28.11.2020

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So, in the yard again, the end of autumn – and again, ASUS is updating the line of its most powerful home routers. In December, a new ASUS RT-AC87U model will appear in Russian stores – the direct successor to the RT-AC66U and RT-AC68U. This applies not only to hardware and capabilities, but also to design. The new router has grown considerably and is heavier – 290x168x48 mm and 747 grams, respectively. And this is without taking into account external antennas with a length of 170 mm each! A box with a router is twice as large as it is and weighs as much as two kilos. In general, it’s solid, what is already there. Why, in fact, the router came out not so small, you will learn further, but for now let’s turn to the appearance of the new product.

What is in my appearance to you?

Perhaps one of the most pleasant moments in the appearance of the RT-AC87U is the ability to hang the device on the wall, which its predecessor was deprived of. Yes, perhaps the location of the notches for the screws is not the best, but it is excusable. Still, initially, apparently, the router was supposed to be installed only in a horizontal position.

The body of the device is completely made of matte black plastic. On the top cover on the sides there is a small notch in the spirit of the same “cut” that was present on almost all ASUS routers in recent years. In general, outwardly, the router reminds one of the Lamborghini sports cars from the 80s – a high back and a pointed nose with a sharp bevel from the bottom.

In addition, on the very edge, there is a strip of bright blue indicators, which, however, are not so annoying with their glow. The standard indication is WAN and LAN ports, both access points, power, network availability and WPS operation. Two very large buttons are hidden to the left of them, on the same bevel, for quickly turning on and off the indicators and wireless Wi-Fi modules.

But to the right, for some reason, they took out the USB 3.0 port, closed by a stub. The decision is inconvenient because of the lid, which sooner or later will fall off anyway, and due to the fact that in USB, in a good way, you just need to connect the drive and calm down. It would be more logical to bring it to the back wall, where there is more than enough space, and place it next to another port, this time USB 2.0.

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