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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Monday, 03 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

Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

To fully test RT-N16 and find its true potential it would have been ideally paired up with either a wireless N PCI card or USB network adapter from ASUS, Unfortunately this wasn't available and I had to make do with what I had, an Atheros AR5007 802.11b/g Wi-Fi adaptor build into my Compaq Presario CQ61-110SA laptop.

There are many different ways of testing your network and for this review I wanted to concentrate on the following things;

  • How range and proximity might affect the speed of my wireless Internet connection
  • Can the RT-N16 cover me with a strong wireless signal throughout my house
  • Would I lose speed as a result of being at a distance from the router

To measure speed I have used the online speed test @ I went to different locations within my home and ran the speed test 3 times, I averaged out the 3 results to give each location its score. I tested in six different rooms, three downstairs - Living room, Kitchen, Utility room and three upstairs - Bedroom's 1, 2 and 3. The living room test location is 2m away from the router, the kitchen and utility room test locations were both approximately 5 meters from the router. Bedroom 1 test location is approximately 4 meters away from the router (in a straight line) Bedroom 2 test location is directly above the router around 3m away and bedroom 3 test location is furthest away about 7m

Test System

  • Laptop Model: Compaq Presario CQ61-110SA
  • System Memory: 3Gb PC2-6400
  • Processor: Pentium Dual Core T4200 @ 2.0Ghz
  • Disk Drive: WD Scorpio Blue 160 GB SATA
  • Wi-Fi adaptor: Integrated Atheros AR5007 802.11b/g
  • Operating System: Windows Vista Basic


There are a lot of aspects that can affect your wireless network such as signal reflection, Channel population, Channel pollution and the power to reach ratio - corporate Wi-Fi hotspots will have a much more powerful antenna providing a much stronger signal providing better range and speed. Lets now see how the RT-N16 Multi Functional Wireless N router performs.

I have a 20Mbps package with my ISP, I did a speed test on my PC through a wired connection for reference purposes to see how the wireless speed compares. Wired speed was on average 19.52 Mb/s throughout the duration of the test and on occasion that speed was also achieved through the wireless connection but unfortunately not consistently. Average results are shown below.


Throughout my home the ASUS RT-N16 Wireless Router provides a signal strength that was consistently excellent (5 bars on the Vista scale) and there was only one point during testing where I got a very good signal, The router didn't give me the same speed wireless as wired but it did come close on occasion. Testing was done with encryption set to WPA2 personal and with no encryption and speeds recorded were on average the same under both conditions.

There are also going to be times when you may want to access your wireless connection outside your home so I have taken the time to also see if the ASUS RT-N16 will provide enough coverage to use my laptop in the back garden. My outside test location is approximately 20m from the router, the signal strength was still very good (4 bars) and connection speeds were reported between 8.00Mb/s and 11.59Mb/s which is more than sufficient for my needs.



# 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, 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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