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Asus RT-N10 router review

150 Mbps
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Broadcom BCM5356A1 @ 300 MHz
16 MB / 4 MB

Asus introduced the RT-N10 router in 2009. It is powered by Broadcom BCM5356A1 @ 300 MHz chipset, 16 MB of RAM, and 4 MB of flash memory.

Excited to learn if the RT-N10 lives up to expectations? Keep following along!

Table of Contents

  • Asus RT-N10 specifications
    • Body, dimensions, weight
    • System, chipset, RAM, flash, power supply
    • Network, protocols, WAN and LAN ports
    • Wireless, antennas, speed, security
    • Connectivity
    • Administration, user interface, login information
  • Verdict, Pros and Cons
  • Photos

Our personal experiences and opinions form the basis of this article. We aimed to share insights on a topic, and we hoped others would find it useful and inspirational. The specs below rely on official manufacturer data, but we also consider user reviews. If you noticed any mistakes or missing details about the Asus RT-N10, please let us know. Furthermore, we strive to deliver a thorough and precise overview.

Asus RT-N10 / RT-N10

The RT-N10 is a basic Wi-Fi router. It provides reliable wireless connectivity for small homes or apartments. Asus has received recognition and awards for their networking products.

Asus RT-N10 specifications

BrandAsus
NameRT-N10
TypeRT-N10
Rating
Rated 3/5 based on 1484 user votes.
Launch2009

Body

Dimensions165 x 115 x 30 mm
Weight260 g

If you have limited space, like in a small apartment or office, the dimensions can determine if it can fit there. If you plan to mount your router on a wall or ceiling, the weight can affect the mounting process. It also affects the type of mounting hardware needed.

System

ChipsetBroadcom BCM5356A1 @ 300 MHz
RAM16 MB
Flash4 MB
OSAsus
Alternative OSOpenWRT
DD-WRT
Power supply9 V / 1 A

The Broadcom BCM5356A1 @ 300 MHz CPU is key. It, along with factors like RAM and firmware, decides how well the router works. The 16 MB of RAM enables the router to handle multiple tasks and processes concurrently. Flash memory retains its data even when the router is off. This allows the router to keep its firmware and settings across reboots. Upgrading router firmware has become simple and user-friendly.

It depends on your router model and hardware. Using a different OS may make it more stable and faster. OpenWrt is an open-source operating system. It provides customizable firmware for embedded devices, like routers and access points. The Asus provides the right power supply. It is 9 V / 1 A, this matches the router's voltage needs.

Network

ProtocolsIPv4
LAN ports4 x 10/100 Mbps
WAN ports1 x 10/100 Mbps
Mobile networkno
VPN supportno

Like many modern routers, the Asus RT-N10 supports many features and tech. They improve your network's connectivity and security. Most networking equipment, like routers and switches, supports IPv4. Wired connections may bottleneck due to the limits of Fast Ethernet ports.

Asus RT-N10 (RT-N10) / 1

Wireless

Antennas1 x 2 dBi
RP-SMA
2.4 GHzyes
5 GHzno
60 GHzno
StandardsIEEE 802.11b/g/n
ClassN150
Speed150 Mbps
Transmit power18 dBm
SecurityWEP
WPA
WPA2
WPS
Guest networkno

The 1 x 2 dBi, RP-SMA antennas allow sending and getting many data streams at once. This boosts overall throughput and improves Wi-Fi performance. The RT-N10 is compatible with 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi networks. Older routers have a more limited range than newer Wi-Fi standards. So, they are less suitable for larger homes or offices. The top speed, 150 Mbps, is the highest data rate the router can reach. It's the theoretical limit in perfect conditions.

WEP was the first Wi-Fi security protocol. But it is now seen as weak and easy to hack. The introduction of WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) improved upon WEP. It provides stronger security. WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) provides an easy method. It connects devices to a Wi-Fi network.

Connectivity

USB portsno
Print serverno
File serverno

The RT-N10 router doesn't have file-server or print-server functionality.

Administration

Default IP192.168.1.1
Default usernameadmin
Default passwordadmin

Changing the password often is a good security practice. It protects your network and devices from unauthorized access. Changing the default password improves your router's security. It reduces the risk of unauthorized individuals controlling your network.

Pros and Cons

Every router, including this Asus one, has its good sides and not-so-good sides. Let's take a closer look at both to get a full understanding of what this router can do. We'll talk about what it does well and also where it could use some improvements. Just remember, this is just what I think, and you might see things differently.

Pros

  • lightweight
  • OpenWrt compatible
  • WPS friendly

Cons

  • insufficient memory
  • insufficient flash
  • lack of Gigabit LAN
  • Non-gigabit WAN port
  • missing Wi-Fi 6 support
  • lacks Wi-Fi 5 compatibility
  • reduced Wi-Fi bandwidth
  • incompatible with WPA3
  • no USB connectivity

Asus RT-N10 photos

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Robert Miller
For over 15 years, I've immersed myself in the world of networking devices as a tech aficionado. I've dedicated myself to thoroughly testing and analyzing routers and other networking gear. I aim to provide thorough reviews. They will give you the knowledge needed to improve your network.
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