ASUS RT-AC5300 AiProtection Tri-Band Gigabit Gaming Router Review
The biggest fear of a gamer is losing a game to someone because of some slow or laggy internet. When your sniper is right on target and your finger is just waiting for the moment to drift, and without even catching a glance, you get shot. It surely is the worst feeling ever where you just feel like tearing off the whole world. Not to worry, ASUS has the perfect solution for you. Your biggest fear would be permanently killed with the help of the absolute latest in Wi-Fi technology. For starters, the RT-AC5300 doesn’t have two aerials, not even four or five or six but EIGHT dual band detachable aerials. It is the highest number of external antennas on a home modem till date. The maximum bandwidth you’d ever see on this modem should be among the best anyone has ever seen. So, you can well imagine the excellent network connectivity it should offer. The RT-AC5300 packs a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor backed by 512MB of RAM memory and 128MB of flash storage space for passwords, firmware, and settings. The modem has 1 Gigabit WAN port, 4 Gigabit LAN ports and two USB ports, one USB 2.0 and another one USB 3.0 for hosting a printer and an external hard drive.
The RT-AC5300 router makes use of a breakthrough Tri-Band Wi-Fi technology to connect all the devices at your home including your laptops, mobiles, tablets, cameras, TVs, game consoles, music streamers and what not. It is a tri-band gaming modem which means it features three Wi-Fi bands one on the 2.4 GHz band and two on 5GHz band. Although with the Broadcom’s latest chip, they have the much higher bandwidth. The top speed on 2.4GHz band goes up to 1000 Mbps, and on the 5 GHz, each band has a top speed of 2,167Mbps. On the whole, RT-AC5300 has a total WiFi bandwidth of 5300 Mbps at any given time. The number of 5 GHz-capable devices is increasing rapidly nowadays. This is where the second 5 GHz band comes in. It manages the traffic and spreads it to avoid any lags.
The robust and feature rich RT-AC5300 is very easy and quick to set up. Just like the other ASUS routers, the overkill RT-AC5300 features the enhanced, intuitive ASUSWRT user interface which is easy to understand and provides you with all the things you need to know about the network. The setup is only three step where it asks you to set up a password, as simple as that. However, that clearly does not mean it is not capable. If you prefer to go geeky in the setup, you can enter the manual configuration mode and decide what you want to have and what not. Also, the ASUS Router application does the job from the beginning all the way to the everyday use. It has a list of options that include Early Setup for setting it up, Real-time Monitor for everyday use and Robust Control, Security Scan and Game Boost for use whenever you need them as per your requirements. RT-AC5300 is made secure by AiProtection powered by Trend Micro which provides multi-stage protection including vulnerability protection and malicious site blocking to protect your network against all kinds of threats.
With a sharp black grill design and eight bulky antennas bulging outwards from the horizontal wall attached router, it looks like a weapon from the Star Wars. The LEDs are placed in line at the front of the modem giving it a classy look. It comes with a four transmit four-receive (4T4R) antenna design which helps in increasing the speed and range to a considerable level. The modem supports the latest MU-MIMO (Multi-user Multiple-input and multiple output) technologies for the handling of multiple users on any given band more efficiently. It offers all the connected clients their own dedicated full speed network connection. Priced on a bit higher side, RT-AC5300 is an expensive router so one needs to be sure that it lives up to that kind of level and behold, wait for it and there won’t be a single time that you’d think of the money you put on it.