Skip to: |

Newegg.com - A great place to buy computers, computer parts, electronics, software, accessories, and DVDs online. With great prices, fast shipping, and top-rated customer service - once you know, you Newegg.

If you are reading this message, Please click this link to reload this page.(Do not use your browser's "Refresh" button). Please email us if you're running the latest version of your browser and you still see this message.

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, HDTVs, Digital Cameras and More!

  • Wish List
  • Feedback
  • Help
Search all
Search
Home
Home > 
Computer Hardware > 
Networking > 
Wireless Networking > 
Wireless Routers > 
ASUS > 
Item#: N82E16833320193

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
  • Email this page
ICON Loading...

Learn more about the ASUS RT-AC68W

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


Customer Reviews of the ASUS RT-AC68W

Do you own this product? Write a Review

ICON Loading...

Filter Results

Go
  • 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.

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • Kristin F.
  • 3/6/2015 10:52:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDecent Router

Pros: Decent WiFi speeds even with stock firmware on it. Range seems to be good in an older 60's home.

Cons: Parental Controls - Decent but are lacking.

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • Nick E.
  • 3/1/2015 9:46:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAsus RT-AC68W

Pros: This router worked beautifully out of the box, Pretty simple setup for those that aren't familiar with it, and every setting youd need for the advanced user.

Cons: After three months the wifi died on the router, Nothing would connect to it.
Asus's customer service is indeed garbage. Sent a contact email, They waited the MAXIMUM amount of time they said to return an email, And their response was "factory reset it" and instructions on how to do so. And reset the passwords etc. Normally this would be fine except I stated in my email to them I had already done that. So I doubt they even read it.

Decided to give their online chat a try , Waited 45 minutes for someone to tell me that I was in the wrong chat department, so I waited another 5 minutes to have another rep from the business department tell me I was transferred to the wrong one AGAIN. However he helped me get the wifi working again at least to a crippled state. However its very crippled and half the devices in my house cant stay connected to it now so Im probably going to RMA it.

Other Thoughts: Personally I love this thing, just a dud. Which happens. Just wish asus's customer service wasnt so terrible besides the one rep I talked to.

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • Brian B.
  • 2/11/2015 1:06:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot Impressed ASUS

Pros: Easy setup and nice GUI, USB 3.0, and firmware upgrades. Very Fast WAN Port speeds, everything you should need. VPN Server feature is nice to have available.

Cons: Wireless drops constantly

Other Thoughts: I upgraded from the ASUS RT-N66U to this model to increase the wireless range at my house. Everything was fine for a month or 2, Then I started having WIFI issues randomly. Laptops, Tablets and Smart Phones are constantly disconnecting and reconnecting daily!!! This is unacceptable, No firmware upgrades available.

Any thoughts or ideas? I have tried disabling the 5 GHz with the same results. Cable modem was set to bridge mode, DHCP set on the router.

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • Jim W.
  • 2/4/2015 7:42:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFollow up to my prevous feedback

Pros: still fast over wired and wifi...

Cons: I give up. Asus REFUSED to call or provide any support from anyone with any knowledge as to why my port forward works on my old router and not the new one.
And then I was insulted over email and asked, "did you reboot the router and check the firmware?"... that was it. I've been building pc's since setting com port and irq jumpers on 386 motherboards, and you're asking if I rebooted the router??
I plugged my 8-year old router back in and everything works fine now.
I cannot in good conscious ever honestly recommend an asus product because of their complete lack of service.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Jim W.,

I apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you. I understand the frustration cause if my unit doesn't work as well and I call the support and I can't get any help or explanation I get frustrated as well. I want to help you with the issue. If you have already tried everything I can create an RMA fo r your unit so you can it to our repair facility. Please provide me your full name, mailing address, phone number and the unit's serial number and email it to me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150217613 in the subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • Jim W.
  • 1/28/2015 5:54:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNice router, HORRIBLE Asus support

Pros: Fast, bought the Intel 7260 laptop nic at the same time here on Newegg. My old router didn't even have gigabit ports, my wired speed benchmarked 50% higher, my wifi speed from my old N router is now 5-8x faster with the new AC card.

Cons: I have no choice but to return it. I had my port forwarding for my camera system working just fine for several years. I cannot get the new router to forward it, even with firewalls off, and the DVR IP in the DMZ. Verified latest firmware, got everything else working just fine.
I called Asus tech support and was connected to an absolutely horrible call center. Called three times. They're best at making you repeat things you've already told them, and repeatedly saying "Please hold while I look **something** up".
I then tried over and over to reach an on-shore call center, no go.

I've purchased several Asus products, mainly motherboards, over the years. Their customer service made this a real let down.

Other Thoughts: If I could have gotten the help I needed, I'd keep it and this would be a perfect 5-star rating.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Jim,

Thank you for posting this review and we appreciate it. I understand that you have issue with the unit and I want to help you with it. For a speedy troubleshoot please provide the following: config file, and router system log, and the firmware version you are currently using. 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. For furthet technical assistance please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N1501102247 in the subject libe for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • Gang Y.
  • 12/31/2014 10:47:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA good investment

Pros: - Best stock firmware (AsusWRT, which is based on Tomato).
- Many choices for 3rd party firmware, Merlin and etc
- Solid hardware
- Strong signals
- Implicit beamforming that supports legacy devices
- Fast speed
- and the most important feature: reliable

Cons: - Price: I use it as an AP. It is expensive for this purpose.
- VPN: VPN and other APPs run on Wireless router mode only

Other Thoughts: I purchased this to replace a TP-LINK AC1750 router. To me 1750 or 1900 are same as I don't have 450M 2.4G device. The TP-LINK was fast but its reliability was a big problem.

This is my 2nd Asus router. The other is RT-N56U. I love the RT-N56U and am still using it as a 2nd router.

I am a FiOS user. Actiontec is the primary router but I'm considering to make it a bridge, and use this RT-AC68W as the primary.

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • Ronald T.
  • 10/14/2014 10:15:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAsus RT-AC68W Router - OK Router

Pros: - USB 3.0 Ports (Qualified Positive - See Cons Below)
- Increased 5GHz Radio Signal Strength Over RT-AC66
- Easy Firmware Upgrade
- Large Community of Active Firmware Support to Give a Very Reliable Router With Many Features.

Go to smallnetbuilder.com for in-depth reviews of this router with comparisons to other high end routers. T Higgins does an excellent job of complete router analysis with equipment that is not readily available to most people.

smallnetbuilder.com also has excellent forums which are a great for open-source firmware. The Asus-Merlin 374.43_2 ver. 4 fork by John9527 is the firmware that I evaluated this router with. I found that the RT-AC68 is a very reliable router with no dropped connection, adjustable power levels to FCC maximum, Open VPN capability, acceptable QOS, reasonable Firewall for both IPv4 and IPv6, and tools to monitor the health of the router (radio and CPU temperatures).

Cons: - USB 3.0 Port is poorly shielded so Transfer Speeds are Slow (USB 2.0 Speed).
- NO Wireless Transfer Speed Gain Over RT-AC66
- Stock Asus Firmware is Limiting the Router Capability.
- CPU Temperature is 87C which is very High and may be a Failure Point.

Other Thoughts: I have purchased and evaluated RT-N66's, RT-AC66's, and now the RT-AC68W router. I have had D-Link (825) and Buffalo WZR-1750DHP routers. With every upgrade before now, from N600 to N900 to AC1700 I have seen an increase in signal quality, router reliability, and wireless transfer speeds. I have tweeked my RT-AC66 routers with high gain antennas and open source firmware to be very reliable, with no dropped connections, and excellent signal quality/strength. I was, and am still happy with the Asus RT-AC66 routers I have that I purchased for US$100 each here at Newegg.com.

Even though I didn't purchase the AC68W for increased speed (I purchased it as a backup for a potentially failing AC66 router), I hoped to continue the trend and get a further speed increase with the AC68W. I didn't see that wireless speed increase in my testing.

While I did see an increased signal strength coming from the AC68W, that did not translate into an increased download or upload speed between my servers and clients compared to the AC66R router.

Quite frankly, the only two features that are an "improvement" over the RT-AC66 router is A.) a USB 3.0 Port and B.) The ability of the Firmware to monitor the CPU Temperature. The USB 3.0 port on the RT-AC68 is poorly shielded resulting in defaulting to speeds no greater than USB 2.0 speeds. This is well documented and comparisons show the AC68 is in last place for this feature among AC1900 routers.

The ability to monitor CPU temperature is great. This ability only comes with the open-source firmware, not the stock firmware. Unfortunately, the knowledge of the CPU temperature made me concerned about router CPU longevity. The AC68 router that I purchased has a CPU idle temperature of 87C. Under high load, the CPU temperature exceeds 90C. The high CPU temperature is also well documented in the forums. I have not heard any reports of router failure from this - yet. The router hasn't been out that long.

I debated the rating to give this router. If you are upgrading from an N600 or N900 router, you will probably be extremely pleased with the wireless speed increase and the connection reliability. If you have another brand high end router AC1700 or better, the only thing I can think of as an advantage is the open-source firmware and the GUI. I have nothing against Tomato or DD-WRT. Shibby and Kong builds are the way to go for Netgear or D-Link routers. IMO, the Asus-Merlin Fork firmware is very hard to beat for the reliability and ease of installation/updating.

I paid US169.99 for the RT-AC68W. I didn't really see any advantage over the US$100 RT-AC66R routers I already have. The lack of performance increase and the USB 3.0 Port problem are the reasons I gave the router 3 eggs.

11 out of 13 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • Tina B.
  • 9/30/2014 5:08:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome and Beautiful

Pros: Blazing speed and very clean sensible interface. I love the overall beauty of the device as well.

Cons: It acted a little klugy out of the box but after downloading and installing the latest firmware it has performed excellent

Other Thoughts: I would have given 4.5 stars if I had the option

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • Amanjot L.
  • 9/28/2014 10:33:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStay away

Pros: Still thinking..

Cons: Asus customer service is a JOKE. I was not able to make the USB printer sharing thing work. Called up the tech support no., following is part of the conversation:
Me: "Am having problem getting the USB printer sharing feature to work. It worked on the first laptop, then I tried to make it work on the 2nd computer (2/5). I was not able to connect to the printer on the 2nd laptop, and when I checked again even the first computer that it was working on stopped working."
Asus: "change the SSID of the wireless network"
Me: "Done"
Asus: "Can you connnect to the internet now?"
Me: "Yes I can"
Asus: "Anything else you would like me to help you with today?"
Me: "What do you mean? Am still not able to use the printer sharing, I just checked"
Asus: "Oh, I didn't hear that printer part. I thought you were not able to connect to the internet using our router"
Me: "No, I can connect to the internet. But not able to use the EZ printer sharing, I followed all the instructions".
Asus: "What brand is your printer?"
Me: "Canon"
Asus: " I suggest you contact canon because it seems to be a problem with the printer"
Me: "What? Dont give me that cr**"
I HUNG UP RIGHT THEN.

Now, am sure some Asus person will come and comment on this post and be like please email me so that we can sort this out. That, is even a bigger joke, all they do is write comments on posts like this about they trying to help; when in fact they dont know anything and can not help with anything. Asus customer care is good for nothing. If Asus product works out of the box good for you, if not they try something else but no point in calling Asus.

6 out of 17 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

ICON Loading...

Protect Your Investment!

    • (more options) read warranty details

Send It As A Gift!

gift services details
Are you an E-Blast Insider? Subscribe Newegg e-Blast
PayPal
Shop without retyping payment details. Secure shopping made faster.
Check out with PayPal.

Home
Home > 
Computer Hardware > 
Networking > 
Wireless Networking > 
Wireless Routers > 
ASUS > 
Item#: N82E16833320193
Related Products
  RT AC52U Great Value Dual Band AC750 ...
Model Brand ASUS Model RT AC56U Spec Standards ...
Dual Band Performance Up to 450Mbps (2.4GHz) + ...
The RT N53 dual band router is from ...
Shop by Region: United States | Canada | China | Taiwan
VeriSign Click for the BBB Business Review of this Computers - Supplies & Parts in Whittier CAThis site protected by Trustwave's Trusted Commerce program Inc500
Policy & Agreement | Privacy Policy  © 2000-2015 Newegg Inc.  All rights reserved.
If the Adobe Reader does not appear when you click on a link for a PDF file, you can download Adobe Reader from the Adobe web site.