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ASUS AiCloud: A Fresh Face for Networking

Conclusion

The new networking hardware from ASUS is very much in line with how they handle their other product lines: they simply take something that works and find ways to make it better. This is one rare occasion when we can say that almost everybody can use the AiCloud feature or at least some part of it in their daily lives. There is so much in the offering now and so much more coming soon that we see no reason why anybody would not want to give it a go as it simply opens up your ability to use your network in new ways you never would have thought possible.

Previously accessing your data and network would have required a VPN or even setup of a FTP which both can be problematic for inexperienced users, while AiCloud is simply a few easily guided steps to give you remote access to anything shared on your network from anywhere. It simply works.

Add to this that the router as tested is a very capable and stable unit offering excellent range even many rooms away with excellent signal quality and speeds, and there really is no reason why we could not recommend the ASUS networking hardware.

 To sum it up ASUS took the badass engineering of their Motherboard-GPU team and put them to work on a router. The result is a supercharged beast with the help of the software team to add features which make it a huge value to integrate these units into your network.

 

OUR VERDICT: ASUS AiCloud Feature & RT-AC66U Router
Performance 9.5
Value N/A
Quality 10
Features 10
Innovation 10
We are using a new addition to our scoring system to provide additional feedback beyond a flat score. Please note that the final score isn’t an aggregate average of the new rating system.
Total 9.5
Pros Cons

Router:

Excellent performance

New AC Standard

Up to 1.75Gbps wireless

Excellent hardware overall

Superior cooling

Stylish exterior design

Slick easy to navigate Firmware

 

AiCloud:

Excellent functionality

Loads of features

Easy to use

Excellent device support

Works on practically any device with a network signal

 

None we could find

 

Summary: The ASUS AiCloud feature and RT-AC66U Router offer huge power, speed and potential to the user. For this they earn the Bjorn3D Golden Bear Award.

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