The ASUS RT-AC66U is a 5th gen dual-band Wi-Fi router, and the launch platform for the new ASUS AiCloud service. Its speed reaches 1.75Gbps, currently the fastest available, utilizing the Broadcom 802.11ac Wi-Fi controller and working in 2.4GHz and 5GHz. The 5GHz band supports up to 1.3Gbps, exceeding current Gigabit wired transmission and 3X faster than 802.11n. The RT-AC66U offers smooth lag-resistant multitasking and super-fast streaming, while ASUS AiRadar intelligently strengthens wireless connections via powerful amplification, offering future-proof optimized performance.
AiCloud offers a unified app for iOS and Android devices that turns the RT-AC66U into a personal cloud server, with easy connectivity to Windows PC, Mac, Linux machines, and all USB storage. Each account can sync with other AiCloud clients and public cloud products directly. All your content, files, and data can be accessed, synced, shared, and managed from almost any device – smartphones to desktops – wherever and whenever you’re online. (AiCloud App will be available on the iOS App Store and Google Play soon.)
Whether you’re a tech-savvy enthusiast or a first-time user, the RT-AC66U is exceptionally easy to use with CD-free Quick Installation Setup (QIS) that lets you plug-n-surf right out of the box and connect PCs, smartphones, tablets, and other wireless devices quickly. Thanks to its refined interface tools, you get control like never before, letting you monitor signal strength, setup parental settings, and other useful functions in a robust yet intuitive way.
Designed for Class-Leading Speed and Range
With the latest in networking technology, the RT-AC66U delivers exceptionally fast wired and wireless connectivity. ASUS builds this flagship router with the highest-grade components, offering you the best quality to enable stable connectivity and convenient expandability. The router uses powerful detachable Wi-Fi antennas to further extend wireless range.
World’s Fastest Wi-Fi: 802.11ac
Powered by 5th generation Wi-Fi (5G Wi-Fi), the new 802.11ac Broadcom chipset gives the RT-AC66U superfast Gigabit wireless speeds. Compared with current 802.11n, the RT-AC66U delivers up to 1.3Gbps at 5GHz, which is 3X faster than 802.11n! The upgraded bandwidth has the higher capacity you need to increase Wi-Fi enjoyment at home. With notebooks, desktops, pads, and smartphones now all Wi-Fi-reliant, it’s time to upgrade to the next generation so you can expand you connectivity now and in future.
*Based on theoretical maximum speeds in 5GHz transmission, with one DVD equaling 4.7GB
The one place for all your data – ASUS AiCloud
ASUS AiCloud is a smart and easy mobile application that brings your ASUS cloud experience to iOS and Android. Access, stream, sync, and share all your files on the go from both public and private cloud storage services. Learn More (AiCloud App will be available on the iOS App Store and Google Play soon.)
Optimized and Reliable Wireless Coverage via AiRadar
ASUS AiRadar intelligently strengthens connections to wireless devices. With high-powered amplification and beam packaging, it provides optimized signals in any direction with better coverage to improve your data throughput.
Dual-Band Connectivity for Lag-Free Entertainment
Delivering 2.4GHz and 5GHz concurrent bands at up to 450Mbps and 1.3Gbps, respectively, the RT-AC66U has a total speed of up to 1.75Gbps, and maintains complete stability. You can perform basic tasks like web browsing and file downloading on the 2.4GHz band, while simultaneously allowing multiple devices to stream in HD or support online gaming and other demanding applications smoothly on the clearer 5GHz band.
3 Steps Easy Setup Through Your Pad, Smartphone, or PC
With the RT-AC66U, setup is a breeze. Simply power and connect the router and open a bowser on a Wi-Fi-enabled device like a notebook or pad. You will then be taken to a setup page with a prompt to enter the ID/password from your internet provider, and that’s it! Setting up your network is easier than ever.
Powerful Functions and Extra-Easy Management
With the ASUSWRT dashboard UI, you can setup, monitor, and control network applications all in one intuitive area. The whole-new dashboard interface lets you manage all clients and settings via a single graphical interface, and provides 1-click updates.
Optimize Your Network
Do you game a lot, or spend most of your time streaming videos? Whatever your planned use is, the RT-AC66U has Quality of Service (QoS) standards that let you select how much bandwidth is prioritized for virtually any task. Plus, the traffic monitor allows you to check your web usage in a clear graphical interface.
Two Multi-Functional Built-In USB ports
Featuring connectivity to FTPs, SAMBA, UPnP AV servers, and DLNA devices, the RT-AC66U makes sharing and networking easier with two built-in USB ports. Download HTTP, FTP, and P2P files to a router-connected USB storage device all day even without a PC. Additionally, the twin USB ports allow for networked printer and file server connections, so you can perform.
Download and Stream Anywhere
Download Master and DLNA server compatibility let you download and play multimedia files stored on router-attached USB storage on DLNA-enabled devices such as PC, pad, PS3, Xbox, and smart TV. Download Master can also download files while your PC is turned off, and allows you to manage and monitor download status remotely.
Powerful Online Multitasking with 300,000 Data Sessions
Support for a massive data pipeline of up to 300,000 data sessions means the RT-AC66U has around 20 times the networking capacity of conventional routers for exceptionally smooth performance.
Discrete and Secure Wi-Fi Networks via Guest Access
The RT-AC66U supports up to three wireless networks over the 2.4GHz band and three over the 5GHz band, so you can set up usage times and limit access with advanced controls, including parental settings.
VPN Server Enabled
Easily set up a VPN server to browse the web and access data — no matter where you are. Featuring MPPE encryption, your data transmission remains always secure and confidential.
Flexible Installation with Versatile Design
Being wall-mountable, the RT-AC66U fits nearly in any space in the home or office.
Actual data throughput will vary from network conditions and environmental factors.
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Great router, worth the high cost. I don't have any 802.11ac devices to test its range with, but the G and N range are both fantastic. Significant local speed increase from WRT54G and WRT150N routers that were running DD-WRT. Haven't needed to test the USB storage since I have a media server that streams, and it works great!
Great router, very easy to setup and comes with a setup wizard that will walk you through the process of setting up your router like a toddler. Unfortunately you can't skip it if you know what you're doing.
The control interface is very simple but without compromise on features.
Absolutely nothing wrong with the router so far! As to what one of the reviews say, the only reason why you would start lagging in a lan party moment would be that your internet isn't good enough. The QoS on this router is amazing, set it up so we can watch HD streamed movies flawlessly along with no lag gaming AT THE SAME TIME. Granted, it all still comes down to your internet from your ISP. Loving the dual band support, My galaxy S3 runs wifi at 5.0Ghz band speeds, and it's amazing! If you have the money to dish out, buy this router, the only difference between this router and the RT-66u is that this one supports AC, which is the latest tech.
replaced E4200v2 with this ASUS, so far it's great. Much faster network speeds, the router settings app is great and it has great parental controls..24/7 parental control on all network connected devices unlike Linksys. It took the lag and echo out of our Vonage service as well. Check ASUS website for printers compatible with the routers print sever (short list) ours was not on the list but I have it working great but not using the ASUS print server, just have the printer connected via WIFI. I was in touch with ASUS support by email and got a response the next day. No complaints, gets 4 stars on account of time I have owned it...the fifth star would come three years down the road when I am replacing it and saying...that's a great router. I connected 2 PS3's, 3 Ipod touches, 2 laptops, 2 Vonage phone adapters, 1 desktop, 1 android cellphone, Lexmark 905pro printer no issues
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