The ASUS RT-N16 with dd-wrt.
ASUS RT-N16 with dd-wrt
I bought the ASUS (RT-N16) Wireless-N 300 to replace my old school Linksys WRT54G running dd-wrt.
I’ve been down this road before numerous times. The last fail was the WRT160N. I upgraded it to dd-wrt and for a couple days it seemed ok. As with all the other failures before it, it was inconsistent and sometimes unresponsive (even though I was connected) and needed rebooted. It just got worse and worse.
This left me feeling like I’d never get N speeds!
After much time researching I finally found the ASUS RT-N16. I once again dared to dream.
- CPU: BCM4718
- CPU Speed: 480MHz
- FLASH: 32MB
- DDR2: 128MB
Essentially this is a computer in AP clothing.
Other cool features of the stock firmware:
- USB Print Server
- USB Hard drive support (NAS)
- Bittorrent downloader (wow)
I have 32MB of flash to play with. DD-WRT is very supported on this router, so I opted to not use the stock firmware, and instead upgrade to DD-WRT (Mega/Big).
DD-WRT upgrade went well. One thing I almost forgot is that the 802.11N standard requires AES, so AES+TKIP had to be changed to AES in the wireless security settings.
This allowed me to move my old faithful WRT54G to a client bridge to serve my basement media center where G speeds are OK. I then took the WRT160N, made it a client bridge and put it on my Tivo Premier, which was previously G speeds. I can now what youtube videos without it stuttering and stopping all the time.
It's been 2 full weeks of rock-solid, blazing fast N speeds for my tablets, laptops, and my Tivo Premier. I mist say that this router is every bit as good as the WRT54G was back in it's prime.