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[Visions Electronics] ASUS RT-AC66U B1 (AC68U) Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router - $110

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[Visions Electronics] ASUS RT-AC66U B1 (AC68U) Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router - $110

Staples currently has the ASUS RT-AC66U B1 H/W B2 on sale for $110 + tax. If you have Staples coupon, you can potentially save even more. I used a $10 coupon and was able to knock it down to $113 tax included.

The AC66U B1 has a BCM4708C0 dual core ARM CPU clocked at 1GHz. You can flash the AC68U Merlin firmware to turn this into a AC68U as it's basically the same internals. It's a very powerful router for the money and with the USB ports, you can attach a hard drive to it so it I think? I never tried but it is something I'm going to try in the future.

Merlin firmware

Update: Sale at Staples is over. Visions Electronics is your new best friend.
Last edited by geokilla on Feb 26th, 2020 10:48 am, edited 2 times in total.
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this is a good router
i just bought a used one off kijiji for $40
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Oddly I'm not sure if port forwarding always work.
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Was looking at this yesterday, can anyone expand on this flashed ASUS vs D-Link DIR-878 AC1900 ?
SNB rates the D-Link as a better buy wrt value . . . but a flashed ASUS hmmmm FTW? (USB and cheaper, thoughts)
ASUS $109.99 vs D-Link $119.99

my thoughts on the ASUS
-pro super control (QoS)
-pro aftermarket mods
-pro USB 3.0 & 2.0
-pro ASUS reliable !!!


Refs:
https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/tools/c ... ink-dir878
https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireles ... r-reviewed
https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireles ... s-rt-ac68u

Thank-you
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Nam5588 wrote: Who had downvoted this?
Someone who thinks they need an AX router because AC is old tech.
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bigdukesixer wrote: Was looking at this yesterday, can anyone expand on this flashed ASUS vs D-Link DIR-878 AC1900 ?
SNB rates the D-Link as a better buy wrt value . . . but a flashed ASUS hmmmm FTW? (USB and cheaper, thoughts)
ASUS $109.99 vs D-Link $119.99

my thoughts on the ASUS
-pro super control (QoS)
-pro aftermarket mods
-pro USB 3.0 & 2.0
-pro ASUS reliable !!!


Refs:
https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/tools/c ... ink-dir878
https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireles ... r-reviewed
https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireles ... s-rt-ac68u

Thank-you
:rolleyes:
This one is the B1 version, not the regular one.
The B1 has faster CPU, support aimesh, etc, and can use merlin wrt.
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Hey! I had the original AC-66U. Then I replaced it with the newer B1. I have Merlin installed on it. It is a fantastic router. Worth every cent.

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