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ASUS RT-AC66U Dual and 802.11ac Router with ASUS AiCloud (Four Ports Gigabits, USB Ports, SAMBA, DLNA, Printer Server, Ftp Server, VPN Server, Multiple SSID) - Black
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- 5th generation 802.11ac chipset gives you concurrent dual-band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz for up to fast 1.75 Gbps
- File sharing, printer sharing and 3G sharing via two multi-functional built-in USB ports
- Download Master for wireless data storage and access to your router-connected USB storage devices
- Enjoy the ASUSWRT dashboard UI for three steps easy setup, signal monitoring and network application control
- ASUS AiCloud service: Access, stream, share, sync - all on-the-go with unlimited storage expansion
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The ASUS RT-AC66U is a 5th gen dual-band Wi-Fi router, and the launch platform for the new ASUS AiCloud service. Its speed reaches 1.75 Gbps, currently the fastest available, utilising the Broadcom 802.11ac Wi-Fi controller and working in 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The 5 GHz band supports up to 1.3 Gbps, 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 optimised performance.
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.
- 5th generation 802.11ac chipset gives you concurrent dual-band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz for up to super-fast 1.75 Gbps.
- Gigabit Ethernet ports for the fastest, most reliable internet performance.
- AiRadar optimises wireless coverage with detachable high-powered antennas.
- Enjoy the ASUSWRT dashboard UI for three steps easy setup, signal monitoring, and network application control.
- Download Master for wireless data storage and access to your router-connected USB storage devices.
Designed for speed and range
With the latest in networking technology, the RT-AC66U delivers exceptionally fast wired and wireless connectivity. ASUS builds this flagship router with the highest-grade components, offering you the best quality to enable stable connectivity and convenient expandability. The router uses powerful detachable Wi-Fi antennas to further extend wireless range.
The one place for all your data – ASUS AiCloud
ASUS AiCloud is a smart and easy mobile application that brings your ASUS cloud experience to iOS and Android. Access, stream, sync, and share all your files on the go from both public and private cloud storage services.
Optimised and Reliable Wireless Coverage via AiRadar
ASUS AiRadar intelligently strengthens connections to wireless devices. With high-powered amplification and beam packaging, it provides optimized signals in any direction with better coverage to improve your data throughput.
Three-step easy setup through your pad, smartphone, or PC
With the RT-AC66U, setup is a breeze. Simply power and connect the router and open a browser on a Wi-Fi-enabled device like a notebook or pad. You will then be taken to a setup page with a prompt to enter the ID/password from your internet provider, and that’s it. Setting up your network is easier than ever.
Dual-Band Connectivity for Lag-Free Entertainment
Delivering 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz concurrent bands at up to 450 Mbps and 1.3 Gbps, respectively, the RT-AC66U has a total speed of up to 1.75 Gbps, and maintains complete stability. You can perform basic tasks like web browsing and file downloading on the 2.4 GHz band, while simultaneously allowing multiple devices to stream in HD or support online gaming and other demanding applications smoothly on the clearer 5 GHz band.
Powerful Functions and Extra-Easy Management
With the ASUSWRT dashboard UI, you can setup, monitor, and control network applications all in one intuitive area. The whole-new dashboard interface lets you manage all clients and settings via a single graphical interface, and provides 1-click updates.
Optimise Your Network
Do you game a lot, or spend most of your time streaming videos? Whatever your planned use is, the RT-AC66U has Quality of Service (QoS) standards that let you select how much bandwidth is prioritised for virtually any task. Plus, the traffic monitor allows you to check your web usage in a clear graphical interface.
Two Multi-Functional Built-In USB ports
Featuring connectivity to FTPs, SAMBA, and UPnP AV servers, 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 even without a PC. Additionally, the twin USB ports allow for networked printer and file server connections, so you can perform.
Powerful Online Multitasking with 300,000 Data Sessions
Support for a massive data pipeline of up to 300,000 data sessions means the RT-AC66U has around 20 times the networking capacity of conventional routers for exceptionally smooth performance.
Discrete and Secure Wi-Fi Networks via Guest Access
Share your internet connection with your guests in safety, with no need to share your personal password or network resources. ASUS Guest Network supports up to three separate guest networks, each with its own usage limits and password. Guests cannot access your primary network or any other connected devices.
VPN Server Enabled
Easily set up a VPN server to browse the web and access data — no matter where you are. Featuring MPPE encryption, your data transmission remains always secure and confidential.
|Data Rate||600 Mbps(2.4 GHz) 1734 Mbps(5 GHz)||600 Mbps(2.4 GHz) 1.3 Gbps(5 GHz)||450 Mbps(2.4 GHz) 1.3 Gbps(5 GHz)||300 Mbps(2.4 GHz) 867 Gbps(5 GHz)||300 Mbps|
|USB port||USB 2.0 x 1/ USB 3.0 x 1||USB 2.0 x 1/ USB 3.0 x 1||USB 2.0 x 2||USB 2.0 x 1 / USB 3.0 x 1||USB 2.0 x 2|
|AiCloud and Enhanced Media Server||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
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So why only 4 stars? Well, it refused to work with BT Infinity using it's "Quick Internet Setup" wizard. This is disappointing given BT is the UK's biggest ISP. However, it DOES WORK with BT Infinity - you just need to set up the connection manually, and I'll post the details here in case anybody else has the same issue...
Cancel the Quick Internet Setup Wizard. Goto WAN (on the left). WAN Connection Type = PPPoE. Enable WAN = Yes. Enable NAT = Yes. Get WAN IP automatically = Yes. Connect to DNS Server automatically = Yes. User Name = email@example.com. Password = Doesn't matter what you put here, but it must be SOMETHING (I used "notset"), and this is what caused me the headaches as I'd left it blank like it is in the Home Hub 3 you get from BT. Leave everything else alone. Apply... and you'll connect.
EDIT AFTER OWNING FOR 4 MONTHS: This router has been flawless. It has not needed restarting once. My BT Infinity connection was down for several days while BT performed scheduled work at my local cabinet. But that didn't matter too much because I simply activated tethering on my Android phone and plugged the phone into one of the router's USB ports. Seconds later my entire network is connected to the internet again via 3G. How truly awesome is that?Read more ›
It was simple to set up. The user interface is intuitive and delivers plenty of power and options to suit most users. The first thing I noticed was a much improved internet speed. I think this is down to the super hub only having to be a modem. I then checked range. The Asus is positioned in the front of the house in my office. I went to the furthest point away upstairs and tried connecting my iPhone 5 and iPad. Both had a full signal which was unheard of before. The speed that both devices flew around the internet was nothing like I had experienced with my previous setup.
I then put it to a bigger test. I started downloading a 6Gb file on my PC, connected my Apple TV and started streaming a HD movie trailer, connected my iPhone 5 and iPad and my wife's iPad Mini and got them all streaming movie trailers. This would be enough to put any ISP through its paces. All devices worked perfectly at the same time with no lag.
I must say that this is probably the best purchase I have made in a long time. I only wished I had done it months, even years before (had it been available then).
The way I look at it is that I pay a significant amount of money for a 60Mb internet service and for what is really a comparatively small outlay now get to benefit the full 60Mb.
So if you want the advice of a technology and gadget junky, stop messing about and get one of these. By the way, I never write reviews!!!
I received the RT-AC66U router from Amazon on the 4th October 2012, which I had ordered the day before for the price of £152. At the time of writing this review it had gone up to £168, so I count myself lucky. Delivery, as is usually the case, was on time and the item arrived in perfect condition.
The RT-AC66U has four Ethernet ports and a WAN port, all gigabit which is a big plus - especially the WAN port which meant I could make full use of my Virgin 120Mbps service. The router has two USB 2.0 ports on the back, which allows you to connect various devices. It also has DLNA compatibility, allowing you to access media from any attached external hard drives from other DLNA compatible devices on your network. Internet access can be switched over to an attached 3G/4G dongle if your main connection goes down. You can also use the router's built-in print server to access an attached USB printer from anywhere on the network. I haven't used any of the USB related features however so cannot comment on how well they work - but it's disappointing they are only 2.0, especially considering many including myself have 3.0 external drives.
Fortunately setup was non-eventful. I have a fairly complex network consisting of multiple Ethernet switches and wireless repeaters but it seamlessly slotted into place of my trusty Billion BiPAC 7800N which had served me well for two years. All of my devices connected to the RT-AC66U without hassle and without me having to mess around with the rest of the network.Read more ›
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Received the product and no power what so ever... I have returned and rebought and I will change my score based on how the second unit works.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
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