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ASUS (RT-AC68U) Wireless-AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router

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  • Up to 1900 Mbps, 802.11AC(1300Mbps over 5G) + 802.11N(600Mbps over 2.4G). Broadcom TurboQAM™ technology increases wireless-N data rate to600 Mbps for 33% faster performance
  • 1 x Gigabit WAN port, 4 x Gigabit LAN ports, 1 x USB3.0/1 x USB 2.0 support Printer/HDD/(3G/4G dongle) sharing.
  • AiRadar with Beam forming technology to ensure maximum WiFi coverage. Dual-core processor for fast and responsive performance with Wi-Fi, Ethernet and USB devices.
  • AiCloud to bring you multimedia sharing from outside network and Smartphone
  • Enhanced ASUSWRT interface for Easy 3steps setup through Tablet, Smartphone and PC
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  • Operating System: Windows 7 Windows 8 Windows Vista Business Windows Vista Enterprise Windows Vista Home Basic Windows Vista Home Premium Windows Vista Ultimate Windows XP Home Edition Windows XP Professional Mac OS X 10.1 Puma Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar Mac OS X 10.3 Panther Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
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Product Details

Model: RT-AC68U
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 3.3 x 8.6 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00FB45SI4
  • Item model number: RT-AC68U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,007 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 23, 2013

Product Description

Model: RT-AC68U

Asus Network RT-AC68U Wireless 802.11ac 1900Mbps Dual Band USB Gigabit Router Retail

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Customer Reviews

Sets up easily, and allows integrated VPN much more easily and reliably than DD-WRT. Set up is extremely easy, and the system is very robust (almost impossible to brick) Read more ›
This is a very powerful and very smart router. Set up is extraordinarily easy too. Upon first set up, it found a new firmware update. Read more ›
The setup was super easy, it's properly documented and the functions that the router provides are great. I like the AiCloud, it just mapped a drive in my computer screen to… Read more ›
The router to end all routers. Amazing signal and strength, and set up was crazy easy. Read more ›
Setup is pretty easy. I need to try some of the other features. Read more ›
This router is replacing a Comcast rental wireless router so I thought this would easily outperform…The setup was super easy and updating firmware looks to be equally easy. Read more ›
The speeds promised for wireless N devices were 600 MBps at 2.4 GHz. The download speeds were terribly low as stated earlier. It was a frustrating experience to have owned… Read more ›
Love it. Signal strength and speed are greatly improved. Read more ›
As soon as I received it and pulled it out of the box I installed it. And within 10 minutes I was back online and the speeds were incredible. I would sit at my desk and… Read more ›
Initially, it was great. The speed was good, and there were no issues at all. After about 2 months of use, the router has been pretty much worthless. Read more ›
The firmware was updated to version but the performance is very poor for 2.4G. Read more ›
Pros: The setup was as easy as advertised. The speed was great and was only limited by my ISP. Con's: the advertised syncing and USB storage. Read more ›
VPN server is a little buggy. Signal strength is great. Price could be cheaper. Read more ›
It appears to have a lot…We have a reasonably small house, so I cannot comment on the limits of the radio range, but the signal is very strong in every room of the house. Read more ›
First and foremost I was blown away by the performance. Both my 1Gb ethernet and wireless connections are faster than ever. In fact, my download performance from my cable… Read more ›
The range is finally back to the same as I had my N66u. Every one signal is strong again. Speed was also very good. Read more ›
For me is not working as expected. Signal is weak and fluctuating. Internet connection lost every 2-3 minutes or so. Read more ›
The performance is amazing! The signal appears as strong in the kitchen as in the bedroom! Great product! Read more ›
So I asked Ihim which router he thought was best and I tried this. Not only is my ping like 15ms lower but the coverage is great. My speeds are the same as being wired in… Read more ›
I've been using mine for 3 months now, with no problems. The range is great, extending upstairs and into my back yard. I appreciate the multiple channels for guests. Read more ›
My speeds are maxed and All of my devices (PCs, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Cell phones) run at top speed. The range is great as well. Im across my house and get good strength. Read more ›
The range is very good and the speed it great. Setup is easy and the features are pretty good. Read more ›
Setup was easy, cloned my existing firewalls mac. Wireless coverage is solid, mainly use it for ipads and smartphones. Have no AC devices to push its wireless throughput. Read more ›
This has been a fantastic router so far. The coverage is simply awesome compared to my old router even at 5Ghz. Speeds at 5ghz wireless range anywhere between 300-450Mbps… Read more ›
The router was easy to install. Configuration was relatively easy.. It is noticeably faster than previous routers. Read more ›
Parental controls are simple and very powerful - I can limit the time of the day, by week and weekend, that the kid's Roku can connect to the internet and use the Network… Read more ›
This is the best router I have ever used. VPN and level of control over features is amazing. Supports a very low latency connection, so gaming and VOIP are great. Read more ›
I have a combo of PCs, Macs, tablets and phones on this thing and it's just fine. Parental controls are gorgeous and easy to use. No regrets yet! Read more ›
Worked fine with cox cable modem, almost plug n play (may need to renew ip address – by going to windows…WPA2-Enterprise Wi-Fi Security was difficult to setup for home use. Read more ›
We have no issues with range or connectivity. The extra features are nice for setting up the different security levels. I am amazed at the speeds at which I am able to… Read more ›
so far, this is the best router ive used. very easy to configure and the interface is amazing. Setting up additional features, such as port fowarding, aicloud, etc have… Read more ›
But the good news is Merlin's firmware is open source, based on the ASUS…Technically, except for the firmware, this is a terrific router with great range and capabilities. Read more ›
The VPN client set-up is a nightmare for users who have bought this router and after buying numerous…The router setup is easy and the firmware updates are painless. No… Read more ›
Highly disappointed !!! The firmware is full of bugs, although it has been more than a year after the launch, the firmware is still buggy! Simply it is bugware, not a… Read more ›
It is also awesome that I can create two different network name…The interface is really nice and I really love that I can monitor what is connected to the wireless network. Read more ›
The bad: * ASUS's software house handling the firmware development performs rather poorly. Laughably bad quality for years now over the dozens of firmware updates I have… Read more ›
Since I have a server behind…ASUS email support is beyond terrible, obviously not even reading my emails and simply forwarding generic responses unrelated to my questions. Read more ›
However last night the router died and restoring did not help ... no wired or wireless connections. ASUS support is awful. I kept telling them i have already done as… Read more ›
Speed on my…This product is crap, the ASUS customer support is terrible, and the Tech support reads lines off of a computer and has no clue what they are talking about. T… Read more ›
My Netgear router which is 5-6 years old had superior performance. Also, the customer service has been horrible. Read more ›
Range is excellent and has allowed for use of streaming audio and video in my…Technical support is also great and answered a set up question without a long hold time. I… Read more ›
It has been a lot better since I installed the asuswrt-merlin firmware, but printer control is still rotten. USB hard drive support is also weird. Why can't it just act… Read more ›
Downloads are fast. I found the interface very user friendly and easy to navigate. I have found no bugs with the firmware at all and even in the basement I'm getting full… Read more ›
It's not perfect but it's definitely a big step up for us. Setup is easy too and the admin page for this router is very simple to navigate. It is a fairly large unit… Read more ›
Let me start by saying this router has excellent range and speeds. Its UI is great and easy to use. I've had no problems in the 2 months I've used this router. Read more ›
It's a pricey router, but I feel it is well worth the investment as it offers the…The web browser based user interface is great and easy to use even for a novice like me. Read more ›
Very fast. easy to use/configure and the bonus USB ports are very helpful if you want some kind of NAS but don't have a NAS hookup on your drive. Read more ›
range is great on both 5ghz and 2.4ghz. simple to use and for advanced users plenty of customization. cloud is super cool also been watching movies at my friend house off… Read more ›
I use port…I starting setting it up as open but with mac list for access. (open network is fast with mac access list, nobody can connect, unless you spoof the mac. But… Read more ›
It's done everything I expected very well. The ability to attach a hard drive to it to access over the network has been very useful. I'm using it in AP mode as I need to… Read more ›
The network monitor is pretty useful. I wish it told you how much each user was using though. Read more ›
Another thing that improved is that on all of my wireless devices I have…I also noticed that my weekly backup from my PC to a network drive has been completing faster now. Read more ›
I run a small business and bought 2 routers RT-AC68U and RT-N66U to create an extended networks (2 internal and 2 guests). The performance of the networks is below average. I… Read more ›
I specifically used this amazon account…ASUS says the fastest router in the world, yes this is true, but its not consistently true because the 5ghz network is so slow. I… Read more ›
I can now walk anywhere I want in my house and still keep a signal. Even though this was a bit pricey, it was well worth the cost! Read more ›
There's an old saying, "The sting of a high price is quickly forgotten with the pleasure of high quality." Well, to me, this is a class act. This is the first… Read more ›
I told them simply send me a replacement working router, and they can have my credit card on file so that if they don't get the other router back from me, they can charge… Read more ›
It is easy to install and configure. The speed is unmatched and well worth the price IF you need all the bells and whistles on a router. If your just looking for plug and… Read more ›
So far ASUS has been unable to fix all the bugs. I want my money back and think ASUS should pay us back full price and for the pain and misery it has caused. Read more ›
Pros: Range in AC mode was very good (great even), speed with 3 up and 3 down…Cons: price, i have used some other routers that were close in performance with lower prices. Read more ›
This things great, upgraded from an old Linksys and it cleared up a number of minor issues I was having with the…The upright design is perfect, I wish everyone would do it! Read more ›
Absolutely fantastic speeds and router design is superb. I installed this on my gigabit fiber connection and am seeing wireless up/down speeds of 150mb/s when using my… Read more ›
I was excited about the router when I first installed it…The software design and the user interface is brilliant . . . . . BUT, the electronic design is severely flawed. Read more ›
no hype with this modem, nasty fast connections, great guest network and sleek cute design awesome Read more ›
It's awesome! Fast speeds, cool looking design, great future-proofing... it's got it all. Read more ›
Some people felt this design was awkward looking and wanted this to have a wall mount kit. For my purposes it works well and has a simple design where form follows function. -… Read more ›
There have been no issues with lag, screen freezes or pixelization. It seems a bit faster than the Netgear R6300, but really they are both like rocketships compared to our… Read more ›
In my opinion the RT-AC68U Router has flawless performance, security; easy setup (on screen GUI), firmware update, all that and Blazzzzing fast speed and is worth the… Read more ›
Also, for non-wireless experts, it would have been nice to have a simple screen (upon setup) that walks one through the difference between 2.4ghz and 5ghz frequencies. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

184 of 211 people found the following review helpful By Joosby C. on October 9, 2013
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10/11/13 UPDATE : Received router on 10/8 and review was written with 1st day experiences, I ranked it a 5 star purchase at the time. I'll leave that review intact as a basis of the overall experience but will add a brief update first and my score is going to go down based off of that. since first day, I have started to notice diminished performance that gets alleviated with reboots, obviously not ideal though. Others are reporting degrading signal strength over time on the 5ghz band too. It feels like a fw update could fix it but it's a lot to pay for a hope and a prayer. This sent me to test out the r7000 so today I tried out the netgear r7000 to compare/contrast. tested via ipad4 and iphone 5s at distances of ~40 feet, ~65 feet, and ~85 feet all on the 5ghz band. In general, the ac68u was 10-20 mbps faster then the r7000 on downstream, at times a few mbps faster on the uploads. at the furthest distance, the ac68u was upwards of 30mbps better although i'll note, the iphone 5s connection at that distance was fairly sporadic for both routers. At times could get decent speeds, at times couldn't get connected so I went to the 2.4 band on the 5s and on average kept a decent connection but not great and the ac68u frankly had a pronounced speed advantage on the 2.4 band here. Not all roses hence why I have dinged the router a star though. On average, the r7000 was noticeably more consistent with its speeds at each distance while the ac68u had wilder fluctuations in either direction. 20mbps better on one reading, 40 worse on another. In my rankings, I tried to show what they got on the high end of results but the ac68u definitely had moments well below as well. It was easier to assess what the r7000 was going to give me, it typically differed in results by 3-5 mbps.Read more ›
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Simmonds on November 13, 2013
Style Name: RT-AC68U
Well I guess I must be one of the lucky ones that has not experienced any problems with this top notch router. I bought this from Best-Buy last week as I was in a neighborhood that had one in stock. Amazon didn't have any - but now I see that they do!!! Gah !! Oh well. The speed and robustness of the router is far better than any of the other routers I have had (LinkSys, Dlink and SMC). Those are now boxed up and put to rest.

The set up was easy. Plugged it in to my cable modem, rebooted everything and the router and modem recognized each other straight away - no need to configure qateways or IP addresses. I used the same WPA pass phrase as the previous router and all my devices were connected.

The reach and bandwidth of the signal - like most other people have experienced - is very strong and stable for all B/G/N devices. I don't have any AC devices yet. VPN works - which is essential for access to my company's servers and intranet.

The router interface is so intuitive and is dynamic. When you make a change you see that change immediately - no need to refresh the screen. The network layout, the information it pulls from attached devices and clients is like a mini network management system.

I bought a Toshiba 1.5TB USB 3.0 external drive, attached it to each device that I wanted to copy the majority of my media files from then plugged it in to the router's USB 3.0 slot(Network Attached Storage). The router recognized it. Any additional files I found I just dragged and dropped onto the NAS through the network. I then enabled DLNA in the router - my Galaxy S3, Asus TF201, Bluray Player, Smart TV and laptops all recognized the Toshiba drive as a media server.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By cac22 on October 24, 2013
Style Name: RT-AC68U
I purchased this item at Canada Computers since Amazon were out of stock.

I replaced my Asus AC66U with this new AC68U, so I am used to the product and interface.

Other reviews say how fast it is, so I concur, it is very fast, no need to add anything to that.

It also handles dual wan, which is a good feature if you want to make sure to always be connected (2 ISP's at same time).

The main comment I want to make with this router is that no matter how advanced this router is, it is extremely easy to set up, even if you are a networking newbie.

I also have this set-up with L2TP VPN service with stock firmware, so no need to flash it with DD-WRT or similar 3rd party firmware.

From the new box to having a full working network in the home, with VPN "in-router" set-up, 2TB USB 3.0 HDD attached and AICloud (your own personal cloud) set-up, and testing for good working condition, it took me less than 10 minutes... You can't beat that and ASUS did a fantastic job with the firmware and GUI.

After almost 2 weeks working 24 hours a day with fairly heavy use, it has yet to be reset once, which was an issue with the AC66U (in my case) that needed to be reset every day or so.

So far, that 220$ + router has been up to the "already-very-high" expectations.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By vimish on July 3, 2014
Style Name: RT-AC68U
Had the router for 9 months now.
Very satisfied with the performance and the updates from Asus. Device is very stable. Fail over needs a minor tuning, but overall this router does very well.

I work from home and starting having trouble with my DECT headset. A few months later, I resolved. Read on....

Here is a tip for working with high end wireless routers that use the 5Ghz frequency (n/a/ac) while also using the high end DECT headset (eg Jabra GN9350 headset) connected via USB and operating over VOIP. The advantage of using wifi on the 5Ghz frequency over the old 2.4Ghz frequency (b/g/legacy n) is that it is super fast (up to 857 Mbps bi-directionally vs 130/300 Mbps), has 2-3 times the range, is less crowed, and is highly stable.

High end routers achieve their speed by using several bandwidths (20/40/80 Mhz) and channels within those bandwidths simultaneously and by 'beamforming' (an algorithm that focuses radio power to a particular device). Note that the DECT phones ensure security hopping across bandwidths and channels.

Technically the wifi and the DECT transmissions shouldn't overlap, but I found a very loud clicking, sharp crackling, and near constant static on my DECT headset to the point where it was nearly unusable.

The issue was in my home office I have multiple wireless devices in one room. A printer and iPhone3 on 2.5Ghz (g/legacy n) , an iPhone5 on 5Ghz (n), two wireless laptop network adapters on 5Ghz (ac), and a DECT headset base. All sorts of radio beams were being focused in the room and saturating all frequencies, bandwidths, and channels. The router is about 80 ft away on another floor.

Solution... on the router I set the 2.
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