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maylyn 10-10-2015 06:34 PM

[Maylyn - Networking] ASUS RT-AC88U
ASUS has unveiled their first high end 8-port next generation flagship router targeting gamers and enthusiasts. The ASUS RT-AC88U




Specs as follows


Currently it's still under embargo and testing tuning phase, so performance review and indicators will not be reveal but performance are really looking excellent from our internal testings :D

I will doing a comprehensive review on the ASUS RT-AC88U when I'm allow to post and i will only mention what is being allowed for the time being.

RMerlin's firmware will compatible with the ASUS RT-AC88U as well.

Availability ~ Late Q4 2015/Q1 2016 (ASUS SG will announce it in due time).

Image Credits ~ www.cnet.com

~ Update ~

More images




Images Credit ~ www.legitreviews.com

~ 16/10/2015 ~

Update with new image showing North America boxing.

ASUS ROG figurine not included.


maylyn 10-10-2015 06:35 PM

~ Teaser ~


ASUS RT-AC88U is part of the ASUS new ROG Unleashed.


maylyn 10-10-2015 06:36 PM

~ Update ~ 12/10/15

Worthy and new features of the ASUS RT-AC88U

Sporting the next generation Broadcom 47094 1.4GHz dual core CPU and with 512MB RAM for better than before USB 3.0 and WAN-LAN performance.


More expansive connectivity options with 8x GbE ports.


Link Aggregation which allows unprecedented higher WiFi transfer speeds than before.


Better than before QOS.

Adaptive QOS now allows hardware acceleration to be enabled for > 500Mbps Internet.


Better than before media bridging with BCM NitroQAM.

Media bridging allows up to MCS11 (NitroQAM/1024QAM) for better than before high speed WiFi connectivity.



MU-MIMO ready.


Comes with WTFast client for improved latency among online MMO games.


maylyn 10-10-2015 06:36 PM

Update ~ 23/10/2015

TGIF ASUS RT-AC88U partial teaser is here :D

You guys will be one of the first few (worldwide) to see what's ASUS RT-AC88U has to offer :D

Introducing the new Game Boost Tab which includes the Internet Game Boost (WTFast) and LAN Boost (One Click Game First Mode) which priorities gaming as highest via one click.


maylyn 10-10-2015 06:37 PM

~ Update ~ 07/11/2015

Revealing the 8x GbE ASUS RT-AC88U ;)

Do note this is not the APAC packaging.



ASUS RT-AC88U Specifications as follows



maylyn 10-10-2015 06:37 PM

All time favorite ASUSWRT 2.0 UI with another new tab called Game Boost.

First shipping release firmware version -


Game Boost Tab

Consist of WTF GPN (Gamer private network), One Click Game First Mode (which prioritises gaming) and Trend Micro Ai Protection.


So how fast is fast? ;) ^^

WAN-LAN SpeedTest

Capped @ 1Gb/s GbE limit, no sweat easily.


How cool is cool?

BCM 47094 CPU @ 76C, TJMax 125C
Excellent BCM 4366 2.4GHz @ 34C
Excellent BCM 4366 5GHz @ 46C


All time favorite RMerlin firmware support


Port LAN 1 and 2 aggregation



[RT-AC88U/RT-AC3100/RT-AC5300] Initial firmware releases

Posted by RMerlin @ ~> http://www.snbforums.com/threads/rt-...eleases.28053/

@ ~> https://www.mediafire.com/folder/81k6gwkfpb6jw//Asus

~ Update ~ 10/11/2015

For those ASUS RT-AC88U users whom want to start using RMerlin's firmware. (378.56_2)

Do note that this RMerlin's firmware is based on ASUSWRT GPL 9177 so it's not current with ASUS RT-AC88U first release firmware (

RMerlin based on ( will be coming out in due time.


Originally Posted by RMerlin, post: 214762, member: 10954
Asuswrt-Merlin is now available for all supported models, including the RT-N66U build.

Summary of changes since 378.55:

Merged with Asus GPL 378_9177, which includes numerous fixes and tweaks, and improvements to the networkmap. This includes the newer Quantenna driver for the RT-AC87U, which resolves connectivity issues on the 5 GHz band, however it still causes some battery drain on that band. The only workaround is to revert to 378.55 if this is a problem for you.
Support was added for the (unreleased yet) RT-AC88U. Thanks to Asus for providing a development sample.
Enhancements to syslog handling. The default log level can now be configured (it used to be hardcoded to Emergency). This is especially useful to users who log to a remote syslog server.
Editable entries for the DHCP static lease, virtual servers and prot triggers pages.
Various component updates: miniupnpd, openvpn, dropbear and minidlna were updated to their latest versions.
Various issues related to networkmap were resolved, especially handling of long hostnames.
You can now configure up to five separate OpenVPN clients, to match Asus's stock FW.
Numerous other fixes, please see the complete changelog for details

Additional changes in 378.56_2:


378.56_2 (2-Nov-2015)
    - CHANGED: Reverted the memory buffering optimization
              for ARM devices, as people keep panicking
              over the lower amount of free RAM.  You can
              manually re-enable the optimization by setting
              "drop_caches=0" in nvram.
    - CHANGED: Allow using a port < 1024 for http(s) webui
    - FIXED: EMF wasn't working on AC56/AC68/AC87.
    - FIXED: Couldn't connect to ISPs using VLANs (RT-AC87U)
    - FIXED: Editing Port Forward entry with ellipsis in
            the description or the port range would
            still edit the shortened version instead
            of the full content.
    - FIXED: Debug log from mDNSNetMonitor could gradually
            fill up RAM - disabled it.
    - FIXED: Router crash if pasting SSH key > 2047
    - FIXED: Editing an entry on the networkmap would
            clear the hostname if entry existed in
            the DHCP static list.
    - FIXED: OpenVPN server in secret key mode
            would fail to start.
    - FIXED: Couldn't add entries to the MAC Filter list
            of Guest Networks (reverted our previous
            implementation which conflicted with
            Asus's new one).
    - FIXED: NTP failing to refresh for some cases.
            Implemented temporary workaround.
    - FIXED: Some services not properly starting at
            boot time (like Parental Control or Tor)

Downloads are here.
Changelog is here.

11/11/2015 Update

ASUS RT-AC88U Firmware version ~ 10/11/2015 update

- Improved wireless speed
- Update WTFast Ver.
- Modified Adaptive QoS interface

Download ~> http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/wir...3004380858.zip

maylyn 10-10-2015 06:38 PM

Reserved ~~~~~~

maylyn 10-10-2015 06:41 PM

ASUS RT-AC88U announcement links

1). http://www.cnet.com/products/asus-rt-ac88u-router/
2). http://www.techhive.com/article/2991...ac-router.html
3). http://www.legitreviews.com/asus-rei...leashed_173515
4). http://www.pcper.com/news/Networking...-8-Port-Switch
5). https://pcdiy.asus.com/2015/10/nine-...rog-unleashed/
6). http://www.tomshardware.com/news/asu...88u,30293.html
7). http://computerworld.com.sg/resource...80211ac-router

maylyn 10-10-2015 06:46 PM

What's New?


Gamers might be more interested in the free subscription to the WTFast Gamer Network that Asus is offering. The service claims to optimize WAN (wide-area network) routes via dedicated servers to reduce ping time and packet loss. Asus has integrated the client software into the RT-AC88U’s firmware, which eliminates the need to run the software on connected PCs. This also means that any device, regardless of its operating system, can utilize WTFast. So if you’re rocking a Linux gaming rig or a Steam Machine, you can still use the service.
Source ~> http://www.techhive.com/article/2991...ac-router.html

Ah-Pin-Kor 10-10-2015 07:10 PM

Does high power mode mean more Tx power?
BTW, in 1st page.

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renfred89 10-10-2015 07:41 PM


Originally Posted by Ah-Pin-Kor (Post 97188412)
Does high power mode mean more Tx power?
BTW, in 1st page.

Sent from the darknet using GAGT

Perhaps.. later all the dead spots become alive while the live lizards and spiders all die of radiation.. hahas

Gloom me 10-10-2015 07:42 PM

Was thinking to change to AC3200. Should I wait for this instead?

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renfred89 10-10-2015 08:01 PM


Originally Posted by Gloom me (Post 97188880)
Was thinking to change to AC3200. Should I wait for this instead?

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It won't be here this year I think.. but I'm sure you can look forward to this..

trueimage 10-10-2015 08:27 PM

I think this will kill off ac87u for the mu-mimo crowd - no more quantenna at last!

renfred89 10-10-2015 08:47 PM


Originally Posted by trueimage (Post 97189737)
I think this will kill off ac87u for the mu-mimo crowd - no more quantenna at last!

Well quantenna attempted to penetrate the consumers industry, but I guess it should stay within the enterprise industry bah.. hahas

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