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Asus RT-AC68U

details: Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router
hardware type: Wireless Router
date added: 2013-09-18
updated: 2016-03-15
The ASUS RT-AC68U provides combined dual-band data rates of up to 1900 Mbps. 1300 Mbps 802.11ac at 5 GHz gives Gigabit wireless data rates, while Broadcom TurboQAM technology super-charges 2.4 GHz 802.11n performance from 450 Mbps to 600 Mbps with compatible devices.

The RT-AC68U also features dual USB ports for file, printers and 3G/4G modems sharing and a USB 3.0 port for up to ten times faster data transfers than USB 2.0.

ASUS AiRadar intelligently strengthens wireless connectivity using beamforming technology, high power amplification, and exclusive ASUS RF fine-tuning. This ensures extended coverage, dynamic data speed increases, and enhanced stability.

The RT-AC68U and RT-AC68R are the exact same router, with the only difference that the "U" stands for "universal" (e.g. can be sold by any online retailer), while the "R" stands for "reseller" (e.g. can be sold through reseller stores like Best Buy). The RT-AC68W is a white variant, the RT-AC68P is a newer hardware revision introduced in Q1 of 2015.

The RT-AC68 (P/R/U/W) V2 revision has a faster CPU - it uses 1 GHz Broadcom BCM4709 instead of the 800 MHz Broadcom BCM4708. It is denoted on the back on a sticker similar to this:
FCC ID: MSQ-RTAC68UV2 (Note the last two characters should be the revision)
 
 
 
 RT-AC68U Features
 General
 SG Editor's Choice: yes
 Availability: currently available
 LAN / WAN Connectivity
 WAN ports: 1
two USB ports for 3G USB modem
 WAN port(s) type: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
 WAN port auto cross-over: yes
 LAN ports: 4
 LAN ports type: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
 LAN ports auto cross-over: yes
 USB port(s): 2
one of the USB ports is USB 3.0 compliant
 USB port type: USB 2.0
 Router
 NAT routing: yes
 Multihomed: yes
 DMZ: yes
 Port forwarding: yes
 Port triggering: yes
 DHCP server: yes
 DHCP client: yes
 DNS proxy: yes
 Dynamic DNS client: yes
 UPnP: yes
 Routing Protocols: IGMP Multicast (RFC 1112)
 Wireless
 Maximum Wireless Speed: 1900 Mbps (1300ac+600n)
 WiFi standards supported: 802.11a (54 Mbps)
802.11b (11 Mbps)
802.11g (54 Mbps)
802.11n
802.11ac
 Wifi security/authentication: WEP
WPA (TKIP)
WPA2 (AES)
802.1X (EAP-MD5/TLS/TTLS/PEAP)
 WiFi modes: Access point
Repeater mode
 external antenna(s): 3
 Multiple SSID: yes
 WDS compatible: yes
 WMM (QoS): yes
 WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup): yes
 Dual Band (2.4GHz/5GHz): yes
 Simultaneous Dual Band (2.4GHz/5GHz): yes
 VPN
  IPSec
 IPSec passthrough: yes
  L2TP
 L2TP passthrough: yes
  PPTP
 PPTP server: yes
 PPTP passthrough: yes
 Firewall
 SPI firewall: yes
 DoS / DDoS protection: yes
 Filtering: Domain/URL blocking, IP Address filtering, MAC Address filtering
 Device Management
 Default IP address: 192.168.1.1
 Alternate Admin URL: http://router.asus.com
 Default admin username: admin
 Default admin password: admin
 Administration: Web-based (LAN)
Quick Setup Wizard
 Firmware upgradeable: yes
 Event log: yes
 Misc hardware info
 IPv6 support: yes
 NTP client: yes
 Print Server: yes
 Links
 Product page: http://www.asus.com/Networking/RTAC68U/

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by anonymous - 2014-04-26 23:58
it has also load balancing
according to http://www.asus.com/Networking/RTAC68U/
by abqnm - 2014-10-02 01:01
This thing is amazing. Pretty much anything you can think of, it can do it. The range is outstanding, and it can be extended further with higher gain antennas if needed. With it sitting in the center of my house, I can still pick up a stead 2.4GHz signal at 72Mbps 3 houses away. 5GHz is pretty much limited to my own 2500 square foot house, but still, the range is awesome. Also, the built-in PPTP VPN server and free Dynamic DNS service works fantastic. Took a whole 30 seconds to set up and works great.

This unit replaced two units I had set up. I previously was running a Netgear WNR3500L as my router, at one end of the house, and then at the other end, I had a TRENDnet TEW-751DR hard-wired as an access point at the other end of the house. These two combined barely covered my whole house and the Netgear had to be reset almost daily. Now the Netgear is running Tomato and is being used as a media bridge for some entertainment equipment that doesn't have wifi. It does a much better job at that than it did as a router.

The Asus not only has about 5+ times the range of the other two combined, it also has yet to require a reboot in the few months I have had it. I HIGHLY recommend this for anyone looking for a great Wireless-AC router. You won't be disappointed.
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