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Hands down beats my old Linksys WRT-300N! NOT!,
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This review is from: Asus Dual Band Wireless-N 600 SOHO Router, Fast Ethernet, 5 Guest SSID, Parental Access Time Control (RT-N53) (Personal Computers)This router is much smaller than I thought which is good plus the speed of a 100mb file transfer was 3 times faster than my old WRT-300N (also an N speed router) at the same distance (about 50 feet).
In terms of cons, as other people have said here, it is slow to reboot compared to my WRT-300N. Also, I was disappointed that the shiny textured front is already covered in a whole bunch of micro-scratches when I tried to wipe my finger prints. I used my cotton t-shirt and didn't even rub hard. Oh well. I hope it lasts long, I don't think I'll be able to return it with these scratches on the front, that's why I give it a 4 star rating instead of 5.
I upgraded to the latest firmware, 184.108.40.206.132 which seems to work fine. EVERYONE needs to be aware of a few things, if you want to save your settings (there is a place in the Administration section where you can save your setting), but do not use Safari. If you do it will save incorrectly. I used Firefox for my mac, and I was prompted with a window to open or save the file, you need to save the file. What Safari does is it opens the file in the browser window, then when you save that file, and then try to restore your settings, it will fail to be recognized. I had a problem where my 5G wireless just disappeared. Even when I turned it off from the web interface, the LED would still be lit. When I turned it back on hoping the 5G wireless would come up, it would still not come up. I tried various channels with no luck. It was almost as if my updates were not even having an effect. I even tried unplugging the ac adaptor several times without success. Then finally what I did was save my settings, and then just restore those same settings back using the web interface and suddenly I could see my 5G SSID again! And the minor updates I made to it worked as well. So next time it "freezes" I think the best solution is to reupload the settings.
I have reduced the rating on this router again from 5 stars to 4 stars to 2 stars. Not only from time to time do the 5 ghz wireless totally disappear even though the router says it is on, but sometimes you get a connection timeout when you try to connect. Also I've found before I reupload the settings, I need to do a factory reset, then reupload the settings which is a pain. I think it is the firmware that is causing this. Even though this router has better range and more functions than my wrt-300N, at least the linksys was much more reliable.
With the poor 5Ghz reliability I can't recommend this router. Sure you could try rebooting or reuploading the firmware but in the end the frustration is not worth it. If you need a 5Ghz router look elsewhere.
I still continue to use this router. The 2.4Ghz channel is very reliable and the router in general is reliable but I continue to have poor reliability in the 5Ghz channel. Sometimes it is there but you can't connect to it. Sometimes it is like it is not on at all and the router must be rebooted to get it going again. The range on this does is not great especially in a 2 story place. This is probably one of the worst ASUS products you can get...as opposed to the RT-N66U which got great reviews. Same company but huge difference in product quality, go figure...here is something where they really need to learn from Apple.