Excerpt: These days, a good deal of ISPs include a router with their broadband packages to sweeten the deal and to make setup easier. But as they are usually included ‘free’, such routers are usually made very cheaply and only have the bare essential features. So there is still a sizable market for more advanced routers which have more to offer in terms of features and performance.
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.
Summary: If the stock firmware doesn’t float your boat, you can replace it with a version of the popular open-source alternative DD-WRT. The RT-N16’s stock firmware includes a UPnP media server, but it’s not DLNA-compliant. This means the router is not a great choice if you’re looking to stream media from an attached drive to an Xbox 360 or a PS3 gaming console.
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