ASUS RT-ACRH13 AC1300 WiFi Router Review – Tripled my WiFi speed!

Hey everyone Patrik CK with my review of the
ASUS AC1300 Dual-Band gigabit wifi router. To be honest getting a new router has been
a long time coming as I’ve been using the same Linksys Wireless G wifi router for at
least a decade, unfortunately these ancient routers are still vary prevalent in the consumer
and commercial worlds. Obviously there are a lot of things wrong
with using such an old piece of equipment upmost of course is speed. The max transfer speed on the Linksys is 54mega
bits per second which is what I thought the cap on my bandwidth was anyway from my ISP,
Comcast. Boy was I wrong, more on that later. I choice the ASUS AC1300 for several reasons,
of course it has the latest wireless AC technology such as MU-MIMO which provides the ability
to switch between both 2.4 and 5ghz frequencies for multiple clients that support it so you
get consistent connection all the time. A 2×2 5dbi antenna setup for extended wifi
range, a host of improved security features, a great web and app interface to manage the
network, and 4 gigabit speed Ethernet ports with one USB 3.0 network connection for something
like a NAS which was a really nice add and one of the deciding factors between this router
and the $10 cheaper AC1200 which only has a USB 2.0 port. I picked up this router on Amazon for $69.99
plus $4 in tax. I would have purchased it tax free on Newegg
but for some reason I couldn’t find it anywhere on their site. Looking over the physical router it has an
interesting reflective pattern design on top that I like and thankful it’s not a horrible
glossy surface. We can see two of the 4 antennas which itself
has a nice subtle modern design with angled surfaces. On the front is the single USB 3.0 connection. I’ll be interested to see how well this
actually works. Around back are the other 2 antennas, power
button, reset button, power port, and all the other network connections. Let’s layout the antennas the way they want
them and see what else is in the box. A short and beefier than normal network cable
for the WAN port and lastly the wall wart of typical size but definitely smaller than
the one it replaced. Setting the router up was a breeze, just follow
the 3 step instructions and you should be good. Once all the lights came on my computer automatically
popped up the router setup screen where it prompts you to change the passwords for the
router and wifi and that’s pretty much it. I would suggest making the management login
screen a bookmark for easy access in the future. Before I dealt into any of the numerous settings
I wanted to run some speed test, first on the wired Ethernet side of the network and
then on the wireless side. When I started running the app
I all most fell out of my chair. With my old router I maxed at around 40 mega
bits per second down which again I thought was very reasonable and my max bandwidth allotment
anyway but instead went all the way to 91!! More than double the old speed. I didn’t even know I was allowed speeds
that high. Downloading a game on Steam I’m getting
consistent 13 mega byte a secomd download speeds I was lucky to get close to 5 before. I was able to download an 8 and half gig game
in 10 minutes. Where has this speed been my whole life?! I mean I knew newer equipment would make a
difference but not that much! Just to be clear your experience may vary
depending on your ISP’s bandwidth cap. So as far as the wired side of the networks
goes the ASUS AC1300 has proved it worth more than 2 fold. I was even a little upset that I’ve been
throwing my money away every month not using the full bandwidth potential supplied to me. I wouldn’t even have known without this
new router. But lets move on and see how the WiFi has
improved. For comparison on my HTC 1 M8 I was getting
on average 20 mega bits per second down in the next room from the old router, but now
I’m getting full speed equivalent to the wired computer at around 90mega bits per second
on the 5Ghz band, which is the fastest and which the M8 supports. Again not all phones even newer ones support
the higher frequencies or can utilize the MU-MIMO feature. While signal strength dropped off fairly quickly
from one side of my modest home where the router is to the other the speeds were still
way better than before by at least 2 fold. Looking at my crude signal strength map you
can see the bottom floor of my home, where my router is, has the bester coverage from
the strongest point being right next to the router at -25dbm to the den which is still
well in the green. I took these readings using an awesome free
app called wifi analyzer. Even around the outside in the garage I have
a good enough signal to watch YouTube or Netflix, not sure why you would in the garage but to
each his own. One the second floor, even though the dining
room is directly above the router I lost some signal strength but not enough to make a meaningful
impact and even all the way at the other end of the house in the master bedroom I could
get 50mega bits down even with a quarter of the original signal strength. Wondering around in my back yard and as long
as stand within line of the site with the room equipped with the router, I could get
full speed down up to 100ft away! I imagine if you were able to actually centrally
locate your router you would never have signal problems unless you had a massive mansion
or something. Sitting back down and checking out ASUS’s
network manager interface you get a very easy to navigate GUI with access to pretty much
all of the settings, good if you are tinkerer or just a parent looking to setup parental
controls. For me everything seems set to go out of the
box. One feature that I was really interested in
was the USB 3.0 network connection. To test this I plugged in a 16gb thumb drive,
unfortunately all I had was a USB 2.0 drive so testing transfer speeds would be pointless. It was automatically detected by the router
and showed up in the management interface immediately. Without fiddling around with the router settings
the drive appeared as another computer on the network where you have access to all the
files as if it were attached directly to your computer. This is a great option for something like
a NAS or any USB storage device that you want to back up to from multiple computers in the
house. Someday I’ll get or build a real NAS and
test the transfer speeds, but being USB 3.0 the max will be roughly 5 giga bits per second
before overhead and bottlenecks. Of course you may have to change your computer’s
network and share settings in order to “discover” your home network and see any attached devises
like the thumb drive I used. In the end if you need a new router be it
for better Wi-Fi speed, a better management interface, a network attached USB port, or
any other reason I would definitely check out the ASUS AC1300. For me upgrading from an almost decade old
router was more than worth it! Alright this has been Patrik CK, like and
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64 thoughts on “ASUS RT-ACRH13 AC1300 WiFi Router Review – Tripled my WiFi speed!

  1. Hi nice bro, been searching for a review of this router. It looks?perform nice and all but what about the bandwidth control or Qos does it have this feature as well? 2e i have wireless LTE 4G connection(no adsl connection(better than wireless connection)) does this router gonna help to fully gather all my download speed? Hope for your reply 🙂

  2. I'm using this Wifi router as access point – it's OK – not good or bad…I would have bought the TP-Link Archer 7 AC1350 rather than this Asus RH13!

  3. mmmh… I've got the AC58U and my speedtest is quite bad for the price of the router.. 15 MBps Download & 1 MBps Upload… Why ?

  4. hey sir, i was wondering if you might be able to help me with mind. i have been following those instructions. they are simple but i don't know why i still can't get a wifi setup. mine is an asus rt-acrh13. the web-based internet genie setup gives me problems at step two. i thought it as the router password but now i think it's the modem password. when i complete step 3 it goes back to step two and i click next and it just stays on that screen. the little hourglass icon is going but it doesn't do anything, no next page or anything. and if i try to use any website the page goes to a "trying to reconnect" screen with a picture of the router and a blue line and on the blue line a rectangle shape goes left and right. it will stay like that and won't connect. help!

  5. Hi, would this give us better WiFi connection over our current ISP router. We have 3 Xbox one's in the house and get lag and connection drops all the time. So we're looking for something that's will give us better more stable connection, to stop lag/drops.

    Please reply asap. Thanks

  6. I had an old router as well and it died. It was a Mac router. I was very happy to watch this review to see this is what I need. THANK YOU.

  7. I have a connection of 10mbps so using a router of 1500 mbps or using a 900mbps nothing would change my Internet speed right?

  8. Great review, one suggestion i have is that you should change your title.

    I had a hard time finding this since it was under ASUS AC1300, and i'm pretty sure the ac1300 is just part of the specs not the model name. (there's also multiple asus devices using it in the name)
    ASUS RT-ACRH13 is the name of the specific model.

  9. How do you even get higher speeds if your're paying your ISP for a certain amount of mb/s? Are you just getting what you're supposed to get hence your old router limiting your speed? Or is it somehow going faster than what you're paying for?
    Great review, probably getting this router.
    PS: Can you connect a printer through the USB?

  10. hey, can work AiProtection for ASUS Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router or ASUS Dual-band wireless-AC1300 gigabit router?

  11. So I connect it to my comcast box and I’ll have two different connections or does this replace my comcast box? And how much is this monthly ?

  12. What is the difference between Asus RT-ACRH13 AC1300 and Asus RT-AC1300UHP. And how much area it covers?Will Asus RT-AC1300UHP be able to cover 3000 square feet?

  13. Pros: – VPN
    – Guest wifi
    – You can configure a lot of things with the android app

    CONS: – You can't change the guest wifi speed

  14. I have this router, I do suggest you ding with the 2.4, set it to N only, uncheck that b g protection, get rid of 20-40-80 band width, set it to 20, the 2.4 band is too crowded for this unless you are off in the woods, and maybe turn off explicit beaming, disable TX bursting if running on N only, I did turn on inclusive beaning because I was having fluctuation in signal strength.

    The 5 ghz you can pretty much leave alone except maybe fix the channel number turning off Auto channel.

    I was get something like 35/30 numbers on an old router, replacing it with a new TP-Link same numbers then with this, I now get 75/75 or a little higher on WiFi on both bands, this is the same speed as wired. In my case the 5 band is the best. It’s riock solid. We have a center fireplace that runs 3 stories up, my WiFi has to work down from the second floor through that brick that is the center wall of the house to first floor living room. Oddly the 5 penetrates this well the 2 struggles.

  15. Nice review. Thanks

    Can I set up a VPN with this router?

    Like if I don't want my internet provider to be spooking on my browsing activities?

  16. This router works great but I can't see my USB that is attached to the Router in either PC,  I have Windows 10 and 7. I see it in the router. It is very fast and reliable connection. But the only way I can see my USB(and it's contents) is to share as A Samba/Cloud and I have to allow guest login. If I don't allow guest login, I can see the share but I can't see the files in it.

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