Pros - Sleek, Slim, & Efficient GUI
- 3 Powerful Antennas
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Gigabit Wireless Capable (802.11ac adapter needed)
- Easy & Quick Setup
- GUI Can Be Understood by Almost Anyone
- Settings Can Still Be Configured In Great Deta
Cons - USB Ports Aren't USB 3.0 (not many routers have USB 3.0 yet)
- A Bit Pricey (but just the same as the competition for other 802.11 AC routers)
- An 802.11ac Card Isn't Included (I'm just grabbing at straws in this section)
Summary More Pros:
- The ASUS DDNS service is a free and embedded service for this router
- 2 USB Ports for Network Attached Storage and/or Printer Sharing
- Parental Controls
- AiDisk (allows you to create/manage your own cloud server for free)
- Free ASUS AiCloud app available in the Android Market and the iTunes App Store for accessing your own cloud server from anywhere
- Download Master Application: Allows you to continue downloading, even when your computer is off
- Media Server, FTP, VPN, Samba Service, and Firewall support within the firmware
- Configurable IPv6 Settings
While its GUI may seem a little daunting to inexperienced users their first time configuring the router, Asus makes the setup easy and simple for just about anyone. On the other hand; advanced users will find that even though the interface is sugar-coated with pretty graphics, there are many similarities in the depth of configuration options that are available to you in the Asus RT-AC66U firmware, when comparing it to the majority of the layouts found in the popular DD-WRT firmware.
One of the few things I would advise a new owner to do just after unboxing, is to download the newest firmware version directly from the Asus Support website, before taking the time to configure the router's settings. A current bug in the firmware (which I know Asus is working to fix as I type this) is: when a firmware version update check is initialized within the GUI (through Administration -> Firmware Upgrade -> Check (button)), the service does not correctly detect the specific version number of the actual newest firmware released. As a result, new firmware versions may have been released by Asus through their official support site, but the firmware version check service only upgrades the firmware to an obsolete version.
Overall a fantastic router that; even at $200 when I bought it, was well worth the investment. I have installed and configured many routers (80+) over the past 5 years, and the Asus RT-AC66U is the best router that I have come across so far! If you are looking for a fast and powerful router that will not become obsolete for many years, I would highly recommend this Asus RT-AC66U wireless router.
Pros Very easy setup. AiCloud is a very impressive feature, and fairly easy to set up. Range and data speeds are both exceptional. Highly configurable and customizable settings. iTunes and Android app that work seamlessly.
Cons This router takes up more space than a smaller, less powerful router (mine is setup standing with the antennas up, so it is a total of about 18 inches tall). It's also pretty expensive, which is why I asked for mine as a gift.
Summary I'm very pleased with this router thus far, and I'm looking forward to enjoying it for a very long time because its feature set and capabilities make it "future proof" more so than most competing routers. During setup, the router automatically allows the user to update to the latest firmware, which resolves any worry about missing features or security holes. Paired with an external hard drive, the AiCloud allows you to share files in a much larger magnitude than by using a service like Dropbox or SkyDrive. This is an exceptional router, which I highly recommend even though the price tag is fairly high.
Pros GUI was very easy to use. I have wired network and my devices are connected except for my mobiles/tablets. So the speed is excellent for wired gigabit routing at home. Wireless speeds came to 12/4 downloaded when tested with speed test app.
Cons I was looking for DHCP reservation but didn't find it, should be able to rename the device put an icon.
Remote administration is not working
Keyword filtering on the fire disabled cnn.com. However it was poor choice of keyword filtering.
Summary Overall I am enjoying the tablet/mobile use in the bedroom with this router in the basement where network terminates. I plan to use Airport as an extender if it allows me.
First upgraded the firmware before I start to whine about it.