Pros -5Ghz is super fast and this has the best range I've seen in a consumer router.
-Removable antennas, giving you options to expand in the future.
-Frequent firmware support.
-Easy way to disable LED lights
-long power cable for
Cons - Bulky
- little warm to touch, but expected
- Can't be wall mounted
- only 1 USB 3.0 port
Summary Just want to put out there that my RT-AC68U has been working fine on both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. Seems like for some, they are having issues with 2.4. Perhaps a variation in equipment or environment. I would not simply dismiss this router because a few people are having issues.
I suggest you all try changing the wireless settings for channel bandwidth to 20Mhz. The router defaults to 20/40Mhz, which I found on my previous router, RT-AC66U, to not play nice with my parents Ipad. I set all these routers to 20Mhz now since I learned that 40Mhz isn't really great for 2.4Ghz due to congestion on the frequency.
Pros - Easy, fast setup
- Simple, fast firmware update process
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Improved wireless range at 2.4 and 5 GHz
- Straightforward for a basic network setup, with advanced features for intermediate and advanced networks
Cons - Expensive
Summary Living on >1 acre, wanted to maximize range as well as speed for not only wireless, but also the hardwired network. This is a significant upgrade from the prior Cisco E2500 802.11n dual band router. So after considerable research, chose the Asus RT-AC68U ($219 with free shipping through Amazon Prime). Took <10 minutes to swap it in and get the firmware upgraded to the newest release. Set it up with the same SAID, and immediately increased the signal strength from 80 to 200mw to maximize range. In the last 2 weeks, have had no issues whatsoever; to the contrary, on the hardwire network, the upgrade to Gigabit Ethernet from 100MB is appreciable. From a Wi-Fi perspective, not only do both 2.4 and 5 GHz have greater range, but also higher throughput than what I'd had previously for both 802.11 g and n devices. With 3 smartphones, Xbox 360, Wii, 2 BluRay players, 2 DVR's, 2 rackmount servers, 1 desktop, 5 laptops, 2 wireless printers and 2 tablets in the house, plus a healthy dose of visitors, my network gets a healthy workout on a daily basis.
With the ability to track and manage QoS, I'm now able to prioritize workloads and throughput. Better yet, I can now have 3 discrete sub-networks on 2.4 and 5GHz bands for a total of 6 (7 if you also count the Gigabit Ethernet wired network. If you have the router in your office, the Asus has 1 USB 2.0 port and a USB 3.0 port, and can be configured as a print server as well as a media server, sourcing media from an attached USB drive or enclosure.
Having never previously purchased an Asus product, I wasn't sure what to expect; to this point, I'm pleased. They appear to be actively working to address issues that were encountered early on. It appears that they've been having monthly firmware updates, so my first update went seamlessly, and today (December 12th) I see that a new release is available; looks like even faster 2.4GHz than what I already see is here! Time to update!
ASUS RT-AC68U Firmware version 184.108.40.206.374.454
1. Improved 2.4Ghz speed.
2. Fixed OpebVPN manual client setting UI issues.
3. Changed Time machine and VPN client FAQ URL link.
4. Fixed port forwarding issues in dual wan load balanced mode.
5. Fixed dual wan UI issues.
6. Updated descriptions in VPN server.
7. Fixed VPN client unable to get DNS response issue.
1. Allowed LAN stateful auto configuration while DHCP-PD enabled.
2. Fixed DHCPv6 related issues.
1. Added RSSI/PSM/SGI/STBC information in wireless log.
Pros Coverage is phenomenal
Works great for both 2.4 and 5 ghz frequencies
It has a plethora of useful features
Cons The system UI is extremely difficult to use and alter if you don't know what you're doing
Summary Overall, this is a great router if you just want to plug it in and forget about it. The option to turn the LED's on and off is extremely nice and useful, as well as the way to reset the wifi signals, which is a conveniently located button on the side. The prop up stand is extremely elegant and allows the router to be prominently displayed. Overall, the coverage is the best I've ever experienced. In my 4 level house, I get nearly full bars from the farthest point (I can even stream HD with no lag from that point as well). In terms of system UI, it's an extremely difficult to use, so I try to limit my visits to it.
Overall, this is a great plug and play AC router with great coverage that will future proof your house for some time. 4
Pros Lightning fast. Very stable with zero problems since I've had it up and running. Love the user interface and all the options over what I was used to from my ISPs old modem ( even has a section to monitor traffic ).
Cons Price might feel prohibitive for some people - although coming from several bad experiences with routers before this one, I am more than happy to shell out the $225 for stability and peace of mind.
Summary I'm using this is my router with my ISPs modem in bridge mode. My wife and I game extensively (and maybe excessively lol), with multiple games running simultaneously, live stream uploading, music from soundcloud, vent, and more - all at the same time. This router hasn't flinched. Normally I don't write reviews, but had to swing back over here and post up. Cheers and happy shopping.
Pros Very easy set up and UI is intuitive and helpful. There are many user settings which are quite useful including setting up a guest network and having separate logins for 2.4 and 5ghz settings. The range is fantastic with no speed loss.
Cons The unit will not lay flat. My thought was to put it in a shelf in my entertainment center That is not an option if you have limited space. I settled for putting the router on top and thus got better range.
Summary This is the best wireless router available and is future-proof (as much as is possible). It meets my needs and is dependable.