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ASUS RT-AC87 Launches in North America

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RonV, Jul 23, 2014.

  1. RonV

    RonV Network Guru Member

  2. BobOki

    BobOki Network Guru Member

    I do. For 4x4 mimo and MU-MIMO I most certainly do! This will solve a TON of issues for anyone that either has a lot of dvices on their network or a lot of devices around them. Remember your router has to go through the devices one at a time each time, which is a huge slowdown and issue in a crowded area.

    Now my big question will be, with this new technology and with beamforming (seems to be giving around 15%-30% better signal) is Tomato going to be able to support these features? I LOVE my tomato but MU-MIMO might be worth going stock if I have to. (please tell me yes it will support it and it will be amazing!)
     
  3. RonV

    RonV Network Guru Member

    I am picking one up today. Will configure with stock firmware first and let it burn in. Then I will give Merin a shot he has uploaded his latest beta to support the RT-AC87. Until Victek gets his firmware updated.

    The only place I found it was at Best Buy. Amazon doesn't even have listing for it.

    ;)
     
  4. BobOki

    BobOki Network Guru Member

    Keep us updated!
    I am most interested in the 4x4mimo and the mu-mimo. Being able to handle multiple wireless groups at once will remove that bottleneck that has always existed where the router has to process one wireless at a time in a row before it does your data... this will be amazing in a crowded enironment.
     
  5. RonV

    RonV Network Guru Member

    Got it all configured with the standard Asus firmware. There was an update that needed to be installed. I know why I hate asus-wrt. Every time you configure something the router has to reload and re-connect the networks for some darn reason. Tomato is much more intelligent when it needs to cycle the radios or wan connection.

    Beamforming actually works. In my home office with WiFi I usually can only get 1 to 2 bars on my phone, now I am getting 4 to 5 bars on the indicator. Also the router shows 4 bars for my phone from the dead areas in the home. This looks promising. I am going to push it with a Ethernet stream via Xbox/Amazon and a wireless roku stream/VUDU later tonight.
     
  6. BobOki

    BobOki Network Guru Member

    What's the news on this?
    While I would GREATLY prefer Tomato on it, I am wondering if I can get by with their stock until it is ported (assuming it will be). The features just look too slick to pass up.
     
  7. RonV

    RonV Network Guru Member

    These new routers use an ARM instruction set. I settled on Merlin's firmware for customization with Asus's libraries for optware since they are the only ones that are ARM complied. I was able to get about 90% of what i had with Tomato with Merlin but it required much more scripting vs. the Tomato UI.
     

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