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ASUS RT-N66U - £67.99 - amazon.co.uk
ASUS RT-N66U  - £67.99 - amazon.co.uk

ASUS RT-N66U - £67.99 - amazon.co.uk

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Great router, especially if flashed with the merlin firmware.

Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router

2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Concurrent Dual-Band Transmissions for Strong Signal Strength and Ultra-Fast Connection Rates up to 900Mbps
ASUS AiCloud service: Access, stream, share, sync – all on the go with unlimited storage expansion!
Gigabit Ethernet Ports for the Fastest, Most Reliable Internet Performance
Download Master for Wireless Data Storage and Access to Router-Connected USB Storage Devices
Expanded Wireless Coverage with Detachable High-Powered Antennas
File Sharing, Printer Sharing, and 3G Sharing via Two Multi-Functional Built-in USB Ports
ASUSWRT Dashboard UI for Easy Setup, Signal Monitoring, and Network Application Control

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Got one of these - rock solid.

is it difficult to flash different firmware?

cbrown1979

is it difficult to flash different firmware?



No it's very easy, but I feel there is no need over your ISP ones will do about the same, unless you want to part with cash.

used like new in pristine packaging from amazon warehouse £53 any better ?

Terrific router with Merlin firmware. Easy enough to flash it.

Solid router! Had one when I was with Sky for a few years and never had issues with it.

does this connect to a normal telephone socket then for your broad band?

scoobytawazara

does this connect to a normal telephone socket then for your broad band?



​No you'll need to use an ADSL/VDSL modem with this

what are the advantages of installing Merlin firmware?

Merlin or tomato firmware on this for that price its a bargain

tomato or Merlin firmware on this router for that price what a bargain

Now £90.

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Still available as used like new in pristine packaging from amazon warehouse .... £53.

Slightly bizarre answers / comments from Asus support in the Amazon reviews basically saying its xx years old and unlikely to be better than the one you get from your ISP !!
Edited by: "Tomb" 14th Jun

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I spent £170 on a TP-Link AC2800 which was horrific, drop outs, poor wifi stability blackouts.

Went back to my trusty asus and openreach modem.Bought a 2nd one to use as an AP.

One or two years ago I was trying to improve the wifi networking at my home. I was using the wifi powerline adapters, which I am pretty sure cause some sort of network freeze every now and then.

Anyway, I tried this router in the OP. Nothing special in terms of wifi coverage if that is what you are looking for. My router is not placed in a great position, walls are fairly solid, Sky router performed just as well.

Thinking I must just need a better one, I tried various other "name" routers, up to maybe £200 or £250, cant remember. Some which were huge ridiculous looking things with six or eight antenna. Wifi really was no better on any of them. Eventually, having sent one back after the other, I gave up and stuck with the Sky.

There is only so much router manufacturers can do with 30mW.

pdug175

I spent £170 on a TP-Link AC2800 which was horrific, drop outs, poor wifi … I spent £170 on a TP-Link AC2800 which was horrific, drop outs, poor wifi stability blackouts.Went back to my trusty asus and openreach modem.Bought a 2nd one to use as an AP.



Yes I tried this too and found it to be at best no better than the Sky router. I did notice that one or two of the expensive routers really are unimpressive wifi wise.

Tomb

Still available as used like new in pristine packaging from amazon … Still available as used like new in pristine packaging from amazon warehouse .... £53.Slightly bizarre answers / comments from Asus support in the Amazon reviews basically saying its xx years old and unlikely to be better than the one you get from your ISP !!



Funny that Asus are saying that. But it is true. There is no magic hardware or design in these things. They are all limited to a power of 30mW. All the six or eight antenna, huge spaceship design routers are a bit of a con IMO.

Deal back on....

If you have the time, patience and skill I would highly recommend a stand alone router paired with an access point the results are so much better. For this I would recommend the ER-X, the edgerouter x is a very sophisticated bit of kit for the money. If you have experience with the CLI on cisco stuff you'll have no problems, this is not for beginners.

I brought a cheap talk talk router off ebay for under £10 as my AP, this setup is cheaper than the Asus RT-N66U and likely performs better. However it is quite a technical configuration so not for everyone, if you're interested take a look at the edgerouter x and it's features here.




Edited by: "mogsog" 16th Jun

Great price. I got this for £130 originally so a great deal here.
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