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Pros: As far as I can tell, this is only a slight change to the RT-N12 B1 which is a very good thing. It has the same specs and can handle serious traffic without freezing. I run my entire PC repair shop off one and I've never had to reboot it.
We've had multiple netflix streams, torrents, and basically anything else running through this without a problem. The range is exceptional and it's only been beat by a router that costs 5x as much.
Setup was simple and the router is smart enough to alter its IP address to avoid conflicts with the modem.
Cons: The on-off button is sort of easy to hit accidentally.
Overall Review: The major changes over the B1 edition are:
- The physical switch for router/AP/repeater mode being removed and changed to a software configuration setting.
- an on/off power push button on the back
- a completely different black case
- slightly higher quality antennae
Pros: After upgrading to the latest tomato, it's a really nice little router. There are a lot of features, and very stable.
Rally flexible configuration options, if a little cumbersome.
Cons: No usb, limited cpu/memory, not high end, not free
Setting up guest wifi is a little confusing, first you must setup a separate network/bridge (br1) then a virtual wifi for that bridge, then manually add a firewall script to restrict access (gist.github.com/tracker1/7655394)
Overall Review: After upgrading first to the ddwrt-mini version for this router, then up to the latest shibby tomato supported by this router (tomato-K26-1.28.RT-N5x-MIPSR2-115-Max), it's running great.
Pros: It's a great little router for the price. I needed the best wireless 4 port router I could get for the money and I'd recommend this to anyone if this is all the money you had to spend. Good Buy. I have tons of wireless stuff and a few hard wired devices and it handles it all with no issue. I stream to a Chromecast in another room just fine. Netflix on a wireless blu-ray player just fine, wireless sprinkler system runs fine on it and it's located outside on the opposite side of the house from where this unit is. wireless tablets, phones, etc.. It's great. I'm stoked for the price...
Cons: none so far.
Overall Review: I'd highly recommend if you only have 28 bucks (what I paid for it in April 2017)
Pros: Very easy to set up
Very versatile for the low price
Cons: Disappointng signal strength
No signal strength adjustment (turns out only available on HP version, not D1 which I got)
No documentation in box - had to find manual on Internet
Admin tool says to use enclosed CD for an emergency firmaware retoration if update fails, but no CD in box either
Overall Review: Bought this to use as an access point, since my main router is at the oposite end of my house from my TV and I was only getting one bar when streaming to the TV. Managed to get this router within about 30' of the TV with wire to the main router. Was a breeze to set up and connect but still only got 1 bar at the TV (I am still having to go through a couple of walls, but not as many as before). After spending a couple of hours playing around with tilting the unit, various positions of the antennas, and testing different channels, was able to get a consistent two bars with three popping in and out. Not as much of an improvement as I was hoping for, but good enough. The "high gain" antennas are definately over-hyped.
Pros: I now have decent wifi coverage in both ends of my house
it works and have a decent looking UI
open source firmware
you can telnet into the router (* SSH is not installed)
only $9.99 after rebate
there is a WOL GUI
Cons: Signal strength is a little low (my main WZR300HP router 2 rooms away gives me a stronger signal than i get in the same room as this one)
Only has 28MB of ram, it really should have a little more
AP mode is a very minimal load and it sits at 86% ram used (24MB) ** this appears this include cache (almost 9.5MB)
id like to see about 35 to 40MB ram on this
the latest beta firmware is only using the 220.127.116.11 kernel which is a bit dated (4.7 is current as of writing this, would have expected to see about 3.2)
blue LEDs (surprising they are not blinding like most blue LEDs)
When i set the wifi channel to 1 or 11 it tells me to use 2 or 10 cause of "local regulations" and it claims this limits wireless coverage
the only 3 channels that are optimal for wireless N are 1, 6, and 11 as they don't overlap and since 6 is the default channel on every router out there (auto normally means 6) this forces you to use 1 or 11 unless you live on a farm for best coverage/performance
i believe this is a bug and the message is untrue
to my understanding wireless n 300 uses 2 channels at onces, you are allowed in the US to use 1 through 11
therefore you can use 1 and 3, or 11 and 9, 6 and 5 , or 6 and 7, in the US you are not allowed to use channels 12 through 14
i know nobody care but ill just rant about this:
On the box it labels the DC input as a AC input (only someone who knows the difference will catch this and realize how bad it would be if someone took it seriously)
the diagram on box uses a IE logo for the Internet, just use a cloud icon it is more accurate, a low grade browser is not the Internet
There comes a point when over simplification becomes teaching people incorrect terms, please don't encourage this
Overall Review: I'm using this in AP mode (no wires connect to the wlan side of the router, think about it like a network switch with wifi)
one you upgrade to the beta firmware the login is admin/admin
no real need for a wireless N AP to need a gigabit lan as the max you can push through it will be about 80Mbps (300Mbps includes overhead)
The power adapter is firstname.lastname@example.orgA
the back end appears to have some ipv6 support (i see ip6tables and ipv6_monitor commands), have not seen anything about it in the front end though nor is there any sign of it in ifconfig
From what i can see it looks like they only plan to add a ip4 to 6 tunnel if it it not part of the NON AP configuration in the UI
It has a power button on the back (why would i want to turn it off? it is just a part that can fail IMO)
CPU: BCM53572 rev 1 pkg 8 at 300 MHz
Broadcom BCM4347 802.11 Wireless Controller 18.104.22.16812
Broadcom BCM47XX 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet Controller 22.214.171.12412 (I thought this was a 10/100 lan router)
i would test this to see if it is gigabit or not but i have a Cat5 cable on it (this cable can't do gigabit)
Pros: 1. coverage can reach every spot in my house
2. with 4 SSIDs, I can restrict windows 10 and new Androids from spying on other devices on my networks
Cons: Does not have a USB port
Pros: Incredible coverage, easy to set-up but has very complex options too for the nerdy type. I live in an apt building and I share my Wifi with 4 others. One person is about 64ft from me and through 9 walls (18 sheets of 1/2" drywall) can max out my internet speed (16Mbps DL). We have 11 devices running out of 5 apts with zero problems (1-PS4, 1-printer, 1-Smart TV, 3-cells, 1 table, 4 PCs). The Guest network (3) is great for sharing, allowing you to restrict access to your intranet. Multiple scheduling/filters to restrict kids use. I use MAC filtering to limit which devices can connect. Has some built in monitoring tools, wish it could monitor usage by MAC or Guest Network.
Cons: Poor documentation, QOS seems simple to set up but gives me warning messages which are not documented anywhere, and appears to NOT work as planned. Other complex settings are not explained very well if at all, for this I took back one star.
Overall Review: I've always liked Linksys/Cisco so I bought a new one at $120, the guest network DID NOT even have encryption! Took it back and bought this Asus at a fraction of the cost. I wish Asus made cable modems too, I'd buy one. I don't usually do reviews but I was so impressed with this Asus that I felt obligated. This is the best router I have seen since the old days of Linksys WRT54GL. Previous router was a top of the line NetGear turned out to be junk. It's such a relief to find a GREAT router again.
Pros: Fast, devices connect at 300mbps if you know what you're doing.
Cons: Only 100 ethernet, but the real-world max wireless speed is probably ~120, so it's not a huge loss.
Overall Review: Most wireless clients don't allow for 300Mbps on 2.4Ghz networks by default, that's why people are seeing 144Mbps.
You need to change a setting on the device (*not* the router) under the "Advanced" tab. Look for "Bandwidth" or "Channel width" and enable 40Mhz networks (instead of only 20Mhz).