Date Joined: 03/01/01
Pros: Price, free extended warranty, function seems as good as my RNX-N150RT.
Cons: No wizards for repeater or bridge
Overall Review: Because of the price I snagged this model after owning and installing the RNX-N150RT for myself and a friend.
This unit came with the latest firmware, only a couple weeks older than the 150RT's firmware. Yet, it had no selection for... see cons.
To put this into perspective tho, the wizards in the 150RT were incomplete. Also, I seriously doubt one requires a wizard to make this router perform in either of those desired rolls. It should just require more learning.
I know, who has time for that. True, but if your time is that valuable and you need a repeater or bridge, buy something else. I have an ASUS RT-N16 and it is quite good. There are others as well.
Pros: Customer service and firmware support, the reason I am providing this update is to describe my personal experience with ASUS support.
Cons: That I had a problem at all.
Overall Review: Purchase first made 11/24/2011, a Black Friday. Router came with old firmware but flashed easily to v126.96.36.199.78. Update supported previously unavailable Access Point roles besides router. SFSG. Continued to update thru .84,94, then router bricked on 188.8.131.52.96 update.
Contacted ASUS thru phone no. listed in an ASUS response in ratings posts here at NE. I shipped back on my tab <$8. Shipped per their guidelines and promptly received what appears to be a new N16 in the box.
Now cautious, I read the forums on TomatoUSB about this router and decided to update to ASUS v184.108.40.206.96.
This firmware removed some of those AP config options but left me with the one I wanted--Cat5e between my home base router(RNX-N150RT) and N16 with now 2 wireless SSIDs, first for home base(south end) to modem and N16 for wireless range extention (north end of house).
Pros: Price, twenty clams with free shipping, stable and reliable.
Cons: Do not assume by entering into either Repeater or Bridge mode that all the settings will follow by default.
Overall Review: Using in AP Repeater mode to connect to an ASUS RT-N16.
When using in other than router mode, remember to manually disable DHCP. Also, if exercising option to manually set the IP, do not set IP to the same as the root AP.
Pros: It works.
The point of "Pros" is simply to say if the advertised features work and work as advertised... which it does. If it lacks features you assumed should be present, best you research your purchase better.
Cons: None to report.
Overall Review: I have yet to use USB 3.0 or SATA 6Gb/s. However, as a HTPC it works well enough. The video seems not entirely smooth when playing videos but no occasional stops or jitters so not blaming the Synology server or 100Mbps network. Perhaps when Llano comes out soon I'll put this little gem on desktop assignment.
BTW, using i3-2100
Pros: Price by all means, but ONLY if you use 3rd party firmware. That makes it the best router I have every used.
Cons: Firmware very unfriendly.
Overall Review: I bought my 2nd 520gU about a month ago. I thought it was defective. I really wanted to make sure before I flashed it as I didn't want to return a modified unit to Newegg. I had to flash it with dd-wrt to find out it was fine.
First, before connecting this router download dd-wrt.v24_mini_asus.trx from dd-wrt's site.
2nd, using enclosed CD, install ASUS's utilities.
3rd, connect router.
4th, set PC NIC to static IP 192.168.1.10, accept default mask.
5th, place router in restore mode by powering on router WHILE using paperclip to press in reset (in hole in back).
Power LED should now be blinking.
6th, run Firmware Restoration program AS ADMINISTRATOR. How? right click menu icon.
7th, using Restoration program, locate the file downloaded in step 1 and press upload.
Reboot router and there you are.
Don't forget to reset your cable modem and return PC's IP to auto from static done in step 4.
I didn't need to turn off my Norton firewall. I'm using Windows 7. Luck
Pros: I hit the sweet spot on price on 12/29/10 at one-nine-zero w/ free shipping. I was trying to decide but the above pricing made me buy.
All previous posters' praises apply.
Cons: I do wish it had an HDMI with an external speaker port but that would drive up the cost- see above.
Overall Review: I find I will need an after market stand so I can spin to portrait mode for web dev.
Pros: After MIR price. No problems but haven't stressed it yet.
Cons: None as long as it continues to just work.
Overall Review: A PSU is a lot harder to review-- as long as it works. Nothing other than a total fail would catch my notice as I'm using it where a 380W PSU was working fine.
Pros: The after MIR price, HDMI with sound, quiet, low-profile, plays simple games well.
Cons: I could only get one with rebate.
Overall Review: I have an old Foxconn motherboard with an Athlon X2 cpu, only the onboard sound went bad. I decided if I could get this card to channel sound to a big screen TV it would become a HTPC. Happily it did. Cheaper than a new sound card. Plays latest Luxor real nice.
Pros: Easy installation to Windows 7 RC1 in both 32 & 64-bit. WPA2 closed the deal
Overall Review: I just read some of the recent posts with 4 eggs and I find their issues petty. For others that don't like the size of the item the pictures are pretty self evident. It's as if you read the specs, buy it anyways and then down-rate the item cause it didn't include more features. I just don't get it.
Overall Review: I'm doing an RMA replacement.
They're currently OOS but I don't expect a long wait.
Newegg was fast to respond and provide the RMA. Kudos.
I gave 5 stars because I cannot comment on the quality of the card. As for its DOA, hey, it happens.
Pros: It works, good price, fast delivery.
Overall Review: Spaghetti for dinner?
Pros: Great case especially considering the recent AMIR price.
Cons: Venting for hard drive fan placement could be a little more open.
Overall Review: An earlier post suggested that a mod would be needed to place a 120mm fan in the front of the case for the hard drive(s).
Remove the four screws holding the hard drive case in place (hint: 2 screws inside case and 2 under the bottom), remove the door fan behind the luvers, remove the front bezel, screw fan to front metal frame, reassemble, and there's your mod.
Pros: Installed and even overclocked Venice core from 1.8 to 2.3Ghz by setting fsb to 257. BIOS wouldn't allow dropping the multiplier. Used the cd that came with it. Seems stable but have used very little.
Cons: None that I didn't know to expect. I knew from the pictures not to expect TV-out, fortunately, not needed.
Overall Review: Pretty good board at good price. Super if rebate comes.
I bought a combo with 2.2Ghz Toledo that I switched into another board, which btw oc'd to 2.9Ghz stable. Swapped Venice (see above) into this board.
Pros: Stable for over a year, it just keeps chugging along with a 3800+ X2 Manchester 2.0GHz clocked to 2583MHz with 2GB of Corsair XMS Twinx2048-3200cc2pt at 215MHz. I don't care too much for ocing anymore though.
I stopped playing UT2004 but the IG plays kids games quite well.
It took a while, but I got the ten buck rebate offered back then.
Cons: Just that I had to return the first board with a $ penalty. But this is negated by the rock solid performance of the second board.
Overall Review: I bought this board 10/3/06 and its been trouble free. I was looking for a 939 board and saw this again. Although, checking my history of invoices here at NE it appears that I bought one on 9/13/06 and returned it for some reason. I don't recall why, but I had to pay a restocking fee.