Pros Consistently fast connection & tons of unique features
Cons No Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and the unit is boxy (but who cares -- it's a router!)
Summary It took me a while to settle on a Wireless N router, and it was quite a gamble that I made when I chose ASUS WL-500W. However, I want the readers to know that ASUS WL-500W is indeed a hidden gem; it is consistently fast and it has tons of unique features, such as 2 USB ports that you can use to turn regular printers into network printers. It also supports file downloads, even while your PC is turned OFF. I have been using this router for my Ipod Touch, Nintendo Wii, desktop PC (wired connection) and notebook PCs, and I only have praises for this product. I rated this as 9 out of 10 because it doesn't have Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. Great job, ASUS!
Pros Great options Some vision went into this
Cons Options don't work that well.
Summary Bought it cause it had a print server built in.
2 usb ports, recommend you use only low power devices, thumdrives and such, or self powered usb devices for printers and external Harddrives
Samba does not work that well. Keeps detecting my 1tb hitachi drive over and over. Shows 67 shared partitions, already tried various part sizes in fat32, EXT2 and EXT3 nothing helps. Could be a me thing or the hitachi drive as my small thumb drives seem to work fine
This baby runs various open firmware projects NICELY, but limited USB support from those projects. DD-WRT, Openwrt and Oleg work fine. Not hard at all to flash, 3 steps, not as easy as the linksys but easy enough. People with some *nix knowledge will have no problems making samba work right.
If you stay with the asus firmware disable the samba and just ftp to it. mapping a share via ftp in windows is easy enough.
Pros 3 antenna connectors, excellently supported by dd-wrt
Cons Bulky, crappy oem firmware,
Summary If you want to build a fairly serious wireless router, this is a good hardware platform to start with. You will want to go with dd-wrt or some other custom firmware and replace the stock antennas with something a little more useful.
Pros Works great if you have a good understanding of setting up networks. Quick setup works good. USB conectivity!!!! excelent coverage.
Cons the wirless n speed is lacking. I can't get mine to work much above 130mbps at distances over 5 feet.
Summary Initially i had problems connecting to the wireless n portion of the router. I then discovered that the wireless card in my computer just needed the driver updated and it worked perfectly after that. I set it up with an external hard drive attached for network storage and it works great. my only real grip is the lack of speen on the wireless n setting. The only time i can get the speed above 130mbps is when i am sitting within 2 or 3 feet of my router. Then it keeps the 130mbps connection for about 50 feet through my house before falling to yet a lower speed.
Pros Fast and full featured
Cons Clunky interface and very unreliable WiFi
Summary Wired connection is rock-solid, and WiFi connection is very fast. USB print server and file server built in too.
But WiFi radio randomly stops broadcasting several times per day and will not start up again unless router is powered down and then up again. USB file server requires external drives to be FAT32 formatted (32 GB max partition) or Linux formatted. Print server works for some but not all USB printers and does not support scanning on multifunction devices. Quirky interface requires getting used to.