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Hardware Review: Asus RT-N66U Dual-band Wireless Router
Wednesday 10 October 2012 09:27:29 by Andrew Ferguson

Our latest review which is of the Asus RT-N66U shows just how far broadband hardware has come in the last couple of years.

Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Ethernet Router
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This Asus Ethernet router with a Gigabit Ethernet WAN port, dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless, has an extensive range of media server options, from sharing USB media through to acting as an iTunes server, or operating as a standalone file download device. With a 600 MHz processor, 256MB of RAM and 32MB flash memory and an onboard micro SDHC slot this router is likely to prove popular with those looking for a powerful DD-WRT compatible device.

Comments

Posted by Michael_Chare over 4 years ago
Do mobile network USB dongles have a standard interface for selecting the mobile network itself, user id, and password?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
The network selection is down to the sim, and most dongles are network locked.

The user id/pwd are an easy lookup on a popular search engine, web/web are the common ones, i.e. it is not an individual password.
Posted by Michael_Chare over 4 years ago
I have an unlocked dongle. If I plug the dongle into my W7 laptop I have to use a web browser to enter/confirm the network, userid and password. If I plugged the dongle into the above router (or my Technicolor 582n) how would it communicate these details to the dongle?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
http://www.thinkbroadband.com/hardware/reviews/76-asus-rt-n66u.html#backup shows what you can set in the routers interface.

So it is just figure out what you need for your service.
Posted by damien001 over 4 years ago
think on the forums that have some problems with the DD WRT software and this router something about one of the memory size
Posted by Mince1978 over 4 years ago
Hi ThinkBroadband clan...Can I ask? Is it better than the HomeHub-3 that BT give out??? I had an engineer out the other day and he gave me a HomeHub-3 to replace my HomeHub-2 in an effort to help BB speeds as my Hub2 was pretty old....And its crap!! Easy enough to use but doesnt seem to want to hold the settings?? I keep telling it to make each connection 'static' but it wont have it!!! And when I try to open the XboxLive ports for my Xbox360 it says that conflicts with another device!!! Which is impossible! I havent even used it...Factory reset makes no difference either!!! Grrrr...
Posted by Mince1978 over 4 years ago
Oh and one other question.... AS regards aftermarket routers... especially this one as I like Asus stuff... If you had the money would you buy it???? ;-)
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
Only used a HomeHub3 at my parents so not had chance to throw all my usual stuff at it.

If I had a broadband connection running at over 100 Meg then the Asus would be very high up the shortlist.

Used XBox live fine, but that was just Battlefield3. A vodafone suresignal was happy.

The wireless was impressive, whether the best until I've tested 10 or so other devices cannot really say.

Have the ADSL2+ DSL-N55U under review now.
Posted by inq97 over 4 years ago
Does it handle ipv6 at all?
Posted by SYM9 over 4 years ago
Yes, it does IPv6. It covers all the bases does this unit. I have had one for about a month, as I wanted the 2 wireless networks as more devices are becoming available that support the 5GHz band. The ipv6 support is there, but support over domestic networks seems minimal. I think it could be a while before the likes of Virgin Media support it. There are 2 USB ports on the device and I have a small 150GB drive connected to one which acts as a nas drive you can configure it so you can access this drive from the internet also so when you are away from home you can get at your data.
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