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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Sunday, 02 May 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS RT-N16 Wireless-N Gigabit Router
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: ASUS RT-N16
ASUS RT-N16 Detailed Features
Testing and Results
ASUS RT-N16 Final Thoughts and Conclusion

ASUS Wi-Fi Router Features

Ok, so the two most important things about routers are their speed and their range, but that doesn't mean that we have to suffer the loss of other important features such as QOS bandwidth management, Gigabit LAN and WAN ports, Support up to 300,000 sessions for extensive P2P clients, USB2.0 ports : All-in-1 printer server and FTP file sharing. You know, some of the things that one product better than the next.

Wireless

  • Designed to IEEE802.11n Draft 2.0 Specifications
  • Wireless connections up to 300Mbps

Security

  • Easy setup with WPS (wireless protected setup) button on rear of unit (requires compatible device)
  • Firewall: NAT and SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection), intrusion detection including logging
  • Filtering: Port, IP packet, URL keyword, MAC address
  • Authentication: Open, WPA2 Personal, WPA2 Enterprise, WPA Personal, WPA Auto Personal, WPA Enterprise, WPA Auto Enterprise, Radius with 802.1x and shared key

Convenience

  • Built in DHCP server and UPnP media server
  • USB 2.0 ports for Printer sharing and/or attched storage - with NTFS support
  • Simple yet well designed GUI web browser configuration
  • WAN x 1, LAN x 4 RJ-45 for 10/100/1000 Base T Support Ethernet and 802.3 with max. bit rate 10/100/1000 Mbps and auto cross-over function(MDI-X)

Performance

  • CPU: Broadcom BCM4718 533MHZ RAM: 128MB (2x 64MB)
  • EZ QOS bandwidth management allows you to specify which type of traffic to give priority

ASUS RT-N16 Specifications

LAN Ports WAN x 1, LAN x 4 RJ-45 for 10/100/1000 Base T
Support Ethernet and 802.3 with max. bit rate 10/100/1000 Mbps and auto cross-over function(MDI-X)
Antenna
3 x external antenna (Detachable)
USB port USB 2.0 x 2
Power Adapter AC input: 100V ~ 240V(50~60HZ)
DC output: 12V with max. 1.25A current
Size 216 x 161.9 x 40.5 mm
Weight 470g
Operating Frequency 2.4GHz ~ 2.5GHz
Data rate 802.11n Draft: up to 300Mbps ;
802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps;
802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps
Output Power n mode: 15.8~19.5dBm
g mode: 15.5~16.5dBm
b mode: 15.8~19.5dBm
Sensitivity at 54Mbps data rate
ANT0 -75dBm
ANT1 -75dBm
Encryption Supports 64/128-bit WEP
WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK
WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise
Radius with 802.1x
Management EZQoS (Easy Quality of Service): Allow multiple network activities (FTP, Game, P2P) to work smoothly at the same time.
DHCP Server: Supports up to 253 IP addresses; Changeable DHCP lease time, IP pool, domain name; Static mapped IP
Web-based administration: Support IE 5.5 or later, Firefox 2.0.0.1 or later; Managed from LAN and Internet; Password Setting
System Event Log
Firmware Upgrade: Web Interface, Bootloader
Save/Restore Configuration File
Network Protocol Automatic IP ,Static IP, PPPoE(MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP
Security
Firewall: NAT and SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection), intrusion detection including logging
Logging: Dropped packet, security event, Syslog
Filtering: Port, IP packet, URL keyword, MAC address



 

Comments 

 
# RE: ASUS RT-N16 Wireless-N Gigabit Routergordon 2010-05-03 07:55
Could this be compared to the D-Link DGL-4500? I own one and I like it a lot, but i dont own a wireless N reciever for my PS3, which means only G speeds! Thus watching hi def movies via my media server over Win Media Player does not do well, it has intermittent chokes and freezes to alllow some buffering. Its actually better to just copy the movie to the PS3 HDD, so i wonder if this would be a better buy...?
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# RE: RE: ASUS RT-N16 Wireless-N Gigabit RouterSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2010-05-03 12:49
You have a good router in the D-Link DGL-4500, stick with it and find a way to hook up your ps3 to wireless N and set it to the 5Ghz band.
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# RE: ASUS RT-N16 Wireless-N Gigabit RouterAndrew G - Stevens, PA 2010-11-15 10:52
Thank you for thorough review. I just found and purchased this unit for $86.00. It is replacing a Linksys WRT54g that is locking up, rebooting for no reason and giving me slow results. I am also experiencing my wireless devices in the house loosing wifi and grabbing a neighbor's unsecured linksys for no reason. I am hoping for a good "flood" of a signal in my home to avoid the wifi drops. I look forward to experience the amazing browsing you speak of and I have read elsewhere. THANK YOU!!
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# Network security keyHesSINGAPORE 2011-08-15 02:43
Can't get the setup to work with my Motorola SBVS120 modem. When setup it requires a Network Security Key!?
Pls advice ASAP!
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# Benchmark the actual routerVidar 2011-12-02 05:58
Can this thing actually do 300Mbps? You just benchmark your uplink speed, which isn't nearly as interesting.
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# CCEArvind 2013-06-23 11:45
The next feature That I would like to share with you here is the AiDisk feature. There are three simple steps to setup access to your attached storage, 1) How you wish to share files on the device - limitless, limited or admin. Limited and admin allow you to set read write rights and a password to access data. 2) Create a domain name via the ASUS DDNS services to allow you to access the data over the Internet, you can choose anything you like to go between the ftp:// and .asuscomm.com, you can also choose to skip this setting so the data is only shared over the LAN. 3) Confirm your settings and make the USB storage accessible and then you are greeted with the above screen that shows two possible ways of accessing the data, LAN or FTP. With this setup you can access the data on the drive anywhere you have access to the Internet - no need to carry that sensitive data around with you means you wont lose it.
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