ASUS RT-AC66U Review Part 2 : GUI & Functionality

In this part , we’ll be taking a look at the graphical user interface of the router (look and feel) and , it’s functionality. Do check out the first part of the review if you haven’t read it. This would be a 4 part epic saga in which I try to review the ASUS RT-AC66U !

GUI (The Look and feel)

ASUSWRT is what they call for their GUI. The moment that you login to your router configuration you are presented with somewhat stylish interface. You are presented and overall picture of your network (i.e – status of your internet connection , how many USB drives are connected , number of devices connected to the network) – which I think is great to have a great view in one glance

The look and feel of the ASUSWRT UI - it looks polished but at the sametime it looks cheap as well
The look and feel of the ASUSWRT UI – it looks polished but at the sametime it looks cheap as well

The only problem with me is the font size and the way how i it’s somewhat small and not classy. I expected ASUSWRT to use Flat UI , since it’s 2014. I hope the ASUS UI design theme takes a look at it.

Also I’ve noticed that there are couple of things which I find hard to navigate. For instance to port forward , I would have to click WAN –> Port Forward. They could have made use of the left panel and put up with something like favorites or commonly used tasks. It would have made it easier for people to easily to port forward.

Port forwarding is located in WAN section which I find it somewhat not user friendly
Port forwarding is located in WAN section which I find it somewhat not user friendly

I just hope they come up with something like favorites or commonly used tasks and make it easier for people

Also it does not allow 2 people at a time to login to the router , which I find it kind of dumb. They should have a switch enabled or disable this functionality. ASUS folks , if you are reading this – please do take note 🙂 

Functionality

Let’s take a look what the router has to offer. There are some juicy stuff which ASUS is offering their router which I think is worth it if you are a power user !

  • IPV6

IPV6 is supported out of the box – meaning that you are able to use a Tunnel or use Native IPV6 support by your ISP. Even if your ISP does not have native IPV6 support , the router allows you to use one from Tunnel providers such as he.net

IPV6 Setup
IPV6 Setup – All I had to do was select Native and select PPP

If you are using UniFi/Streamyx , setting up IPV6 is a breeze. Just select DHCP Automatic configuration and select PPP. Voila , It’s Configured. There is no need to do any other configuration

In my case , I decided to change the DNS Address to point to Google’s DNS

I have also written an article on IPV6 – the benefits , you may want to check it out by clicking here

  • Mini Home Server (Print Server/File Server/Cloud Server)

The ASUS RT-AC66 is capable of being a print/file and even a cloud server. Moment you plug in an external USB Hard Drive , you could easily share files to all your PC in your home network. You can even connect any sort of USB Printer and share it across the network. As an added bonus ASUS have included an iTunes Server and DLNA Serve r- what iTunes server does is that it allows you to have a centralized iTunes server for your music server.

Plug in any USB Hard Disk/Printer and transform your router into a mini home server
Plug in any USB Hard Disk/Printer and transform your router into a mini home server

With AiCloud , basically you can have it as your own Cloud and have your very own Dropbox-like system. What’s more is that it does what most NAS (Network Area Storage)/ Servers out there for you and the ability to setup your own private cloud sounds fun (If you don’t trust Dropbox and other cloud providers). I have not had the chance to play with AiCloud application for iOS and Android.

  • Parental Control and QoS

The router has parental control which you can set – that blocks Internet access for your Kid’s smartphone or tablet. As I know that these days , almost every child out there does own his/her own tablet. This makes it easier for parents to set a rule to prohibit access to the Internet on certain times or certain hours.

The router also comes with easy to use QoS – Quality of Service. What Quality of Service does is that you can set a prirotiy on traffic (i.e Gaming/Browsing/YouTube) gets a higher priority compared to peer-to-peer application. This avoids torrent application from hogging your bandwidth and making you not able to browse the Internet. It’s ideal in a large household whereby you may have people torrenting and at the same time you have people who want to browse the web

I’ve written an article on Quality of Service , which you may refer by clicking here to get a deeper understanding

Overall , it does pack quite the punch in terms of functionality. In the next chapter I’ll be taking a look at

What’s The Next

I’ll be taking a look at the performance of the router to see how good is 802.11ac and if it is actually worth it to purchase a 802.11ac router if you have 802.11n devices in your house

Disclaimer

The router is a review unit given as a loan by ASUS Malaysia Sdn Bhd for reviewing purposes. This is not a sponsored post. The review can be negative or positive and like many other things I’ve reviewed in my blog

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