This is the very first router I reviewed for this site because I’m using it right now. But is it really the best wireless router?
Setup & Software
You can forget about the installation issues of the ASUS RT-N66U once you got your hands on this wireless router. Very easy to handle and no known firmware issues or anything.
With the setup comes an intuitive router interface in which you’ll see every change you make instantly. Gone are the days when you’d have to refresh the page or save the setting before getting an overview of what just happened. In addition the start page after the installation shows about everything you need to know for everyday use like the connected devices (with their IP addresses) or the network status.
What might also interest you ist that this home router comes with a non-detachable stand. The reason for this is that it’s supposed to perform better when it’s standing and not lying on its side. I’m not sure why ASUS pretty much forces you to keep it in a vertical position, though.
With the ASUS RT-AC68U you still have all the features previous routers had (like Parental Control) and you also get access to the great AiCloud. This allows you to easily access your data with other devices like your smartphone or different computers. One other thing to consider is that this home router does not have automatic firmware updates or at least notifications for those. So you’ll have to check for those yourself from time to time.
Hardware & Wireless Connection
The hardware is pretty much up to today’s standards. You’ve got yourself 4 LAN Ports, 1 USB 2.0 port and 1 USB 3.0 port.
The ASUS RT-AC68U supports both 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz, the former with up to 1300Mbps and the latter with up to 600Mbps. This means you can perform a file download with your 2.4 GHz band while smoothly streaming HD videos at the same time with your 5 GHz band.
If you have experienced any dead or weak spots with the older ASUS models you can be pretty much sure that this new wireless router eradicates them all. Especially the 2.4GHz signal has longer reach and his stronger overall. Even if you’re living in a house or have a big apartment you should get your signal everywhere inside. Oh, and did I mention that the connection is very reliable? Since I started using this router I haven’t had a single problem that was not caused by my provider or a device that was not set up properly.
The ASUS RT-AC68U in comparison
|ASUS RT-AC68U||NETGEAR |
|Data Transfer Rate (max)||1900Mbps||3200Mbps (Tri-Band)||1900Mbps|
The ASUS RT-AC68U is a great piece of hardware. In my opinion it is the best wireless router you can get for a reasonable amount of money and for private use (which is obviously why I own it myself!). It’s stable, fast and has a good reach. I don’t care if the ASUS support is sometimes lacking because I haven’t felt any need to contact them at all. You can’t really beat the price/performance-ratio of this home router if your not looking for a high-end device.