So let us have a closer look at the product, packaging first of course.
So the ASUS RT-AX88U comes in a colorful package. Next, to the router, you'll see a CAT5e Gigabit Ethernet cable, power adapter, a manual, Instruction CD and four antennas.
Everything is packaged rather nicely there, hardly any chance of damage during transport and unboxing it is quite an experience all by itself. Interesting enough the router cannot be wall mounted, so there are no brackets or plugs to attach the router to the wall.
Above you can see an overview of the hardware included. And yeah, that's a familiar ASUS design alright. The router has been equipped with powerful hardware (for a router) such as a quad-core 1.8 GHz processor, 256 MB flash storage and 1 GB of RAM memory as well as USB 3.1 ports (Gen1 thus 5 Gbps). The router as stated comes with 1024MB of DRAM memory. This much is needed among others for IPv6 - the IPv6 stack is likely loaded completely into memory. It's a small computer slash server on its own really. The router is Wi-Fi Certified for:
- 802.11a : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps
- 802.11b : 1, 2, 5.5, 11 Mbps
- 802.11g : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps
- 802.11n : up to 600 Mbps
- 802.11n (1024 QAM) : up to 1000 Mbps
- 802.11ac (1024 QAM) : up to 4333 Mbps
- 802.11ac : up to 3466 Mbps
- 802.11ax (2.4GHz) : up to 1148 Mbps
- 802.11ax (5GHz) : up to 4804 Mbps
Much like other 802.11ac/ax routers the new unit is equipped with four adjustable and removable antennas. The separate antennas are located on the outside of router, above a picture with the antennas in complete harmony.
Not only the hardware though, but the software features are also are extensive as well. You can direct the antennas in any angle, to squeeze that last bit of performance in an upper floor corner. A CAT5e cable is included as well as the power adapter (doh).
Dead in the center at the top, a mesh for venting, in the middle the Asus logo below.