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|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
ASUS Dual-band 3x3 AC1750 Wifi 4-port Gigabit Router with speeds up to 1750Mbps & AiRadar to strengthens Wireless Connections via High-powered Amplification Beam-forming - 2x USB 2.0 Ports (RT-AC66U)
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- 5th generation 802.11ac chipset gives you concurrent dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz for up to super-fast 1.75Gbps
- ASUS AiCloud service: Access, stream, share, sync - all on the go with unlimited storage expansion!
- Gigabit Ethernet ports for the fastest, most reliable internet performance,AiRadar optimizes wireless coverage with detachable high-powered antennas
- Enjoy the ASUSWRT dashboard UI for 3 steps easy setup, signal monitoring, and network application control, Download Master for wireless data storage and access to your router-connected USB storage devices
- File sharing, printer sharing, and 3G sharing via two multi-functional built-in USB ports
- ASUS Ranked “Highest Customer Satisfaction with Wireless Routers in the U.S.”– J.D. Power
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The ASUS RT-AC66U is a dual-band AC1750 Gigabit router packed with ASUS-exclusive technologies such as AiRadar for expanded and more consistent wireless coverage and ASUSWRT for quick and easy setup of your network as well as intuitive sharing of USB devices.
- Dual-band data rates up to 1750 Mbps
- ASUSWRT interface for intuitive setup and network management
- Dual USB ports for easily sharing files/printers/and 3G/4G modems across your network
Features and Benefits
The slim RT-AC66 fits nearly anywhere, includes a stand, and boasts 3 external antennas that you can position for enhanced signal reception. The design chassis is also VESA wall mountable to place it behind monitors and other areas.
Easily Share USB Devices
With dual USB ports, the RT-AC66 becomes a true multi-role device, allowing for you to easily share your important files and media across your home network as well as share resources such as a 3G/4G modem or USB printer.
ASUSWRT User Interface
The RT-AC66U features the enhanced, intuitive ASUSWRT user interface, which gives you easy access to both the 3-step web-based installation process and a wealth of robust advanced options.
ASUS Router App
With the ASUS Router App it’s much easier and more intuitive to manage your ASUS router. From initial setup to real-time network traffic monitoring to managing security settings and connected devices.
What's Inside the Box
- RT-AC66U Dual-Band Wireless-N1750 Gigabit Router.
- Router Stand.
- RJ-45 Cable.
- Support CD (User Manual and Utility Software).
- Power Adapter.
- Warranty Card.
- Quick Start Guide.
- Wireless Type: 802.11 ac/n/g/a/b
- Wireless Speed: Up to 1750 Mbps
- Wireless Frequency: Dual-band (2.4 & 5 GHz)
- Wired Connectivity: 4x LAN, 1x WAN gigabit Ethernet ports
- USB Port(s): 2x USB 2.0
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|Connectivity Technology||Wired^Wireless||usb 2, usb 3||wireless||Wi-Fi Built In||ethernet||WiFi^Wired|
|Data Transfer Rate||1750 Mb per second||1750 Mb per second||1900 Mb per second||1750 Mb per second||1700 Mb per second||1267 Mb per second|
|Frequency Bands Supported||Dual-Band||Dual-Band||Dual-Band||Dual-Band||Dual-Band||Dual-Band|
|Item Dimensions||8.14 x 5.86 x 1.40 inches||5.80 x 1.70 x 8.50 inches||6.30 x 3.30 x 8.60 inches||9.59 x 6.32 x 1.29 inches||5.82 x 1.57 x 8.14 inches||5.80 x 1.40 x 8.10 inches|
|Item Weight||0.75 lbs||1.40 lbs||1.40 lbs||0.93 lbs||1.10 lbs||0.55 lbs|
|Total Ethernet Ports||5||5||5||4||5||5|
|Total LAN Ports||4||5||4||—||—||—|
|Wireless Communication Standard||802.11a/b/g/n/ac||802.11ac||802.11ac||802.11ac||802.11ac||802.11ac|
The ASUS RT-AC66U Gigabit wireless dual-band router offers users Broadcom’s 5th generation Wi-Fi (5G WiFi). Its 2.4GHz/5GHz bands drive data rates of 1.75Gbps, or three times 802.11n speeds. ASUS AiRadar technology amplifies transmissions for optimized signals, helping expand networks. The RT-AC66U uses ASUSWRT setup, QoS standards, multiple SSIDs, and twin USB ports, turning it into a multi-role device with file, DLNA, and printer server capabilities with 3 x detachable R-SMA type antenna, >50% wider coverage than standard N SPEC, VPN Server function enable and IPv6 support ASUS RT-AC66U is a true Business class router yet affordable from regular consumers.
Comes in box: router, stand, ethernet cable, power cable, manual and disc. Shipped from APO address - please allow at least two weeks for shipping.
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01/01/2018 - Update: It died. I've been having intermittent connection problems and after I isolated the router as being at the root of the problems, I've done everything I could to make this router work properly; re-loaded firmware, upgraded firmware, re-loaded current firmware. I've wasted a good man-month and now it finally has died. It's time to replace this bad egg.
I sent it back within warranty because it was dying. ASUS sent me back what must be a funny joke by a guy in their warranty department. They sent 2 antennas instead of 3, one of the two was completely broken.
They returned it with the wrong power cable. Not only the wrong cable- the wrong BRAND of cable.
The stand wasn't for this unit either.
What a disappointment!
Absolutely NEVER AGAIN with ASUS.
Original Review: It's a nice router, nice features, nice speed, nice coverage. You know it's an upgrade when things like Netflix stops buffering and you get full download/upload. I only gave it 3 stars because 1.5 years in, the inevitable router rot got to it, speeds slowed down, performance started to tank, and eventually it wouldn't stay connected to the internet for more than a few minutes at a time. Rebooting the router always fixes it for a few hours or sometimes a day, but you still have to do the ol' unplug-replug in the router routine that is basically a reality for all routers these days.
I even kept my router plugged into a power conditioner/battery backup to prevent any dirty power from damaging the router. Still died.
For this price, I expect this router to outlast a sub-$100 router. I paid extra for the quality I expect from ASUS. If these routers are bound to die within 1.5 years, I might as well save half the price and get an economy router.
I've sent it back for warranty, but here's the rub- nobody can go a month without internet. They make you pay for your own shipping and then they hold it indefinitely with a repair status of "Material/spare part(s) shortage. Item is on order and/or incoming."
I don't know if or when I'll get it back, and I hope the issue would be fixed if they did. But if they return a refurb, I can only imagine it's got months before the issue inevitably creeps back up. Since it's been a few weeks I went ahead and just bought a different router anyhow, because it's 2018 and nobody got time for that down time. So if they do send it back, I guess I'll use it as a backup.
I'd be willing to accept this and RMA it IF I COULD RMA IT. Contacting ASUS is unbelievably difficult. They state they will get back to support tickets within 48 hours. It's been six days with nothing. Message in support forums - zero responses after eight days. I called four times. First, getting them to understand anything spelled is unbelievable. I repeat myself three times EVERY TIME they want my name, phone number, or case number. Over the four calls, I was hung up on after rep tried to look up ticket, told I had to call a different number, hung up on immediately, and finally told "I can't hear you, call back another day" repeatedly until the rep finally hang up on me (rep was trying to avoid her hanging up on me so I couldn't leave feedback after call). As if that feedback is actually acted on...
So while I'll keep trying to get this piece of crap sent back, ASUS avoids its customers like the plague. Easier than supporting defective products, I suppose. I honestly thought they were a quality company before this, but I'm completely done with them forever simply due to their complete lack of support. Worst I've ever seen.
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I'll cover the only real negative aspect about this router first - The setup process.
Instead of being able to pick a dive straight in option or a more 'guided tour' ; there's only the guided tour method. This may have been something to do with the outdated firmware however I've not attempted to reset from factory since (I mean it's a router, when it's working - it's working!). Generally I don't have an issue with this however it wasn't helped by the fact the setup process seemed to have some performance issues; it would lock up and require a reboot to reset the process again. I'm putting this generally down to probably too much first-time setup going on in the background as these issues didn't persist once the actual router was up and running.
The only word of warning after this point would be to perform a router firmware update immediately - the router I was shipped was running a vulnerable version of the firmware. Thankfully Asus make this easy enough and you can do this from within the router; as opposed to having to navigate to the website and flash it yourself. The router is also capable of notifying you when you log in if it detects there's a newer update which is also a fairly nice touch.
Beyond that initial negative step - everything else runs swimmingly and does exactly what you'd expect it to, from the bigger things to the smaller touches. If you're wanting something that affords you the ability to be flexible without having to look towards more enterprisey-options then this actually does the job incredibly well. You get typical staples such as QoS / MAC address filtering; as well as nice additions such as IPv6 support, mesh networking and even wake on LAN!
For me one of the bigger wins has to be how muted the LEDs are in brightness - they don't illuminate the entire room when it's darker, yet at a glance it's still clear exactly what's going on.
Fundamentally for what you're paying - this is a solid piece of kit and well worth it. You're probably not going to find a more feature-full router at this price-point, even if the setup can take a few attempts to get right!
For example disable proxy setting... IP/TCP setting...change to automatic...on first read it was just like what????
I spent ages trying to open the software in the program box but it was doing nothing. I had open a screen that looked identical in my web browser I assumed wouldn't work until fully set up.
Once I did exactly what it said the 1st installation went well. Make sure you note down your user names and passwords for the router as you will almost certainly need them again and wish you had made a note.
It seemed fine but connection to the internet was not reliable. I started again and finally worked out that I hadn't made the correct changes to my lap top network settings for it to function properly.
Having set it up it is now super reliable and providing an excellent solution to my daily nightmare of my virgin media hub 3.0 failing to deliver a stable internet connection when signal was not a problem. The hub is now in modem mode and is much happier. Apparently the chips are not up to the job and need regular resting and resetting and unplugging. That got utterly tiresome and Virgin Media would not admit the hub 3.0 is flawed and were charging a fortune for solutions that may not have helped. Plus they raised my bill by 8% thanks so much I was paying more for an awful service. I was a hairs bredth from swapping provider when I gave the Asus a go. At least I get the speed I pay for now.
Initially, it looked like setting up was going ok, but the web interface is quite clunky and the list of connected devices was all over the place. Some it just refused to find and others it just dropped after finding. I spent the best part of 4 hours trying everything I knew and I've done this sort of stuff for years, yet it was futile. I tried the phone app and that was just as bad. Eventually, I gave up and put the superhub back how it was.
I am very disappointed with this router and expected much better performance. My respect for Asus has been tarnished by this product and it is currently in a box, ready to return to Amazon.
This is for the benefit of ASUS router owners who may experience a problem with updating their router’s firmware.
As the owner of a very reliable ASUS RT-N66U, I was not expecting any problems with my new RT-AC66U B1 (AC 1750).
Basically my router was fine except for its inability to do a firmware upgrade via the standard process, i.e. clicking on either Agree during Setup or later by clicking on Firmware Upgrade.
To get round the problem, I visited ASUS Support UK.
I entered the product number, RT-AC66U B1 in the search box, clicked on the product icon and then selected BIOS and Firmware.
I then downloaded the latest ASUS RT-AC66U B1 Firmware version (22.214.171.124.384.45717 zip file, dated 2019/5/13).
NB Whether you use Windows or Linux, you MUST first unzip (extract) this zip file in order to extract the required TRX file. Trying to upload the zip file will NOT work!
This TRX file can then be uploaded by opening the ASUS 192.168.1.1 router configuration and selecting Advanced Settings >Administration > Firmware Upgrade.
At the bottom of the page, under AiMesh router (this is also okay for a standalone WRT router where no additional AiMesh routers are being used), click on Upload next to Manual Firmware Update and then browse for the appropriate TRX file which you previously extracted/unzipped. Locate the TRX file and then click on Upload or Open.
Once 100% Complete is displayed, you will be asked to reboot the router manually.
Do NOT close the browser!
Simply go to the router and press the black button at the rear (next to power connection) ONCE. Then press it ONCE again. Then WAIT!!
Do nothing. Leave the system to reboot and the Router Login page will be displayed.
Login again and check that the update has been done (new firmware number shown).
NB It is very important to change both the router login Username and Password from admin/admin to something far more secure.
Also, if things get really messy, you may need to put the router back to factory defaults by going to Administration > Restore/Save/Upload Setting > Factory Default > Restore.
update: Its going for landfill. range is poor - keeps dropping connection from a number of different devices at 5-10m range inside the house.
DONT BE PUT OFF BY REVIEW ITS ONLY 1 STAR AS IT WOULDNT WORK FOR ME, A SLIGHLTY MORE KNOWLEDGABLE PERSON WILL PROBABLY HAVE MORE SUCCESS
Signal strength has improved ,although not massively. Maybe 10-20%.
Set up Nordvpn. Relatively easy on Linux pc. App also available.
This was the cheapest ,decent, vpn router I could find, out of the box.
Does give you more control.
So far ,so good.
Our home-office wireless network (router at the top of an Edwardian terraced house spread over three floors) was transformed, with a troublesome wireless dead spot (the kitchen) I'd bodged up to work using a homeplug - somewhat feebly; ancient wiring is no friend to homeplugs - pinging away at 50% of the ethernet speed direct from the router, which is quite satisfactory. It connected to a wired PC, 4 tablets, 3 phones, a wireless PC & laptop and HD on 2 smart tvs very well, and can run HD Netflix on a telly, youtube on 2 tablets and WoT on ethernet PC simultaneously, which is great. Delighted with the purchase. Which is just as well, because at that price it's an investment for this family.
If I remember I'll update in 3 months to let you know if it's still running well.
With the Asus app, you can monitor your internet via your phone which is a great feature so you can monitor any network problems
easy to add any VPN services that you require and turn the feature on and off when you require (even with the Asus phone app)