Asus WL-500gP – Beauty and the Beast
WL-500gP v2 is another great router coming from Asus’ router division. Unlike the previously reviewed Asus RT-N10, this b and g specification wireless router can speed up to 54Mbps while combining the features of a NAS and wireless printer server. It has two USB ports, meaning that you can connect any mass storage device (USB hard drive or thumb drive) thus creating a fully operational NAS (network attached storage) device.
It also has 32 MB of RAM, 8 MB available for flash and plenty of CPU power. As with any other Asus router nowadays, you’ll need to flash it with a proper DD-WRT firmware. Stock firmware doesn’t have a built-in VPN support by default.
But have no fear, flashing process is straightforward when using Asus Firmware Restoration Tool. To learn more about flashing in general, please visit my How to configure a DD-WRT router page. For a WL-500g Premium guide, you can check out the following page: official dd-wrt Wiki page for WL-500gP.
VPN specific features
Asus WL-500gP works great with either PPTP, L2TP or openVPN protocol. When it comes to speed and stability, I’d recommend openVPN UDP protocol. Recently, HMA Team announced DD-WRT auto-installer script for openVPN protocol. This Asus WL-500gP with Mega version of DD-WRT firmware is fully supported.
Inside the HMA control panel you can find the option called “DD-WRT Routers”. Follow the instructions given and proceed with the auto-installer wizard. Once you finish the tutorial, apply the settings and reboot the VPN router, wait for a moment and you shall be connected to the VPN instantly.
The procedure is really simple and works every time.
However, if you prefer PPTP protocol instead, you will need to follow this guide:
For L2TP setup guide click the following link:
Asus WL-500gP is both Beauty and the Beast at the same time. It works elegantly, whilst you can find a real hardware beast under the hood. Robust, sturdy and stable, this router will keep all your devices VPN connected and secured. Even though it is lacking a little bit of CPU power, the router itself will easily get the job done, and let’s not forget: it’s a router, not a video editing machine!
Therefore, our verdict: Asus WL-500g Premium v2 deserves 4.6 stars out of 5.
It’s a great router and definitely worth every penny. If you buy it, you won’t regret it!
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