Published on April 12th, 2013 | by Tonberry King
ASUS RT-AC66U Best Gaming Router 2013
The Asus RT-AC66U is one of the fastest performing routers to date. Is has a wealth of features including frequently updated firmware, the ability to be paired with a cellular USB dongle so the router can work as a mobile hot spot, and easy VPN set-up.
The RT-AC66U can operate in 5GHz and 2.4GHz frequencies. When used as a 5GHz router the RT-AC66U offers extreme performance and is currently the fastest among any other 5GHz routers. If you are on the 2.4GHz band, this router isn’t the fastest but it still performs well. Why should you use the 5GHz frequency? The 5GHz frequency is less congested than the 2.4GHz band in most situations. This means less interference and more speed for your gaming needs.
This router offers good network storage performance, when paired with an external hard drive, this router can deliver 134Mbps for writing and 77Mbps for reading speeds over a Gigabit Ethernet connection. These speeds are more than fast enough for data sharing and light media streaming. It should be noted that this device does not support USB 3.0.
The RT-AC66U is somewhat future-proof in the sense that this router supports 802.11ac wireless cards/clients. With a properly configured device using 802.11ac within 15 feet, this router can reach speeds of 339MBp/s and higher! When used with a Wireless-N client at comparable distances, this router can reach speeds of 208Mbps and higher.
With a two year warranty and great performance the Asus RT-AC66U is a solid contender in the sub $200 category. It is currently the fastest 802.11ac router, and has great long term potential for future devices.
Summary: The Fastest 5Ghz, 802.11ac router available on the market. No USB 3.0, but still future proof.