Summary: Probably the best consumer router one can find. There is no clear specs on the product description (nor on the product package) but this router carries 128Mo of ram, and a very fast processor (over 500Mhz Broadcom). while most routers have only 8 or sometimes 16Mo of ram. That's where changing the firmware to a proper Linux based system gets interesting. I installed the tomato firmware (with usb mod) and it rocks.
A well rounded router that will do almost everything you need.
18 April 2010
Excerpt: "...in terms of protection although Asus is still working on pushing new versions for this newly released router. It will protect you against DOS attacks but anything more will just pass right though it. The router comes with 2 built in USB 2.0 ports which allows the connection of Portable HDDs, Printers or Memory Units. With the original firmware you don't get a lot of options so you need to go to their site and update as soon as you install the router. ...
Pros: Custom firmware, fast ethernet and wireless
Cons: Original firmware lacks a lot of features, poort support from ASUS
Summary: I bought this due to its reputation for being extremely reliable - I was installing it at my parent's house which is a 3 hour drive away. It turns out they didn't need it so I instead installed it at my home to replace a Trendnet router. I like it a lot. I am using the stock firmware and it does everything I need including putting a time restriction for when the internet is available to my kid.
Pros: Fast, Good stock firmware, Guest network available
Cons: Older design now, No AC network, Gets a little hot
Summary: This router died on me after about 6 months of usage. I ended up having to open the whole thing up and replace and solder on a different capacitor to get it to work again. Apparently this has happened to many others as well. Other than that, once I fixed it, its worked just fine. The stock firmware is full of features that I don't have to flash it with a custom rom or anything. Great buy if you can do some very minor soldering work.
Pros: Lots of features
Cons: USB ports can't power external drives. quality control is hit or miss
Summary: I bought this router less than 6 months ago and suddenly it stopped working. I called customer support and spent 1.5 hours on the phone trouble shooting! Most of this time was spent doing the same steps time and time again.... After 1.5 hours they finally decide they will need to replace my router. They couldn't have decided that sooner? (He told me there was clearly a problem 5 minutes into the phone call.
Summary: I love to use this router with customized firmware. It serves well as a media server and a server for printers and network accessed storage. Only wish is that it supported USB 3.0 for faster transfer to the USB storage devices.
Summary: I bought this router to replace my ageing router in my house. After I did I noticed that streaming HD video wasn't as choppy as it was before, and the range was further than my old one. I never have to reboot this thing and running P2P doesn't bog it down. If you are a heavy internet user, this is the way to go.