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Asus RT-AC3200 review

Richard Easton
29 Nov 2018
Asus RTAC3200 teaser image
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
211
inc VAT

The imposing RT-AC3200 is packed with features, but its wireless performance isn’t the best we've seen.

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Specifications

Modem: None, Wi-Fi standard: 802.11ac, Stated speed: 3,200Mbit/s, USB ports: 1x USB3, 1x USB, Wall mountable: Yes


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 It’s hard for a router with six external antennas to avoid looking imposing, but the all-black Asus RT-AC3200 looks even more spider-like than most; it's not a design for anyone suffering from debilitating arachnophobia.

The router is designed for environments where lots of devices need to connect at once, and where network speed is vital. It’s a tri-band router able to broadcast three simultaneous networks: two on the 5GHz band and one on 2.4GHz. The 5GHz networks have a theoretical throughput of 1,300Mbit/s each with a further 600Mbit/s for the 2.4GHz. This leaves you a staggering combined 3,200Mbit/s of throughput. There's no built-in modem, so you'll need to connect it to an ADSL or fibre modem or router for internet access.

Asus RT-AC3200 wireless setup

The router has a smart connect feature that connects your devices on whichever is the most suitable network according to the device speed, signal strength and the amount of congestion. This is useful if you want a hands-off approach to network management. It does, however, require you to have all three networks broadcasting under the same SSID with a single password. Some people prefer to manage which network is used by each device manually, and you can create individual networks with separate passwords in the router's admin interface.

Otherwise, there is the usual array of four Gigabit Ethernet ports for your wired network devices and a WAN port for connecting a modem or another router. You can also connect a storage device or a printer to one of two USB ports to share over your network, and one is the faster USB3 standard. You can use Asus AiCloud to access your USB storage remotely through an app for iOS and Android devices, or through a personalised web link in a browser.

Asus RT-AC3200 router setup

As you might expect for a high-performance router, the admin interface is comprehensive, although it might be intimidating for anyone without a lot of networking knowledge. There are useful metrics provided by the traffic analyser so you can see how bandwidth is being distributed around your network and identify any bottlenecks.

Asus RT-AC3200 ports

Otherwise there are the options you would expect such as Quality of Service, Dynamic DNS and Port Forwarding. You can also set up guest networks to provide internet access for visitors without giving them full access to your network; the router supports a staggering nine different networks.