New ASUS Router Embraces 802.11ac Standard

  • Supports up to 8 SSIDs
  • Twin USB ports
  • Super fast wifi speeds

ASUS’s RT-AC66U router integrates dual-band Gigabit wireless with fifth generation 802.11ac wifi technology, also known as 5G Wifi, which enables speeds up to three times faster than existing 802.11n.

This data rate makes the router suitable for demanding online applications, and comes coupled with ASUS AiRadar signal amplification and shaping technology. ASUSWRT setup, multiple SSIDs, and IPv6 support further enhance networking, while strong USB-based capabilities turn the RT-AC66U into a 3G, FTP, DLNA, and printer server for genuine multi-role functionality, says ASUS.

Working in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz, it is one of the world’s first dual-band wireless routers to support the 802.11ac wireless protocol, enabling 5GHz operation at up to 1.3Gbps. These new capabilities are made possible by the inclusion of Broadcom’s 5G WiFi chips. As the 2.4GHz band can work at 450Mbps on its own, the concurrent combined bandwidth of the RT-AC66U is 1.75Gbps.

The AiRadar technology strengthens signals to devices, amplifying transmission in all directions to better overcome environmental obstructions and improve data rates. The inclusion of 5G WiFi makes the RT-AC66U one of the most future-proof routers on the market, ready for the next generation of high speed networks.

The RT-AC66U maintains the tradition of networking reliability established by previous ASUS high speed routers. It allows for easy and fast setup in just three steps with the ASUSWRT dashboard, and upholds strict QoS standards for the most reliable networking and download multitasking available. With QoS, the RT-AC66U has better bandwidth optimisation, and offers Download Master capabilities, which mean fast background downloading even post-shutdown, claims the manufacturer.

Up to eight SSIDs are supported, so users can easily setup distinct networks with different access privileges and levels of security without having to compromise passwords. The RT-AC66U supports the new IPv6 standard for better packet transmission and addressing.

With its twin USB ports, the RT-AC66U becomes a true multi-role device. Attaching a 3G dongle allows it to share 3G connections among several users on different devices, while full DLNA compatibility affords smooth connectivity with a variety of entertainment platforms, including game consoles, Blu-ray players, smart TVs, and set-top boxes. The RT-AC66U can also serve as a dedicated FTP server and printer server, letting users share resources for greater productivity while reducing costs as there is no need to buy standalone server hardware.

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