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Asus RT-N16 Wireless Router Review

Rating: 7.5.

These days, a good deal of ISPs include a router with their broadband packages to sweeten the deal and to make setup easier.  But as they are usually included ‘free’, such routers are usually made very cheaply and only have the bare essential features.  So there is still a sizable market for more advanced routers which have more to offer in terms of features and performance.

Today we are going to look at the Asus RT-N16 wireless router which has a plethora of different features to whet the appetites of more technical users.

It doesn’t compete directly with the ‘free’ routers as it isn’t doesn’t have an inbuilt modem so must be used in conjunction with another modem.

LAN Ports WAN x 1, LAN x 4 RJ-45 for 10/100/1000 Base T

Support Ethernet and 802.3 with max. bit rate 10/100/1000 Mbps and auto cross-over function(MDI-X)

Antenna 3 x external antenna
USB port USB2.0 x 2
Power Adapter AC input: 100V ~ 240V(50~60HZ)

DC output: 12V with max. 1.25A current

Size 216 x 161.9 x 40.5 mm
Weight 470g
Operating Frequency 2.4GHz ~ 2.5GHz
Data Rate 802.11n Draft: up to 300Mbps ;

802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps;

802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps

Output Power n mode: 15.8~19.5dBm

g mode: 15.5~16.5dBm

b mode: 15.8~19.5dBm

Sensitivity at 54Mbps data rate

ANT0 -75dBm

ANT1 -75dBm

Encryption Supports 64/128-bit WEP


WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise

Radius with 802.1x

  • EZQoS (Easy Quality of Service): Allow multiple network activities (FTP, Game, P2P) to work smoothly at the asame time.
  • DHCP Server: Supports up to 253 IP addresses; Changeable DHCP lease time, IP pool, domain name; Static mapped IP
  • Web-based administration: Support IE 5.5 or later, Firefox or later; Managed from LAN and Internet; Password Setting
  • System Event Log
  • Firmware Upgrade: Web Interface, Bootloader
  • Save/Restore Configuration File
Network Protocol Automatic IP ,Static IP, PPPoE(MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP
Security Firewall: NAT and SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection), intrusion detection including logging

Logging: Dropped packet, security event, Syslog

Filtering: Port, IP packet, URL keyword, MAC address

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  • Eric K

    It looks like a very well made product, I like the styling. more business like than something for a kid. The pricing seems a little off as usual for asus however.

  • Tim

    If they dropped the price by £25 it would be a better all round purchase. EVerything else looks spot on to me.

  • Garry

    A high quality purchase, but sadly a little over the odds in todays market. I think asus need to work generally on their pricing structures. They can get away with it on a rampage motherboard, not so sure this market is as forgiving.

  • Raymond

    good review Henry, thanks.

  • Hank

    Seems like a good enough product. I like the appearance, looks very ‘serious’. some of the routers in our local PC world look like tonka toys.

  • Roger

    Asus make quality products, I dont mind paying extra as I know they will last. some people are very shortsighted. I bet that DLINK router you buy will be dead in a year.

  • Jordan

    Nice article… I would be happy if I see more of those articles because I would like to change my current wireless router (cheap stuff from local supermarket) and those types of hardware I don’t follow…
    reading reviews like this can help a lot… 🙂

  • This is a great site. I think this router is easy to set up/