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My old router keeps dropping wireless signal intermittently and I'm looking to replace it with a new one, Is the AC66U worth it or a just a waste of money.

Currently all my wireless devices use 802.11n laptop 2 cellys and future expansion to a an Xbox ,and smart tv and bluray. is AC necessary seeing it more future proof or the RT can handle all this traffic
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post #2 of 8
the AC one will give you no benefit with your current devices. So for now, it wouldn't be worth the extra. On saying that, having the option to use the 5Ghz band could be useful - and to utilise it, you'd only need to replace the wireless card(s) in your laptops, and it may not be expensive to do that -

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_from=R40&_nkw=5ghz+wifi+card&_sop=15
post #3 of 8
I have no experience with the AC variant, but I have the Asus RT N66U and would certainly recommend it. I don't see the benefit of AC yet until you reach the limits of N. My sig rig is using the wifi, as is the xbox, roku, and various phones/tablets and have no issues what so ever. Several rooms over and a floor below I still have full signal. Granted, it's pretty much only used for accessing the internet really, no home servers so there is that.

But unless you're running a home server supplying huge files to various devices around the house, or running gigabit internet you really shouldn't notice the difference, especially since none of those devices listed support AC
 
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post #4 of 8
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So I could even consider aan N65U/R? Also does anyone know what the dual link WAN is on the two routers?
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post #6 of 8
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Whats your recommendation Deafboy?
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post #7 of 8
AC is just not worth it yet, so I would just throw that one out the window, lol. It's just not necessary or widely accepted.

As much as I love my N66U, if you want to save a couple bucks the other two are solid options. I personally went for the N66U over the lower priced variant because I liked the external antennas and some other small features. Just a really solid performer.
 
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post #8 of 8
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Thanks for feedback i will look at the n66 and n65 + reps for all a y'all
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