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ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

  • Up to 900Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Concurrent Dual-Band
  • Four Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • Download Master for Wireless Data Storage
  • Detachable High-Powered Antennas
  • Two USB Ports
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
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  • Jason P.
  • 3/23/2015 6:47:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNOT FOR MOBILE DEVICES!

This review is from: ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: Faster wired connection than my WRT54G.

Cons: I have only owned two routers a WRT54G and this one. The WRT54G is awesome. That thing just works.

This router randomly drops my tablets and cell phones, both apple and android. However the wired connections stay strong (PC, Homeserver, PS3).

It's so frustrating when you're comfortably sitting on the couch using your tablet and BAM no internet, nothing. Or when you're watching a movie from your server, nope, not going to happen. Sometimes you'll get a couple hours of solid connectivity, but for the most part it's up and down. Doesn't matter doesn't matter if it's the 2.4 or 5 GHz, they both drop.

This is a known problem with this router, just google it, it's all over the place.

It's got the latest firmware, so that's not the issue. It's just not a solid piece of equipment.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer

I definitely understand your concern in regards to your router that randomly drops wireless connectivity. I would like to assist you on this matter. Have you tried changing the control channel of the router to 1,6 or 11. You can also boost the channel bandwidth to 80 MHz for your 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz to increase the strength. Please be advised that placement takes a huge roll as well be sure to place the router up high and no near the floor as signal tends to get distorted sometimes refracted back up causing interference. Kindly email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and place case # N150380764 in the subject line for a reference.

Best regards,

Manuel

ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • William K.
  • 3/22/2015 7:41:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest of the Routers I Have Owned

This review is from: ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: Relatively easy setup. Plenty of 3rd party setup information available on the internet / you tube demos.
Excellent range (turned transmit power down to 80%) and still great coverage in my 4200 sq. ft 3 story home with basement. Great coverage in former problem areas of my home.
Recovers with no intervention after power outages.
Handles many multiple wireless devices with no issues and steady bandwidth.

Cons: Minor - it's the largest of the routers I've owned.

Other Thoughts: I have used several brands of routers (and not the cheap ones) over many years and this is my first ASUS. It by far has the best performance and coverage even with the transmit power turned down to 80%.. All of the previous routers I used would drop coverage intermittently and required resets. They also all eventually died and I suspect because the transmitters burned out. Being able to turn down the transmission power on this Asus should aid longevity. I have been using the Asus for over 5 months of continuous service with no reboots needed. I had become very cynical about routers but I have to admit that I am very impressed. The big test was a huge family party with everyone's mobile devices including our own logged in and the Asus handled all of the demand flawlessly. If this router lives long enough to my satisfaction, I will look at Asus first for its replacement. We have two home businesses and all of our wireless devices running on this router so it does get a good daily workout. Last observation - Antenna orientation makes a huge difference. We have one problem room in our house that no previous router was able to cover reliably or well and the Asus initially was not reaching it well either. By orienting one of the antennas as recommended by Asus, we now have the best coverage we've ever had anywhere in that room equaling the performance in the rest of our house. The router is located on the first floor at the front of the house so it has a lot of walls to penetrate and distance to cover.

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  • Leroy E.
  • 3/17/2015 1:16:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFAST router!

This review is from: ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: Speed
Ease of use
Connectivity
Looks VERY sleek and stylish

Cons: WPS doesnt reach very far but other than that, its perfect!

Other Thoughts: the only thing they could fix is the WPS range.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/16/2015 6:14:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs1.5 Years of use.

This review is from: ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: Mature router, MIPS, Looks, Interface, Speed, Stability and Range.

Cons: Took a few years... But this router is now pretty much solid.

Other Thoughts: I bought this router back in 2013. It had a number of issues with Wi-Fi and other things. But it's been a long road and it seems to be looking bright.

In 2014 I bought the R7000 (Night Hawk) because of the AC. But the R7000 to this day is still plagued with issues regarding stability. I had given away my Dark Knight and just recently got it back. I was amazed at how much better it has gotten.

All I know is I play a lot of online games and this router is by far the best of the two. With the R7000 I would have delay in shot registration... With the RT-N66U there is virtually none. I attribute this to the MIPS and maturity of the RT-N66U. While the R7000 uses an ARM based processor and is less mature.

The RT-N66U so far has been rock solid on the Wi-Fi front. I haven't had any issues yet. Unlike my R7000 which constantly needs a reboot every few days, fails to respond to connection requests from auto connects and last but not least... Painfully slow Wi-Fi speeds randomly.

I hope this router has a continued long product life. IMO it's the best router out there. If I ever do lose my router to the ravages of time... It would be nice to keep using something I know works and works WELL. Baring an revision of course.

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  • GARY F.
  • 3/14/2015 1:01:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood. Quality could be better.

This review is from: ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: Firmware can be DDWRT, Merlin. The bugs are worked out before Asus gets them worked out. Just installed John's [Fork] Merlin 374.43. It keeps some of the channels that have been removed from the later firmware. Plus you get all of the fixes from the newer builds. My wireless connection is nearly twice as fast as what it was with older firmware. Getting 100Mbps on 2.4 and up to 172Mbps on 5G.

The thing runs hot. They could have easily designed it better. I'm a bit worried my 32 Gb flash drive will die early because of the heat. I'm gonna buy a short cable to get the drive away from the case. But that's a pain in the rear as I'll have the drive dangling from the body.

VPN is supposed to be solid although I haven't dove into that yet. The forums are the best source of information. I've waited up to 40 min when I call Asus support. Figured out most everything on my own by reading. It's hard to brick this thing unless you don't have a clue on what you're doing.

Cons: Rather cheaply built. Heat issues couldhhave been avoided with better design.

Other Thoughts: Overall very satisfied.

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  • Gerald C.
  • 3/14/2015 9:41:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Router, Best with Asuswrt-Metlin

This review is from: ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: -Good range
-Reliable, even with long uptime and heavy traffic use
-Easy to use management UI with a lot of options
-Intelligent QoS which works reasonably well and requires no complex setup
-External antennas which can be replaced to improve range
-Had proper activity LEDs for all major functions

Cons: -Stock firmware is not as robust or feature packed as Asuswrt-Metlin
-USB ports only support 2.0
-Multi-function printer support limited to a small selection of old models
-Limited DDNS support
-Management UI is often sluggish

Other Thoughts: My opinion is that this is an excellent wireless N router. We've had problems getting wireless N coverage throughout our entire house but this model was able to do so without an issue. If we were to replace the antennas, we might get even better coverage. I *highly* recommend installing the Asuswrt-Merlin firmware variant which is available from http://asuswrt.lostrealm.ca. It's officially sanctioned by Asus and adds many more features and customisability to the unit. It's also updated frequently and well supported, though I do wish it performed a bit better in terms of moving around the different screens.

I also really like that Asus is one of the last consumer router companies that still believes in putting proper activity LEDs on the unit to monitor what it's doing. I hate this Apple-driven trend of removing status lights from everything which makes troubleshooting way harder than it needs to be. It's dead simple to diagnose this unit with all the LEDs it has and if you don't want them, Asuswrt-Merlin actually gives you the ability to disable them if you want. It's the best of both worlds.

We're very happy with this model and especially with Asuswrt-Merlin, I can heartily recommend it.

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  • Samuel L.
  • 3/9/2015 6:26:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

This review is from: ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: Very easy to setup
Perfect router for watching streaming HD video if you have the internet service to justify it
I am in my basement, router on 2nd floor, = 5 bars.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: My parents were trying to watch HD streams with the WRT-54g
Nokia phones have nothing on that thing

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  • David A.
  • 3/9/2015 2:30:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Router Ever

This review is from: ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: WIth over 20 years of IT experience, I have seen a LOT of hardware. One of the most important pieces for any modern home is a router that is not only easy to set up, but also consistently sends hi-quality WI-FI throughout the home. I have used nearly every brand of router commonly available and without a doubt, this one is the BEST. While it is more expensive than most, you really do pay for what you get! This thing is lightning fast,what does that mean?? It means it can handle 3 tablets (running 1 online game each), 3-4 pc's on the internet (2 playing online MMORGP games) AND 2 tv's streaming netflix.....SIMULTANEOUSLY in a 2 story house with no noticable lag!! If you are an online gamer, this thing is your new nirvana....lag on WOW went from 200-250ms to less than 50ms! Set-up took 15 minutes including a firmware update. ASUS is well known for making great motherboards, and this is another example of their expertise. Finally, Newegg service and packaging was perfect: router arrived in flawless condition.

Cons: None

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  • Robert M.
  • 3/8/2015 2:16:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter range

This review is from: ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: The installation was simple and it has worked flawlessly since installed. Reception around the home is substantially better than with previous Dlink router.

Cons: The WPS button and the power switch are at opposite sides of the same panel. Be certain not to hit the button by the power cord when gunning for WPS.

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  • Roger M.
  • 3/4/2015 1:31:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOK, if you don't mind getting hacked

This review is from: ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: Does its job as a "router" well.

Cons: Easily hacked. I bought 2 for different locations and both have been hacked. The last attack brought up a Phishing "FCC" page on every device (PC, iMac, iPhone, iPad) that connected to it that said my internet service had been "suspended" until I verified my age. Just push here please. Just google "asus router vulnerability" and you'll see the list of problems. Fortunately for me, the hackers were none too subtle and I shut things down quickly. I am also suspect of the DDNS service as well as the USB attached drive capabilities. To be fair, this is not the only router that has been recently hacked.

Other Thoughts: And yes, the admin pw was changed to something obscure. Firmware updated occasionally. If you have these units and must continue to run them, consider the Merlin firmware update which has addressed some of the known/published issues. Conversations with my ISP security folk lead me to believe that this is the tip of the iceberg after several exploits were widely published a short time ago. Mine are heading for the trash.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Roger

I fully understand your concern in regards to the router that you have, and my apologize for any inconvenience it caused you. I would like to personally assist you on this matter. Kindly email me back at customerloyalty@asus.com and place case # N150316259 in the subject line for a reference.

Best regards,

Manuel

ASUS Customer Loyalty

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