ASUS RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router @ Amazon.fr £111.76
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ASUS RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router @ Amazon.fr £111.76

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Found 20th Apr 2015
This is an extremely highly rated router both from tech websites and users as well.

Cheapest price in the UK - £139.99

Buy it from Amazon.fr and you can get it for delivered for £111.76 at current exchange rate (28/04/2015). DEAL!

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Here is the product description:

World’s fastest AC Wi-Fi with TurboQAM Wi-Fi acceleration:

Powered by 5th generation Wi-Fi (5G Wi-Fi), the new 802.11ac chipset gives the RT-AC68U superfast Gigabit wireless speeds. What's more, RT-AC68U uses TurboQAM technology to upgrade 2.4G Wi-Fi to unprecedented speeds. At 2.4 GHz, it's 33% faster than generic wireless-N900 routers, reaching 600 Mbps, while on the 5GHz band it blazes to 1300 Mbps - or triple 802.11n data rates. That's 1900 Mbps of concurrent wireless power! *To get the best performance, pair RT-AC68U with ASUS PCE-AC68 client card.

Download and stream anywhere:

Download Master and enhanced media server let you download and play multimedia files stored on router-attached USB storage on a wide range of compatible devices such as PC, pad, PS3, Xbox, and smart TV. Download Master can also download files while your PC is turned off, and allows you to manage and monitor download status remotely.

Robust control and optimization with ASUSWRT:

With the ASUSWRT dashboard UI, setup, monitor, and control network applications all in one intuitive area. On top of 30-second setup,multi-device detection, and flexible settings that make the most of your network performance, it’s been upgraded with quick scanning of USB storage connected to routers to verify data integrity and drive health. Dual WAN enables having two connections/ISPs on one router, with load balance and failover mode for added stability and redundancy to ensure uninterrupted internet access. Do you game a lot, or spend most of your time streaming videos? Whatever your planned use is, the RT-AC68U has Quality of Service (QoS) standards that let you select how much bandwidth is prioritized for virtually any task. Plus, the traffic monitor allows you to check your Web usage in a clear graphical interface. Try it.

ASUS AiCloud--Your world on demand:

ASUS AiCloud keeps you connected to your data wherever and whenever you have an internet connection. It links your home network and online Web storage service* and lets you access it through the AiCloud mobile app on your iOS or Android smartphone or through a personalized URL in a Web browser. Even better, the new Router-to-Router Sync function allows you to synchronize your stuff with storage devices connected to other compatible ASUS routers— it’s as simple as choosing a sync folder. Sharing with friends and family is now easier than ever! * Works with select Web storage services only.

Key Features:

The world's fastest Wi-Fi router, with combined dual-band data rates of 1900 Mbps
Broadcom TurboQAM technology increases wireless-N data rate to 600 Mbps for 33% faster performance
Five Gigabit Ethernet ports for fast, stable wired network connections
Dual USB ports with USB 3.0 for ten times faster data transfer than USB 2.0
Dual-core processor for fast and responsive performance with Wi-Fi, Ethernet and USB devices

Easy 3-step setup:

Use your smartphone, tablet, or PC to effortlessly set up your ASUS router in less than 30 seconds* and in only 3 easy steps. Simply connect the cables to the router, open a Web browser, and follow the setup wizard to get you to the internet in no time. Step1: Open web browser. Step2: Enter ID/Password. Step3: Done! *ASUS-tested and verified setup time. Actual duration may vary by ISP, specific connection type, location, and other factors.

58 Comments

Been resisting but caved in !

A lot of reviews say it is better than the older model and even the newer at the moment, so looks like is futreproofed

reverof

Been resisting but caved in ! A lot of reviews say it is better than the … Been resisting but caved in ! A lot of reviews say it is better than the older model and even the newer at the moment, so looks like is futreproofed



The throughput from this router is better than that of the RT-AC87U (i.e. the newer model). However the RT-AC87U's Wi-Fi is faster.

The RT-AC68U can have Merlin or DD-WRT as custom firmware, while the RT-AC87U can only have Merlin at the moment (DD-WRT is work in progress and should be available soon).

Also, worth mentioning that the price for this model has dropped from £169 to £139 this week on Amazon, PC World and Currys.

Excellent unit.Hot Price++

Paid £135 from Amazon Spain- Mine replaced 3 Wifi APs around the house. Superb! Rock steady, high throughput. Well worth the money. If you have a Superhub2 (Virgin) or another cheap ISP modem get one of these, and disable Wifi on your ISPs modem. Not only is this faster more reliable but the reduced workload on the modem can improve internet speeds (my bit-torrent D/L speeed went up by 3mbs when I switched the Superhub into Modem mode.

I've since ditched VM and switch to BT VDSL (via Plusnet) really fast internet, rock steady.

I had a ASUS PCI card on my PC and got >1,7mBs from this AP.

One 2.4Mhz this works really well with phones, tables, wifi Radios, etc video even HD works well. 5Hz is good if your client has a good 5Ghz setup.

I have the 68u unit and with my VDSL on EE it wasn't functioning right. I've since switched back to the standard Bright Box 2 and my Internet has been stable with an 80/200 profile.

if anyone knows the correct configuration for the EE VDSL broadband running on BT line then please share as I'm at my wits end this this paper weight.

Mikeygolfgt

I have the 68u unit and with my VDSL on EE it wasn't functioning right. … I have the 68u unit and with my VDSL on EE it wasn't functioning right. I've since switched back to the standard Bright Box 2 and my Internet has been stable with an 80/20 profile.if anyone knows the correct configuration for the EE VDSL broadband running on BT line then please share as I'm at my wits end this this paper weight.

refaey

The throughput from this router is better than that of the RT-AC87U (i.e. … The throughput from this router is better than that of the RT-AC87U (i.e. the newer model). However the RT-AC87U's Wi-Fi is faster.The RT-AC68U can have Merlin or DD-WRT as custom firmware, while the RT-AC87U can only have Merlin at the moment (DD-WRT is work in progress and should be available soon).Also, worth mentioning that the price for this model has dropped from £169 to £139 this week on Amazon, PC World and Currys.



RT-AC87U's WiFi (or Netgear R7500, etc.) is only faster if you pair it with another 4-stream router/bridge. For 2/3-stream clients it makes next to no difference (marginal beamforming improvement).

If MU-MIMO would work then that would be something - but that does not seem to get enabled any time soon in any Wave 2 gen 1 routers so might as well stick with previous routers as you say, better firmware, cheaper, etc.

Went ahead with this. My plusnet one is terrible

DonLeo17

Went ahead with this. My plusnet one is terrible



I agree that Plusnet box is junk.

I've got an RT-n66u is this worth an upgrade?

Would this be any good for a small business?

I apologize if this is a stupid question as my knowledge is pretty poor on this kind of stuff

DazzyB

I agree that Plusnet box is junk.I've got an RT-n66u is this worth an … I agree that Plusnet box is junk.I've got an RT-n66u is this worth an upgrade?


I see lots of people upgrade to this one from the n66. But if it were me I wouldn't. I'm sure your n66 is doing a fine job! That is an excellent router

I think this router doesn't support Adsl. So you'd need a seperate modem

I received my RT-AC68U a few days ago from amazon.es for £109.22, Its a fantastic router, more features than i could ever use, excellent wifi range, ability to give the 5Ghz wifi a different SSID is handy, and it has actually made browsing feel quicker and much more responsive than with the BT HH3 I was using, even on a wired PC is noticeably better.

Edited by: "m4tt8" 21st Apr 2015

Currently using BT Openreach fibre modem connected to WAN port on Netgear DGND4000. Would this be able to replace the pair of them?

ToneEQ

Currently using BT Openreach fibre modem connected to WAN port on Netgear … Currently using BT Openreach fibre modem connected to WAN port on Netgear DGND4000. Would this be able to replace the pair of them?



No this doesn't include a VDSL modem. The Asus DSL-AC68U does both but a) I've heard it has issues with the DSL modem that ASUS were having a hard time fixing, and b) it isn't supported by the excellent Merlin customised firmware unlike this router-only model that is.

I got mine from Amazon Spain the other week when it was on offer (took about 7 days between ordering and it turning up) and couldn't be happier. Replaced a Draytek 2830n router and range and speed are both massively improved. Flashed it with the Merlin firmware and have cron jobs (scheduled tasks) running to notify me when internet comes back on after an outage and to change the guest wifi password daily

brilliant bit of kit.. bought one week ago. changed region and now I have range like never before.

mine has not missed a beat in a year, no joke! it is rock solid, it works and works perfectly, can not recommend it enough

piotroek

brilliant bit of kit.. bought one week ago. changed region and now I have … brilliant bit of kit.. bought one week ago. changed region and now I have range like never before.



that is because of stupid EU rules on protecting your neighbours

**** your neighbours

Does this use a standard kettle lead to plug into the power brick? or would you need to use a 2pin to 3pin adapter?

n00b

Does this use a standard kettle lead to plug into the power brick? or … Does this use a standard kettle lead to plug into the power brick? or would you need to use a 2pin to 3pin adapter?


I think you will need an adapter

Apologies for the dumbass question, but can this be used as a replacement or in conjunction with the awful Sky Hub?

Get practically the same router for half the price on eBay. Ac56u. Only difference is slower WIFI. Mine still caps off my fibre via wireless N (I could stream batman via bluray 18gb - from the routers USB 3 to my fire TV just fine via wireless). The 56u is still more than future proof. As it is with technology you typically pay far more for the smaller gains. This router is also fairly big in comparison. Just posting a very good alternative if you think £115 is expensive.
Edited by: "DarrylJohn" 21st Apr 2015

m4tt8

I received my RT-AC68U a few days ago from amazon.es for £109.22, Its a … I received my RT-AC68U a few days ago from amazon.es for £109.22, Its a fantastic router, more features than i could ever use, excellent wifi range, ability to give the 5Ghz wifi a different SSID is handy, and it has actually made browsing feel quicker and much more responsive than with the BT HH3 I was using, even on a wired PC is noticeably better.



no, just no, if you are getting speeds of for e.g. 36 Mbps using BT home hub, then any slight increase this gives you (whether it does actually is questionable) you will not be able to quantify.

a 500kb web page loading on a 36mb connection compared to a 38mb connection you will see no difference, in fact you will see no tangible difference on 20mb to a 25mb etc, we are talking micro seconds

Makefish

Apologies for the dumbass question, but can this be used as a replacement … Apologies for the dumbass question, but can this be used as a replacement or in conjunction with the awful Sky Hub?



I don't see why not, does the SkyHub have modem mode? if so then I am sure it's fine.

Edit: I have the Superdud 2 from virgin media in modem mode with this router plugged in working just fine.
Edited by: "tjc2005" 21st Apr 2015

Great router at a decent price. Worth saying however if folks are only after AC you can pick up a EE BrightBox 2 router on eBay for around £20. Think they only have 1 x Gbps port however. I've got one and use my VM Superhub as the main router and the brightbox for WiFi. Of the 100Mbps WAN connection coming in to the router I can get 88Mbps of it on my Nexus 5 using AC.

Edited by: "PlaggyTerry" 21st Apr 2015

Original Poster

Makefish

Apologies for the dumbass question, but can this be used as a replacement … Apologies for the dumbass question, but can this be used as a replacement or in conjunction with the awful Sky Hub?



Yep, this can be used in conjunction with it. Just use the new router for its wifi capabilities, and use the Sky Hub for the modem only.

If you need help with this, I can direct you to instructions which are plentiful on the net.

DarrylJohn

Get practically the same router for half the price on eBay. Ac56u. Only … Get practically the same router for half the price on eBay. Ac56u. Only difference is slower WIFI. Mine still caps off my fibre via wireless N (I could stream batman via bluray 18gb - from the routers USB 3 to my fire TV just fine via wireless). The 56u is still more than future proof. As it is with technology you typically pay far more for the smaller gains. This router is also fairly big in comparison. Just posting a very good alternative if you think £115 is expensive.



I had considered the AC56 due to the fact it has the same CPU and it can be overclocked but the internal antennas meant the difference in wifi isn't just the top end speed but also the coverage.

AC68 has external antennas that can be changed and thus improve the quality of your coverage somewhat.

Original Poster

Would a Late 2013 Macbook Pro's internal WiFi Card be powerful enough to support this? Or would I need to purchase a WiFi client adaptor to really reap the benefits of this router?

piotroek

brilliant bit of kit.. bought one week ago. changed region and now I have … brilliant bit of kit.. bought one week ago. changed region and now I have range like never before.



what does changing the region do? what region would you recommend?

shaft1973

I think you will need an adapter


I got the Spanish one and the power brick has the EU connector moulded in. It does NOT take a kettle lead or 8 connector you will need a 3 Pin UK to Euro Adaptor

Aaronnnn

what does changing the region do? what region would you recommend?



It allows the use of high-channels that are allowed to use higher power - no to mention likely not used by your neighbours since they may be channels not meant/allowed to be used in this country.

I like Japan or Korea myself

frownbreaker

I got the Spanish one and the power brick has the EU connector moulded … I got the Spanish one and the power brick has the EU connector moulded in. It does NOT take a kettle lead or 8 connector you will need a 3 Pin UK to Euro Adaptor



Isn't it a standard 12V adapter? 1.5-2.5A? Your old router/modem/etc adapter may just match - sometimes it's worth keeping the adapter when you chuck devices, may come in handy later on.

Waiting for the price to drop even more on one of those.

It was around £100 a few weeks ago on Amazon.es (€140). Really good router btw, especially if flashed with DDWRT.

I bought this to replace the vm superhub2.
It is much more stable but I do not find the wireless range much better which is a little disappointing. It seems I am in the minority as all reviews are excellent.

Aaronnnn

what does changing the region do? what region would you recommend?


yep EU regulation. max power went automatically from 15.5 to 25... don't ask me what units.

Adrian7

Isn't it a standard 12V adapter? 1.5-2.5A? Your old router/modem/etc … Isn't it a standard 12V adapter? 1.5-2.5A? Your old router/modem/etc adapter may just match - sometimes it's worth keeping the adapter when you chuck devices, may come in handy later on.



I have plugged in EU plug into my power socket with use of little screw driver... you need to unblock socket and then EU plug works ok

Adrian7

It allows the use of high-channels that are allowed to use higher power - … It allows the use of high-channels that are allowed to use higher power - no to mention likely not used by your neighbours since they may be channels not meant/allowed to be used in this country. ;)I like Japan or Korea myself



Very smart! will check if my Trendnet wireless access point has this or not. what is the best channel?

piotroek

yep EU regulation. max power went automatically from 15.5 to 25... don't … yep EU regulation. max power went automatically from 15.5 to 25... don't ask me what units.



lol, hopefully Adrian will tell me what unit
Edited by: "Aaronnnn" 22nd Apr 2015

Adrian7

It allows the use of high-channels that are allowed to use higher power - … It allows the use of high-channels that are allowed to use higher power - no to mention likely not used by your neighbours since they may be channels not meant/allowed to be used in this country. ;)I like Japan or Korea myself



main reason for unlocking region is increasing Max transmit power. you are also getting extra channels on 5g network but I don't even use them.

I have used Asus test region called #a

Original Poster

piotroek

brilliant bit of kit.. bought one week ago. changed region and now I have … brilliant bit of kit.. bought one week ago. changed region and now I have range like never before.



Do you mind explaining how this is done? Thanks!

fairly easy. download the latest asuswrt merlin. update firmware and then follow YouTube video.
youtu.be/bTu…buI

I am happy to give you more info if YouTube is not enough
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