Posted 12 July 2016 - 06:20 PM
I just got the Asus AC68 for use as my "guest" router (it runs two WiFi networks for me...a "true" guest and a normal WiFi network for close family). As I result, I have not personally used it that much as I use my primary router (Airport Extreme plus Airport Express to expand the network and stream music to speakers in the livingroom) all the time. For the brief time that I actually used it myself during testing, it definitely has great range. I have yet to get my printer to work with it, but to be fair, that might be the fault of the parallel to USB cable that I am using with it...I have a new one that needs to be installed. I am not using the option to hook up an external drive yet, but might in the near future. Setup was reasonably pain free. And if you don't need the slight AC boost or the USB 3.0 port or the TrendMicro AiProtection function, then you could consider the Asus AC66U to save about $30...and if you don't need 802.11ac, then you could consider the Asus N66U, which is less than $100. Both are otherwise fairly similar to the AC68U.
As noted, I also have an Apple Airport Extreme. The range is not quite as good as the Asus, but that is OK as I have had an Airport Express for a while that I use to extend the wifi network, stream music to the livingroom, and provide an ethernet port for a wired only device in the livingroom (no easy way to get an ethernet cable there for a true wired connection). Because of these last two features, I wanted to stick with the Airport Extreme as my primary router rather than use the Asus.