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If you haven't already, this will likely be the year you upgrade your home network to the 802.11ac spec. The market is quickly becoming littered with 802.11ac router options, including a new flagship model from Asus, the RT-AC87U. Asus jointly announced its new flagship part with Quantenna Communications, whose QSR1000 4x4 Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) powers what both companies claim is the world's fastest 802.11ac home router.
Using Quantenna's QSR1000 chipset, Asus says its router can deliver up to 1.7Gbps on the 5GHz band (combined Wireless-AC and Wireless-N, no doubt). With Quantenna's "superior digital beamforming" technology, you can expect whole home coverage with wire-like reliability.
"Our customers value high-performance Wi-Fi and know the impact a reliable wireless connection has on their ability to stream bandwidth-intensive data, including video content," said Tenlong Deng, associate vice president of Networking & Wireless Devices Business Unit for Asus. "As wireless devices in the home continue to increase and consumers’ reliance on keeping connected at all times to live their daily lives is the norm, the importance people are putting on a great Wi-Fi experience is vastly elevated. That’s why we are so pleased to create this latest flagship router product with Quantenna."
Details are in short order, as are things like product images, pricing, and a release date, none of which Asus is willing to disclose at this time. However, we can speculate a little based on this being the company's new flagship router, a spot that was previously held by the RT-AC68U. That router offers up to 600Mbps in Wireless-N mode, has five GbE LAN ports, and dual USB ports (USB 2.0 and USB 3.0). We expect a similar feature-set out of the RT-AC87U.