What to expect from the N66U?

Discussion in 'ASUS N Routers & Adapters' started by texas05, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. texas05

    texas05 New Around Here

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    I just purchased a N66U to replace a 2007 Airport Extreme (not sure if it's gen. 3 or 4). I tried a WNDR4500 and it did not outperform the Airport at extended ranges so I returned and got the N66U.

    The N66U had significant slowdown and eventually would drop the connection. I played with the settings; power, channel, etc... upgraded the firmware to .246 and then it bricked and I could not recover it. Amazon is sending a new one.

    What should I be expecting? I'm expecting that a 5+ year newer router will yield better throughput at greater ranges. I not expecting miracles just that it outperform an old Airport Extreme.

    Feedback would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
     
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  3. jerry6

    jerry6 Senior Member

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    A lot depends on the clients as well . I went from a netgear 2700 v1 to the Asus and transfer speed , range and signal strength all improved .
    FW 246 was no good on my system , had lots of connection drops , 220 and the new 260 work well , if the newrouter comes with 246 I would change it .
     
  4. vvPULSEvv

    vvPULSEvv New Around Here

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    Load the new 260 firmware on the replacement. Check that GRO is disabled (LAN, Switch conrol tab). I believe it is by default, but check it to be sure.

    I've been through quite a few N routers(all with the same client adapters) and never seen the speed and range that this thing is giving me.
     
  5. nubyOz

    nubyOz Regular Contributor

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    Hi,

    Suggest to load the latest RMerlin build. Is usually more polished. and little bugs fixed.
    Hope he gets a 260 based build out soon. <<< HINT
    I know still waiting for the source :)
     
  6. smlunatick

    smlunatick Occasional Visitor

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    I've been moving up thru the various 802.11n levels. I've had:

    D-Link DIR-615 -- slow and "diconnected: often

    Netgear WNDR3700 v1 -- good, reliable, stable -- but died

    Looked for the next level of routers:

    Belkin N600 Dual band -- p.o.s -- no port forwarding rules worked -- returned for credit

    I read on the N66U. It was getting good reviews. Once I found it on sale, it came home. Several issues with firmware (now on 260)

    It's just very powerful and mvery configurable.
     
  7. texas05

    texas05 New Around Here

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    So far the N66U does not have the range of the Airport Extreme. Should I turn up the power? Any suggestions? I just can't believe this is running rings around a 5 year old Airport Extreme.
     
  8. KevTech

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    What firmware are you using?

    I had issues with 246 and feel right now the best may be either 220 or 260.

    Still testing 260 so not sure yet if better or worse than 220.
     
  9. texas05

    texas05 New Around Here

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    using .220
     
  10. jerry6

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    Strange the n66 has much better range and transfer speed than my old 3700 v1 , linksys 600 and Dlink 855 . Are you using apple products as clients ? maybe that's why your not getting the same results I am , your products were optimized for an apple environment .
    My arheros and intel clients get along well with the 66
     
  11. texas05

    texas05 New Around Here

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    Clients are HTC One X and Samsung Tab

    I'm thinking I need to change the channel bandwidth on 2.4 to 20 MHz only, right now it is on auto 20/40 and I have all kind of competing neighbors networks.
     
  12. jerry6

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    That is probably it , I have no competing neighbors , all clear here
     

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