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Old 06-08-2012, 11:41 AM   #1
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[Maylyn's Review] ASUS RT-AC66U Dark Knight Rises

The new flagship of the Dark Knight router has arrived

The ASUS RT-AC66U

Some might ask? why ac? Simply it's born in the pursuit of wireless higher bandwidth throughput higher than N standard to satisfy people on the way how they consumed content within their home network (i.e multiple downloads, multiple HD streaming via wireless etc)

Other might ask there are existing technologies like homeplug should suffice but performance varies depending on their home power circuity layout/setup etc

Some benefits of AC over N

1.3 Gbps PHY rate performance offering over 3x performance vs. three stream 802.11n devices

Dual-band operation compatible with legacy 802.11n networks

80 MHz wide bandwidth that is 2x wider than current 802.11n solutions

256-QAM, a higher modulation scheme that increases data transfer efficiency

802.11ac-compliant transmit and receive Beamforming for extended coverage for 802.11ac and legacy devices

Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) Codes for increased rate at range

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Dark Knight Rises ~ AC



Setting up is a breeze, choose and click, 30 secs and under



Various fiber profiles are already in with the shipping firmware 140 too



It's highly recommended to update the firmware to the latest version 164

Version 3.0.0.4.164

ASUS RT-AC66U Firmware Version 3.0.0.4.164

Fix bugs:
1. UI related bugs
2. Network map cannot show device name.
3. QoS control for wired connected devices.
4. Special character name/password issue in VPN server.
5. Download master installing issue in AP mode.
6. PPPoE compatibility issue.
7. L2TP compatibility issue.
8. Sonos audio system and network map compatibility issue. Special thanks to Merlin for his contribution.
9. IPv6 6in4 memory leak
10.IPTV multicast related issues
11.FTP/Samba account change issue

Modified
1. Temporarily removed enable AiCloud option, as the service will officially launch late August.
2. Enable cross night setting in wireless radio on/off setting page.
3. Adjust WDS connection rule
4. Enable Beceem Wimax support.
5. Change default wireless security to WPA-AES in QIS.
6. Add Spanish language.
7. Modify VPN server UI.
8. HTTPS authentication
9. Tune IPv6 connection for ComCast
10.Download master BT cache size changed to 256KB
11.Download master supports crosse night schedule setting
12.Download master shows amulle server connection status
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Old 06-08-2012, 11:42 AM   #2
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AC Goodness



Stay tuned for AC benching when i get hold of the PCE-AC66 and USB-AC53 shortly

But if you are those few that get 2X or more ASUS RT-AC66U. you can configure one of the ASUS RT-AC66U to be in media mode and enjoy ac speed in an instant (Only applicable to ASUS RT-AC66U)



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Utorrent Real Test

Utorrent bolt sprinting @ 3.7MB/s via wireless N (80MHz) /wow. It's already saturating my old wireless N module bandwidth @ 243Mbps which resulting in disk overhead in Utorrent lol

My 5GHz coverage is excellent as usual

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Package Contents

Huai nowadays even high end model also Made in China...
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:28 AM   #6
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Waiting for more updates! Nice torrent speed!

I managed to get 7MB/s for torrenting on my N66u.

Right now ac is still in draft right?

Is the rt-ac66u draft 2.0 or 3.0?
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:21 AM   #7
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Do you mind enabling DHT on your torrent client and see if the router can take it? Thanks a lot.
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:10 AM   #8
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wow.... full of $
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:52 PM   #9
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Quite a buggy firmware at the moment.
We're still working things out with ASUS and awaiting updates.

When our review is up, that's probably when most aspects are ironed out - hopefully (cross-fingers).
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what's the retail price?
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what's the retail price?
$329
super super Expensive.
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$329
super super Expensive.
*nods*
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$329
super super Expensive.
Another reason why this review title is apt... because bruce wayne so rich
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:01 PM   #14
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Started selling already ah?

Everyday keep calling everyday tell me not release yet. Dunno ish tio troll or not
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Started selling already ah?

Everyday keep calling everyday tell me not release yet. Dunno ish tio troll or not
pricelist got show wor.
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