|ASUS RT-N16 Wireless-N Gigabit Router|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Network|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Monday, 03 May 2010|
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Closer Look: ASUS RT-N16
Lets take this opportunity to get a good look at the ASUS RT-N16 Wireless-N Gigabit Router and what it has to offer us.
The RT-N16 ships in a pretty big box, much bigger than I was expecting although the router body only takes up half the box. Inside was very well organised and protected. There is plenty of information about the router and its features and functions on all sides of the box.
Inside the box was the unit itself, a 110-240v power adaptor to provide the RT-N16 with 12v, a 2 meter Cat5 LAN cable, a quick start guide to aid with setting up the router, a utility and manual CD and three detachable antennae. The addition of detachable antennae is a nice addition as they can be changed/upgraded to improve signal strength or performance.
Bottom shot of the RT-N16 shows plenty of much needed ventilation, the unit does get quite warm but then again it has got a processor clocked at 533MHz. The sticker in the middle has the normal info found on the underside of a router such as, model name, power requirements, default IP, Username and Password for access to the router setup and some words of wisdom telling the end user to change the default Username and Password as soon as possible. Also you should have noticed the cut-out's for mounting the router on the wall, I'm not too sure why you would want mount the router on your wall, but the option is there all the same.
A great portion the top of the RT-N16 router has also been utilized for ventilation and the ASUS logo is in a prominent position right in the center. ASUS have chosen an interesting colour scheme for the RT-N16 which I think works quite well, the silver centre strip doesn't stand out too much and it breaks the mould of all white tacky plastic routers that have come and gone before it. I would also like to bring your attention to the three over-sized antennae protruding from the back, more so to the way they are set out - ASUS recommend that the antennae be set up as such so as to reduce signal interference between the three.