Asus RT-AC66U AC1750 Vs Netgear R7000 AC1900

Which one is worth to purchase between Asus RT-AC66U wireless ac1750 and Netgear R7000 Nighthawk wireless ac1900?

In this article

  • What Asus AC66U does
  • Asus AC66U vs Netgear R7000
  • Comparison table

What Asus AC66U Does

Asus RT-AC66U was originally launched with a little bit no luck due to some minor issues with the firmware. However Asus fixed it as soon as possible and now it becomes one of the flagship products and is proven to get high rating in Amazon.

Netgear is also successful with its R6300 wireless ac1750 product. And the successful router in the middle speed category offered by Netgear is R7000 Night Hawk which is based on wireless ac1900 technology. How is it compared with Asus RT-AC66U? See also Asus AC66U Vs R6300v2.




 

Asus AC66U vs Netgear R7000

Comparison between the latest Asus AC68U and R7000 has been discussed in the other article. Now, let me try comparing the latest Netgear R7000 with Asus AC66U based on their specs.

Wifi speed

R7000 is engineered with the fastest AC1900 wifi technology with the maximum speed rates of up to 1900Mbps total bandwidth, while Asus AC66U is based on wireless ac1750. Slightly different (theoretical) speed is on the 2.4GHz operating band where Asus is up to 450Mbps and Netgear is up to 600Mbps.

Note that the newest flagship introduced by Asus is Asus RT-AC5300 router with total bandwidth of up to 5,300Mbps. The similar model is offered by Netgear, it is Nighthawk X8 AC5300 router

Antennas

Both routers come with the same 3x detachable external antennas you can adjust for best range position. They are designed based on beamforming antenna technology for best wifi client connection; signal is broadcasted in all directions like Omni-directional antenna but focus and lock to each of the wifi client. They are high powered for better range and reducing dead spots. You may compare them with Amped high power router RTA15 which is designed with 2 stage high power amplifier antennas in 5GHz band to boost the signal and reducing the noise.

Ethernet Port

Both routers come with the same 4-port Gigabit switch and 1 port Gigabit WAN – important requirements for high end routers for reliable wired connection. Should you deploy a small business server with Windows 2012 Essential (WSE-2012) you can connect two of the gigabit ports to the WSE server that generally comes with at least two Gigabit NIC adapters for NIC teaming and load balancing feature.

Asus RT-AC66U

With Gigabit WAN port, if your broadband internet service is Cable then you can use DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem that come Gigabit port to connect to the WAN port of the router for optimum data rate through put between Cable modem and Gigabit router.

USB Ports

The equipment of two USB ports for both routers is different where Asus comes with two USB 2.0 ports but R7000 comes with one USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 port. You know that the speed of USB 3.0 port is 10 times faster than USB 2.0 port, ideal in connecting to the storage disk with USB 3.0 support for optimum data rate through put. You can find various models of external disks with USB 3.0 port ready such as Western Digital My Passport 2TB or else.

Asus RT-AC66U back panel

With the Time machine support for Netgear Nighthawk, the existence of USB 3.0 port for high speed storage is very important to support your Time machine backup processing to perform faster than using disk with USB 2.0 port.

Another feature that Asus comes with its USB port function is the 3G share feature. This is advantageous when occasionally your broadband internet service is not available, or in an impromptu outdoor activity where you and the team need to share the internet such as emergency response for a nature disaster or thing like that.

Cloud

Netgear R7000 doesn’t support cloud feature but Asus AC66U comes with AiCloud app you can download to your Android or iOS mobile devices that allows you access, stream, sync and share all of your files anywhere while you are on the go from your cloud storage services.

Multiple SSIDs

If the requirement of multiple SSIDs exists, Asus AC66U is absolutely what you need since this router supports up to 6 SSIDs. Generally in home usage, having only one guest network is enough. For business purposes, the capability to segregate the network into multiple segments is frequently important.

Comparison table Asus RT-AC66U Vs Netgear Nighthawk

Asus AC66U Netgear R7000 Nighthawk
Wifi technology Simultaneous dual band with wireless ac1750 Simultaneous dual band with wireless ac1900
Speeds Wifi speeds up to 450Mbps (2.4GHz) and 1300Mbps (5GHz) Wifi speeds up to 600Mbps (2.4GHz) and 1300 Mbps (5GHz)
Antenna technology Intelligent ASUS AiRadar With 3x high-powered beamforming external antenna technology Beamforming technology with High powered amplifiers & 3x detachable external antennas
Ethernet ports Gigabit ports: 4xLAN and 1xWAN Gigabit ports: 4xLAN and 1xWAN
USB ports 2x USB 2.0 ports; share storage, printer; remote access 2x USB ports: 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0;

Share storage, printer, itunes

 

3G support Yes No
Time machine support N/A Yes
Media server DLNA media server DLNA media server
VPN Native VPN and VPN pass through Native VPN and VPN pass through
Cloud ready ASUS AiCloud No,

Support only customized free URL to set up personal FTP server

 

Guest Network 3x SSIDs each bands Yes
On Off buttons Power On-Off button Wifi and power On-Off buttons
Hardware performance Processor BCM4706 broadcom 600 MHz  with 128MB flash and 256MB RAM 1GHz dual core processors with 128 MB flash and 256 MB RAM

 

Rating on Amazon 4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 out of 5 stars
Price $102.99 $156.99

 

Summary

Asus RT-AC66U comes with more useful features you can suit to meet your business needs including AiCloud, multiple SSIDs and 3G supports.

However, Netgear R7000 Nighthawk is faster and is engineered with higher processor performance even though with the same memory space but with the absence of cloud, multiple SSIDs and 3G support features.

Now, which one meets your need?

  1. Learn more spec details for Asus AC66U and shop from Amazon
  2. Learn more spec details for Netgear R7000 and shop from Amazon




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