- Excellent chassis built
- WPA3 Compatibility
- 160MHz Support
- RGB Lightning Effects
- Excellent Wireless Performance
- ASUS Router App (Centralized)
- Mobile Gaming Mode
- AiMesh and AiProtection
- No overheat issue
- OpenVPN support
- No VPN Fusion / Multiple VPN feature
- Non-removable Antenna
ASUS recently launched their two new-lineup gaming routers into the market, commonly known as the RT-AX82U and RT-AX86U. Both of this router targeted towards gamers that requires only a few gaming features such as OpenNAT, Gaming Port, Adaptive QoS without even having an unwanted or fancy gaming features unlike its predecessors.
ASUS had lent me the two models to be reviewed and when I carried out a research over the web, those two routers still carries ASUS’s standard DNA features such as AiProtection Pro, AiMesh, Traffic Analyzer, VPN Support, IPV6 and many more.
Moving forward, upon unboxing the unit, you will be getting a few standard accessories that bundled together with the router such as a unit of RT-AX82U, a power adapter, three-selective plugs, a RJ45 CAT 5E cable, a user manual and a warranty guide. It is recommended to register your product on their official site (or globally) to get a better on-site warranty.
One thing I disliked about the router is its non-removable antennas. Putting inside a compact area such as in an enclosed server rack requires a minor hacking for the router to have its own place to sit. Personally, this design reminds me of Eagle Ray. The design of the router is pretty cool to be honest. The enclosure is not too big or bulky, weighting less than 750g, this router suitable to be placed over an open area since it further adds aesthetics to the surrounding via its wonderful RGB lightning effects.
Looking at the rear of the router, the AX82U comes with a standard gigabit WAN port, four gigabit-capable LAN port, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 port, a power switch, a WPS button and a reset button.
ASUS RT-AX82U has the following hardware specifications:
|Wireless Technology||Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)|
|Data Rate||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 300 Mbps
802.11n (1024 QAM) : up to 500 Mbps
802.11ac (1024 QAM) : up to 4333 Mbps
802.11ax (2.4GHz) : up to 574 Mbps
802.11ax (5GHz) : up to 4804 Mbps
|Processors||Broadcom BCM6750 (1.5 GHz, 3 cores)|
|Encryption||WPA3-Personal, WPA2-Personal, WPA-Personal, WPA-Enterprise , WPA2-Enterprise , WPS support|
|Ports||RJ45 for 10/100/1000 BaseT for WAN x 1, RJ45 for 10/100/1000 BaseT for LAN x 4|
USB 3.2 Gen 1 x 1
|VPN Support||IPSec Pass-Through|
|Firewall & Access Control||Firewall: SPI intrusion detection, DoS protection|
Access control：Parental control, Network service filter, URL filter, Port filter
NVIDIA GeForce Now Cloud Gaming Optimization
|Dimensions||275.5 x 184.4 x 165 mm (WxDxH) with antenna|
275.5 x 184.4 x 65 mm (WxDxH) without antenna
The RT-AX82U powered by the same processor from RT-AX3000 and TUF Gaming AX3000. The tri-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, hence the router is said can handle the most demanding situation such as extensive gaming sessions. The router comes with a standard pre-loaded firmware and it is required to update the firmware from the official site, here. Also, I’ve prepared a guide here on how to setup any ASUS router for first use (recommended for novice users).
The Network Map provides an overview of the current status of the system. All the accessible menus located on the left. A few noticeable menus such as AiProtection, Adaptive QoS, Game Boost, OpenNAT located on the General menu. Under the advance settings, you can further tweak the wireless settings and other related tweak that fits your requirements.
The RT-AX82U features AiProtection Pro as standard. This feature is free to use for lifetime. One thing ASUS good at, is providing a secure router to their end user, not only with constant bug fixes issued for each model in a month, ASUS made sure their consumer level grade router meets the standards to provide a secure router with gaming feature. The parental control feature is somehow similar to other ASUS routers. The sub-features offered are Web and Apps Filter and, Time Scheduling for the selected device, each can be controlled via ASUS Router App.
A smoother gaming experience requires a router that supports port-forwarding right? The port-forwarding feature comes default via the RT-AX82U. I’ve put the port-forwarding rule to a test. Based on the test, the tweaked port-forwarding rule work as expected.
IPv4 addresses are slowly reaching to its end as public IPv4 addresses are running out. This is where IPv6 addresses kicks in. Starting from the year 2020, it is mandatory for all router manufacturers to include this feature. When I put the IPv6 feature to the test, it works as expected without degrading the overall network browsing speed. Based on my test, the IPV6 works like charm. Take note that, if you enabled the IPV6 on the router, you will encounter your public IPV6 address listed (Refer to Figure 9) on the test site. It is not recommended to set up a VPN on the router when you’re concurrently using IPV6 feature.
The next feature I am about to brag about is the VPN support. By default, almost all ASUS routers support OpenVPN protocol by default, which is good. Unlike GT-AC2900, TUF Gaming AX3000 or GT-AX11000 router, the RT-AX82U don’t features VPN-Fusion (Multiple-VPN in TUF) feature. I consider this is a disadvantage as for a gaming router, and this feature should be a bonus feature, especially for a router pricing above RM1000. I’ve embedded two ovpn.file from my preferred VPN service provider, based on the test, I able to get my VPN’s IP instead of my public IPV4 address.
Figure 11 on above shows my preferred wireless settings for both bands. In order to get a better throughput test, I’ve used my Archer TX3000E as a Wi-Fi 6 client. I also include Wi-Fi 5 speed test as a reference on how much the Wi-Fi 6 technology improves the data transfer rate.
I’ve run the throughput test using Speedtest app built for Windows 10 operating system. Based on the test, I able to hit solid 800Mbps over 5GHz connection under 160MHz channel width. Looking over the Wi-Fi 5 throughput test, I only able to get 600Mbps, although it struggles to go above 600Mbps. The distance in between client-PC and the router is separated by two rooms. For such distance, the wireless throughput test, quite decent.
Another thing I would like to highlight here is, the RT-AX82U has a unique DNS Server preset. In other word, you can select the given DNS service, and it is easy to change the service as per your wish. If you use a pi-hole at home, you can redirect all DNS request to your pi-hole via setting the static IP of the Raspberry Pi in the DNS server box.
The QoS setting offers three QoS profile, adaptive, traditional and bandwidth limiter. Each profile allows you to further customize the device that were made as top priority over others. I normally, don’t really use QoS setting, so I am okay with the default setting (QoS being turned off).
The OpenNAT feature allows you to set the port-forwading for your favorite game via the given profile. The process of setting up is pretty straightforward. I do appreciate such features to be introduced in gaming routers.
The RT-AX82U’s RGB lightning effect can be controlled via Aura RGB feature located at the Network Map page. The setting is quite basic and looks cheap. You can turn off the RGB effects and select RGB profiles to fit your current mood.
Are you a person who prefers to control your home network through a dedicated mobile application? If your answer is Yes, then, you can manage the RT-AX82U through the ASUS Router app. The application is available for both platforms, iOS and android. The Mobile Game mode further lowers your latency for mobile gaming to provide a smoother gaming experience with lag-free experience. I able to get ping reading of 12ms to 15ms while gaming with the mode activated. This is certainly, a good feature to be included in the review.
In a nutshell, the RT-AX82U is a pretty decent gaming router. Although there are a few minor bugs to be addressed, I believe their system engineers will resolve the issue a.s.a.p. I was told by ASUS that this router will be priced at RM1039, slightly expensive than the TUF Gaming AX3000.
One good thing about the RT-AX82U is, its wireless performance is surprisingly good and the mobile game mode certainly adds a better gameplay experience, especially when your friends drop over to your house to play some games, together. Thanks to its powerful processor and a few gaming features, you can fully utilize the router to its maximum potential. If you worry about the heat issues that been affecting models such as RT-AC68U or RT-AC86U, ASUS resolved the issues in their new AX lineup routers, so you don’t really have to buy a dedicated cooling solution just to get the router to run smoothly 24/7. The router is expected to hit the Malaysian market by the end of August, 2020.
Refer to ASUS RT-AX82U Gallery: Visit Gallery