ASUS RT-AC66U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Router Review

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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?

 

Overview

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 1.75Gbps, currently the fastest available, utilizing the Broadcom 802.11ac Wi-Fi controller and working in 2.4GHz and 5GHz. The 5GHz band supports up to 1.3Gbps, 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 optimized performance.

AiCloud offers a unified app for iOS and Android devices that turns the RT-AC66U into a personal cloud server, with easy connectivity to Windows PC, Mac, Linux machines, and all USB storage. Each account can sync with other AiCloud clients and public cloud products directly. All your content, files, and data can be accessed, synced, shared, and managed from almost any device – smartphones to desktops – wherever and whenever you’re online. AiCloud offers a unified app for iOS and Android devices that turns the RT-AC66U into a personal cloud server, with easy connectivity to Windows PC, Mac, Linux machines, and all USB storage. Each account can sync with other AiCloud clients and public cloud products directly. All your content, files, and data can be accessed, synced, shared, and managed from almost any device – smartphones to desktops – wherever and whenever you’re online.

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.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.

 

*Courtesy of ASUS

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Specifications

Network Standard IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.3u, IPv4, IPv6
Product Segment AC1750 ultimate AC performance; 450+1300Mbps
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
802.11ac: up to 1300Mbps
Antenna Detachable antenna x 3
Operating Frequency 2.4GHz/5GHz
Encryption 64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise
Firewall & Access Control Firewall: SPI intrusion detection,DoS protection
Access control: Parental control, Network service filter, URL filter, Port filter
Mangement UPnP, DLNA, DNS Proxy, 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
Dual Link support
Multicast Proxy support
Utilities
  • Download master
  • Media server
  • QoS
  • Guest Network
  • Printer Server: multifunctional printer support(Windows nly), LPR protocol support
  • File server: Samba and FTP server with account management
  • PPTP VPN server
  • Network map
  • Traffic monitor
Ports 1 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000 BaseT for WAN, 4 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000 BaseT for LAN, Support Ethernet and 802.3 with max. bit rate 10/100/1000 Mbps and auto cross-over function(MDI-X)
USB 2.0 x 2
Button WPS Button, Reset Button, Power Button
LED Indicator PWR x 1
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
OS SUpport Windows® 8 , 32bit/64bit
Windows® 7 , 32bit/64bit
Windows® Vista , 32bit/64bit
Windows® XP , 32bit/64bit
Mac OS X
Linux
Dimensions 207 x 148.8 x 35.5 mm (WxDxH)
Weight 450 g
Package Contents RT-AC66U Dual Band 3x3 802.11AC Gigibit Router
Router stand
RJ-45 cable
Support CD (User manual and utility software)*
Power adapter
Quick start guide
Warranty card
Router Special Features 3G/4G data sharing AiCloud Printer server Download Master AiDisK Multiple SSIDs Parental Control

*Courtesy of ASUS

**More detailed specifications available at the RT-AC66U product page

 

 

Unboxing

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The accessories that come with the RT-AC66U 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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