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Alternative for wrt54g

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by astrakid, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. astrakid

    astrakid Networkin' Nut Member

    hi,
    i am looking for an alternative for my WRT54G. i still love it, but i want to upgrade to gbit-lan without adding another device. i am running tomato-firmware on my WRT54G which is the best for my purposes.
    can anyone give me a hint which device to take? would be great if it would offer usb-support for inserting a usb-stick as central storage...

    kind regards,
    astrakid
     
  2. Mastec

    Mastec Network Guru Member

    I upgraded to the ASUS WL-500gPV2 probably 2-3 years ago. Has two USB ports. Wasn't out of the package 5 minutes and I installed Tomato on it. Very happy with my choice.
     
  3. astrakid

    astrakid Networkin' Nut Member

    it seems t have no gbit-ports.
    in the meantime i found the linksys wr610n / e3000, which seem to suite my needs.
    think i go for one of them.

    thanks nevertheless,
    regards,
    astrakid
     
  4. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

  5. ntest7

    ntest7 Network Guru Member

    I have a couple E3000's with tomato on them. I really like the speed and the simultaneous dual band. Very easy to flash with tomato using the same procedure as the WRT54GL.

    We have 100M business class fiber -- not cheap, but when they say 100M they mean it. The E3000 keeps up with it, about 60M WiFi, 95+M wired, pretty much default settings.
     
  6. jsmiddleton4

    jsmiddleton4 Network Guru Member

    My vote is the E3000 or the coming E3200.
     
  7. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    Seem to be better deals, not surprisingly, on the E3000 now. You could always step up to the new high-end flagship E4200 with 5 GHz only three-stream support for up to 450 Mbps, but you'll pay quite a premium. Wouldn't be worth it to me, not with all the router deals going around now on routers nearly as good for much less.
     
  8. WifiShadow

    WifiShadow Networkin' Nut Member

  9. Mastec

    Mastec Network Guru Member

    OOPS, missed the gbit-ports requirement. My bad
     
  10. Mercjoe

    Mercjoe Network Guru Member

    I upgraded to a Netgear 3500L from a WRT54G v2.2. It was the gigabit ports and the USB NAS functionality for the price that sold me. It was cheap but has enough RAM and CPU speed to support my large home network.

    The largest deciding factor will be if you are going to use a 2.4ghz or a 5 ghz network. If you are using 2.4 ghz devices, then something with a 5 ghz radio will be a waste of money for all the extra bells and whistles. Getting it to just have it is great if you can afford it.

    Whatever you decide to get, it will be more than likely a HUGE improvement capability wise. The WRT54 series was great for it time, but it is going on 10 YEARS now with no real improvements in the hardware. The little box that could is just running out of steam due to the flash size and CPU speed.
     
  11. jsmiddleton4

    jsmiddleton4 Network Guru Member

    "better deals, not surprisingly, on the E3000 now."

    Yep.

    "a 5 ghz radio will be a waste of money"

    Not so. If you will be talking router to router like a WDS or WET setup the 5ghz is of great value.
     
  12. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    jsmiddleton4, if router communication is all you have running across the 5GHz radio, there should be a way, although I might not know it, :wink:, to see how much traffic that actually is. Just bringing this up as I'm curious but in my case with the traffic in-band not sure there is any way to measure it. Since you're using WDS which is "transparent" maybe there's not way to measure it either. Just wondering out loud...
     
  13. Mercjoe

    Mercjoe Network Guru Member

    I am sure that we could go back and forth for days about the virtues of the 5ghz radio, but in the end, if you have nothing that uses it then it is a waste of money to purchase one with it just to have it.

    Case in point, when I upgraded to the 3500L, I retasked my old WRT54 to the garage where I use a WDS to link in a NAS200 and my shop computer to the rest of my network. Works fine on the 2.4 ghz frequency with a solid 54MB connection. Web browsing is just as fast as on the main network since my DSL speed is still under the 54mb of the wireless link. The only performance hit is if I am transferring files and the NAS200 was slow anyway so it did not really matter.
     
  14. jed_99

    jed_99 Addicted to LI Member

    If you're looking for gigabit, why not throw a gigabit switch downstream of your WRT54G, and plug all your wired devices into it?
     
  15. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Where I live, a gigabyte switch is usually more expensive than a complete router!
     
  16. astrakid

    astrakid Networkin' Nut Member

    hi,
    a gbit-switch would it do as well, but since i expect that my WRT54G will make problems some day (it has been a couple of years working already), so i will have to exchange it someday anyway. another thing is draft-n compatibility, which is a benefit for me. the next thing was the stiorage i could connect via usb. but this is not in focus anymore - i just ordered the e2000 because of a good offer here in germany.

    another question: can i simply backup my current settings of the WRT54G and restore them on the e2000, or will i get into trouble?

    kind regards,
    andre
     
  17. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    If you backup your configuration from the GUI and try to load that onto a different model router, yes you will have trouble. If you use Toastman's method of back and restore, you should be OK, as long as you don't backup or restore anything hardware specific.
     
  18. astrakid

    astrakid Networkin' Nut Member

    thanks for that info! that is quite enough to transfer the settings easily!

    thanks a lot,
    astrakid
     
  19. astrakid

    astrakid Networkin' Nut Member

    is it possible to install a usb-port on e2000? i guess the hardware layout will be comparable...?

    regards,
    astrakid
     
  20. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    That sort of thing is beyond me, I'd buy a router with a USB port, like an E3000, before I'd try hacking up an E2000.
     
  21. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

  22. jsmiddleton4

    jsmiddleton4 Network Guru Member

    "Since you're using WDS which is "transparent" maybe there's not way to measure it either. Just wondering out loud..."

    Not sure how but would be glad to do so. I'm getting traffic between the two routers on the 5 ghz channel as my home theater setup includes an internet radio equipped receiver, internet equipped MIT 65 inch TV, internet equipped PS3 Slim, a Sony BDP570 bluray player that is internet equpped and an Argosy 335T media player/server that gets fed video files that are stored on networked hard drives attached to the "Master" router via the slave and WDS.

    One of the test I ran is the picture/audio quality on VUDU. I went from being able to do what they call HD to the next step up, the highest bandwidth step up, to HDX. The 5ghz N protocol for router to router improve the bandwidth a great deal.
     
  23. astrakid

    astrakid Networkin' Nut Member

    well, modifying the e2000 by adding a usb-port is just an idea - because of saving money and a good offer i ordered the e2000. but sometime i think it was not a good idea... the e3000 could have been the better choice. but it is only the usb-port what i need...

    good thing! thanks!
    regards,
    astrakid
     
  24. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    If you do need a USB port you probably would have been better off waiting for a deal for a router with a USB port like the E3000, or RT-N16. Out of curiosity, what is it you need the USB port for?
     
  25. astrakid

    astrakid Networkin' Nut Member

    i want to have a usb-stick connected as a central storage.
    at the moment i have realized this via a stick connected to a dreambox 800, which i can access from everywhere via ftp. i use this for exchanging documents between my workstations.

    kind regards,
    astrakid
     

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