|Model||Processor||RAM [MB]||Flash [MB]||WLAN modes||Number for Ethernet Ports||Number of USB ports||Price|
|RT-N66U||Broadcom 600 MHz||256||32||A/B/G/N||4 x 1000/100/10||2||149.99|
|RT-N16||Broadcom 480 MHz||128||32||B/G/N||4 x 1000/100/10||2||$79.99|
|RT-N13U||Ralink 380 MHz||64||8||B/G/N||4 x 100/10||1||$52.98|
|RT-N10+||Broadcom 300 MHz||32||8||B/G/N||4 x 100/10||1||$26.14|
|RT-N53||Broadcom 300 MHz||32||8||A/B/G/N||4 x 100/10||-||$59.99|
|RT-N12||Broadcom 300 MHz||32||8||B/G/N||4 x 100/10||-||$79.99|
|WL-500GU||Broadcom 264 MHz||32||8||B/G||4 x 100/10||2||$42.99|
(Prices as of 12/16/2012)
Commentary: As stated elsewhere the Asus RT-N66U is hands down the best consumer router available and it can be easily updated to DD-WRT. Its powerful enough to run multiple VPN tunnels for the high end, high security user. It is also the most expensive router listed here.
The Asus RT-N16 is a good compromise that offers fast performance at a more manageable price. Its plenty of router for most users with many of the same features as the RT-N66U (same Flash, same Gigabit ethernet, same number of USB ports). It has plenty of power to handle a VPN or 2.
Dropping to the budget routers the new Asus RT-N10+ still offers great features for a price comparable to any other budget option, BUT you still get to run DD-WRT with a VPN (8 MB of Flash will allow a minimum installation of DD-WRT with OpenVPN). You also get a bonus USB port for a printer or USB storage device.
The rest aren’t highly recommended unless you really need a particular feature:
- For the price why get the Asus WL-500GU over the Asus RT-N10+ unless you really need the 2 USB ports?
- Why get the Asus RT-N12 with the Asus RT-N10+ available?
- The Asus RT-N53 is ok if you really need WiFi A for older, older devices and don’t care about the USB, but why not replace that old device and rock the Asus RT-N10+?
- The Asus RT-N13U has pretty good numbers for the price, but the Ralink processor would give me some pause and probably push me to the Asus RT-N16.