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ASUS RT 68u any connection or speed issues?

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October 20, 2013 11:07:52 PM

I have an old netgear wnr2000 300 n router that functions well, no disconnects and lag but wanted to upgrade to a faster wireless with gigabyte port support.

I upgraded the new netgear r7000 nighthawk. The setup was very simple and everything worked fine, but connection drops offs are terrible. My roommate playing final fantasy experiences lag, and my sample file downloads would vary from 3 mbps dropping to .20
I ran speedtest.net and it verified my .20 kpbs horrible slow when connection is 25mbps
All connections are wired, the only wireless on dualband is roku 3
Router latest firmware. Speedtest would show my connection very spikey. Sometimes fast to 2-3mbps, and then dropping to 20-25kbsc

So while at this 25, I immediately swapped back to my old netgear 300n and achieved 250-600kbs, never anything slower.

Seeing the router is the issue, I've tried everything. Disabling qos, setting qos with its priorities, port forwards, copy every setting I had on the old netgear router and implemented them on the r7000. Nothing but connection drop-offs. I've read some people have had to cycle power due t this only to have it drop again.

So I'm taking the router back tomorrow. Has anyone had good experience with Asus's new 68? I thought about the netgear R6300 also but with the issue I've had with the nighthawk I'm unsure how the performance or if it might have any connection slow downs. It appears a lot of the features are same as the r7000 so a bit concerned if they share the same issues.

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October 21, 2013 9:50:28 AM

The RT-AC68U has excellent G and N speed as well as astounding AC speed, but unless you have AC adapters it is a waste of money. I would go with an ASUS RT-N56U instead, which will work great for G and N wireless.

Your issues could have been a bad unit or it may have been using a different channel with significant interference due to a neighboring network with high activity.
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October 21, 2013 9:16:24 PM

Ty. I'm running wired and no interference issue when running the roku 3, only on wired system. I swapped out and bought the 68 today because eventually more support will be available and won't need to upgrade for a while. Speeds are impressive and I'm not dropping to 20kbps like what the netgear was doing. My roommate reports no lag so far in gaming.
Only issue I had with the 68 was initial setup.. it kept saying no wired connection available when it had the new cable with lights good on nic card. Fixed by setting up via another system on network and then once was complete, the first system pickup up connection. Not sure how anyone would fix it if they only had one computer.. most craziest and annoying error I had.
Also the manual should state in beginning steps and not in FAQ that the initial setup wizard login is admin / admin.
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December 8, 2013 6:20:13 AM

Gixxer2k7 said:
Ty. I'm running wired and no interference issue when running the roku 3, only on wired system. I swapped out and bought the 68 today because eventually more support will be available and won't need to upgrade for a while. Speeds are impressive and I'm not dropping to 20kbps like what the netgear was doing. My roommate reports no lag so far in gaming.
Only issue I had with the 68 was initial setup.. it kept saying no wired connection available when it had the new cable with lights good on nic card. Fixed by setting up via another system on network and then once was complete, the first system pickup up connection. Not sure how anyone would fix it if they only had one computer.. most craziest and annoying error I had.
Also the manual should state in beginning steps and not in FAQ that the initial setup wizard login is admin / admin.
Agreed, they need a better written manual, and a firmware flash to take care of the little bugs -- it will happen, but you are an early adopter.

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March 18, 2014 7:54:42 AM

I have been using the RTAC-68U for several months now (upgraded from 66U). This router has been a nightmare. The biggest issue I have is constantly dropping ALL connections (2.4, 5 GHz wireless, as well as ethernet/hardwired). I have Macs, Win 7 & 8, NAS links, video surveillance, etc. Basically, I throw the kitchen sink at this router. It is almost useless! I can be in the middle of transferring files from a local drive to a networked drive and the process halts when network drops out. Nothing has changed in my network since I was using the 66U and it worked awesomely!! There is definitely an issue with the 68U. Lastly, I have the latest firmware that is available (ver. : 3.0.0.4.374_4561). Sent several messages to Asus but no response as of yet.
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May 20, 2014 10:15:44 PM

I got my 68U a few weeks ago and run the latest firmware. I'm debating returning this thing. Two important features (to me) work quite poorly:

- dual WAN : appears to be dropping WAN1 for no reason every few hours, stalling all traffic. I had a CISCO RV042 that never did this even though it too is quite mediocre. Luckily I still have it in a box. I have unplugged my DSL failover line and run cable only now. I'll keep an eye on the log and see if it still drops the WAN connection every few hours.

- Static DHCP : I want most of my networked gear to have fixed IP addresses so there is less risk of duplicates and all the mess that that gives. My ancient D-Link 655 neatly prints a list of all current reservations along with readable names if available. You can then reserve one and edit a readable name. Fast forward about 4 years and double the price. Now ASUS only gives you a drop box with all DHCP reservations and perhaps a few readable names but no indication which address is already reserved. When you pick one there is no opportunity to enter a readable name nor does it preserve the snooped name. Just a MAC and IP address. Completely and utterly pathetic.

How dare they ship a 'premium' product and have it be so mediocre? Do they never use competitive products and think "hmm, good idea, we should do something similar?" It's not like they'll get sued over DHCP reservations, right?

An attempt to reach ASUS tech support was more frustration. The web form kept saying something like 'empty to allowed' even though all forms are filled int. More mediocrity.

I think ASUS should have stuck to their pretty decent mother board. Oh and the netbook I have is pretty decent.

Time to email Newegg and see about returning this turkey I think. Now that I'm typing this I really don't think this router is worth the money. Perhaps it's really good at network storage but it will never beat my Windows Home Server for that. Perhaps its AC is really good but I just got that to future proof my home network. Don't need it yet. The N is faster on my Macbook and apparently my Comcast modem supports GbE because I got 110 Mb/s wireless Speedtest.net download speeds. My RV042 is only fast ethernet. I need the failover though so it will likely go back in. Bummer.
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