Pros + Setup is fairly easy
+ Coverage of the ASUS is very good
+ Speed is phenomenal
+ Build quality is fair
Cons - WPS is enabled by default. Make sure to turn it off to protect yourself from the WPS exploit
- Firmware update window goes blank at the end of the upgrade
Summary This router easily handled 120 devices, mostly iPads and laptops without any glitches or burps.I put all the audience members on the 2.4 GHz radio and the presenters on the 5 GHz radio and the conference continued flawlessly. This router is amazing. If you are a techie responsible for setting up wireless at conferences this is a great device to stick in your bag of tricks. To confess my doubts, I really wasn't sure if it could handle 120 devices but it ran rocksolid for two days. Now if I could only convince the Holiday Inn conference center to put in new Asus wireless access points.Edit:
I needed a solution for a 2-story house on a half acre of land, built into a hill with a walk out basement. The goal was edge to edge wireless coverage on the property with the ability to stream hi-def video inside the house.
To begin, the NetSpot wireless survey tool was used to find the optimal mounting location for the ASUS "Dark Knight". As it turns out the best placement was on the first floor just above doorbell. Thankfully the ASUS has wall mount screws as well and a very generous power cable length. I fished the power cables and network cables through the wall and used a 1-3/4" holesaw with a computer cable access cap/grommet to cover the hole.
It would be nice if the access point came in a white color for aesthetics. From the side profile it is hardly noticable in the hall, but if you walk in the hall and look up, there is a giant black box with three legs sticking out. :) Overall it looks good, but I wouldn't mount this thing is a conspicuous place like over the TV or in the dining room.
The coverage of the ASUS is very good. The 2.4 Ghz wireless easily covers the 1/2 acre from edge to edge and the top of the hill to the bottom. According to the wireless survey there are about 20 - 2.4 Ghz access points in the area but the ASUS seems to handle the interferene without any issues in the 2.4Ghz range.
As expected the 5Ghz coverage drops off drastically as you move away from the ASUS AP. However, the 5Ghz signal covers the ranch house top to botton and allows the streaming of high def video without any issues. Moving outside the of the house the 5Ghz signal drops off fast and doesn't make it to the bottom of the hill.
The ASUS AP was easy to setup and came loaded ith the latest firmware. Under the covers it runs BusyBox Linux which means it should be extremely solid. The ASUS generates a little bit of heat and needs ventiallation. While the vents are on the sides, on earth heat rises due to gravitational bouyancy. It might be a better design to put more vents on the top and move the power and network inputs to the bottom as the top of the unit gets warm.
The blue status LEDS are not annoying like many other devices which insist on annoying high-intensity LEDS. The gigabyte network ports do a great job of autodetecting everything. I tried everything from a 10/100 hub to an Arduino Opensprinkler controller and it negotiated fine with everything.
The setup was really simple with the web inteface. Only one computer can login at a time to the web interface and if you forget to logout it can create an issue. The web interface is somewhat basic but pretty. I haven't tried the USB servers or VPN/PPTP but I assume it will work without issue since BusyBox Linux is the O/S. The only thing I could not get to work was the DHCP MAC to IP mapping. Instead I just set static IPs on the printers etc...
Speed tests show that it can handle gigabit speeds both on the LAN and wireless without any issues. For the price this is a great value and a good core piece of hardware for your home/office network. It has a great feature set and lots of extras including the guest network for creating a simple VLAN. I also think the exernal antennas are better than internal antennas, plus you can swap them out for high-gain antennas unlike APs with internal antennas. You can also bump the TX power to 500mW but I have mine set at the default of 80mW and am happy with the performance.
I will miss my old reliable Linksys 2.4Ghz but unfortunately it couldn't keep up with the traffic loads anymore. This ASUS Dark Knight rocks and is comparable to a $400 CISCO dual band access point, plus you don't have to go through the pain and suffering of setting it up and paying the license costs for all the features. Good job ASUS, I look forward to the next version of the firmware. Maybe throw a wireless survey tool in there.
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I would recommend this product to a friend and purchase it again.
Updated on Dec 27, 2013
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Pros I truly enjoy everything about this router... the range is incredible!
Cons It has a VPN Server, I only wish it also had a VPN client to connect to other networks. The old web based admin had an issue with port forwarding, however, I loaded the latest version (beta version) of the new interface and it fixed ALL my issues.
Summary My home is rather large (4,600 SQ. FT.) and thus I had an issue with the wireless reaching my front family room TV/computer setup. I purchased this router to replace my Apple Airport Extreme as a last ditch effort in an attempt to keep from wiring the home. The Asus RT-N66U 100% solved my problem. I can now watch HD movies wirelessly movies anywhere in home. For giggles I tested watching movies on the laptop in the front and backyard.... it now works there as well! None of my computers have the dual band cards... I can only imagine what type of throughput I'd receive if they did. In closing, I get now 60mbps down in the family room... before purchasing this router I would only receive 1 - 2 mbps down at best!!! Make sure you use a wifi security key... if you don't you will run the risk of your entire block connecting through your Internet!!!
Pros Great range, covers a 4000 sqft house and the basement. The USB file sharing port is still a little slow, but works for movies and data files. I didn't use all of the fantastic features available, but will list some of them. You can set up 6 guest netwo
Cons The printer server is terrible. It only took a couple minutes to set up, but the printer drops off-line all the time. Also the Dashboard UI needs improvement. Last minor gripe is that you can't tighten the 3 antennas on the back sufficiently. They loos
Summary My last router was a Linksys E3000, this router is supremely better. I would recommend paying the extra money for this router over any other in it's class.
Pros -Easy set up
-SUPER GREAT RANGE!
Cons -Price but well worth it)
Summary My 6 year old "G" Router died, so I replaced it with a LinkSys EA4500. That router did not have the advertised range, and it was hard to connect to it with my Laptop, Ipads, Iphones, and PS3s. So I replaced it with the ASUS Dark Knight. This router is awesome! It covers over 3000+ square feet easily. Places where I used to have a wifi extender! Superfast speed and awesome range! Hands down it kicks the Linksys' butt! Go Get it!!
Pros My Asus out preforms my linksys Outstanding gigabit ethernet throughput. I have my cable company's top tier speed which tops out at 100Mbps,yet with the Asus I'm clocking 128Mbps-135Mbps. The wifi range is good,reaches all the way around my house.
Cons Availability. For months everyplace online was out of stock. Also updating the firmware was a little tricky.
Summary Absolutely hands down the best router on the market,if we;re talking about dual band N900 routers