The Asus RT-AC88U AC3100 DD-WRT router (or the Asus AC88U) is a device aimed at people who are fond of playing video games. This is apparent not only in the technical specifics of the router, but also in the looks as well. As opposed to most routers that care less about appearance and more about function, the Asus AC88U scores well on both with its futuristic look. The above intention is also highlighted by the fact that in the vast majority of details, the Asus AC88U is better than average.
We also analyze this router in the context of how suitable it is for work with a VPN provider. And despite video game support being the primary purpose of it, it fares quite well in VPN-friendliness. The DD-WRT firmware upgrade means that the OpenVPN security protocol runs on the Asus AC88U. PPTP is similarly usable, but we do not recommend it, as it is not that safe. This creates a minor conflict, though. If you are interested in this router because of video games – but you still want to use a VPN for online safety, access or other reasons – you will most probably have to expect some speed loss because of the OpenVPN protocol.
For more explicit technical details, the Asus AC88U has four antennas, all of them outside the body of the device. It has Dual Band (2.4/ 5 GHz) wireless frequency bands (decent, but standard), and 512MBs of RAM memory, which is great. A 1.4 GHz DualCore processor and 8 LAN ports also sound attractive. Furthermore, if you do end up purchasing this model, you get a free ethernet cable in the package. There is a 90-day warranty of the router.
Getting the Dual Band (2.4/5GHz) to work is a simple process that takes a couple of minutes only. However, if you want to include a VPN in the mix, we strongly suggest that you consult the setup guides of the VPN company you are subscribed to. Do not misunderstand us; the steps are always more or less the same. But specific values and parameters may change from company to company. Some examples include the tunnel protocol, whether or not you have to turn IPv6 connections off, and setting up a router for VPN might also include the changing of your DNS address(es). No need to panic – all of this is available in the basic setup of the Asus AC88U.
To sum up, we would like to identify two main uses for this router. First, is playing video games, this is a main element of what the device was designed for. Secondly however, because of the DD-WRT support, you can also engage in VPN activities. And, with the OpenVPN protocol, you are guaranteed an undetected online journey into other countries.