Good interface, Reliable storage features
The ASUS DSL-N55U is a solid modem-router that offers dual-band Wi-Fi and excellent storage features. It has a well designed interface and it's a swift performer overall. We experienced a few frustrations with the installation of some of its apps, but it worked really well once everything was set up. We really enjoyed using it.
Good performance but short on features
Firstly, it should be said that this is a high end modem router and is designed for use with a dial-up telephone line based adsl internet service and not for use with a cable or external modem.
This router has a modern and up to date appearance, stylish and suitably high tech and will look well on any work desk or even in the living room.
Router in daily use performs very well
The DSL-N55U with a retail price in the range £80 to 90 is not the cheapest ADSL2+ modem/router by a long way, and lacks some of the bells and whistles of the more expensive models, but does pack a good performance for its price.
The price point means that you really should be sure of wanting to use the media server or the extensive QoS functionality of the router to make it worth buying.
Strong feature set
This was the only router we tested that was capable of sharing a USB printer, and while Asus claims it can support multifunction devices, it guarantees compatibility only with the ones the company has tested. We plugged in an Epson Stylus NX515 and could print documents, but we couldnâ?? t get the scanner function to work. (Youâ?? ll find a list of supported printers here).
The ASUS RT-N13U is a pretty good product. It fills more than one need and does so in a very easy to manage way. It is one of those products that really does make it very simple for even a novice to setup and configure. I like the icon based network map especially; it shows at a glance exactly what is and is not on your network. This beats the "system status" pages of just about any other wireless router.
The Asus RT-N13U isn't the slickest model, and we do wish the company offered better online documentation for its print server features. Still, there's no denying that with an asking price of AU$99 â?? and several online merchants undercutting that price at the time of writing â?? it's something of a bargain in the pure 802.11n stakes.
The Asus RT-N12 is a simple, affordable way to add a router to any SOHO network. For $40 it brings a lot to the table including a user-friendly interface, strong wireless coverage, router/AP/repeater mode switching, and the ability to create up to four SSID's. If you don't need dual-band access or USB ports, this router is a solid choice that can be up and running in no time. Enthusiasts will be pleased that it also supports third party firmware such as DD-WRT and Tomato.
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