"great router hardware for the value"4.0 starson by claudluciffer
Pros: - ridiculously high hardware specification (for a router).
- can be used for non stop download server, support USB devices (except hard drives).
- Great router for use with third party firmware
Cons: - original asus firmware bad as hell
- only single band
Summary: first thing i learn about selecting router other than linksys is by observing it internal hardware specification, cause in my opinion, other than linksys, home router firmware is bad enough it's so humiliating. rt-n16 have 32 ROM with 128 MB RAM, to support it core prosesor (Broadcom4718A) which running at 480 MHz, even though it can run at 533 MHZ, but asus decide to run it at 480 MHz, may be to increase router life expectancy, but i doubt even with lowered clock, you can load it prosesor way up to 100%, that is unless you manage to create 300 thousand network session.
at first i found that asus firmware is really bad, router GUI is slow and network session drop constantly, after searching at the net, i finally using tomato USB, since then it works effortlessly, with extra feature that you can't find in asus firmware (bandwidth limitter, wirelss survey, VPN, FTP server, etc). with so much feature, it only fill ROm up to 8 MB, it's hard to fill this 32 MB ROM fully. May be 32 MB ROM can be fully loaded if you fill it with lot of unnecessary graphical user interface, it surely making your gui much beautiful, but no functionality
in case you're not satisfide with it current performance, this router can be overclocked to 533 MHz or higher (using third part firmware), for precaution add additional fan and change adapter to 2A
in my opinion, this router is more suitable for corporate user with heavy traffic, only then this router can tested to it's peak performance, using it at low load like at home give you advantage like make the router last longer.