Asus RT-N16 Unboxing

In this video, I unbox the Asus RT-N16 Wireless-N Gigabit Router. I purchased the RT-N16 from ncix.com in August, 2010 and paid around $100 (Canadian).

Back January 2010, SmallNetBuilder.com reviewed the RT-N16. According to that review, here’s the RT-N16′s hardware specs:

  • Single band Wireless-N networking in the 2.4 GHz range
  • Gigabit WAN and LAN ports
  • Broadcom BCM4718 processor running at 533 Mhz
  • 128MB of RAM
  • 32 MB of flash
  • 2 USB2 ports
  • 3 external antennas

For the price I paid, those are excellent specs indeed! By comparison, Continue reading » Asus RT-N16 Unboxing

Review of the Asus P5N-MX (LGA775) mainboard for use as a Linux File Server

Picture of ASUS P5N-MX motherboardI’m kind of an odd person. In my house, I have a closet that serves as the central hub for all my networking. It’s sort of an odd hybrid of cheap IKEA utility shelves coupled with some rack mounted equipment.

I put “servers” in this closet too and serve files from this closet. Back in my university days, it was the “geek” thing to do: in fact it helped me tremendously during an advanced networking course as it meant I had my own in-house lab. Nowadays, it is more of a carry-over tradition. I have gone from a huge network of many servers to an array of embedded devices (WRT54GLs running OpenWRT) and one/two PCs running Linux. Continue reading » Review of the Asus P5N-MX (LGA775) mainboard for use as a Linux File Server