Pros -supports HTTP, FTP, Magnet, ed2k, Torrent and NZB downloads
-new firmware adds much more functionality, removes freezing, crashing
-supports downloading directly through the user interface
-does not overheat
Cons There are none.
Summary The new firmware is 18.104.22.168.78. You can download the updated firmware from their site (Asus.com). The old one was really unstable; since the new one was released most of the other reviews are invalid.The 22.214.171.124.78 firmware update also added support for IPv6 (with tunneling or native), a 3G/WiMax modem (with a special "use 3G modem only when WAN is down" feature).
Basically, after the update the router works like a charm.
I believe this is the best router currently available for purchase.
Updated on Jan 4, 2012
The firewall component has got a DoS (denial-of-service) protection function.
There is also a VPS server integrated; you can get a free DDNS name for life.
I should also mention this:
I quote Dong Ngo (the CNET employee who reviewed this router): "The bad: /.../ Its USB ports don't provide enough power for bus-powered portable hard drives."
They do provide enough power. I have two Verbatim Store 'n' Go bus-powered portable hard drives connected to the router and everything works flawlessly.
Pros Has potential to be a very strong performing router with the hardware included.
Cons Frequent dropouts & freezes with pc's and macs
Summary I really wanted to like this router! Based on the hardware alone it had excellent potential. I'd read the reviews of the stock firmware, but being a dd-wrt firmware user I thought I had a good chance of overcoming the problems people were having with the great past results I've had by loading the open source dd-wrt firmware.
For the first few months I ran the stock ASUS firmware experiencing sporadic issues. Then I upgraded to dd-wrt and the issues remained which leads me to believe the lockups and dropouts are caused by over-heating or poor quality components. If anyone had solved these issues with this model please let me know. Until then this unit is getting shelved.
Pros Relatively inexpensive, but you get what you pay for.
Cons Unreliable and prone to failure. ASUS was slow to ship replacement unit. Replacement unit was defective. Documentation is absolutely terrible!
Summary I had an RT-N16 to fail catastrophically within two months of putting it into service. Asus replaced it, but it took them nearly two-weeks to do so. I could not address the replacement unit to configure it. The documentation is horrible. It's even wrong in places! I don't have time to waste on such garbage. I bought another brand.Since my earlier review, the replacement unit suddenly began working, and I was able to configure it. However, the WiFi signal is either weak or unstable. I would change my rating from 1 star to 2 stars.
Updated on Dec 8, 2012
Pros Hardware, price
Cons None for this price.
Pros Super fast processor (480Mhz overclockable)
Tons of ram (128mb, no other router even comes close to this)
mimo wireless n
Cons no dual band
default firmware is terrible
Summary Download and install a third party firmware (ddwrt is quite popular, I personally use a lesser known one called debwrt though as it allows for a full server version of linux to run on a router - http://dev.debwrt.net/wiki/AsusRT-N16
Best router I have owned!