Summary: I found the ASUS RT-N10P router on sale for $25.99 with free shipping, and couldn't resist. Some of the new Linux firmware builds are now supporting this router so I figured to give it a try. Not having gigabit ports is OK, as my house already has switched gigabit ethernet throughout and the wireless N is quite sufficient for the various mobile devices on my 10Mbps internet connection.
Pros: Solid value. With a little know-how, can be enhanced with upgraded firmware and extra features.
Cons: Basic router hardware, wireless / networking / cpu are not the latest or fastest specs.
Summary: For the price, this is quite a nice router - and I'm comparing it to an ASUS RT-N66U... The speed is not bad at all. I did extensive testing with iperf (simultaneous bidirectional test) to see what this is capable of and in close proximity, it manages 40 Mbps. Coverage does extend throughout my small house and the minimum speed was 11 Mbps at -60 dB RSSI. Slow but usable, even for moderate streaming.
Pros: Good speed, Decent coverage, All the features of the more expensive ASUS routers, Large, high-power external antenna, Runs cool, Understated looks, Can be flashed with Tomato (Shibby), Low cost
Cons: Not a premium router (100 MBit ports, no USB, not dual-band, not MIMO)
Summary: It is a 11n router so it started working easily with all the new 11n devices. But had horrible time to make it working with a laptop which is 3 years old. The laptop was not able to detect the presence of this router. I wrote to Asus support for which I got reply only after 1 week and that too was not of any use. Later there was no support from Asus customer care. Lastly I found that this device auto configures itself into 11n device.