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  • ASUS RT-N16 - RT-N16 4Port Gbit Wlan Router, 802.11n 300Mbps, WPS, QoS, Open Source, Green Network, 2x USB 2.0, Printer server / Scan back, FTP-Server, UPnP, WPA2, Download Master utility, 300,000 sessions for data transmission speed, Easy User Interface
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ASUS RT-N16 - RT-N16 4Port Gbit Wlan Router, 802.11n 300Mbps, WPS, QoS, Open Source, Green Network, 2x USB 2.0, Printer server / Scan back, FTP-Server, UPnP, WPA2, Download Master utility, 300,000 sessions for data transmission speed, Easy User Interface

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Technical Details
Item Weight467 g
Product Dimensions16.3 x 21.6 x 4.1 cm
Item model numberRT-N16
RAM Size128 MB
Computer Memory TypeDRAM
Wireless Type802.11G
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 108,381 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.1 Kg
Date First Available15 April 2010

Product Description


From the Manufacturer

Enhanced Download Master

The Download Master technology found in ASUS wireless solutions have several features to simplify the download process. Turn the RT-N16 router into a wireless storage center by attaching an external hard drive via USB 2.0. Download Master runs independent to the computer system, which means it takes up zero computing resource.

24/7 non-stop BT download: HTTP, FTP, BT (BitTorrent) download protocols can be download automatically from the internet. You can keep downloading even when PC is off.

Multi-Functional Gigabit Wireless N Router

N Series Wi-Fi Router with Storage, Printer and Media Server

  • Powerful CPU provides a high-performance throughput
  • The ASUS AiCloud service: Access, stream, share, sync – all on the go with huge storage expansion
  • Support up to 300,000 sessions for extensive P2P clients.
  • Most widespread application with USB2.0 port : All-in-1 printer server and FTP files sharing
  • Ultra-fast and convenient downloads with the Download Master
  • Compatible with open source code

The One Place for All Your Data – ASUS AiCloud

The ASUS AiCloud is a smart and easy mobile application that brings your ASUS cloud experience to iOS and Android. Access, stream, sync, and share all your files on the go from both public and private cloud storage services.

Get Online in 30 Seconds

Smart auto-detection design makes it possible for you to go from first plugging in the RT-N16 to setup completion in under 30 seconds. Compared to the lengthy installs and hassles of other routers, this development from ASUS offers an ease of use and puts the high networking speeds within your reach quicker.

Simplified Setup Process

Press the WPS Button to easily set up a secure and protected wireless network.

EZQoS – Easy Bandwidth Management

Allocate more bandwidth for your applications and also easy to configure.

EZ All-In-One Printer

Sharing all-in-one printer printing and scanning functions wirelessly for multiple user simultaneously without buying a printer server. Easy installation! Just run the “ASUS network printer setup” program and follow the instructions.

Enhanced speed for P2P download

The RT-N16 can support up to 300,000 sessions for P2P download with super speed, allows more users and clients to connect to Internet and ensures an ultra-stable network connection.


Easy access and share your local disk. To share media content with friends, just open the browser, type in your DDNS address.

Standard 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Coverage range over 330 ㎡ over 330 ㎡ over 400 ㎡ over 400 ㎡ over 450 ㎡
Data Rate 300 Mbps 300 Mbps(2.4 GHz) 300 Gbps(5 GHz) 450 Mbps(2.4 GHz) 1.3 Gbps(5 GHz) 600 Mbps(2.4 GHz) 1.3 Gbps(5 GHz) 600 Mbps(2.4 GHz) 1734 Mbps(5 GHz)
WAN/LAN port 10/100/1000 10/100/1000 10/100/1000 10/100/1000 10/100/1000
USB port USB 2.0 x 2 USB 2.0 x 2 USB 2.0 x 2 USB 2.0 x 1/ USB 3.0 x 1 USB 2.0 x 1/ USB 3.0 x 1
WPS/EZSetup Button
QoS Pro Pro Pro Pro Adaptive
Parental Control
Other Features AiDisk:Yes;All-in-One Printer Sharing:Yes;File Server:Yes;FTP Server:Yes;DLNA Media Server:Yes;Multiple SSID:No AiDisk:Yes;All-in-One Printer Sharing:Yes;File Server:Yes;FTP Server:Yes;Enhanced Media Server:Yes;Multiple SSID:No AiDisk:Yes;All-in-One Printer Sharing:Yes;File Server:Yes;FTP Server:Yes;Enhanced Media Server:Yes;Multiple SSID:8 AiDisk:Yes;All-in-One Printer Sharing:Yes;File Server:Yes;FTP Server:Yes;Enhanced Media Server:Yes;Multiple SSID:8 AiDisk:Yes;All-in-One Printer Sharing:Yes;File Server:Yes;FTP Server:Yes;Enhanced Media Server:Yes;Multiple SSID:8

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113 of 118 people found the following review helpful
Inexpensive but Feature-rich High Performance Router 7 Dec. 2009
By S. Sen - Published on
I have been looking for a router with decent range, speed, support for USB based external NTFS drives and last but not the least, good QoS support for VoIP phones. Another important thing that perhaps everyone wants but forgets to mention is reliability. I expect it to keep on working once it has been setup.

I have had this router for just couple of days so far and cannot comment on reliability yet, but other requirements have been met quite well. The specs were something to die for - 480MHz (capable of 533MHz) processor, 128MB RAM, 32MB ROM and runs Linux with support for bittorrent and FTP right in the firmware. Even the firmware source code is GPLed and anyone with a bit of knowledge in this area can improve it. In fact, DD-WRT (an open source Linux based firmware) is already available and works quite well with this router.

With DD-WRT installed on this router, it becomes quite a powerful computer that can serve as a web server as well as a NAS once you connect an external hard drive to the USB port. QoS and Port Forwarding have been implemented quite well in DD-WRT and is the main reason why I had to install DD-WRT within few hours of receiving the router.


I would have given the router a 4.5 rating if I could as the firmware it came with had a few bugs. I could never get port forwarding to work and also QoS setup in the original firmware is limited.

Here are some pros -

1. Gigabit ethernet, excellent processor and so the performance. Asus claims 300,000 concurrent sessions, which should be enough to handle even commercial hotspots with hundred users.

2. It has 2 USB ports that support various devices. One could connect a USB printer and a cheap external hard drive at the same time. The printer would work as a network printer (available to all computers in the network) and the USB hard drive will be available as Network Attached Storage to everyone without paying hundreds for one such device.

3. DD-WRT availability. They are constantly improving and adding features. QoS (Quality of Service) is one such feature that is needed in any household that has a VoIP phone and lot of online activity in the background like uploading videos to youtube, p2p, online gaming etc. With proper QoS setup phone service or online gaming shouldn't be affected even with other large scale online activity.

4. The original firmware is image based and looks quite nice. I found it very intuitive.

Cons -

1. Should have been dual band (separate bands for G and N traffic), the chipset supports it. I am running in mixed mode as several of my devices (iPhone, Fuze, Wii) support only G mode and in mixed G/N mode, N components operate predominantly at G speed.

2. The original firmware is buggy and I couldn't get port forwarding to work reliably after several tries. QoS, the main reason behind me upgrading from a D-Link, is not implemented as well as I expected. DD-WRT fixes both issues but first-time owners may not be savvy enough to reload a 3rd-party firmware on their brand new router.

All in all, it's an excellent purchase for the capability and price, especially when you consider Cisco charges more (sometimes twice) for routers with slower processors and much less RAM and flash memory.

Update: Updated the links since Amazon yanked them. Also would like to add that the reliability is quite good so far with DD-WRT. Has been running for 3 days straight and no issues/slowdown etc.
97 of 104 people found the following review helpful
RT-N16 and firmwares 5 Mar. 2010
By E. Helms - Published on
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I've had this router for a few weeks now. I gave it 3 stars because of the stock firmware, once the firmware is working its an outstanding router.

The firmware that comes with it is terrible. My bandwidth was dropping from to 20mbps after a reboot to about 4mbps after 8 hours of uptime and the asus firmware has no auto-reboot feature that I could find. If you have no intentions of flashing to different versions of the firmware then buy another router. The most up to date firmware that I used was version Hopefully they will come up with some fixes. Firmware and support can be found here: [...]

The first alternative firmware that I tried was DD-WRT. Its a big improvement over the asus firmware. My biggest complaint with DD-WRT was that I could not get the USB printer to work. Note, I was able to get it to work with the asus firmware but it would only print part of the page. With DD-WRT it seemed like there was a lof of Linux commands to get it to work with the printer and usb share. Reference: [...]

Because I wanted to get the printer to work I tried a third firmware called tomato. Tomato has a lot of commonality with DD-WRT (both run linux on the RT-N16) but I have never needed to do anything from the command line. Also, I have printer sharing and USB file sharing (1 terabyte USB drive) working. The traffic graphing seems better with the Tomato firmware then DD-WRT or asus firmware (which didn't do it at all). My biggest complaint about tomato is that there is less documentation than DD-WRT. That being said, I haven't needed to read the documentation to the extent that I had to read the DD-WRT docs. Reference: [...]

I think DD-WRT may be superior to tomato in the area of customization but I'm not sure. It seems like everyone customizes DD-WRT in one way or another while tomato users seem to use the gui that came with the firmware. The ability to customize may sound great but if its a requirement to get it to work and a pain in the butt to do then the joy of customizing starts to wear off pretty quickly.

I installed new firmware at least 6 times in the last 2 weeks before I finally settled on tomato. Each time was a nerve racking experience and I was convinced that I would brick the router. Fortunately it all worked out.

The hardware in the router seems really nice: I'm not an expert but as far as I can tell the processor, amount of ram and memory in this router is much better to the competition. The network connections seem to work fine. The wireless seems to work well. My antennas are always loose and flopping around but I think I can fix that by inserting an o-ring between each antenna and the chassis.

Overall its a great router once you get the firmware straightened out.

I recommend one of the following:
a) If you are the type of person who will not flash the router then buy a different router
b) By the time that you read this asus may have fixed their firmware. Read their forum at [...]
P_ID=WAa6AQFncrceRBEo&templete=2 and see if they have anything newer than
If they do then download it and the stock firmware includes an admin tool to install it fairly easily.
c) If you don't like the asus firmware load tomato by following the instructions on this page ([...]). Note: These instructions require you to first flash to DD-WRT. Make sure that you: Save copies of any web pages with install notes before flashing, find out what the default password is before flashing, download both DD-WRT and Tomato before flashing to DD-WRT, make sure to reset the flash memory after flashing the bios by using the reset button.
75 of 80 people found the following review helpful
Rocky start at first but smooth sailing now 21 Jun. 2010
By Captain Awesome - Published on
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First off, let me say here and now that a good router is one of the most difficult components to choose. I had some specific requirements which were as follows...

1) Stable wireless signal, ie not dropping all the time, also decent range and good throughput.

2) At least 4 gigabit ports for switching.

3) Dual band simultaneous

4) DD-WRT support.

5) NOT be a linksys (last 2 experiences were horrible)

6) $100us or less

Honestly, I went into this thing looking for a dual band router, specifically a simultaneous dual band router. All of them though apparently suffered from poor 5ghz range, throughput or some shortcoming or the other. I looked around and found a whopping total of 1 device I have that uses a dual band wireless card. So really, whats the advantage of dual band if the 5ghz is weak and slow. What do we do with the weak and slow? Shoot it. So I shot the 5ghz most humanely.

From there, my choice became clear. I have been playing with this asus for a few days now with DD-WRT and its great. You are able to create policies that will block torrent access via ports. You can also select specific clients to which the policy is applicable. There are also time of day settings where all policies can be implemented on the DAY and TIME you want. VERY sexy. So ive set up a policy on mine that can block ALL torrent access while keeping the Internet accessible.

There's also a dedicated internet killing option that totally kills ALL internet access, leaving only local file access in tact. Again, this can be set on an individual client basis.

At first I had a lot of issues with the wireless signal dropping during file transfers even with Asus' latest firmware. After much frustration, it turned out to be the wireless adapter I was using was faulty. I switched over to another and instantly the problem went away.

So far I just managed to get a solid, stable 150Mbps using a Belkin expresscard adapter while another laptop with the Intel 5300agn adapter reached 300Mbps quite easily. Even so, strangely enough, I got faster transfer rates with the Belkin using Windows 7 despite its slower connection speed.

The wireless coverage is sufficient as all areas of the small-medium single level house receive at least a 'good' Windows signal rating through a mixture of wood partitions and concrete walls. While the Asus will be used primarily for N connections on channel 6, I also have a Linksys RT160n on channel 1 as a secondary access point to handle guest machines and wireless g connections.

I've heard many complain about overheating on this unit but while transferring data through both wired and wireless connections simultaneously in a ~ 26c room, it NEVER gets more than slightly warm to the touch.

In closing, here are some pro's and cons I have identified in my week with this router.


1) Blazing wired performance through its 1Gbps switching ports
2) Fast, stable wireless connections that have not dropped as far as I have observed
3) dd-wrt compatible for accessing advanced features (MUCH better than the default firmware)
4) Strong dd-wrt community support and updates (there is a lot of help available for this router on their forums.
5) Aesthetically pleasing
6) Fast cpu, memory and storage
7) Blue lights are a nice touch


1) USB drive setup using dd-wrt is a bit challenging (not a fault of the router itself)
44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Very good dd-wrt router 29 Mar. 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I use this router for a specialized dd-wrt application. I runs fast and is easy to upgrade to dd-wrt. I particularly like all the storage and memory on this thing. It's got 32 MB of flash and 128 MB of memory and a 480 mhz processor, which is over twice as fast as the WRT54GL.

The downside is that the TX power is calibrated differently than most dd-wrt routers and defaults to 17. That's where it needs to stay. If you try to move much off of that, the router starts acting very flakey.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Hasnt done any of the things it promised 16 Nov. 2010
By Amzn4Lfe - Published on
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I was blown away with its tech specs and feature list. I ignored some bad reviews thinking that these people probably didnt know what they were doing. My problems started right out of the box when the router would not hold onto my WAN IP. The modem I hooked it up to worked fine with my PC. After a couple hours of frustration I read somewhere that in this scenario the modem & router has to be power cycled for 10 whole mins and turned back on in a particular sequence - modem first. That done, I jotted troubleshooting instructions on a post-it stuck near the router for my wife. I went on to explore other features. As always I got the latest firmware and software from ASUS and installed it; After 10 or so power cycles the router just wouldn't stay online. I had to revert to FW just to keep it running. Next I connected a portable drive to the USB hoping to use the router as a file server. However, it would loose WAN & Wireless signal more frequently with the drive connected. The "Download Master" & torrent feature is a piece of doodoo. The torrent client on the router would not connect to most trackers (especially private) and give dismal through-puts if it even managed to keep running longer than 15 mins. The client utility does not give any info about whats happening to the torrents on the router. It does however give an ugly senseless message when the torrent client on the router crashes. These problems could be because of the portable drive and its power requirements destabilizing the routers functioning. But I get similar problems with USB sticks although not as much.
I keep trying to upgrade every month, thinking I must've goofed up somewhere, giving ASUS the benefit of doubt eachtime. I read people cursing at ASUS and their firmware issues. At one time I saw a firmware release taken off their website without any notice. Needless to say that didnt work either. The same version number returned a couple of months later with a completely different date code & revision history. In conclusion this device has a lot of potential if only ASUS gets their act straight. It is in no way a trusty workhorse to replace your existing router. Tread carefully or you might see your weekends going down the drain.
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