"Best router I've ever owned"5.0 starson by chad-email.com
Pros: - MAC Address filtering actually works (have to upgrade to the latest firmware to go above 12 users)
- Excellent signal strength for small office of 12 people
- No downtime to date (8 months)
Cons: - Connected IP list isn't always updated and doesn't recognize machine names's well
- Should be able to have a client attempt a connection, have their MAC address show up as a attempted connection and allow an admin to authorize access with one click
Summary: A great router all around. We used this to replace an Airport Extreme that was having interference issues in our building. We've had nothing but good experience with this router. We have had our network password hacked in the past, so we employ MAC address filtering with our firewall so that only we can add computers we want on the network. This doesn't work well on the Airport Extreme, where it sometimes allows some people to access even if we haven't added them to the network and other times it doesn't... basically, it's flaky. The Asus does this filtering flawlessly and does not allow a connection for a computer that is not in the allowed list, just like it's supposed to. The router data performance is adequate, we've not done any speed tests or anything like that, but our SugarSync updates all the computers across our network locally without any lag and the internet is just as snappy as with the Airport Extreme. My only grip with the unit is that the connected client list is pretty poor and isn't always updated properly, and it doesn't always pull machine names into the list. As someone that has dealt with network intrusion in the past, this is crucial to successful network security monitoring and this should be corrected. Other than that, I can highly recommend this router for small offices with 12 computers, 12 phones, 4 database servers and 5 network appliances all connecting and having speedy access without ANY downtime.NOTE: The MAC Filter only allows 32 addresses. In an office of 10 people, everyone has a phone, a computer, many have iPad's, then we've got printers, conference room computer and Apple TV, so we're well above 32 devices. This should be unlimited or at least 256. As such, we've had to disable the MAC filter so that everyone can get onto the network which makes it far less secure. Please fix this.
Updated on Apr 10, 2012