If you want the best of the best in terms of wireless network performance, even if the devices you own can't handle the blazing fast speeds, look no further than Asus' new RT-AC87 router.
The RT-AC87 is the first "Wave 2" Wi-Fi 802.11ac consumer router, supporting 4x4 multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) over 5 GHz with throughput up to 1.73 Gbps, thanks to Quantenna's QSR1000 chipset. Like all modern routers, the RT-AC87 is also backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n devices.
According to Asus' press release, the RT-AC87 also has fantastic range, but doesn't go into any specifics. The router is designed for streaming multiple 1080p videos to devices around your home, or even streaming 4K Ultra HD content, as well as low-latency gaming and file sharing.
Interestingly, towards the end of the year we should be seeing Asus' even faster 802.11ac router which we previewed at Computex, called the RT-AC3200. With a whopping six antennas, it should support speeds up to 3.2 Gbps when it launches.
Until the RT-AC3200 launches, you'll be able to pick up Asus' fastest router for $270 when it launches shortly in North America.