Asus WL-520GC Wireless Router Review

Asus WL-520GC Wireless Router Review

Retailing for as low as RM 125 now, the Asus WL-520GC looks like a great router for stronger Wi-Fi signals.

The Appearance

The WL-520GC is a simple looking router in black.

Asus WL-520GC Wireless Router Review

What I didn’t like about the router was the back actually, the words were not just small, it blends so well into the background as well, after all it’s just a part of the black casing. If you have a dim area, good luck because you’ll need to shine some light to find the WAN port.

Asus WL-520GC Wireless Router Review

More details at the official product page.

User Experience

Asus routers have been around for quite a while and unfortunately the user interface was lousy back then and still lousy even now. I couldn’t be bothered with posting it, if you ever used the router interface from products like Linksys, Netgear and the DD-WRT interface, you’ll realized how far Asus router’s interface fall short, even though it’s perfectly usable.

Good stuff about the WL-520GC – the signal strength really is stronger. I took my notebook out of the house and went into the car and I could see the signal being a bar or 2 above my Linksys WRT54GL. While the product page claims 300% more signal coverage of 802.11g, that doesn’t mean you buy this and expect 3x more reach.

I must apologize for the lack of screen cap as I didn’t realize something went amiss in my captures and I’ve already returned the goods. 😛 You’ll just have to take my word for it.

I’ve also tested the router with some online gaming for countless hours and it was stable all the way.

Conclusion

It’s a no-nonsense router and it provides strong Wi-Fi signal. It’s smaller in foot-print compared to many other routers out there. And the best part is that this router supports DD-WRT. (refer)

goldfries recommended

Note : Based on my experience Asus routers, they require Save and Restart each time some changes are done, this pretty much disrupts all other connections. 🙁

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4 Comments


  1. all routers require save and restart, or apply changes or some other sort of procedure. saving is really just keeping the changes in ram, without actually applying them to nvram, so those saved changes do not effect on the router. this manouver allows you to make tons of changes through the router’s menu and then apply them all at the same time with APPLY, rebooting the router and making the those changes permanent.

    I own an Asus wl-520gc actually and yesterday i succesfully flashed it with DD_WRT firmware v24 sp1 and it works like a charm. i can now boost antenna’s power (and coveredge), follow wireless and LAN traffic and a lot more.

    It’s an old, cheap router but a solid one for residential use. The GU version even has an USB port and printer service running on it.


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