Asus DSL-AC68U Dual Band AC-1900 modem router review – Part 01

Welcome to Part 01 of our Asus DSL-AC68U modem router review! This is Asus’ latest effort and it sports a pretty impressive spec sheet;  
  • Wireless router + ADSL modem
  • Dual CPUs to assist with range and stability
  • USB 3.0 port – printer sharing, file sharing, 3G/4G internet dongle
  • Asus AiCloud – Asus’ home cloud solution
  • Asus AiRadar – universal beamforming for A/B/G/N/AC wifi signals
  • Wireless A,B,G,N and AC – 1300MHz theoretical max speed on 5GHz AC
  • 3x external, removable antennas
  If you are looking for just a wireless router and don’t need the ADSL portion, try the Asus RT-AC68U. The DSL-AC68U follows Asus’ recent industrial design;   asus-dsl-ac68u-modem-router-review-11 Quite striking if you ask us! Taking a look at the rear:   asus-dsl-ac68u-modem-router-review-3   On the left hand side we have – in clockwise order – the USB 3.0 port, ADSL connection, power connector, power switch and recessed reset switch:   asus-dsl-ac68u-modem-router-review-4 On the other side we have four gigabit ports:   online dating app without membership Decorative ASUS logo in the center:   singles in bend oregon   The right side is totally button-free, and the left holds a Wi-Fi on/off and WPS button:   hook up sites dublin Moving to the top, we have the three antenna ports:   asus-dsl-ac68u-modem-router-review-6   And in the box, three adjustable antennas:   asus-dsl-ac68u-modem-router-review-10   Other goodies in the box include an Ethernet cable (not pictured), splitter and telephone line:   asus-dsl-ac68u-modem-router-review-12   …and a compact power brick:   asus-dsl-ac68u-modem-router-review-13 The compact size of the power brick is definitely appreciated, particularly in this day and age of having many, many electronic devices plugged into power boards! Now a side view showing the built-in foot and device profile:   asus-dsl-ac68u-modem-router-review-9   But back to the spec sheet. The DSL-AC68U can hook up to either an ADSL/ADSL2/2+/VDSL or fibre/cable through a WAN port; appealing to those who may have access to both over the life of the product. Certainly a feature which could be appealing for those who are currently on an ADSL exchange but are looking at having fibre installed to their home in the next year or two.   The Dual CPU feature involves one dedicated CPU for the ADSL/VDSL and one for Wi-Fi networking; Asus claim that this assists in achieving maximum throughput for both as they are no longer vying for the same CPU time.   The AC1900 claim is not achievable with a single Wi-Fi connection; it adds the 1300MHz theoretical maximum of Wireless AC with the 600MHz theoretical maximum of Wireless N. Wireless AC is appearing in more and more mobiles, tablets, laptops and desktops so it makes a lot of sense to consider a Wireless AC modem/router if wireless speeds matter to you at all. We have found that it can result in greatly improved network performance, particularly when you have multiple people streaming media or files simultaneously.   Asus claim that their AiRadar feature improves just about everything about your Wi-Fi – range, stability and speed. The beamforming benefit isn’t just restricted to AC, either – the older A/B/G/N standards receive it as well.   The USB 3.0 port can be used to share a 3G or 4G dongle’s internet connectivity, a USB drive or a printer. USB 3.0 here is definitely a plus for those with Wireless AC clients and USB 3.0 hard drives/flash drives – you stand a chance of actually seeing the benefit of the faster USB standard thanks to the potential 1Gb+ Wi-Fi speeds.   asus-dsl-ac68u-modem-router-review-2   Stay tuned for part 02 of our review, where we look at the rest of the features and Asus’ ASUSWRT web interface!

Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite Review: Part 1

  The EdgeRouter Lite is Ubiquiti’s latest router with some pretty high-end features at an entry-level price. The tagline is “The world’s first sub-$100, one million-packets-per-second router” – US dollars, of course. It retails for around $140 Australian.   ubiquiti-edge-router-lite   The first part of the review is going to focus on the actual unit itself, the second on the software and performance. The box itself is reasonably innocuous – matte black plastic with ventilation holes top and bottom. It is quite light in the hand – under 300 grams – and around 20x9x3cm. One interesting thing on the box is the testing date is clearly marked on the top:   ubiquiti-edge-router-lite-box   Having the engineer’s name is a nice marketing touch – giving the impression that someone has personally tested this unit. This might be the case with every other product out there but few draw attention to it. Inside the box itself is the unit itself, a charge cable, a quick setup guide, some wall-mount screws and… that’s it. While there is a console port on the back Ubiquiti don’t provide you with a cable with which to access it – not surprising given the price point. Looking at the unit itself again:   ubiquiti-edge-router-lite-front   On the left there is a clearly marked console port, followed by the ethernet ports 0, 1 and 2. It’s nice that they’re clearly labelled, and the speed indicator colours are also quite clearly marked. On the far right hand side we see the reset button:     ubiquiti-edge-router-lite-info-and-reset-button   Looking at the other side we’re greeted by, well, not much. Some faux ventilation holes, the power connector and a ground screw.   ubiquiti-edge-router-lite-rear ubiquiti-edge-router-lite-power-and-ground   Speaking of power, the power brick is a mere 1A and is reasonably small:   ubiquiti-edge-router-lite-power-brick   The brick uses a cloverleaf connector.   ubiquiti-edge-router-lite-base   On the underside we have the wall mounting holes, four rubber feet and some ventilation holes. The feet give the chassis a few mm of breathing space:   ubiquiti-edge-router-lite-feet   That’s it for the outside of the box – stay tuned for Part 2, where we look at the OS and what this little box can do!