Asus RT-N16, hardware revisions?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by FlashSWT, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. FlashSWT

    FlashSWT Network Guru Member

    Howdy folks, I know this isn't a Tomato specific questions but since so many users here have the RT-N16 I figure there is a good chance you'll know the answer.

    I just bought an RT-N16 and right before I opened it I noticed that the UPC sticker says: "MFG. Year 2010" So obviously this unit has been sitting on the shelf for at least a year.

    My question is, should this matter? Was there ever a hardware revision of this router issued? Any chance I have an "older" model here that I should return?

    Thanks for the help!
  2. Planiwa

    Planiwa Network Guru Member

    The one I bought about a week ago:

    MFG Year 2011
    H/W Ver: A1
  3. FlashSWT

    FlashSWT Network Guru Member

    Interesting, I don't see a H/W Ver anywhere on the UPC. Was this on the box or physically on the hardware that yours is listed as A1?

    Thank you for replying.
  4. Planiwa

    Planiwa Network Guru Member

    A sticker on the box. The device is at a different location now, and I don't know how to query its HW Rev. remotely. (Have tried dmesg, nvram, proc, uname.)


    shows "Rev 1.2" on the board.
  5. Nitro

    Nitro Networkin' Nut Member

    I have a "MFG 2010" model, i just checked my box, currently running the latest toastman build on it just fine.

    I am currently using:

    originally when these routers came out people complained about either power problems: solution, buy universal 12v adapter with higher amperage.
    or they complained about overheating, which most people resolved using thirdparty coolers such as this one which you could also add a fan too:

    its possible that the new 2011 revision has better power supply or better cooling revision, I have yet to have any problems with my 2010 model and mine is on 24/7 with a family of 5 using it with multiple ipod/ipads android phones and iphones, and a few wireless laptops, netbooks, and my gaming machine and macbook.
  6. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    When any new routers come out everyone blames any weird issues on overheating. There's a flurry of people cutting holes in the case and fitting fans and so on. When that is proved to be nonsense they move on to the power supply and start buying nuclear reactors. That's happened with every router I can remember for the last 6 years :D Usually, it's the people on the DD-WRT forum that begin all this.

    Anyway, the issues were resolved in the firmware, they went away, mostly you don't see any comments about RT-N16's overheating any more. I have many of them, several are 2010 and some are a few months old. They all appear to be exactly the same, Tomato runs on them all.

    EDIT - hey, I love that link. 15 UKP for a 30 cent heatsink!!
  7. FlashSWT

    FlashSWT Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the feedback everyone! I just wanted to make sure they didn't silently drop in a faster processor or something.
  8. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I wish ... :cool:
  9. FlashSWT

    FlashSWT Network Guru Member

    Being paranoid as I am, I went ahead and swapped it out for a "newer" one. ;)

    The first one, MFG 2010, was in a box like this:
    The second one, MFG 2011 has a box just like this:
  10. PBandJ

    PBandJ Addicted to LI Member

    The one I just received one from Amazon, has the blue box. The box reads MFG Year: 2011.
  11. FlashSWT

    FlashSWT Network Guru Member

    Probably just a packaging change I guess. The black box label still says H/W A1.
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