By Ki Grinsing
Comparison between Netgear R6200 wireless ac router and Asus RT-N66U wireless N900 router
Maybe you will wonder why comparing two wireless routers which are distinctly different in generations of wifi technology used. Surely there are some reasons that make you to choose which router to fit your needs. Sometimes there is a specific reason to choose a router with a lower generation than to choose a router with the recent generation but it does not meet your needs.
Choose something that makes sense
Think this way. You force yourself to buy a sport utility vehicle while you need is a car that can transport your crops to the market. Of course it doesn’t make sense. So is the way you choose a router, why should you buy a router with high spec and expensive when you need is to share the internet only. Of course I did not say that one of the two routers to be compared below just to share internet only. Both routers come into ultimate category routers, but there must be something you need to know if you would like to choose Asus or Netgear.
Netgear R6200 Vs Asus RTN66
There is a special distinction between the two routers in the generation of wifi technology used. Let’s have a look at the following table in order to see more clearly the differences between the two routers if any. Click this Netgear r6200 spec details and pricing in Amazon.
|Netgear R6200||Asus RT-N66U
|Wireless technology||Wireless ac speeds up to 300Mbps (2.4GHz) + 867Mbps (5GHz)||Wireless N speeds up to 450Mbps each band|
|Antennas||Internal antennas||3 x external detachable for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz|
|USB ports||1 x USB 2.0 port
Share storage or printer
|2 x USB 2.0 ports
Share storage and printer
|Media server||DLNA media server||DLNA media server|
|FTP server||FTP server||Samba server & FTP server with account|
|VPN server||N/A||PPTP VPN server|
|Amazon customer ratings (mar 2013)||4.3 out of 5 stars
5 star: (40)
4 star: (10)
3 star: (2)
2 star: (3)
1 star: (5)
|4.3 out of 5 stars
5 star: (458)
4 star: (87)
3 star: (26)
2 star: (35)
1 star: (50)
When talking about speed then you would think that wireless router based on 802.11ac will be faster than wireless 802.11n, yes indeed. However, you need to look closely that in the 2.4GHz frequency band Asus is faster with bandwidth up to 450Mbps while Netgear is only up to 300Mbps. Now see if there are lots of your wireless clients that operate at 2.4GHz and only a couple are operated in the 5GHz band?
Network diagram Netgear R6200 router
However, if you are more concerned with speed on the 5GHz band certainly R6200has the speed 2 times faster than the Asus RTRN66U. Again, you need to think whether you will use more of the clients with 5GHz band. And if you have a lot of clients based on wireless ac connection to wireless ac network thus can be highly optimized.
You know that almost all the new computer products including desktop, laptops and AIO computers are equipped with gigabit NIC adapter. For that you can take advantage of gigabit ports on your router either R6200 or Asus RTN66U for very reliable connection using UTP cable directly from the computer to the router. Almost all routers in the high-performance category are equipped with gigabit ports. Even if your computer is only equipped with a fast Ethernet port, at least your router is ready with high speed gigabit connections.
Both routers are equipped with USB port while the number of ports on RTN66U is more (2 ports) and both also support DLNA media server. Both routers allow you to install USB storage and shared access by all users on the local network and can even be accessed over the Internet via FTP server feature the routers support.
With two USB ports on the Asus would be more profitable so you can host both storage and printer together without the hassle of changing the port to a storage or printer when necessary. Should you stuck with Netgear product; you may consider the Netgear R6300 with two USB ports.
As of March 2013 the two routers receive the same average customer rating just as high as 4.3 out of 5 stars, a very good accomplishment for both products. Asus RTN66U is available in the market earlier than R6200 while the ratings continue to get good performance from the customer. Let see how stable the ratings obtained by Netgear R6200 by the time.
Now you have a better overview about the two routers, you may choose one that meets your home network needs.