I think the thing I like most about the RT-N13U is the new administraton control panel. It’s modern, but not “too much.” It’s useful to both the newbie and the enthusiast. Folks who just want a secure network will be able to use the admin panel or WPS, and tinkers will be satisfied with the “Professional” configuration section.
The source code for the Linux-based OS on the router is available, so it likely won’t be long before the likes of DD-WRT and OpenWRT have alternative firmwares available. This is a very, very new router which has only recently become available in the United States, so give it time to get some adoption if you’re looking to hot rod your RT-N13U.
The device can be had for approximately $55 at the majority of on-line or brick-and-mortar retailers. It’s in the mid-range of its competitors.
ThinkComputers gives the ASUS RT-N13U Wireless Router and Print Server a 9 out of 10 score.
- Aesthetically pleasing exterior
- 802.11n final compliance
- Only things which could make it better are gigabit Ethernet for the LAN ports and SMB/Windows and/or NFS filesharing in addition to the FTP server.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.