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.
The only minor issue I encountered was a somewhat buggy bios when the unit arrived. Using the internal software, the unit happily downloaded and installed its own firmware update from Asus. After that, this unit has been an excellent upgrade to my network. You will notice an improvement over older technology almost immediately. I first noticed this during configuration, and when browsing around the web. Several games and apps that I had issues with hanging or lag disappeared.
Fast routing throughput
Overall, I like the Cisco RV180. Clearly, it is a fast router. But it is also quite solid as a VPN router, with easy Site-to-Site VPN configurations, inclusion of the QuickVPN client and support for PPTP VPN tunnels. If I could ask for one thing, I would like to see menu responsiveness improved. In summary, I think a network can never be too fast, and the Cisco RV180 presents compelling performance at a reasonable price.
Much needed upgrade
Went from the TRENDnet 54Mbps Wireless G Broadband Router TEW-432BRP to this, and no more drops. My old wireless G just could not handle the bandwidth, and would give out on very fast downloads. This Wireless N router picked right up, and went faster, got better Mbps on my wireless adapter, and does not drop off signal. So now I'm a happy wifi user :) They sent it with the most up to date firmware, and that's a plus.
Amazingly cheap, NBN-ready, fast local networking
So you want the fastest local area and wireless networking technology available, at the lowest cost you can get it? The TP-Link TL-WR2543ND is your answer. Available in some stores for less than $100, the TP-Link delivers both Gigabit LAN and 450Mbps simultaneous dual-band wireless. Its wireless reception was not as good as that of the Netgear and ASUS routers when we tested it, but your mileage may vary.
It really IS that good!
Overall I really just can not recommend this router enough..... even if you are looking for a wireless router get this thing and an AP. Not only will you have the extra power for routing but when the wireless standards change (or someone figures out what the real N standard is) you don't have to change everything on your network. Trust me, it's well worth having the extra box!
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