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ASUS RT-AC68W Dual-Band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router

  • Up to 600+1300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • Three times faster performance than 802.11n routers
  • Broadcom TurboQAM technology increases wireless-N data rate to
  • 600 Mbps for 33% faster performance

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Dallin M.
  • 8/15/2015 10:37:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat when it works

Pros: This router is fast. It will handle the high speeds that we desire and does so while keeping ping low.

Cons: I need to reset this router at least once a day to keep the speed up. I originally thought it was the modem, but it's this guy. The speed will drop to under a Mb per second when we pay for over 100. A reset will fix the issue for the moment, back to its speedy self, but then it cuts out even hours later if I am doing anything that uses the network like gaming and streaming. Its sad that an ASUS product has to be so annoying.

Other Thoughts: It looks pretty cool compared to other routers I have had.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Dallin,

I want to thank you for posting this review and we are sorry to hear your experience with the router. On behalf of ASUS we apologize for any inconvenience this issue has caused you. Please allow me to assist you, was the router's firmware updated? can I have the firmware version that is currently installed to the router for me to check. Having an updated firmware helps a lot because it fix issues that the router may have.

For further technical assistance or if you want to discuss this matter with me, please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case #N150854160 in the subject line for a reference. I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Best regards,
Jerry
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Silvia C.
  • 8/2/2015 4:57:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorked great for a while

Pros: Good range. Rarely requires reset. Attractive (the white version blends in well with my white walls). Easy setup.

Cons: Unexpected low reliability for an ASUS product. Requires repair after 5 months.

Other Thoughts: This is my third ASUS router, and the first one that has given me any trouble. After only five months I am unable to log in to manage the router and ASUS is having me send it in for repair. Fortunately I kept my last ASUS as a backup.

For $200 I expected higher quality.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Silvia,

I want to thank you for posting this review and I understand that you have an issue with the router. On behalf of ASUS we apologize for any inconvenience this issue has caused you but let me go ahead and further assist you. Can we have a detailed information about the unit's issue? have you tried updating the router's firmware to try to fix the issue?

For further technical assistance or if you want to discuss this matter with me, please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case #N150809991 in the subject line for a reference. I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Best regards,
Jerry
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Donald K.
  • 7/7/2015 4:34:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Router

Pros: Super fast speeds on both 2.4 and 5 ghz bands. This is used in a heavy gaming family (3 pcs, 3 xbox one, 3 playstation 3, 5 tablets, 4 smartphones). The router is centrally located in the house but I walked down the street testing the range it still connected to it at about 300 feet! My main reason for getting it was signal drop because of walls with other routers and this has really impressed me.

I've not had any overheating issues like others have had but I make sure nothing is directly next to it so it has good airflow.

I did install the latest firmware as soon as I got it to avoid any issues while setting it up. I currently run 3 SSIDs concurrently, one for consoles/phones, one for gaming computers and one for guests. I cannot explain how nice it is to be able to separate that and how well it works. Just fantastic. On that note, I did try and break it the first week I got it and had a "break the router party" where I had my friends over and put on EVERY possible device running HD videos from youtube (17 in all) and they all ran without lag! Max I could run in HD before was 3 so it was a crazy improvement that blew me away.

The BIOS for the router is very easy to access and adjust settings to your liking. I liked having the ability to shut off connections to any device at any time I chose (kids going to bed, etc). My internet provider did try and give me a hard time when I bought it saying they wouldn't offer tech support because they wanted me using theirs but they have horrible wifi connections and I'm glad I ignored their threats. Online community is nice if you have troubles I've found.

I've had this router for about 6 months now and I'm very happy with it. The only reason I'm writing this review is that I also do tech repair and decided to come on here to order another one for a customer and saw all the negative reviews and couldn't believe it. This thing is rock solid for me and I wanted others to know that.

Cons: Buying a high end router like this, the price is really offsetting to many that might not know if it's worth the price. It is not cheap to be sure but it is worth the expense in my opinion. At least it is if you connect with many devices like my family does.

If you have never set up a router, there is a small learning curve involved but it's not too hard. If you are confused about what a setting does, just go online and read a few explanations until you do. It's really not too difficult but if you do get confused, there are standard settings others use that you can also follow. Just don't use THEIR passwords, :P.

Other Thoughts: After using this for over six months, I can honestly say that this is the best performing router I've ever used. I do occasionally reset the router because I notice a performance drop when Brighthouse does a line check between 2-4 am. They don't do it all the time but it does disconnect me from the internet and restarts their modem when they do it (usually lasts for a couple of mins.) I'm usually up gaming at that time and I do notice a drop in performance when it happens so now I just reset the router when the modem comes back up and it works at full speed again. Just wanted to put that out there for anyone having issues and resets help bring performance back up. Also, make sure your router is capable of running at higher speeds that the AC1900 can provide. Some cable companies will give you a router that barely meets requirements for your speed. Since upgrading to a better modem, I consistently see download and upload speeds beyond what I'm promised on my 90mb line.

I hope this helps in some small way. Have a great day and happy gaming!

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  • Donald M.
  • 6/14/2015 3:06:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy fault. Great router.

Pros: Works great.
Many many features.
Great signal range.
Fast throughput.

Cons: Power button too easy to press? Only a fault because I had accidentally turned the unit off.

Other Thoughts: I just gave this unit a 1 egg because it was not working after a month. It turned out to be my fault. While I hate to publicly admit my own fault, it is only fair to ASUS that I do so. This is a great product.

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  • Donald M.
  • 6/13/2015 5:10:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDied nearly exactly to one month after purchase date.

Pros: I love all of the features on this unit. I love the fact that it is 802.11ac. Dual channel. Strong signal.

Cons: It died in one month. I paid full price and the price is not cheap.

Other Thoughts: My co-workers teased me because they could get the cheaper TP-Link brand and get great performance. I scoffed at them. Now I have to eat crow. I'll RMA it and I hope to have better luck with the next one.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Donald,

Thank your for your time in posting a review about our products. We are sorry to hear your experience with the unit, can we have more information about the unit's issue or if you have a case or RMA number for me to review. All ASUS products undergo intensive quality control testings and final inspections for both hardware and software before sending it out to the stores worldwide. ASUS provides warranty for the unit in order to fix or repair any isolated factory escape defect.

For further assistance, please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and place the case#N150720861 in the subject line for reference.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best regards,
Jerry A
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Daniel N.
  • 5/21/2015 10:48:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: - Updated to DD-WRT firmware
- Dual band running in parallel using 2 different SSIDs

Cons: White. I preferred black but got white on sale. Black wasn't on sale.

Other Thoughts: Seems to be working with DD-WRT. I have another client-bridge router (DD-WRT) connecting to this router. Everything seems to be working so far.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/8/2015 10:36:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbetter than expected

Pros: very very friendly user interface. excellent first time setup process (actually makes you change the default admin password before you can connect to the network fully). easy to use, bandwidth monitoring, web history,

Cons: it's white...

Other Thoughts: several of my colleagues bought this router and have all been very happy with it. i have heard of one report of heat affecting wireless (his ac in the house went out). this is my first router i've purchased for myself and was very impressed with quality and features. i don't ask for much from a router but it has cleaned up my network speeds greatly over the default FIOS router. wireless seems to be in the good range ( i have a lot of walls in the way so better router placement might be needed to hit the living room more effectively). i would HIGHLY recommend this router to anyone who wants to replace their internet providers unit.

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  • Benjamin Y.
  • 5/4/2015 12:54:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSo far it is a good router

Pros: 1. Good price with the promotion code.
2. Well built and feature rich software.
3. Strong range on 2.4Ghz but average on 5 Ghz.

Cons: 1. Average on 5 Ghz.

Other Thoughts: I am a Cisco network engineer and work with network equipment all the time. I like this router. Not only it looks great but it also working good so far. I updated the latest firmware right after I received the router from Newegg. So far it did not drop any connectivity, either 2.4G or 5G. I will leave it run for couple months before I would install open source software. I will give update on this review.

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  • Eric W.
  • 4/26/2015 9:44:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Router

Pros: Longer Range than my previous router
Nice software which has a nice look and easy to navigate
Recognizable brand ASUS

Cons: Cost
Newer Bandwidths/Standards that will replace this

Other Thoughts: Though newer bandwidths are not necessary and also new standards such as AC 2***, it matters if you can have the technology compatiable with it as well. If all devices have just wireless N, there's no benefits in using AC except for the exceptional ranger which is a few feet more. This router has served it's purpose and I definitely like the fact I have some wireless coverage at my room than my previous router which was capable of wireless N. I have been able to get less problems such as dropped connection or I was able to troubleshoot it easier with the software of this router.

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  • Brian J.
  • 4/15/2015 6:47:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBurnt out after 3 months

Pros: Was able to handle streaming and multiple devices with almost zero lag

Cons: Burnt out after 3 months; purchased in January and now I have to go through ASUS to try to figure out why it no longer powers up.

Other Thoughts: Tried to do a reset do to a serious amount of lag one day; after I powered it down, it would no longer turn back on. I've tried EVERYTHING. This is way too expensive to only have lasted 3 months. Very disappointed. ASUS has been my go-to company for many years now. Seems like their QA is starting to slip.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Brian,

I want to thank you for posting this review and I understand that you have an issue with the router. On behalf of ASUS we apologize for any inconvenience this issue has caused you but let me go ahead and further assist you. Was there any loose connection from the power adapter to the router is everything perfectly plugged in? can we have serial number of the unit for us to check warranty? All ASUS products undergo intensive quality control testings and final inspections for both hardware and software before sending it out to the stores worldwide. ASUS provides warranty for the unit in order to fix or repair any isolated factory escape defect.

For further technical assistance or if you want to discuss this matter with me, please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case #N150768749 in the subject line for a reference. I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Best regards,
Jerry
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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