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Great Hardware Support
Great piece of hardware, firmware updates are so regular for a several year old hardware i feel like its still current and its still kicking hard.
Would recommend it to any one looking for a NBN device alternative to their provider.
Purchased in at eBay.
ASUS fails to update buggy Firmware
The Asus 4G-AC68U seems like the perfect hardware until you try to use its features through the web user interface , like VPN and Dynamic DNS or even using Static IP's or setting the DNS servers you want to use, then you realize nothing actually works as it should and it constantly has configuration issues and software lockups leaving you disconnected from the internet, it's a massive disappointment for a high end router from Asus, while barely a basic setup works , you will need to disable a bunch of the performance features to keep it online .... Its really hard to understand why Asus does not provide better support by updating the firmware to resolve some of these problems the latest firmware was released over a year ago and is still buggy but these issues have been reported in the firmware from as far back as 2018 . While it seems if you get a RT-AC68U and even that has buggy firmware but there is at least Firmware from another source called Merlin that works with this router and fixes many of the bugs that Asus has failed to fix , seems there is a pattern here Asus dont support their products with fixing the firmware so users are forced to install some alternative which seems like a pretty poor effort on Asus 's part. So if your after a 4G AC router , while the hardware specifications are good and the features it boasts are amazing ( if they actually worked ) , this router isn't the router to buy its junk because there is no firmware fixes for over a year, fact is clearly avoid all routers with Asus written on them as they dont support their products very well at all . Verdict : Very disappointed in Asus support on this product avoid buying Asus routers , and do some research on the models outside of the vendors website on the model before buying one. This router is a big fail from me.
Good product, while it's fairly new...
I bought one of these in Jan 2015. Was a fantastic product at the time, lightning quick and features like USB streaming worked beautifully. Around 2017-2018 though, the 5GHz band gradually started tapering off, to the point where today it's only any good on 2.4GHz... so it got mothballed a year or 2 ago in favour of an Asus Blue Cave. I have tried it again occasionally, making sure the firmware is the latest available, but there's no improvement.
I don't know if newer revisions fix the issue I had, but on the other hand I got a few good years out of it, so can't really complain that much. Still a good unit, just don't expect it to last forever.
Purchased in at Umart Online QLD for $215.
Don't waste your money on this. Downtime is very frequent on this router, old non updated software, and you can't even ping your own router. I don't know why this is the #1 recommended router at all
Exceptional wifi range
Ordered this router last week and it arrived at my door 2 days after ordering! Pretty easy to set up, although a few moments of perplexity, as the set-up instructions on the Asus website differed to the set-up instructions for this unit on my internet provider's website??!
The interface is a little confusing for a novice, had to engage my son-in-law to guide me through it, he had no problems and we had it up and running in short order.
Wifi now excellent through our 2-storey brick house, good signal, lose one bar in the furthest rooms from the router, but doesn't affect wifi and so far no dropouts.
Purchased in at Amazon for $185.
Customer Service is hopeless
Beaware if you ever need customer service have an issue Asus support is hopeless.
Ive had a router rebooting multi times a day and no meaningful support from Asus for over 2 weeks.
You get the email we have escalated and someone will contact you in 48 hours.
Seriously on google search "Asus support terrible" and then decide if you will buy these products.
Purchased in .
So far it's very good，covers the entire house and still has a good signal. Perfect for my new NBN plan. The 2.4G network dropped out a few times but was back within seconds and is very easy to manage using the app. This is also a great modem if you own an oculus quest/ quest 2 and want to play wireless PCVR.
Purchased in .
The reviewer stated that an incentive was offered for this review
Excellent performance, mediocre interface
The ASUS RT-AC68U performs amazingly. Even with lots of other competing networks showing up I'm able to get good performance with the unit centrally located in the house. Wifi never seems to drop off and testing the speeds on file transfers I get excellent results (60MB/s (close to 500Mbps)) on the 5Ghz range.
My only criticism is the confusing interface which could be alot easier to use. I've used alot of routers over the last ten years from Netgear, Dlink, Netcomm and TP-LINK and this interface was just ordinary. For me it wasn't a problem as I know what I'm doing but I imagine less experienced users would struggle with it.
Purchased at Mwave Australia.
The ASUS RT-AC68U is a Great NBN HFC Router!
I replaced a Necomm NF18ACV that was having intermittent 2.4GHz wireless issue with this ASUS RT-AC68U and there is no comparison.
The ASUS RT-AC68U router is streets ahead of my old Netcomm in many aspects.
A modem is not required for an NBN HFC connection - just a router that will configure correctly to work with the NBN network. The ASUS RT-AC68U router does this elegantly.
The ASUS router's web set-up software is very straight forward to configure it for your ISP and the NBN HFC connection and mine connected first time.
LAN, WAN and Wi-Fi settings are easily applied and reasonably well explained - Google will tell you the rest if unsure.
Purchased in at Bing Lee Online store for $225.
Not easy to setup but excellent NBN router
After my TP link Archer V1600 router supplied by TPG dead yesterday before completing 1 year during my office work hours, did desperate search and found this router excellent reviews, price and features are very competitive compare to other top brands available at office works or JB, for this Asus router its only available through selected online retailers, some of them have retail outlets in Melbourne like Center com in sunshine,so happy to get this from store after a long Que, but very disappointed that couldn't connect it to my TPG NBN box ...after extensive efforts 9took me almost 4 hours) I found that you need to tweak the router configuration to get it up and connect to NBN, first you need to select connection type PPOE in WAN and than in LAN need to put 2 in VlanID field, please google TPG community forum to get this info in detail, what a shame that TPG help desk doesn't know about this or not willing to tell you as this is a third party router not supplied by TPG, their main business is from selling tp link routers anyway i will keep this as my backup router until i will get my new tp link router from TPG next week. Router itself is very fast and signal strength is excellent, no issue with hardware, be aware you can't connect your telephone line with this Router like Tp link, no phone port. only one WAN and 4 GB LAN ports.
Purchased in for $215.
Excellent Performance and Reliable hardware
I have bought quite a few Asus WIFI products over the years. None have been extremely cheap but they have all performed well and been reliable.
The ASUS RT-AC68U follows suit here.
I have even used a few of these ASUS RT-AC68U in commercial applications and again they have performed well and have proven to be reliable.
The ASUS RT-AC68U costs about $220.00, sure you can buy for instance the TP-Link equivalent for about $70.00 less but the TP-Link will likely prove to be less reliable. (IMHO)
The ASUS RT-AC68U is still a domestic device. It does...
Purchased in at EYO Technologies for $220.
great product! will buy again!
Product is probably the best bang for your buck. Connectivity is great, easy to setup and no dropouts from my end. surprisingly the distance for wifi is awesome! much better than my old router. if you want to buy a good quality router. buy this one!
Purchased in at Bing Lee for $150.
I’ve had it for three years and haven’t looked back since. One of the best products that I have purchased. Great value for money love the parental controls and the range is awesome. Keep it up Asus.
Purchased in at eBay for $200.
Set and forget, fast reliable WiFi
Set & forget. Good feature set. Host of different firmware options which provide more configuration and system options for advanced users. Strong WiFi network speeds and can be easily setup in a few steps for basic users or can more extensively configured for advanced users.
Purchased in for $220.
I recommend this product
Bought long ago but did not exploit its capability, till these days I installed wired internet. It is able to transfer signal through several concrete walls, no blind spot. I am happy with it. I would recommend to buy it. But remember it is a router only, and you also need to a modem.
Three antennas, usb2.0,3.0 for dongle input internet, mesh network, strong capability. Safety/security features with the anti- fishing settings, much secure network.
Purchased for $140.
The reviewer stated that an incentive was offered for this review
Questions & Answers
hi, i have just got on nbn fibre to the home and would like to buy a good router to my home and extend the wifi to my shed but as i read the reviews some say its just a router and i would need to buy a modem as well but others say it works well with the nbn just by plugging it in. is the nbn box in the garage a modem or do i need to buy this router and a modem .thanks paul
If it's NBN FTTH or fixed wireless, the box on your wall should suffice for the modem side. Your ISP or NBN will be able specify which port on the wall box you need to plug this router into, as there will be several.
Why does productreview describe this as a modem/router when it is only a router? Many people will waste money buying this when they are after a modem.
Because it is a modem router.
Well if it is I hope whoever has bought it hasn't had the issues I had with the Asus DSL-AC68U I bought instead. It dropped out my internet connection every few days and then would not reconnect unle...ss I cycled the power to it. I eventually gave up and went back to my old Telstra Fast 5355 modem.
First of all I have to admit I am not a nerd when it comes to Wifi ect. I have purchased Asus RT_Ac68U because I have intermittent WiFI connection to my iMac. I have two computers the PC is attached to my present Modem/router an iinet TG-789 which is old. My iMac is in another part of the house.I am told I just need a modem to connect the Asus router. Problem is no one can tell me what modem I need or how to connect the Asus router. Help? Asus Service centre no help whatsoever.
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- The ASUS RT-AC68U is a dual band router with speeds up to 1900Mbps, a speed 3 times faster than 802.11n routers.
- It can connect to over 30 devices, letting you and your family, friends, or staff access high speed internet simultaneously.
- The router has an advertised range of up to 167m², allowing you access from different points around your property or office.
- Parental controls on this router let you manage what types of content your kids can access, so you can stress less about monitoring their Internet usage.
- You can access, sync, and share files across devices connected to the modem - take the work out of sharing, whether it’s sentimental photos or important documents.
- It has 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports for quick, stable wired connection, so you don’t have to rely on sometimes shaky Wi-Fi connection if you have something important to do.
- It’s mesh compatible, allowing you to maintain a strong connection from far away.
Points of praise:
- Most reviewers said that the router had reliable connectivity, and the Wi-Fi never seemed to drop off, even when many devices were connected to it simultaneously.
- They also appreciated the excellent connectivity range, with some noting that the signal also reached through multiple, thick walls and up levels.
- Many reviewers found that the router had a user-friendly interface.
- The router was simple to set up, according to many reviewers.
|Frequency Band||Dual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)|
|Features||Beamforming, Built-In Malware / Anti-Virus Protection, External Antennas, Mesh Compatible, Mobile App Control, Parental Controls and Quality of Service|
|Maximum Wireless Speed||1,300 Mbps|
|Number of Ethernet Ports||5|
|Wi-Fi Standard||802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g and 802.11 n|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
|Dimensions||160 x 220 x 83.3 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)|
- GTIN13: 4712900967661, 4716659418993 and 4718017788359
- GTIN12: 886227418992 and 886227419005
- MPN: RT-AC68U
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