Asus RT-AC66U Review

A 5th generation dual-band Wireless Gigabit Router with AiCloud service, optimized AiRadar, ASUSWRT dashboard and GigabitEthernet ports.

The ASUS RT-AC66U is really a 5th gen dual-band Wi-Fi router, and the release platform for the brand new ASUS AiCloud service. Its rate gets to 1.75Gbps, using the Broadcom 802.11ac Wi-Fi controller and employed in 2.4GHz and 5GHz.  The RT-AC66U offers smooth lag-resistant multitasking and super-fast streaming, while ASUS AiRadar intelligently strengthens wireless connections via powerful amplification, offering future-proof optimal performance.

ASUS RT-AC66U mixes the incredible acceleration of 802.11ac wifi with a design that’s a Crimson Dot award-champion. RT-AC66U will be adored by the world’s top technology publications and journalists. Its breathtaking 5th-generation Wi-Fi efficiency in the 5GHz band offers been examined and verified by SmallNetBuilder, as the US edition of PCWorld declared RT-AC66U to function as top 802.11ac router.

RT-AC66U’s superior functionality in allowing all-new networking encounters has also already been on the getting finish of accolades from Germany’s highly-respected C’t magazine.

Specifications

  • Network Standard
    IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.3u, IPv4, IPv6
  • Product Segment
    AC1750 superior AC performance: 450+1300 Mbps
  • Coverage
    Large homes
  • Data Rate
    802.11n: up to 450 Mbps
    802.11ac: up to 1300 Mbps
  • Antenna
    Detachable antenna x 3
  • Transmit/Receive
    MIMO technology
    2.4 GHz 3 x 3
    5 GHz 3 x 3
  • Memory
    128 MB Flash
    256 MB RAM
  • Operating Frequency
    2.4 GHz / 5 GHz
  • Encryption
    64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprise , WPA2-Enterprise
  • Firewall & Access Control
    Firewall:SPI intrusion detection, DoS protection
    Access control:Parental control, Network service filter, URL filter, Port filter
  • Management
    UPnP, IGMP v1/v2/v3, DNS Proxy, DHCP, NTP Client, DDNS, Port Trigger, Port Forwarding, DMZ, Universal Repeater, System Event Log
  • WAN Connection Type
    Internet connection type: Automatic IP, Static IP, PPPoE(MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP
    Dual Link support
    Multicast Proxy support
    Multicast Rate Setting support
  • Ports
    RJ45 for 10/100/1000 BaseT for WAN x 1, RJ45 for 10/100/1000 BaseT for LAN x 4, Support Ethernet and 802.3 with max. bit rate 10/100/1000 Mbps and auto cross-over function(MDI-X)
    USB 2.0 x 2
  • Features
    SmartQoS
    – WMM
    – User-definable rules for IP/MAC/Port
    – Upload and download bandwidth management
    – ACK/SYN/FIN/RST/ICMP with the highest priority
    Parental Control
    Guest Network: 2.4 GHz x 3, 5 GHz x 3
    VPN server: IPSec Pass-Through, PPTP Pass-Through, L2TP Pass-Through, PPTP Server, OpenVPN Server
    VPN client : PPTP client, L2TP client, OpenVPN client
    Enhanced media server (AiPlayer app compatible)
    – Image: Jpeg
    – Audio: mp3, wma, wav, pcm, mp4, lpcm, ogg
    – Video: asf, avi, divx, mpeg, mpg, ts, vob, wmv, mkv, mov
    AiCloud personal cloud service
    3G/4G data sharing
    Printer Server
    – Multifunctional printer support (Windows only)
    – LPR protocol support
    Download Master
    – Support bt, nzb, http, ed2k
    – Support encryption, DHT, PEX and magnet link
    – Upload and download bandwidth control
    – Download scheduling
    AiDisk file server
    – Samba and FTP server with account management
    Dual WAN
    IPTV support
  • Button
    WPS Button, Reset Button, Power Button
  • LED Indicator
    Power x 1
    LAN x 4
    WAN x 1
    Wi-Fi x 2
    USB x 1
  • Power Supply
    AC Input: 110V~240V(50~60Hz)
    DC Output: 19 V with max. 1.58 A current
  • OS Support
    Windows® 10
    Windows® 8.1
    Windows® 8 , 32bit/64bit
    Windows® 7 , 32bit/64bit
    Windows® Vista , 32bit/64bit
    Windows® XP , 32bit/64bit
    Mac OS X
    Linux
  • Dimensions
    207 x 148.8 x 35.5 ~ mm (WxDxH) g
  • Weight
  • Package Content
    RT-AC66U Dual-Band 3×3 802.11AC Gigabit Router
    Router stand
    RJ-45 cable
    Support CD (User manual and utility software)
    Power adapter
    Quick start guide
    Warranty card
  • Operation mode
    Wireless router mode
    Range extender mode
    Access point mode
    Media bridge mode

Pros

  • Affordable.
  • Speedy throughput performance.
  • Easy to install.
  • Four LAN ports.
  • Robust parental controls and malware protection.

Cons

  • Middling file-transfer performance.

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