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The ASUS brand is generally associated with such PC components as graphics cards and mainboards, yet the company is active in other market sectors, too. Today we’ll have a look at what ASUS offers in the rapidly developing area of network technologies: we will test the WL500g Premium wireless router.

Even though a relatively new name on the market of networking devices, ASUS offers a broad model range, so each user can find a model that would meet his/her specific needs. The WL500g Premium is a new device ASUS puts many hopes into. This box contains almost every feature you may require to deploy a small computer network. You can even set up a network download center, a printer server or a public ftp-server with it. This router has come to replace the previous model, WL500g Deluxe, which was indeed a successful and popular product in itself. And it means the new model must meet at least the same requirements the old model did. There are not too many improvements in comparison with the Deluxe model at first sight: a faster processor, a larger amount of flash memory, and new features called Download Master and EZSetup.

We won’t focus on the differences from the previous model, though, because it is already out of production. Our goal is to check out the functionality of the router, to test the bandwidth of its ports in different directions and to measure the coverage area of its wireless unit.

Specification

The following table lists a brief specification of the ASUS WL-500g Premium model:

Parameter

Characteristics

Wireless standard

IEEE 802.11b/g

Encoding standard

WEP, WPA, WPA2

Antenna

  • Internal IF (Inverted -F)- antenna
  • External dipole antenna

Signal modulation

OFDM, CCK, DQPSK, DBPSK

Operating frequency

2.4 - 2.5 GHz

Nominal data transfer rate

  • 802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps
  • 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps

Output power

  • 802.11g: 14~16dBm (at normal temp. range)
  • 802.11b: 16~18dBm (at normal temp. range)

Sensitivity

-74~-75dBm@54Mbps
-87~-88dBm@11Mbps
-95~-97dBm@1Mbps
(at normal temp. range)

Operating channels

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

WAN

1 RJ-45 (10/100 BaseT) Fast Ethernet 10/100 Mb/s port
with auto-crossover function

LAN

4 RJ-45 (10/100 BaseT) Fast Ethernet 10/100 Mb/s ports
with auto-crossover function

Other interfaces

2 USB2.0 ports

Power

External power supply

Dimensions

215 x 160 x 42 mm

Additional features

  • Built-in FTP server
  • Download Master
  • Built-in UPnP server
  • EZ Setup
  • BroadRange
  • Afterburner

The package contains:

  • Router
  • User manual
  • Category 5 Ethernet cable
  • External power adapter (input: AC 100-240V, 50-60Hz; output: DC 5V, 2.5A; 0.4A consumption current)
  • CD with software
  • External antenna
 
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