ASUS RT-AC66R Review
Billed as the next generation of wireless routers, the RT-AC66R is one of the most advanced routers offered for consumer use. A fifth-generation dual-band Wi-Fi router, the RT-AC66R offers a unified app that turns it into a personal cloud server. Easy to connect to a variety of devices including smartphones and desktop systems, it allows data to be accessed and managed from virtually anywhere. It utilizes the Broadcom 802.11ac Wi-Fi controller while working in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz. With the 5GHz supporting up to 1.3Gbps it currently exceeds Gigabit wired transmission and is three times faster than 802.11n.
With its three adjustable antennas and two built-in USB ports, the RT-AC66R has been designed to offer the best speed and range of any wireless router on the market today. Heavy load stability is of no concern with its 256MB RAM, and its four Gigabit LAN and one Gigabit WAN provide high-speed direct connection. Designed to bring the ASUS cloud experience to mobile devices such as iOS and Android, files and other data can be accessed, streamed and shared while on the go.
One of the biggest complaints from consumers has been the difficulties encountered while setting up routers. However, the RT-AC66R comes with an auto-detection design feature that lets it be installed in less than 30 seconds. Networks can be optimized by individual users, who can now select how much bandwidth will be prioritized for most tasks. Web usage can also be easily checked using the traffic monitor feature, allowing usage to be seen in a clear graphical interface.
When it comes to multi-functional capability, the RT-AC66R is unmatched. The two built-in USB ports allow for connectivity to FTPs, SAMBA, DLNA devices and UPnP AV servers, making sharing and networking very easy. In addition to all this, it can also download FTP, HTTP and P2P files to a router-connected USB storage device even without a PC.
With the popularity of mobile devices growing by leaps and bounds, being able to download and stream from virtually anywhere is becoming the standard expectation of most people. Using the Download Master feature, a person can now download and play various types of multimedia files stored on such devices as PC, PS3, Xbox and smart TV. Files can even be downloaded when a PC is turned off, allowing the download status to be managed and monitored remotely.
Having the support of a data pipeline of up to 300,000 data sessions, the RT-AC66R is equipped with over 20 times the networking capacity of most conventional routers. For parents who want to monitor and control what their children are doing online, they can set up usage times and limit access using parental settings and other advanced controls.
With all of these features, the RT-AC66R has become one of the most popular wireless routers on the market today for both individual consumers and businesses. Combining easy-to-use features with the speed and flexibility needed in today’s high-tech settings, it can make multi-tasking much easier while also providing a performance that will be unmatched by other routers.
Submitted By: bentsnake
I really wanted to like this router after reading many raving reviews. However, it didn’t live up to my expectations. The first problem occurred during the setup – it comes with a firmware version that doesn’t allow to connect it to the internet. I had to download the new firmware to the PC and then do an “offline” upgrade. After that the router worked beautifully – strong signal, lots of bandwidth, stable connections. However, I cannot connect to my work using Cisco VPN now. I’ve tried tweaking the router settings and the settings on my PC, nothing works. I had to return the router and bought Netgear R6300 as a replacement.
Submitted By: Mattie S.
I got this router because my old one broke and I wanted one with some more advanced features. This one seemed to have everything I needed and more. I hooked it up using the ‘quick start’ system and I could access the internet through it in less than a minute. Beyond that, I set up the internet monitoring so that I could see what types of things my kids were browsing to and how much they were online. This was really important for me since it is hard for parents to keep track of this stuff these days. The logs from the router area easy to access and read, which makes it a lot easier for me to keep an eye on things. I also learned that I could limit the hours that each device could access the internet. This is a great feature! This router is simple, yet powerful, which is exactly what I was hoping for.
Submitted By: Ted Hajduk
• Gigabit Ethernet switch (10x faster than normal ethernet routers)
• VPN server
• On/off switch physically located on the router
• As reliable as they come. Never had it freeze or have a connection drop off
• Latest chipset included (802.11AC)
• Extremely high quality. You can feel that it’s well-built when you first pick it up.
• Had a great signal. Strong connection from every room in the house.
• Mounted vertically or horizontally
• ASUS has great support forums — every question I had was already answered on there
• Uses the ASUS WRT firmware
• Because I let it do an automatic firmware update, I had trouble connecting 5GHz devices (most of your newer phones/tablets run on the 5GHz frequency, such as the iPhone 5C), making me have to revert back to a previous firmware. Heard of other people also having this problem.