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ASUS RT-AC66U Wireless 802.11ac Wi-Fi Router Review

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ASUS RT-AC66UFeatures

World’s Fastest 802.11ac Wi-Fi Router

The ASUS RT-AC66U dual-band router delivers incredible performance and coverage range. The combination of a 5th generation 802.11ac chipset with 3×3 antenna arrays can deliver up to 1300Mbps of wireless data throughput on the 5GHz band for 3X faster wireless than previous 802.11n products. Add in the 450 Mbps data stream that runs concurrently with 802.11n on the 2.4GHz band, and there is a total available bandwidth of 1.75 Gbps. It’s now possible to perform bandwidth-intensive tasks with Wi-Fi that were only achievable with a wired connection in the past.

ASUS RT-AC66U 802.11ac Wireless Router 3X Faster Feature

5th Generation 802.11ac Chipset

Designed with the latest networking technology, from industry leader Broadcom, the RT-AC66U delivers the world’s fastest wireless performance, with a maximum data rate of 1300Mb/s on a single 5GHz channel. Broadcom’s new 5G Wi-Fi chip, the BCM4360, contains a number of performance enhancing features, including:

  • Support for 80MHz channel bandwidth, twice as wide as current 802.11n devices
  • 256-QAM, a higher modulation scheme that increases data transfer efficiency
  • Support for standardized Beam-Forming technology that helps increase wireless range, penetration, and data rates
  • Support for Low Density Parity Check Codes (LDPC) and Space-Time Block Codes (STBC)

The BCM4360 is the top tier of Broadcom’s new family of 5G Wi-Fi chips, and is the only one that supports the PCIe interface and implements three-stream 802.11ac specifications, offering speeds up to 1.3Gbps.

150% Greater Wi-Fi Coverage
The ASUS RT-AC66U router and PCE-AC66 adapter are designed for optimal stability and speed with a high-powered 3×3 antenna design that expands wireless signal coverage up to 150%, compared to the Wi-Fi range of standard routers and adapters.ASUS RT-AC66U 802.11ac Wireless Router Expanded Range
Optimized and Reliable Wireless Coverage via Ai Radar
ASUS Ai Radar intelligently strengthens connections to compatible wireless devices. With the high-powered amplification and beam package of the RT-AC66U router and PCE-AC66 adapter, Ai Radar provides optimized signals, with better coverage and improved data throughput.ASUS RT-AC66U 802.11ac Wireless Router AiRadar Beam Forming
Powerful functions, Easy management
With the ASUSWRT Dashboard UI, setup, monitor, and control network applications all in one intuitive area. The whole new dashboard interface lets you manage all clients and settings on a single graphical interface and provides 1-click updates. Initial setup is fast and easy, and can be done with a wireless connection. No disk required, no network cable – go ahead and use your Tablet for setup.ASUS RT-AC66U 802.11ac Wireless Router Advanced User Interface
Optimize Your Network for You
Do you game a lot, or spend most of your time streaming videos? Whatever your planned use is, the RT-AC66U has a Quality of Service (QoS) capability that lets you select how much bandwidth is prioritized for virtually any task. Plus, the traffic monitor allows you to check your Web usage in a clear and graphical interface.ASUS RT-AC66U 802.11ac Wireless Router QoS Monitoring Chart
Two Multi-Functional Built-in USB ports
Featuring connectivity to devices, FTPs, SAMBA, UPnP AV servers, and DLNA support, the RT-AC66U makes sharing and networking easier with two built-in USB ports. Download HTTP, FTP, and P2P files to a router-connected USB storage device all day without the need of PC. Additionally, the twin USB ports allow network printer and file server connections, so you perform multiple tasks at once.
Download and Stream From Anywhere
Download Master and DLNA server lets you download and play multimedia files stored on a router-attached USB storage device on DLNA-compatible devices such as PC, tablet, PS3, XBOX, and Internet TV. Download Master can also download files while a PC is turned off, and allows you to manage and monitor download status remotely.
Separate and Secure Wi-Fi Network via Guest Network Access
The RT-AC66U supports up to three wireless networks over the 2.4 GHz band and three over the 5 GHz band, so it can protect computers from any unauthorized access, hacking and virus attacks. The parental control allows you to set up designated computer access times.
VPN Server Enabled
Easily set up a VPN server to surf the Web and access data-no matter where you are. Featuring MPPE encryption, your data transmission will be secure and confidential.
Dual-Band Connectivity for Lag-Free Entertainment
Delivering both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz concurrent bands up to 450Mbps and 1300Mbps respectively, the RT-AC66U has a total speed of up to 1750Mbps connectivity to provide speed with stability. Perform basic internet tasks like Web browsing and file downloading under the 2.4 GHz band, while also simultaneously streaming 3D HD content and other demanding applications smoothly on the 5 GHz band.

Source: asus.com

ASUS RT-AC66U Specifications

Interface Type 1x Gigabit WAN port 4x Gigabit LAN ports 2x high speed USB 2.0 for 3G sharing, HDD sharing, Samba, DLNA, FTP server, and printer server
Antenna 3x external dual-band detachable antennas
Memory 128MB Flash/256MB DDR2 RAM
Operating Frequency 2.4GHz and 5GHz (concurrent)
Data Rate 802.11b: up to 11Mbps
802.11a/g: up to 54Mbps
802.11n (2.4GHz): up to 450Mbps
802.11ac (5GHz): up to 1300Mbps
Output Power a mode : 20dBm±1dBm b mode : 23dBm±1dBm g mode : 20dBm±1dBm n mode : 2.4GHz: 16dBm±1dBm; 5GHz: 19dBm ac mode: 5GHz: 16dBm±1dBm (power output may vary by region and local regulations)
Receiver Sensitivity -99dBm@1Mbps (11b) -76dBm@54Mbps (11a/g) -73dBm@72.2Mbps (11n 20MHz) -70dBm@150Mbps (11n 40MHz) -60dBm@433Mbps (11ac 80MHz)
Encryption 64-bit/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2-PSK, WPA/WPA2-Enterprise, WPS (Wi-Fi protected setup)
Management * Quality of Service (QoS) * DHCP server * Web-based administration * System event log * Save/restore configuration file
Power Adapter AC Input: 100V-240V (50HZ-60HZ); DC output: 19V with max 1.58A current
Size 207mm x 148.8mm x 35.5mm/8.15” x 5.86” x 1.40”
Weight 450g/0.99lb
Utilities Router Setup Wizard, Firmware Restoration, Device Discovery; Printer Setup Utility


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