Retailing for as low as RM 125 now, the Asus WL-520GC looks like a great router for stronger Wi-Fi signals.
The WL-520GC is a simple looking router in black.
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.
More details at the official product page.
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.
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)
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. 🙁