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ASUS WL-520GU Wireless Router
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- EZSetup and WCN lets any user setup secure Wi-Fi network within minutes; Press & Click to create Wi-Fi Protected safety network;
- To prioritize your needs for Internet bandwidth, simply click on the application, such as voice or gaming;
- Network Standard: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.3, IEEE802.3x, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.1x, IEEE 802.11i, IPv4, IPv6, CSMA/CA, CSMA/CD, ICMP;
- Data Rate: 802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps, 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps,
- Antenna: Support Antenna Diversity, 1x internal antenna on board, 1x external detachable antenna;
- 125 High Speed Mode(HSM) technology enables 135% transfer speed compared to standard 11g product;
- Authentication: MAC address, 802.1x; Firewall: NAT Firewall, SPI (Stateful Package Inspection)
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So far I have three of these running, one at home and two at the office. All of them have been running flawlessly for months. I think my longest runtime is 80 days, but only due to power outages! The office ones are also running WDS, with the main one running a modified Tomato ND version with OpenVPN, which also works flawlessly.
I was slightly concerned about ventilation on these boxes, as they are just plastic with two minor vents yet I haven't had any issues. One of the office WDS links is running in an unventilated computer cabinet and hasn't had so much as a hiccup. One thing to note on WDS though is that I was unable to get them to run unless I used WPA/AES, TKIP would not work at all. This isn't a big deal, but is counterintuitive during setup.
Whether you choose to run Tomato ND or DDWRT is entirely up to you, but I don't think you will be disappointed with either one! Initial setup can be daunting for the technically challenged, but there are walk through guides out there. Definitely worth every penny, especially if you can get one with a rebate!
UPDATE: Just wanted to update everyone. I thought my uptime record for one of these boxes was 80 days, but I just checked on one attached to a UPS and it came in at an incredible 230 days!!! To me that speaks volumes about these little boxes.
Reading the reviews, I knew the multi-function printer would be iffy, but I really wanted to try to get a network scanner working. Hey, it says it will do it right here in the Amazon description.
Out of the box, I had my multi-function printer printing over the network in about 15 minutes. Three hours later, I gave up on scanning over the network. As someone pointed out, not all multi-functions are supported, and even if they are supported, not all functions are supported. So you may be able to print, but not scan. If you search a lot, there is a list of supported printers, and what functions will work. Scanning is not supported on quite a few printers.
Also, I was in hurry and did not put DD-WRT on it. The stock firmware has DHCP issues. I put it behind a DSL modem in a double NAT setup because I needed to isolate a group of computers from the rest of the network. Internet worked on about half the PCs in the office. After a little hair pulling, I figured out that the router was not correctly passing the DNS IP addresses. To make sure it wasn't me, I defaulted the router a couple of times. Still, only about half the computers were working. The only way I could fix the issue was to manually put DNS IP addresses into the router for it to hand out on its DHCP server. All computers went right to work at this point. We have a mixture of OSes, too. Windows XP Pro/Home, Windows 7 Home, and Android/iPhones. It wasn't just one OS version that wouldn't work. Windows 7 wouldn't and Android wouldn't, but XP Home/Pro did, as well as the iPhone.Read more ›
VPN, OpenVPN, NAS, BitTorrent, radio output power control, Wireless Print server, etc. It is possible to use a USB hub to connect several devices including printers.
Possibilities are endless.
Very stable device and the price is right. Free shipping by Amazon is a plus.
Flashing Tomato is a bit of a problem because it cannot be done with the installed ASUS firmware.
You must first downgrade an older version of the ASUS firmware, namely WL520gu_220.127.116.11_EN.tr. Get it from the ASUS web site.
Next rename the tomato.ND.trx firmware to WL520gu_18.104.22.168_EN.trx to fool any sanity checks in the downloader software.
Finally flash the re-named tomato firmware.
I do this using my MacBook Pro (Mac OS X 10.7.2) and Safari.
Please note that tomato 1.28 does NOT support the USB port in the router. I don't need it for my system.
Tomato works great on the WL-529gu.
The deivce doesn't seem to get hot at all. just a slight warm. all in all it looks good, works as it should, and just blows past my expectations.
The only thing that would have been nice is 802.11n support but right now I am ok with it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works great after you load Tomato firmware on it. In fact, it is so reliable and versatile that I bought a second as a spare (I've have 2 D-Links fail over the years--the WiFi... Read morePublished 5 months ago by R. Iredale
The item was packed very properly, was delivered in time. Great quality and fair price. Works well since the moment of installation. Thank you.Published 13 months ago by Ievgeniia
I bought this for the print server since my USRobotics router was dying. Tried to set it up, something went wrong and I could never get the thing to reset because it's not as... Read morePublished 16 months ago by K. Reem
Bought used, new is just so overly priced, had no idea it came with DD-WRT already installed. I was going to install anyway so that was a bonus! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nickm
This router drops connection/time out constantly. It's no use to reboot router. The ASUS router helper says the internet connection is established, but then I cannot access the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Joyce Z
I have two of these. Both are set as wireless bridges.
These are easily hack-able to use DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. I love these routers. Read more