For many of our readers a router is a device that will be provided by an ISP (such as Virgin or BT) but for others it is the central hub of a multimedia environment. Whichever the case is it is an essential part of any modern household. This is especially true since the rapid advances in smartphones and tablets which are requiring ever faster wireless connections.
Some households in the UK are now at the stage where they may have more than ten internet connected devices. I, for instance, have six devices that I use regularly to access the internet, whether it to watch TV, check my email or even write this review. Other homes are likely to have at least three or four devices active at any given time.
It goes without saying that an ever increasing demand is put on a router and as such having the latest model is usually a worthwhile investment.
Today’s router up for review, is the ASUS RT-N66U Dual Band Wireless N900 which is capable of transferring up to 900 Mbps across the two bands, this is certainly a large step up from your more humble N300 router that your ISP will supply you with (if you are lucky).
|Network Standard||IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IPv4, IPv6|
|Data Rate||802.11a : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54Mbps
802.11b : 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps
802.11g : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54Mbps
802.11n : up to 450Mbps
|Antenna||Detachable antenna x 3|
|Operating Frequency||2.4G~2.4835GHz /5.1~5.8GHz|
|Encryption||64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise, WPS support|
|Firewall & Access Control||Firewall: SPI intrusion detection,DoS protection
Access control: Parental control, Network service filter, URL filter, Port filter
|Management||UPnP, DLNA, DNS Proxy, DHCP, NTP Client, DDNS, Port Triger, Virtual Server, DMZ|
|VPN Support||IPSec Pass-Throuth
|WAN Connection Type||Internet connection type : Automatic IP, Static IP, PPPoE(MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP
Multicast Proxy support
|Ports||4 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000/Gigabits BaseT for LAN, 1 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000/Gigabits BaseT for WAN, Support Ethernet and 802.3 with max. bit rate 10/100/1000/Gigabits Mbps and auto cross-over function(MDI-X)
USB 2.0 x 2
|Button||WPS Button, Reset Button, Power Button|
|LED Indicator||LAN x 4
WAN x 1
AIR x 2
USB x 1
|Power Supply||AC Input : 110V~240V(50~60Hz)
DC Output : 19 V with max. 1.58 A current
|Dimensions||207 x 148.8 x 35.5 mm (WxDxH)|
|Package Content||RT-N66U wireless router
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