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Apple AirPort Extreme vs Asus RT-AC86U

3.86 in
6.61 in
Apple AirPort Extreme Router
Apple AirPort Extreme
8.66 in
3.28 in
Asus RT-AC86U Router
Asus RT-AC86U
Available colors
Editiorial reviews
1
1 editorial reviews
Apple's draft 802.11ac version of its AirPort Extreme doesn't stack up very well against its competition for features or performance. {mospagebreak toctitle=...Read more
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11 editorial reviews
The RT-AC86U could just be the best mid-range router available.Read more
With top speeds and added features for gaming, security and network prioritization, the new Asus AC2900 router is an affordable must-have for your home network.Read more
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User rating
19
4.2 out of 5
19 user ratings
5 stars
36 %
4 stars
47 %
3 stars
15 %
2 stars
0 %
1 stars
0 %
64
3.6 out of 5
64 user ratings
5 stars
31 %
4 stars
25 %
3 stars
20 %
2 stars
15 %
1 stars
7 %

Full Comparison

Connectivity

Apple AirPort ExtremeApple AirPort Extreme
Asus RT-AC86UAsus RT-AC86U
Number of LAN ports34
Number of WAN ports11
USByesyes
Total USB ports12
Number of USB 2.0 ports11
Number of USB 3.0/3.1 ports01
Connectivity technology
N/A
  • Wireless
  • Wired
Communication mode
N/A
Full-Duplex
Number of USB 3.1 ports
N/A
0

Design

Apple AirPort ExtremeApple AirPort Extreme
Asus RT-AC86UAsus RT-AC86U
Colour of productWhiteBlack
Active cooling (fan)yesno

Dimensions

Apple AirPort ExtremeApple AirPort Extreme
Asus RT-AC86UAsus RT-AC86U
Width3.86 in8.66 in
Height6.61 in3.28 in
Depth3.86 in6.3 in
Weight2.09 lb1.92 lb
Number of units11
Rack-mount designnono

Features

Apple AirPort ExtremeApple AirPort Extreme
Asus RT-AC86UAsus RT-AC86U
Built-in DSL modemnono
File serverVia USBVia USB
Built-in printer serveryesyes
Mobile app for controlling featuresyesyes
Support for mesh network
N/A
yes

Communication

Apple AirPort ExtremeApple AirPort Extreme
Asus RT-AC86UAsus RT-AC86U
Management interfaceWeb/networkWeb/network
6to4yesyes
Communication protocol
  • IPv6
  • Wireless Multimedia Extensions
  • IPv6
  • Quality of Service
  • Wireless Multimedia Extensions
Data link layer
  • Ethernet
  • Fast Ethernet
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.11a
  • IEEE 802.11ac
  • IEEE 802.11b
  • IEEE 802.11g
  • IEEE 802.11n
  • Ethernet
  • Fast Ethernet
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.11a
  • IEEE 802.11ac
  • IEEE 802.11b
  • IEEE 802.11g
  • IEEE 802.11n
Number of simultaneous connections32360
N/A
Wireless standards
  • IEEE 802.11a
  • IEEE 802.11ac
  • IEEE 802.11b
  • IEEE 802.11g
  • IEEE 802.1x
  • IEEE 802.3
  • IEEE 802.3ab
  • IEEE 802.3u
  • IEEE 802.11n
  • IEEE 802.11a
  • IEEE 802.11ac
  • IEEE 802.11b
  • IEEE 802.11g
  • IEEE 802.11n
Jumbo frames supportnoyes
Mobile broadband supportnoyes
Throughput WAN-LAN325.5 Mbps
N/A
VoIP (SIP)nono
Wireless networkyesyes
2.4GHz wireless networkyesyes
2.4GHz data transfer rate450.0 Mbps1000.0 Mbps
5GHz wireless networkyesyes
5GHz data transfer rate1300.0 Mbps2167.0 Mbps
External antennanoyes
MIMOnoyes
Total wireless data transfer rate1300.0 Mbps2917.0 Mbps
Wireless security
  • WEP
  • WPA
  • WPA2-Enterprise
  • WPA2
  • WPA3
  • WEP
  • WPA-Enterprise
  • WPA-PSK
  • WPA
  • WPA2-Enterprise
  • WPA2-PSK
  • WPA2
  • WPS
Frequency band
N/A
  • 2.4 GHz
  • 5 GHz
Network / transport Protocol
N/A
  • PPTP
  • L2TP
  • NTP
  • IPSec
  • PPPoE
  • FTP
  • DHCP
  • DDNS
Type of mobile support
N/A
USB modem
Mobile HSUPA
N/A
yes
Mobile HSDPA (turbo-3G)
N/A
yes
Mobile 4G (LTE)
N/A
yes
Mobile 3G
N/A
yes
Mobile 2G (GSM)
N/A
yes
Detachable antenna
N/A
yes
Beamforming
N/A
yes
MU-MIMO
N/A
yes
Number of antennas
N/A
4

Compatibility

Apple AirPort ExtremeApple AirPort Extreme
Asus RT-AC86UAsus RT-AC86U
DynDNSnoyes
Target audienceHome users
  • Business
  • Home users
Routing protocol
N/A
  • IGMPv2
  • IGMP
  • static IP routing
  • IGMPv3

Memory

Apple AirPort ExtremeApple AirPort Extreme
Asus RT-AC86UAsus RT-AC86U
Included flash memory32.0 MB256.0 MB
Included RAM512.0 MB512.0 MB
Maximum flash memory
N/A
256.0 MB
Maximum RAM
N/A
512.0 MB

Power

Apple AirPort ExtremeApple AirPort Extreme
Asus RT-AC86UAsus RT-AC86U
Operational Power Consumption (min-max)< 9
N/A
Power over Ethernet (PoE)nono

Security

Apple AirPort ExtremeApple AirPort Extreme
Asus RT-AC86UAsus RT-AC86U
DMZyesyes
VPN protocol
  • IPSec
  • L2TP
  • PPTP
  • IPSec
  • L2TP
  • PPTP
  • OpenVPN
VPN clientnoyes
Number of DMZ ports
N/A
1
VPN server
N/A
yes
Encryption Algorithm
N/A
  • MPPE
  • 128-bit WEP
  • 64-bit WEP
  • WPA-PSK
  • WPA2-PSK
  • WPA-Enterprise
  • WPA2-Enterprise

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