Let’s start with the setup. Seems like the right thing to do!
Setup & Software
Unfortunately, that’s one of the weak spots of the ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Router. The initial firmware is known to be buggy or downright broken. So if you first setup your new router it is likely that you will not be able to set up your connection correctly due to software problems. To get an updated and working firmware (if the newest shipments of the router don’t have it installed already which they should) you just need to download it from the manufacturers homepage. Keep in mind that you need to have your old router and connection running to do this!
Depending on your network you might also find the default settings to be lacking. I can’t go into great detail here but it might be necessary to read some tutorials or forum posts online to get the most out of your new wireless router.
One nifty little feature this router supports is the Download Master which allows you to download files through your router itself. So you can just attach an USB stick or a external harddrive to the wireless router, start the download and turn off your computer. Nice to save some electricity.
Hardware & Wireless Connection
The hardware is pretty much up to today’s standards. You’ve got yourself 4 LAN Ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports along with 3 detachable Antennas for 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz. Additionally, the CPU and RAM are strong enough to handle multiple connections and heavy traffic. Everything else is not that important for using the router at home, right?
The ASUS RT-N66U covers 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies with his concurrent bands, both up to 450Mbps. 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.
Concerning the performance of this wireless router (after setting everything up properly, of course) I have noticed no problems at all. The signal strength is great throughout the house on both bands (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz).
The ASUS RT-N66U in comparison
|ASUS RT-N66U||NETGEAR |
|TP-LINK Archer C7
|Data Transfer Rate (max)||900Mbps||1900Mbps||1750Mbps|
Absolutely solid performance/price ratio. The ASUS RT-N66U is not as powerful and fast as his younger brothers but it can be a good choice for people who don’t browse the Internet frequently or only do so for researching/social networking and not streaming or gaming. If you want an affordable and much more powerful solution I recommend the ASUS RT-AC68U.