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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:07    Post subject: WNDR3700 still best bet?? Reply with quote
I need to install 2 DD-WRTs for 2 separate purposes.

Router #1 - Home setup - WNDR3700??

The only purpose of installing DD-WRT in this case is VPN. I need some of my connections to have a different IP address so I intend to have a 2 router setup with one of them running the VPN. All these VPN connections will run via WIFI so nice range & dual band are kinda critical.

Having said that and having done quite a bit of reading here this Sunday evening it does appear that my best & most reasonable choice is still the router I currently have - the WNDR3700! This router was released 8 years ago but the 3800 & 4500 are not supported and 4000 support appears to have issues. Similar problems exist with most newer routers except a couple from the Cisco/Linksys E series but they have no external antennas and I am generally skeptical about range in those cases (was pleasantly surprised with the WNDR series in this case!).

So, should I just buy another WNDR3700?? Is that truly my best bet or is there a better router out there for my purposes?

I was also looking at an ASUS RT-N66U but it seems to have some 64k nvram issue and kernel panics as per the last posts in its thread.

Router #2 - For private mostly SIP subnet in corporate network - Asus_RT-N16??

I am also looking to purchase a second one to replace an old D-link running in our corporate network which is for explicitly running the private network just for SIP phones and some guest WIFI connections (the D-link appeared to crash for no reason last week and we really just need absolute stability in there as this router is placed in the data center and getting to it for a physical reboot is quite a chore). For that I was thinking the Asus_RT-N16 since it seems to come so highly recommended by many here if you don't need dual band WIFI (don't need it there).

Any and all opinions are very welcome!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 16:27    Post subject: Reply with quote
just some common advice but sometimes newer isn;t always better. being enamored with specs is great for feature envy but if you are a sysadmin, stable but predictable is always preferable to blazing fast some of the time but flaky.

if they made a router that was perfect-big cpu, ram, nvram space, usb port, powerful radio plus stable with DD-WRT-we'd all jump on it. doesn;t seem to exist yet. actually, i bet I could build a pc with those specs and run the x86 version but it would out of the scope of what i;d want to accomplish-which is to get all functions from a relatively low cost, low power consuming, high stability black box.

it all comes down to what is proven to be supported and what the devs can spend their time on. if you want your router to be supported, i;d say make friends with a dev and drop ship a router of your preference to them and maybe they will motivated enough to get it to work.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 22:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the gist of what you're saying that the choices I've picked are good choices?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 14:05    Post subject: Reply with quote
i don;t know anything about the WNDR3700 but if it;s working well for you, i am going to check it out even though you say it;s 8 years old. My longest in service router is a Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 and it;s still going strong with a very good G radio. the processor is a little slow by todays standards and lacks usb ports though. I was originally looking at Buffalo for a next generation router but seems like DD-WRT support hasn;t been all that strong for newer models.

I myself am now testing the Asus RT-N16 in one of my sites and the only feature it;s lacking is the 5 ghz radio. However, some of the newer state of the art routers like the Asus N66U, e4200 ect....all seem to have spotty support for 5 ghz radios in DD-WRT anyway. It;s got a 480 mhz cpu, 128 mb of ram, 32k nvram space, 2 usb 2.0 ports and I am successfully using it as a low power file server/ftp with a usb RAID 5 array attached as well as a router. I took a chance on it because it had been out for a few years and the reviews have been overwhelmingly good. support from DD-WRT seems to be pretty solid as well. there may be others in this line that are cheaper but provide the functionality I need but 64$ is not bad.

actually I am waiting for the Asus N66U to get more stable. doesn;t seem to be there yet with the nvram issues. and if support for the new RT-AC66U happens, I will look at that one too. However, i am not too enthusiastic on spending 170$ plus on a router really.

goodluck with whatever you choose. in the end it comes down to how much you want to spend in time and money to get the best performing solution.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 16:20    Post subject: Reply with quote
My last router (WHR-HP-G54) just died. It was rock solid stable with DD-WRT installed and lasted 6-7 years. I'm looking for something to replace it. I wanted to know what the current most stable router for the DD-WRT firmware is. I am currently contemplating the ASUS RT-N16. I am however unable to ascertain if it is a fantastic and stable router or not. Any ideas or suggestions of a better router? I'd like to be in the $100 price range, but I would hit $200 if there is something that would blow me away.
Note: It is for home use. I'm a power user (if such a thing exists). Perpetually seeding large torrents for linux distros.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 19:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 0:11    Post subject: Best Router Under $50 Reply with quote

I was wondering what the best router for under $50 dollars would be (the cheaper the better if performance is still good).

My main priorities are:
Excellent signal strength and range (throughput doesn't have to be super high, just enough to saturate a 25mbps connection), ability to handle a connections that would be typical of running 20-30 torrents at once (probably around 500 connections at most).
Stability (I don't want frequent disconnects)

I'm finding that the stock wifi modem provided by my isp sucks, and isn't compatible with dd-wrt.My signal strength in the washroom sucks (it's probably within 10-15m of the router with only 1 door/wall between the signal)

Overall, I want something that has excellent signal strength (and possibly even more from increasing transmit power).

Thanks for the help

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 22:12    Post subject: Reply with quote
The asus RT-N(/AC)66U looks like it's top-dog in the CPU/RAM stakes... anything else?

(I have plans for a chunky processor)
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 20:38    Post subject: Reply with quote
My E3000 looks like it's going bad.

What's the best router that does the following:
*USB port
*Wireless N support
*5.0 GHz support

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 14:01    Post subject: Reply with quote
funny thing is that we are all looking for that! if it existed, we'd buy them like hotcakes!

the closest contenders are the Cisco E4200 V1 that they don;t seem to make anymore and are hard to find since they are up to revision V2/V3 that are not dd-wrt compatible.

the next contender is the Asus RT-N66U but it;s got NVRAM issues. That might get fixed in the near future. it also costs 170$. Would an owner recommend this one today?

if you needed all that minus the 5 GHZ radio, the ASUS RT-N16 has been out for a long time and relatively stable. can be had for about 65$ if you shop for it. I own a couple so i;d recommend this one if you didn;t need 5 GHZ.

another router that seems to have all the specs you want but seems problematic according to the reviews on newegg is the Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 14:24    Post subject: Reply with quote
I have the Asus N66U. I had some problems with it initially, not NVRAM related, but related to other stuff on my network. Now that I've sorted those out and realized that it wasn't the Asus, and did some experimentation to find the best 5Ghz channel, I can say that the Asus is the cat's pajamas!

It performs great and is very stable. I'm just running the mini build because I don't need the VPN. I have a VPN on my Linux server that I forward to.

Tomato also works very well as others have posted and solves the nvram issues.

This router is very good times. I stream all kinds of HD over wifi, plus some live hd from an hdhomerun and the router barely notices.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 15:51    Post subject: Reply with quote
Do any of those routers have overheating issues like the E3000? I just spent $60 on the E3000 and now it's overheating, and would hate for the same thing to happen to the new router.

I suppose I don't need 5GHz, though it definitely would be nice to have.

I do have a few devices wired (HTPC, blu ray, personal desktop, printer)
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 13:54    Post subject: Reply with quote
I fixed an install for a local business of a Cisco / Linksys E3000 when it was brand new. Much nicer than my Netgear WPN824 (which was awesome in 2005, when 54G/108 MIMO was new)

So I bought a Linksys WRT610N for $60 used on eBay. the v1 hardware is a little bit slower. the WRT610N v2 is the same hardware as the E3000.

So then Newegg had new E3000's on sale for $60 and free shipping, so I got one of them. Faster cpu.

As long as you keep them from overheating, they're awesome! I have my wedged at a 45 degree angle. The one at the business I hung from a stretched coat hanger. Whatever to keep them cool.

Gigabit LAN is nice.. wish the WAN was too.

My laptop has an Intel 4965 AGN. On 5ghz it gets 300mbps. Has a 100mbps LAN connection, so I can get faster transfers over wireless than wired!! 20 MB/s is nice

USB 1/2.0 works fine with a jump drive. DD-WRT works fine with FTP or SMB. I get 6MB/s but that's the drive speed. I guess it'll do external hard drive too, but i don't have one to test it. It might even be a print server too.. but again, untested.

As for stress testing, I have 2 desktops, up to 5 laptops, Wii, Xbox360, WET610N bridge to DirecTV box, another HD DirecTV wired, and everything can stream fine.

So.. for $60, I love this model
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 23:55    Post subject: Router with Dual USB ports for 3G/4G modems w/ failover? Reply with quote
Hi there,

Can anyone recommend a DD-WRT capable router that will allow me to use two USB modems (3G/4G/ devices)?

I would like to be able to connect two modems to the USB ports (and serve an internet connection to multiple clients) and have the router failover to the other modem (most likely would be on a different provider's network) should one fail.

I appreciate any advice or recommendations.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:46    Post subject: Reply with quote
Double post by mistake

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