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ASUS RT-AC87U & RT-AC3200 Routers Review

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Synthetic tests

For synthetic performance testing to show the potential performance of a given wireless configuration. For this test we have chosen Lan Speed Test. This free program can test both transmission and reception performance and do so in an easy to use and highly repeatable way. For clarity sake we have averaged both the transmission and reception performance into one aggregate number.


Real World Tests

For real world testing we have taken 10GB worth of small file and large file mixture and pushed from one wireless connected computer to a second computer connected via wired Ethernet. Testing will be done via MS RichCopy. For clarity sake we have averaged both the transmission and reception performance into one aggregate number.

If the device supports wired transmission, wired Ethernet to wired Ethernet real world performance will also be included using the same 10GB of data used for the wireless test.


This is a perfect example of what each of the two competing wireless standards has to offer consumers. The XStream-based AC3200 offers better performance at shorter distances than the MU-MIMO AC87U right now. However, the AC87U has the potential to be even better….but that is a more long term gamble.

Neither are perfect and both do have a lot to offer consumers. It is just unfortunate that consumers have to choose one over the other.

In either case, the AC3200 is the better choice in the short term and long term if you have heavily congested networks as it can balance the load across two different networks, whereas the AC87U has to place all its 802.11AC devices on its one network.

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