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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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|Data Transfer Rate||125||300 MB per second||300 MB per second||1,200 Mb per second||54 MB per second||300|
|Item Dimensions||6.47 x 4.59 x 1.22 in||7.7 x 3.1 x 11.1 in||8.5 x 6.4 x 1.6 in||7.2 x 4.9 x 1.3 in||10 x 9.75 x 2.8 in||8.98 x 10.24 x 2.56 in|
|Item Weight||0.58 lb||1.37 lbs||1.03 lbs||1.39 lbs||1.65 lbs||1.55 lbs|
|Total LAN Ports||—||4||4||—||4||4|
|Wireless Compatibility||802.11 B/G||802.11bgn||802.11bgn||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 B/G||802.11bgn|
ASUS WL-520gU 802.11b/g Wireless Router up to 54Mbps with All-in-One Print Server/ DD-WRT Open Source support
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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.
Everything else seemed to work just about like you would expect from a wireless router circa 2011.
Anyway, this router might be better with DD-WRT. I haven't tried that yet. But out of the box, this router is about a 3 star router. It works, but the DHCP's DNS issue was totally unexpected. It also shouldn't be such a crap-shoot as to whether or not a multi-function printer will work or not, or if the scanner will work.
*Edit - see original review below*
Long-story short, I purchased 1 router and RMAed two times to Amazon due to connectivity problems (could not connect any devices and the signal would cut in and out while looking at it with my phone's wi-fi analyzer application). The third router worked great for about a month before it exhibited the same behavior. The fourth time was the charm after receiving help from customer service and an RMA for a new unit past the time I could have RMAed to Amazon (due to the last unit working temporarily). The new router I received has been working fine for the past month.
While it was a pain to be without wireless for so long (more for my wife than for me), the fact that customer service ended up trying to troubleshoot for me and sending me a working unit all at their expense made up for it in my mind. I'd like everything I buy to work the way I imagine it should, but there are going to be lemons in every batch.
I'm running TomatoUSB (Toastman mod) for the advanced QOS options so Netflix will play nice with online games.
The best I can say is that my Mom no longer calls about router issues with the one I put at her house and we haven't thought about our router since I installed it. Really a great device to flash to DD-WRT for a no worry router.
I used a second one of these with DD-WRT to bridge Mom's WiFi over to the Sisters house (150 feet away) and allow them to share the same internet. I added a large 18 db gain antenna on the source router to get extra range.
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.
But, it is sturdy, sleek, and has enough memory so I can install Tomato or something that I can flash it with so I can expand its capabilities.
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