Ten years ago when I first got broadband (fixed IP and 1MB down and up dedicated line in 2003 baby yeah!) I bought a Linksys WRT54G router. It was a wise choice. It was solid, reliable and customisable. I ended up buying linksys range expanders and wireless webcams in 2004/2005. It all simply worked.
Then I had years of “free” routers with pre-flashed builds by ISPs. I had enough. Back to spending some money.
A few weeks ago I received my new ASUS. It plugs into my cable modem. I fed it my plusnet details and it created a wireless network and configured itself with basic settings in 60 seconds. Done.
After the basics self-configure, you have access to customise via the web admin panel. From here you can create new, separate wireless networks over the 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz network. You can create guest networks (over either/both ranges). Guest network access denies access to the remaining network machines. There are also a rake of other features:
- Full VPN server built in
- USB ports for sharing drives
- Printer sharing
- Backup 3/4g capability
- FTP server
- USB share point (for SMB, FTP, torrent and more)
..and a lot more. So far I cannot fault this device. It is powerful and functional. 5Ghz network with my apple TV works just fine, although it is not as smart as the Airport extreme in this area (assigning the correct network depending on the device). But there are also custom firmware builds available although so far it is doing everything I need.
In about 40 minutes I had a 5Ghz network, a standard WLAN for my devices, the extender attached to it, guest WLAN, VPN, FTP and more. As I have fixed IP I have easy access to everything at home from anywhere. It also supports DyDNS if you are dynamic IP.
So far, it has been mostly flawless. There is a known (nasty) bug that Carl Tyler made me aware of, so keep that in mind before enabling the amule feature. All in all I am very happy I went with it.