ASUS RT-N66U Hardware
The ASUS RT-N66U router comes with all the basics we’ve come to expect. In addition to the router itself there are three adjustable antennas, a power plug, a network cable, a plastic stand, some documentation and a software CD.
The physical setup is relatively straight forward and you can have everything plugged in and ready to go in under a minute. The matte/shiny black crosshatch pattern on the face of the router is eye catching and gives the device a slick look that could easily be displayed with other components as opposed to hidden behind your LCD’s. The one caveat is that it seems to be a dust and fingerprint magnet.
The included plastic stand is a nice addition if you’d like to have your device standing up vertically as opposed to sitting flat horizontally.
The bracket simply slides into the mounting holes on the back of the router and props the router up. The one complaint I have is the bracket doesn’t actually snap securely into the back and simply uses the weight of the router to hold it in place. If you ever move the router, which I did frequently, the plastic bracket simply falls out and it can get annoying really quick. A simple snap or clip molded to the bracket or router that held everything in place would have been a nice addition.
The ASUS RT-N66U has multiple physical connectivity options including a Gigabit WAN port, 4 Gigabit LAN ports, 2 ‘Multi-Functional’ USB ports, and a WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button (more on that button later).