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3.0 out of 5 stars Replaced Netgear WNDR4500 (N900) With This Asus RT-N66U, 10 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Asus RT-N66U - 900Mbps Dual Band Wireless N Router, Gigabit LAN/WAN, 2x USB, Print FTP UPnP VPN Server, IPv6, 8x SSID, Wireless 3D HD content streaming, 3 Year Warranty (Accessory)
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As the title says, I moved from a Netgear WNDR4500 to this router. There was nothing wrong with the Netgear, and my only reason for moving was to get the VPN server functionality offered by the Asus. I owned the Netgear for about a year before I changed.

The VPN server (PTPP with MPPE encryption only) works very well. I access it from a couple of Android devices as well as from work all reliably, and at decent speeds without issues.

The router is let down in a number of area's compared to the WNDR4500:

- When I add firewall rules on the Asus, it takes eon's to apply the changes (seemingly rebooting the router). On the netgear, this was instant
- Editing firewall rules is not possible, one must delete and re-create
- 5GHz wireless is very unreliable, with anoying disconnects, especially when doing sustained transfers (watching films, copying big files). This is the case from 2 different 5GHz devices (both tripple-stream, 40MHz channels). Same clients on the Netgear were rock-solid - zero disconnects. On the Asus, if I were to watch a 2-hour film, I might loose wireless 3/4 times! Likewise, it is near impossible to copy big files (10GB+) around due to disconnects half way though.

- There is no difference in real-world speeds from what I have seen between the WNDR4500 and the Asus (for large file copies, 18Mbytes/sec on 2.4GHz and 26Mbytes/sec on 5GHz - note megabytes, not megabits!)

In conclusion, The only reason to choose the Asus over the Netgear is if you want/need the VPN functionality, and are happy to live on 2.4GHz (5GHz being all but unusable). I have disabled the 5GHz part of this router and put up with reduced throughputs for the sake of getting the VPN server functionality that this router offers. I guess the WNDR4500 is a wee bit more expensive also.

Should ASUS ever pull their fingers out and sort out the 5GHz functionality, this would become an excellent router, as it stands, it gets just 3 stars. If the VPN functionality were not so useful, I would have returned it rather than ebaying my WNDR4500 as I did.

Nigel
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