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4 out of 5 eggs Update your Firmware to v2.1.1.1.78 people! And do two tweaks to make this router work properly. 05/29/2013

This review is from: ASUS RT-N12/B1 SuperSpeedN Wireless Router with 2x5dBi Antenna / Open Source DDWRT Support IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros:

Cheap. Nice design. Works a heck of a lot better than the junk Tenda W308R I bought that couldn't hold a WiFi signal to save its life.

Cons:

The 300Mb rate just won't work for me as it seems to be buggy or something but the default 144Mb rate screams. Yes, I am using a 300Mb USB adapter--a Tenda, unfortunately, but running current 5.0.7.0 drivers (all these USB WiFi adapters use Ralink chips nowadays)---on USB 2.0 but it just keeps dropping the connection or, when I download, the speed just drops from 300Mb to 250, 190, 150, 90, 75, 54, 30, 20, then 10 and after the download completes, it shoots right back up to 300Mb again. Something wonky is going on at 300 megabit speeds. My router is only 10 feet away from my PC.

The B1 revision of this router had the oldest firmware running so, like any good tech, I went out and factory reset it, threw on the latest firmware (2.1.1.1.78), factory reset again, and did my best to get N300 speed working. It just would not work well for me. The reality is, this has four 100 megabit ports. Let me repeat that, 4 *100* megabit ports. You'll never realize 300 megabit speeds on wired ports that are running 100 megabit, especially if you have Internet service that's 100 megabit or greater. You need gigabit ports.

I didn't have Laptops or more computers that could connect at 300Mb to test and see if through WiFi I could achieve 300Mb between PCs but I just chalk it up to a lame Broadcom chipset and buggy firmware. Haven't ventured to DD-WRT. Yet.

There are a couple of tweaks to this device that you really should do to make it usable, at least at 144Mb speed.

1) Update to Firmware 2.1.1.1.78
2) Disable WMM
3) Go to Advanced Settings > QoS tab, set Manual Uplink Speed to 102400kbps (that is the maximum speed of a 100 megabit connection in kilobits).

Doing these things has made this Asus router work well for me on my 25Mb Comcast connection. No slowdowns in speed or download speed. YMMV.

If they fix the other bugs, I'll revise my review (if possible).

Other Thoughts:

Hey Asus, the newer firmware made things "better" but disable WMM by default in your next firmware update for crying out loud. There are still bugs to be fixed with your router, especially the 300 megabit rate. Get to work.

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