Asus RT-AC66U Review

At the higher end of the consumer market, the Asus RT-AC66U wireless router comes bundled with 802.11ac, dual band wireless, VPN server, QoS, an easy setup GUI and more.

We highlight the key points and what they deliver, followed up with an in-depth conclusion, with pros and cons.

So, let’s see what this router is all about….

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Asus RT-AC66U Features

 

The RT-AC66U comes with a host of features designed to give fast speeds with security and safety in mind along with several other nice touches.

7 Features of the Asus RT-AC66U

Ultra Fast 802.11ac
Get the world’s fastest wireless connection with 802.11ac built in. 802.11ac gives wireless speeds up to 1.3Gbps using 5GHz – 3 times faster than 802.11n. Stream & file transfer at the fastest speeds available today using the latest wireless technology.

Extended Wireless Range
Along with providing the fastest wireless speeds available today, Asus have packed in the ability to detach the provided antennas to extend the wireless range even further.

AiCloud by Asus
Asus offer the option to store your files in the cloud, either publicly, or privately – safely and securely. Is compatible with both Android & iOS enabling the ability to share, stream and sync from anywhere in the world.

Dual-Band
Both 2.4GHz(450Mbps) & 5GHz(1.3GHz) are included with the RT-AC66U, which can be used concurrently. This gives total speeds of up to 1.75Gbps. 5GHz is recommended, especially for streaming HD content and online gaming.

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Exceptional Coverage with AiRadar
AiRadar automatically adjusts wireless amplification and signal depending on where your devices are at any one time. This provides better throughput and a more stable connection no matter where you are at home.

Easy Setup
The Asus RT-AC66U is simple to setup. Just browse to it using any device with a browser included – you will then be taken to a prompt to enter your Internet login as provided by your Internet Provider (ISP). That’s all there is to it!

Streamline with QoS (Quality of Service)
Choose what protocols and applications get priority, using QoS. Talk using VoIP, connect Skype video calls and play games online without worry of poor performance by priortizing them over all other traffic. The in-built graphical interface makes choosing what to prioritize simple.

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Other Features of the Asus RT-AC66U

Easy Management with Total Control
Monitor and setup the Asus RT-AC66U painlessly using the ASUSWRT dashboard User Interface. Intuitively laid out, the GUI lets you have complete control on the setup and how the router is operating in real-time.

VPN Server
Using MPPE encryption for security, you can browse the Internet an access data from any location

Up to 300,000 Sessions
Asus has produced a router capable of up to 300,000 concurrent data sessions. Way more capacity than conventional home routers.

USB Ports
Share and network easier using twin USB ports. Plug in a USB printer, hard drive or file server to enable your network to print or access files from any location at home – using DLNA, FTP, Samba, HTTP and more…

Secure Access
Access can be limited and parental controls applied using the RT-AC66U’s advanced controls. Up to 6 wireless networks can be set up (3 on 2.4GHz and 3 on 5GHz), with each network having specific security and authorization settings.

DNLA
Access, download and play files on DLNA compatible devices (PS3/XBOX 360/PC/Smart TV), from anywhere in your network.

Asus RT-AC66U Technical Specs

  • 802.11ac/802.11n/802.11g/802.11b/802.11a
  • 2.4GHz/5GHz
  • 1Gb WAN port/4no 1Gb LAN ports
  • WPA2 Enterprise/WPA2 PSK/WPA2 Enterprise/WPA PSK/WEP/
  • IPSec/PPTP/L2TP Pass Through & PPTP Server
  • 2 Detachable Antennas

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Asus RT-AC66U Conclusion

Pros

  • Excellent range
  • Good construction quality
  • Easy to configure user interface
  • Lots of features

Cons

  • Out of price range for those on a budget

When removing the RT-AC66U from the box, you will notice just how well Asus have made this router. It feels solid and has some weight to it. Good start.

After you have cabled up and powered on, you have the option of configuring the router by attaching a laptop and browsing to the web interface. Internet access and an wireless SSID can be set up within 2 minutes.

Run a quick speed test speedtest.net to prove that you are getting full upstream and downstream speeds with low latency.

The RT-AC66U also comes bundled with a VPN server, USB ports, a fantastic user interface with excellent monitoring tools, and a load of other features. Asus have produced an awesome router, the question is will people be willing to pay the money for it – not that it’s too expensive, but budget users may be priced out….

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