Asus RT-AC66U Simultaneous Dual Band Wireless Router

802.11a/ac/b/g/n, WEP/WPA/WPA2 - MPN: RTAC66U
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The ASUS RT-AC66U is a 5th gen dual-band Wi-Fi router, and the launch platform for the ASUS AiCloud service. Its speed reaches 1.75Gbps, currently the fastest available, utilizing the Broadcom 802.11ac Wi-Fi controller and working in 2.4GHz and 5GHz. The 5GHz band supports up to 1.3Gbps, exceeding current Gigabit wired transmission and 3X faster than 802.11n. 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 optimized performance. AiCloud offers a unified app for iOS and Android devices that turns the RT-AC66U into a personal cloud server, with easy connectivity to Windows PC, Mac, Linux machines, and all USB storage. Each account can sync with other AiCloud clients and public cloud products directly. All your content, files, and data can be accessed, synced, shared, and managed from almost any device, smartphones to desktops, wherever and whenever you're online. Whether you're a tech-savvy enthusiast or a first-time user, the RT-AC66U is exceptionally easy to use with CD-free Quick Installation Setup (QIS) that lets you plug-n-surf right out of the box and connect PCs, smartphones, tablets, and other wireless devices quickly. Thanks to its refined interface tools, you get control like never before, letting you monitor signal strength, setup parental settings, and other useful functions in a robust yet intuitive way.
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Network Architecture Supported Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps), Wireless Ethernet - IEEE802.11a, Wireless Ethernet - IEEE802.11ac, Wireless Ethernet - IEEE802.11b, Wireless Ethernet - IEEE802.11g, Wireless Ethernet - IEEE802.11n
Device Type Router
Frequency Band 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Slot/Port Type USB
Expert Reviews
Asus RT-AC66U 802.11ac Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router
4 Star Review  cnet.com - Aug 1, 2012

THE GOOD: The <b>Asus RT-AC66U 802.11ac Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router</b> offers great performance on the 5GHz frequency band, and lots of features for homes and businesses. THE BAD: The Asus RT-AC66U runs rather hot, and is relatively expensive. THE BOTTOM LINE: The Asus RT-AC66U is an excellent router and is currently one of the best options among those that support the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.

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Best Gaming Wireless Router
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Feb 1, 2013

Bestcovery experts have rated the Asus RT-AC66U 802.11ac Wireless Router as a best pick for the Best Gaming Wireless Router. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Asus RT-AC66U Next-Generation Dual-band Wireless Router
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Mar 12, 2013

Testseek.com has collected 75 expert reviews for Asus RT-AC66U Next-Generation Dual-band Wireless Router and the average expert rating is 88 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Fast. Great Range. Excellent Router.
5 Star Review   By drewski on Adorama - Apr 10, 2013   

This replaced a D-Link DIR-655. It was easy to set up and replicate the different settings I had for WiFi security and port-forwarding to my home server. On the 2.4 GHz band we're getting stronger connections and better overall range. We have just a coupl

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Simple set-up, fast wi-FI, good coverage
5 Star Review   By Eddie on Adorama - Mar 19, 2013   

Bought this based on many favorable reviews. Current 7 year old router had poor coverage, and slow wi-FI speeds, even when in the same room. Installation was simple and straightforward. Have no use for many of the advanced features, but wi-FI connection s

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Way to go, Asus
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Stability and reliability, 5GHz performance, range, fantastic WAN/LAN routing performance, changeable dual band antennas, modified firmware (Merlin) available, 3G/4G USB dongle support

Weakness: Price, no 802.11ac mini-pcie adapters available yet

This replaced my DD-WRT -equipped Linksys WRT600N v1.1 router recently and I couldn't be happier. 2.4GHz performance is decent, not much improvement over the Linksys, but the improvement in range and speed in the whole house was a pleasant surprise. At 5GHz transfer speeds are top notch with 802.11n.Router section is one of the fastest I've seen, this side of enterprise routers and non-blocking routing switches. It can easily handle my 350/20Mbit cable modem, speedtest.net shows a solid 280-300Mbit performance while some other routers I've tried have limited it to 100-130Mbit/s. This was Linksys' achilles heel, which was barely capable of 90-100Mbit/s with the same cable modem.Firmware is completely stable, which is probably the most important thing in any router. It won't give you headaches. I flashed mine with modified 'Merlin' firmware, which added a few nice features. DD-WRT would be ideal but that'll probably take a while.The only real drawback I can think of is the lack of 802.11ac adapters for notebooks. I don't want an USB adapter and it'll be at least a month or two before the first two/three stream AC adapters will be available. If it's fast now, I can't wait to see what happens with a full-blown AC connection.Highly recommended. This is probably the best wireless router I've come across in years.

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The ASUS RT-AC66U is a 5th gen dual-band Wi-Fi router, and the launch platform for the ASUS AiCloud service. Its speed reaches 1.75Gbps, currently the fastest available, utilizing the Broadcom 802.11ac Wi-Fi controller and working in 2.4GHz and 5GHz. The 5GHz band supports up to 1.3Gbps, exceeding current Gigabit wired transmission and 3X faster than 802.11n. 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 optimized performance. AiCloud offers a unified app for iOS and Android devices that turns the RT-AC66U into a personal cloud server, with easy connectivity to Windows PC, Mac, Linux machines, and all USB storage. Each account can sync with other AiCloud clients and public cloud products directly. All your content, files, and data can be accessed, synced, shared, and managed from almost any device, smartphones to desktops, wherever and whenever you're online. Whether you're a tech-savvy enthusiast or a first-time user, the RT-AC66U is exceptionally easy to use with CD-free Quick Installation Setup (QIS) that lets you plug-n-surf right out of the box and connect PCs, smartphones, tablets, and other wireless devices quickly. Thanks to its refined interface tools, you get control like never before, letting you monitor signal strength, setup parental settings, and other useful functions in a robust yet intuitive way.
Quick Glance
Network Architecture Supported Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps), Wireless Ethernet - IEEE802.11a, Wireless Ethernet - IEEE802.11ac, Wireless Ethernet - IEEE802.11b, Wireless Ethernet - IEEE802.11g, Wireless Ethernet - IEEE802.11n
Device Type Router
Frequency Band 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Slot/Port Type USB
Summary
Product Title Asus RT-AC66U Simultaneous Dual Band Wireless Router
Manufacturer Asus
Lowest Price $147.14 from Amazon.com
Power Score 4.6 | 6 Reviews
Networking Standards
Wireless Security Features: WEP, WPA, WPA2
Ports
Number of Network Ports: 4
General
Features: Quality of Service (QoS)
Dimensions
Depth: 5.9 in
Weight: 15.87 oz
Height: 1.4 in
Width: 8.1 in
Warranty
Warranty Information: 2 year(s)
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Expert Reviews
Asus RT-AC66U 802.11ac Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router
4 Star Review  cnet.com - Aug 1, 2012

THE GOOD: The <b>Asus RT-AC66U 802.11ac Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router</b> offers great performance on the 5GHz frequency band, and lots of features for homes and businesses. THE BAD: The Asus RT-AC66U runs rather hot, and is relatively expensive. THE BOTTOM LINE: The Asus RT-AC66U is an excellent router and is currently one of the best options among those that support the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.

Read the full review »

Best Gaming Wireless Router
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Feb 1, 2013

Bestcovery experts have rated the Asus RT-AC66U 802.11ac Wireless Router as a best pick for the Best Gaming Wireless Router. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Asus RT-AC66U Next-Generation Dual-band Wireless Router
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Mar 12, 2013

Testseek.com has collected 75 expert reviews for Asus RT-AC66U Next-Generation Dual-band Wireless Router and the average expert rating is 88 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
Fast. Great Range. Excellent Router.
5 Star Review   By drewski on Adorama - Apr 10, 2013   

This replaced a D-Link DIR-655. It was easy to set up and replicate the different settings I had for WiFi security and port-forwarding to my home server. On the 2.4 GHz band we're getting stronger connections and better overall range. We have just a coupl

33% of readers found this review helpful.

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Simple set-up, fast wi-FI, good coverage
5 Star Review   By Eddie on Adorama - Mar 19, 2013   

Bought this based on many favorable reviews. Current 7 year old router had poor coverage, and slow wi-FI speeds, even when in the same room. Installation was simple and straightforward. Have no use for many of the advanced features, but wi-FI connection s

25% of readers found this review helpful.

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Way to go, Asus
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Stability and reliability, 5GHz performance, range, fantastic WAN/LAN routing performance, changeable dual band antennas, modified firmware (Merlin) available, 3G/4G USB dongle support

Weakness: Price, no 802.11ac mini-pcie adapters available yet

This replaced my DD-WRT -equipped Linksys WRT600N v1.1 router recently and I couldn't be happier. 2.4GHz performance is decent, not much improvement over the Linksys, but the improvement in range and speed in the whole house was a pleasant surprise. At 5GHz transfer speeds are top notch with 802.11n.Router section is one of the fastest I've seen, this side of enterprise routers and non-blocking routing switches. It can easily handle my 350/20Mbit cable modem, speedtest.net shows a solid 280-300Mbit performance while some other routers I've tried have limited it to 100-130Mbit/s. This was Linksys' achilles heel, which was barely capable of 90-100Mbit/s with the same cable modem.Firmware is completely stable, which is probably the most important thing in any router. It won't give you headaches. I flashed mine with modified 'Merlin' firmware, which added a few nice features. DD-WRT would be ideal but that'll probably take a while.The only real drawback I can think of is the lack of 802.11ac adapters for notebooks. I don't want an USB adapter and it'll be at least a month or two before the first two/three stream AC adapters will be available. If it's fast now, I can't wait to see what happens with a full-blown AC connection.Highly recommended. This is probably the best wireless router I've come across in years.

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