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    Arrow New Asus RT-AC66U router (5G 802.11ac)

    ASUS Reveals the Next Generation 802.11ac RT-AC66U Dual-Band Router





    Offers users new 5th generation Wi-Fi (5G WiFi) with speeds up to 1.75Gbps
    alongside ASUS PCE-AC66 and USB-AC53 802.11ac-capable client models


    The ASUS RT-AC66U router integrates dual-band Gigabit wireless with fifth generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, also known as 5G WiFi,
    which enables speeds up to three times faster than existing 802.11n. As one of the first routers to achieve this, it tops Gigabit wireless
    requirements with a combined 2.4GHz/5GHz bandwidth of 1.75Gbps. This massive data rate makes it an excellent high speed router for
    demanding online applications, coupled with exclusive ASUS AiRadar signal amplification and shaping technology. Easy ASUSWRT setup,
    multiple SSIDs, and IPv6 support further enhance networking, while strong USB-based capabilities turn the RT-AC66U into a 3G, FTP,
    DLNA, and printer server for genuine multi-role functionality.

    ASUS RT-AC66U Dual Band Router

    Going beyond Gigabit Wi-Fi to triple wireless-N speeds

    The RT-AC66U goes even further than the successful high speed RT-N66U dual-band router. Working in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz, it is one of
    the worlds first dual-band wireless routers to support the advanced 802.11ac wireless protocol, enabling 5GHz operation at up to 1.3Gbps.
    These new capabilities are made possible by the inclusion of Broadcoms powerful 5G WiFi chips. As the 2.4GHz band can work at 450Mbps
    on its own, the concurrent combined bandwidth of the RT-AC66U is 1.75Gbps. It uses sophisticated ASUS AiRadar technology to strengthen
    signals to devices, amplifying transmission in directions to better overcome environmental obstructions and improve data rates. The inclusion
    of 5G WiFi makes the RT-AC66U one of the most future-proof routers on the market, ready for the next generation of high speed networks.

    Extensive feature list enhances networking experiences

    The RT-AC66U maintains the tradition of networking excellence established by previous ASUS high speed routers. It allows for easy and fast
    setup in just three steps with the ASUSWRT dashboard, and upholds strict QoS standards for the most reliable networking and download
    multitasking available. With QoS, the RT-AC66U has better bandwidth optimization, and offers Download Master capabilities, which mean fast
    background downloading even post-shutdown. Up to eight SSIDs are supported, so users can easily setup distinct networks with different
    access privileges and levels of security without having to compromise passwords. The RT-AC66U supports the new IPv6 standard for better
    packet transmission and addressing.

    USB applications extend router versatility

    With its twin USB ports, the RT-AC66U becomes a true multi-role device. Attaching a 3G dongle allows it to share 3G connections among
    several users on different devices, while full DLNA compatibility affords smooth connectivity with also variety of entertainment platforms,
    including game consoles, Blu-ray players, smart TVs, and set-top boxes. The RT-AC66U can also serve dedicated FTP server and printer
    server, letting users share resources for greater productivity while reducing costs as there is no need to buy standalone server hardware.

    Full 802.11ac product lineup

    In addition to the RT-AC66U router, ASUS has also released the PCE-AC66 and USB-AC53 clients, both capable of 802.11ac speeds.
    The dual-band PCE-AC66 offers a PCI Express client card for desktops, with 3 x 3 high-powered transmission. It can sustain 1.3Gbps
    in 5GHz and up to 450Mbps in the 2.4GHz band. For easy USB upgrades to 802.11ac, the USB-AC53 compact dongle plugs into any
    USB port, with 2 x 2 802.11ac. In 5GHz, the attachment can maintain 867Mbps, while in 2.4GHz it works at 300Mbps, achieving a
    total throughput of around 1.3Gbps. The PCE-AC66 and USB-AC53 are enabled by Broadcoms 5G WiFi chips, and demonstrate ASUS
    technology leadership in bringing an 802.11ac ecosystem to consumers.

    Key features

    • ▪ 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz concurrent dual-band transmissions
    • ▪ Up to 300,000 sessions to Internet clients
    • ▪ Up to 8 multi-user SSIDs and parental controls
    • ▪ 2 built in USB 2.0 ports
    • ▪ IPv6 support ▪ Flexible Installation with Versatile Design
    • ▪ AiRadar omnidirectional radar
    • ▪ ASUSWRT dashboard UI
    • ▪ VPN Server Enabled

    Specifications

    Network Standard
    IEEE 802.11ac (5GHz): up to 1300Mbps/802.11n (2.4GHz): up to 450Mbps
    Ethernet Port
    WAN x 1, LAN x 4 RJ-45 for 10/100/1000 Base T
    Memory
    128 MB flash and 256MB DDR2 RAM
    Encryption
    Supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, WPA-Enterprise, WPA2 Enterprise,
    RADIUS with IEEE 802.1x, WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)
    Dimension
    207 x 148 x 35.5 mm

    http://www.asus.com/News/rZcy4jXiQPQ5F8YL/ http://event.asus.com/2012/nw/rt-ac66u/

    http://www.engadget.com/photos/asus-rt-ac66u-router/

    http://www.7gadgets.com/2012/06/01/a...d-router/55563

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    Great, thanks for the info

    If the only "improvement" of RT-AC66U is the AC radio and 128MB Flash RAM and the rest is the exactly the same as RT-N66U i don't think it's worth changing, i speak for myself... I don't need such speeds ratios and i don't have clients AC radios

    Im surprised:

    RT-N66U rev 3.00 released, 2 months later RT-N66U new rev 3.20 released, less then a month later RT-AC66U released... I'm not sure if this will end soon
    Last edited by hggomes; 05-06-2012 at 02:58.

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    it starts at € 300 ....

    http://www.cyberport.de/?DEEP=5615-025&APID=14


    let's hope it will drop the RT-N66U price a bit

    edit: that should be a typo... the other ac -routers are starting at € 199
    Last edited by !gm; 05-06-2012 at 14:19.
    RT-N66U TomatoUSB 1.28.0000 MIPSR2-135 K26AC USB AIO-64K running Entware-NG
    pyload 0.4.9
    minidlna 1.1.2
    samba 3.6.5
    openvpn 2.3.10
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    Too expensive in my opinion and i don't think it's a typo, either way 3rd party FW's could take some time to be released.

    http://geizhals.at/192400415 => 240 now

    To good to be truth? I doubt RT-AC66U CPU changed.

    http://wl500g.info/showthread.php?25...512#post251512
    Last edited by hggomes; 06-06-2012 at 19:28.

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    This explains the price:

    http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wirel...211ac-products

    http://www.broadcom.com/products/Wir...4707-4708-4709


    Communications Processor with Network Acceleration Hardware

    The Broadcom BCM4707/4708/4709 processor is a communications device targeted for applications in switching control and management, and residential router/gateway. The BCM4707/4708/4709 family includes the BCM4707, BCM4708, and BCM4709.

    At the center of the device is a high-performance 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core with a 32 KB four-way set associative instruction cache, a 32 KB four-way set associative data cache, and a 128-entry translation lookaside buffer (TLB). Enhanced CPU memory subsystem architecture provides increased system performance. The device uses state-of-the-art 40 nm technology.

    Features
    Advanced ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-Core
    -32 KB I-cache and 32 KB D-cache per core
    -Snoop Control Unit (SCU) with ACP interface for I/O coherency
    -256 KB L2 Cache (shared)
    -SMP and AMP capable
    -Single-processor core operation configurable
    Advanced Gigabit Ethernet
    -8-ports with full-line rate
    -Five 10/100/1000 PHY ports
    Support for lot6 power standard
    Hardware Flow Accelerator
    RGMII/MII-lite interface

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    pfff.... arm really?
    Why not a 1GHz mips?

    tbh... I'm not going to buy any draft devices anymore tbh... this 802.11n is more than enough for me atm.
    Also, the network of the rt-n66u is just awesome

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    Asus RT-AC66U

    RT-AC66U 802.11ac Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router

    • 5th generation 802.11ac chipset gives you concurrent dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz for up to super-fast 1.75Gbps
    • Gigabit Ethernet ports for the fastest, most reliable internet performance
    • AiRadar optimizes wireless coverage with detachable high-powered antennas
    • Enjoy the ASUSWRT dashboard UI for 3 steps easy setup, signal monitoring, and network application control
    • Download Master for wireless data storage and access to your router-connected USB storage devices
    • File sharing, printer sharing, and 3G sharing via two multi-functional built-in USB ports


    Specifications

    Network Standard
    IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.3u, IPv4, IPv6
    Data Rate
    • 802.11a : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54Mbps
    • 802.11b : 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps
    • 802.11g : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54Mbps
    • 802.11n : up to 450Mbps
    • 802.11ac: up to 1300Mbps
    Antenna
    Detachable antenna x 3
    Operating Frequency
    2.4G~2.4835GHz /5.1~5.8GHz
    Encryption
    64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise
    Firewall & Access Control
    Firewall:
    SPI intrusion detection,DoS protection
    Access control:
    Parental control, Network service filter, URL filter, Port filter
    Management
    UPnP, DLNA, DNS Proxy, NTP Client, DDNS, Port Triger, Virtual Server, DMZ
    VPN Support
    IPSec Pass-Throuth
    PPTP Pass-Through
    L2TP Pass-Through
    WAN Connection Type
    Internet connection type :
    Automatic IP, Static IP, PPPoE (MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP
    Dual Link support
    Multicast Proxy support
    Utilities
    .Download master
    • - support BT, NZB, HTTP, ED2K
    • - support encryption, DHT, PEX and magnet link
    • - upload and download bandwidth control
    • - download scheduling
    .Media server:
    • Image: JPEG
    • Audio: mp3, wma, wav, pcm, mp4, lpcm, ogg
    • Video: asf, avi, divx, mpeg, mpg, ts, vob, wmv, mkv, mov
    .QoS:
    • WMM
    • User definable rules for IP/MAC/Port.
    • Upload and Download bandwidth management.
    • ACK/SYN/FIN/RST/ICMP with Highest priority
    .Guest Network
    2.4GHz guest network x 3, 5GHz guest network x 3
    .Printer Server:
    multifunctional printer support(Windows nly), LPR protocol support
    .File server:
    Samba and FTP server with account management
    .PPTP VPN server
    .Network map
    .Traffic monitor
    Ports
    1 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000 BaseT for WAN, 4 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000 BaseT for LAN,
    Support Ethernet and 802.3 with max. bit rate 10/100/1000 Mbps
    USB 2.0 x 2
    Button
    WPS Button, Reset Button, Power Button
    LED Indicator
    • PWR x 1
    • LAN x 4
    • WAN x 1
    • AIR x 2
    • USB x 1
    Power Supply
    AC Input : 110V~240V(50~60Hz)
    DC Output : 19 V with max. 1.58 A current
    Dimensions 207 x 148.8 x 35.5 mm (WxDxH)
    Weight 450 g
    Package Content
    RT-AC66U Dual Band 3x3 802.11AC Gigibit Router
    • Router stand
    • RJ-45 cable
    • Support CD (User manual and utility software)*
    • Power adapter
    • Quick start guide
    • Warranty card
    http://www.asus.com/Networks/Wireles...specifications

    Asus RT-AC66U FCC MSQ-RTAC66U CPU BCM4708 1GHz ? Switch BCM53125 1Gb ?
    Wi-Fi BCM4360 802.11ac/n 1300 Mbps (5GHz) + 450 Mbps (2.4GHz) 3T3R DualBand
    RAM 256 MB (DDR_32bit) Flash 128 MB USB 2 x 2.0

    http://www.hub.ru/wiki/Devices_ASUS_WL_Routers#RTN

    Asus PCE-AC66 BCM4360 PCI Express 3 x 3 802.11ac 1.3Gbps (5GHz) + 450Mbps (2.4GHz)

    Asus USB-AC53 BCM43526 USB port 2 x 2 802.11ac 867Mbps (5GHz) + 300Mbps (2.4GHz)

    http://forums.smallnetbuilder.com/showthread.php?t=7172

    • BCM4360 supports PCIe interface and implements 3-stream 802.11ac specifications, and reaches speeds up to 1.3 Gbps.
    • BCM4352 supports PCIe interface; implement 2-stream 802.11ac specification to reach up to 867 Mbps.
    • BCM43526 supports USB interface; implement 2-stream 802.11ac specification to reach up to 867 Mbps.
    • BCM43516 supports USB and reaches speeds of up to 433 Mbps with its single stream 802.11ac implementation.

    http://www.broadcom.com/press/release.php?id=s637241

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    Great finding CPU? Same as RT-N66U at 600MHZ? Or new ARM CPU 1GHZ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hggomes View Post
    Great finding CPU? Same as RT-N66U at 600MHZ? Or new ARM CPU 1GHZ?

    According picture it's BCM SoC
    Not the same as in RT-N66U, because there were one BCM4706 CPU and two BCM4331 radio chips on PCB.
    No SD cardreader also

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    Quote Originally Posted by theMIROn View Post
    According picture it's BCM SoC
    Not the same as in RT-N66U, because there were one BCM4706 CPU and two BCM4331 radio chips on PCB.
    No SD cardreader also
    Asus RT-N66U_B1 BCM4706 BCM4331x2

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    My question was:

    Will be RT-AC66U use CPU BCM4706 (MIPS 600MHZ like RT-N66U) or BCM4707/4708/4709 (ARM 1GHZ)? I know its a BCM SoC, but which one? Is there a confirmation?
    Last edited by hggomes; 15-06-2012 at 21:54.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hggomes View Post
    Will be RT-AC66U use CPU BCM4706 (MIPS 600MHZ like RT-N66U) or BCM4707/4708/4709 (ARM 1GHZ)?
    I know its a BCM SoC, but which one? Is there a confirmation?
    Asus RT-AC66U > BCM4706 RT-AC66U_Manual_Portuguese



    FW_RT_AC66U_3004.140 GPL_RT_AC66U_3004.140

    Asus RT-AC66U AC1750 WLAN Router 239,90
    Last edited by Omega; 23-06-2012 at 03:57. Reason: fixed

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    Thanks, that means (in my opinion) it not worth the changing.

    1. Probably will be a long wait until we see a Oleg FW for this model (RT-N66U a good example). I believe DD-WRT and Tomato being available a few days later after being selling on stores, but i would prefer Oleg so...
    2. The only changes are:
    - 4X more flash size (128MB) (for what?)
    - Probably a 64KB NVRAM (oleg does not need this)
    - AC radio, i would never need those bandwidths and if i would, i would need to pay alot €€€€€ for AC clients. (no thanks)
    - Higher price. (no thanks)
    - No MiniSD Card slot.

    I prefer saving the money for the future BCM4709 router, not sure if Oleg will support it since it's a ARM chip, probably not. Maybe lly and themir0n can tell
    Last edited by hggomes; 18-06-2012 at 18:06.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hggomes View Post
    - 4X more flash size (128MB) (for what?)
    - Probably a 64KB NVRAM (oleg does not need this)
    And these are the reasons i prefer our firmware here, on top of openwrt and stuff... No worries about what is packed in the Firmware and does it fit. You want 1 GB program-data? No problem my partition is 2 GB.
    Sure, flash-storage is faster than a hdd... but once a program is started, the messy stuff runs in RAM - there we need bigger chips - not more flash
    RT-N66U TomatoUSB 1.28.0000 MIPSR2-135 K26AC USB AIO-64K running Entware-NG
    pyload 0.4.9
    minidlna 1.1.2
    samba 3.6.5
    openvpn 2.3.10
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