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Discussion in 'ASUS AC Routers & Adapters' started by DaveMishSr, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. DaveMishSr

    DaveMishSr Very Senior Member

    Jul 14, 2012
    San Diego
    OK. I found an open box special on NewEgg so I pulled the trigger and now own a RT-AC66U. I have had it up for almost two weeks and so far so good. The desktop right next to it has the new PCE-AC66 and the connection is fast at the 1300MBps limit both TX'ing and RX'ing. That system's Internet speed is remarkable as it also has a wired Ethernet connection to the router. However, the Internet performance is improved with the working 802.11AC. Now I haven't done any speed test except to run speedtest.net on the connection itself and the results are unchanged from my RT-N66U.

    The RT-AC66U is performing on a par with the RT-N66U it replaced. Range is equal and the 5GHz performance seems better even on N-900 or N-450 adapters. The 2.4 GHz band performance though is comparable at best but for our needs it has been more than adequate. Overall, for $130 I would say the router was a steal although it only came with itself, the power supply and router stand. The original CD-ROM was MIA and I had to download and flash it from to Merlin's 266.23b.

    My question though is on firmware. Shibby has said that a version of his TomatoUSB is in the works but are there any other firmware alternatives out there? Do any support 802.11AC?
  2. mikeg

    mikeg Senior Member

    Sep 8, 2012
    Sorry but for the moment I know just Asys and Merlins firmware for the AC66U.Would have been good if there was any option to those two.
    I had to pay approx. the double for mine so you had luck to buy it for that sum.


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