no dead zones.
ASUS RT-AX86U will be available in Australia from late-July 2020 at the launching RRP of AUD $519.
RT-AX82U will be available in Australia from mid-August 2020, at the launching RRP of AUD $499.
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