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ASUS (RT-N16) Wireless-N 300 Maximum Performance single band Gaming Router: Fast Gigabit Ethernet, support USB-Hard Drive and Printer and Open source DDWRT
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- Powerful CPU provides a high-performance throughput up to 300Mbps
- Most widespread application with 2 USB2.0 ports : All-in-1 printer server and FTP files sharing
- Operating Frequency: 2.4 GHz; Interface: 5 Gigabit ports (1 x WAN / 4 x LAN)
- Graphical Network Map and Multiple SSID (guest SSID)
- Ultra-fast and Convenient Downloads with the Revolutionary Download Master
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- Brand Name: Asus
- Model Number: RT-N16
- Connectivity Technology: wireless
- Data Link Protocol: ieee_802.11n
- Network Data Transfer Rate: 300 Megabytes Per Second
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I have had this router for just couple of days so far and cannot comment on reliability yet, but other requirements have been met quite well. The specs were something to die for - 480MHz (capable of 533MHz) processor, 128MB RAM, 32MB ROM and runs Linux with support for bittorrent and FTP right in the firmware. Even the firmware source code is GPLed and anyone with a bit of knowledge in this area can improve it. In fact, DD-WRT (an open source Linux based firmware) is already available and works quite well with this router.
With DD-WRT installed on this router, it becomes quite a powerful computer that can serve as a web server as well as a NAS once you connect an external hard drive to the USB port. QoS and Port Forwarding have been implemented quite well in DD-WRT and is the main reason why I had to install DD-WRT within few hours of receiving the router.
I would have given the router a 4.5 rating if I could as the firmware it came with had a few bugs. I could never get port forwarding to work and also QoS setup in the original firmware is limited.
Here are some pros -
1. Gigabit ethernet, excellent processor and so the performance. Asus claims 300,000 concurrent sessions, which should be enough to handle even commercial hotspots with hundred users.
2. It has 2 USB ports that support various devices. One could connect a USB printer and a cheap external hard drive at the same time.Read more ›
The firmware that comes with it is terrible. My bandwidth was dropping from to 20mbps after a reboot to about 4mbps after 8 hours of uptime and the asus firmware has no auto-reboot feature that I could find. If you have no intentions of flashing to different versions of the firmware then buy another router. The most up to date firmware that I used was version 184.108.40.206. Hopefully they will come up with some fixes. Firmware and support can be found here: [...]
The first alternative firmware that I tried was DD-WRT. Its a big improvement over the asus firmware. My biggest complaint with DD-WRT was that I could not get the USB printer to work. Note, I was able to get it to work with the asus firmware but it would only print part of the page. With DD-WRT it seemed like there was a lof of Linux commands to get it to work with the printer and usb share. Reference: [...]
Because I wanted to get the printer to work I tried a third firmware called tomato. Tomato has a lot of commonality with DD-WRT (both run linux on the RT-N16) but I have never needed to do anything from the command line. Also, I have printer sharing and USB file sharing (1 terabyte USB drive) working. The traffic graphing seems better with the Tomato firmware then DD-WRT or asus firmware (which didn't do it at all). My biggest complaint about tomato is that there is less documentation than DD-WRT. That being said, I haven't needed to read the documentation to the extent that I had to read the DD-WRT docs. Reference: [...]
I think DD-WRT may be superior to tomato in the area of customization but I'm not sure.Read more ›
1) Stable wireless signal, ie not dropping all the time, also decent range and good throughput.
2) At least 4 gigabit ports for switching.
3) Dual band simultaneous
4) DD-WRT support.
5) NOT be a linksys (last 2 experiences were horrible)
6) $100us or less
Honestly, I went into this thing looking for a dual band router, specifically a simultaneous dual band router. All of them though apparently suffered from poor 5ghz range, throughput or some shortcoming or the other. I looked around and found a whopping total of 1 device I have that uses a dual band wireless card. So really, whats the advantage of dual band if the 5ghz is weak and slow. What do we do with the weak and slow? Shoot it. So I shot the 5ghz most humanely.
From there, my choice became clear. I have been playing with this asus for a few days now with DD-WRT and its great. You are able to create policies that will block torrent access via ports. You can also select specific clients to which the policy is applicable. There are also time of day settings where all policies can be implemented on the DAY and TIME you want. VERY sexy. So ive set up a policy on mine that can block ALL torrent access while keeping the Internet accessible.
There's also a dedicated internet killing option that totally kills ALL internet access, leaving only local file access in tact. Again, this can be set on an individual client basis.
At first I had a lot of issues with the wireless signal dropping during file transfers even with Asus' latest firmware.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wi-Fi cuts out on very high streaming/bandwidth utilization. use with dd-wrt.Published 9 days ago by Charles Davis
Bought this in December 2015 and it's no longer working as of this past weekend, after only 7 months of use. Will be contacting ASUS to see about the warranty.Published 12 days ago by Taija
like it though the QOS function is really not helpful with my slow DSLPublished 18 days ago by Chris Snyder
If you are looking for a wireless router that is going to work reliably for EXACTLY TWO years, look no further. This router will serve you well. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Chairman Meow
I've had it a few days now, and thus far am very happy with the purchase. The stock firmware leaves a bit to be desired for all but basic setup... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Ken
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