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This review is from: ASUS WL-ANT157 5dBi/7dBi High Gain Dual-band Wireless Antenna
Pros: It works
Cons: I can not tell the performance difference. I have had the internet performance issues for years and I upgraded many routers. After I failed to improve the internet performance by investing in router hardware, I bought a Motorola cable modem to replace the ISP's modem. It resolved my performance issue. The modem upgrade made my home network performance matches or exceeds the ISP's provisioning and the performance is very stable. Comparing with ISP's modem, the download speed improved more than 50 folds and more than 100 times for upload speed.
Other Thoughts: If you have an internet performance issue, you might need to think out of the box. The problem might not be your router, cable wire, Ethernet NIC card, or your USB adapter. Check your Modem, etc...READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Before I bought this router, most of my routers are from Linksys and Cisco. I had two Netgear routers and one other brand.
I bought this router 6 months ago. Comparing ASUS RT-AC66U with Cisco routers owned, it is superior in quality, performance, stability and throughput.
Cons: The wired connection, (base 100), is not as good as wireless connection. What I really deeded for wired is for the IP phone. My cable connection has 30Mbps download / 2 Mbps upload speed. The test shows the actual speed 20M/1M.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Paired with my ASUS RT-AC66U router, it is better than any of my 7 used N adapters, either built-in or external.
At 45 feet and 2.4G mode, the signal is at 4 bars, but the speed fluctuates a lot, from 5Mbps to 70Mbps. It drops connection from time to time.
At 45 feet and 5G mode, the signal is at 1 or 2 bars, after I connect to it at speed 100Mbps, it falls back to 2.4G immediately.
At 10 feet and 2.4G mode, the signal is at 5 bars, the speed fluctuates a little, from 90Mbps to 110Mbps. It drops connection a few times.
At 10 feet and 5G mode, the signal is at 5 bars, the speed range from 560Mbps-585Mbps. It drops connection from a few times.
ASUS product support is very good and polite. One time the driver was corrupted itself (my nettop is used for TV only, and never touch the installed software) and the led on the adapter was gone. i thought it must be dead and I called ASUS support.
Cons: A couple weeks ago, I bought another wireless adapter EdiMAX EW-7822UAC, $10 cheaper than ASUS.
Here is the comparison with EDIMAX (the same ASUS router):
At 45 feet and 2.4G mode, EDIMAX signal is at 4 bars, but the speed is stable at 70Mbps. I have not seen It drops yet.
At 45 feet and 5G mode, EDIMAX can not tell me the frequency it connected to. I will re-config my router to differentiate the frequency by names. Most likely it connected to 2.4G.
At 10 feet and 2.4G mode, EDIMAX signal is at 5 bars, the speed fluctuates a little, from 90Mbps to 110Mbps. It drops connection a few times.
At 10 feet and 5G mode, the signal is at 5 bars, the speed range is 610Mbps-670Mbps. I have not experienced the connection drop yet.
I did not test 10 feet and 2.4G mode for EDIMAX, because I can not tell the frequency (two frequency are setup with the same name in the router).
If I give EDIMAX 4 stars, I will give ASUS adapter 2 stars.