The draft IEEE 802.11ac spec provides for transmission speeds up to 1300 Mb/s, which is 3 times faster the current de facto 802.11n wireless standard. We find out whether Asus's top of the line RT-AC66U is able to widen the speed gap from its predecessors such as the RT-N66U that we reviewed earlier this year.
At a glance, the RT-AC66U is almost indistinguishable from its predecessor, the RT-N66U "Dark Knight", save for the gold color logo on the top right corner of the router.
The front side of the router has the LED indicators for power, wireless 2.4/5GHz, USB port, WAN and LAN activity.
At the rear, we find three RP-SMA antennas connectors, a power jack, power switch, pair of USB 2.0 ports, four Gigabit LAN ports, WAN port, WPS and reset button.
Designed for Class-Leading Speed and Range
Dual-Band Connectivity for Lag-Free Entertainment
Separate and Secure Wi-Fi Network via Guest Network Access
Powerful Online Multitasking up to 300,000 Data Sessions
VPN Server Enabled
|Antenna||Detachable Dipole RP-SMA antenna x 3|
|Operating Frequency||2.4G~2.4835GHz /5.1~5.8GHz|
|WAN Connection Type|| Internet connection type : Automatic IP, Static IP, PPPoE(MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP|
Dual Link support
Multicast Proxy support
|Utilities|| Download master|
– support BT, NZB, HTTP, ED2K
– support encryption, DHT, PEX and magnet link
– upload and download bandwidth control
– download scheduling
Printer Server: multifunctional printer support(Windows nly), LPR protocol support
File server: Samba and FTP server with account management
PPTP VPN server
|Button||WPS Button, Reset Button, Power Button|
|Power Supply|| AC Input : 110V~240V(50~60Hz)|
DC Output : 19 V with max. 1.58 A current
|Weight / Dimensions||450g / 207 x 148.8 x 35.5 mm (WxDxH)|