Asus RT-AC66U 802.11ac router

The Good The Asus RT-AC66U 802.11ac Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router offers great performance on the 5GHz frequency band, and lots of features for homes and businesses.

The Bad The Asus RT-AC66U runs rather hot, and is relatively expensive.

The Bottom Line The Asus RT-AC66U is an excellent router and is currently one of the best options among those that support the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 8.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Support 7.0
8.2 Overall

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Review

Latest firmware makes it a beast

Editors' note: This review was updated on October 30 with the router's rating adjusted to reflect its improvement thanks to a new major firmware update.

The RT-AC66U 802.11ac Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router is the first wireless router from Asus to support the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. Other than that it's basically the same as the Asus RT-N66U router.

That said, the RT-AC66U offers very fast Wi-Fi on the 5GHz frequency band, both with Wireless-N clients and AC clients. In fact it's the fastest of the few 802.11ac routers currently available on the market. The router also has very good range and its USB ports provide more than just the support for external storage and printers.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $190
  • Brand Asus
  • Color Category black
  • Type wireless router
  • Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Form Factor desktop, wall-mountable
  • Data Transfer Rate 1750 Mbps
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