The ASUS RT-N66U is definitely a hotrod of a router. It’s so packed with features that it’s feasibly aimed at an enthusiast or small business market that wants what is essentially an entry-level enterprise router.
I’m definitely an enthusiast user. I’ve run DD-WRT on my routers since it was released. I’ve used VPN software on the router since it was available in DD-WRT. I want ASUS’s firmware to have SSH. Telnet is insufficient, as it’s too insecure. I’d also like to see FTP replaced with SFTP if SSH is on the device. I also want more control of DNS settings, specifically the ability to choose certain DNS servers for certain top-level domains.
My biggest complaint is that ASUS seems to downplay the availability of the microSD slot. I’m not an electrical engineer, but I’ll bet that the microSD feature could be a serious selling point if it was made normal user accessible through a slot in the side. Drop a 64 GB UHS1 microSD card in there and say goodbye to ugly, vulnerable USB drives sticking out the back.
It runs about $160 on our favorite online retailer. For the intended audience of prosumers and small businesses, you cannot go wrong with the ASUS RT-N66U. ThinkComputers gives the ASUS RT-N66U Wireless Router a 9 out of 10 score.
However, it’s worth noting that for just another $30, the ASUS RT-AC66U, an 802.11ac router, can be yours. Given its availability and close price point, it may be better at this stage to fork over another $30 for a device that is just that much more future-resistant.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.