Asus Takes Home Wi-Fi to Next Level, Introduces Six Stream RT-AC3200 Router

Paul Lilly

This is the fastest rated consumer Wi-Fi router yet

Router makers aren't messing around these days. Taking full advantage of the 802.11ac spec, which incidentally is no longer in draft form, Asus today announced the RT-AC3200 wireless router . Asus is billing the RT-AC3200 as the world's fastest Wi-Fi router, and as far as we're privy to, that's an accurate claim. Of course, like all other high-speed routers, Asus is taking liberties with nomenclature to describe the speed.

The RT-AC3200 model number describes a combined data rate of up to 3200 megabits per second (Mbps). That's if you combine the maximum bandwidth available on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz channels, though you can't actually do that in the real world for a super connection.

Disclaimer aside, the RT-AC3200 still boasts an impressive spec sheet. It's capable of up to 600Mbps in 802.11n mode thanks to TurboQAM, a marketing term Broadcom came up with to describe the use of 256-QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation), and up to a whopping 2600Mbps in 802.11ac mode (5G band 1 and 5G band 4), which is twice the maximum throughput of the company's RT-AC68U.

This is a six stream router with half a dozen external antennas. It also features Beamforming support, a single USB 2.0 port, a single USB 3.0 port, and of course four GbE LAN ports.

No word yet on when the RT-AC3200 will be available or for how much.

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