ASUS RT-AC67PA lot of people are replacing their Wi-Fi routers these days. Factors like 4K video streaming, online gaming, remote working and video conferences, growing collections of connected smart devices, and the support for Wi-Fi 6 in current hardware like smartphones and laptops give plenty of reasons to upgrade. But, do you need to upgrade to Wi-Fi 6 for a better experience? For some households, the answer is no. You can save money and enjoy faster, more reliable Wi-Fi compared to your current setup with an 802.11ac router. The ASUS RT-AC67P AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi 5 Router is a perfect example.

This is an 802.11ac router

Wi-Fi has gone through a naming convention change over the past several years, and that has caused some confusion. The latest and greatest is Wi-Fi 6, which was originally called 802.11ax. Actually, Wi-Fi 6E is coming soon, but that’s another story. What used to be known as 802.11ac (the mainstream Wi-Fi standard just a few years ago) is now known as Wi-Fi 5. It might also be referred to as 5th generation Wi-Fi. 

Complicating the situation, smartphone manufacturers and cellular carriers have been adopting 5G cellular. 5G has gotten a lot of attention due to the massive speed increases it offers.

However, there is potential for confusion between Wi-Fi 5/5th generation Wi-Fi and 5G.

The ASUS RT-AC67P is a Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) router.

Why you don’t necessarily need Wi-Fi 6 at this point

Wi-Fi 6 has been in making waves over the past two years. To learn why, check out this explainer on its many advantages. Now that it’s mainstream, there is a huge selection of Wi-Fi 6 routers to choose from. We’ve probably reviewed a dozen or so on the blog at this point. They’re impressive, sure, but there are also homes where Wi-Fi 6 isn’t exactly a must-have. Especially when you can upgrade to a new 802.11ac router like the ASUS RT-AC67P for considerably less.

ASUS RT-AC67P review headerIf your home isn’t packed with devices clamouring for a Wi-Fi connection, your devices aren’t equipped with Wi-Fi 6, or your ISP internet plan isn’t an extreme high speed version, then an 802.11ac router can serve your needs very well. It will still offer a huge upgrade over an older 802.11n router and a new model like the ASUS RT-AC67P is also going to give you a performance boost over an early generation 802.11ac router.

How do I know? I have tested many Wi-Fi 6 routers and they are great. However, my house is still running on an 802.11ac router. On top of a considerable collection of connected tech, I have three teenagers here and my wife is working from home and frequently using Zoom video sessions. My next router will be Wi-Fi 6, but the current system (combined with a 500 Mbps internet plan) works just fine. No spooling on 4K video streams, no Zoom glitches, no video game lag.

Setup and management of ASUS RT-AC67P

Back to the ASUS RT-AC67P. No-one likes setting up a Wi-Fi router. Setup is probably the number one reason why people skip upgrading. ASUS does a good job of making the job straightforward, with a mobile app (you can also go old school with a web browser) and even a QR code on the back of the router that automatically connects your smartphone. The app walks you through it nicely.

However, during my setup, there was a firmware update. That installed successfully, but the router refused to connect to the internet after. I eventually ended up doing a factory reset and repeating the process, after which everything worked just fine. It was probably a glitch, but it did make the setup a little more time-consuming than expected.

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That ASUS mobile app offers a wide range of network management features, including parental controls. I’m a fan of its home screen, which shows key information at a glance, including real-time network traffic levels and the number of devices connected. 

It’s worth noting this router uses a vertical form factor. This gives it a much smaller footprint than many routers, and it’s still quite stable thanks to the built-in stand. It’s a pretty basic black plastic with some textures for visual interest, and a series of small blue LED lights on the front that show network status at a glance.


ASUS RT-AC67P key specs:

  • AC1900 dual-band 802.11ac with 1300 Mbps on 5GHz band and 600 Mbps on 2.4GHz band
  • AiRadar beamforming for optimized coverage
  • MU-MIMO support for full-speed connection of up to three devices simultaneously
  • Six layer advanced security including firewall, guest network, and VPN
  • Three adjustable external antennas with coverage up to 1,500 square feet (139 square metres)
  • Four, gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
  • USB Type-A port

Performance of ASUS RT-AC67P

This is a new 802.11ac router, so it features tech that wasn’t available in earlier models. The RT-AC67P offers MU-MIMO support that connects up to three devices simultaneously, each at its maximum connection speed. ASUS’ AiRadar beamforming ensures your connected device remains connected as you move around.

During testing, the ASUS RT-AC67P delivered perfectly acceptable performance. Doing a network speed test with my iPad, I often hit 400 Mbps. That’s close to the maximum speed of my ISP. More impressive, I took a walk out to the back yard and ran a Netflix speed test out there (roughly 75 feet and a brick wall from the router). I still hit a speed of 49 Mbps. Given that Netflix recommends a 25 Mbps connection for 4K streaming, I could have watched 4K video out there without a hitch.

Not bad at all.

Gigabit LAN ports

ASUS RT-AC67P review headerSometimes you want a wired connection. This means you always get the maximum available speed, without worrying about interference or other wireless issues. Entry level routers often cheap out on ports, but the ASUS RT-AC67P is equipped with four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports. You can directly connect up to four PCs, video streamers, or game consoles to maximize their internet connection speeds.

There is also a USB Type-A port, so you can plug in a printer or hard drive to share on the network.

Should you choose the ASUS RT-AC67P router or go with a Wi-Fi 6 router instead?

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You’re shopping for a new Wi-Fi router. Should you go with a Wi-Fi 6 model? At this point, that probably makes sense for most people. If nothing else, you are future-proofing yourself. ASUS has plenty of models to choose from, and Best Buy carries a huge selection of Wi-Fi 6 routers from all the top networking brands.

However, if you want a Wi-Fi upgrade on limited budget, or your needs simply won’t take advantage of all the benefits Wi-Fi 6 offers, then there’s nothing wrong with picking a current generation 802.11ac (or Wi-Fi 5) router. And the ASUS RT-AC67P AC1900 dual-band gigabit Wi-Fi 5 router is a pretty solid choice.

Brad Moon
Editor Computing solutions
I’m a long-time electronics and gadget geek who’s been fortunate enough to enjoy a career that lets me indulge this interest. After 13 years as a product manager with a leading Canadian tech company, I transitioned into a full-time career of writing about technology. I’ve contributed to a range of publications and websites including Forbes, Wired, Gizmodo, Lifehacker, About.com, MSN Money, the Winnipeg Free Press, InvestorPlace Media, Shaw Media and—combining technology and my three kids—I’ve been a Core Contributor to the award winning GeekDad blog since its launch in 2007.

220 COMMENTS

  1. One of the many features I love on this router is the AiRadar beamforming for optimized coverage which I could really use in my house. Awesome review and giveaway! Good luck everyone!!

  2. This router would be great at my place because I now have so many smart devices wiring on my wireless network and it would bring me current with WIFI 5.

  3. I have an older router and I would love to try this one to speed up my internet and keep out the glitches that affect its stability.

  4. This holiday season I expect to add a newly built PC to my home (if Best Buy hopefully can get some 30 series in stock) and it will certainly benefit from a new router.

  5. This router will be useful to allow me to use ALL functions of my devices and smart home technology that are currently not fully set up because of so many frustrations from inconsistent and slow connection.

  6. This will help support the new cameras we’re adding around the house, with this we’d have two access points so all the cameras have a reliable wifi connection.

  7. This router will be great for my home as it will provide better coverage then my current one. I have one dead spot I’d like to cover without having to buy an expensive mesh system.

  8. This router should be good enough in terms of coverage and speeding for all of my devices that only with Wifi 5 and 500Mb/s internet speed. The price is reasonable for Wifi upgrade.

  9. I think the router would be useful as our wifi connection is not always great, and we require consistent connection to work from home.

  10. This router is great for my home because there are still some dead spot coverage and hopefully this can resolve the issue! Also, my PS4 is quite lagging with the router, so hopefully this helps.

  11. I want to improve the domotics in my home. I want to have more security by having cameras for outside, inside and to check on my pets when I’m away. For the holyday I only asked for Wyze cameras so having a more powerful router/AP would be a lot better than my 12 years old Linksys.
    Thank You in advance 🙂

  12. This will be great for our home because our stock Shaw router/modem doesn’t allow a full connection to the upstairs or the basement!

  13. We have three people running vr headsets in different areas of the house. This router should provide the coverage to keep us virtually happy.

  14. I think this router will be great for my home as I have a home office that has a weaker signal reception, in a separate room from where my router is, so having this router in the home office room, would form a mesh network where I wouldn’t have any weak signal reception areas in my home.

  15. I think this router will be great for my home as I have a home office that has a weaker signal reception, in a separate room from where my router is, so having this router in the home office room, would form a mesh network where I wouldn’t have any weak signal reception areas in my home.

  16. I think this router will be great for my home because this would be a great addition to the other router I have to form a mesh network, and increase the signal range in a home office I have that is away from the room where the router is and has a weaker signal there.

  17. Nice review Brad it was very helpful! Our family would enjoy this router as it is a good fit for our ISP plan and a nice upgrade over our older ISP modem/router which doesn’t even use antennas. The outside patio/garage or basement and even parts of upstairs have poor speeds. Being able to stream 4K video without an issue from anywhere around the house would be a big upgrade.

  18. This router will be great for my home because we have many devices plugged into the home wifi system (laptops, tablets, smart devices, PC, etc)

  19. Would love to get one since space is running out at home so a vertically oriented one is right up my alley, not to mention better coverage too.

  20. I don’t need Wifi 6 as i have nothing compatible. this Router would be great giving me more coverage for my current needs

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