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

By Hugo Jobling

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

We're not surprised that the DSL-N13 wasn't able to deliver the 300Mbit/s theoretical maximum of 802.11n wireless, but it would be nice to see results at least besting 100Mbit Ethernet. Moreover, the routers MIMO capability doesn't seem to offer much benefit in the situation it should prove most useful: connecting at a distance, through walls.

Even if the DSL-N13 did provide ultra-fast Wi-Fi it wouldn't prove amazingly useful, as it doesn't offer Gigabit Ethernet. As such there's less benefit to the DSL-N13's Wi-Fi exceeding 100Mbit/s anyway, as its wired interface is limited to that speed. Not that we're willing to accept that as an excuse.

In the DSL-N13's defence, it is fast enough to make transferring even multi-gigabyte files to an attached USB device limited by that interface, and to exceed most broadband connections, so these speed limitations might not be noticeable in the real world.

Outright performance isn't quite its forte, then. Fortunately there's more to the DSL-N13, helping to separate it from the pack. As a quick peak around the back betrays, the four Ethernet jacks are accompanied by a pair of USB ports. These enable connection of either a printer, which can then be accessed over the DSL-N13's local network, or a storage device.

First, this lets the DSL-N13 double up as a (admittedly fairly basic) NAS device, as long as you don't mind it being a fairly slow one. Second, with Asus' AiDisk service you can assign your router an FTP address (routed via Asus and dynamically updated) giving you access to your files over the Internet. Obviously there are other ways of doing this, but it's useful to have it built into the router itself and it does work.

Verdict

The Asus DSL-N13 Wireless ADSL 2/2+ Modem Router doesn't break any boundaries with its wireless performance. Luckily it has a number of useful extra features to entice buyers.

Overall Score

7

Scores In Detail

  • Value 7

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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