Manufacturer: Asus Part number: RT-N16
- Bottom Line:
- The Asus RT-N16 is a great, fun router for networking enthusiasts who want to use it with third-party, open-source firmware, such as Tomato or DD-WRT. However, everyone else should wait until Asus provides a more stable version of the firmware.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $82.99 - $183.04
- Reviewed by: Dong Ngo
- Reviewed on: 08/30/2010
The good: The Asus RT-N16 multifunction wireless router has impressive specs including Gigabit Ethernet and two USB ports. It performs well and works great with third-party, open-source firmware.
The bad: The Asus RT-N16 is bulky and doesn't support dual-band communication. Its USB ports don't provide enough power for bus-powered portable hard drives. When running Asus' stock firmware, the router is buggy and has an unstable wireless signal.
The bottom line: The Asus RT-N16 is a great, fun router for networking enthusiasts who want to use it with third-party, open-source firmware, such as Tomato or DD-WRT. However, everyone else should wait until Asus provides a more stable version of the firmware.
The best router I have ever had
by Gregory K on January 4, 2012
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 184.108.40.206.78. You can download the updated firmware from their site (Asus.com). The old one was really unstable; since the new one ...
Summary: The new firmware is 220.127.116.11.78. 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 18.104.22.168.78 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.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great possibilities, poor real life results
by techmember on February 2, 2011
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 ...
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.
1 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
A really poorly executed product
by mark2870 on December 8, 2012
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 ...
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
Used with dd-wrt mega build. Stable.
by alexian79 on August 13, 2011
Pros: Hardware, price
Cons: None for this price.
Best router on the market, must use 3rd party firmware!
by stevester911 on June 4, 2011
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 ...
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!
great router hardware for the value
by claudluciffer on October 21, 2010
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 ...
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.
by dracotrapnet on September 28, 2010
Pros: Usb file system able to mount ext3 and ntfs drives. Natively runs a linux kernel with telnet shell access when enabled from web control page.
Cons: Unstable. Freezes completely all the time and requires rebooting all the time. A single g wireless client transferring 35 gigs of files to a local 100mbit wired desktop will dos any other desktop wired connections out to the internet. Hot=need fans
Summary: Owned this router for 2 months now. Steer clear of this wreck of a router. I have gone through 2 firmware updates and haven't found it stable yet. Longest ...
Summary: Owned this router for 2 months now. Steer clear of this wreck of a router. I have gone through 2 firmware updates and haven't found it stable yet. Longest uptime 30 some hours. I'm very tempted to try ddwrt or tomato as some forums state this router has never ran well with it's stock firmwares.
by davidpl on August 31, 2010
Pros: Fast, has positionable antennas. Mounts on wall.
Cons: Slowed down after a while (or my cable modem did). Resetting all restored speed.
Summary: Mine works well. not unstable. maintains good connection. Had an old version of the Belkin N+ which gave a 300MB connection, but did not actually communicate with an N connection. ...
Summary: Mine works well. not unstable. maintains good connection. Had an old version of the Belkin N+ which gave a 300MB connection, but did not actually communicate with an N connection. Has been working well for last 3 months with factory firmware.
Worst Router ever
by sudamarocks on June 20, 2010
Pros: It worked great for a week! It was the greatest with speed and coverage! Then it crapped out
Cons: Wireless signal drops all the time. Not Mac friendly at all. Asus technical support was horrible it took them over a week just to return my email. Not really PC friendly either. I set up the wireless printer settings and after a week it did not work.
Summary: I am sorry to say this is the worst router I ever purchased. NewEgg is even charging me a restocking fee on this router which i do not think is ...
Summary: I am sorry to say this is the worst router I ever purchased. NewEgg is even charging me a restocking fee on this router which i do not think is fair but whatever NewEgg needs to get paid I guess.
- Manufacturer: Asus
- Part number: RT-N16
- Description: RT-N16 has enough bandwidth and processing power to simultaneously handle file transfers and downloads, video streaming, games and VoIP calls. Advanced MIMO technology makes it all possible. Access and share your local disk everywhere! To share media content with friends, just open the browser, type in your DDNS address. Sharing All-In-One Printer printing and scanning functions wirelessly for multiple users simultaneously without buying a printer server. Easy installation! Just run the "ASUS Network Printer Setup" program and follow the instructions. Download Master, a unique technology found in ASUS wireless solutions, features several innovations to simplify the download process. Turn the RT-N16 router into a wireless storage center by attaching an external hard drive via USB 2.0. Download Master runs independent to the computer system, which means it takes up zero computing resource. HTTP, FTP, BT (BitTorrent) download protocols can be download automatically from the Internet. You can keep downloading even when PC is off. RT-N16 can support up to 300,000 sessions for P2P download with super speed, allows more users and clients to connect to internet and ensures an ultra-stable network connection.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated)
- Enclosure Type Desktop
- Compatible Slots None
- Connectivity Technology Wireless ,
- Data Link Protocol Ethernet,
IEEE 802.11n (draft),
- Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
- Data Transfer Rate 300 Mbps
- Network / Transport Protocol L2TP ,
- Remote Management Protocol HTTP
- Encryption Algorithm WPA-PSK,
- Authentication Method RADIUS
- Features EZQoS ,
DHCP server ,
FTP server ,
DNS proxy ,
Packet filtering ,
BitTorrent Client ,
Firewall protection ,
Built-in 2 port Hi-Speed USB hub ,
URL filtering ,
Static IP mode ,
Print server ,
64-bit encryption ,
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) ,
128-bit encryption ,
Auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X) ,
MAC address filtering ,
Firmware upgradable ,
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) ,
Event log ,
- Type None
Expansion / Connectivity
- Interfaces WAN : 1 x RJ-45,
LAN : 4 x Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45,
Hi-Speed USB : 2 x 4 pin USB Type A
- Wireless Capability This product uses the draft version of the upcoming 802.11n standard. Its compatibility with other and future products is not guaranteed, and it may interfere with current 802.11b and g products.
- Networking type Wireless router
- Networking standards [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Networking] IEEE 802.1x ,
IEEE 802.11g ,
IEEE 802.11b ,
IEEE 802.11n (draft) ,
- Antenna External integrated
- Antenna Qty 3
- Voltage Required AC 120/230 V
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 8.5 in
- Depth 6.4 in
- Height 1.6 in
- Weight 16.6 oz