Setup WiFi on the Asus RT-AC87U

The Asus RT-AC87U router is considered a wireless router because it offers WiFi connectivity. WiFi, or simply wireless, allows you to connect various devices to your router, such as wireless printers, smart televisions, and WiFi enabled smartphones.

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WiFi Terms

Before we get started there is a little bit of background info that you should be familiar with.

Wireless Name

Your wireless network needs to have a name to uniquely identify it from other wireless networks. If you are not sure what this means we have a guide explaining what a wireless name is that you can read for more information.

Wireless Password

An important part of securing your wireless network is choosing a strong password.

Wireless Channel

Picking a WiFi channel is not always a simple task. Be sure to read about WiFi channels before making the choice.


You should almost definitely pick WPA2 for your networks encryption. If you are unsure, be sure to read our WEP vs WPA guide first.

Login To The Asus RT-AC87U

To get started configuring the Asus RT-AC87U WiFi settings you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.

To login to the Asus RT-AC87U, follow our Asus RT-AC87U Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Asus RT-AC87U

If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.

This wireless setup guide begins on the Network Map of the Asus RT-AC87U router. Start out by clicking Wireless beneath Advanced Settings.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Asus RT-AC87U

This takes you to a new page.

Be sure that the Band is set to 2/4GHz.

We'll start by setting an SSID. This will serve as your network identification and can be whatever you like. For more information, take a look at our Wireless Names Guide.

Now open the drop down menu marked Control Channel and set it to either 1, 6, or 11. To learn why these are the best options, see our WiFi Channels Guide.

After that, make sure that the Authentication Method is set to WPA2-Personal. This will provide you with the strongest security. For more info, check out our WEP vs. WPA Guide.

Following that, set the WPA Encryption to AES.

Finally, enter your desired network password into the box labeled WPA Pre-Shared Key. A strong password can be difficult to think up on your own, so we've created a Choosing a Strong Password Guide to help you out.

That's all there is to do. Just don't forget to click Apply before leaving the page.

Possible Problems when Changing your WiFi Settings

After making these changes to your router you will almost definitely have to reconnect any previously connected devices. This is usually done at the device itself and not at your computer.

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