What is it? The RT-AC68U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router produces a short-range WiFi signal from a dedicated Internet connection.
How does it work? A Sporting simultaneous dual-band bandwidths of 1300Mbit/s for 802.11ac at 5GHz and 600Mbit/s for 802.11n at 2.4GHz, Asus calls this piece of equipment “the fastest router in the world.” Its simultaneous dual-bands with 5GHz wireless data rates put the WiFi signal it produces in the neighborhood of wired Gigabit connections. Its performance also gets a boost from a super-charged 2.4GHz 802.11n, which increases wireless bandwidth with compatible devices from 450Mbit/s to 600Mbit/s. With a 3x3 MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) design with three external antennas, the RT-AC68U gives solid and stable WiFi performance with increased data rates.
How hard is it to use? The RT-AC68U has an upright design with a built-in stand and rear-facing ports that keep cable clutter to a minimum. Four Gigabit Ethernet ports take care of the high-speed wired networking, and a physical WiFi on/off switch makes it simple to disable wireless networking if neede.
How well does it work? As advertised. The speeds are astounding, and the ease of setup is impressive.
How do I use it in the classroom? This router is great for schools that do not have dedicated Internet access in every classroom. Since many devices can’t yet take advantage of the speeds it produces, the router will remain useful for the next several generations of wireless devices.
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Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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