Asus' Upcoming RT-AC5300 Router Is A Massive Tri-Band Router

Subject: Networking | November 17, 2015 - 12:56 PM |
Tagged: nitroQAM, mu-mimo, gigabit router, broadcom, asuswrt, asus, 802.11ac

Asus has officially launched the RT-AC5300, a massive replicator tri-band wireless router. The new router is fenced in by eight large antennas that allow the device to support 4 x 4 MU-MIMO wireless on two 5 GHz and one 2.4 GHz bands.

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The menacing high-end wireless router supports the latest wired and wireless consumer networking technologies and runs the AsusWRT firmware. The RT-AC5300 is clad in black with red accents. The top of the router is mesh to facilitate cooling. In addition to the eight antennas, there are five gigabit Ethernet ports (up to two ports can be configured as WAN ports), a USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, and physical buttons for WPS, Wi-Fi, and LED on/off.

Powered by a Broadcom chipset, the router supports 802.11ac as well as older N/G/B Wi-Fi standards. Using NitroQAM technology, the two 5 GHz bands each support up to 2,167 Mbps speeds while the 2.4 GHz band tops out at 1,000 Mbps. This is a boost over the usual 1,734 Mbps for 5 GHz and 600 Mbps for 2.4 GHz wireless bandwidth numbers. Asus claims that the router can run all three bands simultaneously along with beamforming to improve the signal to devices by focusing the signal. Note that the combined advertised "5334 Mbps" of the router includes all three bands but a single device would max out at the 2,167 Mbps theoretical maximum of a single band. The router is capable of automatically figuring out and using the optimal band to communicate with each device based on its capabilities and signal strength.

When it comes to wired connections, the router has four 1 Gbps LAN ports. It also supports 802.3ad link aggregation which allows using two of the gigabit ports to create a single 2 Gbps link to supported devices like network attached storage (NAS) and workstations.

Asus is using ASUSWRT firmware along with AiRadar beamforming, AiProtect security, and a subscription to WTFast GPN which is a service aimed at gamers that reportedly delivers decreased pings and lower latency connections to game servers.

Pricing and availability have not been announced, but CNET is reporting an expected price of $400 USD.

To say that this router is overkill for most is an understatement, but it is packed with features and is ready to stream a Stargate SG-1 marathon to all your devices!

Source: Asus

November 17, 2015 | 01:14 PM - Posted by funandjam

If you look at it long enough, the legs start to move and a light pulses back and forth across the red line.

November 17, 2015 | 01:33 PM - Posted by BBMan (not verified)

Nice Stargate touch. However, I didn't know they could make a wireless router out of dead spiders.

Back to some reality- This is not going to be for the home. Bigger businesses don't do it like this either. This is a niche market product that I don't see much of a horizon for.

November 17, 2015 | 02:09 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The pricing of routers is getting out of hand.

November 17, 2015 | 02:23 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This is ridiculous... none of us even have wifi cards that can support 4x MIMO.

November 17, 2015 | 03:27 PM - Posted by RabbitKing

Like everything but the price.

November 17, 2015 | 05:55 PM - Posted by Lance Ripplinger (not verified)

Not seeing any use for this in my home. My Asus RT-N16 gets the job done just fine. But I guess if you have money burning a hole in your pocket, then by all means waste it on this.

November 17, 2015 | 08:18 PM - Posted by Tyler (not verified)

I thought of the replicator ship that landed on Dakara immediately when I saw this router!

November 17, 2015 | 08:55 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This thing looks totally retarded.

November 17, 2015 | 10:05 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Someone got into white rocks when designing this but saying that I'm getting one as I need this monstrosity.

November 18, 2015 | 01:20 AM - Posted by Hakuren

Considering it retarded price and size I don't get it why it offers only 4 wired ports when quite a few smaller competitors offer 8 ports.

Anyway my first thought was: it's freaking Cybran Monkeylord from Supreme Commander!

I hope it doesn't spit hot red plasma from one of those antennas.

November 18, 2015 | 01:29 AM - Posted by Matt (not verified)

All that's missing is a cool name like their Dark Knight routers

November 18, 2015 | 07:55 AM - Posted by bigboy678 (not verified)

All hail the great queen spider!

November 18, 2015 | 06:00 PM - Posted by Yorgos (not verified)

You can't spell useless better than a 20 antenna router operating in an urban area.
In order to see what you pay for this piece of plastic, just take into consideration that a 10MHz-6GHz transeiver from AD, the AD9361, costs 200$.
A wifi chip costs 5$.
You pay for several(probably) wifi chips a case and some 4dbi antennas 400$.

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