Asus Jumps on 802.11ac Bandwagon, Launches RT-AC66U 5G Wi-Fi Router

Paul Lilly

It might be awhile before there's an officially certified 802.11ac standard, but in the meantime, companies are ready and willing to forge ahead with router models based on draft specifications, just as we saw in the draft 802.11n days. Asus is one of them, having just announced the launch of its RT-AC66U 5G Wi-Fi router with greater than gigabit wireless speeds on the 5GHz band.

The RT-AC66U is a dual-band router with up to 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and up to 1.3Gbps on the 5GHz band. It's purportedly easy to setup and use, yet offers an advanced feature-set with goodies like QoS settings, DLNA support, VPN, and dual USB ports with printer and file server sharing.

One of the features Asus talks up is AiCloud, which offers a unified app for iOS and Android devices that transforms the RT-AC66U into a personal cloud server. In addition, Asus' Download Master service lets users download files when their PC is turned off, as well as manage and monitor downloads remotely.

Asus didn't say how much the RT-AC66U will cost or when it will ship.

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