Are you planning to buy an Asus Router Setup? If yes, then you must check out Asus RT-N66U, which is one of the premium routers that this company has to offer to users like you. Let’s check out the details of this router to give you a better idea about the device.
The RT-N66U is a beautiful router. It is so beautiful that it does not even look like a router, it usually has a completely bland design and it fills the environment where it is. The black color, called Dark Knight’s Asus, and a diamond-chess texture to please the hipsters on call, bring a very bold and very modern finish, even considering the router is all plastic. The top finish is also in plastic but has a texture that resembles brushed steel.
On the front, in addition to all its beauty, are the indicators of connectivity. When everything is off, you can barely notice that there are LEDs around. The lights are blue and give an extra charm to the router.
On the backside, you will see a WAN port and four LAN ports, all with Gigabit Ethernet support. In addition, it has two USB ports, so you can connect a 3G/4G modem, a printer or an external HD to share it on the network. There is the power button, the quick connect button (WPS), and, of course, the reset button.
On the sides, there are only holes for the air outlet. At the base are also holes for the air outlet and router information. Oh, it comes with a rod that lets the router stand on some surface. This is great for making the beauty of the product more apparent, but if you have too many cables connected, all of them will become apparent, leaving a groundhog exposed.
The model has 3 antennas, and all of them are detachable, and can even use other antennas. The manufacturer does not list the power of each antenna, but I suspect that each has a capacity of 5 dB.
Configuring the Router
Asus routers are usually very simple to set up, as you just need to plug the network cable from your modem (or any other network point) into the LAN port, connect to the Asus network and try to navigate. The router will automatically redirect you to the configuration page.
The system itself will attempt to identify which type of broadband connection you use. If your modem already assigns the IP address by DHCP, just wait. If your connection requires PPPoE authentication (such as ADSL connections on older modems), you must enter the username and password provided by your broadband service provider. Soon after connecting to the internet, you can change the SSID (network name) and password. In the same configuration screen, you can also configure the 5 GHz network.
After all this, you will be redirected to the router home page, which is named ASUSWRT by Asus. From there, you can configure the rest of the router. Note that in addition to the router, it also has two other operating modes: an Access point for access point and Repeater to extend the signal of a pre-existing Wi-Fi network.
A cool detail for end users is that if the network cable is disconnected from the WAN port or even the user’s modem is turned off, the router itself already informs that there is something wrong with trying to surf the internet:
The RT-N66U is very complete in connectivity when compared to most routers. It still comes with the 802.11n standard, up to 450Mbps, which is well above ordinary Ethernet (which supports up to 100 Mb/s), but still lower than the new 802.11ac standard, which supports transfers over 1 Gb/s. However, like me, a lot of people do not even have some device that supports 802.11ac.
It is a dual-band router and operates on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies simultaneously. Because they are separate radios, the baud rate can add up to 900 Mb / s (theoretical, of course) in file transfers if each client is at different frequencies. This should not make a difference to anyone who just browses the internet, but to those who perform many file transfers on a home network. This includes, for example, streaming content from your computer to a Smart TV or to your video game.
One cool feature of this router is that it supports up to 8 different wireless networks, 4 for each frequency. You can leave a private network only for the computers in your home and another only for guests, who will have restricted access to files and will have limited internet speed. What to do with the other networks? Whatever you want!
In the test of transferring a file, I used a single high-resolution movie with 5.86 GB and transferred the file from one computer to another, both connected in the same 2.4 GHz network. The transfer took 3 minutes and 36 seconds, which means a transfer rate of approximately 221 Mb/s (or 27.6 MB/s, if you prefer). Of all the home routers I’ve used, this is the fastest. Due to the lack of compatible equipment, I could not test the performance of two computers connected in the 5 GHz network.
That was all about Asus RT-N66U, so if you are planning to buy a router that is meant for lightning fast internet, then this is the router to opt for.