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5 out of 5 eggs If you have a WiFi adapter with RaLink chipset, run. Screams with Realtek (RTL8192CU) chipsets. 07/16/2013

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:

Very fast performance with latest Firmware. Works like a champ with Realtek-based (RTL8192CU chipset) WiFi adapters.

Cons:

Epic Fail with RaLink chipsets.

Other Thoughts:

For a while I was having nothing but trouble with this Asus router for months. My speeds would fluctuate. No amount of factory resetting or firmware tweaks did the trick. That was until I replaced my useless Tenda N300 WiFi adapter that had an RaLink chipset in it with one that used a Realtek chipset, specifically RTL8192CU. I bought a cheap one for $7.50 on *that really big auction site*. The difference is night and day. No more corrupted downloads, no speed degradation, no more wonky problems. My Asus router rocks once again.

Asus recently put out version 3.0.0.4.370 beta of the firmware and it *dramatically* improves the speed of the GUI and time it takes for reboots and changes to be made in the system config. With the new 3.0.0.4.370 firmware, getting up and running took minutes with the new QIS. Prior to this, I often had to reboot my cable modem and then the Asus router for things to work. Now it just works. One caveat, going from the 2.0.x firmware to 3.0.x firmware will wipe out your settings and you won't be able to use your 2.0 setting backup file to import it into the 3.0 firmware.

I am now convinced this is a quality Asus product that I am very happy with. Wish I would have known it was RaLink's fault, and not Asus. If you have trouble with this device, check and see if you're stuck with a WiFi adapter that is RaLink-based. Heaven help you if you are. You can always try going to station drives.com and see if you have newer drivers. Don't know how well it works with Atheros chipsets though. Try the 3.0 firmware, it's great.

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