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ASUS RT-N66U "Dark Knight" Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router Review

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The last Dual-Band Gigabit router to come out of the ASUS machine made quite a splash last year thanks to its impressive 5GHz performance, attractive GUI, and comparatively fast USB read/write times. Possibly the biggest selling point was its advertised 300Mbps throughput. Now we have access to the RT-N66U Dark Knight, a N900 Dual-Band station with an advertised throughput of 450Mbps. While being capable of speeds far outside the realm of the average consumer's usage habits, this router has a host of other features and a striking chassis that make it a very attractive package for those who take their networking seriously. 

 

Overview

Incredible Performance with Incredible Control

The ASUS RT-N66U dual-band wireless-N900 gigabit router delivers incredible performance and coverage range. With new ASUSWRT UI, quickly setup your network, customize user access, and monitor signal strength. Following the award-winning RT-N56U, the RT-N66U increases Wi-Fi speed for both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz transmission by 50% up to 900Mbps that makes it ideal for bandwidth demanding tasks such as 3D HD video steaming, multiplayer gaming, USB hard drive file sharing, and USB connected printer sharing. Built-in Wi-Fi amplifiers make the RT-N66U the perfect wireless router for larger, multi-level homes and buildings with signal range that reaches virtually any area.

Whether you’re a tech-savvy enthusiast or a first-time user, the RT-N66U is exceptional 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.

  • 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Concurrent Dual-Band Transmissions for Strong Signal Strength and Ultra-Fast Connection Rates up to 900Mbps
  • Gigabit Ethernet Ports for the Fastest, Most Reliable Internet Performance
  • Download Master for Wireless Data Storage and Access to Router-Connected USB Storage Devices
  • Expanded Wireless Coverage with Detachable High-Powered Antennas
  • File Sharing, Printer Sharing, and 3G Sharing via Two Multi-Functional Built-in USB Ports
  • ASUSWRT Dashboard UI for Easy Setup, Signal Monitoring, and Network Application Control

 

 

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Designed for Class-Leading Speed and Range

Designed with the latest in networking technology, the RT-N66U delivers exceptionally fast wired and wireless connectivity. What’s more, it comes with a powerful detachable Wi-Fi antenna to further extend wireless range.

 

Dual-Band Connectivity for Lag-Free Entertainment

Delivering both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz concurrent bands up to 450Mbps and 450Mbps respectively, the RT-N66U has a total speed of up to 900Mbps connectivity to provide speed with stability. Perform basic internet tasks like Web browsing and file downloading under the 2.4 GHz band, while also simultaneously streaming 3D HD content and other demanding applications smoothly on the 5 GHz band.

 

Optimized and Reliable Wireless Coverage via Air Radar

ASUS Ai Radar intelligently strengthens connections to wireless devices. With high-powered amplification and beam package, it provides optimized signals in any direction with better coverage to improve data throughput.

 

3-Step Easy Setup Through Your PAD, Smartphone, or PC

With the RT-N66U, setup is simple. Simply power and connect the router and then open a browser on a Wi-Fi-enabled device like a laptop or tablet. You will be taken to a setup page with a prompt to enter the ID/password from your Internet provider and that’s it! Now setting up your network is easier than ever.

 

Get Online In 30 Seconds

Smart auto-detection design makes it possible for you to go from first plugging in the RT-N66U to setup completion in under 30 seconds! Compared to the lengthy installs and hassles of other routers, this development from ASUS offers a true wonder of ease of use, and puts the most extreme networking speeds within your reach quicker than ever before.

 

Powerful Functions, Easier Management

With the ASUSWRT Dashboard UI, setup, monitor, and control network applications all in one intuitive area. The whole new dashboard interface lets you manage all clients and settings on a single graphical interface and provides 1-click updates.

 

Optimize Your Network for You

Do you game a lot, or spend most of your time streaming videos? Whatever your planned use is, the RT-N66U has a Quality of Service (QoS) that lets 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 and graphical interface.

 

Two Multi-Function Built-In USB Ports

Featuring connectivity to devices, FTPs, SAMBA, UPnP AV servers, and DLNA support, the RT-N66U 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 without the need of PC. Additionally, the twin USB ports allow network printer and file server connections, so you perform multiple tasks at once.

 

Download and Stream From Anywhere 

Download Master and DLNA server lets you download and play multimedia files stored on a router-attached USB storage device on DLNA-compatible devices such as PC, tablet, PS3, XBOX, and Internet TV. Download Master can also download files while a PC is turned off, and allows you to manage and monitor download status remotely.

 

Powerful Online Multitasking Up to 300,000 Data Sessions

Support for a massive data pipeline of up to 300,000 data sessions means the RT-N66U has around 20 times the networking capacity of other conventional routers for exceptionally smooth performance.

 

Separate and Secure Wi-Fi Network via Guest Network Access

The RT-N66U supports up to three wireless networks over the 2.4 GHz band and three over the 5 GHz band, so it can protect computers from any unauthorized access, hacking and virus attacks. The parental control allows you to set up your kids' computer access times.

 

VPN Server Enabled

Easily set up a VPN server to surf the Web and access data—no matter where you are. Featuring MPPE encryption, your data transmission will be secure and confidential.

Flexible Installation With Versatile Design

Wall-mountable, the RT-N66U fits nearly any space in the home or office.

 

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.

 

Specifications

Network Standard
IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IPv4, IPv6
Data Rate
802.11a : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54Mbps
802.11b : 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps
802.11g : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54Mbps
802.11n : up to 450Mbps
Antenna
Detachable antenna x 3
Operating Frequency
2.4G~2.4835GHz /5.1~5.8GHz
Encryption
64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise, WPS support
Firewall & Access Control
Firewall: SPI intrusion detection,DoS protection 
Access control: Parental control, Network service filter, URL filter, Port filter
Management
UPnP, DLNA, DNS Proxy, DHCP, NTP Client, DDNS, Port Triger, Virtual Server, DMZ
VPN Support
IPSec Pass-Throuth
PPTP Pass-Through
L2TP Pass-Through
PPTP server
WAN Connection Type
Internet connection type : Automatic IP, Static IP, PPPoE(MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP
Multicast Proxy support
Utilities
Download Master
Media Server
QoS
Guest Network
Printer Server
File Server
PPTP VPN Server
Network Map
Traffic Monitor
Ports
4 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000/Gigabits BaseT for LAN, 1 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000/Gigabits BaseT for WAN, Support Ethernet and 802.3 with max. bit rate 10/100/1000/Gigabits Mbps and auto cross-over function(MDI-X)
USB 2.0 x 2
Button
WPS Button, Reset Button, Power Button
LED Indicator
LAN x 4
WAN x 1
AIR x 2
USB x 1
Power Supply
AC Input : 110V~240V(50~60Hz)
DC Output : 19 V with max. 1.58 A current
Dimensions
207 x 148.8 x 35.5 mm (WxDxH)
Weight
450 grams
Package Content
RT-N66U wireless router
Stand
RJ-45 cable
Power adapter
Warranty card
Quick start guide
Notes

1. Actual data througput will vary from network conditions and environmental factors.All specifications are subject to change without notice.

2. Please check with your supplier for exact offers. Products may not be available in all markets.

3. PCB color and bundled software versions are subject to change without notice. 

4. Brand and product names mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies.  

 

*Specifications courtesy of ASUS.

 

Packaging

 

The accessories that come with the RT-N66U are the standard manual, utility software, and an Ethernet cable.  The power adapter is actually rather pleasant-looking, however if it's used on a power strip it'll likely step on the slot next to it since it's relatively wide; something to keep in mind.

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