CNET First Look
The Asus RT-AC68U is a router that has it all.CNET editor Dong Ngo shows off how he helps top the top-notch with the Asus' latest RT-AC68U Wi-Fi router.
-Hi, guys. Dong Ngo is here and this is the old RT AC66U Wi-Fi router from Asus. It's old because it came out last year but still is one of the top-notch devices on the market. So the question is, how do you top something that's already top-notched? Well, two things. First, we got Dong Ngo to talk about it. Check. And number two, make something that's a lot better and I think Asus did just that with its all new RT AC68U router right here. So let's see how much better this one is. But before I think you should go and read my review on the other one. Otherwise, you know no difference. Also you can go to my page view, so go and do it. This is a high-end two dual-band 802.11 ac or ac for short Wi-Fi router. And that means it support all existing Wi-Fi plans on a market with your laptop, your smartphone, your tablet regardless of their Wi-Fi standard. What is new is, when you use this router with the old existing 802.11m client on the 2.4 Gigahertz frequency band. You can have the suite up to 600 mbps. That's up from 450 mbps of the old standard. And there are more to life about this router. First of all, it's very solid and well-built. It looks pretty good. It comes in a new kind of stand-up design here and have a small of footprint, even though it is actually larger and a little bit heavier than the older model. And now it comes with 3 detachable antennas right here. On the front you'll see the usual array of the status light. They are very helpful but in case you are bothered by them, you can actually turn them off. You have the button on the back right here. And now, you can do whatever you wanna do with that dark room of yours. Also on the back, the router has 2 USB port and one of them actually is USB 3.0, that's one WAN port and four LAN ports. All of them are gigabit. Did I say one WAN port? Well, that's what I like. This is also the first I ever seen that actually can turn one of these LAN port into a secondary WAN port. And that means the router here can actually connect to 2 separate internet sources at a time such as the fiber optics and cable. And in that case you can have very fast internet speed to bounce the load off of failing safe in case one of the source is disconnected. Now most of us don't really need that before those who really want to be absolutely online all the time, that is a great feature. Now the router has a very good web interface with a lot of feature found in previous model such as a very cool network maps in here, QRS, a built-in VPN server, IP V6 support up to 6-guest Wi-Fi networks and a set of network tool right here designed for advanced and business user. Most importantly, the routes are also excel in my testing offering up to 65 mbps of sustain real world speed. That's about 8 times the speed of a regular Ethernet connection via network cable, very impressive indeed. The question is how much it is cost. Well, $220. If you find it expensive, it is. But the good news is, we do not need one like this for your home. But if you can afford it, I think you'll love it. For more on the router here, check out my full review at cnet.com. You should do that because again, it helps with my page view. But most importantly you can find how much is the top-notch. Well, that's because I'm Dong Ngo and this has been the first look of the RT AC68U Wi-Fi router from Asus. Top that.