Asus RT-AC68U Vs Netgear R7000 Nighthawk


Competition between high speed wireless routers is getting very tight. Two different routers from different vendors can have the same features and manufacturer’s spec. However, they will get different customer ratings when the products are launched into the market. The performance of the products can make big difference whether the product is successful or failed in the market.

RT-AC68U Vs R7000 Nighthawk

Should you build high performance wifi network in your large home, you may consider either Asus RT-AC68U or Netgear R7000 (Night Hawk Smart Wifi router). Currently both routers are getting more popular in the market while at the same time some other vendors are struggling for successful product in wireless ac router class. You can mention Trendnet TEW-818DRU which is also based on wireless AC1900 technology and the price is cheaper than Asus and Netgear, it is less popular and is also less favorable even though the average customer rating is 4.1 out of 5 stars – same rating as Netgear R7000.

The following table compares the two routers; and you can see that they have the same main features. So what are the major differences?

Wireless technology

The wireless technology is principally the same – the wireless ac1900 which delivers the maximum bandwidths of up to 1900Mbps aggregate for both bands. Three external antennas are also equipped with high amplifier and beam-forming technology for solid wifi connection. Unlike Omni directional that broadcasts all signal in all direction, Beamforming also broadcasts in all directions but it focus and locks the wifi clients that connect to the router.

Both routers use the same beamforming antenna technology. With the additions of high power amplifier both routers are designed for large homes. Both routers are designed with three external antennas. Previous products from Netgear were designed with internal antennas but for this wireless ac1900 version, the router is designed with external antennas.

Asus RT-AC68U
Asus RT-AC68U

What is beamforming plus in Netgear R7000 nighthawk router? Watch this video to help you understand what this toy is all about in Netgear high performance routers (courtecy by Netgear and Youtube)

Apple with Airport Extreme AC router is also designed with beamforming technology but it is designed with internal antennas on top of the router with tower model. Apple routers were designed with flat model except this 6th generation router with tower form factor.


Most wireless routers are designed with four Ethernet ports except Apple Airport which keeps its tradition with three ports. Asus RT-AC68 and Netgear R7000 both come with two USB ports and one of them is USB 3.0 which is ten times faster than USB 2.0 port. The ports can be used to share the storage, printer and are DLNA media server support. They seems have the same features but actually there are couple of features differences. Asus RT-AC68U comes with USB port that can be used to share the 3G/4G modem, but Netgear Nighthawk doesn’t. On the other hand, Netgear comes with Time machine compatible. You can share the storage to support Time machine automatic backup for Mac machines.

Basically you can use Time machine feature on Asus router (refering to Asus technical support) but make sure the disk format is EXT2, EXT3, NTFS or HFS+ (HFS+ is recommended).

Native time machine for Netgear and 3G / 4G network support for Asus make USB functionality each of the router is different. Moreover, Asus supports dual WAN with load balancing and failover feature for continuous internet connectivity from two different ISPs.

Netgear R7000 wireless ac1900 router
Netgear R7000 wireless ac1900 router

You can setup the 3G modem easily. Insert USB modem, and then from the browser type and then enter user-name password with default admin/admin. You can complete the 3G/4G installation by following the menu wizard. Select auto fofr USB adapter if the adapter is not shown on the list.

For more information, watch this video how easy to setup the modem (courtesy by Asus and Youtube).

Other features including DLNA media server; storage and printer share support are the same for both routers.

Comparison Table AC68U Vs R7000 Nighthawk

 RT-AC68UNetgear R7000
Wireless technologyAC1900




Antenna3x detachable External antennas – exclusive Asus AiRadar with Beamforming technology3x detachable External antennas with Beamforming technology
Ethernet4x Gigabit LAN and 1xGigabit WAN ports4x Gigabit LAN and 1xGigabit WAN ports
USB ports1xUSB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0 ports

Supports storage, Windows multifunction printer, DLNA media server

1xUSB 2.0 and 1xUSB 3.0 ports

Supports DLNA, Time Machine compatible, printer and storage

3G/4G SupportYes, USB modemN/A
On-Off ButtonsPower Button, Wireless on/off ButtonYes, Wi-Fi On-Off and Power On-Off buttons
VPN supportYes, PPTP VPN serverYes, secure access to home network
Guest Network2.4GHz guest network x 3, 5GHz guest network x 3Yes
Hardware performanceDual core processor 800Mhz, memory: 128MB flash and 256MB RAMDual core processor  1GHz

Memory: 128 MB flash and 256 MB RAM

Asus AC68U supports PPTP VPN server to allows you access your home network from anywhere remotely, so does R7000. To setup VPN with your Asus router, watch this easy to setup video:

Should you have both broadband internet and 3G plan, the Asus RT-AC68U is your choice, but to support the Time Machine feature for your Mac computers, Netgear would be advantageous to support your needs.

Ready to purchase either one of them? Learn more spec details and read more reviews in Amazon, click the following links:

  1. Read more spec detail and shop now on Amazon (Asus AC68U).
  2. Read more Netgear R7000’s Spec details and shop on Amazon now.

You may also like to see comparison between Netgear R7000 and Time Capsule Apple and a new comer Netgear R8000 Nighthawk X6 with 3 band.

Please note that the new gaming router i coming – the Netgear XR500 wireless gaming router and Netgear XR700 wireless AD gaming router.

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