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New, but not really, BUT NEW, but not really..
on September 2, 2015
Yo yoooooooooooooooo, I'm going to keep this review as simple as possible because a lot of people are not familiar with more technical terms.
Now I been using a D-link router like most of ya'll but I have good experience with routers because of my line of work and also helping set up for neighbors/friends.
I've read reviews and from experience most people upgrade from walmart (20$) routers to something like this ASUS and don't know what to expect; well Ima give you all a viewpoint from someone who KNOWS what's what and i'm not feeling this router at all. It look good though lol
2.4ghZ vs 5ghZ:
=A lot of people are probably wondering, WHAT THE HECK IS THAT? Simply put; you have 2 wifi's now, one has a band/frequency of 2.4ghZ(pretty much anything has this band, it's the normal one that comes with laptops, phones, ect) and you have a newer one which is 5ghZ(newer technology has this, for example my phone which is a Galaxy Note 3 has this but my older laptops don't have it so my phone will be able to see the wifi but my laptop won't)
Ok who cares, what's the dealio, what's the difference?? 5ghZ frequency works better in closer ranges and more populated areas, so if you're in a condo or apartment surrounded by hundreds of different wifi signals only newer routers have 5ghZ capabilities so you'll have a smoother time surfing the web and using your internet speeds at the best possible rate. Now in a house where you'll have the Router in the living room for example and you're on the 2nd floor you'll be using the 2.4ghZ frequency because it works better and reaches farther distances.
Hope that clears up any confusion, now enjoy the good stuff you all came here for!
-The design; I mean the glossy/glassy finish at the top looks like beauty. Very nicely done and the blue lights are a nice touch to go with the black.
-Features; You'll get these with any Asus router now a days but it still counts as a positive.
--USB slots: can charge anything or turn an old printer without wifi capabilities into one
--2.4ghZ and 5ghZ: I explain more of this above so scroll up if you want a ELI5, but it's awesome having it
--Download Master: It's pretty cool; you basically download torrents right onto a USB connected to the router
--Parental Settings: If a router is missing this then I wouldn't even bother looking at it, Asus does a good job on this feature
--There are other features but these are my favorites to mention
-Guest network which basically opens a guest network for anyone to use, it's probably more helpful for a workplace or office setting
-Very easy setup, as any router should have
-DON'T PROMOTE "up to 300Mbps data rate" IF IT'S NOT EVEN CLOSE TO THIS, this was the biggest turn off for me with not just this Asus router but so many routers I see on the market today. I get at most 72-100Mbps on the 2.4ghZ network and around 150Mbps on the 5ghZ network. This is absolutely ridiculous for a company to promote on a product and they get away with it. Most people do not understand the tech with ??Mbps but please read this over and understand it when you're looking to buy a new router
-The stand; it's not a great stand and it will tip even with a little gust of air from a fan. I'm not a fan of how they made this.
-Asus Firmware; This is more technical but if you do plan on buying this router look for a custom firmware called "Padavan" and install it as it's a lot smoother with the interface and improves the routers range/strength
tldr; If you're a person upgrading their router from a cheaper walmart or older router and this is your first real buy at a router, read this review and look for an AC router. All in all I love Asus as a brand but this router is not worth it's price, absolutely not. Throw in another 20$ and look for an AC Router by Asus, they're more reliable and work at better ranges and well worth the price. Google "AC Routers" to learn more.