Both Linksys and Asus have recently launched their flagship domestic wireless routers – the Asus RT-AC68U and the Linksys EA6900. Both were recently given dedicated reviews, and both should be in your final comparison list if you’re after the latest, greatest, fastest router.
But, at the end of the day, you have to make a decision and just go for one. Which one to go for in the Linksys EA6900 vs Asus RT-AC68U debate? Well, let’s take a look at what features these routers have in common, and see if one is a better buy over the other.
Asus RT-AC68U AC1900 Router
This is the newer version of 2012’s RT-AC66U. It’s fast, powerful and packed full of features
Linksys EA6900 Router
Linksys released this, their flagship home wireless router, towards the tail end of 2013.
Key Features That Both Routers Share
1.9Gbps Data Rates
Both the EA6900 and the RT-AC68U have theoretical wireless data rates of up to 1.9Gbps (when using dual band). These are the fastest speeds available on the domestic market today.
Beamforming is a technology that intelligently knows where your wireless devices are. With this knowledge, the routers can focus wireless coverage in the direction of your devices, rather than broadcasting omni-directionally (in all directions at the same time). This improves network stability, throughput and coverage are, particularly when your wireless devices are in mid to long distances from the wireless router.
Adjustable antennas are ideal for getting the best wireless coverage based on the dynamics of your home. Both routers have 3 antennas. By adjusting them in different directions, you can be sure that you have covered your home as best as possible.
Quality of Service
Both routers have intuitive and fully controllable QoS features. We always recommend configuring QoS wherever possible, to get the best out of your network and Internet access.
Dual Core CPU’s
Yet another similarity in the Linksys EA6900 vs Asus RT-AC68U feature comparison! The RT-AC68U and the EA6900 both share a 800MHz dual core processor.
Both Routers Have USB 3.0 Ports
In the age of Wireless AC, it’s more important than ever to use USB 3.0. This is especially the case when file sharing or streaming HD content. USB 2.0 isn’t quite up to the job. Both Linksys and Asus have one USB 3.0 port on each model, with a second USB 2.0 port – which is best used for non-bandwidth intensive tasks, like printing for example.
First of all, let’s take a look at the price. At the time of writing, the Linksys comes in a little cheaper than the Asus. $190, compared to the more expensive Asus – just over $200.
But what does the RT-AC68U offer in terms of performance compared to the EA6900? Are the extra few dollars worth spending?
Linksys EA6900 vs Asus RT-AC68U – Overall Conclusion
Based on the feature similarities above, you may be wondering if there are any differences at all. To be honest, both routers are rock solid. Both are high performance and have sufficient grunt for what home users require in a network router. Based on this, you are probably thinking “Well then I will just get the Linksys. After all, it’s nearly 30 bucks cheaper”. However, just before you make your decision and pull out the credit card, there is one more thing to consider……. SPEED!
Based on various test results on .11ac, the 68U usually comes out on top – but not by much. Yes, on performance and features alone, Asus wins…just. So, because it’s that little bit more expensive than the EA6900 it’s a decision for you guys to make!
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