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ASUS RT-N16 Wireless Router 802.11b/g/n up to 300Mbps DD-WRT Open Source support with USB Storage, Printer And Media Server
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3 out of 5 eggs Should have exchanged when I first noticed problems 03/17/2014

This review is from: ASUS RT-N16 Wireless Router 802.11b/g/n up to 300Mbps DD-WRT Open Source support with USB Storage, Printer And Media Server

Pros: Fast, easy to configure base firmware, sleek, able to install dd-wrt on this device if you choose, option to set up guest wireless network.

Cons: I really liked this router, but I think I got a lemon.

When I first purchased the device, in the first week my desktop PC lost network connectivity, yet the wireless still worked. I noticed that the LAN port my desktop was plugged into (port 1) had somehow been disabled. There was nowhere in the base firmware to manage ports. I was unable to disable or re-enable the port. I switched my ethernet cable to another port and the desktop came online instantly.

I power cycled the router, and the port came back up. I proceeded to upgrade to the latest firmware hoping that would remedy the issue. Later that same day the port disabled itself again. I switched over to port 2 for the next week. No problems, the router worked just fine, port 2 stayed up, while port 1 was still disabled.

I power cycled the router again, and moved my cable back to port 1, determined to contact NewEgg if it failed again. Port 1 never disabled itself again. However, three to four times in the year and a half since it was installed I've had to power cycle the router because it was no longer routing traffic. Lights were on, the network interface was accessible, everything looked fine, but none of our devices could access the internet. Each time after power cycling the router, the network came back up and worked like normal.

Suddenly today without warning the device just died. There were no power surges. Today was a stereotypical day. Checked power supply, it works fine. I've tried several things attempting to revive the router including a 30/30/30 reset, but nothing is bringing this thing back to life.

I wish I would have RMA'd this thing when I had the chance.

Other Thoughts: I like the USB ports on the back of the router, but accessing devices connected to the router did seem slow at times.

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Display Name: Ryan O.

Date Joined: 01/28/06

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