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In terms of performance, I felt the Asus RT-N16 fell short against the leading competitors such as Linksys or Netgear. Devices that were relatively close to the router, (distances between 10-20 feet) showed no signs of weaker signal or slower speeds. I was still able to achieve extremely fast and stable connection throughout all the devices that were connected to the network. Connecting to the internet and surfing the web were instant and I achieved my max download speed (6 Mbps).
However, devices that were relatively farther away from the router, (distances between 50-60 feet) showed very weak signal strength and slow speeds. Connecting to websites took longer than 5 seconds and I could only achieve about half (3 Mbps) or one quarter (1.5 Mbps) of my max download speed when downloading. It made me wonder if the three antennas on the back of the router were actually useful. I got a much faster and stable connection from the Linksys WRT320N and Netgear WNDR3400-100NAS which both do not have any antennas. This was a real setback in terms of performance and reliability of the RT-N16 against the competition. It needs to be able to maintain its speed and overall performance over large distances so that people can connect to the network regardless of how far they are from their router.