Building off their award-wining RT-N66U, ASUS has brought the latest generation of wireless technology, 802.11ac, and put it into the same package that won ASUS a Red Dot design award. The result is the same ease-of-use, modern aesthetics, vast feature set, and great accessibility but with speeds up to 300% what was achievable with the "old" 802.11n connection. ASUS' new flagship router is ready to usher the connected home and office environments into the future, so let's tag along with it, shall we?
Owning a top performing router is one thing, but expecting that router to deliver a consistent high speed signal throughout your multi-story house, small office, or warehouse is another matter. You're online activities can also have an impact on the perceived performance of your new investment. The bandwidth requirements imposed by email and casual web-browsing are very different than the demands of online gaming and streaming of HD content. If slow speeds and a lack of range has you down, then a dual-band wireless adapter/repeater/extender like the ASUS EA-N66 is a great solution. The speed, flexibility, and radical design of the EA-N66 speak volumes far larger than its diminutive size would suggest.
Wi-Fi connectivity doesn't even come into question when purchasing a notebook PC these days. However, the performance of the on-board wireless adapter often reveals some room for improvement. The ASUS N-53 Black Diamond offers both the raw speed of 5GHz stream and simultaneous 2.4GHz connectivity to give users seriously quick throughput in any situation, while taking up a single USB port. Throw in hotspot functionality, real-time monitoring, and one-touch WPS connectivity, and you have the makings of a road warrior's best friend or the savior of a gamer who doesn't want to run long lengths of Ethernet to reach his gaming machine.
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.