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AC66U-B1 vs AC68U - thermal issues?

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

  1. smasher

    smasher Occasional Visitor

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    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

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    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!

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  3. Grisu

    Grisu Part of the Furniture

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