The last time I was excited about a new router was when I saw the first wireless router come out. You wouldn’t think there was any more innovation that could be added to the product, but Asus has taken it up a notch and proven me wrong.
Their WL-700gE router not only supports the functionality you’ve been accustomed to- wired ethernet ports, wireless support for 802.11b and g and 64/128 bit WEP, WPA/WPA2 that supports TKIP, AES, WPA, WPA2 and MAC, but includes a 160 Gb HDD that is the real differentiator of this product. The HDD allows you to use it as a network storage device, an iTunes client for your PC, a UPnP/DLNA server for sharing music with compatible streaming devices, an FTP and web server, a BitTorrent client that can handle 7 streams simultaneously as well as 10 FTP or web streams at the same time. Throw in it’s ability to network USB printers and drives, and you have a device that can handle pretty much all your networking needs, and some you didn’t even know you needed. Did I mention you can add another drive for full mirrored data protection?
This thing can do all of that, and most of the functions are useful without any attached PC’s powered on. Go to Asus’ product page if you want to check out all of their specifications. The only downside I have found to this thing so far is that while everyone seems to be so impressed with it’s capabilities, it is out of stock at every online merchant I checked. When it is back in stock, looks like you can pick one up for about $260. For what this router offers, I think the price is very reasonable. I have to give this my stamp of approval just based on the features it offers.