22 February, 2018   Rakesh Sharma    Reviews . ASUS RT-BRT-AC828 Tri-Band Wireless-BRT-AC828 Gigabit Router Review

We have reviewed lot of ASUS networking products in recent time. Whether one need high Band wireless connectivity or fastest WiFi data rates or Gigabit networking products, there is everything available with quality and reliability at ASUS for all networking needs.

Today we are reviewing a new router from ASUS, especially designed for small business needs, the ASUS BRT-AC828 AC2600 Dual-WAN VPN Wi-Fi Router. One device solution for businesses depending on reliable and fast Internet, giving Dual WAN connectivity for aggregated bandwidth with fail-over internet connection and many more features.

Now let’s see what this Asus BRT-AC828 Router have for us.


  • Stable Wi-Fi Range - Fast, stable Wi-Fi throughout your office with 4x4 MIMO antenna design and ASUS AiRadar beam forming.
  • Hardware Dual-WAN - Dual physical WAN ports for ultimate speed and reliability, with up to 2Gbps aggregated bandwidth and failover capability.
  • M.2 Slot for Faster Storage - Internal M.2 SATA slot for ultra-fast networked SSD storage.
  • Easy Management - Grow your business with Captive Portal to set up customer Wi-Fi within steps ; and manage your network with convenient Device Grouping and RADIUS server.
  • Improved Network Safety - Protect sensitive company information with AiProtection, VLAN, and hardware crypto engine IPsec VPN, all without sacrificing working efficiency.
  • Teaming Support - Up to 4Gbps LAN connections.

Reliable Networking to Empower Your Business
Packed with all the networking features and reliability your business needs, BRT-AC828 is designed for growing companies on the path to greatness. Whether you're a startup or an established player, in any sphere of business from the smallest restaurant to the largest retail store, BRT-AC828 can help you connect to success.

AC2600 Wi-Fi, Fast and Far
Dual-band AC2600 Wi-Fi not only allows fast and stable connections to multiple devices, but it also offers superb coverage — up to 100 meters on the 2.4GHz band in open areas* — that's perfect for the typical office. Even in complex office layouts, the powerful 4x4 (4-transmit, 4-receive) MU-MIMO design with four external antennas and fine-tuned power output ensures optimized reception for the best possible performance.

Dual WAN Ports for Fast, Resilient Internet Connectivity
For the ultimate speed, the two physical Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports on BRT-AC828 can provide aggregated WAN bandwidth of up to 2Gbps. To ensure non-stop WAN operation, they can be configured as two independent internet connections, with one acting as an automatic backup connection if the other fails.

M.2 SSD Slot for Ultra-Fast Storage
Incredibly fast onboard storage gives you a powerful built-in mini-NAS for backup and file storage.

Up to 4Gbps LAN with Link Aggregation
Link Aggregation on eight Gigabit LAN ports enables up to 4Gbps LAN transfer speed.

LTE Mobile Broadband Support
Use a USB LTE. modem as a primary or backup internet connection for added versatility and resiliency

Free Wi-Fi Portal to Grow Your Business
With the user-friendly graphical menu system, you don't have to worry about complex network settings. Set up a free Wi-Fi welcome page for your customers within steps, and direct them to your promotion page to boost your promotion result.

Efficient Protection for Your Digital Assets
Protect sensitive company information with Intrusion Prevention System, Content Filtering, and other advanced features, all without sacrificing working efficiency.

Multi-Client Connectivity
Up to 250 simultaneous connections allow ASUS BRT-AC828 to handle even the heaviest usage requirements. The revolutionary MU-MIMO technology allows multiple MU-MIMO-compatible clients to work at their maximum speeds, enhancing network bandwidth.




Product Segment

AC2600 ultimate AC performance : 800+1734 Mbps

Data Rate

802.11a : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps
802.11b : 1, 2, 5.5, 11 Mbps
802.11g : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps
802.11n : up to 800 Mbps
802.11ac : up to 1734 Mbps


External 3 dBi dipole antenna x 4


MIMO technology
2.4 GHz 4 x 4
5 GHz 4 x 4


256 MB Flash
512 MB RAM

Operating Frequency

2.4 GHz / 5 GHz


64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprise , WPA2-Enterprise , Radius with 802.1x, WPS support

Firewall & Access Control

FirewallSPI intrusion detection,DoS protection 
Access control
Access control, Network service filter, URL filter, Port filter

VPN Support

IPSec Pass-Through
PPTP Pass-Through
L2TP Pass-Through
IPSec server
PPTP server
OpenVPN server
PPTP client
L2TP client
OpenVPN client

WAN Connection Type

Internet connection type : Automatic IP, Static IP, PPPoE(MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP
Dual Link support 
WAN Bridge support


RJ45 for Gigabits BaseT for WAN x 2, RJ45 for Gigabits BaseT for LAN x 8
USB 3.0 x 2


Link Aggregation
- 802.3ad
- Static
Traffic Analyzer
Adaptive QoS
- User definable rules for IP/MAC/Port
- Upload and download bandwidth management
- ACK/SYN/FIN/RST/ICMP with highest priority
Parental Control
Guest Network : 
VPN server : PPTP Server, OpenVPN Server, IPSec(Host-to-Net) server, IPSec(Net-to-Net) server
VPN client : PPTP client, L2TP client, OpenVPN client, IPSec(Net-to-Net) client, IPSec(Peer-to-Peer) client
3G/4G data sharing
AiDisk file server
- Samba and FTP server with account management
Dual WAN
IPTV support


WPS Button, Reset Button, Power Button, Power Switch, USB eject

LED Indicator

Power x 1
LAN x 8
Wi-Fi x 2
LAN x 2
Fail-over x 1
SSD x 1

Power Supply

AC Input : 110V~240V(50~60Hz)
DC Output : 19 V with max. 2.37 A current

OS Support

Windows® 10 
Windows® 8.1 
Windows® 8 
Windows® 7 
Windows® Vista 
Windows® 2000 
Windows® ME
Windows® XP 
Mac OS X 10.4 to 10.12


200 x 300 x 49.5 ~ mm (WxDxH) (Without Bezel)


950 g

Package Content

BRT-AC828 Dual WAN VPN wireless router
RJ-45 cable
Quick start guide
Support CD(Manual)
Power adapter

Router Special Features

3G/4G data sharing

Operation mode

Wireless router mode
Access point mode


ASUS RT-BRT-AC828 comes in a box securely packaged with Model name and features highlights on front and the back of the box.

Inside the box

Beside the router itself the package also includes three power cables, an Ethernet cable, power adapter , four removable 3 dBi antennas, user manual, warranty notice and software CD.


ASUS RT-BRT-AC828 is one humongous router with 4 big external antennas. Top of the router have a row of indicator/ activity LEDs.

Front have a USB 3.0 port with Secure removal button.

Back of router we have another USB 3.0 port with Secure removal button along with 2 Giga WAN ports and a WSP button.

More we have 8 Gigabit network port and more to the right there is a reset button, power on / off and a power inlet port.

On bottom side of the router we have wall mounting points along with 1U rack mounting screw holes. There is also a removable cover. Hiding under a M.2 port giving installation option of M.2 SATA SSD drive.


For testing this router I used Desktop PC and WD My Passport 1TB USB3 drive.

Software / Interface

Connecting the router directly to the PC via Ethernet cable and running the applications from the CD, allows ASUS RT- BRT-AC828 Web Interface to open in browser.

ASUS Device Discovery Utility
ASUS Restore Utility
ASUS Network Printer Setup Utility
ASUS RT- BRT-AC828 Web Interface with a Network Map
Permission Management
Access Control
VPN Server
Guest Network
Traffic Analyzer
USB Modem / USB Tethering
LAN IP Configuration
File Sharing
Administration Mode
System Log
Network Tools


  • 2 WAN Ports
  • 8 Gigabyte Network Port
  • 3 years Warranty
  • Dual USB 3.0 Ports
  • M.2 Slot
  • Easy Setup
  • Long WiFi range with 4 antenna


  • Nil


ASUS RT-BRT-AC828 is a very easy to setup and feature packed device, basically one device solutions for Small business needs.

In simple words, this router will not only fulfill your internet connectivity needs but can also provides up to 2Gbps aggregated bandwidth and failover capability using two WAN ports. This device can be an ultra fast NAS with M.2 SSD support giving 4Gbps LAN teamed connectivity. It has VPN, network security and lot more. All this with no performance compromise makes ASUS BRT-AC828 AC2600 Dual-WAN VPN Wi-Fi Router worthy of our PC TeK Reviews Choice Award.

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