Looking for a really good dual band router that is Tomato and DDWRT compatible.

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Rocky Grim, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. Rocky Grim

    Rocky Grim Networkin' Nut Member

    Hi guys,

    I am looking to upgrade my WNR3500Lv2 to something dual band. I have alot of wireless networks in my neighborhood that are interfering with my wireless connection and causing slow throughput. I already own dual band 300mbps wireless adapters for all my devices. I would really like to future proof myself and get something with the fastest wireless speeds available, but is still Tomato and DDWRT compatible. I need something that has very good range, or decent range that I can add better antennas too. Also, the device must have gigabit Lan with solid wired throughput. I'm just not sure what is all out there anymore. I'm hoping someone here can point me in the right direction. Thanks for your help guys!
  2. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    Someone here can correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm under the impression Tomato and TomatoUSB do not support simultaneously dual-band operation. I.e. the firmware will work fine but does not support simultaneous dual-band operation, only single-band.
  3. Dark_Shadow

    Dark_Shadow LI Guru Member

    rt-n66u woks properly, both bands
  4. molnart

    molnart LI Guru Member

    E3000 and E4200 also work in both bands, altough you cant add external attennas. i would go with the asus
  5. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    Thanks guys -- didn't know dual-band actually worked on some models! Thank you for correcting me. OP, there you go!
  6. Rocky Grim

    Rocky Grim Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks for the info fellas. I greatly appreciate it!
  7. ulyan

    ulyan Networkin' Nut Member

    Go for the asus, external antennas are vital. Linksys internal antennas suck big time. I own an E3000 and with tomato I only get 40-50 % signal 5 meters distance from the router. ;)
  8. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

  9. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    One question for you about the RT-N66U, Shibby -- when rebooting the router (not power-cycle but a reboot via GUI or CLI), do you lose link on your LAN ports?

    The RT-N16 doesn't have this problem, but other routers (most Linksys models, as well as the Netgear WNR3500Lv2 (which uses the same dedicated switch IC as the RT-N16 (Broadcom BCM53115)) tend to do this, even with a non-VLAN firmware. Here's confirmation of that fact (for the WNR3500Lv2).

    I'd love to get a dual-band router myself, but on a soft reboot the switch IC should not drop link on its LAN ports. The only router I've found which doesn't do this is the RT-N16, so I'm curious if the RT-N66U (since it's also from Asus) behaves decently too.
  10. Rocky Grim

    Rocky Grim Networkin' Nut Member

    What about a cheaper alternative? Ain't there like a N56 too?I heard there is an issue with the RT-N66u having only 32kb of NVRAM so it is constantly rebooting or something like that. Has this problem been resolved yet? I read that ASUS was suppose to be providing a patch to correct that from happening. If I'm going to drop $169.99 wouldn't it make more sense to get something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122466 for $199.99? I would lose Tomato and DD-WRT support but I would have the latest and greatest technology. Therefore, I wouldn't have to upgrade my router for a VERY LONG time. What do you guys think?
  11. Dark_Shadow

    Dark_Shadow LI Guru Member


    If nobody has responded to this by the time I get home I will test. I honestly don't remember.

    Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk
  12. hawkmat

    hawkmat Addicted to LI Member

    Hi Rocky! The RT-N66U is a great router and it works well with Shibby's 095 firmware. Shibby uses the actual Asus RT-N66U wireless drivers in his build. Asus will fix the 32KB NVRAM problem with there next firmware release. I know Shibby is already testing a new Tomato version with 64KB support. Asus will release the RT-AC66U any day now. It contains an all Broadcom AC chip set and I would guess it will not take long to get Tomato support. The RT-AC66U would be more future proof but you would have to use the factory firmware until a Tomato version is developed. Asus link to RT-AC66U http://www.asus.com/Networks/Wireless_Routers/RTAC66U/
  13. hawkmat

    hawkmat Addicted to LI Member

    Hi Koitsu! The RT-N66U does not have any light indicators on the WAN or LAN ports. I rebooted and watched the Windows 7 network page and during reboot it did lose the LAN connection. I would say it loses its LAN link during reboot.
  14. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    Thanks hawkmat -- that's exactly the information I was looking for (and you looked at the right thing (another computer, not the LEDs on the router)). Guess I'm staying with the RT-N16. Thanks again!
  15. apnar

    apnar Network Guru Member

    There is lots of love for the RT-N66U and it may be the best out there at the moment, but at the price I'm not sure it's the right choice for everyone. For that price you could pick up 3 refurb e3000s and scatter them around your house likely giving you better overall dual-band coverage than the single RT-N66U.
  16. bripab007

    bripab007 Network Guru Member

    My E3000 has been great, and the price was right.
  17. Rocky Grim

    Rocky Grim Networkin' Nut Member

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