If by "AI-Protection update version" you mean Artificial Intelligence since both versions have the same date and time IMHO makes the dates irrelevant or useless within the routers applicaton via a web browser.
Thinking out loud AI per https://www.acronymfinder.com/Artificial-Intelligence-(AI).html
Per Asus's firmware download page for Windows 10 64 bit page:
ASUS has a range of wireless routers suitable for every purpose. Whether it's for your home, for business trips, or for any other need or environment, there's an ASUS router for you.
Unless I'm missing something, I've recently noticed the update dates for firmware for the RT-AC3000 are not included on the webpage per Asus's firmware download page for Windows 10 64 bit page of https://www.asus.com/us/networking-...sus-wifi-routers/rt-ax3000/helpdesk_download/
. IIRC with my old Asus RT-AC68U the release dates were INCLUDED on Asus's download page. Apparently no longer for either. Why? I don't know. You'd have to ask Asus.
If you look inside the downloaded zip file from Asus firmware download page I suspect that either the modified date, or creation date, or Access date represents the actual release date. See the attached JPG files for the two releases that I downloaded last night for my newer RT-AX3000 for Windows 10 64bit version which correspond to my 2 JPG files included in my original post. The 2 uploaded images are as follows:
Interesting note is in image #2 the Modified and Created date are the same with the Accessed date a few seconds later. However within image #1 the Modified date is 12 days before the Creation date with the Creation date and the Accessed date being the same. Yes, inconsistent! Does the inconsistency have real world implications?
IMHO anytime a verification process lacks transparency (i.e. IOW traceability) makes the verification process LESS reliable. With the inconsistent dates within #1 the downloaded zip file IMHO makes the process even LESS reliable.
Your opinions are welcome!