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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 has a noise level that is quieter than others. I intend to mount this in a miniITX case (Cooler Master Elite 130), and it works. Although the instruction sheet suggests to mount inside of the case entirely, I was able to mount it in this special case where the fan mount point is in between the fan and the radiator.
Great customer phone support. The agent is knowledgeable about the product and provided no hassle service for replacement parts (see below).
Cons: The accessories packet includes washers whose inner diameter is smaller than the screws that it is supposed to work with to mount the 120mm fan. Obviously the wrong part in packaging. Had to call the customer support line to get this rectified.
There are two fan cables from the unit. The 4-pin PWM cable to connect to the CPU fan of the motherboard is actually from the radiator, whereas the 3-pin cable to connect to the system fan is from the pump that is atop the CPU. The PWM cable is rather short, and I had to get an PWM extension cable to make this work with my case.
Other Thoughts: This is my first liquid cooling system. It does not seem to allow a second 120mm fan to support a push-pull configuration. Since it is designed to draw fresh air and push it into the case, you have to figure out the ideal air flow for your case to vent the heat out effectively.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Big capacity.
Cons: Ordered four, two DOA. Poor quality, made in China.
Other Thoughts: OEM drives shipped in plastic antistatic bags. Not even a plastic cover. The shipment is in a styrofoam cutout for four slots. I don't know if that was the reason for the damage.
Newegg's 30-day return policy is too short, plus I have to pay for the return shipping. So I didn't really save much comparing with shopping elsewhere, whereas the major online vendor will cover return shipping.
The saving grace is that Seagate has an excellent RMA program.