Product snapshot: ASUS RT-N66U ‘Dark Knight’ router

It’s the coolest networking device we’ve ever laid eyes on

Modems and routers and network cards aren’t usually the sexiest and most exciting of devices to pass through the PC World test centre. They’re generally going to be hidden under a desk or in a cupboard, so we don’t pay much attention to how they look.

The ASUS RT-N66U changes all of that. It is, as wireless routers go, gorgeous. It’s no surprise that ASUS refers to the N66U as the ‘Dark Knight’ — Christopher Nolan’s caped crusader would definitely use a couple of these for Wi-Fi in his Bat-cave.

When it comes to current Wi-Fi specifications, the RT-N66U sits at the top of the tree. It’s a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n router, rated at N-900 for simultaneous 450Mbps transfer rates over the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.

802.11ac routers are starting to become available — ASUS does even have an 802.11ac version of this router, called the RT-AC66U — but we’d personally stick with 802.11n until the new standard is agreed upon.

It doesn’t have an ADSL2+ modem built in, so you’ll need to hook it up to your existing modem through the RT-N66U’s Gigabit Ethernet WAN port. It can distribute your Internet and home network connection through its four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, too, although with such solid Wi-Fi specs we’d be tempted to use it entirely wirelessly.

Two USB 2.0 ports on the Dark Knight make for easy connectivity if you’ve got a printer that you want to share around your home’s network, or a external hard drive. You can also hook a 3G or 4G mobile broadband dongle to use as a backup Internet connection if your main ADSL connection is down.

If you’re the kind of person that likes playing around with your home network, setting up static IP routes and port forwards and whatnot, you’ll probably love the RT-N66U. It’s chock-full of settings to adjust in its ASUSWRT Dashboard Web interface — you can change practically every aspect of the RT-N66U’s opration.

ASUS has done a great job of filling the RT-N66U with features, making it easy to adjust and easy to control, and packaging all of that in a deadly-looking shell. It’s got to be one of the best routers on the market at the moment, at least until 802.11AC Wi-Fi becomes standard.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Campbell Simpson

Campbell Simpson

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?