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

Posted on May 12, 2013 by Blog Design Journal

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.

Product Features

  • 3 x Detachable antenna for 2.4GHz/5GHz with peak gain 3dBi/ 5dBi
  • IPv6 support; VPN Server Support
  • 802.11n: up to 450Mbps ; 802.11a/g: up to 54Mbps; 802.11b: up to 11Mbps
  • Supports Ethernet and 802.3 with max. bit rate 10/100/1000 Mbps
  • 4 x LAN ports for 10/100/1000 BaseT
  • 2 x USB2.0 support got Printer sharing or HDD sharing

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4 to “ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router”

  1. Bryan Lynch says:

    Solid router, AWESOME range, READ FOR ENGLISH FIRMWARE CONFIG HELP! Well, as mentioned in another review, the firmware in the initial shipment of these (3.0.0.3.72) is broken. Not buggy, not unstable, but broken. You CANNOT connect to the Internet with the factory firmware, at least in the initial release. I purchased one, returned it in exchange for another one, and the second one had the exact same problem. As discussed on this here: [...]You must manually enter a URL [...] then change to a language other than English, then update the firmware. (The current version from the ASUS website is 3.0.0.3.90 as of 1/13/2012) Of course, that means you need to download the firmware first, since you can’t connect to the Internet with the factory firmware. And of course, a router is required for most people to access the Internet, so… well, you can see where I’m going with this.After the firmware update, things were much better. I had the Internet connection set up in a few minutes, and the speed was unbelievable. Certainly the fastest consumer wireless on the market right now. It has nice features, like 6 different SSIDs for guest networks (3 for each band.) You can choose whether or not to give those networks access to your primary network, and since you can set up multiple SSIDs, you can have different settings for each. It also has parental controls, good QoS, a VPN server and some other nice features. It supports Zoneedit for dynamic DNS, so I was pretty happy about that. (Neither the Cisco or the Linksys models I have tried do.)One feature that’s present in the Linksys E4200, but not on this router, is an SSL web GUI. I work in IT, and it bothers me administering my firewall over plaintext HTTP. Probably not that big a deal to home users, but I don’t think it’s that difficult to implement an HTTPS server for the admin GUI. It also makes this unit completely unsuited for deployment in a business environment, where security is paramount. I’m hopeful that it’ll be in a future firmware update. I could probably use this router for a lot of small-business clients.As far as wireless range goes, this blows away both the Cisco E4200v1 and the Netgear WNDR3800, both of which I tested in the same placement as this one. I get full signal in all corners of my house, which isn’t too big, but both the Netgear and Cisco routers got medium signal in the corners of my house. I have 5 wireless devices and 6 wired devices, and speed thus far has not been a problem. I stream video without drops and file transfers are quick. No complaints.I really wish ASUS hadn’t made the error of shipping this with broken firmware. They will undoubtedly have a return rate nearing 100% until they get the new firmware on shipping units. Had it not been for this, I would easily give this product 5 stars. If it had HTTPS on the GUI, I’d say it’s a perfect device.UPDATE 10/12/2012So they fixed the firmware issue within a couple weeks of release. Now, they’ve released a firmware upgrade that adds HTTPS functionality. I’m upgrading my review to five stars!UPDATE 11/16/2012I changed the title of the review, because, other than price, there is no longer any reason not to buy this product. It is the best wireless access point on the market, save for the new ASUS RT-AC66U, which is just an updated version of this product. (New radio, supports a new standard that nobody uses yet.) I don’t use it as a router, so I can’t qualify those features, but as far as range, features and consistent connectivity, you can’t beat this product at any price.

  2. Eurodude in NJ says:

    Great performance, solid build quality, loaded with latest features and IPv6 support

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  4. Anonymous says:

    I got my shiny new RT-N66U today from Amazon.I do networking for a living and figured even though I’d seen reports of the shipping factory firmware being broken in English mode, it would be no problem.WHAT A PAIN!!!!!!!!!!! Come on Asus!!!!The short and sweet version of how to get your router up and running with 3.0.0.3.72:*Download 3.0.0.3.90 firmware from [...]*Extract RT-N66U_3.0.0.3_90.trx to somewhere on your computer*Log in to 192.168.1.1 (User:admin Pass:admin)*Complete the initial setup wizard using any info you want. Just GET THROUGH IT. It will display a broken page at the end.*Enter 192.168.1.1 in your web browser*Click on “Administration” on the left*Click on “Firmware Upgrade” on the top tab*Switch the language box in the top-right-hand corner from “English” to something else. I used French.*Upload RT-N66U_3.0.0.3_90.trx***WAIT FOR IT TO FINISH****When it’s complete, choose “English” again from the language drop-down.*Go back to 192.168.1.1 and complete your initial router configuration.The good news is that after I got 3.0.0.3.90 on the router all seems to be running smoothly.I was replacing an ASUS RT-N56U and I have found so far:*SIGNIFICANTLY better range on both 2.4 and 5ghz bands (Maybe 3-6db increase at an 80ft distance)I’m hoping that when I get a wireless adapter that supports 450Mbps that I’ll be able to see the huge difference.I like the way it physically looks (Like some type of network Samurai device) and I love that I can swap out the antennas as I see fit. It looks pretty bad-ass actually.It’s been running smooth for a day now.The specs on this thing are awesome. I just can’t believe that Asus would let it ship out with severely broken English firmware. Oh well that’s what I get for buying a product the day it’s released lol.The bottom line is that if you’re into this kind of technology, the initial configuration pain shouldn’t be a huge deterrent to you. Third-party Broadcom firmware support will be abundant for this router soon. There are already a few releases out there for you to try like TomatoUSB.The 2.4ghz range increase was noticeable for me. 5ghz was also increased, but still has a smaller range footprint than the 2.4ghz band.If you are not comfortable with this kind of work, maybe wait a few months for Asus to ship some units out with the firmware upgraded for you.I would have given this router 5 stars if it wasn’t for the shipping firmware bug. Asus, you get 4 stars for making me work.Update to come in a few weeks of operation.Update 1/19/12: Just using the built-in wifi radio on my Samsung Galaxy S2, I was able to use my router nearly a block away from my house on 2.4ghz. The router is near a window and this was almost line-of-sight.I plan on playing with the DLNA features in the next day or two. I’ll post how that goes.So far so good! Love it!Update 1/23/12: I’ve been busy the last few days but I wanted to check in and say that this router has been running 100% rock solid and the wifi range increase has been DRAMATIC for me. I love the looks and function of this unit and plan on recommending it to any friend who asks.Pick one up, you’ll love it.



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