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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awesome!, 22 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Asus RT-AC66U AC1750 Black Diamond Dual-Band WLAN Router, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Gigabit LAN/WAN, 2x USB, Print FTP UPnP VPN Server, IPv6, 8x SSID (Accessory)
I've had this router for about 8 to 10 months now, and wish I had bought it sooner!

Yes it is pretty expensive for what it is. But was it worth it?

I have a Virgin media Super Hub v2, which you get when you get a fibre line (not sure about a non-fibre line) And never had any major problems with, the odd restart and settings tweaks, until I got my new phone and a tablet. And it became sluggish would drop the connection etc on both devices (neither of them an Apple product).

So I did a bit of research and landed on the RT-AC66U. So promptly purchased from Amazon, arrived 2 or 3 days later.

Out of the box you need to assemble a few parts, the antenna and the stand (if you want to use it). The antenna installed easily no worries there. I installed the stand next, took me a few minutes and a couple of glances at the box/manual to get the right orientation, once I got that right, it took me about 5 minutes to get it on, I also took the antenna back out due to fear of snapping one or all of them by accident. I probably was being a bit gingerly with it as the tolerance is quite tight (maybe just a casting problem on mine?) But when I got it, it clicked in, and is solid. I then reinstalled the antenna and plugged everything in and in the order it shows you in the book.

Once I had everything up and running (Super Hub in modem mode) I put in the setup disc and it walked me through the router configurations. Personally I just did it quickly as I like to tweak the setting for my devices 1 by 1 to make sure they are running at the best possible speed.

So from when I bought it until the end of October start of November (2013) I had no issues, aside from the odd reboot due to firmware updates and dropped connections, which I later identified as Virgin maintenance (cheer for the heads up virgin!) and not the Asus router.

I had been using a VPN (virtual private network) on my PC for a few years, but I was becoming extremely annoyed having to setup the VPN on all the devices for browsing with. And with no option to setup the VPN on the router I looked to see if there was a workaround

So I did a bit of searching and found firmware that you could Flash onto the router via DD-WRT or Tomato, both neither hard to install, but in the end I wasn't willing to install either on my router. Due to losing the Asus firmware and settings etc

And then I found Merlin. A modified Asus firmware, fixing minor issues with the USB drive not powering down if not in use and allowing you to use OpenVPN at the router. It is installed like a normal firmware update and changes nothing layout wise. And can be reverted back to standard if required or through choice.

*Please be aware that if you plan to do this I am unsure how this would affect the warranty on the product!

**You should also know. At the time of writing this Asus has added OpenVPN support to the firmware themselves (due to the Merlin build)**

If you are buying this router for the VPN support their are a few pre-requisites you need to follow to be able to allow the router to connect, And can most likely be found on your VPN forum or support pages.

Now that I have VPN support (Still using the Merlin build myself) I have no major complaints or issues.

Cons:

Unable to open the same port on multiple devices without DMZing one (Haven't looked to see if I can set it to a range of IPs)

Does not connect straight to the Fibre cable which needs to be done via another modem or your ISP supplied modem

Pros:

2.4Ghz and 5.0Ghz wavelengths can broadcast at the same time.

Easy setup

Easy User Interface

Lightning fast speed via wireless and wired connections

Huge wireless radius.

***If I come across any other Cons or Pros i'll try and update the post.
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