Netgear R7000 vs. Asus RT- AC68U

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Both the Netgear R7000 and the Asus RT-AC68U are one of the best AC1900 routers and are as influential today as the year they arrived. If you want to enhance your home wireless technology but are stuck between these two wonderful wireless routers, don’t worry. In this article we have compared the two routers in their design, specs and performance. So you will be able to find out the best one as you keep reading the article.

Asus RT-AC68U

asus rt-ac68uThe Asus RT- AC68U is one of the best wireless routers. It is an excellent upgrade to the already-excellent RT-AC66U. It boasts a fast 800MHz dual-core processor and features a new Wi-Fi chip that offers up to 600Mbps speed on the 2.4GHz band and up to 1.3Gbps speed on the 5GHz band. It is also shipped with a new firmware that adds a host of new features.

Basically it has got everything you would want from an excellent router, for both homes and small businesses. But it is not necessarily perfect for everyone, which is mostly due to its high price tag of about $180.

Netgear R7000

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 The Netgear R7000 is one of the best Netgear routers. It offers quite a lot for its price. It is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor which makes it the fastest router from Netgear and also among the fastest on the market.

The Netgear R7000 also comes with a few unique features that were not available in Netgear home routers before, including the support for Broadcom TurboQAM for faster Wi-Fi speed of up to 600Mbps, a built-in OpenVPN server, and the official support for third-party firmware, such as DD-WRT. The router is also Time Machine backup-ready when coupled with an external storage device.

The biggest caveat is that the Netgear R7000 is a bulky router and requires a lot of space and a clear wall-socket for its large power adapter, and also the mobile app and the Web interface are not as useful as they could be. At the price of $147.99, it is still a great deal when compared with the similarly configured Asus RT-AC68U. Saving some $20, it is a formidable contender to the Asus counterpart.

Both the routers are great in their own, but to find out which one is better, let’s have a closer look.

Design:

The Netgear R7000 is quite unique in terms of design and features a sturdy plastic case with sharp angular lines. It has a matte finish that doesn’t attract fingerprints. It features three detachable antennas to further enhance the jet-like design.

The Asus RT-AC68U comes with a solid build and glossy dark grey finish that doesn’t attract fingerprints. You can position the Asus router upright while Netgear R7000 can only be placed horizontally. The three detachable antennas of the Asus give it quite an aggressive look. The case features a matte diamond patterned design and a rubbery, non-slip base.


You will find an array of status LEDs on the front of both routers. These LEDs indicate power, bands, internet link, WAN and LAN ports and USB ports. The LEDs of Netgear are discrete white, while those of Asus are bright blue. Both the routers also have 2 USB ports, a USB 3.0 and a USB 2.0 port.

Asus measures 6.0×8.0×6.3 inches and weighs 1.4 pounds, whereas Netgear measuring 13.7×10.1×3.1 and weighing 1.8 pounds is a lot bulkier and heavier. And because the Asus is positioned vertically, it takes less space than Netgear.

Hardware:

Both the routers are quite similar hardware wise. The Netgear router features a Broadcom BCM4709A0 Wi-Fi chipset, a 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9, which is coupled by 256MB RAM and 128 flash memory. It also features TurboQAM technology that can enhance each 2.4GHz stream to up to 200Mbps.

The Asus’ router features a Broadcom BCM4708A0 chipset along with a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 which clocks at 800MHz, paired with 256MB DDR RAM and 128 flash memory. Like the Netgear, the Asus’ one also features TurboQAM boosting. Both routers feature physical link rates of 600MBps on 2.4GHz and 1300Mbps on 5GHz and 1900Mbps if combined.

It seems that Netgear R7000 has got a slight advantage over Asus RT-68U.

Performance and Connectivity:

The Netgear R7000 is fastest and a great performer on the market but this remains so as long as it comes face to face with the Asus RT-AC68U. Overall, despite higher specs, the Netgear R7000 which is powered by a 1GHz processor is slightly slower compared to its Asus counterpart which is powered by a 800MHz processor. But the Netgear lags only within the margin of error. Both the routers are by far the fastest on the market.

For 802.11ac, available only on 5GHz band, the Netgear R7000 offers the sustained real-world speed of 431Mbps at a close distance of 15 feet away, which is very fast in fact, about seven times the speed of a regular Ethernet connection. When you increase the range to 100 feet, its speed reduces to 295Mbps, still one of the fastest though. But Asus offers 336Mbps and 521Mbps for long and short ranges, respectively.

For 802.11n, on the 5GHz band, the Netgear R7000 works very well with 188Mbps and 181Mbps for short and long distance, respectively. The Netgear’s long range score is actually faster than that of the Asus’, which scores just 176Mbps.

And on the 2.4GHz band finally where you expect it to improve because of the TurboQAM technology, the R7000 loses scoring 117Mbps for short and 64MBps for long range. It is still much faster than many existing routers but slower than the Asus.

You can clearly see that the Asus RT-68U is faster in terms of speed and also has a larger coverage. While the Netgear offers a more stable signal, but the Asus is considered winner in this area.


Setup:

The Netgear R7000 features a simplified interface called the Netgear Genie. It shows different stats, allows for setting up the username and password and also allows for wanted configuration. And in terms of features, the Netgear R7000 comes with enhanced QoS, Parental Control, OpenDNS, ReadyShare Vault and built-in VPN server.

On the other hand, the Asus RT-AC68U comes with a stylish and easy to use interface (ASUS WRT). You will also find different stats on the homepage and you can also further configure the router. Its notable features are more simplified and basic. These include QoS, Parental Controls, AiCloud, VPN and AiProtection which is great for Smart TV’s known security vulnerabilities.

While Netgera R7000 has some interesting enhanced features that do make a difference, the Asus has a very easy to use interface and it takes a little time to setup. Overall, the Asus is more user-friendly. Still, most people don’t delve too much into settings, therefore having a smart and fast setup is definitely a plus.

Therefore the winner in this area is the Asus RT-AC68U.

Comparing the different aspects of both routers, it is clear that the Asus RT-AC68U has won. But the Asus RT-AC68U is a bit more expansive than the Netgear R7000.

The Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band wireless router marks a new milestone in what you expect from a home router. The router provides excellent Wi-Fi coverage and offers fast wired speed as well. It features enough power to work as home server for data sharing, media streaming and even personal cloud services.

The unique features of the Asus RT-AC68U such as Dual-WAN, built-in VPN and advanced network tools also mean that the router also serves well as a gateway for a small business. The Asus RT-AC68U is one of the most impressive existing routers on the market.

No doubt, the Netgear R7000 is not just a Wi-Fi router but it is also a capable NAS server when paired with a USB 3.0 external hard drive. This is another testament to the success of Broadcom BCM4709 Wi-Fi chip, which helps bringing great Wi-Fi experience to both new and older Wi-Fi clients.

The Netgear R7000, together with Asus RT-AC68U, brings home networking to a new level of capabilities and performance. It depends, as to which you will want to get. If you want support for Time Machine Backups, the definite way to go is the Netgear, but Asus has Dual-WAN and a few other nifty features of its own. For now, if you at the edge of buying a router and you can afford either one, then considering the clear faster performance of the Asus RT-AC68U on the 2.4GHz band, the Asus is worth the $20 extra cost.

Since today it is must to have a powerful and capable router that can handle the internet traffic of your home. When choosing which is better for you, keep in mind that no router is perfect. Each one has its own specifications and features that some people will prefer over the other. So you can’t go wrong with either router. But you are the one who knows the best what you want from your router and at which cost.
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