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ASUS RT-AC51U Wireless Cable & Fibre Router for £20.69 Delivered at Currys/PCWorld
ASUS RT-AC51U Wireless Cable & Fibre Router for £20.69 Delivered at Currys/PCWorld

ASUS RT-AC51U Wireless Cable & Fibre Router for £20.69 Delivered at Currys/PCWorld

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Description:

Ideal for streaming high definition video, the Asus RT-AC51U Wireless Cable Router offers high transfer speeds, allowing you to form a perfectly connected home.

Speedy WiFi

Powered by a dual-core processor, the RT-AC51U allows you to stream HD video, take part in online gaming and download files in a flash. It includes dual band technology for reliable, uncluttered wireless connection.

The 2.4 GHz band can deliver up to 300 Mbps, whilst the 5 GHz band can deliver up to 433 Mbps. This means that you can take advantage of the 2.4 GHz band for simple internet tasks such as web browsing and file downloading, whilst the 5 GHz band is ideal for streaming in Full HD or online gaming. Broadcom TurboQAM technology helps to improve the router's performance, so you know you can rely on this device.

Signal range

You won't struggle to connect to your network thanks to Asus AiRadar technology. Whilst other wireless routers may have weaker signal, the RT-AC68U uses beamforming technology, high power amplification, and RF fine-tuning. Not only does this help to boost coverage throughout your home, but it also helps to keep your connection stable and speedy.

Fantastic connectivity

The RT-AC51U Wireless Router includes a USB 2.0 connection which make it perfect for transferring files, attaching USB devices or setting up a shared printer. There are also five Ethernet ports for connecting your wired devices, whether it's your Smart TV or your PC.

You'll be able to connect to your data wherever you go thanks to Asus AiCloud technology, which links to your home network. Access your home content from your iOS or Android smartphone, or through a web browser.

Download Master allows you to download files even when your PC is turned off, which means you'll always have access to everything you want.

Getting connected is easier than ever when you use the Asus RT-AC51U Wireless Router.

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Edit: Originally pricematched by zero-stock Amazon, although that option was subsequently withdrawn when Currys raised its price.

Edited by: "AndyRoyd" 31st Dec 2016

Hie does this stand up against the n66u?
Would it be an upgrade or sideways move?

Original Poster

jh787

Hie does this stand up against the n66u?Would it be an upgrade or … Hie does this stand up against the n66u?Would it be an upgrade or sideways move?


I have no idea - depends on your current router. The n66u is around £50 more so if you're on a budget (like me) then this looks like a steal. Of course the n66u is going to be better, but its also more than triple the price

Shakeyyy

I have no idea - depends on your current router. The n66u is around £50 … I have no idea - depends on your current router. The n66u is around £50 more so if you're on a budget (like me) then this looks like a steal. Of course the n66u is going to be better, but its also more than triple the price


I already have the n66u. I was thinking, if this is better then I'd go for this.
Heat for the price

Curry's description goes off on a tangent by mentioning the RT-AC68U half way through the product description.

Original Poster

Rarnik

Curry's description goes off on a tangent by mentioning the RT-AC68U … Curry's description goes off on a tangent by mentioning the RT-AC68U half way through the product description.


I noticed that too, not sure how they managed that one? Maybe copied from the official Asus site

jh787

I already have the n66u. I was thinking, if this is better then I'd go … I already have the n66u. I was thinking, if this is better then I'd go for this.Heat for the price


N66U was once the flagship model but now getting older only supports N where this supports AC standard.

I would expect the N66U still to have better hardware, performance and features than this.

Ive got a N66U which is still going strong and wouldnt see this as an upgrade.

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callum84

N66U was once the flagship model but now getting older only supports N … N66U was once the flagship model but now getting older only supports N where this supports AC standard.I would expect the N66U still to have better hardware, performance and features than this.Ive got a N66U which is still going strong and wouldnt see this as an upgrade.


What would be the difference between N900 and AC750? I've ordered this model since my Superhub 3 is pretty lackluster in the range department.

asus.com/Net…ns/

Not really for people wanting the best performance, it's severely limited by a 100mbit WAN interface port asus.com/Net…ns/ why would Asus do this?! If it supports speeds up to 300mbs etc the wan port is under specification ???

Older Rt-n66u and the newer ac 66 posted earlier better for people who want the fastest throughout on their router but this is fine for casual users, no idea why Asus would cripple the WAN RJ45 port on this model though... Crazy

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sjr1974uk

https://www.asus.com/Networking/RTAC51U/specifications/Not really for … https://www.asus.com/Networking/RTAC51U/specifications/Not really for people wanting the best performance, it's severely limited by a 100mbit WAN interface port https://www.asus.com/Networking/RTAC51U/specifications/ why would Asus do this?! If it supports speeds up to 300mbs etc the wan port is under specification ???Older Rt-n66u and the newer ac 66 posted earlier better for people who want the fastest throughout on their router but this is fine for casual users, no idea why Asus would cripple the WAN RJ45 port on this model though... Crazy



Would this then limit my internet speeds if I connected this to my virgin Superhub? I only want to use WiFi and no wired connections. My current speed is 50Mb, would this limit my speed to 10?
Edited by: "Shakeyyy" 30th Dec 2016

sjr1974uk

https://www.asus.com/Networking/RTAC51U/specifications/Not really for … https://www.asus.com/Networking/RTAC51U/specifications/Not really for people wanting the best performance, it's severely limited by a 100mbit WAN interface port https://www.asus.com/Networking/RTAC51U/specifications/ why would Asus do this?! If it supports speeds up to 300mbs etc the wan port is under specification ???Older Rt-n66u and the newer ac 66 posted earlier better for people who want the fastest throughout on their router but this is fine for casual users, no idea why Asus would cripple the WAN RJ45 port on this model though... Crazy


Wow, that is poor having no gigabit WAN. Not a great choice for cable broadband.

Obviously to push consumers away from the budget model.

Perhaps hardware restrictions.

Shakeyyy

Would this then limit my internet speeds if I connected this to my virgin … Would this then limit my internet speeds if I connected this to my virgin Superhub? I only want to use WiFi and no wired connections. My current speed is 50Mb, would this limit my speed to 10?


No you would get the full 50. In theory anyway. Closer to 100 and you would be pushing it.

This is good for those who are on BT fibre. From ASUS website

RJ45 for 10/100 BaseT for WAN x 1, RJ45 for 10/100 BaseT for LAN x 4



Shakeyyy

Would this then limit my internet speeds if I connected this to my virgin … Would this then limit my internet speeds if I connected this to my virgin Superhub? I only want to use WiFi and no wired connections.


Original Poster

callum84

No you would get the full 50. In theory anyway. Closer to 100 and you … No you would get the full 50. In theory anyway. Closer to 100 and you would be pushing it.



Right gotcha. I'm currently on 325mbps and a download speed of 50MB. Hoping this router doesn't limit my speed. Also the RJ45 port says 10/100, not sure what that means? I take it this is the port where you would connect it to the Superhub?

Shakeyyy

Right gotcha. I'm currently on 325mbps and a download speed of 50MB. … Right gotcha. I'm currently on 325mbps and a download speed of 50MB. Hoping this router doesn't limit my speed. Also the RJ45 port says 10/100, not sure what that means? I take it this is the port where you would connect it to the Superhub?


10/100. Means 10Mbps or 100Mbps, whichever the device supports.
If you are on 325Mbps you really need a router with gigabit wan, 10/100/1000 otherwise your superhub will be connecting to your router with a severly limiting 100Mbps throughput.

The throughput is in bits and not bytes. So your 50MB (Megabytes) download speed is equal to around 400Mb (Megabit).

Your last post stated you had a 50Mb connection and thats why I said you wouldnt be limited.

If you have a 325Mb connection this is absolutely no use to you.


Edited by: "callum84" 30th Dec 2016

Original Poster

callum84

10/100. Means 10Mbps or 100Mbps, whichever the device supports.If you are … 10/100. Means 10Mbps or 100Mbps, whichever the device supports.If you are on 325Mbps you really need a router with gigabit wan, 10/100/1000 otherwise your superhub will be connecting to your router with a severly limiting 100Mbps throughput.



So I won't get the full 325Mbps or 50MB download speed with this router? I'm so confused with all the numbers, sorry for being a pain. I just don't want to limit my download speed or bandwidth

Edited by: "Shakeyyy" 30th Dec 2016

Shakeyyy

So I won't get the full 325Mbps or 50MB download speed with this router? … So I won't get the full 325Mbps or 50MB download speed with this router? I'm so confused with all the numbers, sorry for being a pain. I just don't want to limit my download speed or bandwidth


No mate you definately wont.

Youd be looking at downloding around 12MB/S.


Speeds are always quoted in bits for services and devices.

Not really relevant in the real world where we use bytes, megabytes, gigabytes etc. There is around 8 bits in a byte.

So if you see a 200Mbps connection divide that by 8 and you could expect download speeds of 25MB.

Edited by: "callum84" 30th Dec 2016

Original Poster

callum84

No mate you definately wont.



Damn, looks like I'll be taking this back then. I'll try it and see what speeds I get, if I get capped at 12.5MB/s this is going straight back.
Hopefully Asus just got the specs wrong on their site, because there's no way you can advertise something as giving you up to 433Mbps speeds when it is actually impossible

Shakeyyy

Damn, looks like I'll be taking this back then. I'll try it and see what … Damn, looks like I'll be taking this back then. I'll try it and see what speeds I get, if I get capped at 12.5MB/s this is going straight back.Hopefully Asus just got the specs wrong on their site, because there's no way you can advertise something as giving you up to 433Mbps speeds when it is actually impossible


You could get those speeds internally on your network, filesharing streaming etc.

Let us know how u get on incase it is a mistake.

Original Poster

callum84

You could get those speeds internally on your network, filesharing … You could get those speeds internally on your network, filesharing streaming etc.Let us know how u get on incase it is a mistake.


Will do, really hoping it is a mistake on the website because it would be pointless to have all that speed but cripple it with a 10/100 RJ45 port. Hope Curry's take back opened products because there's no way I'll keep something that advertises one thing then does the opposite.

You're allowed to return an item under false advertisement, so no sweat, just make sure you keep a copy of their webpage in case they get fussy.

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Chuggee

You're allowed to return an item under false advertisement, so no sweat, … You're allowed to return an item under false advertisement, so no sweat, just make sure you keep a copy of their webpage in case they get fussy.


I rang them up and they're going to give me a refund. I told them about them mixing up the description by including the part about the Asus 68U and that the speeds won't reach 433mbps because of the slow speed of the RJ45 port. They said to me to just reject it when it arrives and I'll get a full refund.

This router is great for those with 25MB/s speeds but for me it was pointless. I think I'm going to go for the Linksys EA6350 now

Shakeyyy

I rang them up and they're going to give me a refund. I told them about … I rang them up and they're going to give me a refund. I told them about them mixing up the description by including the part about the Asus 68U and that the speeds won't reach 433mbps because of the slow speed of the RJ45 port. They said to me to just reject it when it arrives and I'll get a full refund.This router is great for those with 25MB/s speeds but for me it was pointless. I think I'm going to go for the Linksys EA6350 now



Amazon have TP-LINK Archer C2 AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Cable Router (2.4 GHz 300 Mbps, 5 GHz 433 Mbps, USB Port for Storage Sharing, Printer Sharing, FTP Server and Media Server, IPv6) for £35 worth a look too

Original Poster

sjr1974uk

Amazon have TP-LINK Archer C2 AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Cable … Amazon have TP-LINK Archer C2 AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Cable Router (2.4 GHz 300 Mbps, 5 GHz 433 Mbps, USB Port for Storage Sharing, Printer Sharing, FTP Server and Media Server, IPv6) for £35 worth a look too


Nice one! Not sure if I should be looking into a new router or investing in a powerline adapter set. What would you recommend?

Maplin also have the TP Link router for £35 plus click and collect and get maplin.co.uk/vou…ect £5 voucher so worth a look if stock in your area, reviews seem generally positive. I use TP Link powered switch for cctv never let me down and also their latest homeplugs (admittedly their old style homeplugs do have a bug! But new ones are brilliant 100% uptime)

I have Asus Rt-n66u (bought it off ebay for £15) as it was 'bricked' but took me like 15 mins to fix! It all depends what setup you need?

I have a cable modem in our children's playroom connected to Asus router which is next to my main PC and also wired to N40l microserver, router is also plugged into TP Link home plug which links the Internet to the lounge (Kodi media centre).

If you stream large media content I would recommend home plugs and we use the router wireless for mobile phones, tablets, Alexa and a laptop the children use around the house.

I personally prefer homeplugs but obviously wireless is useful for mobiles/tablets etc..

Original Poster

sjr1974uk

I have Asus Rt-n66u (bought it off ebay for £15) as it was 'bricked' but … I have Asus Rt-n66u (bought it off ebay for £15) as it was 'bricked' but took me like 15 mins to fix! It all depends what setup you need? I have a cable modem in our children's playroom connected to Asus router which is next to my main PC and also wired to N40l microserver, router is also plugged into TP Link home plug which links the Internet to the lounge (Kodi media centre).If you stream large media content I would recommend home plugs and we use the router wireless for mobile phones, tablets, Alexa and a laptop the children use around the house.I personally prefer homeplugs but obviously wireless is useful for mobiles/tablets etc..



I basically have very low signal in my bedroom which is at the opposite end of the house to the router, and I was wondering whether getting a new router would be sufficient or a powerline adapter would be better for my desktop PC.

Shakeyyy

I basically have very low signal in my bedroom which is at the opposite … I basically have very low signal in my bedroom which is at the opposite end of the house to the router, and I was wondering whether getting a new router would be sufficient or a powerline adapter would be better for my desktop PC.



In this case I would definitely recommend getting powerline adaptors, they are really good and it will feel like you are plugged directly into the router. Wireless is great for mobile devices but powerline comes into it's own when dealing with large amounts of data (CCTV, Media Centre's, Gaming)

I bought these hotukdeals.com/dea…483 TP-Link TL-PA8010PKIT 1200Mbps Pass-Through Powerline Kit and they have been very reliable.

Also to fix your wireless problem to improve it for other devices in your house install this play.google.com/sto…_GB on your mobile phone, it gives you an idea what might be causing interference, maybe try changing the channel your wireless signal is on expertreviews.co.uk/net…0/1

Edited by: "sjr1974uk" 30th Dec 2016

Original Poster

sjr1974uk

In this case I would definitely recommend getting powerline adaptors, … In this case I would definitely recommend getting powerline adaptors, they are really good and it will feel like you are plugged directly into the router. Wireless is great for mobile devices but powerline comes into it's own when dealing with large amounts of data (CCTV, Media Centre's, Gaming)I bought these http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/tp-link-1200mbps-gigabit-powerline-kit-tl-pa8010p-with-passthrough-49-99-click-n-2318483 TP-Link TL-PA8010PKIT 1200Mbps Pass-Through Powerline Kit and they have been very reliable. Also to fix your wireless problem to improve it for other devices in your house install this https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.farproc.wifi.analyzer&hl=en_GB on your mobile phone, it gives you an idea what might be causing interference, maybe try changing the channel your wireless signal is on http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/networks/1401371/how-to-extend-wi-fi-range-increase-speed-and-fix-problems/page/0/1



I'm going to take the plunge and buy this powerline set- currys.co.uk/gbu…tml?awc=1599_1483129569_424091edbb2455f5009b617ff388b2dc&srcid=369&xtor=AL-1&cmpid=aff~HotUKDeals~Communities%20%26%20UGC~47868&awid=47868

What do you think?

And I've already downloaded that and changed the 2.4ghz channel to 13 and 5ghz channel to 36. I downloaded inSSIDer on my PC to analyse 5ghz channels and found only one other using it on channel 44. I think its just the virgin superhub being absolute crud

I'm with Virgin too and use their superhub in modem mode (yes it was crud!) the powerline set at curry's looks good and gets good reviews on amazon and will be far more reliable than wireless. I also use some old powerline adaptors they stream 1080p 25fps cctv camera video to a laptop so they don't congest the router with unnecessary traffic, powerline is wonderful technology!

Edited by: "sjr1974uk" 30th Dec 2016

Original Poster

sjr1974uk

I'm with Virgin too and use their superhub in wireless mode (yes it was … I'm with Virgin too and use their superhub in wireless mode (yes it was crud!) the powerline set at curry's looks good and gets good reviews on amazon and will be far more reliable than wireless. I also use some old powerline adaptors they stream 1080p 25fps cctv camera video to a laptop so they don't congest the router with unnecessary traffic, powerline is wonderful technology!


Thank you for your help kind sir, looks like I'll be going for powerline instead of a new router!

Just bought it, not sure if it's suitable as an upgrade/replacement for my generic talktalk supplied unit, any comments would be appreciated, voted hot!

Hopefully Virgin will bring out a new superhub next year. I believe they are bringing out a new tivo box soon as ours has slowed down since the software updates they keep adding! Good thing is if you complain... Virgin will upgrade your router / tivo box for free let's hope they test their new boxes before releasing them!

Basically don't buy this router, it's cheap for a reason. 100mb ports and 1x1 5GHz Antenna makes it a poor choice.

Can this type of router be used to boost the reception of data for a mobile phone that is being used for tethering?

Would this be an upgrade over an old virgin superhub?

takeshioto

Would this be an upgrade over an old virgin superhub?



​a paper cup, some string & 2 cocktail sticks are an improvement on the VM Superhub 1,2 & 3!

sjr1974uk

Hopefully Virgin will bring out a new superhub next year. I believe they … Hopefully Virgin will bring out a new superhub next year. I believe they are bringing out a new tivo box soon as ours has slowed down since the software updates they keep adding! Good thing is if you complain... Virgin will upgrade your router / tivo box for free let's hope they test their new boxes before releasing them!



​Ive had every Superhub. They progressively get worse

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Gollywood

​Ive had every Superhub. They progressively get worse



​Second this, getting fed up with Virgin's horrible hardware

Shakeyyy

I basically have very low signal in my bedroom which is at the opposite … I basically have very low signal in my bedroom which is at the opposite end of the house to the router, and I was wondering whether getting a new router would be sufficient or a powerline adapter would be better for my desktop PC.


Personally id have the carpets up and run a cat5 cable.
I did the whole house with a flush rj45 socket in each room. What a difference it makes.
Bit of work but well worth it in long run.

Besides that definately powerline adapters over wifi.
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