Summary: The Asus RT-N16 is a great, fun router for networking enthusiasts who want to use it with third-party, open-source firmware, such as Tomato or DD-WRT. However, everyone else should wait until Asus provides a more stable version of the firmware.
Pros: The Asus RT-N16 multifunction wireless router has impressive specs including Gigabit Ethernet and two USB ports. It performs well and works great with third-party, open-source firmware.
Cons: The Asus RT-N16 is bulky and doesn't support dual-band communication. Its USB ports don't provide enough power for bus-powered portable hard drives. When running Asus' stock firmware, the router is buggy and has an unstable wireless signal.
Summary: The review of ASUS RT-N16 has been in our test laboratory for about a year – it’s perhaps the longest-lasting material we’ve ever had. Writing of the review and testing of the router have been constantly put off for different reasons and as a result there’s a significant inconsistency in the described firmware versions and the software used. However, everything finally comes to its end, and here we’re happy that it does.
Pros: Support of several interface languages (including Russian)., Existence of a substantial number of alternative firmware versions., Excellent data transfer speeds through PPTP., Excellent access speeds to files stored on USB-drives., The possibility to turn the wireless module of the router off at schedule., Affordable price.
Cons: The impossibility to set a time interval between consecutive attempts to connect to a VPN-server., Lack of support of Cyrillic domains., Russian interface inadequacies., Presence of a possible DoS attack against the router’s DNS-daemon., Mediocre routing speeds with NAT.
Excerpt: For a sub-$100 router, the RT-N16 is an excellent choice for both beginners and enthusiasts alike. The UI is easy to work with and setting up secure wireless Internet access is a cinch even for those without advanced networking skills. For those who like to tinker, this router boasts some impressive hardware specs and supports third party firmware such as DD-WRT and Tomato.
Excerpt: Asus has successfully created motherboards, video cards, monitors and other various products with outstanding performance. However, many people would agree with me that Asus is not the first company you would usually think of when it comes to comparing wireless routers. Brands such as: Linksys, Netgear, or D-Link are certainly more well-known and have historically created exceptional products for networking.
Excerpt: The Asus RT-N16 is a single-band router with three removable (and therefore upgradeable) antennas, but the third antenna didn’t help the router rise above third place overall in terms of TCP throughput. It did, however, do a solid job of penetrating our media room. The RT-N16 is equipped with two USB ports, so it can support both a portable USB hard drive and a printer.
Pros: Decent range and throughput; dual USB ports; support from DD-WRT community; BitTorrent client.
Cons: Single-band only; no guest network; no DLNA-compliant media server.
Excerpt: ASUS is usually known for its motherboards and GPUs. However, they are becoming more and more known for the peripherals they are making, too. Their monitors are growing in popularity and in performance, as are their wireless routers and access points.
Conclusion: Where performance is concerned the ASUS RT-N16 has shown that wireless speeds can match wired speeds, albeit not consistently but the wireless speeds achieved are still very good. The fact that it has a 533Mhz CPU and 128mb ram made me giggle a little as there are still working computers running on those specs.
Pros: Interesting design, Simple effortless and quick setup, Detachable antennae, 2 x USB 2.0 ports for printers and attached storage, Gigabit LAN ports, Great signal strength and range, 533MHZ CPU and 128MB RAM, Lightweight but sturdy construction, Fair price to pay for a feature rich router
Cons: Slightly oversize profile, Does get quite warm to the touch, 2.4 ~ 2.5 Ghz only no 5Ghz band, No dual-band support