In fact, the ASUS RT-AC66U is an updated version of the ASUS RT-N66U – the same design, almost the same features, but a slightly modified hardware component. Of course, a couple of new chips appeared, but they are related to the software part, and we will consider them in more detail. In the meantime, for the sake of decency, we will once again familiarize ourselves with the “clothes”, quickly go over the settings menu and refresh knowledge of the capabilities of this line of routers, and conduct, as expected, “wisely”.
Options and appearance
The packaging of the device has not changed much, as well as its appearance. On the box there is still a photograph of the router and a visual description of all its charms. Inside the beautiful, but thin outer packaging, there is a denser box where the router itself and its accessories rest in the recycled tray.
A considerable thickness of instructions, a warranty card and other pieces of paper, as well as a software disc, meter patch cord, stand, three antennas and a small power supply with a capacity of about 30 watts are attached to the router. Its long and rather thin cord is equipped with a fixing Velcro. The pins of the plug are thin and closely set, so I managed to drive the unit into a socket with protective shutters from the fifth time and with passing emotions: “Will it break?”
The case of the router is made of black plastic. The upper face is habitually mottled with a protruding mesh that successfully masks dust and fingerprints. Above it is a strip with the manufacturer’s logo and model name. The logo is now golden, not silver, as was the case in the ASUS RT-N66U.
At the bottom of the lid is a row of vibrant blue LEDs that illuminate the ceiling nicely at night. They indicate the presence of power, a network connection and USB connections, as well as fun blinking for any network activity.
The side walls are almost empty – they have only small ventilation grilles. Although it was quite possible to take here, for example, the WPS launch button or one of the USB ports, which would unload the rear wall of the router.
But the back is really a whole bunch of ports, buttons and connectors – when the antennas are connected, it becomes very crowded. So what do we have here? A tiny power socket and five gigabit Ethernet ports: 1 x WAN and 4 x LAN.
USB ports are close to each other, so you may need an extension cord to connect two devices at the same time. The power button is large, easy to find by touch. But the buttons for starting WPS and resetting the settings are small.