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Add Wifi-N 300 to existing WL-500GPv2 network

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by occamsrazor, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member


    I'm currently using a WL-500GPv2 with Thor's mod. I may move to Teddybear's K26 mod sometime soon. Everything works perfectly, the problem is I need to add fast N-Wireless as I've started to do backups over Wifi (Apple Time Machine) from two MacBook Pros to a QNAP NAS. All wired devices are connected to a gigabit switch which is then connected to the WL-500GPv2.

    I see my options as:

    1. Replace existing router with Asus RT-N16 or Netgear WNDR3700 and run Tomato on that. Only problem is these are pretty expensive, and as I now have a QNAP NAS, I don't actually need the torrent, USB, file-sharing etc functions to run on the router.

    2. Buy an Asus RT-N13 or EnGenius ESR9850 and use it only as an access point, which according to the link above actually has faster wifi than the RT-N16. The RT-N13 is less than half the price of the RT-N16, and the other advantage of using a separate access point is I can keep G devices on the WL-500GPv2 and put only N devices on the new access point.

    Does anyone have any other suggestions on how best to add *fast* N wireless to my network at relatively low cost?


  2. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member


    OK, let me ask another question... can anyone comment on the speed aspects of those N routers that are currently compatible with Tomato? My understanding is the N support of Tomato - currently - is a little limited but I have got confused with N-150 vs N-300, 20 mhz vs 40Mhz channels, 2.4Ghz vs 5Ghz, etc

    I've been studying some of SmallNetBuilder's wireless charts, and basically I just want to know, if I'm looking for the fastest wireless speeds.... am I better off using a separate wireless N router with non-Tomato firmware only as a access point connected to my WL-500GPv2 running Teddybear mod, or can I achieve similar throughput with a new Tomato-compatible router.

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