1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
Dismiss Notice

Welcome To SNBForums

SNBForums is a community for anyone who wants to learn about or discuss the latest in wireless routers, network storage and the ins and outs of building and maintaining a small network.

If you'd like to post a question, simply register and have at it!

While you're at it, please check out SmallNetBuilder for product reviews and our famous Router Charts, Ranker and plenty more!

AC66U-B1 vs AC68U - thermal issues?

Discussion in 'Asuswrt-Merlin' started by smasher, Jun 27, 2019.

  1. smasher

    smasher Occasional Visitor

    Jun 21, 2019
    Seems like the AC66U-B1 and AC68U are essentially the same hardware? Or at least close enough for my needs, and pretty much indistinguishable if they're running Merlin. Anything beyond 30-40Mb/s is "fast enough" for me.

    Are there any concerns about non-removable antennas on the AC66U-B1?

    Are there any thermal management differences between them?

    Does Merlin pretty much turn an AC66U-B1 into an AC68U?
  2. bbunge

    bbunge Very Senior Member

    Aug 11, 2014
    Pennsylvania USA
    I have my AC66U_B1 mounted to a wall in a basement storage room. It lacks the screw slots of the N66U so a couple of screws and a bit of wire hold it to the wall. No thermal issues as the room is a conditioned space. Have had no need to replace the antennas. Do have the router, modem and nas on a UPS. No, the router processor runs faster than an AC68U!

    Sent from my SM-T380 using Tapatalk
  3. Grisu

    Grisu Part of the Furniture

    Aug 28, 2014
    they use same identical firmware, different name is only because of 66U housing!