ASUS BRT-AC828 (HW Ver: 1) Dual-Band AC2600

Qualcomm Atheros QCA9984 Radio AC2600 : 2.4GHz~800Mbps + 5Hz~1733Mbps
Quad Antenna MU-MIMO 4x4:4 Quad-Stream ~Wave2 

Qualcomm IPQ8065 CPU 1.7 GHz (2 cores)  128/512MB Flash/RAM size surprised
Dual-WAN : Fail-Over / Load-Balance
Gigabit Ports : 2xWAN / 8xLAN  
Storage :M.2 Slot / 2xUSB3

Unboxing, look & feel stock firmware quick walkthrough video below cool

Thanks ASUS Malaysia/Taiwan for the first business router, which was handed over to me early this year before CNY, sorry for taking so long to review tongue-out


Product Photo


Product information & reference:

A cool looking black squarish device with not-so-aggresive outlook, surface design with the " >   < " shape (X-men?!) complete with some small diamond-shape emboss around it, a clean yet unique looking router cool.  It's relatively sizeable weight about 1kg, the 8 LANports and the product name reminds me of RT-AC88 smile :


Both device indeed use the same adapter.

ASUS is serious about making a router for SME business, which see some really interesting features on this BRT-AC828 :

  • Dual WAN - 2 physical WAN ports able to configure either Fail-over or Load-Balance mode
  • 8 LAN ports able to do port-base vlan tagging and teaming
  • Loads of features, useful router and network protection software
  • First router with internal M.2 storage (42/60/80mm)
  • Slightly newer kernel - 3.4.103 on current FW3.

(See above video for firmware features quick walkthrough)

ASUS also address the antenna falling-down issue by designing a clip-on-lock on each antenna to prevent it from falling-down again, nice consideration laughing


Some of my testings as follow ...

Dual WAN Test


Wireless Performance & M.2 Write/Read Tests