ASUS RT-AC68U Review
Asus RT-AC68U provides dual WAN support, so a user can connect to two broadband links simultaneously. This feature can be used to balance load across two broadband connections or to provide backup in case one of the connections drops. This feature will come in handy for business use. The same functionality can also be derived from a 3G/4G USB dongle that may be plugged into one of the two USB ports.
The RT-AC86U offers a USB3.0 and a USB2.0 port that can be connected to a printer and a USB storage device at the same time. The router’s VPN (virtual private network) server allows you to establish an encrypted connection to your private network across the Internet. It also offers a Download Master software that can be used to download files to a connected USB storage device via file sharing services, such as BitTorrent or FTP.
Guest networking is a common feature in modern routers. Through this feature, you can allow users to connect to the Internet without accessing other devices on your network. The Asus RT-AC86U goes a step further and allows you to choose the level of access you wish to grant to users on each of its six wireless networks. Three of these networks are on the 2.4GHz frequency band whereas the other three on the 5GHz band. As such, you can grant full access to some users on the network, limit access to a few resources to other users, and restrict still a few users to Internet connectivity.
Another alluring feature is the AiCloud that constitutes four different elements: Smart Access, Router to Router Sync, Smart Sync and Cloud Disk. Smart Access allows you to access resources on your home network from an Android, iOS or PC device that is connected to the Internet. Router to Router Sync allows you to synchronize data across storage devices connected to two routers that are AiCloud-compatible. Smart Sync enables you to sync designated folders on a USB storage device connected to the router with Asus WebStorage account. Asus WebStorage offers up to 5GB of cloud storage for free. The synced data can be accessed from any desktop or mobile device connected to the Internet. Cloud Disk allows you to access data on an attached USB storage device from any device connected to the Internet.
The RT-AC86U is powered by Broadcom’s TurboQAM technology that yields up to 600 mbps of bandwidth on 2.4GHZ band, which is notably higher than the 450mbps-average yielded by most other advanced routers. It doesn’t suffer disconnectivity issues either. Impressive performance, attractive casing, and customizable software features and options make it one of the most prominent routers. The RT-AC86U sets a new milestone for wireless routers. Apart from impressive Wi-Fi coverage, it also delivers fast wired speed. The router is suitable for use as a home server for data sharing and media streaming. Other unique features, such as dual-WAN and built in VPN as well as advanced networking tools make the Asus RT-86U a good choice for a business router.
Submitted By: Russ E.
I had very high expectations before you I bought this router and I have to say I’m not disappointed. I had it setup in 15 minutes and I have a pretty complicated network with a in-router VPN and hard drive connected to the USB port. The router is blazing fast, and it has a great range on the 5GHz band. It also has 2 WAN ports for 2 ISPs. My only complaint is that AiCloud doesn’t stream video to Macs, hope they’ll fix that soon in a new firmware release.
Submitted By: mmut5526
I recently signed up for Uverse and was given their router. The router was very basic, 100Mbps ethernet, 1 band with G support only, no parental controls or QoS. I need a real router and purchased the AC68U. This thing is a beast, the wireless speed seems to be the same as the ethernet and I’m getting strong signal everywhere in the house. Judging by what I’m seeing in my home network, this router could easily handle a small office with about a few hundred client devices. What I like the most about is the user interface. It shows you the map of your network, statistics for each client, you can label each device. Setting up traffic priorities and parental controls is very intuitive. An awesome router.
Submitted By: Brianod
I’m getting the max speed provided by my ISP everywhere in the house with this Asus router. It’s been 2 months and so far it hasn’t let me down. This router has a lot of sophisticated features that I will probably never use but I definitely like having large wireless bandwidth and stability.
Submitted By: Frank J. Tantalo
I normally don’t leave reviews but I’m so satisfied with this one I thought it was necessary to get the info out. It has truly amazing range and great throughput. I bought it after my previous router, a Linksys E3200, went dead. I decided to also replace the wireless card in my computer to one that supported dual bands, to meet the router’s technology. By doing that, I was able to get 124mbps in my laptop while only paying for 105! The Linksys also claimed to get 300/300 throughput, but never did this anywhere near this well (normally got 40mbs wireless).
I can truly say I’ve put the AC68U through hell. I remember at times we’ve had four gaming systems connected to the internet along with 5 computers, and countless of phones and tablets at any given period, and it’s been great. I get full signal in every room of my 2400sqft home, with zero lag, interruptions, or other connection problems. I’ve never been happier with a piece of technology, which is why I thought I’d leave this review.