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In this review we will be discussing the long-anticipated wireless router from ASUS called RT-N15. ASUS was one of the first manufacturers to introduce a home router with support for 802.11n draft. It was the WL-500W model but, like nearly every other home router of that time, it was equipped with Fast Ethernet ports. The Fast Ethernet interface was the router’s bottleneck which prevented it from showing its full potential. So, we have been waiting for ASUS to release a similar Gigabit Ethernet router like other brands have done already. Finally, we’ve got it, even though its specifications are not as impressive as we might wish (something high-end like the WL-500g Premium would be demanded, we guess). The RT-N15 does not stand out among its opponents. It offers just the basic functionality of today’s devices of its class. However, there are a few special features about it, too. So, let’s get started.

Specifications and Accessories

Parameter

Characteristics

Wireless standard

- IEEE 802.11b/g
- IEEE 802.11n (draft)

Encoding standard

- WEP (64/128bit)
- WPA (TKIP, AES)
- WPA2 (TKIP, AES)

Antenna

3 x 3dBi RP-SMA antennas

Signal modulation

OFDM, CCK, DQPSK, DBPSK.

Operating frequency

2.412 ~ 2.462GHz (FCC)

Transmit power

- 11n: 16±1dBm
- 11g: 16±1dB
- 11b: 18±1dBm

Receiver sensitivity

- 11n (40MHz): -68dBm
- 11n (20MHz): -71dBm
- 11g: -74dBm
- 11b: -87dBm

Nominal data transfer rate

- 802.11n (draft): up to 300Mbps
- 802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps
- 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps

Operating channels

11 for North America, 14 Japan,
13 Europe (ETSI), 3 (non-overlapping)

WAN

1 RJ-45 GigabitEthernet 10/100/1000Mb/s 
Auto-MDIX port

LAN

4 RJ-45 GigabitEthernet 10/100/1000Mb/s 
Auto-MDIX ports

Other interfaces

None

Power

External power supply unit

Dimensions

192(L)  x 115(W) x 29(H) mm

Additional features

- WiFi certified
- DoS protection
- Network Map
- EzQoS
- WiFi Protected Setup (WPS)

The box contains:

  • Router
  • CD with user manual
  • Quick setup guide
  • Category 5e Ethernet cable
  • 12V/1A power adapter
 
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