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  • Very Highest-Performance Asus RT-AC86U Wireless VPN Router
  • Programmed with the very best Merlin firmware
  • We configure this router with your VPN credentials included in the price
  • Works with all popular VPN Providers.
    (If you don't have a VPN we can supply this router with a VPN package, please see the drop down menu at the top Router Options to add a VPN to your router purchase).
  • About the Fastest VPN through speeds available from a Router.
    (Rated 5 out of 5. (5 being the fastest VPN speeds available)
  • VPN Protect every INTERNET device in your property
  • CPU - FAST 1.8GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • With Hardware Accelerator
  • Wireless - 2.4Ghz & 5.0Ghz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WI-FI, AC2900 (AC2167 + N750 Mbps)
  • MU - MIMO - YES Multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output technology
  • RAM - 512MB DDR3
  • Flash - 256MB
  • Ports - 1 x USB 3.0 - 1 x eSATA and USB hard drives or a printer
  • Antennas - 3 Detachable high performance WI-FI Antennas 3x3:3
  • Suitable for Large Homes.
  • Perfect for 10+ connected devices.
  • Fully configured Router - Wi-Fi, VPN, Firewall, DNS, DHCP, Kill Switch, Keep Alive and Subnet etc
  • Great 4K video streaming
  • Plug & Play Setup ready to plug in and switch on.
  • Works with all Cable, ADSL or VDSL networks including Virgin, BT, BT Infinity, SKY, EE, Plusnet, TalkTalk etc. etc.



Processing power is the key to high-performance routing for VPN users, having a fast processor is imperative for the constant encryption and decryption of every packet of Data sent and received. Simply put, the faster the (CPU) processor, the faster the VPN Speeds & this 1.8GHz is fast!


This router has been configured to run along side your existing router (known as a dual router configuration or dual router setup), this means you will have 2 gateways out on to the Internet, 1 secure behind your encrypted VPN router and 1 through your normal router giving you the best of both worlds, with no further configuration required, simply plug it in when it arrives as instructed in the paperwork supplied with the router.


Using a VPN is by far the most reliable way to protect your privacy and secure your On-line activities. A VPN hides your IP address and encrypts all the traffic you send and receive.



Running your VPN from a router will only use 1 of your allowed connections, freeing up more connections to use outside your property on family mobiles etc.. All devices connected to the VPN Router via Ethernet or WI-FI will be protected behind the VPN encryption.


VPN stands for a Virtual Private Network and refers to software that is used to encrypt users Internet traffic and mask their Online identity by hiding their IP address. Therefore, the main purpose of this technology is to help you stay secure and private when downloading, streaming or just browsing the Internet.


Using a VPN is by far the most reliable way to protect your privacy and secure your Online activities. A VPN hides your IP address and encrypts all the traffic you send and receive, so not even your (ISP) Internet Service Provider can see what you are doing online.


We recommend OpenVPN over UDP Protocol in routers because it often offers the best of both worlds (speed and security) when it comes to VPN services. This ASUS RT-AC86U router has enhanced MERLIN firmware with full OpenVPN Client & OpenVPN Sever integration.



Using a VPN provider within a router means that the setup only has to be done once and covers all of your devices.


A few benefits of using a VPN: - Mask your Internet connection IP address allowing you to access content and sites while being secure. A VPN will help you stay safe and secure Online while above all else keeping your private stuff private. Download and upload P2P files in privacy, bypass the Country's web censorship and content surveillance, stream Kodi and other web streaming services without restrictions & use search engines without having your searches logged even from your Internet service provider. (Especially important due to the legal crackdown on Streaming Content)
Avoid receiving infringement letters from your Internet Service Provider!


If you want a fast VPN speeds from a router then don't buy a budget router you'll simply be disappointed and wasting your money - THAT'S A FACT!!
This ASUS RT-AC86U MERLIN VPN Router is very popular producing about the fastest VPN through speeds available from a VPN router.


It's suitable for Smart TV's, Android TV Boxes, Amazon Fire TV & Sticks, Kodi, IPTV (check your IPTV provider allows VPN connections) Mag boxes, Satellite receivers, Macs, PC's, Laptops, Mobile Phones, Tablets anything that connects to the Internet basically. Multiple users can stream HD content simultaneously.



Questions and Answers


Q. Does this router replace my modem?
A. No, the ASUS RT-AC86U MERLIN VPN ROUTER is not a replacement modem, it is a router only, It has NO built in modem. It requires connecting to your ISP modem or existing modem router as pictured above and in our instruction leaflet included with the router.


Q. Can you program the router with all the necessary files for my VPN provider?
A. We can Program all necessary Config's, Certificates & fully test the router for you if you provide your VPN credentials. It will then work straight out of the box.


Q. What do you need from me after i purchase the router?
A. You can provide your VPN credentials during payment in PayPal notes (PLEASE remember to press SAVE) or via Contact us after your purchase, please provide the following:- VPN Providers Name, Username, password & which server you prefer.
(If you don't state a server we always set to a UK Server!)
Please make sure these credentials are 100% correct with Capitals etc where required! (We strongly recommend you copy and paste these to avoid typing errors)
If NO details are provided during or after your purchase, we will dispatch the router without the VPN section being configured and you will need to configure these details yourself! So it's important you don't forget to get these details to us if you want us to configure the VPN client section!


Q. What do you need from me if i buy this router including a VPN package from the drop down menu above?
A. We will set the VPN up for you using your payment email address and a strong password, the password can be changed (On-line with the VPN company and in the router), but the user name (email address can not), should you require your VPN account registering to another email address please let us know when purchasing in PayPal Notes (PLEASE remember to press SAVE) or via Contact Us.


Q. What if i am concerned about giving you my VPN credentials?
A. We recommend in this case you change the VPN password once you've received and tested the Router.
Our instruction leaflet provided demonstrates how to do this along with our selection of on-line videos guides.


Q. What if i don't currently have a VPN service?
A. You can select Router Options from the drop down menu at the top of this page and select your required VPN or alternatively see our VPN Service Providers.


Q. What's a VPN Kill-Switch?
A. A VPN Kill-Switch is a critical piece of your VPN security solution which we program into our routers, this feature will ensure that your true IP address is never exposed on-line in the event your VPN should ever fail. If you don't wish to have this great feature please let us know when you supply your VPN credentials.
Please note: Routers supplied without VPN configuration will not contain a Kill-Switch, because the VPN section has not been configured the Kill-Switch will stop all traffic getting out onto the Internet and the router will appear not to be working. (Basically the kill switch would be doing it's job)


Q. Why is a VPN slower than my normal line speed?
A. Any VPN service will always give you a small loss in speed, this is due to the hardware having to encrypt every packet of data sent and received as well as adding a little latency.
This is why routers with less powerful CPU's and Ram (hardware) only produce 20-30% of your line speed. Simply put the better/faster the main processor (CPU) is, the faster your VPN will be!


Please Note:- This Router does not come with a VPN service included, this will need to be purchased separately unless you already have one, unless you have added one from Router Options above!


If you have any questions please feel free to Contact us






Default Gateway / IP:
Username: admin
Password: password
Wireless Key: Will be in the paper work.
(All of the above default router settings can be changed)

This Router is configured for a Dual Router Setup.

A Top end ASUS RT-AC86U MERLIN VPN Router that we highly recommend!



You really should be using a VPN, at some point in the future you may consider a VPN as important as your Internet connection!



What's Included in this Package?


    (VPN client configured with VPN credentials if provided or purchased from above)
  • 3 x Detachable Antenna's
  • 1 x UK Power supply
  • 1 x Ethernet (LAN) Cable
  • 1 x Set up instructions
  • Your VPN Credentials if purchased as VPN Combo package
  • 90 Day RTB Warranty

Free 2nd class Royal Mail Signed For Delivery Service Included with Next day delivery Special Delivery service available

Please allow 1 working day for dispatch due to programming and testing, although we will always do our best to get it dispatched same day wherever possible!

We install 3rd Party Firmware on all our routers. By replacing factory firmware with 3rd Party firmware, manufacturers may no longer honour their product warranty. We are confident that every router sold will function as advertised; we open, inspect, upgrade, configure, and then test all our routers before they are dispatched. That is why we guarantee you will receive a working unit and offer our own 90-day hardware warranty included with all NEW routers & 45 days on Pre-owned REFURBISHED routers purchased from us. Pre-Owned Refurbished routers may show signs of use, light marks or surface scratches, may or may not include original box but are 100% fully tested.


Product CodeASUS RT-AC86U
EAN Code4712900663501
MPN Code90IG0401-BU9000

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