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A noisy, but otherwise solid router
on May 22, 2016
My previous router was an Asus RT-N66u, which was starting to function less reliably than I would like. I had that router for more than three years, and was very happy with it. When I decided to get another Asus router, I was hoping it would be the same, dependable workhorse that my previous router was.
I got the new unit setup and configured easily. I started noticing an intermittent buzzing sound, likely from a cheap or defective capacitor. The buzzing isn't very loud, but it is noticeable, and moderately annoying - especially coming from a device that should be totally silent. After having the unit for several days, I determined that the buzzing corresponded with wifi activity (on either the 2.4 or 5 GHz bands). Moderate wifi usage would result in an intermittent buzzing, while heavy wifi loads (like running a speed test) would result in a continuous buzz. I contacted Asus support, who said the router was likely defective, and that I should return it for a new unit. I did just that, but unfortunately the second model I received has the exact same issue.
Overall the router is great - it's a nice small size, the interface is easy to use, and it has a great feature set. If not for the buzzing sounds it makes, it'd be a five-star router.
Edit: I'm revising my rating down to two stars, due to have now tried three units, all of which buzz, and one of which intermittently reset. I'm worried the third unit that I have will also develop the intermittent reset problem.