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D-link DIR-860l or ASUS rt-n66u

Discussion in 'General Wireless Discussion' started by BlueGoldAce, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. BlueGoldAce

    BlueGoldAce Occasional Visitor

    Jan 24, 2013
    I currently have an ASUS rt-n56u. It has been a great router, but its wireless range isn't enough for my needs. I owe a house with a basement, and due to the (non-negotiable due to comcast) position of my router, my wireless signal and performance is poor in the basement and parts of the house.

    Today I picked up a white Asus rt-n66u on amazon for 110 (plus a $10 mail in rebate). I have enjoyed my previous asus router and thought this would be a great replacement.

    I realize that it is a bit dated in terms of the new wifi standard, but I am looking to stick to the $100 range.

    I noticed the d-link dir-860l is about 114 on amazon, and am second guessing my purchase. None of my devices support the new ac standard yet, but I am sure I will have devices that due in the future. Most important to me is range and performance. I do a lot of hd streaming and etc.

    Which router would be a better bang for my buck?

    I really appreciate the responses.

  2. BlueGoldAce

    BlueGoldAce Occasional Visitor

    Jan 24, 2013
    Anyone? I apologize if this is the wrong forum.
  3. jerry6

    jerry6 Very Senior Member

    Jan 24, 2010
    I had good signal with the N 66 even in the basement , better than the Negear 6250 I tried and better than theAC 66 I'm using now (bricked the n 66 , Asus replaced it ) . I should not have given the N 66 to my sister .
    Basements are trouble for all routers .
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2013
  4. BlueGoldAce

    BlueGoldAce Occasional Visitor

    Jan 24, 2013
    Thanks for the reply.

    I picked up a linksys ea6700 brand new for $100 on eBay today. Hopefully It is as good as it has been reviewed. If not, the n66 is coming in the mail as well.
  5. slidermike

    slidermike Regular Contributor

    Sep 20, 2013
    I have the RT-N66u.
    It is a great router all around.
    Put Merlins firmware on it & its got better enabled features!

    Unless you have AC devices now or in the next 6-12 months I suggest you don't worry about supporting it now.
    In that time frame I am sure at least 1 more router will come out with the latest greatest.

    If you notice, the n66u hasn't really dropped in price since its release; cause it is a great router.

    Good luck with whichever one you decide to go with.
  6. zz99mz

    zz99mz New Around Here

    Nov 9, 2014
    The dir-860l is a great router and has many options though it is more of an industrialized router for business's, but you can flash it with dd-wrt and it becomes a phenomenal router
  7. RogerSC

    RogerSC Part of the Furniture

    Oct 18, 2009
    I also moved up from an Asus RT-N56U to a RT-N66U, and it was a really good move. I can't recommend D-Link routers due to my spotty experience with them and what I've read, but the RT-N66U was a great router for me. It provides full house coverage for wireless-n, was very stable and reliable once the early firmware problems were fixed. A really reliable and great performing wireless router. And if you're not thinking about wireless-ac at the moment, it is a great product that I can really recommend.

    The RT-N56U could just barely reach my living room on 5GHz., the band that I now use the most. When I got the RT-N66U, it had, and continues to have, strong 5GHz. wireless coverage in my living room. That's the farthest room from my router in my house *smile*.

    It has gone down some in price over the last couple of years. I paid $179 (as I recall) over 2 years ago, and I see it running about $129 now. Not a big drop, but as the other poster said, it is a great product so it hasn't dropped as much as some.

    You can look at the reviews here on this site, #1 for the N900 class!
  8. messerchmidt

    messerchmidt Occasional Visitor

    Nov 30, 2013
    get the asus.

    if you can spring the difference for the dlink868L, then it is a better unit