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Asus DSL-N13 ADSL 2/2+ Wireless Router review

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Unless you have a particularly stingy Internet Service Provider (ISP), it's likely that you had an ADSL modem supplied when you first signed up for your broadband subscription. It's also likely that if you're the type to venture into such a device's menus you'll have found it isn't exactly a bastion of configurability. And that is, of course, why power-users might consider throwing down a little over £80 to upgrade to the likes of the Asus DSL-N13 Wireless ADSL 2/2+ Modem Router.

The DSL-N13's full name should betray its primary functions to all but the most dyslexic of would-be buyers. To whit: the DSL-N13 will hook up to your phone line, sync up your ADSL, ADSL2 or ADSL2+ connection and then broadcast it out over Draft-N Wireless - or 802.11g and b, if you're still kicking it old-school.

The ADSL set-up process is blissfully easy, connecting to our O2 broadband service using its automatic detection, asking only for a username and password. There is a manual configuration option, but unless you're using a particularly new and/or obscure ISP it seems unlikely to be needed. Broadband performance was entirely identical using the DSL-N13 compared to our O2 bundled router so there are no complaints on that front.

The admin interface offers a number of configuration options for managing network performance (QoS to the geeks). Either you can prioritise a mix of four pre-sets - such as Gaming Blaster and Internet Application - or alternatively set any number of custom options, giving different ports priority on a one to eight scale. So far as we could tell it seems to work, with a download of the Robin Hood trailer appearing to have no negative impact on a high-octane round of Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer when using the Gaming Blaster mode.

Using the excellent software tool Iperf to test its performance, the DSL-N13 delivered fairly poor results. Close up we recorded a disappointing 62.7Mbit/sec, and that dropped to a mere 13.3Mbit through two walls - a more typical home scenario. Enabling WPA2-Personal encryption saw speeds drop to 62.8Mbit/s close-up and 7.9Mbit/s at a distance - hardly blazing performance.

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cxs

May 15, 2010, 12:03 pm

So which alternative would you recommend? I am thinking of upgrading my bundled wireless router to the Netgear DGN3500 due to its wireless N and gigabit ethernet - any chance of a review?

ronaldstrain

May 15, 2010, 1:50 pm

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Martin

May 15, 2010, 3:13 pm

Does anyone know of any actually good ADSL2 modem routers? The 'Be Box' is the worst piece of hardware I've ever used.





Otherwise I'm going to have to figure out how to turn it into a bridge and use my trusty old (non-ADSL2) US Robotics router to do the actual work.

Retset

May 16, 2010, 3:42 pm

Reading this, I will stick to the old thing Orange gave (lent) me. Only 1 port but I use PL networking/router in any event to move the signal elsewhere. It virtually never crashes or needs a reboot which is more than I can say for some big name ones I have had in the past.





BTW, Very surprised you let in that blatant spam ad from ronaldstrain ...

Hans Gruber

May 17, 2010, 1:28 am

ronaldstrain's link doesn't appear to go anywhere, it's broken. Maybe he's a white hat type spammer trying to do good for a change? ;)





@Martin - you should probably try and source a router with broadcomm chipset for use with Be's network (often makes a difference with DSL connection sync' speed). The DGND3300 rev2 router uses the broadcomm 6358 but I don't think it has a very good reputation for overall wireless performance. It would be nice if TR could look into it and do some testing of their own. The new breed of dual band routers are interesting for the promise of increasing wireless transmission speed but do any of them actually offer anything worth paying for over the standard ISP supplied router?

Retset

May 17, 2010, 2:49 pm

@Red: Doesn't it? I decided not to click a dodgy link so had no idea. Still spam though IMHO. That said, I may try a meal plan to see if I can increase the range of my router ..





:)

Retset

May 21, 2010, 2:29 pm

Update: No - it still has the same range :D

Tim

January 16, 2014, 9:14 am

I had an expensive net gear before and this little router is good for the price, have ran three phones and a comp through it smoothly also I stay in flats with no fibre so I rate adsl rather well.

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