Asus Introduces Next-Gen RT-AX88U WiFi Router

With the high-speed broadband market now really heating up in Malaysia, there is more good news in the form of the new Asus RT-AX88U Dual Band 802.11ax WiFi Router. Announced earlier this year just before Computex, the RT-AX88U is one of a whole new line of AX-series routers.

In the span of a few short months, the local broadband scene has witnessed prices drop across the board while speeds skyrocket due to a mandate from the new Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Gobind Singh.

The mandate makes sense, as thanks to the rapid advance in technology, we are bringing more and more connected devices into our homes. Places which were once the domain of a single PC are now filled with bandwidth-intensive products like 4K TVs, Smartphones and other IoT-enabled devices.

With telcos now offering increased bandwidth of up to ten times their original, many are now learning that aside from telcos, they too must update their home infrastructure to fully realize the potential of their increased broadband speeds.

Massive Potential in a Single WiFi Device

Enter the new Asus RT-AX88U, which features the latest 802.11ax WiFi standard and includes a variety of new technologies that improve WiFi speed and network capacity. This device can help you get cutting-edge, future-proof performance from your home WiFi network.

In addition to the latest WiFi technologies, RT-AX88U features a powerful 64-bit 1.8GHz quad-core processor to ensure smooth and responsive performance as well as two USB ports and eight Gigabit LAN parts to provide users the flexibility to expand and configure their network the way they want.

RT-AX88U also features now-famous Asus built-in software, including adaptive QoS and Gamers Private Network (GPN) powered by wtfast to accelerate online gaming, AiMesh for creating a whole-home mesh WiFi system simply by adding compatible routers, and AiProtection Pro, commercial-grade network security powered by TrendMicro to keep users and all their connected devices safe from online threats.

Why You Need the Asus RT-AX88U

Many households and small businesses upgrade their Wi-Fi router infrequently, so current purchasing decisions can affect network performance for years to come. By upgrading to a new WiFi router, such as RT-AX88U, when a new network standard becomes available, users can maximize network performance now and get the longest lifespan out of their WiFi network.

With the latest 802.11ax WiFi, ASUS RT-AX88U supports 160MHz bandwidth and 1024-QAM to provide ultrafast WiFi speeds of up 6000Mbps — 1148Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 4804Mbps on the 5GHz band — 2.3X faster than 802.11ac 4×4 dual-band routers. This is more than capable of providing wireless speeds that can effortlessly manage ultimate plans from telcos today.

In addition to boosting WiFi speeds, the 802.11ax standard offers a number of other improvements and optimizations that address the massive increase in the number of connected devices in recent years. RT-AX88U features a revolutionary combination of OFDMA and MU-MIMO technology that provides up to 4X better network efficiency and capacity.

With OFDMA, the data channel is separated into smaller sub channels, so data from different devices can be bundled together to ensure no bandwidth is wasted. This means that one channel can transmit data to several devices at the same time, improving efficiency and reducing latency.

These smaller sub channels also enable RT-AX88U to provide up to 80% greater coverage than previous-generation routers. The 802.11ax Wi-Fi standard also helps to improve battery life of connected devices.

A new technology called Target Wait Time (TWT) allows transmissions to be scheduled, so connected devices can sleep for longer periods, delivering up to 7X better battery life. 802.11ax is fully backwards compatible with previous Wi-Fi standards, so users can connect any Wi-Fi device to RT-AX88U and enjoy a seamless networking experience.

ASUS RT-AX88U comes with eight Gigabit LAN ports to provide maximum flexibility for users who need or prefer wired connections. Additionally, two USB ports enable connection of an external hard drive or printer to create network storage or wireless backups and printing. One of the USB ports is located on the front of the router for easier connectivity.

To handle the data from the increased number of connected devices supported by 802.11ax as well as from the eight LAN ports and two USB ports, RT-AX88U comes with a 64-bit 1.8GHz quad-core CPU that provides enough processing power to keep even the busiest networks running smoothly.