Excellent range, blazing performance
First, as always setup was very easy. I love that modern routers now force you to set up better security.
The range is approximately 10% better on the 2.4ghz band, and maybe 12-14% better on the 5ghz band measured using WIFI Analyzer on my S4 and Note 10.1.
Overall, I'm pleased and look forward to new firmware builds that improve the functionality.
Demonstrating all-round quality
With record-breaking 802.11ac results, along with the all-round quality of the RT-AC68U and advanced setup options, Asus deserves recommendation for power users. Although we wouldn't buy an Asus router just for the AiCloud feature, it's far from useless, and another string to the bow of the RT-AC68U, which is an all-round excellent networking product.
Benchmark wireless performance, Class leading USB speeds
Recently we've seen a number of manufacturers release follow-ups to their debut 802.11ac routers, but Asus is the only one so far to make a true generational step up. Virtually everything has been upgraded and the combination of blistering speed, smart new design, masses of functionality and far greater horsepower has raised the bar for the competition.
Blazing fast 5GHz band performance, Attractive design
ASUS products have typically commanded a premium and the RT-AC68U is, unfortunately, no different. Its list price of S$359 makes it one of the priciest routers in the market right now. But for the price, you do get a smart-looking router with blazing AC performance and rich features.
Good interface, Reliable storage features
The ASUS DSL-N55U is a solid modem-router that offers dual-band Wi-Fi and excellent storage features. It has a well designed interface and it's a swift performer overall. We experienced a few frustrations with the installation of some of its apps, but it worked really well once everything was set up. We really enjoyed using it.
Good performance but short on features
Firstly, it should be said that this is a high end modem router and is designed for use with a dial-up telephone line based adsl internet service and not for use with a cable or external modem.
This router has a modern and up to date appearance, stylish and suitably high tech and will look well on any work desk or even in the living room.
Router in daily use performs very well
The DSL-N55U with a retail price in the range £80 to 90 is not the cheapest ADSL2+ modem/router by a long way, and lacks some of the bells and whistles of the more expensive models, but does pack a good performance for its price.
The price point means that you really should be sure of wanting to use the media server or the extensive QoS functionality of the router to make it worth buying.
Fast router, updated interface
This router has a nice updated interface using tiles rather than a tree menu. Two things I liked most about this router is the ability to set individual controls for each device/computer and also schedule Internet time through the router rather than a desktop software program. I am able to turn off Internet access in my house at midnight, and turn it back on at 6:30 am. That keeps my kids from going on xbox all night.
Good throughput and range, Excellent interface
With the AirStation Extreme AC1750 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router, Buffalo steps up its game: The router offers great new management software and good performance. There's a lot to love about this router, but frustrating remote access and mobile management keep it from perfection.
The Best Wireless Router, compared to Cisco
Before having the great Asus RT-AC66U I was dealing with a Cisco E4200 v2 (Stay away from these routers). The Cisco E4200 v2 was a terrible product, it had an intermittent internet and slow speeds (I spent more than 1 hour with Cisco support trying configurations) then I gave Cisco another chance, I bought a Bran new Cisco EA4500, same problem impossible to get it to work properly.
Static and Dynamic IP, PPPoE , PPTP, L2TP WAN connections
The only viable argument for buying the RT-AC66U, or any other draft 11ac router, is to buy two and use one as a bridge to form a high-bandwidth 5 GHz link to a HD media player. But even there, I think using a three-stream N router and less-expensive bridge like the ASUS EA-N66 or TRENDnet TEW-640MB will get you to the same place and let you save your money for the inevitable move to an 11ac router, once the standard is released and the dust settles.
Deliver the best wireless performance
It's entirely possible that firmware updates will improve performance, and the adjustable, replaceable antennae should help too. If you want your router to double as a file server or NAS, it has just about all the features you'd need. Asus needs to work on its mobile app, but as an all-round 802.11ac package, the RT-AC66U is a fine choice.
Several of the new 802.11ac routers turned in excellent performance on one test or another, but the Asus RT-AC66U was the best overall. It delivered the top benchmark scores performance on two of my 802.11ac wireless tests, two of my 802.11n wireless tests, and nearly all of my hardwired tests (it was part of a three-way tie for first in this category).
Designed for Class-Leading Speed and Range
Apart from the AiCloud, there are no standout new features that are already available on the RT-N66U. The VPN-DMZ issue is still no fixed yet. We do like the router's firmware recovery feature. Apart from that the router's build quality is still top notch using quality parts.
My best router
Finally, I absolutely love the way this router looks. I have it sitting right next to my flat screen tv. The LED "NETGEAR" lights really gives it class. It doesn't have a lot of super bright LED lights that flash with network activity in the front, and if anything, the power and wireless network lights are a little too dim. Netgear must have tried to listen to the home entertainment crowd on designing the outward appearance of this device cause it's really a good looking router.
Well-featured home wireless router with good performance
The R6300 is a well-featured home wireless router with good performance in 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11n modes. In 802.11ac mode it was decent, although anyone expecting close to gigabit speed will still be disappointed. At around £200, it's more expensive than some of its rivals.
5GHz 802.11n is speedy
As a 5GHz router, the Netgear R6300 excels. It provides a comprehensive feature set and easy installation. Problematically, it's very expensive, and frankly, even if it's compatible with future 802.11ac hardware, we wouldn't recommend investing in any such hardware at this time just on the back of that.
Signal strength & speed, Intuitive GUI
Considering the fact that you can get a good router for less than half that price, this may seem excessive. However, this router truly does deliver and is prepared for the next generation of Wi-Fi devices. There are not many options for Gigabit routers on the market right now, but if you have one, you are set up for the long-term. Considering the features, performance, and future capability of the R6300, this device is worth the asking price.
Ground breaking 802.11ac & 802.11n performance
We come back to the key questions in the intro: will you see the performance benefit of switching to 802.11ac? Yes, 802.11ac to 802.11ac is incredible. But should you buy now? Arguably not until prices drop and 802.11ac devices and USB dongles become widely available - a bridge is impractical for all but the most hardened speed fanatic.
Good USB sharing performance
Netgear's R6300 is a cream-of-the-crop dual-band wireless router that supports the 802.11ac standard. It's a great overall unit that will work well in any networking environment. Team it up with client devices that support 802.11ac, and it will supply wireless speeds that are noticeably faster than 802.11n. Indeed, it's a router that represents the next step in wireless networking and it's well worth considering.
Stylish and reliable wireless extender
Overall the Netgear WN3500RP is a quality product in design and reliability of connection. It did fall significantly short of our speed expectations. If quality of performance is more important than looks and ease of use, take a look at out review of the WD Dual Band Range Extender for comparison.
Well-built, well-designed device that serves its purpose
There were no concerns with build quality on the WN3500RP, NETGEAR have produced another well-built, well-designed device that serves its purpose with little fuss and in an efficient manner. The inclusion of the desktop dock and power cord is a nice touch; personally we would opt for the cord as we felt it was perhaps a little on the large side for plugging directly into the outlet as shown below but space and tastes vary.
Easy to setup and configure, Supports and extends dual-band networks
The Netgear Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, Wall-plug Edition is one of those products that does exactly what it says on the tin.
For anyone struggling with wireless range, the WN3500RP represents a solution that's both easy to use and quickly configurable.
A multi-functional device
Although physically quite large, approximately 20 x 25cm in depth and width, it is quite slim at around only 4cm at its deepest point and about half of that at the sides. Although labelled as a Cable Router as it does not include any modem components or allow connection via the normal RJ jack, it can be used with cable and fibre optics broadband (such as BT Infiniti) or to provide bridge and router functions to a standard broadband modem.
Super easy setup!
First of all it's a very cool looking product, second of all it is very easy to setup with the included CD and instructions and last I love that I now have Wifi all over my 2 story house and it is made of concrete! so very very happy. I have also found my signal and connection to be much more stable.
Good value for money
The W8691ND is certainly not pretty but it does the job. More expensive routers have lots of extra bells and whistles and better on-board software, but those extras arenÃ¢Â?Â?t necessary for a basic wireless network, and may not use the router's on-board software more than once. As an inexpensive way to upgrade a slow wireless network, this router hits the mark.
Has routing speed fast enough to handle any service a consumer is likely to have
As good as the RT-66U is, our wireless performance results once again show that no router is good in every mode that we test. But that said, the Dark Knight clearly outperformed both the NETGEAR WNDR4500 and Cisco Linksys E4200V2 in most of our two and three-stream tests. And it's the only router in recent memory able to reach to our worst-case/lowest-signal test location on the 5 GHz band, albeit with barely-usable throughput. Still, this is an accomplishment in itself.
Fantastic wireless range, Good 5GHz speeds
While the RT-N66U may not have had the fastest 2.4GHz signal at close quarters, it certainly has the best range of any 802.11n router we've tested. Add to this the easy-to-use interface, leagues of options and the fact that it simply works â?? we can't help but recommend this.
Strong range, very fast
FOR THE FIRST TIME in a very long time, our Best of the Best pick in the wireless router category does not bear the Netgear brand. Asus's new RT-N66U not only beats Netgear's WNDR-4500 in almost every benchmark, it also delivers more features, a better user interface, and a more attractive industrial design.
Sleek and simple design
The Asus RT-N66U still follows the 'black diamond' design from the RT-N56U. Sleek and simple design makes this router pleasing to the eye. This product is not just limited to tabletop placement. Its adjustable position allows it to be wall mounted or vertical stand which allows a much wider placement range.
Ton of features and tweaks that one can perform
The ASUS RT-N66U dual-band wireless-N900 gigabit router can be described as many things: "Fast", "Stylish", and "User Friendly" are just a few. However you want to describe it, the result is the best Wireless-N router we have tested.
Supports file sharing and multiple SSIDs
It is time to conclude the RT-N66U as succinctly as we can. Looks wise, the N66U has our vote over the previous N56U for a few reasons. For one, we see no harm in external and upgradable antennas, and we also favor the router's matte finishing as opposed to the N56U's glossy dress code. We understand that this might be an arbitrary opinion, but that's our two cents if you buy them. The bundled stand is a nice touch from ASUS too.
3G backup connectivity is an interesting addition to a router
The RT-N66U is expensive for an Ethernet router at £100 to £120, but if you have a very fast broadband connection it makes no sense to cut corners and restrict your Internet access speed due to the choice of your broadband router. The ability to run both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks at the same time also means that you can avoid the increasing amount of WiFi congestion on the more common 2.4GHz band.
Flexible and great performance
This device is great since it runs DD-WRT, so you have many flexible choices on configuring it, but the defaults out of the box work well. For example, if you connect the router via DHCP to a cable-modem then you don't have to specify logins such as PPPoE. If you are technically adept, you can customize many options such as creating a guest-only network for visitors who need to connect to the internet, but not gain access to the rest of your network.
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