It depends quite a bit on your definition of cheap. I have two TP-Link models, both of which I consider pretty cheap for what they offer.
The tl-wr1043nd v2 has a USB2 port, 2.4ghz n450 (though TP-Link advertises as n300), and is about $45. Flashing dd-wrt was quick and easy. It doesn't support 4k sectors though, so I can't use my 5tb drive with it (I could likely get around this by using 512kb sectors and multiple partitions). V1.x and v2 are easily distinguishable, as the case is significantly different.
The Archer c7 v2 is ac1750, has two usb2 ports, and works with 4k sectors for about $100. It also adds minidlna support.
It depends quite a bit on your definition of cheap.
Thanks, $45 is at the mid to upper range of cheap for me, so the tl-wr1043nd would work just fine.
Is it possible for dd-wrt to encrypt/decrypt the data going on and off the USB drive? I'd hate for the drive to be stolen. Nothing of National importance but private letters, banking reports etc that we would like to keep private.
Currently I am using an old laptop and Linux+Samba as the "server," but something attached to the router would be much more simple, providing I can equally ensure our privacy.
I have no clue on encryption. I don't recall seeing anything in the GUI options though. If you do go this route, I highly recommend ext2 or ext3 over NTFS. Personally, I left a small NTFS partition with a windows driver for my main ext3 partition.
I'd be concerned that even if there's a way to load some sort of encryption package, your criteria for a low-cost router solution would, most likely, leave you without sufficient resources (horsepower) to support it. Or, at least, perform to your satisfaction. Just something to consider. _________________ DD-WRT v3.0-r27944 std (10/09/15) on NetGear WNDR4300 v1
Thanks, I don't think power would be an issue. It is only used for nightly backups and morning restores to synch everything.
The backup turns the PCs/Tablet off when finished and the restore auto-starts while I go off to eat breakfast. As long as it completes about 2MB of transfers in less than twenty minutes it will be fine.
As I mentioned in the OP, we are not streaming stuff, just backing up files.
But it doesn't state v1 or v2. Having flashed and trashed a Buffalo router some time back by missing that significance, I don't want to do it again. But I can't return this one so am really hoping I can get a dd-wrt for it.
I have read that OpenWrt have a version that works for v2+, but I am not a fan of OpenWrt and need it to be a dd-wrt router.
OK, thanks for that I will check some other topics, but will use r27596 you suggested as a starting point. I suspect the minor upgrade number to 2.1 will not make a huge difference. It would be prudent to first check what I can then risk it if I can't find anything specific against going with the v2.
Much appreciated but will also report back to this thread to assist others that may come along with the same issue since 2.1 of the router is now the norm for purchasing as new.