ASUS RT-N66U - my review

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  1. Geraner

    Geraner Regular Contributor

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    Hi,

    I just bought the new "ASUS RT-N66U Dark Knight Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless-N900 Router" and gave it a short test.
    The unpacking video can be found here:
    http://youtu.be/ba1qKZwhvLA

    I have three locations, where I test my Wifi connection.
    1) My office where the router is located. The laptop is about one meter away from the router.
    2) Living room. About 20 meters distance to the router with only 2 thin walls between it.
    3) Kitchen. About 30 meters distance to the router with 2 thin walls and one thicker wall between.

    Speedtest has been done with the program "LAN Speed Test" version 1.1.7.
    http://download.cnet.com/LAN-Speed-T...-10908738.html

    Used inSSIDer to messure the signal strenth at each point.
    http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/

    Comparing those 3 routers.
    Netgear WNDR4500 - Firmware: Netgear Version 1.0.0.70
    D-Link DIR825 - Firmware: OpenWRT Backfire 10.03.1
    ASUS RT-N66U - Firmware: 3.0.0.3.72

    My WIFI card in the laptop is a Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (2 antenna only)
    Router was set to 40MHz and N-only if possible. Otherwise set to 20/40MHz auto.

    1st location - Office
    WNDR4500 on 2.4 GHz
    Upload/Download of 20 MB = 25/27 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 50 MB = 32/26 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 100 MB = 32/27 Mbps
    Signal strength = 26 RSSI

    DIR-825 on 2,4 GHz
    Upload/Download of 20 MB = 101/109 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 50 MB = 104/109 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 100 MB = 102/109 Mbps
    Signal strength = 32 RSSI

    ASUS RT-N66U on 2,4 GHz
    Upload/Download of 20 MB = 66/63 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 50 MB = 85/56 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 100 MB = 86/60 Mbps
    Signal strength = 25 RSSI

    WNDR4500 on 5 GHz
    Upload/Download of 20 MB = 45/50 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 50 MB = 50/37 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 100 MB = 48/45 Mbps
    Signal strength = 40 RSSI

    DIR-825 on 5 GHz
    Upload/Download of 20 MB = 104/107 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 50 MB = 106/88 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 100 MB = 101/77 Mbps
    Signal strength = 35 RSSI

    ASUS RT-N66U on 5 GHZ
    Upload/Download of 20 MB = 110/118 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 50 MB = 99/116 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 100 MB = 107/114 Mbps
    Signal strength = 30 RSSI


    2nd location - living room
    WNDR4500 on 2.4 GHz
    Upload/Download of 20 MB = 23/19 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 100 MB = 26/15 Mbps
    Signal strength = 48 RSSI

    DIR-825 on 2,4 GHz
    Upload/Download of 20 MB = 75/80 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 100 MB = 77/112 Mbps
    Signal strentgh = 49 RSSI

    ASUS RT-N66U on 2.4 GHZ
    Upload/Download of 20 MB = 77/81 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 100 MB = 79/74 Mbps
    Signal strength = 36 RSSI

    WNDR4500 on 5 GHz
    Upload/Download of 20 MB = 50/91 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 100 MB = 51/75 Mbps
    Signal strength = 50 RSSI

    DIR-825 on 5 GHz

    Upload/Download of 20 MB = 79/104 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 100 MB = 77/112 Mbps
    Signal strength = 56 RSSI

    ASUS RT-N66U on 5 GHZ
    Upload/Download of 20 MB = 107/115 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 100 MB = 109/108 Mbps
    Signal strength =50 RSSI

    3rd location - kitchen
    WNDR4500 on 2.4 GHz
    Upload/Download of 20 MB = 18/13 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 100 MB = 18/- Mbps (canceled due to low speed)
    Signal strength = 54 RSSI

    DIR-825 on 2,4 GHz
    Upload/Download of 20 MB = 25/23 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 100 MB = 23/37 Mbps
    Signal strength = 53 RSSI

    ASUS RT-N66U on 2,4 GHZ

    Upload/Download of 20 MB = 70/55 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 100 MB = 67/62 Mbps
    Signal strength =44 RSSI

    WNDR4500 on 5 GHz

    Upload/Download of 20 MB = 48/78 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 100 MB = 52/55 Mbps
    Signal strength = 60 RSSI

    DIR-825 on 5 GHz
    Upload/Download of 20 MB = 42/75 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 100 MB = 48/84 Mbps
    Signal strength = 66 RSSI

    ASUS RT-N66U on 5 GHZ
    Upload/Download of 20 MB = 85/80 Mbps
    Upload/Download of 100 MB = 104/78 Mbps
    Signal strength = 50 RSSI

    As you see on the 5 GHz the performance is outstanding even when using only a 2 steam antenna! Also the router has a very strong Wifi signal as you see on the signal strengh compared to the other two routers.

    On the Asus router you can activate telnet to login to the router.
    Same information here:
    Looking forward to see the first test form Smallnetbuilder.com on this product.

    /Geraner

    P.S. see my review after two weeks of usage of the RT-N66U.
     
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  3. rhombus

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    Nice scoop.

    Instead of Signal Strength of y dBm, I think you mean RSSI of -y dB?
     
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    Nice, didn't know it's been released already in some markets. Don't even see the product on Asus' global site yet.
     
  5. KeithKman

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    This is awesome. Thanks for posting this info! How much did you pay (Swedish Krona)?

    The FCCID becomes valid in the USA for this router on Jan 15th. Does that mean on the 15th the router will be available here in the USA?
     
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    Cost 1.750 SEK here in Sweden. It's about 250 US$. I'm glad that you appreciate this information and my video.
     
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    Any way you can test USB transfer speeds?

    Any wireless disconnects, internet disconnects, or misc. other problems?

    And thanks for all the information you have provided at this point!
     
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    If you go to Asus Support web site and search for RT-N66U, you will find a link. Through it, you can find the firmware and the User Guide.
     
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    Updated post above with:
    "Router was set to 40MHz and N-only if possible. Otherwise set to 20/40MHz auto." and change signal strengh from dBm to RSSI as measured with inSSider.
     
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    Information from the router log
     
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    BTW: In the German version of the user manual on page 42 there is a menu described called:
    This menu point / function is not available in the router I have. Maybe this will be added later. Anyway, it's only in the German version of the manual written (in English), and the rest is in German. The English version of the user manual don't mention this setting.
     
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    Revision 2.0 (Red PCB) of the router is equipped with a small cooler and that's the reason why that menu is accessible, the final retail version (Revision 3.0 - Blue PCB) uses a passive cooling system so you don't have access to it :D

    Rev 2.0 - http://forums.vr-zone.com/networking-broadband/1755338-sneak-peek-asus-rt-n66u-black-knight.html

    Rev 3.0 - http://www.multiupload.com/Q0IZBKQ9LU

    Some more info can be read at: http://wl500g.info/showthread.php?t=25929
     
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    As did I. I wonder if these will ship out the week of Jan 15 when the FCCID is rumored to become active in the US?

    Also, Amazon has three pictures on their website of the router now. Looks like the date of release is not too far off.
     
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    cant wait for this to be available
     
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    Me too, but I'm waiting to see how it performs compared to the N56 and if it's worth the extra premium.
     
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    Thanks for the pictures. How is the performance now that you've used it for a few days? Have you had to reset it at all yet?
     
  21. Geraner

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    Used it now for three days. No problems. No need to reset the router. Performance is great! Having a 100 Mbit/s connection at home. Getting at least 70 Mbit/s sending and receiving when using the wireless connection. Using mainly the 5 GHz. No connection dropp either. Looks like a rock solid product with a great performance.
     
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