Unboxed, Unpacked and Unveiled
The ASUS RT-N16 router comes with the standard set of accessories that is common for all other routers on the market. Includes the router station with three antennas, a power cord, RJ-45 Ethernet cable, start up disc and guide and warranty.
The wireless router station is essentially just a rectangular box made of plastic that is common with other wireless routers and practically shouts ‘I am a wireless router’.
The side skirt of the router is tapered in silver plastic with the front face status indicator that lit up in blue.
The back of the router comes with two wall mount holes.
The back of the router with the antennas. It may be worth noting that with 802.11n specifications, the number of antennas has a part to play with the number of simultaneous data streams. The number of data streams are limited by the minimum number of antennas in use. This naturally translate to higher throughput, with each additional data streams.
In the market of routers, what matters most to a consumer is the number of available connectivities as well as the types offered. The RT-N16 offers just about the right amount and types of connections without over complicating things.
The overall back panel is filled with different types of connections, some essential, like the antennas port, power port, WAN RJ-45 ports. The standard RJ-45 ports for connecting a LAN network are also available. What catches the eye is the 2x USB, in which most other manufacturers offer only one USB port if not offering any at all.
Also on the back panel is the quick press button to setup the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) as well as the restore button.