[Review] Roteador ASUS RT-AC86U – Wireless-AC2900 Dual Band Gigabit Router – AliExpress

The Roteador ASUS RT-AC86U was acquired on AliExpress, shop Globale Electronic Style Co., Ltd. He is a Wireless Router AC2900, that reaches up to theorists 750 + 2167 Mbps, adding the bands of 2,4 E GHz 5 GHz, respectively. Uses MU-Mimo technology, AiMesh for wifi with mesh, AiProtection network security by Trend Micro, game Accelerator WTFast and Priority control Adaptable (QoS).


These are the highlights of the Roteador ASUS RT-AC86U extracted from the Asus website:

  • Ultimate gaming experience – The WTFast game Accelerator® embedded and control Priority you Adaptable (QoS) offer online games without delay and streaming of 4 k UHD

  • Fast Wi-Fi – Connection speeds AC2900 W-Fi augmented with NitroQAM™ and 5 GHz quad-stream technology to handle the busiest home networks with ease

  • Extended Coverage – High-performance antennas, ASUS AiRadar and Range Boost eliminate dead spots and the MU-MIMO maximizes the performance of multiple devices

  • Powerful processor – Enjoy smoother networks and faster data transfers with the dual core processor 64 GB of PC Intelligent grade

  • Commercial security – AiProtection, powered by Trend Micro™, blocks and neutralize security threats on the Internet for all your smart devices connected

  • AiMesh supported – Connect your RT-AC86U the other ASUS routers compatible to create a Wi-Fi network in the whole House powerful and flexible


The Roteador ASUS RT-AC86U implements IEEE 802.11 protocols to, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac, IPv4, and IPv6. Data rates in each pattern are:

  • 802.11a : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps
  • 802.11b : 1, 2, 5.5, 11 Mbps
  • 802.11g : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps
  • 802.11n : up to 450Mbps
  • 802.11and : to 1734 Mbps
  • 1024QAM (2.4GHz) : to 750 Mbps
  • 1024QAM (5GHz) : to 2167 Mbps

It is worth mentioning that the IEEE 802.11 Protocol ac uses at most 256-QAM modulation. 1024-QAM modulation included in ASUS RT-AC86U It's a highlight of next WiFi standard, IEEE 802.11 ax, that must be approved next year, Maybe with the trade name Wi-Fi 6. The same goes for MU-MIMO (Multi-user MIMO), that is also another of the big news of the next pattern.

So we can say that this router is not limited to approved specifications in IEEE 802.11 ac, but goes beyond them to provide a WiFi network faster and better in the presence of many concurrent users, Since customers support, of course.

Of course none of this implies that the ASUS RT-AC86U will firmware upgrade to support the IEEE 802.11 ax. After all, ASUS has just released a new line of routers that support the draft the new standard. The newly launched ASUS RT-AX88U. They don't make much difference now, in that customers practically do not exist, but can be a good option for those who want a router ready for the news the next few years.

And speaking of MIMO, the ASUS RT-AC86U has 3 external antennas and more an internal antenna. He works in 3×3 in the range of 2,4 GHz, and in 4×4 in the range of 5 GHz.

The ASUS RT-AC86U It has a dual core processor 1,8 GHz (Cortex ARMv8 B53), 256 MB Flash memory and 512 MB of RAM. Encryption in the question he has 64-bit WEP protocols, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprise , WPA2-Enterprise, WPS support. Access control he has control of the country, network service filters, URL and ports.

Management protocols have UPnP, IGMP v1/v2/v3, DNS Proxy, DHCP, NTP Client, DDNS, Port Trigger, Port Forwarding, DMZ, and System Event Log.

VPN support is given by:

  • Ipsec Pass-through
  • PPTP Pass-Through
  • L2TP Pass-Through
  • PPTP server
  • OpenVPN server
  • PPTP client
  • L2TP client
  • OpenVPN client

Internet connection types are: Automatic IP, Static IP, PPPoE(MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP.

With respect to the doors, We have:

  • 1 x Gigabit BaseT RJ45 for WAN
  • 4 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000 Gigabit BaseT LAN/
  • 1x USB 2.0
  • 1x USB 3.0

The power supply is automatic bivolt: 110V ~ 240V(50~60Hz), and the output is 19 V with maximum current 1,75 A.


In 2014 I was here in Skooter Blog evaluation of Router ASUS RT-AC68U, which at the time was considered the best market home router.

From then on the Asus has launched several other models, some more simple, other more complex than the ASUS RT-AC68U. But the natural successor of RT-AC68U surely is the ASUS RT-AC86U.

They have a very similar format and the specifications for RT-AC86U are a natural evolution of the specifications RT-AC68U. From AC1900 to AC2900. The coverage was great just got better. RAM and Flash have doubled in size. And the rest is basically the same as.

Note that the top router from ASUS at the time was the RT-AC5300, with their 8 antennas and 3 bands (two simultaneous bands 5 GHz). But that's not something I need, because all my stationary equipment use Ethernet network, including computers, TVs and video games. The WiFi is only for mobile devices, and cellular, laptops, and tablets, so that a single band of 5 GHz is enough.

Actually I wouldn't even have to do this upgrade ASUS RT-AC68U for the ASUS RT-AC86U in this moment, because the first was still giving handle. But I had an interest in leaving the RT-AC68U as a second point of access, cabled, expanding my coverage, and so the ASUS RT-AC86U came to assume the role of main router, in conjunction with the Peplink-Balance One.

I'm not too happy with the fact that the firmware of the Peplink-Balance One still not give due support for IPv6, but he's still unbeatable in load balancing, where the ASUS still get ugly. On the other hand the QoS and the ASUS WiFi continue excellent, so not cogito another brand for these functions.


The Roteador ASUS RT-AC86U came by ePacket and arrived in 25 days, no taxes. The box arrived a bit mashed, but no damage to the product.

At the time of purchase used the option to add an adapter to the European standard for free. Typically European adapters are compatible with the Brazilian standard, but that's not the case that they sent. The power source of the router is in the American standard (Type A). As I connected it in one of my lines with universal filters I have had no problems and I saved the adapter for another time.

The Roteador ASUS RT-AC86U came with the power supply, Ethernet cable, antennas, and manuals. He is standing and is not removable. There is also no drilling to hang on the wall.

On the front we have only the activity LEDs on each Ethernet port, the WAN port, the networks of 2,4 E GHz 5 GHz, and operation. On the back we have the LAN ports, WAN and USB.

Also check out the video of the unboxing from the Roteador ASUS RT-AC86U:

ASUS RT-AC86U in use

The interface of the Roteador ASUS RT-AC86U come configured in Chinese, but it was easy to change it to English. Note that the Chinese version only supports English and Chinese. My ASUS RT-AC68U It was American version allowed select the Portuguese, among several other languages.

These limitations of language persist to firmware changes. Apparently are ASUS ' strategies to avoid imports. The Japanese model has no other option besides the own language Japanese. It is worth remembering that ASUS of Brazil already gave me the run-around to honor the warranty of a router purchased outside.

I even prefer the interface in English than in Portuguese, because I'm already familiar with the technical terms in English, so for me the question of language is not a problem. So I looked for ways of unofficial change language.

Note that the law of use of the spectrum for WiFi also varies from country to country, but the Chinese model ASUS RT-AC86U allows you to choose multiple countries/regions: China is the default, but you can change to Asia, Europe, Korea, Singapore, United States and Australia. I left in “U.S.”.

Shortly after install ASUS RT-AC86U I've changed the official firmware from ASUS at Asuswrt-Merlin, which is based on official firmware, but with extra functionality.

There are however, a loss when using the Asuswrt-Merlin, that is the AiMesh functionality. The idea is to use two or more routers from ASUS to mount a single network easily, with the same SSID on all routers. But this is something I've been doing manually. So I'm not sure there's much advantage in making the tool from ASUS.

The highlight of the ASUS routers remains the great Adaptive QoS. No complicated settings, just choose the priorities by type of application and ready. In my case the priorities are, by order:

  1. Games: the description includes Diablo, WOW, Steam, XBOX, etc. I mainly use the Fifa 19 on the Playstation 4 For and so far I didn't get a single match with lag.
  2. Streaming audio and video: includes Youtube, Vimeo, iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Spotify, etc. I've been using Netflix in 4 k without gagging or resolution reductions.
  3. VoIP and instant messaging: includes VoIP services, Instant Messaging, e-mail, etc. I didn't have any problem at conferences via Skype.
  4. Web Navigation: includes web services and social networks like Flickr, Twitter1, Facebook, Tumbler, etc.
  5. File transfers: includes software for peer-to-peer and file transfers, as uTorrent, BitTorrent, Dropbox, 4Shared, FTP applications, etc. This category gets low priority, so that I can download torrents and play or watch Netflix at the same time, No lags and close.
  6. Other: everything that is not included in the categories above.

The categories can be rearranged to taste of the customer, and then there are presets for games, streaming and navigation. There are also manual settings for those who prefer.

The cool of the QoS of ASUS is that he's not limited to the destination IP and port numbers. He really has a protocol analyzer that identifies application-level applications very effective.

Another highlight is the WiFi. What was good in ASUS RT-AC68U just got better. The Dual-Band Smart Connect feature Exchange customers of band as the signal strength. The signal is strong in 2,4 GHz? Change the client to the 5 GHz that has extra wide. The signal is weak in the 5 GHz? Change the client to the 2,4 GHz which has more reach. And you can also do load balancing between the bands.

Usage statistics are very detailed, allowing you to check which devices are using more network, which applications are most commonly used in general or in each device, how much traffic has passed through the Internet, for wired network, the wireless network, or for each specific device. Daily data, weekly, monthly, It's all there.

Moreover, recommend the use of a flash drive to record the access data, because by default the recording is in RAM and is lost when the power or the router is turned off. Also don't recommend staying recording in NVRAM, that has limited write cycles. The pendrive is the best option, I bought one for this, as I have shown here in Skooter Blog.

Ultimately, There are many aspects of the ASUS RT-AC86U I could highlight. He has virtually all the basics for home use, In addition to many other features for more advanced usage. The possibility of using scripts also gives enough flexibility.

The only feature that I think is still leaving much to be desired is the Dual WAN. He even works, but load balancing is pretty basic and to turn it is necessary to give up the QoS. The mode fail-over It is also soft spot, taking so long to realize that a connection has failed and only then establishing the second connection. In this regard the Peplink-Balance One is much better.

Us screenshots below I highlight some of the features that more use in the Roteador ASUS RT-AC86U:


These are the tracking information package, obtained from the AliExpress system:

  • 2018.08.28 15:53 (GMT-7): Delivery
  • 2018.08.24 07:48 (GMT-7): Object forwarded,Treatment Unit in CAJAMAR / SP for Treatment Unit in INDAIATUBA / SP
  • 2018.08.22 16:52 (GMT-7): Object forwarded,Distribution Unit in CURITIBA / PR for treatment plant in CAJAMAR / SP
  • 2018.08.22 16:50 (GMT-7): Released from Customs
  • 2018.08.22 16:50 (GMT-7): Customs supervision terminated
  • 2018.08.21 08:14 (GMT-7): Object received by the post Office of Brazil
  • 2018.08.05 22:19 (GMT-7): Despatch from Sorting Center
  • 2018.08.04 02:36 (GMT-7): Object forwarded,of Country in CHINA / CN to country in BRAZIL / BR
  • 2018.08.03 10:38 (GMT-7): Posting
  • 2018.08.03 10:38 (GMT-7): Object posted

And these are the trace information obtained on the site of the station:

Delivered to the addressee object
Object out for delivery to the recipient
Object forwarded
Treatment Unit in INDAIATUBA / SP for distribution in Unit REMOVED / SP
Object forwarded
Treatment Unit in CAJAMAR / SP for Treatment Unit in INDAIATUBA / SP
Object forwarded
Distribution Unit in CURITIBA / PR for treatment plant in CAJAMAR / SP
Customs supervision terminated
Visit My environment Imports
Object received by the post Office of Brazil
Object forwarded
of Country in CHINA / CN to country in BRAZIL / BR
Object posted


This is the table-summary of purchase:

Product Name: Roteador ASUS RT-AC86U
Name Original: Original ASUS RT – AC86U Dual Core 2.4 GHz 5 GHz Router AC WiFi LAN 1000Mbps USB Support for Gaming
Store: AliExpress | Store: Globale Electronic Style Co., Ltd.
Value: US$ 189,99
Current value: US$ 178,12 (R$ 739,08)
Payment Method: Credit Card Visa International
Shipping Type: ePacket
Shipping Fee:
US$ 11,95
Package Home Country: China
Purchase Data: 31/07/2018
Submission Date: 03/08/2018
Data Delivery: 28/08/2018
Time in Transit: 25 days
Declared content:
  1. Adapter
  2. Wireless Router
Type Marked Content: Gift
Declared Value:
  1. US$ 0.05
  2. US$ 19.95
Taxed: Not
Taxable Value: -
Tax Value: -

Final Considerations

The Roteador ASUS RT-AC86U It's a great router, especially with the use of firmware Asuswrt-Merlin. He is far superior to D-Links and TP-Links of life that are cheap but ill do the basics.

For those who already have a Router ASUS RT-AC68U It's not an upgrade so big, Although some of the new functionality are really nice. But it's worth it if you're going to leave the old router as access point, increasing the coverage. Depending on the applications, have twice the RAM and double the Flash memory also can make all the difference.

These little more than three months of use I've been enjoying a lot of Roteador ASUS RT-AC86U. It certainly was a great purchase. The price of AliExpress is also very cool. On the free market are asking more than double. And you better enjoy this soon, before the damn Fcc approval rates for coining resolve routers also.

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Excellent review, congratulations!


Opa, blz?
The product to be excellent, so much so that I'm wishing to acquire a, However I'm with a doubt, There are no ways to use the appliance in en?


I saw something about scripts to put the Chinese into English, I don't know if it would work for Portuguese and even then would not have to apply this knowledge “solution” because I am a layman in these matters, If you could help me with this I would appreciate it immensely.
I thank you for your attention.


Jeez lol.
Vlw, as soon as I can I will try to follow the instructions.
Thank you.


I managed to get the model sold in the U.S., has all languages.
You quoted to record the logs in the pendrive, where is option?

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In Brazil is leaving the 1.211 in installments in 12, think pays off?


Thanks for the reply and the review, I think I'm in the same installment, adding the alternate firmware only if loses the airmesh? all other features of “ping improvement” etc. remain?

Excellent review. The best I found on the internet. Congratulations.
I would just like to ask for some help. You know what the height of the router, considering the antennas? I'm asking this, because I intend to buy it, but I have limited time in the place where I intend to put the router. Thank you.

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Going to work where you intend to put. MTO thanks for the help.

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Good night! I am sending this message due to not find anything that can help me.
I'm very difficult to download and install the Merlin. I found a tutorial in Portuguese.
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Have you tested in fifa20? Wheel flatter


Good morning !

I bought the asus router 86
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