RT AC66U 1 Asus RT AC66U 802.11ac Dual Band Wireless Router Review

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.

Externals

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.

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The front side of the router has the LED indicators for power, wireless 2.4/5GHz, USB port, WAN and LAN activity.

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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.

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Advertised Features

 

Designed for Class-Leading Speed and Range

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Dual-Band Connectivity for Lag-Free Entertainment

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Separate and Secure Wi-Fi Network via Guest Network Access

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Powerful Online Multitasking up to 300,000 Data Sessions

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VPN Server Enabled

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Specifications Table

 

Network Standard
  IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.3u, IPv4, IPv6
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 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

Media server:
Image: JPEG
Audio: mp3, wma, wav, pcm, mp4, lpcm, ogg
Video: asf, avi, divx, mpeg, mpg, ts, vob, wmv, mkv, mov

QoS:
WMM
User definable rules for IP/MAC/Port. Upload and Download bandwidth management.
ACK/SYN/FIN/RST/ICMP with Highest priority

Guest Network
2.4GHz guest network x 3, 5GHz guest network x 3

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
  4 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000/Gigabits BaseT for LAN, 1 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000/Gigabits BaseT for WAN, Support Ethernet and 802.3 with max. bit rate 10/100/1000/Gigabits Mbps and auto cross-over function(MDI-X)
USB 2.0 x 2
Button WPS Button, Reset Button, Power Button
LED Indicator
  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
Weight / Dimensions 450g / 207 x 148.8 x 35.5 mm (WxDxH)