ASUS Takes On Enthusiasts & Newbies With Its RT-AC66U 802.11ac Router
As an 802.11ac router, the RT-AC66U broadcasts on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, providing theoretical speeds of 450Mbps and 1.3Gbps, respectively. And just as you did with your Wireless N router, you're going to see slower speeds than the max. Even so, the new technology is certainly going to provide a significant performance increase over older models. Asus points to the dual bands as being a great way to separate your day-to-day network activities (surfing, email, downloading) from bandwidth-consuming movie streaming and gaming.
Sporting three antennas, the RT-66U will be hard to miss, unless you hide it behind your monitor: the router is VESA mountable. Other features worth noting are support for DLNA servers and IPV6, as well as four Gigabit LAN ports. It also has two USB ports for printers and network storage and such. Asus tells us that the router is meant for anyone - it's designed to have CD-free, easy setup for novices, but the configurability enthusiasts want.Either way, keep in mind that you're likely going to need to pick up some adapters to bring your existing devices up to, er, speed.