Home network is one of the primary things for connecting to the Global network. Almost everyone has one wife enabled device at their home and for enjoying WiFi Services at home, you must be using Warless router. And today we got the chance to bring you the complete review of similar device ASUS RT-N66U. As you may have guessed, this is a router that takes over the functions of the “home administrator” to create and configure a wired / wireless networks, organizations, shared storage, network printer, etc. Today we look at a top-end of the Class IEEE 802.11n model ASUS RT-N66U with a claimed speed of up to 900 Mbit / s, support for the 2.4 and 5.0 GHz, four Gigabit LAN-ports and two USB-ports.
When you will open the box, you will find ASUS RT-N66U router and all the necessary accessories for it are stacked in a special compartment tray. In addition to the actual device here you will find a stand for vertical mounting, three removable external antenna of black matte plastic, network cable RJ45, compact power adapter, as well as the warranty card, and a brief manual in paper and electronic form.
Appearance and connectors
ASUS RT-N66U Wireless Router is made in the company’s design, which has been repeatedly used in the models of this brand (for example, ASUS DSL-N55U and ASUS RT-AC66U). Interestingly, the device proved to be weightier than other ASUS routers.
The main visual “chip” design stands nicely on textured surface of the top panel. I am glad that, unlike some other models do not use glossy, sleek and practical plastic, which is quite easy to remove dust on it. ASUS RT-N66U is revealing eight LEDs to signal activity on the router, each of the four LAN-port, WAN, wireless modules 2.4 and 5 GHz, as well as USB-ports. On the top rod is traditionally a metallic logo and model designation.
The base case of ASUS RT-N66U is densely dotted with holes for ventilation, only the front and rear panels don’t have holes. At the bottom you can find four rubber feet that are useful for horizontal router. To install the device in an upright position using two cross holes. To secure the router on the wall will need two screws with the appropriate heads, while for table you can use complete stand. This option will save space but a complete layout with all connectors (4 LAN, WAN, 2 USB) will not look too aesthetically pleasing.
ASUS RT-N66U comes with three external dual-band (2.4 / 5.0 GHz) antennas. Each of the antennas has three fixed positions relative to the fastening axis (0, 45 and 90 degrees) and further can rotate at full 360 degrees around the seat itself, which allows selecting the optimum position for any particular installation. The manufacturer recommends that the scheme “trident” in which the average of the antenna is positioned vertically and extreme tilted at an angle of 45 degrees to its side.
All the connectors and buttons are onto the back (upper vertical mounting) face of the housing of ASUS RT-N66U. The leftmost connector is Power supply socket, next to it there is a push-button that is a power switch with detent in the active position. This is followed by two stacked USB-ports and the reset button is tiny, submerged into the surface of the panel. Slightly to the left of the central antenna jack is WAN-port, followed by a family of four gigabit LAN-ports and completes the set start button quick setup wizard WPS.
Already on the designation of the device it is clear that the wireless router ASUS RT-N66U is a top-end for the N-Class model. With the support of the standards 802.11 a / b / g / n in the same two-band 2.4 and 5 GHz hero of our review can provide the overall rate of 900 (450 + 450) Mbit / s, not 750 (300 + 450) Mbit / as ASUS younger model. Such indicators are useful for advanced users that are actively using a wireless home network for online games, streaming HD-video with high bit rate and / or support for 3D, create a fast network storage and network connectivity for printer.
Torrent-lovers will appreciate the storage capacity of the router to support up to 300,000 concurrent connections at the same time and the system of autonomous download Download Master, which is able to upload files to a connected USB device at USB-port (unfortunately, only USB 2.0, although ASUS RT-N65U ports version is 3.0) hard drive without a computer can be attached to it. Built-in amplifier extends the range of the wireless network, and intelligent ASUS Ai Radar further improves the quality of data by optimizing the radiation pattern in accordance with the location of the signal in the consumer space.
Don’t forget, users with stationary devices that need access to the global network, with four Gigabit LAN-ports, you can connect a pair of desktop, gaming console and a TV with support for Smart TV. Also worth noting is the improved cooling system with massive aluminium radiators, increased to 256 MB of RAM and an impressive array of proprietary technologies that simplify setup and operation of the router ASUS RT-N66U .
Initial Setup of Router ASUS RT-N66U is very simple, just enter the PIN from the bottom of the case and you move on to the standard dialogue, which is prompted to enter the network name and security key level, and the type of security. The following is the procedure for setting the global network, for which you will need to know the access settings of your service provider, and you finally find yourself in a corporate web interface, where you can completely customize all the necessary parameters.
The setup process of ASUS RT-N66U is very simple, and in cases where there are questions, you can use the pop-up prompts. The interface is available in 20 languages. Pay special attention to monitor the traffic that allows you to track the situation in real time and the ability to manually adjust the capacity of a wireless transmitter (the default is 80 mW at 100 mW available).
During operation of the ASUS RT-N66U, it has shown itself quite well. The router noticeably heats up, but aluminium radiators and enough holes to cope with the problem – emergency reboots and hangs were not observed in spite of the ambient air temperature of 30 degrees. There are some problems with switching the wires for vertical installation of antennas sticking out between the cable bundles does not look very aesthetically pleasing. Blinking lights activity is shown by bright blue color that can also cause problems if you put the router in the bedroom, as virtually invisible during the day, at night, these lights may well hinder healthy sleep. Both of the above problems can be easily solved by installing a router outside the living area.
ASUS RT-N66U is top-end wireless router that supports the 2.4 and 5 GHz in the standard Wi-Fi 802.11n, four Gigabit Ethernet-port connectors and two USB 2.0. This model is for selected users with high demands on the stability and speed of data transmission, which do not yet have client devices that support the standard Wi-Fi 802.11ac.
+ High claimed speed data transmission (up to 900 MB / sec)
+ Work in the 2.4 and 5.0 GHz
+ Four Gigabit LAN-port
+ User-friendly web interface, the maximum number of settings
+ Support almost all popular technologies and functions
– Significant heating of the case
– USB 2.0 ports
– Price could be less
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