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New To The Charts: ASUS RT-N13U Wireless N Router with All-in-One Printer Server

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ASUS RT-N13U Wireless N Router with All-in-One Printer ServerThe ASUS RT-N13U Wireless N Router with All-in-One Printer Server has been added to the Router and Wireless Charts.

The RT-N13U is a step below the RT-N16 and based on Ralink's RT3052F 2T2R single chip AP/router SoC. This single device contains the processor, BB/MAC, radio, 10/100 Ethernet WAN and four port 10/100 LAN switch. 32 MB of RAM and 4 MB of flash complete the compact design.

The RT-N13U also has a single USB port that can share a printer or have a USB drive attached. Like the RT-N16, the attached drive can be used with the HTTP, FTP, BT (BitTorrent) download client and to serve files via FTP. But unlike the RT-N16, SMB file sharing isn't supported. There is also uplink-only priority-based QoS on the router, and WDS bridging / repeating is also supported.

Routing throughput measured 93 Mbps WAN to LAN and LAN to WAN. But total simultaneous throughput measured around 143 Mbps, indicating that up and downloads speeds are being limited by the 10/100 Mbps ports. The RT-N13U had no problem with the maximum simultaneous session test, hitting our test limit of 200 on the first try.

Wireless performance was quite surprising, especially considering the SoC design. Like the RT-N16, it reached all six of our test locations in both 20 MHz and 40 MHz bandwidth modes. But average up and downlink speeds using 20 MHz bandwidth mode at our lowest signal level test locations E and F as around 18 Mbps, which is at least 3X the RT-N16's performance.

The Location E and F results helped push average throughput across all six test locations to 40.9 Mbps and 45.1 Mbps running downlink in 20 MHz and 40 MHz bandwidth modes and 37.2 and 39.8 Mbps uplink. Maximum throughput was 69.9 Mbps running uplink in Location B in 40 MHz bandwidth mode and among the highest we've seen.

We had no problems with DNS Caching, as we had with the RT-N16. Since that product finally has been Wi-Fi Certified, we've started on that review. Because it has a similar feature set, the RT-N13U will get a short follow-up review after the RT-N16 is done. In the meantime, use the Router and Wireless Charts to compare the RT-N13U to other products.

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Pleasantly Surprised

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Reviewed by MrData
February 02, 2012
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Before I bought this router I spent some time reading he reviews. There were 2 things that concerned me, difficult to set up and, according to Asus' website, only some printers work with the USB port.
I contacted Asus about the printer issue and they told me that the list on their website reflects the printers that have been tested, not necessarily the only printers that will work with the router. I have an HP DeskJet 940c, fairly old but it has been working nicely with a Netgear print server plugged into my old router.
I unpacked the router, plugged in the cables from my modem, weather station, my laptop (whose wireless function is broken) and the USB cable from my printer. Powered it up and accessed it from my wireless laptop's browser and was pleasantly surprised to see that everything was connected and working. Because I was using a print server with my DeskJet, I already had an IP printer port set up. The only other thing I had to do was set up the security function and the port forwarding for my webcam.
Overall, I'm pleased with this router.

 

FAST FAST FAST

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Reviewed by Adam
January 24, 2011
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So this is a beast when it comes to WiFi!!! I Just replaced a Belkin N+ which was giving me serious problems when running NetFlix on 2 XBox Live systems while also using my my laptops. basically the Belkin n+ 300 couldn't keep it all connected mostly because XBox Live requires alot of attention when running NetFlix. netflix had to constantly adjust quality due bandwith drops.
Enter the Asus RT-N13U - Amazingly FAST! I haven't had any issues - Full Hd on XBox Live and NetFlix Streams without ever adjusting the quality due to stream, and that's running 2 XBox Live systems while transferring files from PC to PC - ALL running over the WiFi connection!
For instance, even while streaming 2 Xbox Live Netflix movies( while staying at MAX Quality), my file transfers over the Asus's WiFi jumped to 26Mbps compared to at best 8 Mbps on the Belkin's WiFi all while watching the XBox Live NetFlix movie quality drop to the lowest quality!

Awesome Router for only $45! Def look at this router if you need a strong WiFi connection!

 

Good Performance in the Far Corners of the House

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Reviewed by Stretchy195
October 09, 2010
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I have a large split-level house with plaster walls that wreaks havoc on wireless signals, so I shop for wireless routers based mainly on long-range signal levels. This website has really helped to separate the good from the bad!!!

My previous router was a Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH, which was also selected for it's long-range signal levels. However, the Buffalo needed to be reset at least twice a week, and it degraded after ~6 months to the point that we were resetting it twice a day.
The Asus was half the price of the Buffalo, but the signal levels seem slightly better, which is impressive. Also, switching to the Asus solved a compatibility problem whereby the Buffalo was unable to do WPA to a particular HP laptop - the Asus has no problems with this connection. All in all I am very satisfied with the wireless performance so far.

One caveat - the Asus case is mainly designed to sit on a desk. I did find a way to mount it to my ceiling in the hallway, but it took a little creativity.

Stretchy195

 

Asus Range and Performance

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Reviewed by oldfogey
May 26, 2010
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I haven't had the router long enough to verify it's stability/reliability. I first tried the RT-N13U in wireless repeater mode (weird default IP of 192.168.1.220) and it was horrendous, although I believe this was due to a conflict with my Dlink Dir-655 (a2 hardware, 1.33na firmware). My Dlink has had pretty terrible coverage since day 1, although i have put it with it since it has been VERY stable, and it's wired throughput is excellent.

I bought the Asus RT-N13U based upon its performance in the SmallNetBuilder wireless range/location test. Once I set the Asus to AP mode, and plugged it into my network via ethernet, it worked flawlessly. My Dlink didn't work in the kitchen, 40 ft away from the router (granted, it's running obliquely through several old plaster walls.) The Asus works not only in the kitchen (no ping latency issues, connected at 150Mb solidly, streaming 1080p HD) but also 3 times that distance to the back end of my backyard. The range on this little box is truly amazing. Time to work in the yard for a few days on my laptop with a mojito.

-oldfogey

 

So far, so good.

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Reviewed by j_nolesfan
May 06, 2010
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I wanted a fast router that also included a print server. I found that in the ASUS RT-N13U. It's easy to set up for an intermediate to advanced user but it doesn't really have an "all in one" wizard that does everything for you. The range seems much better than my previous Linksys WRT120N router. I've only had the router for three days but almost everything is great to this point. I'm having an issue with my printer not finishing the last part of the page and ejecting it into the paper tray. It might be printer settings. I hope it's not the router.

 
 

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