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  Topic : [Others]ASUS RT-AC66R vs. RT-AC66U New Topic
Lee
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Posted:10/5/2012 2:55:00 AM # 1
Does anyone know what the difference is between the RT-AC66R and the RT-AC66U? Is the AC66R just a newer hardware version?

http://usa.asus.com/Networks/Wireless_Routers/RTAC66R/

http://usa.asus.com/Networks/Wireless_Routers/RTAC66U/

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RMerlin
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Posted:10/13/2012 12:39:00 AM # 2
Same product, except that one is targeting large retailers like Best Buy.

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Custom RT-N16/RT-AC56U/RT-N66U/RT-AC66U firmware: http://www.lostrealm.ca/asuswrt-merlin
PCWatcher
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Posted:10/18/2012 10:38:00 PM # 3
I just purchased "R" router from BestBuy.  It came with firmware 3.0.0.202 which is current as per its status page .  "R" router when compared to "U" on Asus website shows that "R" follows more Network standards and more encryption standards  (e.g. Radius) . Under these differences, is it possible for these routers to two have the same firmware or hardware ? Thanks for your answer .

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RMerlin
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Posted:10/19/2012 1:57:00 AM # 4

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Author: PCWatcher Posted: 10/18/2012 10:38:00 PM

I just purchased "R" router from BestBuy.  It came with firmware 3.0.0.202 which is current as per its status page .  "R" router when compared to "U" on Asus website shows that "R" follows more Network standards and more encryption standards  (e.g. Radius) . Under these differences, is it possible for these routers to two have the same firmware or hardware ? Thanks for your answer .

They are exactly the same, with the same firmware.

Don't trust the Update check option, as it's probably not aware of that fact.  You can manually download the firmware for the RT-AC66U from the website and flash it to your device.

Radius authentication isn't new with the R version, it's also present in the other models.  Probably just the website having more up-to-date information.

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Custom RT-N16/RT-AC56U/RT-N66U/RT-AC66U firmware: http://www.lostrealm.ca/asuswrt-merlin
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