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ASUS ASUS RT-AC66U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router

ASUS ASUS RT-AC66U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router

The ASUS RT-AC66U Gigabit wireless dual-band router offers users Broadcom’s 5th generation Wi-Fi (5G WiFi). Its 2.4GHz/5GHz bands drive data rates of 1.75Gbps, or three times 802.11n speeds. ASUS AiRadar technology amplifies transmissions for optimized signals, helping expand networks. The RT-AC66U uses ASUSWRT setup, QoS standards, multiple SSIDs, and twin USB ports, turning it into a multi-role device with file, DLNA, and printer server capabilities with 3 x detachable R-SMA type antenna, >50% wider coverage than standard N SPEC, VPN Server function enable and IPv6 support ASUS RT-AC66U is a true Business class router yet affordable from regular consumers.

  • 1 x Gigabit WAN port
  • 802.11AC(1300Mbps over 5G) + 802.11N(450Mbps over 2.4G)
  • IPv6 support
  • VPN Server Support
  • 2 x USB2.0 support got Printer sharing or HDD sharing

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Question by jwadder@ymail.com: can I connect a external usb hard drive with a usb-to-ethernet cable?
I don’t want to use a network attached storage device.
They cost way to much.
I meant can i connect it to a router

Best answer:

Answer by Scott O
I don’t know if this is possible. Are you trying to set the drive up so you can access it over a network?

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Wooww, nice product! I want to share this product!

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  1. 134 of 141 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Best Wireless Router, compared to Cisco, August 14, 2012
    This review is from: ASUS ASUS RT-AC66U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router (Personal Computers)

    Before having the great Asus RT-AC66U I was dealing with a Cisco E4200 v2 (Stay away from these routers). The Cisco E4200 v2 was a terrible product, it had an intermittent internet and slow speeds (I spent more than 1 hour with Cisco support trying configurations) then I gave Cisco another chance, I bought a Bran new Cisco EA4500, same problem impossible to get it to work properly. I did a lot of research and it looks like many many people are having these problems with Cisco and there is no fix. The 2 Cisco high end routers that I have tryed were really bad, dropping a poor signal on both 2.4 and 5.0 and really slow slow. Then I got the Netgear AC 1750 (R6000) It worked really well, but I didn’t like that in the configuration you could not choose N or AC modes only, instead it says Up to 450 Mbps, Up to 1300 and like that so it enables all Wifi types and you can not use it as N only, apart from that it was so Bulky even the charger was large as the ones found in laptops.

    I Just received the Asus RT-AC66U and it works great, excellent range and speed link (260Mb 10 meters -33 ft- away from the router, some walls in the middle) The Set up has easy options for novice and advanced tools for expert and it look really good. The router has the better construction quality that I have seen, the plastic, the terminals and everything looks really good quality (The Netgear looked so cheap from the outside, and the Cisco was just ok)Even the box was better quality and better printed that the Cisco and Netgear ones, also the manual. The router’s look is great, like a jewelry box.

    Great Range and Speed
    Great configuration interface
    Good construction quality
    Detachable antennas (you can upgrade to a larger antenna for extra coverage)
    Compact compared to other AC Routers
    – dd-wrt Firmware likely to be available for this router some time soon

    It warms up more than others, but I think it’s normal.

    I would recommend this router to anyone, Great product overall.

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  2. 96 of 101 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Off The Charts – Amazing Router!, October 14, 2012

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    This review is from: ASUS ASUS RT-AC66U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router (Personal Computers)

    I’ve been following routers for about a year and determined this model would help future proof some wireless stuff we purchase next year. It’s also one of, if not the strongest available. I was a little intimidated buying this one because of all it’s features and not one of the traditional router brand. I thought setup would be a hassle. Boy was I wrong on all counts. This thing is wonderfully thought out…in all areas. It blows away Cisco’s new “cloud for dummies”, tricking some into online router accounts, so they can track your data usage.

    Before setup I found 3 excellent HD Youtube videos (ASUS RT-N66U Setup…Wired…Wireless). They’re made by a down to earth Asus employee who does a great job covering the setup wizard and various features. Getting it up is a breeze, very simple, takes a couple minutes for both wired and wireless. Before install you might want to check into the following:

    1) Download the latest firmware from the ASUS website. The routers FW version listed at top of GUI, nice! (Router access is
    2) Decide if you want a different (SSID) name for the 2.4GHz and the 5GHZ channel and figure out what the names will be.
    3) I used an online “WPA Key Generator” so the keys were ready before setup. I created a different one for each channel.
    4) Visit smallnetbuilder.com forum for the AC66U. Read the couple threads on how they’re getting strongest signals, best channels, frequency’s, etc. Many passionate owners will help with timely support and tips.
    5) Test your internet speeds and pingtest.net before – and after you install this new router.

    The routers GUI is incredibly easy to understand and has tremendous amount of information and features. They use plenty of icons, images, grids, laymens terms, and “?” that provide simple explanations when hovering over. The ability to configure “port forwarding” was so simple I spent more time looking for complex steps, then the actual time to config.

    THE BOX – Folks this is an impressive looking piece of hardware. It uses very dark/deep blue LED’s just below the top surface. This dark blue lighting matches that same blue on our high end components. The small ASUS name in the back right corner is gold plated, a nice touch. The criss-cross grid pattern is done extremely well. The unit itself is solid, a very heavy device for it’s size, which is nice for a change. I’m a fan of external antenna’s and these look good, fully adjustable. They screw on so you could add extension cables to relocate them.

    Surprisingly there is a small power button on the back – no more plug/unplug. There’s also a WPS button on the back or AC66U. I discovered it’s purpose on my Android phone, a WPS note next to router network name. This feature eliminates the need to enter long WAP keys. Hitting the WPS button in a timely fashion automates and finishes connection to router. I had no ideas this tech was in routers.

    The feature called “Download Master” performs downloads for your PC. With a storage device attached I no longer need to leave my PC running while waiting for a download to finish. There’s many other features you can add or simply turn on. It’s the shizznit of routers for sure. I’m in the GUI every couple hours checking features, usage, etc. It’s a great application for sure.

    Since ASUS is making firmware changes frequently, listening to their customers, I was not worried about those minor glitches when first released this device. I was confident they would get it right and work things out. My unit is Hardware version A2, so they are updating hardware too. Stop your searching and reading – get this router – you will be happy.

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  3. 167 of 180 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Swiss Army Knife of Consumer routers. Never buying from another brand EVER again., February 28, 2013
    Brandon Dalton (Temple,Tx USA) –

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    This review is from: ASUS ASUS RT-AC66U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router (Personal Computers)

    First off, let me start by saying that this router isn’t like the ones I have purchased in the past. I feel it is a enthusiast’s router, but at the same time it is so much easier to setup even if you are a newbie. It took me just 1 minute to set this up and another minute to get it connected. If you are reading other reviews on the website that are saying this router is bad ignore them. From the ones I read people having issues didn’t know anything about what they were doing.

    Second, I am a student studying network administration and know a considerable amount when it comes to networking and setting up networks. You know this means that you are getting an amazing review.

    Note: I will be updating this review to include a lot more when I have fooled around with it more.

    This router not only met my needs, but it exceeded them. I logged in the router for the first time to find a plethora of amazing utilities and trust me when I say this “I wish Cisco would have there user interface on there Cisco routers how Asus has it setup on this one. Its it remarkable how well they have polished the interface and make it so user friendly but at the same time giving us techies what we need.

    The Specifics:
    Connection: I get full bars and I have yet to go down the street to see if I still have a connection, but I will say this. My E1200 router would only give my mother that’s on the other side of the house 3 bars. With this it is a max of 5 and her speeds are amazing when compared to the E1200’s speeds.

    Remember me saying Swiss Army Knife? Well this router has the following:
    Guest network setup with 3 network keys for the 2.4ghz network and 3 network keys for the 5.0ghz network. Unheard of I say! Hats off to Asus for that.
    Traffic manager is another nice add but one that is common place on every router out. What sets this one apart is the way that it saves the computers on your network and tells you there network name so that it will be easier to have QoS run flawlessly on the network.
    Parental Controls that are so easy to setup a child can do it. Your kids will hate you but you will reign supreme!
    USB Applications;
    AiDisk Share files connected through the USB through the Internet. A must have if you need files you have forgotten.
    Servers Center: You like your media on your computer and usb stick, who doesn’t? This allows you to setup DLNA iTunes Server setup your media directory on your thumb drive that you connect to your router also. The option to allow FTP servers to run through the router is a step in the right direction. You can also setup how many users can be logged in at one time and setup the Work Group settings right on the router.

    This is where other routers get blown in the dust. You can setup a Cloud service directly from the router itself. By Plugging in a USB thumb drive or a Portable hard drive into your router and setting it up you can access all your data on your usb with the apps on Google Play and the Itunes App Store. This allows for you to just make a cloud disk, smart access with the ability to make your computer wake on LAN so that you can access your data even if your computer is currently switched off. Also if you are a fan of the ASUS web storage you can have it sync up with it and use it to your liking.

    Now to the Barebones: The network Advanced settings (Network junkies start drooling!)
    General Tab- Here you have the settings for the server and you can setup your SSID/Password Authentication method and all of the settings you would normally see on a router.

    WPS: Pretty much self explained if you have already had a router before. This setting allows you to setup at the push of a button on the router a easy connect system. I don’t use it but it is a very handy feature to have if your a newbie to the networking game.

    Bridge – Allows you to bridge the internet connection with a wireless access point that will repeat the signal throughout your house. In my opinion not needed because this router is a beast, but all the same if you live in a big mansion you can setup many access points and it will be buttery smooth.

    MAC Address filter – This is where you can setup a more secure way to secure your network. This allows you to setup the router to only allow specific computers with only the mac address they have (trust me this cannot be gone around, MAC address on computers are so random and can never be duplicated (unless you have a network card that will allow you to reset your MAC address, and even then it will not work because it will conflict).

    RADIUS – I don’t know what this. Will update this shortly after finding out what it does.

    Professional – All the settings you would ever want to play with are here. On this page alone you can setup the frequency (2.4ghz or 5ghz), enable the radio,…

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  4. make sure both pc allow sharefolder option… both add a network place over my network places….then u will see either share folder over the (my network places) transfer any file just as copy and paste..

  5. No,

    Even if it could connect to the gateway as an ethernet client, the router doesn’t support mounting of partitions/file systems and it would need Samba or FTP on the router to connect anyway.

    You could get one of these and a 2.5″ IDE (or SATA to IDE) HDD for $ 30-$ 40 and then mount NTFS/USB drives with write permission through USB.

    Then install Windows or Linux on it and use it as a P2P mule or Torrent mule. That is what I am doing now. The downside is that the USB controller is only USB 1.1 and is slow (12Mbps or 1.5MBps). There is a PCI slot though where you could install a USB 2.0 card with an optional adapter, but I’d just buy a 320GB internal drive for $ 80-90 instead.

    If you don’t want to get a new HDD for the t5700, then install FreeNAS on the flash it comes without, but it won’t support writing to NTFS partitions, only ext3 and FAT32.

    Or buy this and install the drive internally and install windows on a new partition

  6. What you can do is make a network and connect both you computers together, right click on your cd drive and click sharing and security then click the box that says share, then on your other computer go to my computer go to tools on the top and click map network drive and browse for the shared drive you just made.

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