Summary: I have had this router for over six months now and I am terribly disappointed with it. I still can't get it to operate any faster than 130 Mbit/s, which makes the USB functions useless. It also frequently looses its connection to the WAN and I have to unplug and power down everything before it comes back -- check out the Asus message boards. This thing is nothing but trouble. Update: I've had it with this thing. Ordered an Apple Airport Express last night.
Summary: I replaced my Netgear W54g with the WL-500W after reading a review that it worked with a Mac. Fat chance. It lights up, looks pretty, but so far, nothing. If anyone has any ideas on how to make it work with a Mac, please post a comment and let me know how or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
Summary: I bought this router based on it's specifications: 802.11n and USB ports for network print or storage services. My intention was to buy one, and if it worked out, buy more to upgrade all the wireless routers found at the homes of my parents, siblings, etc. After all, I'm the family tech support guy. So, to cut to the chase: The WL500W works, but I find it extremely painful to use. It often takes 30 or more MINUTES for the router to get an IP address from my ISP, Comcast.
Great for someone who isn't scared to use a different firmware
digitalman "digitalman", Amazon
22 December 2008
Summary: I have used several Asus routers. Out of the box these stink, but if you install the tomato firmware, this turns into a powerhouse router. Yes it does add some complexity, but it is well worth it. If you have any problems you are usually able to reflash it with the clear settings firmware and start over. This is one of the few routers that works with tomato and has 32mb of flash storage (for the firmware). One hitch, the tomato firmware currently doesn't support USB.
Has nice featueres on paper, but doesn't work well overall
Matt "Custom", Amazon
20 October 2008
Summary: Pros: 802.11n, usb storage link / print server When this access point works, it works well, but it doesn't work a lot of the time. I have a lot of problems connecting 802.11g clients and connection via 802.11n isn't available right away after connection is initiated.
Conclusion: So far, I haven’t really touched on any downsides of the router, because there are not that many, fortunately. There are a few though, which I will touch on now. First off, the admin panel to the router is far from being intuitive. It’s ugly, clunky and sometimes makes simple tasks difficult. One area in particular is setting up the wireless network from within this admin. If you choose to not bother with security, it’s not really a problem at all.
Pros: Very high-performance, Great styling, Multi-Function (Can plug in Webcam, HDD, Thumb Drive, Printer, etc), Windows setup works well
Cons: Wireless proved difficult without using Windows installer, Admin panel is clunky and confusing overall
Summary: Asus WL-500W è un router wi-fu multifunzione di ultima generazione che consente il collegamento multiplo di varie periferiche: stampanti, hard disk esterni e ovviamente pc. La caratteristica principale è il download master consente di effettuare il download di files dalla rete e di assegnarne la priorità, così da continuare l'operazione anche con il computer spento, poichè il WL-500W continuerà l'operazione immagazzinando i dati sull'hard disk ad esso collegato.
Summary: Kabellose Freiheit, so lautet der Titel. Der Untertitel sollte heißen: Zuletzt wird alles gut. Irgendwann kam ich auf die Idee, mir ein Laptop zu kaufen, fand es gemütlicher, auch mal kurz eine E-Mail im Wohnzimmer zu tippen statt mich ständig alleine ins Arbeitszimmer zurückzuziehen. Ein Laptop bedeutet für mich zunächst einmal kabellose Freiheit. Einfach hinsetzen, Bildschirm aufklappen und loslegen. Klar also: WLAN mußte her! Warum das Asus-Gerät?