ARM routers opinions (Tomato supported)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian

    Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian Networkin' Nut Member

    Because Tomato will slowly adopt ARM:
    I'm really impressed about the power of the new ARM Routers, but reading reviews I'm not quite happy about the overall design and stability of some routers...
    Here are my thoughts on some of them maybe will help some of you:
    All routers are true Dual Band, I don't think there are only AC (5ghz routers).
    All routers have FLASH: 128 MB and RAM: 256 MB

    Asus AC56U
    + Vertical design (better cooling, saves space)
    + Hidden ports when in use (on the back of the router)
    + Great USB speed (comparable with R7000)
    + PRICE
    - only 2T2R 802.11ac 867Mbps (5GHz) + 802.11n 300Mbps (2.4GHz)
    - internal antennas (This can be a + for design)
    - BIG

    Asus AC68U
    + Vertical design (better cooling, saves space)
    + Hidden ports when in use (on the back of the router)
    + 800 Mhz Dual core
    + external antennas (This can be a + for design)
    + 1900 AC (600N)
    - Not that great USB speeds (still a lot better than other routers)
    - BIG (With antennas it's huge)
    - PRICE

    Netgear R7000
    + Great design
    + Stable
    + 1000 Mhz Dual core (BEST in class)
    + external antennas
    + Super fast USB speeds (best in class)
    + 1900 AC (600N)
    - Horizontal design (Usually worse from a cooling perspective)
    - USB 3.0 port ONLY in the front of the router (cable snaking everywhere)
    - PRICE

    Linksys EA6900
    + Great design
    + external antennas (smaller than others, looks good)
    + 1900 AC (600N)
    - Horizontal design (Usually worse from a cooling perspective)
    - Only one led on the front of the unit (I actually like that if everything works)
    - Overheating problem (according to some reviews it's a big problem)
    - PRICE

    I'm still very happy with my current gen Dual Band (not top of the line router) and really considering the problems and disadvantages these machines have, I'd really stay away from them for a while, but if I would really need to buy a new router, I would buy the AC56U.

    You can also use this list to help you in comparing routers, keep in mind some problems are only due to beta firmware.
  2. mito

    mito Network Guru Member

    I can talk about r7000, OEM firm is not that stable and has a lot of bugs, the last one is a little better, everybody is waiting for Broadcom to release a new driver for all of them, i am running Kong's mod and is really stable and no bugs found now, the range is better than Netgear firm, doesn't overheat at all also running at 1200 Mhz as i do, actually loaded it with two 9 dbi antennas for the sides and stock one in the middle cos it seems to be the 5 Ghz one as per testing with inssider.
    Cooling is not an issue because it has the best static cooling available and runs at 63.5 degrees.
    It has two USB ports one USB 3.0 at the front and one USB 2.0 at the back side.
    Already there is one known user that flashed an R6300 v2 with shibby's ARM and seems to run fine pls check link:
  3. zorkmta

    zorkmta Network Guru Member

    Good point to have in consideration when take to buy. Im thinking a ac56u too its good hardware vs price.

    Enviado desde mi LG-D802 mediante Tapatalk
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