ASUS Router Install

We have been considering a new router for a few weeks now.  We had 2 specific issues we wanted to address, signal strength and speed.

We’ve been using a Linksys router for quite a while.  It’s about 7 years old and rock solid.  It works just fine, it’s just that 7 years is a long time in technology years and a new router is bound to give us a boost in both of the areas we’re most concerned with.    After researching the various routers on the market we selected the ASUS RT-N66R.

As part of the installation we wanted to relocate the router from the hardware cabinet in the basement to the 1st floor.  The toughest part of the physical installation was routing a longer CAT5 cable from the cable modem in the basement to the router on the 1st floor.  With that done and the router plugged in we were ready for the router setup.  This was super easy.  Total time was less than 10 minutes.  We simply duplicated the SSID (network name) and Password from the old Linksys router and we were finished.  We had to reset each wireless device by deleting the wireless network and setting it up again to attach to the new router.  After that we were back in business.

The RT-N66R has some features we are not using at the moment.  There are 2 USB ports for connecting external storage or printers that can be shared on the network, something we may well take advantage of in the future.

The Results

Speed is much better.  Although we didn’t do any speed testing to compare old and new, there is a noticeable snap to things now.  Sites load faster, our Netflix streams without buffering and we just sense an overall faster online experience.  Connectivity has improved as well.  We can now connect to our wireless network from the basement, 1st floor, 2nd floor, attic and the front porch and back patio.  Exactly what we were hoping to accomplish.

We paid $129 for the new ASUS router.  So far the RT-N66R has performed flawlessly and we are very happy with our choice.  If you’re in the market for a new router take a look at the ASUS RT-N66R.  Team 218 gives it 5 stars.

 

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