Comments about ASUS (RT-N12/B) Wireless-N 300 Advance wide coverage Home Router: Fast Ethernet, Build-in 5DBi antenna, 3 in 1 switch(Router/Repeater/Access Point) and support upto 4 Guest SSID(Open source DDWRT Support)

ASUS (RT-N12/B) Wireless-N 300 Advance wide coverage Home Router: Fast Ethernet, Build-in 5DBi antenna, 3 in 1 switch(Router/Repeater/Access Point) and support upto 4 Guest SSID(Open source DDWRT Support)

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Newly designed interface provides auto detection of internet connection and easy to configure functions. Easily switch between different operational modes (i.e. router, repeater, AP), Allocate bandwidth according to needs and usage (i.e. more bandwidth for P2P sharing and less for internet browsing). Create up to 4 different networks with bandwidth allocation. Supports DD-WRT with open source code and flexible firmware upgrades. Provides powerful and wide signal coverage.

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PJ
Copied from my review at Newegg:

Pros: Nice form factor. Very sleek. Great performance if you know how to use dd-wrt. I was able flash dd-wrt.v24-19519_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_RT-N12B1 to the B1 just fine. After setting up the main wireless security and an open test BSSID, I noticed that upload speeds were fine, but download speeds were abysmal. I turn on "afterburner" to "Auto" (Wireless->Advanced Settings) and BINGO!--I was now seeing 20Mbps-40Mbps down. Those wireless speeds are just short of what I see using Cat 5e with my Comcast service. Oh--and this router is nearly "unbrickable"--any time I flashed a bad firmware (TomatoUSB--see below) and it seemed that I had corrupted the router, I just had to put the router into "emergency mode." Once in emergency mode, I could easily put Asus firmware back onto the router using either the firmware restoration tool, or by going to 192.168.1.1 and using the router's built-in interface. This is a very robust little router--and for very little financial investment, too! Also, most people believe this router has only 4MB of flash. I've confirmed that it has 8MB of flash!

Cons: I have not been able to successfully flash TomatoUSB onto this router. Every attempt has forced me to restore Asus firmware via Asus Firmware Restoration utility, which I then replace with dd-wrt. Something about this router makes Tomato a significant challenge. No USB? The cpu supports it!

Final thoughts: Okay, so I cannot get TomoatoUSB onto it. DD-WRT v24-19519 is an amazing build and it turns this <$50 router into a $200-400 router. Gibson firewall test shows this router successfully stealths all ports. It's fast, it's secure, it's slick, it's also very resilient. Thanks, Asus!

I have been continually frustrated with the Cisco/Linksys routers. The older models work so much better than the newer ones and are so much more dependable. In my search for a replacement for use in my IT business, I tried this model. It almost works right out of the box. There is a simple switch in the back to set the mode to access point, router or repeater instead of having to configure it in the interface. Once you plug it into the network, plug a computer or laptop into one of the ports and open a browser, the setup comes right up. There are 3 or 4 steps for basic setup and you are done. Accessing and setting advanced features is easy as well. I also think the antennas are still the way to go to get a better signal. Internal antennas are mutidirectional and can't be tweaked. Many wireless routers sit on top of or next to ISP modems, so you can also get some signal separation. I also like that it has the wall mounts holes on the bottom.

I have found that signal strength is excellent and I have not had any issues with dropouts or sync issues with the ISP modem if there is a power outage or the ISP's service goes out. I have purchased several and have them in place as both routers and access points and will be setting one up at my house to supplement a poor wireless signal from my UVerse gateway.

Price point is excellent, so it is a great value as well. I don't think you will be disappointed with this purchase.

PJ
The first RT-N12 I received was DOA, but was sold as "like new." Sounds like several people have had this experience. Second time around, I went with a new one for 10 bucks more. I am comfortable with DD-WRT firmware, and would not even give ASUS' firmware a chance after reading the reviews on it. Some claim they have fixed their problem, but why bother when DD-WRT is going to be so much better anyway?

A lot of the problems I read on this site in the one star reviews seem like the kind of problems that DD-WRT would help. One downside is that with the small memory size, only the "mini" build will fit on it. For most home users this is a non issue, but if you want to run OpenVPN or another fancy application on your router you need to move up to at least the RT-N16.

If you are unfamiliar/intimidated by third party firmware, don't be too put off by most of the terse warnings on DD-WRT's website. Earlier routers were much easier to brick than these more modern ones, ASUS included. Its still best to follow instructions step by step. There's more margin for error than they'd have you believe, in my opinion. For a $40 router, if you are unhappy with its performance under stock firmware, why not give it a try? In fact, why not give it a try on whatever your current underperforming router is? It might just save it and you won't need a new one!

This router from ASUS works great with DD-WRT. It is very easy to load on to it; you just put the router in recovery mode, use the provided ASUS restore firmware utility, and presto! The router also comes with larger 5dbi rated antennae, which you can swap for bigger antennae if you so desire. It doesn't seem to have any heat issues, like my ASUS RT-N16 (which is another fabulous router). I load DD-WRT onto these, because the router is a powerful little box for the price. The firmware that comes from ASUS on it, is old and unless I am mistaken, I have not seen ASUS provide the new style firmware for it like all their new routers or my RT-N16 has. The new firmware is a big improvement over the older style interface. At any rate, I highly recommend you put DD-WRT on these. The wireless bridge repeater mode works very well with DD-WRT.

Initial setup was pretty smooth, but then the WiFi functionality just stopped working. Rebooted, and it worked for about 5 minutes, then stopped again. Rebooted again and again with the WiFi failing after a few minutes. Then I upgraded the firmware and it appears to have fixed the WiFi instability (be sure to unzip the firmwire file from ASUS before uploading). A switch on the back changes the operational mode between 'router', 'repeater' and 'access point'. I switched it to 'access point' and it works great; have a Netgear router that provides Internet to a LAN port (not WAN) on the ASUS, then configured the ASUS WiFi, and now all the connections made through the ASUS (wired or WiFi) appear as wired 'attached devices' on the Netgear, which means all devices (smart phones, tablets, roku, smart Tv, etc.) attached to the Netger or ASUS can see each other. I use the ASUS to provide a wireless access point to an upstairs location so devices with weak wifi capability, such as smart phones, can use a connection that is physically closer, and get a much stronger signal; before the smartphones could barely connect to the downstairs Netgear. And since all devices can see each other, I can control the roku or smart tv located downstairs with my smartphone upstairs.

I got the router and flashed it with DD-WRT right away to get the most out of it. DD-WRT is firmware you install that allows you to use extra features like Quality of Service (QOS). QOS, for example, allows you to tell the router to give priority over things so they don't slow down when there is a lot of activity. Playing an online game while your iPhone is downloading the latest app? No problem... You can set it up so the online game takes priority to ensure seamless play while the app might take a couple more minutes to download, but who cares!

To add these features you can go here: [...] or just search for DD-WRT RT-N12. You'll need to look at the bottom of the router to see which version you have. Very easy to find.

Once I installed the firmware I noticed the default power didn't match with what the text description of the default. The power was set at 17mw and the text said it should be 71. I needed to up the power to make sure my second story was covered and I was scared to jump to 71. I bumped it to 22 instead and have no issues upstairs now. One other issues was when I turned on HTTPS only to connect to the router I never got a response after that. Tested this a couple times so now I just kept the default HTTP. Less secure but to connect to the router in the first place you already need to have the key so it's already pretty secure so it's not much of an issue.

I have it reset itself every morning (very early) and it has been rock solid. I can stream Netflix HD in another room without issue to my my laptop (that I hook up to the TV). I don't notice any dropped frames or artifacts.

If you're looking for a router that is rock-solid, a good price, and gushes data at many devices without skipping a beat, this router will do the job. I'd say, along with DD-WRT firmware, this router is currently the biggest bang for the buck.

You can't beat the performance of this router for the price. I have a top of the line Asus router as my primary wireless hub. I use 2 of the RT-N12/B routers as wireless repeaters in my house. They are excellent. Setup can be a bit confusing. If you are performing setup using a computer with wireless make sure you turn the wireless on the computer off before you proceed. Connect the router to your computer with a network cable, type in 192.168.1.1 in your browser and you will see the setup page for the router. Next, go to your favorite website in the browser. If you see the page it means the router is working and you are in business. Disconnect the router from your computer and place it anywhere in your home. Make sure you remember to flip the switch in the back and set it to REPEATER. I have owned these for a few months and they have been flawless.

Asus is definitely my new favorite router brand. After running Linksys routers for several years, I became frustrated with having to constantly restart the router every so often.

This router has been running non-stop (in repeater mode) for the past 8 months and have never needed restarting. The signal from it is very strong. I use it in repeater mode to boost the signal on the 2nd floor of my home so now with my main router downstairs and this repeater upstairs, I have full signal virtually anywhere in my home.

Setup is a breeze, in under 5 minutes this was up and running in repeater mode. I love the fact that this unit can be used as a router, repeater or access point. In the event you want to upgrade your main router, this unit will still be of use in repeater mode.

In addition, the router is very fast, pages load faster and download speeds are faster (in a house with 15+ devices all accessing the internet) changing over to this router has made a dramatic difference in how fast pages load. Torrents also generally seems to receive higher download speeds than under my previous router.

I've been using the ASUS Wireless-N for a year, now. I wanted to extend my current wireless signal to the back rooms of the house, and it has worked flawlessly for me. I'm a bit surprised that three are so many posts about problems. Perhaps it's because I just set it up and didn't obsess about settings and speeds. It just worked. That seems to be happening to me as I get older...I just want stuff to work, and not have to spend hours tweaking.

It is a second AP in my house, and I've never seen it go down or lose IP or anything. I assigned a static IP to it, and the router automatically named itself with a part of the name from my main AP. I would've preferred to be able to name it myself, but didn't see an option for that.

In the year, I cannot say that I've had one problem with it. It does a pretty good job going through several plaster walls to the back rooms of the house. I also have a Wii, DirecTV and Networked Blu-Ray player hardwired to the ASUS, and have never had a problem.

I was looking for another access point to increase signal strength to one side of my house. I ran across this device, which can also be used as a router or repeater by setting a switch on the back.

Setup was simple: setting the switch to AP mode, plugging in a computer, and configuring any settings. Other than assigning a fixed IP address, I didn't have to do anything. WebUI is functional. I stayed with the stock firmware.

Signal strength is excellent and I've had no issues. The only strange thing is that I cannot see the device as a client on my router's network map (Asus RT-N66U), but that's not really a problem.

Given the low price and versatility, I'd recommend this, although my experience is limited to AP mode only.

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