For some time now ASUS has firmly set foot in the field of modem and gods router, two universes that collide in the case of review of the ASUS DSL-AX82U. This model incorporates the technology of the RX-AX82U router, but adds an integrated modem while maintaining the particular shapes of a device that combines WiFi 6, several features and gaming performance with a decidedly recognizable aesthetic.
The ASUS DSL-AX82U is a router modem/router Dual-Band WiFi 6 with a overall speed of about 5400 Mbps divided between the 2.4 GHz band, with a maximum speed of 574 Mbps, and the 5 GHz band whose peak speed, on paper, is 4804 Mbps. Capable of managing over 10 devices at the same time, it can also be used as a router only, in combination with any modem, but the integration of the latter is a convenience not to be taken for granted in the universe of gaming routers.
There are four antennas, already mounted and positioned on the back of the device that equips a Broadcom BCM6750 chipset with a three-core 1.5 GHz frequency processor and 512 MB of RAM. The features They place it on a lower level than the RT-AX86U router, which also has a faster processor and a 2.5 Gbps port, but the AX82U chipset is newer and on paper compatible with WiFi 6E. A future update for a device that is certainly not cheap, even if it includes a modem and technologies that make it decidedly versatile, is not to be excluded.
Though designed for gamers, the ASUS modem / router can undoubtedly be used for small offices or families given thecoverage area up to 100 m2, obstacles permitting, and the ability to manage over 10 devices simultaneously. And it is here that Adaptive QoS is fundamental, which takes care of optimizing the traffic of the home network in order to keep the ping low where necessary, as in the case of gaming. Not for nothing does it include a special mode, even in a mobile key. In addition, players can count on an Open NAT feature designed to avoid problems with certain online titles and which also optimizes traffic between gaming devices.
On the other hand, technologies such as AiProtection, a Trend Micro suite that acts as a firewall and antivirus, also including a parental control system with 16 profiles, benefit everyone. Finally, note the native support for Alexa as well as the possibility of using the USB 3.0 Type-A port both for file sharing, through the use of the AiCloud 2.0 application and external storage, and to connect a 3G / 4G / dongle. 5G or a smartphone in order to take advantage of the router even with a mobile connection.
Physical network connectivity consists of 4 Gigabit LAN ports and 1 Gigabit WAN port while the supported standards include encryption up to WPA3-Personal, MU-MIMO, beamforming and full compatibility with WiFi 4 and WiFi 5 devices.
ASUS DSL-AX82U modem / router specification
- WiFi: Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) AX5400
- Chipset: Broadcom BCM6750
- Processor: tri-core 1.5 Ghz
- Antenna: 4 (external)
- Memory: 512 MB
- Memoria flash: 256 MB
- Door: 4x Gigabit LAN, 1x Gigabit WAN, 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A
- Channels: 20 MHz, 40 MHz, 80 MHz, 160 MHz
- Functionality: QoS Adattivo, AiMesh, beamforming standard/universale, RGB
- Encryption: WPA3-Personal, WPA2-Personal, WPA-Personal, WPA-Enterprise , WPA2-Enterprise , WPS support
- Introductory price: 259,99€
L’aesthetics undoubtedly plays an important role for the DSL-AX82U which in form is identical to the RT-AX82U and, as anticipated, resembles a stealth aircraft remixed with an alien spacecraft from vintage film. The result is captivating and particular, with an F-117 bomber fuselage all in opaque plastic, light but sturdy, which on the front opens onto a wavy illuminated surface and compatible with AURA Sync technology.
You don’t need to resort to Windows or mobile software to enjoy some though RGB effects particular given the dedicated key that allows you to recall some preset lighting patterns on the fly. The lighting can also be turned off, but it somehow balances the look of the ASUS device which enjoys a careful design. We are not talking about a few lights applied at random, as often happens since RGB has taken hold, but about a precise aesthetic choice that includes the asymmetrical position of the status LEDs, placed on one side.
By the way it is worth noting that although the specifications, the shape and the size of the router, 27.55 centimeters long and 18.44 deep, are identical to those of the variant without a modem, the addition of the latter does not involve an increase in weight. Indeed, the grams go down from 750 to 572, including the power supply, for a weight loss of over 150 grams. It is therefore quite light and includes, in the package, three adapters compatible with most of the power sockets in the world. The problem is the length of the power cable, which is very short.
Once the router is connected to the computer, the screen appears on the screen configuration automatic that requires the minimum effort on our part, independently retrieving the connection data. But it treats us well at all times by ensuring easy and intuitive access to various features including Open NAT, which includes facilitated port forwarding and traffic optimization for gaming devices, and AiCloud 2.0, which creates a convenient cloud. local using the USB port of the modem / router in combination with an external storage device.
Also not to forget AiProtection security, which responded reactively to our attempt to slip into an avalanche of dangerous sites, and the obvious bandwidth monitor that allows you to monitor both the traffic of the devices and the websites used. All seasoned withiOS and Android application for remote management that includes network monitors, troubleshooting, and quick management for guest network access. The look of the modem’s software, it must be said, has a vintage aftertaste, but in terms of completeness and functionality it seems to have everything in the right place.
The same goes for the performance which allowed us to reach 970 Mbps through the Gigabit port and to touch 930 Mbps via WiFi, obviously on the 5 GHz band. As anticipated, this model does not include a 2.5 Gb port, now widespread in most good motherboards. level, but it is not an essential feature for a gaming modem / router that through WiFi guarantees streaming of games and videos in 4K without any problem.
In addition, the ASUS device performs well where it matters most to a gamer, guaranteeing 20 milliseconds of WiFi latency, one room away from the router. An excellent and sufficient value to play both in streaming and online, at least with those genres that do not require infinitesimal latencies and as long as you do not have other active devices on the network. In this case, however, there are the QoS with gaming mode, quick to set up and effective in reducing network traffic in order to guarantee performance close to the maximum, and the ability to independently decide the priority of the devices.
In essence, nothing is missing from a router that stands out for its aesthetics, performance and software equipment, also putting an integrated modem on the plate. The addition of the latter involves an increase in price compared to the RX-AX82U, but in practice we are talking about about 50 euros more for a lighter and more versatile device that takes away a potential footprint.
The ASUS DSL-AX82U is a great gaming modem / router that doesn’t aim for stellar specs, but has everything you need to satisfy a modern family of gamers, binge watchers, and so on. Sure, it’s not cheap, it doesn’t support the WTFast service and we would have preferred it with a slightly longer power cable, but there is no shortage of positive elements to focus on, including a variety of convenient and intuitive features.
- Excellent performance
- Complete and easy to set up software
- Integrated antivirus
- One USB port
- No integrated WTFast
- Short power cord