Asus Introduces RT-N16 Wireless-N Router

Asus has been busy of late introducing a few versions of its Eee PC Seashell, but it's taking a break from the notebook business in order to showcase a new WLAN router. The RT-N16 is a wireless-N router that does quite a bit more than just transmit Internet signals from your broadband modem to your Wi-Fi enabled devices. Asus touts this one as having speed, simplicity and security, all of which are obviously useful for a wireless router.

As for specs, the unit boasts a maximum wireless speed throughput of 300Mbps and 24/7 downloads when PCs are turned off. You heard right, this router enables BitTorrent (peer-to-peer) downloads even when connected PCs are shut down. It's also equipped with an EZ user interface that lets administrators easily setup and manage their network. Home and business users can seamlessly allocate bandwidth to suit their specific needs, share multimedia content and setup printer or scanner functions.

There's also a potent CPU and 128MB of DDR2 memory for handling all those extra duties, not to mention four Gigabit Ethernet sockets, two USB ports and built-in WPS capabilities. There's no mention of a price or release date just yet, but we bet they'll both surface soon.

Ethernet ports WAN x 1, LAN x 4 RJ-45 for 10/100/1000 Base-T
Supports 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 2 x USB port
Power adapter AC input 100V ~ 240 V; DC output 12V with max. 1.25 A current
Size 216mm x 161.9mm x 40.5 mm
Weight 470g
Wireless LAN
Operating Frequency 2.4~2.5 GHz
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
Receiver sensitivity
(at normal temp. range)
At 54Mbps data rate
ANT0 -75dBm
ANT1 -75dBm
  • Supports 64/128-bit WEP
  • WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise
  • Radius with 802.1x
  • EZQoS (Easy Quality of Service): Allows multiple network activities (FTP, Gaming, P2P) to work smoothly at the same time
  • DHCP Server: Supports up to 253 IP addresses; Changeable DHCP lease time, IP pool, domain name; Static mapped IP
  • Web-based administration: Supports 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
Internet connection type Automatic IP, Static IP, PPPoE (MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP
  • 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