ASUS RT-N66U Review
The ASUS RT-N66U dual-band wireless-N900 gigabit router brings unbelievable performance and range in coverage in its range. Using ASUSWRT, you can swiftly set-up your network, verify and monitor the signal strength, and tailor user access. Succeeding the prized RT-N56U, the newer RT-N66U escalates your WiFi speeds for the 5 GHz as well as 2.4 GHz transmission by 50% and then up to 900Mbps. Meaning it is the perfect choice for demanding bandwidth responsibilities like high-definition video streaming, gaming with multiplayer functioning capabilities, USB file-sharing as well as USB linked print sharing.
The integral WiFi amplifiers push the RT-N66U to perfection. It’s an ideal wireless router for bigger, 2-3 story homes along with locations where the signal strength range will practically extend anywhere.
If you are a savvy high-tech enthusiast or a novice, the RT-N66U is brilliantly simple to operate. Devoid of CD installation, the Quick Installation Setup (QIS) allows you to easily plug-in and connect, straight out of the box. You’ be connecting computers, smartphones and any other wireless devices, in no time at all. It offers control like no other, allowing you to monitor signal strength, tailor parental controls and settings along with many other valuable features in intuitive actions, thanks to advanced interface tools selection.
ASUS’s RT-N66U N900 seems to be as feature-loaded as any potential buyer could be looking for, in a Wi-Fi router. It provides you with an excellent web-interface, making it very simple to use. It is a bit pricey, but we have determined it is truly worth the cost. Although Wi-Fi routers don’t typically excite us, this particular router impressive; the RT-N66U is proficient in transferring speeds of near 900Mbps, with so many intuitive features as well.
• Sleek & Edgy design.
• Excellent data rates for 5GHz band.
• Complete Web interface
• Rock-Solid wireless signal.
• File Sharing Capabilities.
• VPN server Standalone ability.
• Firmware has a few bugs to work-out.
• Data on the 2.4GHz band needs some enhancement.
• USB ports won’t support the USB 3.0 standard.
• A bit costly.
Submitted By: Letsgoiowa
This is a great router but you have to tweak it to get the most out of it so it might not be the best choice for a novice user. Getting the first firmware upgrade is not that easy especially if the router is unable to connect to the internet. Also, to get the router to work at it’s full potential you have to set the transmit power at the max setting of 200mW. When configured to max TX Power, the router will give you superior range and reliability. Configuring a NAS server is relatively simple, but I’m impressed with the disk read/write speeds (I have a dual disk enclosure with 2 3TB drives connected to the router through the USB port and configured for RAID1). Overall a very solid product.
Submitted By: treehaven
The N66U is a very solid router especially after Asus resolved all of their initial firmware problems. No need for router resets, no connection freezes or slowdowns. Decent read and write speeds for a hard drive connected to the USB port (obviously the PC needs to be on the wire connection to get the best speeds). The router design is awesome, I think the Dark Knight nickname is very appropriate. The web interface is user-friendly and simple to use. 5 stars for me.
Submitted By: Todd Smith
While I’m not a fan of its user interface at all, I really like this router.
Pros: Extremely strong signal, easy to setup & use, no connection problems.
Cons: Ugly interface, looks like it was the first web interface ever created. Retro look that feels messy and hard to work with.