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Asus RT-AC68U Wireless Broadband Router

by ASUS
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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  • The world's fastest Wi-Fi router, with combined dual-band data rates of 1900 Mbps for three times faster performance than 802.11n routers
  • Broadcom TurboQAM technology increases wireless-N data rate to 600 Mbps for 33% faster performance
  • Five Gigabit Ethernet ports for fast, stable wired network connections
  • Dual USB ports with USB 3.0 for ten times faster data transfer than USB 2.0
  • Dual-core processor for fast and responsive performance with Wi-Fi, Ethernet and USB devices
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Asus RT-AC68U Wireless Broadband Router + Asus USB-AC56 Wireless USB Network Interface Card
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandASUS
Item Weight1.5 Kg
Product Dimensions100 x 100 x 100 cm
Item model numberRT-AC68U
  
Additional Information
ASINB00G323PG0
Best Sellers Rank 652 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight948 g
Date First Available22 Oct 2013
  
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Product Description

Product Description

ASUS RT-AC68U
World’s fastest AC Wi-Fi with TurboQAM Wi-Fi acceleration

Powered by 5th generation Wi-Fi (5G Wi-Fi), the new 802.11ac chipset gives the RT-AC68U superfast Gigabit wireless speeds. What's more, RT-AC68U uses TurboQAM technology to upgrade 2.4G Wi-Fi to unprecedented speeds. At 2.4 GHz, it's 33% faster than generic wireless-N900 routers, reaching 600 Mbps, while on the 5GHz band it blazes to 1300 Mbps - or triple 802.11n data rates. That's 1900 Mbps of concurrent wireless power! *To get the best performance, pair RT-AC68U with ASUS PCE-AC68 client card.

Download and stream anywhere

Download Master and enhanced media server let you download and play multimedia files stored on router-attached USB storage on a wide range of compatible devices such as PC, pad, PS3, Xbox, and smart TV. Download Master can also download files while your PC is turned off, and allows you to manage and monitor download status remotely.

Robust control and optimization with ASUSWRT

With the ASUSWRT dashboard UI, setup, monitor, and control network applications all in one intuitive area. On top of 30-second setup,multi-device detection, and flexible settings that make the most of your network performance, it’s been upgraded with quick scanning of USB storage connected to routers to verify data integrity and drive health. Dual WAN enables having two connections/ISPs on one router, with load balance and failover mode for added stability and redundancy to ensure uninterrupted internet access. Do you game a lot, or spend most of your time streaming videos? Whatever your planned use is, the RT-AC68U has Quality of Service (QoS) standards that let 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 graphical interface. Try it.

ASUS AiCloud--Your world on demand

ASUS AiCloud keeps you connected to your data wherever and whenever you have an internet connection. It links your home network and online Web storage service* and lets you access it through the AiCloud mobile app on your iOS or Android smartphone or through a personalized URL in a Web browser. Even better, the new Router-to-Router Sync function allows you to synchronize your stuff with storage devices connected to other compatible ASUS routers— it’s as simple as choosing a sync folder. Sharing with friends and family is now easier than ever! * Works with select Web storage services only.

Key Features
  • The world's fastest Wi-Fi router, with combined dual-band data rates of 1900 Mbps
  • Broadcom TurboQAM technology increases wireless-N data rate to 600 Mbps for 33% faster performance
  • Five Gigabit Ethernet ports for fast, stable wired network connections
  • Dual USB ports with USB 3.0 for ten times faster data transfer than USB 2.0
  • Dual-core processor for fast and responsive performance with Wi-Fi, Ethernet and USB devices
Easy 3-step setup

Use your smartphone, tablet, or PC to effortlessly set up your ASUS router in less than 30 seconds* and in only 3 easy steps. Simply connect the cables to the router, open a Web browser, and follow the setup wizard to get you to the internet in no time. Step1: Open web browser. Step2: Enter ID/Password. Step3: Done! *ASUS-tested and verified setup time. Actual duration may vary by ISP, specific connection type, location, and other factors.

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RT-AC52U Combo Pack
5GHz 802.11ac supported
Enhanced Wireless Range
AC1900 (1300Mbps + 600Mbps)
AC1750 (1300Mbps + 450Mbps)
AC1200 (900Mbps + 300Mbps)
AC750 (450Mbps + 300Mbps)
USB 3.0 support
Gigabit LAN

Product Description

ASUS 90IG00C0-BU2000 - RT-AC68U 1300MBPS WL BB ROUTER DUAL


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Rick
This is an excellent router, in fact I would say it is currently the best on the market.

First let me clear up any confusion and confirm that it is fully compatible with any broadband connection: ADSL, Fibre, Cable...

That said, it is a wireless router only, therefore with which ever broadband connection you have, you will always need a modem. The (main) internet connection input uses a gigabit ethernet port, so you would need a modem which connects via ethernet AS WELL as this unit. Here are my recommendations to do this;

ADSL / ADSL2+ (TalkTalk, Sky, Plusnet, BT, EE, Primus, etc) :

TP-Link TD-8616 Modem: http://amzn.to/1msigtF
DrayTek Vigor 120 Modem: http://amzn.to/1jM5lIk
Any ISP supplied modem/router by ideally using a modem only mode if available or turning off any routing/wireless/firewall functions and connecting one of the LAN ports to the WAN port on the RT-AC68U.

Fibre 38 Mbps / 80 Mbps (FTTC, TalkTalk Fibre, Sky Fibre, Plusnet Fibre, BT Infinity, EE Fibre, Primus Fibre, etc) :

Ask BT Openreach to leave you a standard VDSL modem when they come to activate your line, or again, you can use any ISP supplied modem/router by ideally using a modem only mode if available or turning off any routing/wireless/firewall functions and connecting one of the LAN ports to the WAN port on the RT-AC68U.

Cable (Virgin Media) :

Switch the "Super Hub" to modem only mode, and connect the LAN port to the WAN port of the RT-AC68U.

Once connected to your modem, set up and connection works flawlessly. Asus seem to get bad press for updating their firmware for some reason?
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Choices 4 Jan 2014
By Whatchamacallit TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Designed primarily for those of us who have a cable or fibre internet connection the Asus RT-AC68U router must be used with a separate modem. It isn't a replacement for the `traditional' modem/router units that are found with most broadband connections and that appears to have been the cause of some of the negative comments I've noted in other reviews of this unit. Luckily I have a fibre connection and have been using this new router in place of my Asus `Black Knight' (RT-N66U) model Asus RT-N66U Dual Band Wireless N900 Gigabit Router. Since buying one of their laptops a few years ago (and more products since) I have gained a respect for Asus products as they tend to be very well-made so I was keen to see how this new router compared to my old one. However, having read the comments of those other reviewers on this website I must say that I did expect to have some issues with its software. Maybe I've been lucky but so far it all seems to have worked ok for me and I wonder if the software updates issued by Asus have now fixed those problems. I hope so as it's a shame to see such an advanced piece of kit causing such concern amongst users, especially from a manufacturer like Asus.

In my own experience the router has performed well with all of my devices (two smartphones, two tablets, two laptops plus other media devices) and I haven't noted any issues with connectivity or reliability through Wi-Fi or Ethernet. I have not dabbled with the settings on the router so it's pretty standard and seems to be at least as good as my other router. However, the `upgrade' in performance doesn't seem to be particularly noticeable for me so I can't help but suggest that anyone trying to decide between this model and the less expensive RT-N66U chooses that one in view of its more widely acknowledged reliability.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb - Now the firmware issues are resolved 16 Jun 2014
By JamesK
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I'd been looking at purchasing this router for quite a while. However, it seemed clear that it had been released without the firmware being properly tested. As a result there was plenty of articles and issues on many forums complaining about problems. Even if the 3rd party Merlin firmware was having issues as it was based on the Asus 'stock' firmware.

I'd previously been using the RT-N66U router with the Merlin firmware and it had easily been the best router I'd ever owned. Super range and stability. Therefore even though I have some AC wireless devices I didn't want to purchase a router where there was a few known issues and stability wasn't great.

However, it seems that Asus have now finally got the firmware issues resolved. As soon as I received the router I immediately put on the latest Merlin firmware (at the time of writing 374.43), reset to factory defaults and configured it. In the few weeks I've owned it there have been no issues at all. It's speed with devices connected on the LAN seems slightly faster than the RT-N66U. However, the RT-N66U still has better range. Both routers are still able to cover the entirety of my 3 storey town house, which is something previous brands have always struggled with. At the extremes, the RT-AC68U doesn't have the same signal strength, but it's still perfectly usable.

If you don't have AC wireless devices my recommendation would still be to buy the RT-N66U as it's much cheaper, the range is better and the feature list is very similar to this one. However it you have AC devices, then this is the router to get.

If you already own this router and are still having problems stability, my recommendation would be to put the latest Asus/Merlin firmware on it, after doing so factory reset it, and re-configure it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Compact, easy to use and a really quality purchase
My brother asked that we get this as it is highly rated, and it is so far proving to be a great purchase, it's added to the strength pf my wi-fi and works in tandem with macs pc's... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Kish
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
great power, doesn't drop connection, and very flexible software options brilliant
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Astounding hardware with crappy firmware just kills everything. It is...
Highly disappointed !!! The firmware is full of bugs, although it has been more than a year after the launch, the firmware is still buggy! Read more
Published 3 days ago by Burak Öktem
2.0 out of 5 stars Fast but flawed
Bought this to replace my BT Business Hub / HomeHub 5 Combo to improve the connection to my Macs, HomeHub 5 AC doesn't seem to like Macs very much continually dropping it and... Read more
Published 8 days ago by J. Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars WiFi Router to save families and friends relationships.
This is the best in its class, the best in its product category, hands down the best WIFI router you can get. Read more
Published 15 days ago by MDave
5.0 out of 5 stars What a difference in Speed!
I purchased this (& the Asus USB-AC56 Wireless USB Network Interface Card) because the wi-fi speed I was getting from Virginmedia was only 15Mb (as opposed to the 150 Mb on a wired... Read more
Published 15 days ago by dfscot
5.0 out of 5 stars Airplay Saviour !
Very easy to setup. I had to take the plunge as my 4 year old daughter was firing up my Hi-Fi Airplay system at full volume with her ipod. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Airpix
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought the ASUS to upgrade from my previous D-LinkN600 ...
I bought the ASUS to upgrade from my previous D-LinkN600 Wireless Router. I use the router in an Apple/Mac environment with Internet connection provided by Virgin. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Brutto
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect device for dd-wrt
Slapped dd-wrt on it the minute I got it and It has been chugging along perfectly. Build quality is impressive. Have not really tested the usb drive sharing options. Good buy
Published 1 month ago by Stephen So
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
my netgear router wouldn't reach into bedrooms or 1 room away downstairs.
The Asus reaches everywhere and down to the end of the garden, some 20 mtrs away
Published 1 month ago by Basketweave
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