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ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router

ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router

ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router

  • 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 3 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

Introducing the ASUS RT-N66U Dual Band N900 Ultra Fast Wireless Router. With 3 x detachable R-SMA type antenna, 50% wider coverage than standard N SPEC, VPN Server function enable and IPv6 support ASUS RT-N66U is a true Business class router yet affordable from regular consumers.Support IPv6.2 years parts and labor warranty.

List Price: $ 179.99

Price: $ 91.95

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  1. 2,059 of 2,091 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Awesome hardware, but be sure to set it up properly!, September 23, 2013
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    This review is from: ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router (Personal Computers)

    The Asus RT-N66U is absolutely an impressive piece of hardware. Seriously powerful, feature packed, aesthetically pleasing, and at an approachable price point for the hobbyist. I think you’ll find that this holds true by reading all the great reviews here.

    There are definitely two weak points to be aware of, however.

    The first – the firmware that it ships with is in pretty rough shape.

    After unboxing and plugging in my router I went through the setup wizard to change the SSID, change the router password, and set up WPA2 key. This went fine. After that, I went in to the router settings and made one small change, saved it, and was disconnected from the router as part of the change. It should have reconnected shortly after, but instead my browser presented me the page that comes up when a web address cannot be reached. I tried for a while but the router was suddenly inaccessible on the default IP address. Basically, from what I could tell, the change I made however benign had buggered up the router. I ended up resorting to a reset – accomplished by holding the reset button for 5-10 seconds with the router turned on.

    So lesson #1 here is to immediately install the newest firmware available at the Asus website THE MOMENT you unbox your and plug in your router. The firmware update went smoothly after I got the router reset to factory setup and working again, and now it’s been working flawlessly for a month.

    OK, second weak point – the router, as far as I’m concerned, comes from the factory improperly configured. That is, the default settings in the router hamper its full and proper operation.

    What I mean by this is that after installing the router I was getting less than ideal performance out of it. While it was working well enough to give me good download and upload speeds (25mb/sec down, 15mb/sec up) from my cable connection, internal network speeds and coverage were below expectations. For example, paired with a matching dual band NetGear USB wireless adapter on my office computer, Windows wireless client was showing network speed fluctuating between 78Mbps and 216Mbps with it usually in the middle somewhere around 120Mbps. Better than the approx 50Mbps speeds I would see with my 802.11g router and adapter previously but not what I’d expected. In addition, the signal strength was rather poor in the back room. As another example, I was getting a consistent 144Mbps from my XPS M1530 laptop, with an older single band 2.4Ghz draft-N internal card, in the living room right near the router. Also less than my hopes had been for this router.

    So I did some more thorough review of the wireless settings and found two big issues that needed to be change to get this router working as it should be.

    The first was that the wireless control channel setting for both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands is set to “Auto” be default. Ideally, this would mean that the router would dynamically select the best channel based on local interference in that band. In the real world, though, this Auto mode on most routers doesn’t work that well and this is no different. I performed a wireless network scan with my Android phone using a free app, and found that my router was camped out on Channel 6. As some may know, this is the default channel for most consumer routers and most home users never change away from it. Sure enough, there were three other wireless networks that I could detect around neighborhood that were on channel 6 as well. To remedy this, I took the 2.4Ghz band off of Auto and set the channel to 1. For those making this change themselves, be sure to scan using something like WiEye on your phone or inSSIDer on your computer. Assuming that most of the other routers in your area will be using channel 6, you will need to move yours to the far ends of the channel list, choosing either 1 or 11. This because the signal from the routers set to channel 6 do not stay there perfectly, instead they overlap substantially. A router on channel 8, for example, will have a pretty good overlap with those on channel 6 and will still see interference. The only way to avoid this is moving all the way to 1 or 11. I left the 5Ghz channel selection on Auto for now, as the 5Ghz band is much less interference prone currently, and in fact I don’t believe there are any other 5Ghz networks in range in my neighborhood currently so it’s a non-issue there.

    The second major problem I found with the router’s default setting was also in the router settings. The RT-N66U has the option to change the bandwidth for a given band. By default, I found that both the 2.4 and 5Ghz bands were set to a signal bandwidth of 20Hz. The reason this is a major issue is that at 20Hz, there is simply not enough throughput on the given band to allow for this router to hit its full speed potential. So I went ahead and set the router to use 40Hz bandwidth for each band.

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  2. The manufacturer commented on the review belowSee comments
    710 of 734 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I agree, faster than WNDR3700 and e4200 *** UPDATE, March 24, 2011
    By 
    AK (Kentucky) –

    We are a heavy intenet using famiily. If we aren’t streaming Netflix or Roku, we have phones and computers all competing for bandwidth. I tried the new Linksys e4200, it was OK until too many people logged on wirelessly and started hogging bandwidth. The e4200 would really drop down in speed while it tried to deal with all of the wireless activity. So, I tried the WNDR3700 (v.98 firmware) The WNDR3700 has a fast processor and can handle a lot of wired and wireless users simultaneously. But, the WNDR3700 seemed to “hang” about once an hour for reasons unknown. When I say “hang”, it might take 5 seconds to load a web page instead of the usually instantaneous load speed. It got a little annoying.

    So, I picked up the ASUS RT-N56U router after reading all the reviews and tests on smallnetbuilder dot com. I have to say that this router is ridiculously fast (at least twice as fast as the WNDR3700) and has better reception throughout my entire house. In a location that I used to max out at about 7MB/s with the WNDR3700. I can now sustain 31MB/s in the same location. I have pretty much- 5 bars of wireless reception where I used to have 2 or 3 bars.

    The ASUS RT-N56U is pretty easy to set up and I like the physical appearance too. Throw in the fact that it is smokin’ fast and has great coverage and I think I got a heck of a deal for $127.

    Highly recommended.

    by the way, I just noticed that another reviewer was having problems with iPhones not connecting. Our iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, and Android phones are logging on fine, no issues.

    *** UPDATE 3/28/11 So far, the RT-N56U is performing perfectly and all DD-WRT bridges are connecting at highest rate. I am running firmware 1.0.1.2
    I tried to update to the beta 7.0.1.21 as well as the 1.0.1.3 firmware and all of a sudden some laptops had very laggy connections. Instead of instantaneous webpage loads, it would take literally 5 seconds to load??? So, I reverted back to 1.0.1.2 and all devices are running wide open again.

    +++ UPDATE 4/30/11 Still running perfectly since new with no reboots. Simply awesome.

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    Oct 6, 2011 2:26:32 PM PDT

    ASUS Support says:
    Dear Valued Customer,

    We are glad you have had a great experience with our router. We strive to make continuing improvements to our router products. If you have any feedback about your current RT-N56u, or any suggestions for our future products, please let us know at Networking_Support@asus.com.

    Thank you for your support.

    Best Regards,

    Asus Networking Support

     
  4. 42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    the worst warenty and support ever, December 6, 2013
    By 
    shayan

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router (Personal Computers)
    i bought this about a year ago and for the past month the router would all of sudden slowdown and then freeze and then i had to reboot the router. I don’t down load a lot or connect a lot of devices to it so not sure what is causing this. i upgraded the firmware and still same issue. i called Asus and they couldn’t isolate the issue. So i returned it. Asus warranty is the worst!
    Asus told me that i had to return the product to be “fixed”, they said their policy was that they couldn’t send me back another router instead and i had to wait until they got my router and then fixed (which they would say the fix part would take 7-10 business days) my router and then send it back to me (via regular mail). I also had to pay for shipping to send it to them. They got the product on a Monday and after 1 whole week and after i called their rma #, they told me that “they” had send the router to wrong place and now they had send it to the right place for repair. 2 weeks have passed and they still can not tell me what the status of my rma! Every time i called their ram # , i had to wait on average over 35 mins. I could never check my rma status on their web site and their system could never find my rma ticket #. I asked to be routed to a supervisor and instead got a voice mail which i left a message,but not surprisingly they never returned my call back. I asked Asus to at least that once router is repaired to expedite the shipping back to me but they said they couldn’t do that. Then i asked what can they do to make up for all this , and all i heard was a great silence. What a great company. I will never ever buy anything from them.
    Be warned that if you ever have to use your product warranty, you might go through this.
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