Asus RT-N16 Review – DD-WRT and Tomato Ready Network Router

Updated: October 10, 2016 / Home » Computer PC Hardware » Reviews

The bundled router given by my ISP (Telekom Malaysia) is slow, buggy and the connection constantly drops if the distance is too far. This is why I’ve decided to upgrade the router to Asus RT-N16 Gigabit router. The best part about this router is the ability to mod it with dd-wrt Asus rt-n16 or Tomato Asus rt-n16

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Asus RT-N16 - TM Unifi Ready Router

Asus RT-N16 - TM Unifi Ready Router

My take on this router.

  • It is huge, the biggest router I came across
  • Loaded with features, such as guest mode and the ability to throttle BitTorrent downloads
  • Comes with 2 USB port
  • Plug your USB hard disk or thumbdrive and access the files anywhere anytime when you are away with AiCloud

Asus RT-N16 - TM Unifi Ready Router

The only drawbacks are:

  • It supports 2.4Ghz only
  • The bundled antenna is 2dBi, the good news is it is upgradable.

As shown in the photo below, I upgraded all 3 antennas to the TP-Link TL-ANT2408C 9dBi antennas.

Asus RT-N16 - TM Unifi Ready Router

Asus RT-N16 - TM Unifi Ready Router

This router is ideal for those sharing their internet access with many people, it has the 32MB flash, 128 RAM and a fast 480Mhz processor to handle all the traffic. As shown in the diagram below, it has the ability to handle 300,000 sessions of stable download.

Asus RT-N16 - TM Unifi Ready Router

Asus RT-N16 - TM Unifi Ready Router

Is the Internet Connection Faster?

Unfortunately no, but it is definitely much more stable than the D-Link router. As for coverage, it is still the same, approximately 40 – 50%, at least the pages load even at places where the Wifi signal is weak. I certifies this as the best and fastest router for TM Unifi.

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Asus RT-N16 - TM Unifi Ready Router

User Interface

This router has the best user interface, below are some screen shots of the interesting features. They are guest network, QoS ability to slow down BitTorrent, AiCloud to access your file anywhere anytime and it has the Unifi (SingTel too) IPTV presets ready with a click of a button.

Asus RT-N16 - TM Unifi Ready Router

Asus RT-N16 - TM Unifi Ready Router

Asus RT-N16 - TM Unifi Ready Router

Asus RT-N16 - TM Unifi Ready Router

If you’re having problem with your TM Unifi router model or settings, this is the best replacement router. Configuration is easy, don’t worry about it. Remember to get the password from your service provider.

Setup Network Printer for Asus RT-N16

Setting up the network printer is easy, first you’ll have to download the “Printer_RT_N16_1024” file from the official download section. Make sure the cables are plugged in and the power switched on. Click and install the setup files, it will automatically detect the printer and you are ready to go.

Setup Network Printer for Asus RT-N16

300Mbps Router Running at 150Mbps

If your router speed is never higher than 150Mbps, but the Asus website said your RT-N16 (or your Linksys, D-Link etc router) can run up to 300Mbps or 450Mbps, fear not. This is because your channel bandwidth is not set at 40Mhz or higher or auto. Try changing it from 20Mhz to 40Mhz, you will see the Max Rate for your router in Inssider will automatically change from 150Mbps to 300Mbps.

Boost Wifi Wireless Speed (All Routers)

You can boost the speed of any router by Enabling the TX Bursting mode. Based on my Android Wifi Analyzer, based on my android Wifi analyzer, the signal and speed increased to 58% from 32% when this mode is enabled.

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Better Router vs. Range Extender / Repeater

The lesson here is to always buy a stable router, don’t waste money on a range extender, AP or bridge because an unstable router will always provide unstable internet connection. Prior to upgrade, the internet connection drops often when the signal is weak.


15 comments on “Asus RT-N16 Review – DD-WRT and Tomato Ready Network Router

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    Hi, which app do you use to measure tho wifi parameters? The one on the screenshot on a phone and the penultimate screenshot with Max Rate. Thanks.

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      Geckoandfly [ Reply ]

      @Tom

      Network Signal Info by KAIBITS Software

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        Marcin Górecki [ Reply ]

        how to Increasing Asus RT-N16/RT-N66U Wifi Range and Performance?

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    Dave Taylor [ Reply ]

    The ASUS RT-N16 is a Single Band N-Router (2.4GHz only) with lots of RAM (128Mb) and FlashRAM (32Mb)

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    Preston Gralla [ Reply ]

    The Asus RT-N16 is a great, fun router for networking enthusiasts who want to use it with third-party, open-source firmware, such as Tomato

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    Michael Brown [ Reply ]

    Asus RT-N16 WiFi router has a great interface and plenty of features

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    The Geek [ Reply ]

    asus rt-n16 default password
    asus rt-n16 firmware download

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    I have got a ASUS RT-N16 router and I’m upset that it doesn’t support. 802.11n

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    Can Asus RT N16 do anywhere near 300mbs?

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    Hi bro,

    My asus AC68U always need to re-login to the unifi again whenever i restart the unifi modem, does your’s asus comes with this problem?

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      no, i never experience this whenever I power off or restart my modem. Have u tried updating the firmware? if the problem still exist after updating the firmware, and it is still under warranty, you should bring it back to the dealer.

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    Hi, Thanks for the thorough post! I’m looking to upgrade my modem and potentially run tomato/dd-wrt. Did you flash this router or intend to do a review with either firmware? I’d be interested to see its performance.

    Cheers,
    Imran

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Is it in the support list? If not, do not flash it.

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    anotherone [ Reply ]

    if we have tomato and we want to install ddwrt how we will do that?
    what file I choose from ddwrt downloads?

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      flashing has nothing to do with tomato or stock firmware, just choose the file according to your router then flash it.

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