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 I need a wireless router.
Hi Guys,

With moving into my new place in a couple of weeks I'm going to need a new wireless router. Money is tight right now so I'm trying to keep it at around $50. Any thoughts?

Thanks!

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Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:38 am
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Post Re: I need a wireless router.
Spend the extra and get some good IMO. It'll last you much longer and without issues.

I would recommend the ASUS RT-N66U. If money is really that tight, then go with the RT-N16. Put Tomato on it either way and you should be set.

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Post Re: I need a wireless router.
jdrom wrote:
Spend the extra and get some good IMO. It'll last you much longer and without issues.

I would recommend the ASUS RT-N66U. If money is really that tight, then go with the RT-N16. Put Tomato on it either way and you should be set.

currently using the rtn16 with tomato and love it. Just wish it was dual band.

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Post Re: I need a wireless router.
I've got an RT-N16 as well, solid router

unless you have a number of devices that support dualband wifi, it's hard to justify the additional cost if you ask me

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Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:02 am
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Post Re: I need a wireless router.
What do you guys have to say about http://gdgt.com/tp-link/tl-wr1043nd/

GDGT is giving it a really high review (even higher than the RT-N16. Saying it's the best/cheapest N/gigabit router that supports DD-WRT.

Thoughts? I always like trying new things to help the group.

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Post Re: I need a wireless router.
in the long run, I've never had good experience from anything TP-Link, even in the short run, the last couple TP-Link products I tried I ended up returning within hours-days of ownership

I had to return a switch, I don't understand how a company could mess up a non-managed switch....

I haven't touched anything of theirs in a few years now, so it's hard to say if they've improved or not. The decision is up to you, but we've all agreed on a tried and true option here

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Post Re: I need a wireless router.
yeah, I was just hoping to go a little cheaper than that. But you are probably all right.

Thanks for the advice!

Anything I should know about Tomato? Never tried it before (or any of the open source firmwares).

Edit: Just ordered the RT-N16, got a good deal on it from Amazon Warehouse Deals.

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Post Re: I need a wireless router.
Nataku wrote:
Hi Guys,!

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^ Ha, Nice.

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Post Re: I need a wireless router.
Nataku wrote:
Anything I should know about Tomato? Never tried it before (or any of the open source firmwares).

Edit: Just ordered the RT-N16, got a good deal on it from Amazon Warehouse Deals.

2 main choices:
toastman - www.4shared.com/dir/v1BuINP3/Toastman_B ... r=1a-6LOTh
shibby - http://tomato.groov.pl/download/K26/build5x-109-EN/

They both have their own "cherry picks" for their builds. I'm running shibby's on my RT-N66U and RT-N16. Works great, stable and hasn't died yet.

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Post Re: I need a wireless router.
I haven't tried shibby, but I have tried toastman on a Linksys WRT310n and it's pretty slick.

I'm currently running DD-WRT on my RT-N16, mainly because when I set it up, knowing my way around DD-WRT so well already just made it easy to configure it as a wired bridge/access point with radius backend for WPA Enterprise encryption

I pretty much opted to go with what I know would work for me rather than explore something new

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Post Re: I need a wireless router.
DD-WRT probably has better wireless features, but Tomato definitely has better QoS features (as in it actually works), along with bandwidth, IP and Web monitoring. You can get a really good idea of what devices are sending/receiving and how much bandwidth they're absorbing.

As a router, Tomato is the best IMO. As an AP, DD-WRT is the better.

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Post Re: I need a wireless router.
jdrom wrote:
DD-WRT probably has better wireless features, but Tomato definitely has better QoS features (as in it actually works), along with bandwidth, IP and Web monitoring. You can get a really good idea of what devices are sending/receiving and how much bandwidth they're absorbing.

As a router, Tomato is the best IMO. As an AP, DD-WRT is the better.


I agree with JD, as a router, I'd probably run the tomato/toastman firmware, but as an access point like I'm using, DD-WRT is solid

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Post Re: I need a wireless router.
surprisingly for stability and reliability, Apple's airport extreme has been one of the best in that regard. before our studio upgraded to more serious enterprise grade wifi, we were using 5 airport extremes in chain to cover the 30,000sqf office space. and it rarely went down. since then it has been upgraded to something more serious to accommodate the increasing "casual" wifi usage. but even at home, i've gotten myself a APe and was surprised how much more reliable and better coverage it is than most of the wifi routers i've had in the past. i was a long time D-link fan. if you were to shop for a N router, there's no reason NOT to get a triple band one. it'll maximize your N speed up to 400mb/s. APe is one of the few that does it very well in real world scenario and rarely fails.

but if you are to upgrade for more of a future proof, you should really be looking at something like the Asus RT-AC66U http://www.amazon.com/RT-AC66U-Dual-Ban ... MMWYYWL5UM

AC is really the way to go. and it's gonna be my next upgrade for networking. really want gigabit like speed for wireless.

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Post Re: I need a wireless router.
Thanks for the information, Howard. I've already purchased a cheaper ASUS RT-N16, but that's some good information to keep in mind for next time when I have a little extra cash.

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