Head to Head: ASUS WL-530g vs. Linksys WRT54GC Mini Wireless Routers

Firewall Features

Forwarding data requests from the Internet to a server is a common task for firewall / routers. Here's how Linksys handles its port forwarding setup:

Figure 16: Linksys Port Forwarding
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And likewise, here's how the ASUS setup works:

Figure 17: ASUS Port Forwarding
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As you can see, both products have reasonably intuitive interfaces for setting up the same thing. Both products also provide a means of filtering access. Linksys fits it all on one page:

Figure 18: Linksys Access Policy
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While ASUS uses two separate pages to accomplish the same thing.

Figure 19: ASUS LAN to WAN Filter
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Figure 20: ASUS URL Filter
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That's generally the way it goes throughout each product's web interface. Feature for feature, the GC and the 530g are very similar. To me, the Linksys interface is better designed, easier to navigate, and more professional. The ASUS interface by contrast, is a bit laborious to click through and not very aesthetically pleasing. In addition, the ASUS interface seems to have been written by someone for whom English is a second language, judging from some of the grammar. It's not a big thing, but it does make the product seem like it's not put together quite as well.