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.
Let the A/C wars begin
This is a great router. I also have several other model DLink routers.
This will be a new generation of router and Wifi. Client side is still waiting on A/C support so keep looking for wireless adapters that will support the new A/C wireless speeds. They are coming.
People fail to understand that most any Wifi router has issues, especially in area with numerous Wifi routers near by on 2.4Ghz.
Good routing feature set, IPv6 support
As the first AC1750 router using Broadcom's more powerful second-generation router SoC, the DIR-868L has a bit of an edge in storage sharing throughput over products using the first-gen BCM4706. The USB 3.0 port certainly contributes to that storage sharing throughput advantage.
But folks really pay the big bucks for AC1750 routers for the higher wireless throughput they are supposed to provide.
Gigabit LAN ports, Good 5GHz 802.11n speeds
Finally we're at a point where wireless 802.11ac is becoming a potentially usable technology with both internal and USB-based laptop adaptors now available. While the D-Link doesn't jump out as the best in its class, it's certainly up at the leading edge.
With its compact design, full range of features and Gigabit LAN ports there's little to criticise.
Superfast wireless n & ac performance, Simple setup
The D-Link DIR-868L takes all the best elements of previous D-Link routers and wraps them into a single package. As such it has superb wireless ac performance, class leading wireless n performance and tops it off with an appealing price tag. The company's mydlink cloud platform does still need to develop though and we'd like to see a second USB port and activity lights on the Ethernet ports, but otherwise this is truly superb product.
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.
Static and Dynamic IP, PPPoE WAN connections
In all, the refreshed AirPort Express is a good, but not great simultaneous dual-band router. "N600" routers are pretty much commodities now and there are many more fully-featured products for less moneyâ?? even less if you buy refurbished. For example, Cisco's Linksys EA2700 has similar wireless performance, Gigabit ports and supports Cisco's new Connect Cloud architecture.
Excellent signal strength
For the money, the Express makes an effective base station for modestly sized apartments or homes, or where access is only needed in a few adjacent rooms in an office. This sleek model is the right choice for many, and at £60 less than the AirPort Extreme, a prudent one as well.
Class leading AirPlay Performance
The 2012 AirPort Express is a hard device to score. On the surface it is an incremental upgrade to a four year old product which doesn't include support for either 802.11ac or Gigabit Ethernet and both wireless performance and range are average at best. On the flip side it works brilliantly as a wireless extender and adds AirPrint to any printer and AirPlay to any stereo/dock - both of which work superbly.
Can share a USB printer over a network
If you don't need the features unique to Apple's AirPort Extreme Base Station, the new Express is an affordable and portable alternative, although one that doesn't quite match the Extreme's performance. It's also the choice to make if you're looking to extend your existing Apple-branded network wirelessly or to wired devices, to send your computer's audio to a remote stereo system, or to use a Base Station in more than one location.
Not practical to use as a print server and music server at the same time
The AirPort Express has an acceptable wireless range and speed and, for the most part, is easy to set up. It also does a good job of printing with supported printers and playing iTunes music. There's no denying that the AirPort Express mostly works as described by Apple, the problem is that its uniqueness might overshadow its actual usefulness.
Brings the AirPort Express mostly up to spec with other Wi-Fi routers
Apple's simple setup software dumps the web interface (running from an AirPort Utility app for Mac, iOS or Windows) and lets you easily add guest access to either network. However, as before, the USB port remains locked to just adding a shared printer: you still can't hook up a hard drive, which would be a boon both at home and on the road.
A fast, $100, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n wireless router with built-in AirPlay support
Absolutely - this thing is pretty, fast, wonderfully simple, and appropriately capable. Unless you're a mega-power networker with a need for intricate customization, or are put off by the less sophisticated Windows version of AirPort Utility, the 2012 Express is the ultimate buy it and never think about it again object - and for a router, that's the ultimate praise.
Not Just a Gaming Router
Overall this is a great router that provides some of the most advanced features available today. The cost, which to me is what will hold most from taking the plunge, is driven up by the dual-band and the StreamBoost technology. While this router is pitched as a gaming router I think it can easily serve as the primary router in a home with many Internet-enabled devices.
D-Link's current best performing 11ac router
D-Link's DGL-5500 (with a just-released firmware update) offers performance superior to past D-Link 11ac routers. The new Streamboost feature did give video streaming a true boost in testing. However, the refreshed web-based interface needs some enhancements.
Easy to set up, great improvement
In conclusion, if you are looking for stupid fast speeds and want something that is a "plug and play" style with minimal set up or tech knowledge needed this is a good product. If you aren't looking to make a proverbial fortress of Nerd then this would be a good choice for an upgrade.
Inexpensive, High routing throughput
Of course, you can generate your own performance charts to compare different devices. I found the performance comparison between the BR-6478AC (black triangle) with the D-Link DIR-850L (blue triangle) to be very interesting. Both use the same RealTek chipsets, so why does the Edimax consistently outperform the D-Link? Perhaps D-Link will have a firmware upgrade that will bring the 850L up to the performance levels of the Edimax.
There are just too many negatives to recommend this router, in spite of its aggressive pricing. Unimpressive range, low file sharing throughput, problems with 2.4 GHz 40 MHz mode connections and even its inability to properly communicate its Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) status are all reasons to leave it on the shelf.
Versatile connectivity options, Good Wi-Fi performance, Good price
With a good range of features for a modest price, the TP-Link TD-W8970 is a best buy. It features an ADSL2+ modem, 300Mbps Wi-Fi (albeit not dual-band), Gigabit Ethernet, and it even has support for 3G. Its interface is clean and quick easy to use for the most part. Our only issue is with the USB storage ports, which could use better functionality.
Best at this Price
Just received this product and am very impressed, very easy to set up, many preloaded settings for all major ISP, have tried tp link 8968 and an expensive Netgear neither could achieve the internet download speed of this router, the Netgear was more than 4mbs slower. It looks a million dollars too very smart,if the ariels put you off you can point them downwards so you don't see them,at this price don't waste your time looking elsewhere.
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.
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