What's a comparable router to the Asus RT-N16 in the Asus line?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by fefrie, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. fefrie

    fefrie Networkin' Nut Member

    After 3 years, the Asus was returned because the N signal no longer worked.

    Was going to get another one on warranty, but they're 'backordered'.

    I'd like to stick with Asus, but which one would you recommend that's about the same price with at least a 480mhz processor and decent ram and rom?

    Don't care about AC, N is just fine as we have a 30mbps ISP connection, don't need gigabit ports. Must run Tomato of course.
  2. qamartheone

    qamartheone Serious Server Member

  3. pomidor1

    pomidor1 Networkin' Nut Member

    rt-n18u and tomato AIO NOSMP 138.14 by @kille72 or next tomato by Shibby nr 140

    Or ac68u but no rev. e1, e2, c1

    no ac66u, n66u - it is mipsel procesor, slow now
  4. Gurgel

    Gurgel Reformed Router Member

    RT-N12 is another alternative, but perhaps a bit slow with only 300Mhz. It's really more of a modern wrt54gl since it also lacks gigabit ports.
  5. Elfew

    Elfew Network Guru Member

    I recommend you ASUS RT-18u - direct replacement for RT-N16.

    It has only 2,4 GHz radio (N), ARM CPU with enough performance and full Tomato support (Shibby has one piece at home). I replaced my old RT-N16 with RT-18u last year after 4 years in service (same price in our country). It can handle without any issue my connection over optic fibre (200/200 Mbit) with CTF disabled.
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  6. maurer

    maurer LI Guru Member

    yeah, get the RT-N18u
  7. molnart

    molnart LI Guru Member

    I have some doubts on Asus' quality control. my Asus WL500gP and RT-N16 both died due to a faulty capacitor (that i could replace and revive them), i also bought an RT-N18U which is a very nice router (actually even with the stock FW), I hope it will last longer.
    on the other hand my Linksys E3000 works like a charm under heavy load for more than 5 years, rock solid with 300+ days uptime at the moment.
  8. maurer

    maurer LI Guru Member

    you can get a psu with 2-3 $ from ebay...so faulty capacitors are actually the cause of my big asus collection - i buy "crashed" routers from flea market and make it operational ;)
  9. molnart

    molnart LI Guru Member

    capacitors failing on the router, not the psu. so apparently it's a plague across all models
  10. Elfew

    Elfew Network Guru Member

    Yes, I changed the capacitor in my old rt-16n for the better one (ebay, 3 usd) -> another 5 years in service (I hope)
  11. fefrie

    fefrie Networkin' Nut Member

    Why were the symptoms?

    Because on my RT-N16, it was that the WirelessN signal that didn't work, everything else it was perfectly fine, except for the occasional monthly-ish self reboot....
  12. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    With the N16s I've replaced caps on, they stop booting completely.
  13. Gurgel

    Gurgel Reformed Router Member

    On my N16, I got reboots very often, especially during high load. The faulty cap makes incoming power unreliable causing instability. Features dropping out sounds like something else is broken.
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