Asus RT-AC68U Wireless AC1900 Simultaneous Dual Band Router

Asus offers RT-AC68U wireless ACc1900 simultaneous dual band gigabit router. Asus AC68U is a high end router based on 5G wifi technology.

Since its success with its flagship product RT-AC66U first launched based on 5G wifi technology which is very successful in the market up to today, Asus has also released RT-AC68U wireless router based on AC1900 which is also arguably very successful in the market. The design of this product is pretty good, square box doesn’t look stiff with three external antennas and is very nice when placed on your desk.

What this product does

Asus RT-AC68U is the fastest router with two band technology before the release of the wireless AC2400 router – the fastest wireless router with dual-band technology. Asus has also released this technology – the Asus RT-AC87U.




 
Being one of best 5 wireless AC1900 routers, the total bandwidth this AC68U can deliver is up to 1900Mbps both bands. In 2.4GHz band, the router can deliver speeds of up to 600Mbps, and in 5GHz band the router can deliver the speeds of up to 1300Mbps, theoretically off course – not in the real world. This ideal for large home with many wifi clients with high intensive bandwidth applications running concurrently including HD video streaming, online gaming and other huge data transfer.

Highlights

  • Hardware performance powered by dual core processor 800Mhz, memory: 128MB flash and 256MB RAM
  • Based on wireless 802.11ac (5G wifi technology)
  • Data rates of up to 1900Mbps (600Mbps in 2.4GHz and up to 1300Mbps in 5GHz)
  • Gigabit Ethernet interfaces both WAN (1x port) and LAN (4x ports)
  • Two USB ports – 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0
  • Cloud storage services with exclusive Asus AiCloud

Currently you can find various models of wireless AC1900 routers in the market from different vendors including Netgear with its R7000, Linksys with its EA6900 series, D-link with its DIR-880L series, and also TP-link with its Archer C9 series and still more.  See also D-link 880L vs Asus RT-AC68U.

Asus RT-AC68U AC1900 router

Performance

All networking routers are powered by a CPU and even some cutting-edge routers come with more than one CPU to drive the processing system. Asus RT-AC68U is embedded with Broadcom BCM4708A with advanced ARM Cortex-A9 dual core processor with 800Mhz clock. D-link DIR-880L has the same CPU as AC68U does.

Netgear R7000 is also embedded with Broadcom BCM4709A which is also the same family as BCM4708A with the same Cortex-A9 inside it but with different clock, 1GHz. TP-link Archer C9 is also powered by the same Chip as R7000 is.

See also R7000 Vs Linksys EA6900.

The following table 1 is chip processor comparison AC68U vs R7000 vs Archer C9 vs EA6900 vs 880L D-link.

Table 1. Processor comparison
Model Chip Processor Memory
Asus AC68U Broadcom BCM4708A dual core; CPU: ARM Cortex-A9 800MHz 256MB RAM and 128 MB flash
Netgear R7000 Broadcom BCM4709A dual core; CPU: ARM Cortex-A9 1GHz 256MB RAM and 128 MB flash
TP-link Archer C9 Broadcom BCM4709A dual core; CPU: ARM Cortex-A9 1GHz 128MB RAM and 16MB flash
Linksys EA6900 Broadcom BCM4708A dual core; CPU: ARM Cortex-A9 800MHz 256MB RAM and 128 MB flash
D-link 880L Broadcom BCM4708A dual core; CPU: ARM Cortex-A9 800MHz 256MB RAM and 128 MB flash

 

Wifi technology

This router’s chipset is  based on wireless ac and Asus upgrades the speeds with TurboQAM technology to rise significantly.  On the 2.4GHz band the speeds rise one third of normal speed up to 600Mbps and on 5GHz frequency band the speeds rise up to 1300Mbps – 3 times faster than standard wireless ac. So that the router provides total bandwidth up to 1900Mbps for both bands.

To increase the strength and stability of the signal, Asus redefine the standard beamforming technology with Asus exclusive AiRadar technology. Beamforming technology is also applied to other high end wireless AC1900 routers including Netgear R7000, TP-link Archer C9, Linksys EA6900 and also on the D-link DIR-880L.

Ethernet Ports

Broadcom BCM4708A or BCM4709A which is embedded in each of the AC68U, R7000, EA6900, DIR-880L and Archer C9 support Gigabit interfaces (10/100/1000Mbps) both WAN (1x) and LAN ports (4x).

Asus AC68U back panel

Asus puts the Ethernet ports on the lower rear panel section including the other two USB ports so if you install the UTP cables running from Ethernet-based devices including computers or gaming consoles to their respective Ethernet ports, those cables will add strength to router with the stand when placed on the table. Meanwhile Netgear, Linksys and D-Link are designed with the lying model and all the ports are located on the rear panel as well, looks more solid when placed on the table.

The following table 2 shows you comparison between Asus RT-AC68U with R7000 vs Archer C9 vs 880L vs EA6900

Table 2 Interface Ports comparison
Model Ethernet Ports USB Ports USB Functions
Asus AC68U 4x Gigabit LAN Ports; 1x Gigabit WAN port 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0. USB 3.0 Share 3G/4G modem

Printer and storage

FTP server

Media server

AiCloud services

Netgear R7000 4x Gigabit LAN Ports; 1x Gigabit WAN port 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0. USB 3.0 ReadySHARE® USB

ReadySHARE® Printer

ReadySHARE® Vault – backup

Time Machine – Mac Backup

iTune compatible

DLNA Media server

TP-link Archer C9 4x Gigabit LAN Ports; 1x Gigabit WAN port 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0. USB 3.0 Storage sharing / Samba server

Printer sharing

FTP server

Media server

Linksys EA6900 4x Gigabit LAN Ports; 1x Gigabit WAN port 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0. USB 3.0 Sharing storage

Sharing printer

DLNA Media Server

 

D-link 880L 4x Gigabit LAN Ports; 1x Gigabit WAN port 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0. USB 3.0 Sharing storage

Sharing printer

DLNA Media server

myDlink SharePort – cloud feature

 

USB Ports

Asus RT-AC68U equipped with two different types of USB ports, 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0. USB 3.0 ports can provide data rate throughput 10x faster than standard USB 2.0 port. Like in other general routers, the USB port can be used to share printer and storage. And one thing that makes RT-AC68U unique compared with other competing routers is that you can share USB modem should you require sharing 3G / 4G Internet when wired broadband internet is not available. This feature is not existing on other competing routers such as Netgear R7000, Linksys EA6900, D-link 880L and also not on TP-link Archer C9.

Asus RT-AC68U also features AiDisk to allow you configure your local storage disk connected to the USB port accessible remotely using FTP. Asus provides you to create a DDNS service using the domain you prefer something like ftp://<domain name>.asuscomm.com. later you can access your files from anywhere by means of FTP connection using ftp://<domain name>.asuscomm.com as the domain you need access.

In addition, AC68U also supports VPN server. For secure connection you can configure the VPN server the authentication, MPPE Encryption and the client IP address range. Netgear R7000, Archer C9, and D-link 880L support VPN secure tunneling as well for remote access.

Cloud feature

Asus provides you AiCloud apps you can install in your mobile devices including any types of Android and iOS  Smartphone.  You can access your router by typing https://router.asus.com from your chrome or Firefox for better user experience. You can create a personalized URL for easy access from anywhere you can connect the internet. Similar feature can be found in D-link 880L with mydlink SharePort App.

Asus also introduces the Asus RT-AC87U – the fastest wireless router in two bands, and also Asus AC3200 – the fastest router in three bands. And the ultimate speed of Asus RT-AC5300 router.

Summary

Asus RT-AC68U is a very rich-features router and is the most requested two band router in the internet and the performance is very good compared to competing products.  The price is down by the time, and end of May 2016 the price is down to $163 with high rating of 4.3 out of 5 star customer rating. Almost the same rating as that obtained by Netgear R7000.

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