The networking vendor, Asus announced its latest router at IFA, the RT-AC5300, which has much higher Wi-Fi specs than its older brother 3200. If you wanted an insane looking router with an almost as-insane boast, then Asus’s new router “spike” should be your choice. Touting it as the best for gaming, 4K streaming and smart home networking, the RT-AC5300 router will apparently give speeds that are 67 percent faster than first-gen, tri-band routers.

Similar to the RT-AC3200, the RT-AC5300 is also a tri-band router. It has three Wi-Fi bands: one on the 2.4GHz band and two on 5GHz. However, as it has Broadcom’s latest Wi-Fi chip, each of its bands has much higher bandwidth.

Specifically on the 2.4GHz band, the RT-AC5300 has a top Wi-Fi speed of up to 1,000Mbps, and on the 5GHz, each of the two bands has a top speed of 2,167Mbps. Combining those, the router has a total Wi-Fi bandwidth of some 5,300Mbps at any given time.

ChipsetBCM4709+BCM4366 (2.4GHz) + 2 x BCM4366 (5GHz)
Memory128MB of flash and 256MB of DDR 3 RAM
Antenna8 x external dual-band detachable antennas
Operating frequency2.4GHz and 5GHz (concurrent)
Data Rate802.11b: up to 11Mbps | 802.11a/g: up to 54Mbps | 802.11n: up to 600Mbps | TurboQAM (2.4GHz): up to 1,000Mbps | 802.11ac (5GHz): up to 2,167Mbps.
Interface stype1 x Gigabit WAN port, 4 x Gigabit LAN ports, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x USB 2.0 port
Features3G/4GB cellular sharing, HDD sharing via SAMBA and DLNA, FPT server and Printer server.

The real-world performance of the router will also depend on the Wi-Fi specs of the clients (devices such as laptops, tablets, phones and so on) and will likely be much lower due to other factors, such as range, interference and software/hardware overheads. However, generally, higher Wi-Fi specs tend to deliver higher real-world performance, so the RT-AC5300 is definitely exciting.

Asus IFA
Asus IFA

Asus says the new router comes with eight dual-band detachable antennas, which is the highest number of external antennas on a home router to date. The router also has two USB ports (one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0) to host a printer and an external hard drive. You can also use these ports to host a cellular dongle in case you want to share a 3G or 4G connection with the rest of the local network. Though the router is quite big, it still has the usual four Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN port.

Similar to recent Asus routers, such as the RT-AC3200 and the RT-AC87U, the new RT-AC5300 will feature an easy-to-use interface and will support Asus’ AiProtection network security services designed to keep the local network safe from online threats.

According to Asus, the RT-AC5300 will ship by the end of the year. Its pricing is not yet available, but it’s rumored to be around $400.

Asus introduced this Router to answer Google’s new wifi router which was termed to be the best router. Google just got a new router challenger.