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

Setup

ASUS claims that the RT-N66U can be setup in under 30 seconds thanks to an auto-detect feature. We were excited to put this claim to the test, as we are very familiar with how frustrating it can be to setup a router with a tedious activation process. Getting the Dark Knight to broadcast a Wi-Fi signal can be completed in just 3 steps.  After completing step one, which involves connecting power and signal cables to the router and a LAN cable to a computer, we open a browser which automatically brings up the router's web interface. This concludes step two. One must proceed through four panes before completing step three: the setup wizard.  All told, we managed to setup a secure network on the RT-N66U in a couple minutes (including thinking of SSID names and setting passkeys for the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands).  This is by far the easiest, quickest, and most painless networking setup I've had the pleasure of using. It’s not often that you see the words quick, easy, painless, and pleasurable associated with anything networking related. There is indeed a first time for everything!

 

The best part is that it requires no additional software and transmits a setup SSID so you can set it up without relying on a wired connection - fantastic for the mobile revolution we're seeing.  This can be especially useful in office environments where the router may not necessarily be placed in a convenient location.  The automatic setup detection means that looking up the IP of the router and entering it into the browser is completely bypassed and even the setup CD is completely optional, which is another +1 for ultrabooks and tablets.

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