We all know that internet service providers often provide free wireless routers, in order to increase the value of their offer. We also know that, in most cases, that equipment is, for the lack of better term, only fulfills the minimum requirements of quality and functionality. Lucky for us, there are manufacturers on the market who offer the equipment intended for more demanding customers, or rather, to those who want something better than a home network and connection to the Internet. ASUS became the first among those manufactures, and before us we have two models intended for completely different types of users.
This router is intended primarily for users who establish their connection to the Internet over xDSL technology. This is a high-quality home network device, which will be clear as soon as you take it in your hands. Namely, the router weighs 820 grams, not counting the stand made of metal. The chassis has a recognizable ASUS design style with diamond pattern and integrated antennas. By the way, the router is made to stand only in upright position, so all of its ports are on the back side. In total, there are four gigabit LAN ports at your disposal, one gigabit Ethernet WAN port and one RJ-11 WAN port for xDSL connection. There are also two USB 2.0 ports on the side, power connector and a power button. On the front side there are buttons for WPS and Wi-Fi. Router supports VDSL2, VDSL, ADSL2+, ADSL2 i ADSL WAN standards up to the maximum bandwidth of 100/100 Mbps (upstream/downstream). As for the wireless network, the theoretical maximum bandwidth according to 802.11n standard is declared at 450+450 Mbps at frequncies of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.
|Frequency||2.4 GHz / 5 GHz|
|WAN||1x RJ11 for VDSL2/VDSL/ADSL2+/ADSL2/ADSL, 1x RJ45 10/100/1000|
|LAN||4x RJ45 10/100/1000 Mbps|
|Ports||2x USB 2.0|
This router model represents an excellent example of a middle-class device. This model also has the same diamond design and good build quality. It’s intended to be mounted on a wall or placed upright in a supplied asymmetric stand. Router can also be placed horizontally, but since it doesn’t have any rubber stands, it’s obvious that this isn’t its intended position, which could be counted as a small drawback. Blue signal LEDs are located on the top side and are very striking when the device is turned on. The router has two internal antennas and maximally supports the wireless 801.11n standard, or rather, the theoretical bandwidth of up to 300 Mbps, at frequencies of 2.4 GHz. For cable connection, at your disposal you have 10/100 Mbps RJ-45 ports – one WAN, four LAN and there’s also one USB 2.0 port. All ports are located on the side when the router is in upright position, or rather, on the top side when it’s mounted on a wall. On the same side is the power connector, power button and reset button.
|WAN||1x RJ45 10/100 Mbps|
|LAN||4x RJ45 10/100 Mbps|
|Ports||1x USB 2.0|
Additional ASUS value
The things that separate ASUS from the competition, aside from the irrefutable quality of the product itself, are the advanced capabilities and services that accompany the devices. Both routers have the graphic ASUS WRT user interface, which ensures stable use. The interface is designed nicely, logically distributed and enables easy manipulation of functions. Aside from the usual functions such as firewall, VPN support and QoS, both models have additional ASUS capabilities and services, such as: AiCloud (ASUS cloud platform), Printer server, File Server (Samba and FRP), Download Master (supports BT, NZB, HTTP and ED2K download protocols), AiDisK (access to external USB drive from any network), Multiple SSIDs (enables creation of multiple guest networks) and Parental Control. Routers also have the capability to work in failover mode, over Ethernet WAN port with DSL-N66U model or over 3G/4G USB modem with RT-N14U. To top it all off, we should also mention again the traditional ASUS quality, because of which these routers can be further separated from competition, whether it has or hasn’t a more famous name.
ASUS routers DSL-N66U i RT-N14U belong to different market segments and are intended for different users. One thing that's common for future owners is the need for quality and functionality. Even though they share a lot of functionalities, the presented models aren't comparable. DSL-N66U represents a top of the line product in the segment of integrated xDSL modems and wireless routers and, considering its price, it's indended for those who don't see money as a problem. On the other hand, RT-N14U is a nicely-balanced device, intended for those who want a lot of functions, but not top performances. Considering the quality, additional services it brings and the price, ASUS RT-N14U deserves Best Buy award.