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Asus RT-AC66U - Router Review

Asus RT-AC66U router review   Amazon.com price (90 USD) Amazon.co.uk price (105 GBP) Amazon.de (125 Euro)   Image Source     Technical details: Dual-band, 802.11ac, up to 1750Mbps
AiRadar intelligently strengthens wireless connections via high-powered amplification and beam-forming
4x gigabit ethernet LAN ports
2x USB 2.0 ports 256MB ram 2.4GHz or 5.0GHz (can be active at the same time)
Web-based interface Advanced cooling (whatever that means)   The specs are pretty good, especially considering this is not a new (2018) router. Most people now would (rightfully so) expect USB 3.0. The "advanced cooling" sounds like a gimmick or something every router company could say. However I have noticed that it does not get as hot compared to routers I've previously owned (like the Cisco-Linksys E4200). I have not had issues with this router when it comes to heat, and rarely have to restart it.   Speed wise it is able to handle whatever I do. Gaming and streaming netflix works with no problems, even with more than one person on the router.   Connection with Chromecast works great. It may rarely loose connection but usually that is a problem with the chromecast, and only sometimes requires a router restart.   I've owned this router since 2013 and see no point in replacing it. It has not noticeably degraded since then. The only reason I could see upgrading would be to attach a hard drive to it (since this one is only usb 2.0) or maybe to find one that has better web applications. This Asus supports the cloud applications that Asus has, but I haven't been impressed by them and haven't found a good use for them. A huge problem with this router is that when you attach a hard drive, the CPU goes to 100% constant. I remember trying it a few years ago and at the time there was no fix for it. I haven't checked, but I doubt that there is a fix right now.   Adding a VPN directly on the router is not supported with the default firmware. To do this you need to use other router software like DD-WRT. The one I currently use can be found here. DD-WRT allows you to add a VPN to your router and turn it on/off whenever you want. It supports OpenVPN, PPTP, and TOR.   VPN that I use is called Private Internet Access (PIA).




Lost skill of discussion

I'm going to keep this short and to the point.   Have we forgotten the ability to discuss topics, while keeping mutual respect for each other? Many people (it seems like) want to avoid the hard discussions, but why? Well, because they are hard discussions, and generally (it seems like) these discussions turn into a fight or a yelling argument. Once a fight or "yelling" comes out, the discussion is lost and becomes pointless.   Arguments and discussions are great and it seems like in some subjects it goes very well. However look around the internet, even some of the topics on this forum, it seems like the mutual respect has been lost and so there is no discussion.   A good example is when discussing religion. On all sides, the respect has disappeared and people end up fighting and yelling. Look at youtube, yahoo answers, etc who have degenerated further. Where even a simple discussion on an opinion (which singer you like) has become fighting and yelling.   We have lost the ability to discuss topics, and unless we start relearning (ourselves) and teaching our children to do so...it will only get worse.     *edit: I was kinda hoping this would turn into a good discussion, but I guess that would disprove my idea. hehe



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