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Pros: The spec looks decent and quite interesting.
Cons: Dead on arrival. Never saw the blue LED came to life.
Cheaply made parts. The power cord itself does not fit into the back of the PSU. There was a loose plastic piece within the package. Not sure what that was and where it came from. The existence of a foreign object is a sign of poor quality control.
Other Thoughts: No manual.
It is not full modular. Motherboard 20+4 and CPU 4+4 are not detachable. Most module cables are plugged into the female plugs on the PSU. This PSU is peculiar in that there are individual adapters with short cables from the PSU to which you connect the modular cables. I wish I had seen the one product picture that showed this. That is the only image you need to understand its form factor.
Pros: Got it on sale, good price.
Pretty strong signal and decent range.
Has a lot of potentials given the features that it supports.
Cons: Radio on channel 6 died in 6 months. Changing to other channels (1 or 11) works fine. I decided to send it back to ASUS for repair, given the 2-year warranty it has.
I struggle to flash the DD-WRT firmware. Unfortunately, it does not work with the hardware version. (DD-WRT only supports the original RT-N12 and the B and C revisions.) The only thing is that the typical 30-30-30 reset would allow the router to enter into rescue mode so that you can re-flash it back to official ASUS firmware. At least you can always get back to factory firmware, to which it should be a pro.
Other Thoughts: I didn't pay too much attention to the spec due to the limited time sale. I thought it should have latest spec since it is a later model. Turns out it only has 2.4GHz band and the wired line is only 100baseT. In all considerations, it is an entry level wireless router. Don't expect 5GHz band or 1000bps wired connections. So it really should be used at the border right after the ISP gateway. If the router is used for networking among devices/computers (such as a NAS) within your home/work, it will become the bandwidth bottleneck.
The documentation and package is very poor as it does not clearly state the D revision. (Only the back of the router mentions rev. D.) When I first went to ASUS web site and look for RT-N12 based on the packaging (and menu), I found info about original version, and all the firmware downloads won't apply to this. The reference to rev. D was not very clear. It is sometimes referred to as RT-N12 D or RT_N12D. Only Newegg uses RT-N12/D1. So finding the relevant information is a painful exercise.
Pros: It is a combo, so you can use one end for notes on paper, and the other end for your touch sensitive screens.
I own a standalone stylus, but I easily lose them because it is a single-use item so I don't feel like to take them with me all the time.
Cons: The pen is cheaply made. The clip could easily been pushed off, if you accidentally push it upwards while holding the pen.
The biggest issue is the touch end. If you simply use it for tapping, it would work fine. But if you intend to draw something or using Swype-like keyboard, it would have a problem, because it allows very small angle. If you draw a line half way across a smartphone (on the narrow side), chances are that it tends to break the continuous touch. The breakage leads to inaccurate drawing or mis-typing via the software keyboard. It probably is a design flaw since the rubber does not insulate the surrounding metal around the stylus tip, causing the metal to touch the screen accidentally when you press too hard at an angle.
Other Thoughts: It does not warrant the full MSRP price.READ FULL REVIEW