Like most routers, the N16 doesn't require a lot of configuration to get you up and running. You merely connect an Ethernet cable from the WAN (blue) port to your cable/DSL modem and plug a computer into one of the Gigabit (yellow) LAN ports. Then the RT-N16 will automatically try to determine your internet connection type.
By default, the router is configured for the 192.168.1.0/24 network and has an IP address of 18.104.22.168. The built-in DHCP server is pre-configured to assign 253 addresses starting with 192.168.1.2. You can also connect wirelessly to configure the router. The default SSID is "ASUS", and wireless security is disabled.
If your ISP assigns you an IP address automatically, you'll see a screen as shown in Figure 3 when you first launch your browser as the N16 intercepts your web request and routes you through its QIS wizard.
Figure 3: Quick Internet Setup completed
I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't a better configuration wizard. Some of the major brands like Linksys and D-Link have animated wizards that walk you through connecting cables, the power up sequence, testing Internet connectivity and configuring basic wireless security settings. Some router configuration wizards also force you to change the default admin password—a really good idea. Unfortunately, the ASUS wizard didn't force you do to what you already know you should do. Thankfully, changing those additional security settings is fairly simple.
The user interface is fairly easy to navigate, which you can see for yourself using ASUS's online RT-N16 simulator. There are five major categories of settings shown along the left side of the screen. The landing page shown in Figure 4, shows these major categories on the left, a network map in the center, and details about the object selected in the network map on the right.
Figure 4: Network Map page
The network map shows that the router is connected to the Internet, that there are three clients currently attached, and that there are two USB storage devices attached. Clicking on any of the boxes in the network map brings up additional detail about that object.
In the next sections I'll briefly comment on important entries in the submenus of each major category.
If you have storage attached to one of the USB ports that contains multimedia content, the UPnP AV media server can serve that content to a UPnP compatible device. Figure 5 shows that the only configuration option is enable / disable.
Figure 5: UPnP AV Media server page
Note that the N16's media server is not DLNA certified. So it might not properly serve content to an XBox 360 or PS3.
The RT-N16 allows you to remotely access the files stored on USB attached storage devices via FTP, but secure FTP is not supported. You have a choice of anonymous, admin or user account access. For each top level folder, you can set read only, read write or no access if you specify limited user access.
If you allow anonymous users access, they have full R/W access to the shares. Figure 6 shows a file transfer through a windows-based FTP client. Unfortunately, though the RT-N16 has a number of different logs, it doesn't log FTP sessions or file transfers.
Figure 6: FTP in progress
Average user rating from: 4 user(s)
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|User Rating [Back to Top]||Overall:||4.2||Features :||4.5||Performance :||4.3||Reliability :||3.8|
July 20, 2011
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This has got to be the best router available at the moment. It has a MIPSR2 480 MHz processor that actually rated to over 500MHz. It has 128MB of RAM and 32MB of EEPROM. It has two USB ports and because it uses the Broadcom chipset third party open source firmware can be flashed into the unit. Don't even consider using the Asus firmware as Tomato USB runs fantastic on it. I suggest Victek's Tomato RAF as the Tomato branch/derivative of choice.
Also the review on this site really seem concerned about wireless performance and equate it to the wireless chipset used. Do you guys not understand that it's all in the ANTENNA GAIN!!!
Take the Asus RT-N16 here for example and place three L-com HG2405RD-RSP 5.5dBi antennas on it and run your wireless tests again!!!
The routers you guys suggest can't even have the antennas replaced duh!!!
Great router if using Tomato USB
June 04, 2011
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I'm a semigeek. Some of the stuff on this site confuses me. But I figured out enough to get this router and install Tomato USB. Great combination. Have not had any problems with router. Love all the features that Tomato gives me. Like blocking my son's iPod after 7 PM. Blocking certain website. Yeah, I know you can do that with other routers but Tomato made it easy. Also love the QOS features. Netflix devices get highest bandwidth while wife's bit torrent get's low...
Review was too heavily slanted against the Asus software, which I agree is crap. I bought the router for it's hardware specs. Large memory. Fast processor. Gigabyte lan. 2 USB ports.
72/102 Mbps, 90/94 Mbps
February 03, 2011
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"LAN speed test" setting: 100MB, 300Mbps, wireless-N
Latitude E6400 Intel 5100 AGN writing/reading speeds
from dining room: 50ft away & 3 walls
best 41/82 Mbps
worst 54/71 Mbps
best1 72/102 Mbps
best2 67/106 Mbps
worst1 76/75 Mbps
worst2 68/81 Mbps
worst3 54/68 Mbps
walking back to dining room:
Sony Z112 Intel 6200 AGN writing/reading speeds
from dining room: : 50ft away & 3 walls
best1 90/94 Mbps
best2 88/90 Mbps
worst1 70/84 Mbps
worst2 71/81 Mbps
15ft away (bathroom)
Latest tomato firmware at time of writing. (Feb 2, 2011)
Not Recommended For Novices
August 16, 2010
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- First unit received dead-on-arrival. (Confirmed by Asus)
- Documentation very poor. User manual poorly written and incomplete.
- Firmware inadequate. (Confirmed by most users recommending use of 3 party firmware.)
- Overall performance specifications below average.
- Long term reliability below average.
Unless you're very experienced in systems and internet protocol, this is NOT your best choice.
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