2 weeks later
3/21/2012 10:12:38 PM
Alexey from Edmonton writes:
- Flexible with customize firmware. It`s almost impossible to broke this device with step-by-step hacking.
- As other people wrote Asus firmware is terrible, slow and went down in 4 hours after I connected 1Tb HDD.
- As a result, I installed ``tomato usb``with transmission and now everything works as clocks! Two hours of your time and you`ll have access to your router and hdd from any place in the world! :)
2 Years Later
3/9/2012 10:07:44 AM
Tobey from Calgary writes:
- - Really Easy to install DD-WRT
- Gigabit switching router for under $100
- USB Printer was easy to set up
- - Factory firmware is terrible and slow
- Throughput (local) is not terribly fast, capping at about 4 times faster than my original 10/100 (WRT54G) router and about 2 times faster on wireless
- Poor reliability (Both units lasted ~1.5 years)
- I hate when people say things in all caps, but this one requires it, so my apologies:
DO NOT BUY THIS UNIT UNLESS YOU ARE ABLE TO INSTALL AND OPERATE DD-WRT
As most people complain, the Asus software is unusable. The interface was even slower than my first router in 1996; but enough of kicking a dead horse. Under both DD-WRT and the factory and it perfumed well, under most strain, minus large data transfers like Time Machine backups which under wifi and wired faired poorly.
Great router... but only....
2/23/2012 3:54:58 PM
Adam from Calgary writes:
- Gigabit LAN
Wifi Speeds are good
Wifi Range seems fine
stable router, no issues for me to date..
I dont use the default Asus firmware
- Havent encountered any as of yet!
- I was looking for a under $100 router to replace an old 10/100 i had, and after some research decided on this one. The first thing i did however (which is recommended) was replace the asus firmware with Tomato_USB version. Dont be scared to do this! The router allows for it, its smooth, and your sub $100 router turns into a $300+ router! Tomato_USB is the most recommended firmware and it installs easily in under 5 minutes. DD_WRT works, but is not as stable at Tomato.
Love this router now!
New Asus Firmware Available
12/19/2011 6:29:31 PM
Keith from Edmonton writes:
- - value for the price
- New software released December 13 (V 188.8.131.52.78) works perfectly so far. USB problem solved.
- USB allows me to back up files from any computer inthe house through the router. Great feature.
- Good wireless signal in other parts of the house.
- Great for streaming radio/video. Not a gamer so I don't know how that works
- runs cool
- works well with other manufacturers wireless adapters
- - The out-of-the-box firmware (184.108.40.206) works well for data and streaming radio/video but is a struggle to share a hard drive on the USB port.
- The $10 rebate turns out to be an American Express Gift Card and it's a hassle to go through ASUS' hoops to get the rebate.
- The new GUI with the firmware update isn't as simple to use as the old version - a small penalty for something that works
- I replaced a five-year old router with the RT-N16 and immediately noticed that downloading was faster and radio/video quality improved. The out-of-the-box firmware (220.127.116.11) was very iffy when I connected a USB hard drive to share files for my home business. After a month, I upgraded to the new firmware and it hugs my hard drive like an old friend. I'm going into my second month so I hope that the RT-N16 ends up as reliable as everything else I've purchased from ASUS.
12/7/2011 9:58:12 PM
Clay from Calgary writes:
- Gigabit wired lan.. very nice, great transfer speed when wired up for large file transfers
Wireless n gives good speed and works well with my laptop
Accepts third party firmware well.. lots of choices depending on your needs.
No worries when upgrading either as this router is designed so you can always recover from a failed upgrade and is nearly unbrickable unlike other routers
Firewall tested and works great.
Never a down day with this router.
The reliability factor is huge for me.
- Would like to see 5ghz support.
3rd party firmware is highly recommended. The factory firmware is perdy though.
- I have used dlink and linksys routers in the past and have always had issues with hanging.
I put Tomato USB firmware on it and it doesn't hang.
Running QOS on it and my internet is excellent even when doing p2p transfers. I have used DD-WRT on this router which I loved but feel this router is more reliable with Tomato.
Excellent router for my needs.
10/2/2011 9:15:47 PM
Kevin from Winnipeg writes:
- Very Powerful Hardware
- Weak Default Firmware
- I kept getting disconnected daily with my DLink DIR-655 router and I finally had enough. I did my research and this router had the best hardware, with upgradeable open-source firmware. I installed Tomato USB firmware as soon as I got it, and it has worked flawlessly so far. It's been connected for over 8 days now. I've had over 1200 concurrent connections with no problems, next to no cpu load (0.15 is the highest I've seen), and 93% free memory. Good stuff!
Horrible waste of time
7/15/2011 2:52:31 AM
CHris from Calgary writes:
- The hardware had potential but now falls far short of modern devices. This makes it an expensive proposition at any price, especially if you value your time.
- The firmware is useless; a complete waste of time. Don't bother with it. There are several common features which, if you choose to turn them on, lock up the device completely, requiring a hard reset to factory defaults. They whole process takes about 10 minutes per feature, and you don't obviously get to use that advertised feature - ever. With all the time I wasted finding these landmines in their firmware, ASUS should pay ME for the router.
- Finally put on DD-WRT. This would only run stable for about 1 day before the device had to be rebooted. Not as bad as a complete firmware re-write but still unacceptable. Lock-ups became more and more frequent. The hardware was obviously dying after only 4 months of light use. It has now finally died. Don't waste your money.
5/9/2011 8:16:32 AM
Gavin from Calgary writes:
- -Super fast
-Wall mounting hooks
- -Terrible Firmware, upgraded to the newest version of tomato(free) and works perfect.
-The power cord is a little short
- This router is a powerhouse of a router. And tomato is a great free software that has lots of options. This router actually has a 555MHz processor in it that can be overclocked using tomato, just be careful about heat issues.
Problems with ASUS firmware, but with DD-WRT works great
4/24/2011 3:28:57 PM
Ruslan from Edmonton, AB writes:
- The router has very good hardware specs and a decent single-band WiFi performance for a router in sub-$100 price range (480-533MHz/128MB RAM/32MB Flash/2x USB), which is an additional assurance for "buying for the future". A similarly priced Netgear WNR3500L has the same CPU and switch chip, but has 64MB RAM/8MB Flash.
The router can be upgraded to DD-WRT firmware.
- With the ASUS firmware v18.104.22.168, I struggled connecting to Shaw Extreme service (blue box w/built-in power supply). Upgrading to DD-WRT solved the issues.
I have not experienced that, but a number of users reported router overheating. Therefore, adequate air circulation is required.
The router does not come with a bracket for upright installation.
Router design is a bit outdated. White colors usually become yellowish with time, especially when exposed to sunlight.
- The router has its pros and cons. It it wasn't for the DD-WRT firmware, it would rate just average or even below average. ASUS fails again when it comes to developing of stable firmware (e.g. O!Play Air). The router would not win design awards either. However, hardware, combined with a third-party firmware make it an attractive combo with enterprise-level router features, like VPN, hotspot, etc. Users with Unix/Linux knowledge would find themselves equipped with a highly configurable platform.
2/10/2011 9:53:28 PM
Mike D from Calgary writes:
- Can attach USB disk, DD-WRT-friendly, good signal, reliable
- The wireless signal is lost when I use my crappy microwave.
- Assuming that you flash it with DD-WRT, you might also want to attach a big USB disk to it and install DD-WRT's Optware package. Using that, install all sorts of toys on it: transmission; bacula; SSH etc.