ASUS RT-ACRH13 Dual-Band AC1300 Full Review 2021

ASUS RT-ACRH13 Dual-Band AC1300 Full Review 2021

A budget-friendly, Ultra-thin, Super-fast router under 100 dollars by ASUS. Here is an honest review of ASUS RT-ARCH13

ASUS RT-ACRH13

The Asus RT-ARCH13 is a dual-band router. It offers combined maximum speeds of up to 1267Mbps ( 867Mbps using 5Ghz band + 300Mbps using 2.4GHz band ). It features the next generation 5dBi four external antennas for better WiFi range and coverage. Plus, AC standard compatible.

Highlights:

  • A Dual-band AC1300
  • Supports MU-MIMO Technology
  • ASUSWRT web interface
  • Asus App
  • Quad-core Processor

Pros & Cons Of Asus RT-ACRH13:

I like:

  • Network management is excellent using ASUS Router App.
  • User-friendly Web Interface with ASUSWRT makes its setup easy.
  • MU-MIMO technology with USB 3.0.
  • Range & Coverage is top of the line.
  • The ultra-thin and attractive design with a great price.

I don’t like:

  • LEDs are a bit bright.

Verdict:

At under $60 price tag, the RT-ACRH13 is an awesome and smart choice. It has all the features that you wish in an ideal router. Range, coverage and excellent performance with amazingly faster speeds. It can be a good option for home and small business.

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What’s inside the box:

  1. The RT-ACRH13 Wireless Router
  2. A Power Adapter
  3. One Gigabit Ethernet Cable (RJ-45)
  4. Support CD
  5. Quick Start Guide

Design:

The design of this router is quite impressive as it has so many ports and LEDs. For better understanding, I’ll show you its images of the front and back side with numbering ( from 1 to 12).

Let’s start with the front-side of the router. On the top will see status and router activities LEDs such as a power LED, WAN, bands LEDs (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz), USB, LAN LED (from left to right). It has a total of five LEDs. Plus, you also see one USB 3.0 port on the front side of it.

ASUS RT-ACRH13 front side

On the back side, which looks quite busy, has some physical buttons like a reset button, Power button, and WPS button with some ports such as four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, one WAN port ad a power AC adapter port for a power source.

ASUS RT-ACRH13 back side

Overall it is not that big router. However, it has four high performance 5dBi external antennas, the way the company has positioned them, make this a larger router.

So it needs some extra space from your desk. Or the second option is to mount it on the wall, as on the bottom, it has two holes. It will be better to choose the second one, as the higher position of the router enhances its overall performance.

ASUS RT-ACRH13 antenna position

Hardware:

The router is equipped with a powerful quad-core A7 Qualcomm Atheros (IPQ4018 CPU) processor (clocked @ 717Mhz). It ensures faster network performance with improved LAN and WAN ports. It uses 128Mb of flash memory with 128Mb of RAM; the fast memory provides stability to multiple devices.

Moreover, theoretically, you get combined speeds of up to 1267Mbps using both bands (867Mbps + 400Mbps). With such hardware, you get full and maximum WiFI speed on multiple devices at the same time.

ASUS RT-ACRH13 hardware

Key Features

QoS:

Quality of Service (QoS) lets us set the bandwidth of connected devices. We can prioritize specific devices on the network. It ensures lag-free gaming and video streaming. This feature becomes very useful when multiple devices are connected to the network.

Suppose, in your family, if someone is playing games and others are watching videos or streaming. In this case, You might see some networks issues as all the connected devices are using equal bandwidth. Using QoS, you can use the internet without having such problems.

ASUS RT-ACRH13 qos

Parental Controls:

Another useful feature which allows you to control all connected devices and access time. You can easily set the time limit for your kids’ or guests network usage. To enable this feature, you have to navigate panel, then click the General tab then ‘Parental Controls’.

Next step is to click Parental Control button to on. (will turn into green). Below the button, you will see clients list in which you will be able to control the network usages. Check the following image.

ASUS RT-ACRH13 parental control

Guest Network:

As it implies, We create the guest network for temporary people and provide them with a separate SSID. It means, they can’t access your private or personal network.

However, the RT-ACHR13 has combined of up to six SSIDs. Where three SSIDs can be created on 2.4GHz and the other three using 5Ghz).

Specifications:

  • Standards: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Antennas: 4x 5dBi external
  • Receive/Transmit: MIMO technology (2.4Ghz 2×2 + 5Ghz 2×2)
  • Memory: 128Mb Flash & 128Mb RAM
  • Bands (frequency): Dual-band (2.4Ghz & 5Ghz)
  • Ports: 4x Gigabit Ethernet LAN, 1x WAN port, 1x USB 3.0
  • Mode: Wireless router & Access point

Setup:

The router uses its an Intuitive easy-to-use web-based ASUSWRT interface, which is straightforward and user-friendly. You can set up the router in both ways – wired and wirelessly.

However, I recommend you to set it up via a wired connection as it avoids most of the possible setup problems. It’s just a three simple step process. Here is the manual.

Tips:

You should consider these two tips for better performance and wireless signal transmission.

Router’s Position:

It is responsible for bad signal and poor range. To avoid such issues, make sure you place your router in a centralized area for excellent wireless coverage.

Also, keep in mind, it should be away from other metal obstructions and devices which use the same frequency 2.4Ghz such as Bluetooth devices, cordless phones, transformers, heavy-duty motors, microwave ovens, refrigerators, and other types of equipment.

For better wireless signal, make sure that you orient its antennas as in the image below.

ASUS RT-ACRH13 antenna coverage

Up To Date:

It is also essential to keep the device’s firmware up-to-date, which ensures the fastest, latest security, and service enhancements. You can read about new firmware updates here.

Competitors:

Its main rivals are TP-Link’s Archer C7, C9, and Netgear’s R6700. However, they are expensive if the price is concerned. Even though their prices are high, but it can beat them in terms of performance, range, and of course price. You can compare them on your own as I have created separate pages for each one.

Conclusion:

The Asus RT-ACRH13 is well worth the money. It has lots of advanced features which generally you can’t see in any budget router. Overall, performance, design, hardware, and technology like MU-MIMO make this router far better than the competitors.
You can also use it as a wireless router and access point as it has two operation mode. I would recommend this router to everyone who is looking for an inexpensive yet powerful one.

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