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ASUS RT-N66R Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router (Refurbished) EXPIRED

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Promoted 03-17-2014 at 11:26 AM View Original Post
Newegg.com has ASUS RT-N66R Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router (Refurbished) for $99.99 - $20 w/ promo code EMCYTZT58787 = $79.99. Shipping is Free. Thanks Discombobulated

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: Our research indicates that ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router (Refurbished) is $45 lower (36% savings) than the next best available price from a reputable merchant with prices starting from $125for a brand new, non-refurbished unit.- brisar

Deal Editor's Note: This price matches our very popular Front Page Deal from last month. - brisar

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#61
I bought this the last time it was on SD at Newegg for a dollar less. I had it for a week before returning it for exchange (refund is not available for refurbs with newegg). Still waiting for the replacement to arrive.

While it functioned great with both stock and Shibby's TomatoUSB, the wifi range was less than HALF of what I am getting with the RT-N56U (the router this one will be replacing).

I'm upgrading to the N66 because the N56 cannot do Tomato or DDWRT. But to have the wifi signal be stronger for the N56 when it's 3x further from me than the N66, was a deal breaker.

Something to note for people who are considering going to Tomato: The stock VPN PPTP server is fast. When running, my Android phone will connect (from TMO 4G LTE) and get speeds >30mbps down, 20mpbs up (my ISP is FIOS with 75/35). The VPN tunnel is effective, as the displayed WAN IP on my phone matches my WAN IP at home.

But, when I switch to Tomato, the same VPN PPTP server will only garner about 3mbps down, and 1mpbs up. That makes it unusable. Since I use VPN regularly for LAN access, I really cannot afford to switch to Tomato with the slow speed. Thus, my whole motive for upgrading to this router evaporated.

If it weren't for that, I'd be on Tomato in a heartbeat.
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#62
Quote from TexasFlood View Post :
Bad reviews but nearly all have Asus offering replacement units and other help. And just looking at the first page, one star because an Ethernet cable wasn't included, one star because of security concerns already addressed in latest firmware. So not sure it's as bad as it looks.
another big problem has been people using very old hardware to connect to this router..

Yes it's all theoretically--supported.. but, if you're gonna buy a brand new router, at the very least update your wifi drivers and laptop bios...

highly recommend you guys get a new wifi card.. if your gear has a (bios-lock, mostly lenovo, mac) then you'll need a custom-whitelist- modded bios.. these bios-es are ubiquitously available for popular laptops, so check it out if you can

the Intel 6300 has been very solid for me... I tried the Killer N gaming card for a bit.. it just wasn't well supported, and performance wasn't nearly as consistent.
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#63
I feel like I need a new router but don't absolutely need one this high end right now. if I buy this will it be obsolete in a year or two?
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Quote from xtp View Post :
so you got 3 routers blasting in ur house?

I'm weary of just the 1 n66u. ... shootn' me with invisible cancer rays... laugh out loud
Hence why I want the wireless on/off switch. Mine is off a lot.
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#65
how about this buffalo router? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6833162070

Are these any good?
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Quote from Donnie Dillsko View Post :
I feel like I need a new router but don't absolutely need one this high end right now. if I buy this will it be obsolete in a year or two?
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Unfortunately, all routers become obsolete (new routers with new features will come out after you buy a new one), but as long as your router still works and you don't need the new features, you can use it add long as you want.
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Quote from Donnie Dillsko View Post :
I feel like I need a new router but don't absolutely need one this high end right now. if I buy this will it be obsolete in a year or two?
It already is. AC is here. In a year or two all laptops will have it.
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Quote from DavidLC View Post :
It already is. AC is here. In a year or two all laptops will have it.
But but I don't have the money for all the new stuff Frown
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Quote from njpcs0603 View Post :
how about this buffalo router? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6833162070

Are these any good?
those are fine.. difference is. the Asus is n900.. which means technically..... the asus has higher thoroughput nod

Quote from DavidLC View Post :
It already is. AC is here. In a year or two all laptops will have it.
well, technically.. every laptop already "can haz AC".. you just need to buy the wifi card, and (maybe) install a custom-whitelist bios to override the manufacturer lockout.

The lockout is there to stop you from using your own wifi card.. (so they can sell you stuff from their inventory instead, like a whole new laptop with an AC sticker on it.. ) yummy
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Quote from Donnie Dillsko View Post :
I feel like I need a new router but don't absolutely need one this high end right now. if I buy this will it be obsolete in a year or two?
it really depends on what you have now.. Good network experience is Gigabit E on wired.. and at least 5-6MB/s on wireless...

The asus n900 will do ~8-10 MB/s on wireless, w/(a compatible 3x stream wifi card).. that's nice but exceeds what most people would need.

The last thing is stability.. the n66u + Tomato is solid-no-hassle..

what I really h8-ed on my old router, is climbing on the shelf... holding down the reset button, disconnect power.. etc etc..

it felt like the router had a time-of-the-month.. so then you go through marriage counseling and divorced ..LMAO

a refurbished-n66u is like the hot young chick who would go out with an older divorced guy, cuz she was abused in her previous relationship by a younger guy.. LMAO

^^ wow, ok that's the stupidest example i've ever written on the internet. you probably think i'm crazy... ha... well.. deal with it...LMAO
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#71
I don't know. Would upgrade from current E3000 running DD-WRT if this router was say $50 or $60, but for $80 I think I would want to put that into an AC router.
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Quote from ontwowheels View Post :
I don't know. Would upgrade from current E3000 running DD-WRT if this router was say $50 or $60, but for $80 I think I would want to put that into an AC router.
I'm also running a E3000 but with Tomato. It's been solid but I think I can use something with a bit more range. Can't seem to get myself to pull the trigger on this one.
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#73
Hi Guys
I've got a ye olde Asus WL-500 gP v2
obviously an upgrade is overdue
and i've been keeping an eye on the next gen AC versions of these (or the 68) .. but i won't be able to use that with any of my current gear, so maybe this will do.
one question tho, one of the things that bothers me about my current asus is the inability to name clients.. which means that I must identify my clients by IP (ie.. my laptop would be 192.168.1.x).. is that also a limitation here? will tomato allow me to work around that?

just wondering
thank you smart people!
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#74
i have 16 of these in different locations. this router is rock solid and has far more range and throughput than the routers they replaced.
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Quote from ChrisL17 View Post :
I'm also running a E3000 but with Tomato. It's been solid but I think I can use something with a bit more range. Can't seem to get myself to pull the trigger on this one.
Agreed...a bit more range would be nice.
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