ASUS Next Generation 802.11ac RT-AC66U Dual-Band

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 18:51    Post subject: ASUS Next Generation 802.11ac RT-AC66U Dual-Band Reply with quote
Looks like RT-N66 is already outdated.

Asus just announced RT-AC66U.

http://www.asus.com/News/rZcy4jXiQPQ5F8YL/

Hopefully devs will start work on new drivers required for this router so DD-WRT will be supported when router gets to retail.

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Offers users new 5th generation Wi-Fi (5G WiFi) with speeds up to 1.75Gbps alongside ASUS PCE-AC66 and USB-AC53 802.11ac-capable client models



the ASUS RT-AC66U router integrates dual-band Gigabit wireless with fifth generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, also known as 5G WiFi, which enables speeds up to three times faster than existing 802.11n. As one of the first routers to achieve this, it tops Gigabit wireless requirements with a combined 2.4GHz/5GHz bandwidth of 1.75Gbps. This massive data rate makes it an excellent high speed router for demanding online applications, coupled with exclusive ASUS AiRadar signal amplification and shaping technology. Easy ASUSWRT setup, multiple SSIDs, and IPv6 support further enhance networking, while strong USB-based capabilities turn the RT-AC66U into a 3G, FTP, DLNA, and printer server for genuine multi-role functionality.

Going beyond Gigabit Wi-Fi to triple wireless-N speeds

The RT-AC66U goes even further than the successful high speed RT-N66U dual-band router. Working in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz, it is one of the world’s first dual-band wireless routers to support the advanced 802.11ac wireless protocol, enabling 5GHz operation at up to 1.3Gbps. These new capabilities are made possible by the inclusion of Broadcom’s powerful 5G WiFi chips. As the 2.4GHz band can work at 450Mbps on its own, the concurrent combined bandwidth of the RT-AC66U is 1.75Gbps. It uses sophisticated ASUS AiRadar technology to strengthen signals to devices, amplifying transmission in all directions to better overcome environmental obstructions and improve data rates. The inclusion of 5G WiFi makes the RT-AC66U one of the most future-proof routers on the market, ready for the next generation of high speed networks.

Extensive feature list enhances networking experiences

The RT-AC66U maintains the tradition of networking excellence established by previous ASUS high speed routers. It allows for easy and fast setup in just three steps with the ASUSWRT dashboard, and upholds strict QoS standards for the most reliable networking and download multitasking available. With QoS, the RT-AC66U has better bandwidth optimization, and offers Download Master capabilities, which mean fast background downloading even post-shutdown. Up to eight SSIDs are supported, so users can easily setup distinct networks with different access privileges and levels of security without having to compromise passwords. The RT-AC66U supports the new IPv6 standard for better packet transmission and addressing.

USB applications extend router versatility

With its twin USB ports, the RT-AC66U becomes a true multi-role device. Attaching a 3G dongle allows it to share 3G connections among several users on different devices, while full DLNA compatibility affords smooth connectivity with a variety of entertainment platforms, including game consoles, Blu-ray players, smart TVs, and set-top boxes. The RT-AC66U can also serve as a dedicated FTP server and printer server, letting users share resources for greater productivity while reducing costs as there is no need to buy standalone server hardware.



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 19:25    Post subject: Reply with quote
I hope this router doesn't have the same down fall the N66U had with 32k nvram....

Fingers Crossed.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 20:14    Post subject: Reply with quote
Fractal wrote:
I hope this router doesn't have the same down fall the N66U had with 32k nvram....

Fingers Crossed.

-Fractal


What downfall, didn't you read the announcement?
"The RT-AC66U goes even further than the successful high speed RT-N66U dual-band router."

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 21:09    Post subject: Reply with quote
LOM wrote:
Fractal wrote:
I hope this router doesn't have the same down fall the N66U had with 32k nvram....

Fingers Crossed.

-Fractal


What downfall, didn't you read the announcement?
"The RT-AC66U goes even further than the successful high speed RT-N66U dual-band router."


I had to think there for a sec, <NICE>

now I am tempted to look under the hood of mine again, I think the board has a mini-pci slot on it, so it could have been super easy just to change the wifi card.... If that's the case then developing AC was snap for them, and this will even be more successful Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:19    Post subject: Reply with quote
Looks intresting but will have to wait till DD-WRT supports 802.11ac right?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:33    Post subject: Reply with quote
riahc3 wrote:
Looks intresting but will have to wait till DD-WRT supports 802.11ac right?


AFAIK, dd-wrt can already support 802.11ac, the new buffalo AC1300 has a test build within its thread, its an 802.11ac router so.. Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 22:04    Post subject: Reply with quote
Just ordered this. Hopefully it gets official support soon.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:45    Post subject: Reply with quote
Looks like there is great progress being made. Check out this link:

http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=159637&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=rtac66u&start=21
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