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ASUS router RT-AC68U

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Re: ASUS router RT-AC68U

Meh
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Re: ASUS router RT-AC68U

Thanks, GabeU
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Phyllis,

As Gabe stated if your speeds while connected directly, are the same as when using the router, then all is well really.

Different routers have different attributes. From a wireless standpoint some have better range, some are better in multi level homes with others be better in the horizontal.

Some are dual frequency 2.4 & 5 Ghz. On some you can adjust the wireless power levels.

On others such as Yorkytime's Asus after installing the Merlin firmware she will be able to look in the routers display and see how much data is being used and which devices are using it.

It is more a matter of "bells $ whistles" than something that can provide a boost. Presuming of course the router wasn't a choke point in the beginning.


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Re: ASUS router RT-AC68U

Well, Gwalk900, I have no idea about data usage, etc. and figure I'm probably better off by not tinkering with it to find out cuz then I'd feel compelled to tinker when I'm really a novice in such things. If it ain't broke...... But, range I could use. My casita is two rooms, very small by today's standards but all I need at this age. When I move to my front porch, I have to go to 4G, then back to router when I come in. Now what's funny is that while I'm on my porch, I have to be careful I'm not on my sister's router and that is maybe 100' away, whereas mine maybe 15'. Now i figure that's because mine has to go through a metal wall, but really?

But in the country, we expect to put up with inconsistencies and I'm glad to pay for the privilege of having internet at all regardless of data usage, lost data bites, etc. Every router I've owned has about a 2 year life so I'm glad to hear you all comment. And, I'm definitely going to file this one away when I get ready to replace this one.
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Re: ASUS router RT-AC68U

Phyllis, if your walls are metal then any router will have a hard time punching through them. Best thing to try is to place the router near a window that is close to the porch if possible. You'd probably need a longer LAN cable to connect to the Hughes modem but they are sold in many different lengths.
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You can run NightShift on that router. It lets you download Netflix shows with your bonus bytes so you can watch without using your anytime bytes.
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I figured it was something like that. I've been buying Linksys routers the past two times as they seem more dependable than AT&T's or some others. I also get one that can handle multiple devices for when others come visiting with theirs. But I wasn't thinking metal walls when I decided on my casita, I was thinking quick and easy, so thank goodness for 4G.
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Well I am back.....and WOW!  I've had an adventure.  A pleasant one I might add.  This ASUS router is simply awesome!!!  I have spent the last couple of days getting to know my new router.  I've gotten the network up and running.  Also a repeater for my outside wireless security cameras which have never worked this well...signal is really great.  yada yada yada.  LOL  This router has way more options than I will ever need.  

So far I've found.....
Surfing the net seems to be way faster than with the Linksys router I was using.

EACH device in our home.....computers, tablets, phones, cameras etc are all shown on the device list....along with how long that device as been connected,  how much data that device has used, what websites that device has accessed.  How much data is downloaded and uploaded PER device.  Just amazing!  It is called traffic analyzer.  

Even if a device is asleep it still is active in the device list.  Think tablets and smartphones and kindles....this serves as a reminder for us to be sure the take the device completely offline when not in use.

Data limits can be set PER device.....think teenagers that want to hog the download data.  Or too many movie downloads to TV,  Especially useful for Hughesnet customers I think.  LOL   Also can block certain websites should the need arise.  

It is 2.4GHZ and 5.0GHZ.  But I haven't found how to use the 5.0GHZ yet.

It has USB support 3.0 and 2.0.  These ports can be addressed from anywhere in the world via Internet and can be used to upload to the cloud.

Of course firewall, and all kinds of other little goodies for protection.

ASUS offers free 5GB cloud storage and 200GB cloud storage for $29 per year. I'm considering this since they also offer seamless uploading of files to the cloud.  

The user interface control panel looks like something out of Star Trek.  LOL

Overall this router seems to be an amazing piece of equipment.  I am not sure I need to update the firmware with the Merlin version??  This firmware seems pretty darn complete to me.  I don't think I've even touch the surface of all the benefits of having this router.  

Thanks Gwalk for your suggestion of the ASUS router.  
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Hi Yorkytime,
Glad you are getting better performance and per device info.
I would caution against cloud backup and services ... they are data killers !
You could however add a USB or Ethernet network drive to one of the routers ports and have all devices back themselves up "locally".